The Dandy Lab pop-up shop

Posted on November 24th, 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.


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.


Troubadour pops up in London

Posted on November 16th, by Simon Crompton in Maison. No Comments

Among the more interesting of the Christmas pop-ups in London is Troubadour’s Dover Street store, open for November and December. It’s worth a look to see the characteristic thick, veg-tanned, largely black leathers in person.


Vitale Barberis and Gieves & Hawkes celebrate

Posted on November 14th, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

This week many of us at Rake HQ spent a wonderful evening with Gieves & Hawkes and Vitale Barberis Canonico. Held as a formal dinner in the Gieves store, it was one of the most genuinely enjoyable events we have been to. A lovely mix of friends, industry and bespoke clients – many of them from the worlds of sport and art.


Canali: 200 Steps with Michael Douglas

Posted on November 10th, by Simon Crompton in Atelier, Maison. No Comments

As part of its continuing ‘200 Steps’ series, Canali introduces Michael Douglas as the very incarnation of artistic mastery.


Johnstons of Elgin: a personal touch

Posted on November 7th, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

Scotland’s old weaving companies, such as Johstons of Elgin, tend to be great at quality manufacturing but not so hot on innovation. It was nice to see, therefore, that Johnstons has taken the step of introducing an online embroidery service, which can be applied to a range of its products.


Eveningwear at Emma Willis

Posted on November 3rd, by Simon Crompton in Bespoken. No Comments

As the weather turns that touch colder, gentlemen begin receiving invitations to holiday-season events – cocktails, dinners, galas. Generally evening events these require, if not black tie, then at the least an evening ensemble with a similar sense of glamour, cloaked in monotone tailoring. Emma Willis, among English makers, offers a handsome and surprisingly broad selection of such clothing.


A Meeting of Minds; Salvatore Ambrosi and Saint Crispin’s at The Armoury in New York

Posted on October 30th, by Aleksandar Cvetkovic in Academy, Consume, Features. No Comments

On the thirteen and fourteenth of October, The Armoury in New York played host to a meeting of minds. Bespoke trouser maker Salvatore Ambrosi and shoemakers Saint Crispin’s came together to exhibit their wares to the city’s sartorially savvy and once again, American Rake Mr. K.E. Guerre was in attendance to report on proceedings.


Dunhill Links Glamour and Golf

Posted on October 30th, by Luke Carby in Arbiter, Events, Pocket Guides. No Comments

The Alfred Dunhill Links is gloriously alchemical. For one weekend in October you’ll see things that don’t, and can’t, happen in any other place; you’ll see the world no.792 golfer beat the world no.1; you’ll see the dunhill bespoke tailoring team getting a putting lesson from Bill Murray