1. M

    Braces (Suspenders): Are they still relevant?

    I don’t like low rise trousers at all. These do fall where I want them to.
  2. M

    London

    I ran into Mr. Petrik there late last year. Love that place. Red Phone Booth downtown currently allows you to bring them as well, but I expect after the first of the year when indoor smoking is further restricted and tobacco sales are a factor that will change.
  3. M

    London

    Another question - some bars that allow cigar smoking clearly state that cigars must be purchased there. Is that the case in most places? Cigar prices at hotel bars for the most part are reasonably marked up, but some of them are downright appalling. (A comparison would be the St. Regis here in...
  4. M

    London

    Now would be a good time to do it. DragonCon, the big sci-fi/fantasy convention (100,000 attendees), was Labor Day weekend and the should be back up to standard. During the event, they only serve freshly made drinks if you order in the dining room. Otherwise they're made in enormous vats...
  5. M

    London

    The one in Atlanta is the last US location personally planned by Vic Bergeron. The only other is in Emeryville CA.
  6. M

    London

    I was Major Metcalf in a high school production. Thank you for the recommendations!
  7. M

    London

    Thanks, Andy! I have no need for a shotgun (and I’m sure the TSA would prefer I not bring one back), but I know they do some very nice clothes. I’m trying not to be too decadent but I did plan for at least some extravagant meals.
  8. M

    London

    Hilton Park Lane. Cashed in all my Hilton points for three free nights. Atlanta has the last original Trader Vic’s in the US so I’m eager to see another. Will definitely check out the pubs you recommend. Drinking, smoking, shopping. Hopefully I’ll get to do something cultural at some point.
  9. M

    London

    I suspect if I lived there I would prove Dr. Johnson wrong and eventually be tired of it. And once I visit some establishments and develop a level of comfort I will feel better about ordering online. I miss belonging to a club. The reciprocity agreement had some nice options in London but I...
  10. M

    London

    Thanks - I’ve been told the Lanesborough has a nice cigar lounge as well. Hoping the weather holds; the Ritz web site says it closes for the season “Mid-September” but they take reservations much later.
  11. M

    London

    After being an Anglophile all my adult life, with no right to the privilege (even the Churchills in my family are Irish), I’m finally going to London next month. Any recommendations on shops or restaurants is appreciated. Particularly ones that offer cigars. I’ll be at a hotel by Heathrow the...
  12. M

    Tears under collar stays

    My first thought was that the stays may be too long. It’s helpful to compare the ones that came with the shirt to any more substantial ones you use. That can cause holes on either end.
  13. M

    Braces (Suspenders): Are they still relevant?

    I’ll still try to use the British terms, lest they try to sell me something suitable for a Rocky Horror singalong...
  14. M

    Braces (Suspenders): Are they still relevant?

    My newest suit has side adjusters and I’ve found I don’t wear braces or a belt with them, but I’m a big fan of braces. When there’s a big drop between your chest and waist but you’re not athletic, it helps the look of the trousers. In preparation for a trip to England I’m reading up on...
  15. M

    grooming Haircuts- - how often?

    I try to go every four weeks. Now I use a place that sets appointments - when I was using the small private shop nearer my house he started taking frequent vacations and when he was there you had to be in the door by 2pm or he’d send you away. Next month I’ll be in London and my appointment at...