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What's that fabric, CD? It looks like it has an interesting, small-scale pattern.    Also, what's the colour? Is that a sort of olive green, rather than blue, or is it just the computer affecting the colour perception?
 Striped odd jacket with cargo trousers?  Looks like something that a host of luxury menswear brands send down the runway every year in an attempt to be different, edgy or new. 
 It's entirely possible. There's even a dedicated tailoring business in New York City, called Tiecrafters, that specialises in narrowing, widening, shortening or lengthening ties.  As to whether it's actually worth it - well, that's another question.  If you think that the tail of the tie is too long, have you tied tucking it inside your shirt or tying a double-four-in-hand knot? Unless the tail is egregiously long, that should take care of any obvious "tie pen0r" that you...
  Yes, international shipping costs are horrendous, and have been for some years. I ordered a pair of shoes from the UK a few years back, and the seller sent the wrong size. I paid to send them back via Australia Post, and he reimbursed me. Sending a pair of shoes with shoe-bags and box (no shoe trees, no other packaging) cost me $85 for the most basic parcel post by air, and I'm sure that it's gone up in the past few years, too. I was bloody glad that I was being...
 Your trousers sound as though they have "Daks adjusters" in the waist. No, not a pun on "underdaks" or "trakkie-daks", but an actual clothing company in the UK who were the first make an adjustable waistband in that style, but which was then quite widely copied. I've heard of very reputable Savile Row companies, such as Poole & Co, making bespoke trousers with Daks adjusters at the waist, so it certainly was, at one point, regarded as a perfectly acceptable feature on...
 I'd suspect that they were probably made under license. After all, a lot of reasonably upmarket brands went crazy with licensing agreements back in the 1970s and 1980s, following Yves Saint-Laurent's example, and for a while they were all happy as they were wallowing in buckets of cash. Then they suddenly realised that having your logo on cheap socks at the same time as you're trying to flog thousand-dollar suits or dresses might not be the best marketing strategy for...
 Damned alcohol limits! I was going to buy one of these 4L bottles of well-aged whisky in Japan but then realised that I'd have to drink almost half of it before I could take it onto the plane!   
It's not absolutely, 100% guaranteed, but I can confirm that the likelihood of being charged import duty is much lower if you use Australia Post as the delivery service (so have the package sent by USPS in the US, Royal Mail in the UK etc, to deliver by Australia Post in Australia), compared to if you use FedEx, DHL or other private couriers.    What's more, just to add insult to injury, companies like FedEx or DHL will usually charge you a "processing fee" on top of the...
 You can have a look on his website for pricing. Not cheap, but they are made in small quantities (for the OTR shoes) and, of course, the made-to-order shoes are made just for you. You're looking at $800 - $1000 for most of his off-the-rack (OTR) shoes, although he has a few pairs for less than that. The made-to-order info page says that the MTO shoes cost $2200 and up.  https://andrewmcdonald.com.au/custom-made-shoes I haven't handled any of Andrew's pairs but, from the...
 It really reminds me of a special edition Casio G-Shock - the colour, the shape of the case, the large screws/hex nuts.  Now, G-Shocks are great watches. My ten-year-old son has one and if you're hiking, swimming or riding a bike, they're (quite literally) hard to beat. But I wouldn't pay $19 000 for one, or for a watch that looked like one.
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