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Double Strap Monk Shoe with Cap Two Row Stitch – (MS28)
You can wear them with this:
Cool summer look, that will bring style, refreshment and a little bit of artistic flair to your office, job or casual cocktail party.
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’40mm or 1 5/8″ wide grosgran jaquard ribbon with tan goatskin runner leather ends and hand polished brass fittings.’ – $70.00 US-Dollars

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The Duke of Windsor was a peerage created in Great Britain in 1937, and given to the then Prince Edward, who had abdicated the throne on 11 December 1936. The Prince married American divorcee Wallis Simpson under a storm of controversy.  Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on 23 June, 1894. Having undertaken several foreign tours on behalf of his father, King George the Fifth, Edward was already a popular Royal figure who would become one of the leaders in popular men’s style.

While The Duke’s private assistant, Alan Lascelles reckoned that “for some hereditary or physiological reason his (the Duke’s) normal mental development stopped dead when he reached adolescence,” due to Edward’s constant and often wreckless womanising, he was a popular and well loved figure throughout Britain and around the world.

The Duke of Windsor and wife Wallis Simpson were especially popular in the United States, where they resided and subsequently toured. They were well known in elite social circles, and were recieved on a regular basis by Gore Vidal, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Kennedy family. The focus of this short insight into the life of this great man should remain rested on the Duke of Windsor’s incredible affinity with style. He would become well known for inventing the usage of the modern tuxedo, the slim-cut double breasted suit and his keen eye for detail, preferring British made cloth – especially Harris Tweed and Fair Isle sweaters.

This Rothesay Hunting tartan lounge suit with shaw collar, pictured above was particularly like the Duke and apparently triggered a vogue in tartan in the USA in the 50s. Made in 1897 apparently for his father, George V. re-tailored to fit the Duke with a Talon zip added in place of the button fly. He didn’t like buttons on pants, so insisted on zippers, which were large and primitive in those days.

The Duke was undoubtedly a very wealthy man, having been born into British Royalty and marrying into American Royalty. However, his wardrobe spanned over 60 years, and subsequently contains many hundreds of different items. He never lost his trim figure (his waist went from 29 inches to 31 inches over a half century) and it seems he never threw anything out. A 1960 inventory of the Duke of Windsor’s closet recorded 15 evening suits, 55 lounge suits and 3 formal suits (and 2 pairs of trousers for each), along with more than 100 pairs of shoes including a fabulous collection of velvet slippers by Peal & Co.

”Not since his forebear King George IV in the 1820′s had a monarch lavished so much care and expense on his own personal appearance,” Ms. Taylor, the Sotheby’s specialist who has spent seven years preparing for this sale.  ”He bought clothes of the finest quality but literally expected them to last a lifetime, which in fairness, many of them did.”

The Duke used the same tailor, Scholte of Savile Row in London, to make his jackets from 1919 to 1959.  Ms. Taylor said, ”Scholte was the snobby tailor who refused to make suits for the riffraff; he even turned down Fred Astaire.”

Long live the Monarchy.

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“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose…only then will you learn the game.”

 

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Me, today. Paul Smith button down. Solid blue Brioni tie. Cashmere v-neck, RJB. Brown of Bond Street – Harris Tweed two button blazer. RL Purple Label paisley pochette.

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‘I lament the decline in craftsmanship’
2010

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For over seventy years, this family has been producing the world’s finest socks.

Scott-Nichol is a traditional manufacturer of hand made socks for both; men, and ladies. All socks from Scott-Nichol come with a hand-linked toe making them virtually seamless and a joy to wear because of their superior comfort and fit. All socks are made in Leicestershire, England.

Contact – +44 800 652 4356

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