Style Icon: Sir Michael Caine (Mr. Porter)
“Despite their London heritage, Douglas Hayward suits were in fact Italian-influenced, yet they remained characteristically British in finish. The Italian cut came to prominence during the mid-1950s when roomy double-breasted suits were the norm. It was a more youthful, body-conscious style based around a shorter jacket, narrower legs, suppressed waist and gently sloping shoulders. Supposedly this Roma cut was a reaction to the more diminutive build of Italian men. You can see the Italian effect in Sir Michael’s 1960s suits, but due to his stature a shorter jacket would have looked ridiculous. Mr Hayward took only what worked, preferring to tailor the man rather than the era.”

The Cut Of The Trouser (A Suitable Wardrobe)
“With the gradual disappearance of the waistcoat, suit trousers have begun to look more and more like the ascendant blue jean. On the occasional young and slender Italian or Brooklynite, these slim, low-rise trousers worn at the hips can look good in a trendy sort of way, particularly when worn without a jacket. With any element of this perfect storm missing, calamity ensues. If you have any belly at all, low-rise trousers will manage to dip under it, at which point your belt looks like a tummy hammock. If you’ve got a jacket on, you’ll also have a triangle of shirt showing between your jacket closure and belt line. The hammock and the triangle call attention to your middle, while the low rise shortens legs, and neither does anything for your chest.”

The rise of the man bag (Financial Times)
“In August, when Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, gave his first big speech in his new job, he wore a single-breasted dark blue suit, a medium blue tie, a light blue shirt and highly polished black lace-ups – the uniform, in other words, of most former Goldman Sachs financial bigwigs. Except for one thing: in his right hand he was carrying not a standard attaché case in brown or black leather but a boxy, soft-sided grey bag, trimmed in black, with a large side pocket and extra-long handles. He was carrying, in other words, a man bag.”

 Isn’t it iconic… (How To Spend It)
“Since then at least 50 of the three-piece Prince of Wales suits have been made (although how many have rolled in the hay is unknown), and Mason feels the time is right to venture into the ready-to-wear market by reviving another Goldfinger classic, the cavalry twill trousers worn by Connery when he was photographed next to the totemic Aston Martin DB5. After the shot of Connery in a dinner jacket with a gun, it is probably the most famous publicity still in Bond history and there will be two styles of trousers to honour it: “The Sean [£400], a classic cut, mid-rise, with frogmouth pockets, open-lapped side seam, with strap and buckle”, and a more contemporary take called, yes, “Daniel [£200], with a lower rise, slimmer leg, belt loops, side-slant pockets and the signature open-lapped side seam”.”