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KolaKuddus: taking native international.

Posted in Grooming, LIFE, LOOKBOOK, MEN, People on the street with tags , , on February 4, 2012 by diggdis

and Mr KolaKuddus himself(in green)



Posted in Grooming, LIFE, LOOKBOOK, MEN, People on the street with tags , , , on January 23, 2012 by diggdis






The Smoking Jacket

Posted in Grooming, LOOKBOOK, MEN with tags , , , on September 14, 2011 by diggdis


A smoking jacket is an over garment designed to be worn while smoking tobacco, usually in the form of pipes and cigars, or for domestic leisure. It stems from a time when men were true “gentleman” and women had to be protected from the rancid smell of smoke. Ladies had nostrils too sensitive for the smoke to linger on their partners clothing, or so it was believed. Men would even go as far as putting on smoking caps to protect the hair (smoking slippers too). Aside from protecting the women, the jacket would also protect coats, shirts, and pants from ash or cigar burning incidents.

Smoking Jackets are cut longer than the regular jackets sitting just past the waist. The material would be a rich colored velvet or silk, it would have a shawl collar, and turn-up cuffs. Colors are typically a deep bottle green, red-burgundy(ish),  a deep colored blue, and sometimes dark brown or black, but always elegant and stylish.

Another style smoking jacket resembles more of a shower robe (as we would know it today). This slightly less formal jacket was loosely cut and sashed, had patched pockets, and was secured with a tassel. This was a favorite look of Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street fame.

The Smoking jacket should be worn with a formal shirt (with bow tie) and trousers (black or midnight blue) or gray flannels and a pair of black velvet (personalized motif optional) or leather Alberts.  You can also wear a less formal shirt with a scarf or ascot tied jauntily about the neck.

The  smoking jacket is one of the last vestiges of men’s wear which survives from the era when men wore different clothing based upon time-of-day and location. It is for this reason that different opinions as to where and when the smoking jacket is to be worn.

The smoking jacket was originally made as an ‘at home wear’ or when entertaining close friends. However if you are not the type to spend hundreds on a jacket to stay at home in, the modern smoking jacket would perhaps be a more suitable option. The modern smoking jacket is a stylish piece that can be worn while in a lounge, out in public, and works with any style of clothing (jeans, chinos, wingtips, loafers, etc).


Posted in Grooming, LIFE, MEN on May 20, 2011 by diggdis

Cool as white.

Posted in Grooming, LIFE, LOOKBOOK, MEN, WOMEN with tags , , on May 20, 2011 by diggdis

I don’t care what you say, but to me nothing looks cooler than a white well fitted shirt. Worn alone it looks absolutely stunning. Think about it. this single piece of clothing is so cool when worn well it makes people look twice when you walk down the street or into bar.

A well fitted white shirt, like blue denims and a classic cut black suit is one of the safest piece of clothing you can own, and its also the perfect base layer for pairing underneath cardigans, blazers, long jackets or just about anything else. Now if that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is.

From preppy to punk the white shirt is a basic must have for all wardrobes.

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Posted in Grooming, LIFE, People on the street on May 5, 2011 by diggdis

Navy blue, the new Black?

Posted in Grooming, LIFE, MEN with tags , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by diggdis

When I was young, I thought black was the ultimate colour for a suit. Of course the ultimate colour of a suit depends entirely on the person being asked. Their preference, their style, their individuality amongst a vast number of other possible reasons, however this post is not about the ultimate colour of a suit.

I really can’t remember the last time I saw someone wearing a black suit. A while ago grey was the new black, but it seems navy blue has taken over. And why not? I personally don’t know what it is specifically, but there’s something about a navy blue suit that makes the wearer look distinguished, sophisticated and exudes class. Even Le Ross, Esquire’s best dressed real man in Britain 2010, had three bespoke suits made recently, setting him back between £800 to £3,500 for each, all in shades of navy. He talked about it on his blog, and the first line he wrote is ‘At what point do you suddenly become aware that you’ve “made it’’?’

I am still of the opinion that every man should have at least one well fitting classic cut black suit in his closet, but if you want a suit that could possibly get you an upgrade from business to first class on an aeroplane, I think you should at least give a navy blue suit some strong consideration.


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