The Big Announcement – HODINKEE
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The Big Announcement – HODINKEE

Well, here is the big announcement: I have signed on as associate editor at HODINKEE. Click through to read more about HODINKEE’s relaunch, what you can expect to see from me over there, and what the future looks like for Simply Refined.

An Interview with Steven Hitchcock, Pt. 1 – Training and Independence

An Interview with Steven Hitchcock, Pt. 1 – Training and Independence

Posted by: on Feb 13, 2012 | One Comment

A few weeks ago I spoke with Savile Row tailor Steven Hitchcock while he was on one of his tri-annual New York trips.  Though Steven is the son of Anderson & Sheppard’s famous Head Cutter and MD Mr. John Hitchcock, he’s made a name for himself that is really all his own.  Here is the first part of our interview.

Logsdail Classic Hacking Jacket

Logsdail Classic Hacking Jacket

Posted by: on Feb 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

I mentioned way back in August that I had ordered a jacket from New York bespoke tailor Leonard Logdail’s made to order program, Logsdail Classic.  This week I finally picked the jacket up from Len and couldn’t be happier with it.  One of the best values out there right now.

Drake’s Spring/Summer Jacket Preview

Drake’s Spring/Summer Jacket Preview

Posted by: on Feb 8, 2012 | No Comments

Anytime Drake’s releases anything new, you can pretty safely bet it is a cause for celebration.  A wallet-punishing celebration, but in the best way possible.  This past winter they unveiled their first collection of house branded sport coats to much fanfare, and here we have an exclusive preview of the second, Spring/Summer 2012, collection.  Let the cheering begin.

Bespoke with Chris Despos, Pt. 2 – First Basted Fitting

Bespoke with Chris Despos, Pt. 2 – First Basted Fitting

Posted by: on Feb 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

Last week I wrote about designing my first bespoke suit with Chicago’s Chris Despos.  Chris called me up only a few days later to tell me he would have my first basted fitting ready Saturday.  So I dropped by Oak Street and the suit is really starting to take shape.

The Everyday Kit

The Everyday Kit

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2012 | 8 Comments

It doesn’t matter how good a pair of shoes you buy or which world-renowned tailor makes your coats, you just can’t wear them every day.  If you do, you won’t be wearing them at all after long.  But there is a whole kit of stuff you do get to use every day that often gets overlooked.