The Rhodes Wood Blog

Ubuntu, lock it down, live long and prosper

Ubuntu, lock it down, live long and prosper

It doesn’t need me to state the obvious and tell you what strange times these are! But I will say it... they certainly are. When I was at school the summer break afforded me and my pals 6 whole weeks of getting up when we were ready , and doing more or less within...

7 Rules for a Perfectly Tailored Suit

7 Rules for a Perfectly Tailored Suit

1. The right trouser length Trouser length is important when perfecting men's ready to wear, made to measure and bespoke suits, so aim for an inch of break for a classic look. Ideally, the trouser edge should just skim the tops of your shoes. Trends are constantly...

Notes from my parents, but I’m puzzled…

Notes from my parents, but I’m puzzled…

There was a time when my mother and father advised that a pair of shoes would or should roughly cost a weeks wages and a suit, a months salary. Of course today, that’s not always the case... some people earn so much that all the crocodile in the world couldn’t fashion...

Off the peg vs. Made to measure

Off the peg vs. Made to measure

Many high street retailers will try to convince you that, with today’s improvements in production line garments, a suit bought off the peg is every bit as good as one that’s made to measure.....and in simple terms, if it fits you it probably is. We are on hand not...

Burlington Bertie, Changing Times and Carving out a Niche

Burlington Bertie, Changing Times and Carving out a Niche

Walking down the Burlington Arcade as I have when in London since turning 18, has without doubt, changed somewhat. The layout is generally the same with uniformed commissionaires manning both entrances. But, 40 years ago it was predominantly a cashmere and luxury...

STYLE AND PRESENCE, GRACE AND GOOD MANNERS Guest blog by STIG

STYLE AND PRESENCE, GRACE AND GOOD MANNERS Guest blog by STIG

In an era where the ubiquity of social media can give the most minor of celebrities the patina of fame and today’s latest fad becomes outdated almost overnight, it is worth reflecting on the true meaning of character and personality. It is an old, but nonetheless...

I’d be bored if I sat still for too long, and unashamed plugs

I’d be bored if I sat still for too long, and unashamed plugs

Time is a premium luxury! Naturally we need our health... some money to enjoy some of the finer things balanced with the simple pleasures of life. But the older I get, I resonate more and more with my father’s words... “A good bed, leather soled shoes on your feet and...

SLOW PLEASURES IN A HECTIC WORLD – Guest blog by STIG

SLOW PLEASURES IN A HECTIC WORLD – Guest blog by STIG

Change today happens so fast and on such scale that it can play tricks on the mind. There is no better example of this than the ubiquity of social media. Such has been their explosive growth and all-pervasive influence on every aspect of life that the temptation is to...

The big screen and picture books

The big screen and picture books

Many people have asked me over the years... ”What is it that has influenced you and where does your inspiration come from?”The answer is simple, it’s all around us, if we open our eyes and look.I love observing,... I would never swap a chair in a city square (for a...

A TASTE OF HONEY!!!!… Guest blog by STIG

A TASTE OF HONEY!!!!… Guest blog by STIG

When you have had a consuming interest in a particular aspect of life, it is sometimes hard to remember precisely where it all began!!! And I have, I confess, a passion for style and menswear that belies my upbringing in a mining village in Yorkshire. My grandad was a...