2 January 2015

Happy New Year! A look back on 2014

Another year has passed and it's time to have a look at what's been happening on the blog during the last year. I will use this post to present some of my favourites from last year. With this look back on some highlights from a year passed, I would to wish you all the best for the year to come, may it be the best one yet!

My best discoveries 2014
Having had a quick look through the blog post for this year, there is little doubt what's been my favourite discoveries. The first is the nightshirt and nightcap which I wrote about in February. I don't know why I hadn't discovered these wonderful garments before, but I'm glad I did. I urge everybody to try to sleep in a nightshirt and nightcap, and although the nightshirt (and definitely not the nightcap) hasn't been in fashion for a good many decades, I wish it all the best for the future.
The other discovery I am particularly pleased with is also something I hauled back from the past. You can read all about my switch to the safety razor and more traditional shaving here.
As comfortable as one gets with nightshirt and
nightcap from Peter Christian.
Photo: AGL
Reverting to more traditional ways of shaving has been a delight this year.
Photo: AGL
Best new product 2014
I did try some new products this year but there's only one I feel is worthy of an extra mention here. In the summer I was offered to try the shaving products from the newly established company Cornerstone. Everyone who's read my review of the Cornerstone products will know that I was very pleased with what they had to offer. I can honestly say that the Cornerstone shaving solution is one of the best I've tried and should be recommended.
Cornerstone has done an excellent job with their new shaving products.
Photo: AGL
Sartorial highlights of 2014
Clotheswise, it's been a rather good year. I've had two orders with Cad & the Dandy with which I've been very pleased. The first one was this checkered three piece suit I wrote about over four blog posts. The final post came in February. The second Cad & the Dandy creation was a new boating jacket I got last summer. Both the suit and the jacket are statement pieces made from quite bold patterned fabrics and have become some of my wardrobe favourites. In both cases, the cloth is British made by Huddersfield Cloth.

The third item I had made this year was this magnificent overcoat Di Pecora made for me, with great British tweed from Hunters of Brora. You can read more about it here.

The last thing I want to mention is that I got my first ever day cravat this year. I think this was a step in the right direction for me and I hope to see more people wear this lovely adornment for the neck in the years to come. Read about the day cravats here.

My first day cravat. A lovely piece from Cravat Club.
Photo: AGL
It's been a rather good year and I hope it will continue in 2015. I will, at least, continue to write for the blog in the hope that it will be of inspiration to someone. As a wish for the new year I hope more people will embrace the gentlemanly way of life. If everybody would try to behave a little better and be more tolerant of other people, the world would instantly become better place.
Happy new year!  

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