Vitale Barberis Wool Excellence Award

Posted on December 15th, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

Not to miss out on the plaudits given to Australian wool producers, Vitale Barberis has introduced its own award, which was won this year by the Hawksford family of Glenburnie.


Private White invites craftsmen down for Christmas

Posted on December 13th, by Simon Crompton in Arbiter, Events, Uncategorized. No Comments

Private White VC, the British label and factory, announced its arrival in the luxury environs of Mayfair last week with a drinks party in its new Duke Street store.


The Rake’s Whiskies of the Moment

Posted on December 12th, by Aleksandar Cvetkovic in Academy, Consume. No Comments

Here at Rake Towers we are more than partial to a wee dram or two when the situation demands that we take heart; particularly as the nights draw-in ever closer, the working day wraps itself up and yet we find ourselves locked in the office during the dead of night, desks illuminated exclusively by harsh angle poise lamps, surrounded by reams of press releases, print-outs and imperfect drafts with nothing but impending deadlines looming over us like ominous midnight spectres.


The making of a William & Son shotgun

Posted on December 8th, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

Gun and rifle makers William & Son have created a rather affecting short film to demonstrate the skill involved in the making of one of their shotguns.


Drake’s trunk shows in New York

Posted on December 5th, by Simon Crompton in Events. No Comments

Today and tomorrow Drake’s will be holding trunk shows at The Armoury and then Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Do stop by if you’re in the area – there will be some great vintage material available.


The blog of Budd

Posted on December 1st, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

You wouldn’t pick Budd shirtmakers to have a blog, but it does. Earlier in the year, it treated us to a potted history of the bow tie. More recently, it has capitalised on the mini-resurgence of the cravat (again, trendiness not being necessarily what you expect) to provide a similar history.


The Dandy Lab pop-up shop

Posted on November 26th, by Simon Crompton in Events. No Comments

Of all the pop-up stores launching in London in December, The Dandy Lab is perhaps the most intriguing. Founders Peter Jeun Ho Tsang and Julija Bainiaksina tell us they have created a technology-enhanced shop that uses image recognition to suggest personalised purchases and styling to visitors.


Panerai Only

Posted on November 24th, by Simon Crompton in Uncategorized. No Comments

In December, the auction house Artcurial will stage an international exhibit and auction of Panerai watches entitled Panerai Only.


Giving From The Heart

Posted on November 18th, by Wei Koh in Academy, Arbiter, Consume, Events, Features. No Comments

His impeccable taste has translated into a globally successful luxury label — and one of the most enviable vintage car collections on the planet. But what is less known about American designer Ralph Lauren is that he has also been quietly — yet astonishingly generously — using his vast resources to support numerous philanthropic programs, most notably in cancer care and research. While he’s not inclined to publicise all the good he’s been doing, The Rake’s Founder and Editor-In-Chief  Wei Koh feels that recognition of this American hero is long overdue.


Bodiley’s expands with winter range

Posted on November 17th, by Simon Crompton in Maison. No Comments

Bodileys, the Northampton shoe brand designed by ex-Edward Green last–maker John Garner, has recently expanded its high-end range of shoes with two styles more suited to country and winter wear.