Elegant Shooting Jacket in Johnstons of Elgin Tweed


M-J Recommends the Tie Bar for Elegant Neckwear

M-J de Mesterton Recommends THE TIE BAR.

An Elegant Green Paisley Silk Tie from The Tie Bar

The Tie Bar–for a Few Dollars, an Elegant Man Can Own a Stack of High-Quality Silk Neck-ties

NEW from M-J: The Elegant Survivalist

Elegant Survivalist

My new site may be found here: ELEGANT SURVIVALIST–please visit it for regular updates on elegant dressing, elegant living, elegant cuisine, elegant gardening, elegant culture, basic survival tips and all things elegant. 

Thank you!

M-J de Mesterton,

Author of

Elegant Survival

CLA Game Fair in Warwickshire, 23rd-25th July

CLA Game Fair

The CLA Game Fair 2010 will be held at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, a new and exciting venue.

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 July
Ragley Hall is a well located  new venue for visitors coming from all directions. The M40, M5, M6 and M42 motorways are all located close to Alcester offering good access to the show.

The CLA Game Fair feature videos
Click here for the video player with previews of some of the features and key personalities.

Show preview interviews now available on line click here to listen!

Farlow’s of Pall Mall: Excellence in Country Pursuits since 1840

Modern-Day Nostradamus Gerald Celente Predicts Individualistic Elegance for 2010

The Elegant Survival theme, as I have promoted since 2006 here on the web, was noticed by reader Gerald Celente, who mentions it in his 2010 predictions on Fox News. The transcript is a bit muddled, so it is best to watch the video. On the George Noory Coast to Coast a.m. radio show, Mr. Celente predicted a return to making one’s own elegant clothing with retro patterns. Thanks for reading Elegant Survival, Gerald!

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Got Tweed?

Got Tweed?

Posted at 10:57 AM on January 11, 2010
Bookster U.K. Tweed Suits Made-to-Measure in England of Scottish Cloth

Men’s Sulka Raincoat, Size 40 Long


Available at Elegant Survival Shop http://www.elegantsurvival.net
Available at Elegant Survival Shop http://www.elegantsurvival.net


Coat has been sold to a fellow who lost everything in the San Diego fires.

Here is a bit about Sulka from my old Elegant Survival blog:

A. Sulka, Haberdasher to Royalty

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Sulka, Haberdasher to Royalty, Is to Close Its Last Shop in U.S.


Published: Friday, December 21, 2001 THE NEW YORK TIMES Sulka, the men’s haberdashery that once counted the Duke of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Clark Gable among its customers, will close its Madison Avenue store, the last of its shops in the United States, real estate sources said yesterday. Founded more than a century ago and long renowned for its hand-tailored shirts and ties,Sulka changed hands several times and was once owned by Syms, the chain of discount clothing retailers. It is now owned by Vendôme Luxury Group, a division of Compagnie Financière Richemont, of Switzerland. Vendôme, which also owns upscale brands like Alfred Dunhill and Cartier, this year has shuttered Sulka stores in Paris and London and six in this country, including a boutique in the Waldorf-Astoria and a store on Park Avenue and 55th Street. The only store still open in the United States is the one at Madison Avenue and 69th Street, in the former Westbury Hotel, which was converted into condominium apartments two years ago. The space now occupied by Sulka is being leased to Gucci, which will combine it with space being vacated by two other stores under the Vendôme umbrella, James Purdey & Sons Ltd. and Montblanc. Sulka is expected to move out early next year, according to officials at Chelsfield, the company that developed the condominiums. Sulka and Richemont executives refused to comment yesterday. Retailing experts said that as younger shoppers came to prefer designer labels or Italian lines like Ermenegildo Zegna and Brioni, Sulka’s appeal became increasingly limited. ”That business was geared to a generation that’s passing on,” said Walter K. Levy, the managing director for retail trends and positioning at Kurt Salmon Associates, a consulting company. ”I don’t think the younger customer follows the tradition of a men’s house.” To be successful today, a men’s wear line needs to be associated with a famous personality, said Paul Wilmot, a fashion publicist. ”If you spend that kind of money,” he said, ”you want Calvin Klein’s name on it. You want to see Ralph Lauren. These are the design authorities.” Although Sulka was long the favorite haberdashery of the carriage trade, the company did not start out that way. When Amos Sulka, a traveling salesman and retailer from Johnstown, Pa., teamed up with Leon Wormser, a custom-shirt maker born in Alsace-Lorraine, to open the first A. Sulka & Company store on lower Broadway in 1895, their initial customers were husky firefighters and police officers who found it hard to find shirts that fit properly. But eventually the store attracted wealthy customers by using their butlers as walking advertisements for its merchandise. In 1904, Sulka opened a store in Paris. A few years later, the company began operating its own laundry to shrink the cotton used in the shirts and wash off the workers’ fingerprints. In 1917, the store began taking in customers’ laundry so that they would not have to risk damaging their shirts at ordinary laundries. That service, which lasted for several decades, enabled the company to weather the Great Depression. For many years, the company primarily used fabrics woven at its own mill in Lyon, France. Always a citadel of conservative dress, Sulka was also known in the early 1960’s for offbeat luxury items like his-and-her vicuña dressing gowns and leopard-skin gloves lined with beaver. Later, the company managed to survive another serious challenge — this time from a new direction in fashion emphasizing the flamboyant. The company broadened its line without radically altering its timeless image. A smoking jacket at Sulka may cost $1,500, the fashion writer Anne-Marie Schiro wrote in The New York Times in 1985. ”But then,” she added, ”nothing from Sulka ever goes out of style.”

Sulka Double-Breasted Raincoat at Elegant Survival Shop

The Elegant Survival Source for Golf Clothing

Traditional, Reasonably-Priced Golf Clothes

Elegant Survival Recommendation

People who golf in tee-shirts and low-ridin’ pants look like rubes and slobs. Respect for the traditions of the game includes dressing in a dignified, classic style. Golf Knickers is a treasure-trove of traditional golfing trousers, shirts, hats, socks, et cetera. It’s refreshing to see their old-fashioned prices, as well as the wide array of golf classics.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009

Here is an amusing video on golf etiquette by Proper Ollie.

Classic, Elegant Shoes with the English Gentleman in Mind at Pediwear

Beautifully Made English Shoes at an Accessible Price
Beautifully Made English Shoes at an Accessible Price

English Shoes for Men, Available On-Line at Pediwear