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Disposable Uniform or Investment Item? The 5 Ultimate Tips to Make your Work Shirts Last

“Why would I invest a lot of money in something I wear every day? It won’t last me more than a couple of months anyway!” This is the argument I hear time and time again from men who wear formal attire at the office. All too often, when we are required to stick to a dress code, we don’t feel like we have any control over what we are wearing. A garment becomes a “uniform”, and we essentially stop caring how it looks – as long as it fulfils the formal requirements.Going through a pile of shirts in a couple of months and then throwing them away (by the looks of the shirts I have seen on my colleagues recently,...

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Entrepreneurial Magic: a Thriving Restaurant in a Crisis Economy

“It is the sixth season. I hadn’t thought about it that way.” Fotis Karageorgiou meets us on the shaded terrace of The Barrel in Nydri harbour. The village of 800 people on Lefkas Island, off the West coast of Greece, would not strike you as the perfect place to start a restaurant in a looming financial crisis. Yet this man has pulled it off: what started as a family adventure has grown into a vibrant business with all the venue’s 40 tables packed every night, even when the rest of the harbour is empty. It is the beginning of summer, and above us, works are under way to expand the restaurant further with a rooftop terrace offering a spectacular view...

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Eddie's Five Commandments on Dressing for Public Speaking Engagements

So, you’ve accepted an invitation to speak at an event. If you are like most human beings, and can already feel the ants crawling down your, you know, at the mere thought of it, my sincere condolences. According to research, many of us fear engaging an audience more than we fear meeting our maker. Not even media and communications professionals are immune to it. I still remember how back in graduate school, some people in our group would get uncontrollable hand tremors before going out to speak in front of a class; some would go up on stage and absolutely rock it, but have their whole body covered in hives when they stepped down; one person ran out of the...

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How's This for a Creative New Year's Resolution?

The thing about New Year's resolutions is, the trend has gotten slightly out of control. As we all broadcast our lives on social media, it's apparently no longer OK to go for the classics such as "quit smoking" and "get fit". The number of inspirational posts and online tools helping you come up with creative and original New Year's resolutions, as well as the gadgets and techniques for sticking by them beyond January is simply astonishing. The trick is quite simple, though. Only the habits that you find meaningful will stick. We thought we might share one of ours, for those of you who have promised themselves they would become more mindful consumers of fashion. The First Steps We first decided to stop buying...

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Coming of Age and New Beginnings: the Three Things We Have Learned in our First Year

It has been a year since the first line of Arthur Shirtley branded shirts left the tailor's shop. Today, we have let this milestone sink in. In the never-stopping and often hectic cycle of juggling administrative duties, production, design, and promotion, always thinking ahead, we rarely take a moment to reflect on the distance that we have already traveled. We feel we are really just getting started, sitting on the cusp of something exciting. We don't usually look back, and when we do (as any novice entrepreneur can attest), we tend to see more teachable moments than accomplishments. And yet, as the year ends, a new collection is in the making, and the Online Store is finally what we want it to be, we can take a...

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