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Quote: Is this jarring? My tailor has never made anything this waisted before. To my eyes, no.
Quote: The classic British silhouette has shape and lots of it. The A&S look, that is the drape, is not the classic English look. Of course. I'm not saying one shouldn't wear suits with shape. Otherwise, I'd post a pic of a J. Press suit and say - Here! I'm saying that one ought to be leery of too much shape. Quote: The thing about being understated as a statement of taste is a middle class obsession not a upper class one. The British...
Quote: I'm glad someone out there is finally able to tell me what I should want and why it is the best choice. I would hate my look not to be optimal. Glad to oblige Fuuma!
Indeed. If you buy "peacock theory" as related to us by the pick-up artists, I would think that dramatic, attention-getting suits can bring in the ladies (or at least, certain kinds of ladies). But do you really want to look like a suited version of "Mystery"? (Google him if you must). But Cary Grant made them sigh too. OK, we're not Cary Grant. But I suspect that a fit and trim fellow in that classic sort of look can get the job done as well. I hope anyway.
I’ve noticed that when people post their bespoken work here, the more striking the silhouette, the more props they get. Of course, the level of dissent moves up a bit with the drama of the suit’s cut, but I sense that there are more complaints about a suit’s cut being boring, uninteresting, or uninspired than there are complaints about a suit’s silhouette being too dramatic. I certainly understand why the dramatic look gets the love. If you’re going to spend $4k+ on a...
There are several reasons I check bags: 1. Fully booked flights mean that you're lucky to get an overhead bin these days unless you are determined to do the line standing thing for 20 minutes or so at the gate. And if you're on a tight connecting flight, you're probably doomed. If you don't get that bin, you lose your leg room or have to check anyway. 2. The one quart bag for toiletries thing is murder. Hard to fit everything in the stupid bag, many of the things I...
The Mission: Identify the ideal piece of luggage that can accommodate 3 suits and five days worth of business travel. Would be nice to keep this under $500. Question 1: Should I go with a garment bag or a suitcase? Question 2: What is the best make and model of the above for my purpose? The Samsonite wheeled garment bag / suitcase that I presently have is simply not long enough to accommodate by suits, which is deeply annoying. And I travel a lot. Must...
Of course. But if I want to buy a 10-12 oz. marine blue nailhead, for instance, I'm going to have lots of cloth companies to choose from. In a situation like this, I'm going to take the tailor's advice about which is the better cloth.
OK, 19 pages of posts is about a dozen pages too many for me. But for what it's worth, I was visiting William Field today in Georgetown (DC). He's the best bespoke tailor in the city (which admittedly isn't saying much) and pretty well regarded by those who've used him. He has done Presidents and routinely works for Senators, diplomats, and others used to Savile Row work and is frequently reported to be the equal of many of the better cutters there. Last time I was...
The Golden Fleece line usually retails for $2k - $2.5k. Twice as expensive as the Madisons. They do have a website you know. You may want to visit it.
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