The Elegance Gazette

In the British Empire – in whose shadow I was born in the Island of Ceylon and its Dependencies, today Sri Lanka, anything of official significance was recorded in the “London Gazette”. Hence such expressions as “gazetted” for official recognition and the military honour “mentioned in dispatches”.

Today style is a global interest although I would not call it imperial. There are still noteworthy events and experiences in the evolution of a gentleman’s character or his stylistic career. This “gazette” makes no claim to completeness but aims to record the manner in which elegance unfolds and to recognise what may be too easily overlooked in life’s campaigns and struggles.

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In line, on line.

In mathematics there is a distinction between a linear progression and an exponential one. People age and earn a wage whose incremental increase is

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Branded.

In the days, long past, when most things people owned were locally made, the quality and cost were visible at the point of sale.

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Home shoes.

Walk softly… With these words a notorious, late 19th century American statesman described his foreign policy. He was no doubt thinking of boots. However

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Evenly coated.

The penultimate cover in the gentleman’s wardrobe is the shield between his shirt and the abrasion from movement in the world. A wooden vessel

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Threadbare.

Ever since saccharine was sold to the US Army in the Great War as a cheap substitute for natural sugar, there has been a

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Derivatives.

At the end of the 20th century the rapid rate of changes in society and the economy stimulated an awareness of new challenges and

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Bespoke Mystique.

In my youth, ready-to-wear was still a luxury. These items were imported, too. Instead my mother, like the mothers of many of my schoolmates,

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