On the right sidebar, you will see many links, but truth be told I do not have a relationship with any of them. The reason I provide a link is that I am a customer. At one time or another, I have a purchased at least one product from them and find them to be of great design and quality. I am also a subscriber to The Rake Magazine and the Brooks Brothers blog.
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. I have a decent closet as a man and own some nice bespoke, made to measure and ready to wear pieces. I feel that you should buy quality items that are classic and will stand the test of time. I hate fads, crazy hues, and brilliant shiny material when it comes to what I like to wear. I prefer a certain style but have been known to wear some more modern pieces of clothes as long as they fit alongside my preferred look and they are of great quality and constructed well.
For instance, on my blog, I will only feature great items but truth be told that may come at a slight cost, and there are times I go to vintage clothing shops and look for gently used quality pieces, that I incorporate into my wardrobe. Being refined does not mean you have to spend tons of money but it does mean being discriminating when picking good quality items and being able to identify the material and construction since those are important when buying pieces that you may need to be altered.
So do not worry, I am just a small time fashion blogger, here is an interesting fact, I been blogging as The Dicky Bow for over 12 years, that is how long this blog has been around. The other problem that after 12 years, a system glitch caused the entire site to go down and we lost 12 years of written content but on the bright side we have recovered all our photographs and while doing it found some of the past written content.
My decision though was to move forward blaze a new trail, write new content and along the way make sure we have weekly backups and hopefully after 12 years The Dicky Bow will start to be one of the more recognizable places on the web where you can get honest advise from a guy that really likes to dress and look good and more importantly does not profit from any relationships with manufacturers.