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New Christys' Sherlock Holmes Cap

Posted on 15 Jul 2016

Sherlock Holmes

Even the most die hard Sherlock Holmes fans might not be up to date with the goings on of his famous tweed cap.
You know, the hat the pretty much defines him as Sherlock. Well Christys’ have worked up the design. The
reinforced green tweed has been replaced with a softer texture in an autumn brown. Which isn’t so good if you’re
galavanting across roof tops and the like, but it is more comfortable. It’s also likely to fit better. And the satin ties
have been replaced with a leather ones, so it’s ...

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Posted in News By Joshua Mark Williams

The Tails Family Creates New Label

Posted on 27 Jun 2014

Tails Menswear Label photo in the forrest

The planets are aligning and the moon is new. Such things precipitate change. At Unexpected house,
although the bricks and mortar do not shift, the fabric of things does. The news is this: the Tails family
is diverging. Or doubling. Depending on how you look at it.

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Posted in News By Joshua Mark Williams

New In: Knitwear by Saint James

Posted on 26 Nov 2013

port navalo

The Port Navalo

Just arrived at Tails: two beautiful new additions to out Saint James knitwear
collection: the Quimperlé and Port Navalo jumpers. In 100% new and merino wool
respectively, these are two classic cable-knit jumpers that are incredibly easy to wear.

The Quimperlé

The Quimperlé, we feel, is a last-a-lifetime, throw-on-anywhere knit, while the Port
Navalo has the added charm of being the pullover of choice for the officer on the bridge.

Have a look at Tails and the Unexpected's knitwear ...

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Posted in News By Natalie

New In: The Original Picasso Breton

Posted on 21 Nov 2013

picasso breton

Famously worn by Pablo Picasso, the Naval II breton top by Saint James has just
arrived as a brand new edition at Tails. Standard breton shirts are found in shades of
cream and blue; what sets the Picasso apart is the crispness of white and bright blue,
the shorter sleeve length and the distribution of the stripes: those on the Naval climb
higher on the chest and have a gap before the solid white of the yoke.

picasso breton

The Naval also features a wide boat neck collar and two side slits. Much like the

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Posted in News By Natalie

A Visit to Saint James, Brittany

Posted on 15 Nov 2013

brittany saint james

A few missed calls back and forth and a date and time is arranged to see Saint James.
West France, made up of Bretagne and Basse-Normandie is inaccessible. Public
transport from one part of Normandy to another largely involves a detour via Paris,
back to Reims, then on to the west proper.

What amazes me is the sheer number of processes involved in making a garment. So
many, in fact, that nobody seems entirely certain of the number. What they do know is
that it takes four weeks to make one jumper....

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Posted in News By Joshua Mark Williams

Christys' News...

Posted on 22 Oct 2013

christys pork pie hat

Iconic hatter Christys' of London is firing on all cylinders at the moment (always  nice to
of a homegrown British company). They have just recruited two new machinists:
one individual
with many years of experience under his meophorical hat, and the other a
newly-minted hatter
fresh from Oxford fashion college. 

A new head of production and design has been taken onboard, as well as new blockers. 

Above you can see a picture of the pork pie hats that we've ordered from Christys' and that
will ...

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Posted in News By Natalie

A Baptism of Fire

Posted on 16 Aug 2013

Marais Paris Pub 

Deep in the winding backstreets of the Marais, there's a forest. Well, it's a bar. It's a bar
that seems to be a forest. The line between what is and isn't a forest becomes a bit
blurred when you're looking at it from the wrong side of several glasses of vin and
assorted spirits.

In the middle of this forest, tattooed, bearded barmen free-pour shots, serve with a
squeeze of lime, bark in curt French if you ask for anything not on the menu. The
menu, by the way, is beer or something on fire. Ah, ...

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Posted in News By Natalie


Just in time for summer, a new addition to our t-shirt collection has arrived: the Finistère
tee by
Armor Lux. In a life-affirming shade of red, the Finistère features a classic cut,
a boat neck, and is made from the usual high-grade 100% Fairtrade cotton favoured by
Armor Lux of France. 

Click here to see more on the Finistère > 

Posted in News By Natalie

Welcome to the New Tails Website!

Posted on 31 May 2013

We hope you like our new look: it's been a long time coming, and we love it. Alex arrived
with us back in the dark days of early spring, and what you see now are the fruits of a lot
of hard work developing a brand identity for Tails that reflects who we are today and
where we've come from.

You'll notice we've had a change of name. It makes sense for us, given that 'Tails' is how
our business has come to be known amongst the team and those who work closely with us.
It's also cleaner and more cont...

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Posted in News By Natalie

We'd like to introduce the newest addition to the Tails team. Alex is a branding and
design specialist, and will be taking us to new and exciting places over the coming months.
Big changes are afoot, and Alex is going to be footing them. So seeing as we'll be
allowing him to run amok with our public image, let's get to know him a little bit…

Background I grew up in a village in North Wales, before studying Graphic Communication
at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I've worked in design and branding a...

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Posted in News By Natalie