Just a heads up, if anyone is looking for a EU48 or EU52 in this jacket, we found a couple in the Manhattan store after doing a little post-Thanksgiving cleaning.
Agreed. Shell polish is generally wax, which doesn't moisturize much, if at all -- it just restores/evens out color and very marginally protects the shell from water/weather. Since it has that minor sealing effect, you want to make sure your shell is very well moisturized before you polish, which is what Saphir Renovateur or Venetian Creme will do. Mike sells Renovateur, which IMO is an indispensable shoe care product. I use it on all fine leathers, including Carmina dress calf. (Just not suede or nubuck of course.)
I think there's some Leffot/Leather Soul/Uncle Mac recommendation out there for shell that goes something like 20x applications of Renovateur per application of polish. I personally don't polish my shell at all -- Renovateur and Venetian Creme only.
Ok, so I have had to curtail spending for a bit, but I should hopefully have some disposable income this month, so I apologize for all of the questions, but I want to make sure that my bigger purchases are the right choices, and I have gradually been saving all of these questions up in my head haha!
First, I won a dark grey John Smedley merino V neck on ebay and it is great. However, it is definitely on the darker side of grey and I would really like a medium grey merino sweater for it's versatility. The one on the website looks kind of dark and I was wondering if you would consider it a medium grey or a dark grey?
Second, I also scored a grey CPO jacket over the summer off of ebay. It is my standard day to day jacket... I f#@*ing love it! I was wondering, how does the Eisenhower compares in both warmth and length? I am guessing it is a bit too short for my taste, but if it is at least almost as long as the CPO, it would be perfect... If it is noticeably shorter, you should totally take some of the sweet details and qualities of the Eisenhower and throw it on a CPO next year!
Also, I think that you said that you were pretty much done with restocks of the tweeds for the year, but any chance of seeing anymore grey Donegals?
And any cap toe danite Carmina boots coming in this year?
Lastly, it is a toss up with the three shawl cardigans you got in, but I can only afford one. The navy is listed as "navy marl". Is that a true navy or is it noticeably lighter? Is the ivy marl more green or grey? It definitely seems to be the more popular choice. Which of those two do you feel is easier to integrate into a wardrobe? And you mentioned that the grey one you got in could double as outerwear to an extent. Do you think it would be comfortable to wear it during 35-45* non windy days with a scarf and a flannel?
You also asked about opinions on striped shirts. I like stripes, but I feel like they need to be fairly subtle. I think that checks can look pretty natural even when on the louder side, but stripes just seem like you are trying too hard if not done perfectly.
Oh, and the 12oz brushed cotton rivets are seriously warm! They have become my favorite casual winter pant!
Thanks for the help!