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.

Young Whisky, a Different Sort of Scotch

Young Whisky, a Different Sort of Scotch

Posted by: on Feb 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

Old whisky gets all the attention.  If I had a dollar for every time I heard some idiot utter “I only drink stuff X years old and over,” I could fill a pool with these fools’ favorite drams.  The old stuff is all good and well, but shake things up a little and grab a single-digit bottle.

Bespoke with Chris Despos, Pt. 1 – Measurements & Styling

Bespoke with Chris Despos, Pt. 1 – Measurements & Styling

Posted by: on Jan 30, 2012 | 9 Comments

Very exciting news:  Chris Despos has kindly offered to help me give Simply Refined’s readers a closer look at the bespoke process by cutting me a suit.  I’ll be chronicling the process here, including technical detail, my own reactions, and any tips I can humbly impart along the way.  Here’s the first installment.

Of Icons and Institutions

Of Icons and Institutions

Posted by: on Jan 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

The presence of icons and institutions might is as prevalent in the world of clothes as anywhere else.  And maybe more so.  Whether you’re into classic high-end tailoring or the most avant-garde street wear, you’ve got your icons.  We all do.  So let’s take a look at what these institutions mean to us and why we love them in the first place.

On Fit, Proportion, and Size

On Fit, Proportion, and Size

Posted by: on Jan 25, 2012 | 3 Comments

Earlier this week a reader sent me a question about the size of some lapels on a ready made suit coat.  There’s never an easy, one-size-fits-all answer to questions like this, just like there’s no one-size-fits-all lapel for every person.  But ready-made brands seem to think there is, and forget the all important balancing of fit, proportion and size. 

Those Very Practical Purchases

Those Very Practical Purchases

Posted by: on Jan 23, 2012 | 4 Comments

There are those glamorous items that we scrimp and save to buy and then parade around gingerly like prizes.  And then there’s the stuff we just need.  You can’t wear suede loafers and cashmere coats all the time.  It’s been a cold, wet week here in Chicago and the practical pieces in my closet have been the stars of the show.