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Yes, I also have a jacket made from a mix of linen, wool, and silk (also half-lined) that I like very much in the summer, though I've moved north to cooler climes and haven't tested it in Texas-sized heat. You are also correct about linen--not all linen is created equal, but a nice lightweight linen jacket with minimal lining is very nice in summer.
I hope you enjoy them! I'd have bought a pair in black if my size had been in stock. In fact I've been trolling ebay looking for a pair for about six months and bought a pair of burgundy EG Kibworths from LeatherSoul because I like my RL Darwins so much.
I always go down 1/2 size for loafers, so I buy 11.5D loafers instead of my usual 12D. My 11.5D Darwins fit very well and made me a fan of elasticated loafers because they're comfortable and look great.
I own a pair of Italian-made RLPL elasticated loafers, called the "Darwin", that I absolutely love. They are holding up very well and I would rank them somewhere between C&J Handgrades and EG in quality. I wouldn't pay full price, but I rarely pay full price for any shoes (IIRC, I bought them on ebay for about 40% of retail).(In case anyone is inteersted, I just checked the RL website to get the model name and black Darwins are on sale for...40% of retail. I'd buy another...
I wore a hopsack, half-lined blazer regularly when I lived in Oklahoma. It was relatively cool, though linen would probably be better in the summer, if your business environment can tolerate the wrinkles. My blazer is custom-made, so I don't know where you can buy one OTR.
Thanks zippyh. I may pick up a pair, if they still have my size.
Lookin' good! Do the Burnhams have a Dainite sole?
If you want to try Oxxford without looking too conservative, try the Oxxford Crest or Radcliffe models. You can find some information by doing a search of Styleforum.
Depending on the color, I might be interested.What shade of brown in "spice"? Picture?
^Excellent post. Through buying a lot and making a lot of mistakes, I've learned three very valuable lessons:1) Know what is important to you, know where to find it, and be willing to pay for it. For example, I love the way Brioni jackets look on me, but I won't pay bespoke prices to support their marketing. Also, I easily find RTW trousers that fit well, but RTW jackets do not, so I buy trousers OTR and have my jackets made for me.2) Fit is important for comfort and...
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