Simon Crompton about suits:
The most important thing about buying a suit is that it should have a floating canvas and not a fused canvas. You can tell quite easily if you take the front of the jacket and feel around the buttons on the inside and the outside: you can feel canvas between them. A cheap suit will have that fused - glued to the outside of the jacket - and a good one will have that floating so it’s just been stitched around the edges within the two pieces of cloth. That has lots of advantages: it means it will mould much better to the shape of the chest, making it feel much more personal and it lasts much better. Cheap fusing if you get it wet tends to bubble around the lapels, which isn’t good.
There’s a lot of ignorance about having suits altered. Most men who buy ready-to-wear never have it altered. Most men don’t realise, although made-to-measure is a little more expensive, quite how much better it will fit. Set aside ten to 20 per cent of your budget to have it altered, have the sleeves at the right length and the waist taken in properly through the skirt and up into the armhole, then get the trousers at the right length as well.
The Internet’s Population Doubled Over the Last Five Years
Royal Pingdom susses out some interesting trends about the world’s 2.27 billion Internet users:
- Africa has gone from 34 million to 140 million, a 317% increase.
- Asia has gone from 418 million to over 1 billion, a 143% increase.
- Europe has gone from 322 million to 501 million, a 56% increase.
- The Middle East has gone from 20 to 77 million, a 294% increase.
- North America has gone from 233 to 273 million, a 17% increase.
- Latin America (South & Central America) has gone from 110 to 236 million, a 114% increase.
- Oceania (including Australia) has gone from 19 to 24 million, a 27% increase.
They also note that Asia’s Internet population is almost as large* the entire Internet population was in 2007.
*My original post stated that Asia’s Internet population was almost double, not almost as large. Thanks to Anna for catching that.