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Issue 45; Editorial, 9th May 2022

Better late than never is what I have never said but I feel that it comes into play here, unless you were quite happy not to see my written words before you eyes, surely this is not the case.  I am going with the fact you are very happy for Issue 45 to be published on this day of May.

Spring is truly here and we are getting a glimpse of that summer sun around the corner, so with this being the changing of the seasons, comes the changing of the wardrobe and of a few others things as we go from cold to warmth outside.  This issue is mostly leaning on the fashion side of things, with my thoughts on bespoke on two occasions this year, one not so summery and also kicking up a stink about, well, stink.

Enjoy the issue and enjoy your Spring and early Summer.


Issue 45; The Rough Lapel: Jacket Sir? Volume 2

Too much choice is always a problem, the now well known coffee order dilemma, it would just be nice to have fewer options.  Of course in other areas what you want is choice and one thing Norton & Townsend had was choice when it came to cloth, so the search began.

Issue 45; The Smell of Spring

I am sure you have noticed the change in weather, the sun is appearing more, even in England, and the air is warmer.  The scent of spring is in the air, sweet blossoms and fresh aromas of cut grass and warming soil.  Now have a good smell of yourself, is your woody aftershave eau de toilette or perfume seeming a bit heavy now?  Well that's because it is.

Issue 45; In The Shirt We Trust

The shirt is the greatest piece of clothing ever created.  Starting as an undergarment before moving into the must have item of clothing for any outfit.  It is the most versatile of wardrobe staples and with the many styles and cloth now out there, it is amazing any other top is needed.

Issue 45; Athleisure Disaster

When did the world start dressing like toddlers when we leave the house? Oversized tracksuits, slip on shoes with socks, the only thing missing is the blankie.  It is about time this was turned around.