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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

Archival Clothing? I have their messenger in gray, it's pretty great. No handle, though, just a shoulder strap. If you're meeting with partners and investors, you might consider a briefcase instead of a messenger bag, because it is significantly more professional.


 

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Check out Kenneth Cole.  They have leather messenger bags that range from $150 on up.  The Kenneth Cole website doesn't have much right now, presumably because they are updating their collection, but the Kenneth Cole store that I visited just before Christmas had a good selection of durable, stylish bags.

 


Both good options. Seems like Barney's carries Archival Clothing messenger bags, so they must be pretty decent. I wonder how Kenneth Cole bags are. I've always been kind of skeptical of the brand's quality, though I don't completely know why. Any opinions on Coach's men's stuff?

 

I was looking at this messenger from them. I'm considering it but I'm not certain if Coach, as a brand, tends to carry a more ... feminine stigma. Thoughts?

 

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Royce leather laptop messenger bag...

 

$110 via overstock.com

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tough to miss with brooks brothers for a classic oxford. depending on how slim you want (their slim fit fits me perfectly with a 44" chest and 36" waist, and they also have an extra slim version cut slimmer still), they might work. their non-iron shirts are absolutely killer too...I've gotten comments on the crispness of shirts I hadn't had pressed for weeks.


Great, I'll give them and the non-iron shirts a look. Thanks a lot.

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I'm the very definition of a noob. I've been working in a business casual environment for 6 years now (since college). I have a few pairs of pants, several shirts, a handful of ties, a suit, a navy blazer, and a some cheap, worn down dress shoes. I'm looking to upgrade all around, dress a little more professional, dress nicer when away from work. I'm also on a tight budget. My wife and I are trying to pay off our credit card debt, so there's not much money right now to invest in an immediate upgrade. I know I want to buy quality, rather than just buy a bunch of cheap stuff now.

 

So, my question is, what do you think is the most important single piece to own? Where do I start? I was thinking shoes, specifically black oxfords.

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I'm the very definition of a noob. I've been working in a business casual environment for 6 years now (since college). I have a few pairs of pants, several shirts, a handful of ties, a suit, a navy blazer, and a some cheap, worn down dress shoes. I'm looking to upgrade all around, dress a little more professional, dress nicer when away from work. I'm also on a tight budget. My wife and I are trying to pay off our credit card debt, so there's not much money right now to invest in an immediate upgrade. I know I want to buy quality, rather than just buy a bunch of cheap stuff now.

 

So, my question is, what do you think is the most important single piece to own? Where do I start? I was thinking shoes, specifically black oxfords.


Based on your description of your wardrobe, yeah I'd go with some dress shoes or boots. If you are on a tight budget, I'd visit thrift stores in your area. Most of the time you'll strike out, but you might come across a pair in OK condition every now and then that you like.
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Both good options. Seems like Barney's carries Archival Clothing messenger bags, so they must be pretty decent. I wonder how Kenneth Cole bags are. I've always been kind of skeptical of the brand's quality, though I don't completely know why. Any opinions on Coach's men's stuff?

 

I was looking at this messenger from them. I'm considering it but I'm not certain if Coach, as a brand, tends to carry a more ... feminine stigma. Thoughts?

 

coach_men_black_bowery_nylon_large_messenger.jpg


I really like my Mulholland angler's bag that I got used off of B&S here on SF for $250 or so. But it may be too traditional-looking for you.
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^^ For more messenger bag ideas: http://www.valetmag.com/the-mix/010412.php

 

I strongly advocate a bag that isn't black. Like brown or gray.

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Should I buy the J. Crew University Coat (Slim) (Black) for $115? I'm in college and don't have an extensive budget.
Is this good enough to be my only "coat" for the next few years?

http://www.jcrew.com/browse/single_product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441805490
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Where do I find wool trousers (especially flannel) that fit similarly to the +J tapered ones? Epaulet is 7.75 hem, while I am looking for around 7
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Where do I find wool trousers (especially flannel) that fit similarly to the +J tapered ones? Epaulet is 7.75 hem, while I am looking for around 7


I have no idea, but a tailor can easily taper the leg to a narrower opening.

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Should I buy the J. Crew University Coat (Slim) (Black) for $115? I'm in college and don't have an extensive budget.
Is this good enough to be my only "coat" for the next few years?

http://www.jcrew.com/browse/single_product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441805490

I had the non-slim version of this more than a decade ago but the style is the same. It works a lot better on taller folks, and you will get bored of the coat, but at $115 + tax for what appears to be 100% wool (mine was 80/20 wool/nylon IIRC) is a downright steal IMHO, especially if the slim version actually fits slim.
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I was going to buy it, but they didn't have my size. So yes, I think it looks great, and will still look great for several years. I can't speak to the quality of J Crew clothes, though. It's a good price.

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I was going to buy it, but they didn't have my size. So yes, I think it looks great, and will still look great for several years. I can't speak to the quality of J Crew clothes, though. It's a good price.


If you mean "won't shred to bits as soon as you look at it" when you say "quality", then yeah J. Crew is fine. Despite what some folks on SF would have you believe, clothes from J. Crew can actually last for a while. They seem to have gotten a handle on more consistent sizing in the past few years, too, though I am not an expert as I buy an average of around one piece a year nowadays.
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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

^^ For more messenger bag ideas: http://www.valetmag.com/the-mix/010412.php

 

I strongly advocate a bag that isn't black. Like brown or gray.



Hey thanks for the link. I went through Valet's recommendations and am very impressed with Saddleback Leather's bags, especially the classic briefcase and the thin briefcase: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Products/Business-Bags/

 

Definitely going to go with one of them. Love supporting small business that get it right and the owner dave really f*ing knows his leather. Any of those bags look like they'll last a lifetime.

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looking for boots that i can wear with jeans and a t-shirt, or with trousers and sport coat. already have alden wingtip boot in #8 cordovan. i like the looks of the wolverine 1000 mile and alden indy, but i don't know if they can be dressed up. thanks!
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