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Well I went into their Regent St shop and had a pop at getting some of the jacquard fabric. Their main man said that it was basically their design and they wouldn't want to let anyone else make a shirt with stuff which was recognizably theirs. The only other option was to buy two shirts and cannibalise one but that would end up being one expensive shirt by the end. A damn fine looking one mind.
I did actually buy one last year (a gorgeous purple paisley number) but their collar sizes were just not right. After a lot of thought I eventually overcame my lust for the cloth and decided that comfort had to win over vanity. However, I still really love the material and I would pay lots to get my hands on some. Perhaps its just not meant to be.
I was in Hoi An a few years ago and I had the pleasure of trying out some of the tailors. It is not true that they are all rubbish but it is true that if you go bargain basement you will get what you pay for. So while it may sound an excellent idea to get 10 shirts for almost nothing you will find they will fall apart quickly or go all bobbly on you. I know from experience - having the trousers of a Hoi An suit split on me. I have another one though from a proper tailor...
I have been looking at the shirts that Duchamp are selling (http://www.duchamplondon.com/shop/shirts/ and some of their fabrics are almost too lovely for words. The only trouble is that I don't like their collars. Does anyone know if its possible to get fabric like this anywhere so I can have some shirts made to my spec?
"Would it be frowned upon to go into a store and say that I only wanted to try things on? Do they judge you by the clothes you walk in on?" I think this is a good point about how confident (or not) you feel about how you are dressed now. I think you have to chin up and walk into any shop confidently. They (the people working in the you think are judging you) are all interested in selling you clothes and until you walk out you are a person with the potential to spend...
I have been getting material from Textile King in Soho and a couple of places on Regent Street but I would love to have a better range of material - mainly for shirts- to check out. I am bored with seeing office shirt material. Any help would be lovely.
Good advice on getting the basics above. I would recommend getting to know the local second hand stalls and shops. There is always something worth having even if its just a good tie and you will get a good view of the variety of different cloths and patterns. Ths way you can finesse what your style is and have several decades of stuff to give inspiration. Even if you don't buy anything. I got a lovely suede jacket for £10 last weekend and found a place in Camden market...
Sorry to bring it back to polo shirts but I think there are two problems with them. The first is that with the collar up they are such an upper class no chin Henry look (both male or female) that it would make it very easy come the revolution to see who needed putting up against the wall. That aside, I agree with the general view that they can look good if they are the right fit. However, this comes to the second problem - the tendency for their collars to end up all...
I think you are right about it being mainly women. Perhaps this is because women buy shoes more regularly. Men tend to buy shoes for functional purposes and wear them into the ground whereas women buy shoes for fashion. As for dry cleaners and that being any excuse for the creases - there are no excuses for this crime. Blaming others for your misdemeanours merely brings more shame on your family.
What i really really fkn hate is when people don't take the price sticker off the sole!!!!!!!! Oh for the love of their dignity and soul!!!! Anyway, another thing I really hate is anyone wearing a suit jacket, smart shoes and jeans. Just think of Tony Blair et al trying to look like one of the guys and go all casual. I can feel a retch coming on just thinking about it so I'll have to pause to regain what little composure I had. If guns were legal in the UK and I was the...
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