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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

Warm today, warm yesterday, even warmer today:

 

I GET THE REFERENCE

 

am I first? what do I win

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Your reply gets an awesome thumbs up!
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I received my first MTO shirt in the mail today, a blue oxford with a cutaway collar.  My first impression was good.  My next impression was a little different.

 

In the mirror, I noticed that the gauntlet buttons were in noticeably different positions, one sleeve seemed a bit short and the collar looked crooked, so I got to work inspecting the shirt.  

 

Upon further inspection I have discovered that the sleeves 3/16" different in length.  A small amount, but the shorter sleeve happens to be on my longer arm.  With the sleeve plackets and cuffs lined up, it is easy to tell that one gauntlet button is off center (lengthwise) by 1/2."  Also, the darts are each a different length, a different shape, and in a different location.  The sewing on the darts seems sloppy to me.  I could find little evidence that the collar was crooked, except that the collar stays were sewn in at different angles.

 

I realize that my inspection may be a bit excessive.  However, yesterday, I found a hole in the fabric of my hopsack trousers.  I noticed this, literally, within the first 4 hours of wear.  The pants have seen no trauma or abuse.

 

I'm a bit new to all of this, so I don't know how much variation should be expected.  I think that some of these things may be within the appropriate tolerances, but some seem pretty questionable.

 

 

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Give the store a call, they are great with standing behind what they sell. As with anything made by man, there will be some imperfections...I hope this doesn't turn you off to EP products, because you really just got a bum luck order...I've been a customer for almost 2 years now, and with very few exceptions, I've been very happy with quality of workmanship and product.
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Thanks for sharing your experiences Digga. Have you ordered many items from Epaulet in the past?

I image these things are bound to happen with production runs and that some things will get by even a rigorous QA process. If there's one thing I can attest to (aside from amazing offerings imo) is their incredible customer service. You should definitely drop them a note either via PM here or email and let them know.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

Give the store a call, they are great with standing behind what they sell. As with anything made by man, there will be some imperfections...I hope this doesn't turn you off to EP products, because you really just got a bum luck order...I've been a customer for almost 2 years now, and with very few exceptions, I've been very happy with quality of workmanship and product.

This x 1000
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

Give the store a call, they are great with standing behind what they sell. As with anything made by man, there will be some imperfections...I hope this doesn't turn you off to EP products, because you really just got a bum luck order...I've been a customer for almost 2 years now, and with very few exceptions, I've been very happy with quality of workmanship and product.

+1 to this...I've been buying from EP since 2010 and have gotten mostly awesome stuff. I don't even want to think about how much money I've spent there during that time. There have been a few times where I've gotten something that had an issue with it, and Mike & Co. have always stood behind their products 100%. Like NYI said, it seems like you've had unusually bad luck. Stick with it and I'm sure they will become one of your favorite stores smile.gif
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I second what NYI says. Mike will make good. That's a bummer, though.
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Epaulet has been raiding my wallet since 2009, and on the maybe one occasion that I had a less than stellar experience with a product, they backed it up 100%. Give them a call. They'll work things out.

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Mike has a great operation, big +1 from me.
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Is there any expected shrinkage with the Smoke Chambray trousers?
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Mike - any chance of the Walt Brown Houndstooth Super 120's being restocked in size 32 soon?

Thanks
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Thanks! I don't have the final cost, but it will be like the Wyatt - around $950 to $1000. Unfortunately these have to be cut as a group, so I can't do MTOs, single pieces, or in-season reorders.

The leather on this piece - and the Wyatt - is really, really perfect. I'll tell you my thought process on it.

Although there's a lot of leather jackets offered at any given time, there's very few that are up to the standards that all of us are looking for. In my mind, you've often got three options (at least for easily purchased, RTW pieces):

1. Overpriced mid-range labels. Something like Hugo Boss, Theory, etc. Not a terrible coat, but made a little too lousy for the price and not designed to last.

2. Heritage or Heritage-ish brands like Schott, Lewis, Vanson, Aero. I love these brands, and we've carried Schott and Vanson in our stores. The thing is, most of their coats are really heavy. You have to like stiff leather and riding details. Lewis jackets are very cropped and really rock and roll. While these companies are putting out excellent products, most of their offerings lack the versatility that we're looking to provide. I sell chinos, but I also sell dress pants, ties, wingtips, and (soon again) denim. Epaulet outerwear pieces should reasonably be able to work with most of the other pieces that we design. If you're going to invest nearly $1K in an Epaulet leather piece, I think that it should look good if you want to dress it up.

3. High-end Labels like Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Gucci, Isaia, Saint Laurent, etc. These brands put out many undeniably beautiful leather pieces, but the prices are sky high. And many of the looks are pretty aggressive.

When we started the Epaulet leather line, I wanted to fill this need for an extremely well made and fairly priced quality piece with the tailored fit that you guys expect from our products. We've gotten fantastic feedback on the coats from everyone who's bought them, and it feels great to offer pieces like this.

Oh, so after that long-winded and twisting reply, to answer your question on the leather, it's the same naked cowhide as the Wyatt. I chose this skin really carefully. It has a fairly thick weight that sits in-between a true motorcycle jacket and a "garment" leather jacket. It sits correctly on your and drapes right when you open it. It's tough and durable, and will age beautifully.

But lots of leather jackets are tough. Doesn't take much to do that. This naked cowhide also has a butter-soft hand and is incredibly comfortable to wear. It feels luxurious and fits like a second skin. I wanted our jackets to feel like a classic Tom Ford Gucci piece (the ones I was el desperado to buy in 2000, but never actually did). I think that we nailed a lot of that feeling with this collection.

 

Thanks for the great response, I appreciate that!

 

I'm definitely interested, but after looking up the Wyatt just now, I see the XXL still only has a chest size of 22.5".  As someone with a 44-45" chest, I feel like I'd need about a 48" jacket chest measurement for it to actually fit well, even with just a shirt underneath.

I don't consider myself fat, either, just more built in the chest and shoulders but still slim around the waist.  Is there any way a non-skinny person could buy one of your jackets?

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Wanted to make sure this question didn't get lost in the shuffle...I doubt anyone will be able to give concrete answers, but it would be nice to know if Alden at least has confirmed that these makeups are in their queue to be produced.
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Recent discussion on the Alden thread made me think of this - for some of the Alden styles that were pre-ordered last year (around February of 2012, some of the styles included a Whiskey wingtip boot on the Plaza, and a Cigar LWB on the Leydon, there were a few others as well), were those actually confirmed by Alden? Or are we still not sure if they will even be made?

There are some other pre-orders I'm waiting on from other retailers, some which are confirmed by Alden and they're just waiting on sourcing the materials, etc. But there are some other makeups that retailers are trying to get made but they're waiting in Alden to confirm the order and add it to their future production run (e.g. the Thor boot with Alden DC). I wasn't sure if these styles were confirmed and queued up by Alden, or if they were just ideas that Alden hadn't actually committed to making yet.

And after 28 months waiting for the Ravello Brixton (I think I know the answer to this already), is there any end in sight for that yet? A few months ago, a lot of retailers like The Shoe Mart, J Crew, and Alden Madison Ave. had some new Ravello offerings pop up, so I was hoping that meant the elusive Brixton wouldn't be much farther off.
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Wanted to make sure this question didn't get lost in the shuffle...I doubt anyone will be able to give concrete answers, but it would be nice to know if Alden at least has confirmed that these makeups are in their queue to be produced.

yes...i'd like to know as well. i'm still on the list for ravello brixton pre-order, but i've seriously thought about bailing several times. after 28 months, i guess i'm all in.
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