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^Two words for those who ask that first question: Arthur Ashe.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Dry clean...its worth the $$.

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

NYR is correct. Dry cleaning and professional pressing make linen look the best. That said I washed and dried by linen windowpane Walts once. The did shrink, maybe .75 to 1 in the waist and a little in the length. I assume a cold wash and hang dry would create very minimal shrinkage. Washing yourself means they will look wrinkled in a way very different from how linen rumples through wear. Personally I'm not skilled enough with an iron to get them looking good after a wash. Mine are due to be picked up from the cleaners this week.
Enjoy the trousers. Linen is a great fabric. Very tough and very cool.
Thanks for the advice, fellas.

While we're on the topic of dry cleaning, how often do you guys dry clean your wool pants? I'd consider myself a pretty clean guy, and don't really get my hands and pants dirty. I haven't really found the need to take any of the wool pants that I've been buying recently to the dry cleaners yet, but it makes me feel like some sort of dirty hobo.

Also, I know that each time you dry clean clothes, it will result in some degree of disintegration of the clothes' fibers due to the harsh chemicals used. With all that said, is there a certain number of wears that you guys will put on your pants before taking them to the cleaners, or is it more on an as-needed basis?
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^ It's a quick-release "Winchester" belt from Equus Leather.

Great. Thanks. Thought i had seen that somewhere, but couldn't pull it up again.

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Asked this too in the Quick Questions thread to no avail -

for anyone w/ experience in both brands, how do Epaulet OCBDs size up compared to those from WolfvsGoat? Recently had to move on a L Before Dinner (too tight under the arms) and will probably be going w/ XLs in the same cut because the body still fit very well. Would I be more suited to a L or XL in Epaulet shirting?
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lifestyle shot from a buddy's wedding yesterday

 

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Epaulet Navy Caine hopsack blazer (goes with anything)

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Originally Posted by jimney View Post

Finally got a chance to wear my infrared polo today, and I'm totally in love with it - it is worth every penny.  I'm really excited to see what colors are in store for fall.

One question on the future, as well: for the next run, will the sizing be the same but the labels be different (meaning that a small from this run would be labeled as a medium next run, but have the same measurements)?  This might have been explained already, but I can't seem to find it.

That's great, I'm really thrilled that you're so pleased with the polos!

You know, I think that we're going to stick with the current sizing for the Fall production - just so we don't confuse everyone. In the future, we'll just offer sizes XS through Large to better match out shirting.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

This leads to an interesting question (that may be too "company secret" but worth asking) -
How do y'all decide on how something will fit, starting from scratch all the way to a finished product? Do you build things specifically for your models, so to speak, meant to fit them perfectly? Epaulet is obviously elevated enough that everything isn't vanity sized for the typical American shopper either - how do you guys establish "fits" in the first place?

Good question. We do the hard way, with a ton of samples and a lot of fit testing. As a general rule, we cut for an athletic physique - which means it works for a whole range of guys. It won't fit crazy tight on very thin guys, it won't be baggy on larger guys. The people that you see posting here: NYR, kgmessier, wj4, Stan Van, and of course Dylan are very much "in the pattern" of who we cut for.

When I make a sample of a new garment, I'll have Dylan try it on and I'll work to have 10-12 other guys try it as well. We have a constant stream of good customers in our shops so this is easy for us to do. From there we make tweaks and adjustments, determine sizing and scaling, and go from there. It's expensive to work the way that we do, but since we tend to make single shapes (rivet chino, Southwick jackets, walt trousers) and punch them out in a ton of fabrics, then it's worth the time and expense to ensure that the shape is as ideal as possible before launching it.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I'm in the camp of the "too tight polos & tees" with Mike. I do it because I was a fat bastard at a couple of points in my life, once in college, where I had a skinny frame and then ate McDonalds every night for 3 years at 2AM, and the other was after I started dating my wife, and we got engage. The second time I didn't weigh nearly as much but was much bigger because I had put a bit of muscle on the first time I lost all the weight. ANyway, my point is we all wear what we do and how we do it for different reasons. That's one of the things I love about "this thing of ours". In order to be in this, you don't need to cut your finger and burn your family saint, but you have to able to recognize from where the critiques you get come from, and take what you want to take to heart. Like Mike, I don't think I will ever be in the camp of not having my shirts be too tight, I just like them that way, and feel I have the physique to pull them off. I was, in the past, wearing many of my pants too tight. That criticism I DID take to heart, cause it was damn uncomfortable, and I old my 32s and sized up to 33s, and I'm happier for it. So I'm glad people offer their views, but I'm also glad we don't have some of the snark that exists in other threads. I totally put that off to Mike's CONSTANT presence here. Not like he's a chaperon, but its his store, and he enjoys seeing how his stuff is worn, because like most of us, he understands that there's different strokes to row the boat. Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the matter. So Mike, when do you think some of that fall stuff will drop in shop? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Very nice, thanks for posting this! And we should start getting Fall pretty soon - I'd say our first big deliveries will arrive around the end of August. The Carmina delivery going live in the next 7-10 days has a lot of thicker Fall styles too. We've got good stuff coming!
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Scarlet Walt: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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This is just freaking fantastic.

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Originally Posted by arahat View Post

Mike, will there be a re-stock of the Walt Linen navy trousers (or the navy windowpane version)?
Ah sadly we're all tapped out for linen this season. I believe that I have some more of the "cobalt" blue fabric though from Factory Finds - if you PM Matt at leftofthedial he can set you up with a special order if you're interested.
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Dear Epaulet:
Madras Rivets, please. biggrin.gif
Haha, that would be awesome! The only madras trousers that we'll have this year are the Factory Finds ones that closed a few weeks back.

But I can tell you this - we have three GORGEOUS colors of Italian wool flannel for Rivet Chino production this Fall. There's burnt orange, cranberry, and a really handsome brown with a very subtle purple cast. Very much a trio of Fall leaves colors. With the herringbone taping down the side, they are going to be freaking killer. Should come in around late September.
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Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg View Post

I wore the polo out for the first time today. What do you guys think of the fit on me from the pics below? I'm wearing a size M and my chest measures 39".
I get a bit of a "batwing" effect when I raise my arms and there seems to be a bit of excess fabric around the shoulder area for me. But the torso fits the way I like it, and I don't think I'd want it tighter. Epaulet Polo (Click to show)

+1 to seeing a pic from a little further way. It looks good to me though, especially if you don't want the polo super-fitted. I think that you could size down to a Small, but it would fit you like a Medium fits me.
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quick weekend fit with the papaya rivets. The color is fantastic, and the weight is just about perfect for summer.
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Awesome, those look so boss!
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Originally Posted by Adubz View Post

Will there be a restock in the blue buttondown collar oxford shirt? It's sold out in medium ffffuuuu.gif

Oh definitely, we always have those on order. A lot of our factories close for their Summer holidays these days, so incoming shipments are a little sparse, but I imagine we'll be back in stock on these in mid-August or so.
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

I purchased a pair of navy linen Walts today on Matt's suggestion. They're my first pair of linen pants (linen anything, actually), and I'm pleasantly surprised by how breathable they really are.
How do all of you who have purchased linen pants wash them? Do you have to hand wash them, or can you throw them in the washing machine? How is the shrinkage in comparison to other fabrics?

Thank you sir! I'd definitely recommend dry-cleaning them though. If you do want to wash them, do a hand-wash in your sink with a very mild soap. You won't get enormous shrinkage, but you will get outrageous wrinkles after it dries.

Linen's a great fabric that really wicks moisture very well. I might dry-clean my linen pants twice a season - three times max. Provided you're not staining them or spilling things on them, just hanging them up and letting them air out is usually enough (for me at least) to keep them looking good.
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

Thanks for the advice, fellas.
While we're on the topic of dry cleaning, how often do you guys dry clean your wool pants? I'd consider myself a pretty clean guy, and don't really get my hands and pants dirty. I haven't really found the need to take any of the wool pants that I've been buying recently to the dry cleaners yet, but it makes me feel like some sort of dirty hobo.
Also, I know that each time you dry clean clothes, it will result in some degree of disintegration of the clothes' fibers due to the harsh chemicals used. With all that said, is there a certain number of wears that you guys will put on your pants before taking them to the cleaners, or is it more on an as-needed basis?

It's very true that dry-cleaning will reduce the life of any garment. The less that you can do it, the better.

Just like the point above with linen, I feel that you only need to dry clean if (1) you spill something on the trousers, (2) they start to stink - and even that can often be aired out, especially if you have a place to hang them outside or (3) the look sloppy and you want them cleaned and pressed.

Invest in good hangers and be religious about hanging up your trousers in the proper way after you wear them. If you have a yard or a back porch, hang them outside on a nice day to air them out. Dry cleaning as little as possible is good for your garments, good for your wallet, and good for the environment.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

Asked this too in the Quick Questions thread to no avail -
for anyone w/ experience in both brands, how do Epaulet OCBDs size up compared to those from WolfvsGoat? Recently had to move on a L Before Dinner (too tight under the arms) and will probably be going w/ XLs in the same cut because the body still fit very well. Would I be more suited to a L or XL in Epaulet shirting?
Probably XL. I take a M in WvG BD shirts, and a M in Epaulet. The fit is different, though. I think the WvG BD shirts have a more significant taper than Epaulet shirts do.
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

Probably XL. I take a M in WvG BD shirts, and a M in Epaulet. The fit is different, though. I think the WvG BD shirts have a more significant taper than Epaulet shirts do.

Thanks for this ^^ Trying to decide if some final sale point collar OCBDs on the site were worth a blind buy smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

Thank you sir! I'd definitely recommend dry-cleaning them though. If you do want to wash them, do a hand-wash in your sink with a very mild soap. You won't get enormous shrinkage, but you will get outrageous wrinkles after it dries.
Linen's a great fabric that really wicks moisture very well. I might dry-clean my linen pants twice a season - three times max. Provided you're not staining them or spilling things on them, just hanging them up and letting them air out is usually enough (for me at least) to keep them looking good.
It's very true that dry-cleaning will reduce the life of any garment. The less that you can do it, the better.
Just like the point above with linen, I feel that you only need to dry clean if (1) you spill something on the trousers, (2) they start to stink - and even that can often be aired out, especially if you have a place to hang them outside or (3) the look sloppy and you want them cleaned and pressed.
Invest in good hangers and be religious about hanging up your trousers in the proper way after you wear them. If you have a yard or a back porch, hang them outside on a nice day to air them out. Dry cleaning as little as possible is good for your garments, good for your wallet, and good for the environment.
Thanks for the response, Mike! All great information to have.

Without getting into the land of OCD (of which I can be guilty of oftentimes), can you elaborate on what you mean when you say the "proper way" to hang up trousers? I usually just fold them over once at the natural crease (lengthwise) and then drape them over the hanger.
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SVB, ace shot, you obviously had a great time icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

^Two words for those who ask that first question: Arthur Ashe.

 

Amen. In epaulet related news, I wore my mint chinos to Venice beach today and they received quite the acclaim. Something about that color is so quintessentially summer.

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Originally Posted by thecool85 View Post

Amen. In epaulet related news, I wore my mint chinos to Venice beach today and they received quite the acclaim. Something about that color is so quintessentially summer.

Would have picked those up in a moment, but the distressing/washed-out/streakiness wasn't my thing.

(Maybe a release in just a regular mint color...? nod[1].gif)
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

I purchased a pair of navy linen Walts today on Matt's suggestion. They're my first pair of linen pants (linen anything, actually), and I'm pleasantly surprised by how breathable they really are.
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+1 on the linen trousers. These are great even for hot summer weather. I'm looking forward to adding the blue herringbone and pale lime linen Walts to my collection later this summer (ordered with a quickness from the "factory finds" fabrics when they popped up).

 

Besides, Bradley Wiggins became the UK's first ever winner of the Tour de France yesterday while I was wearing my pair of striped-blue Italian linen Walts. Coincidence? I think not. Just think what they could do for you ... :)
 

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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

Thanks for the advice, fellas.
While we're on the topic of dry cleaning, how often do you guys dry clean your wool pants? I'd consider myself a pretty clean guy, and don't really get my hands and pants dirty. I haven't really found the need to take any of the wool pants that I've been buying recently to the dry cleaners yet, but it makes me feel like some sort of dirty hobo.
Also, I know that each time you dry clean clothes, it will result in some degree of disintegration of the clothes' fibers due to the harsh chemicals used. With all that said, is there a certain number of wears that you guys will put on your pants before taking them to the cleaners, or is it more on an as-needed basis?

As far as dry cleaning goes, you don't need to clean stuff that often. First thing I do is keep a good rotation (which last fall I was guilty of neglecting cause I was wearing the hell out of my flannel cargo trousers!). When I get home from work I hang the out of the closet on a door hook and brush them out with a clothes brush. Kent brushes on eBay are great and can be had for cheap. They're normally super expensive, but they put their seconds on eBay because there are knots in the wooden handle, nothing to alter how it works. I let them hang out for a day or two before putting them back in the closet. This usually means I don't need to clean them at all, but if I really wear a pair to death, I'll have them cleaned at the end of the season, but in garment bags and hung in storage until they're ready to come out again. As far as the right way to hang them in the closet, just make sure you fold over the crease, leave the trousers unbuttoned and unzipped, and most importantly that they have enough room to breathe in the closet. Same for jackets. Hope that helps.
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Are the Rudy canvas pants machine washable? I'm assuming that they are but there is a dry clean only tag on the waistband. Also I have the navy linen star shirt and is that machine washable, or would I be better to have it dry cleaned? Can't wait for the factory finds to go live this week!
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