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Evening Wear: How to Look Sharp

Posted on 8 Nov 2013

black tie

It's that time of year. Dinners, parties, events, various Christmas
engagements… some to get excited about, others you'd rather avoid like
the plague. But regardless,
evening wear is an attire that instantly elevates
a man from run-of-the-mill to dashing gent.


Black tie or white tie attire isn't hard to get right, but there are a few cornerstones.
Once you understand them, you'll be at ease. How to look sharp? Read on…


How to spot a quality dinner jacket from a rented one


The important point abou...

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Posted in How To By Natalie

The Joys of a Beard

Posted on 23 Oct 2013

Further to our previous translation of an article on the choosing of the right style of beard
or moustche for your face shape by the Barbière de Paris, located right here in the 10th
arrondissement where I live, is another on the selection of a style of facial hair and advice
and tips on upkeep and care.

The beard is on trend. Hair is no longer hidden. That's certain, but... for the effect to 

live up to expectations and for you to get the most out of it, dear sirs, stubble has
some demands and co...

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Posted in How To By Natalie

In the 10th arrondissement of Paris, into which I have just moved, there's a very well known,
very popular and very busy barber shop run by Sarah Daniel Hamizi, La Barbi
ère de Paris.
Look out for pictures coming soon to the Tails blog. In the meantime, Madame Hamizi gives
her advice on choosing just the right facial hair for your face shape and style...

Hesitating between a beard or moustache? Your hair will decide for you!

beard, long hair

If the shape of your face is the determining factor in your choice of bear...

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Posted in How To By Natalie

How To: Folding Panamas

Posted on 17 May 2013

One of the most common quereies that we receive about our folding panamas is how
on earth are they to be folded? After discussing how best to demonstrate this to our
customers over lunch on Friday, it dawned on us - why not make a video?
So here we have it, a quick tutorial on how to fold a folding panama.

Posted in How To By Natalie

The Modern Gentleman

Posted on 8 Jan 2013

The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius once proclaimed that, “A gentleman
would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words;” a profound motto that
I think we can all live by. Fast forward to 2013, and the art of being a gentleman is
as rare as finding a moustache-comb in a haystack.

Our former intern Sam Rees-Williams, who studies film at Royal Holloway,
along with his friend Will, have put together an ironic video on how to
become ‘The Modern Gentleman.’

Not only is it side-splittingly funny...

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Posted in How To By Jamie

How to Hide Food your Boots

Posted on 19 Sep 2011

Begin with your favourite pair of soft and crumpled boots or shoes; dry, old leather
absorbs hide food the best. 
Get them on some newspaper and remove the laces.

Shake your tin of hide food to agitate the settled oils, and wrap a dry rag around
two fingers, much as you would were you about to wipe the cheek of a grubby child.

With one hand in the shoe, dab your rag in to the hide food and rub a 2p-sized
amount well in to the leather, tackling one panel at a time.

Remember to do the interior if the sho...

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Posted in How To By N. A. David