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March 2011


The Literary Stripper gave me Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. She’s reading English Literature at Kings. An M.A. Reckon it must be good on that basis. The cover is rather interesting too. Perusing past cover versions, they’re all dead stylish. Seem to remember some advice about this sort of thing, but think it looks like a smashing book. (Not awfully good with advice. Will regale you of head gasket/M4 rescue scenario on Monday, later. Seymour, I hear you now..). Began book last night.

“The Bright Young Things of twenties Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade.”, says the review. Much like Cecconi’s on a Thursday lunchtime then. Capricious is my word of the week. Used it yesterday about shoe style for The Rake. Hope Editor, Mr. Christian. B. Barker,  is in generous form. The use might have something to do with my purchase of these tomes below. A whole new realm of procrastination has opened up. I sit flicking between the volumes, ‘learning’ stuff, twenty five years later than I should have been.

Have a shufty at some of the other Vile Bodies covers. V. evocative. This Waugh fello better be up to scratch, wot?

TS  out for a cavort, much later.



Will get there. Just being comprehensive. These are a little bit dull from John Lobb (click). Must try harder John. See me after cobblering school.

Tan tassel loafers by John Lobb.
Chocolate Harry Monks by John Lobb.

Meanwhile at Hermès (click) , this sort of affair is going down. Subverted toe cap Oxfords often with blind seams are a trend, am sure you’d agree from what we’ve seen.

Hermes. No stitch showing on folded seams.
Proper stitch up: its all about the hand-stitch finish, also by Hermes.

Just finished Mr.Hare piece for The Rake. Gonna do a Style&Error version of Mr.Hare shortly featuring video of the shoe styler himself. Final stages of research for FT HTSI shoe feature too, so expect something mental, shoe-wise , v.soon.

Oh, and then there’s all these watches I just saw…




Right, style enthusiasts, let’s start with a biggy: undisputed sartorial Don and top ranking global luxury commentator Nicholas Foulkes, talks us through his stance in the Basel sunshine.


(click on names for links)

-Hublot Big Bang Evolution Aero. Didn’t manage to shoot Nick’s kettle in the video, but it was on a waterproofed ‘gummy’ alligator strap. Have requested exact spec. from the man, (picture may also need adjusting).

Rubinacci brown chalk stripe suit.

Eric Cook shoes.

Ray Ban ‘Aviator’ sunglasses

ST Dupont lighter in Cohiba livery.

Foulkes was dropping style in Basel like only he can. Style&Error doffs its Fedora to the man and his stance. Leave a comment if you fancy. Say anything out of line and we’ll send Luca Rubinacci round to criticise your pochette collection.

TS out.

Basel Nouveau Hippies

Basel, Switzerland, and in my alternative lodgings, Hemant, from India makes me Chai tea first thing before he goes to work. He explains that after ‘you’, (The British), came to India and got right into tea, the Indians then ‘modified’ the recipe and invented Masala Chai, or spiced tea. It’s exceptionally good.

Hemant & Heir Laffer: Yin & Yang of beverage.

I stay with The Nouveau I.T. Hippies in this town. I eschew the agro’ of boarding in Zurich, France or Germany.  I also swerve the prison barges mored on the Rhine in Basel, reserved for the journo hoards. Instead I lodge in the spacious rooftop apartment of three maverick techno-science fellas. They are modern hippies in effect. Staying there is the perfect antidote the onslaught of the immense watch trade fair, propelled by money, markets and consumerism. The Nouveau I.T. Hippies have a sense of humour. The WiFi code they offered me was bespoke. It read lauf-Forest-lauf. Run-Forest-run in English. I think they might be gumping me off.

Spring at the Wasserturm, Bruderholz, Basel.

Spring arrived this week, for some places and people. Running past the Wasserturm (water tower) I’ve discovered and into the low hills of Basel is a proper delight. It cleared my head. With this clarity I now plan to upgrade things on Style&Error. The comment will remain, but I want to bring various regular weekly items into play. STYLE-REFEREE will be one. STYLE&ERROR VIDEO STANCES are another.

When I get back from my 10k run, Heir Laffer has made me Swiss coffee. It’s also very good. Hemant and David Laffer are the Yin and Yang of morning beverage hospitality. They leave me firing on cylinders I didn’t know I had. He’s left me one in the chamber. Lock and load Dave. Lock ad load.

Basel World, watch Mecca.

The big scary Basel watch fair? Bring on the utter horology of it all…

TS on it like Gromit.


What happened to Shoe Fortnight you might ask? It’s still on. It’s just becoming more protracted than one anticipated.

The Pierre Triptych.

One of the key protagonists of sophisticated shoe nuance and Mistress of ‘Dandy on the D-Low’ is Berluti. Olga Berluti (click). Not gonna bang on about her at length now, but am gonna post the ‘Pierre Triptych’. Three styles of Pierre but with different accents for different times of the day. Or mood. Or anything. Beautiful shoes, technically Oxfords, but mainly just beautiful.


Olga collaborated and made shoes with some pretty significant men last century. Picasso, Frank Sinatra, Andy Warhol. She and Andy came up with these loafers. They’re a modern classic. The new versions are extremely fanciable in a mix of canvas and leather trim. That’s it for now. I’ve gotta go to Basel for the watch fair in the early hours of this morning. Probably  no postage from there. Or shoes updates. Nought. Or, maybe I’ll work out how to remote post, but if not…I leave you with Andy’s loafer legacy.

TS off.

PS. I’ve got a friend….

..who only wears Andys now. He’ll be in Basel. The flash Basel-tard.

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