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Jeez Louise, the Vass stuff on FB and here looks INCREDIBLE. So much for restraint, looks like I'll be breaking out the plastic after a pretty long haitus for a pair of those.

On the Veneto jacket, stims3 it sounds like YOU think its too big. Since its an outerwear oiece it might not be that much of a concern, but Mike mentioned that they'd be kicking a few new styles of it this fall/winter. I'd wait for the right size. Sure you could have it tailored, and if your heart is set on this specific piece, that would be your answer, but if its not, I'd wait. Moving the buttons would futz with the balance of the coat I think...so I'd stay away from that. Just my 2cents.
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Cant you special order the double breast veneto in a 38?

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Cant you special order the double breast veneto in a 38?

Nope, I wish you could.

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Epaulet plus Vass will result in all kinds of good things.

Vass is so superior to Alden and Carmina. This is going to be amazing. I'm hoping the price point is not too high, though.
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Vass is so superior to Alden and Carmina. This is going to be amazing. I'm hoping the price point is not too high, though.

Everyone says so, but I'd like to know what makes them so much better. I don't doubt it's true, but I'd like to know more specifically why. Can anyone share some first hand knowledge here? I'm pretty much set on getting a pair from EP this fall, but I'd like to know more.
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Do the cotton twill LBM jackets need to be washed before tailoring?  How much do they shrink?

 

Thanks!

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Everyone says so, but I'd like to know what makes them so much better. I don't doubt it's true, but I'd like to know more specifically why. Can anyone share some first hand knowledge here? I'm pretty much set on getting a pair from EP this fall, but I'd like to know more.

Vass has three crucial differences between most of the shoe companies talked about here (including Carmina, Alden, Crockett & Jones, G&G, Church's)

1) The shoes are entirely made by hand. From start to finish. The usual shoe factory is loud as hell, and theirs is nearly silent. About 10 shoemakers work there, and every stitch that you see in the shoe's construction is hand-done. Including the genuine goodyear welt. Watching this happen is absolutely mind-blowing, and Vass shoes really hark back to a past time.

2) They source world-class leathers - largely from small-scale tanneries - and the quality is absolutely gorgeous. They actually don't sell or make much shell cordovan because the calfskin and suedes are so exceptional. Their other components are also top-end. JR leather soles are their standard sole pieces.

3) The initial comfort is out of this world. With the hand-construction, you get an extremely durable welt and sole that's relatively very flexible and easily worn when brand spanking new. So there's typically less of a break-in period before everything softens up and fits completely.

It comes at a price premium though, as Vass shoes will be significantly more than Carmina, and further more so than Alden. I own and enjoy several shoes from all three of them. But we've put a lot of thought and strategy into building out our shoe assortment, and each brand makes sense for what it is, and represents a great value for its price point.
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Ugh...I thought the fall was already going to be expensive with all of the Carmina MTOs arriving...are the boots a current Vass design (Osloer or Norweger perhaps) or something you helped come up with?

Did you get a chance to see the Radica/museum calf? I know that they had the dark brown and "gold". I believe they are also expecting a dark blue/navy. I am wondering if it looks like this:



There is also a pewter which would looks pretty cool as well though I do not think they ordered it in this initial order:



On the Luchino restock in about 6 weeks,will it just be the green and charcoal or will you get a couple of XLs in the other colors as well?

Yes, we did see the Museum calf! Ordered a double monk and a surprise boot from their Archives in it. You guys are going to love that! At the moment, there's just a caramel and a dark brown tone available, but you're correct - navy should arrive towards the end of Fall. It's stunning in person.

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Alright, so I got it.  The bad news is that there was not actually a 38 left.  However, I figured I would give the 40 a shot.  What do you guys think overall?  I will obviously get the sides tailored, and I know the neck is a bit big. But, do you think that over all the fit is good enough to roll with?  I feel that it is because I will most likely be wearing it with sweaters over the winter, so it being slightly large in the neck should not be a problem.  If you honestly think it is too big though, please let me know.  This is the most expensive clothing purchase that I have ever made and I want to make sure that I am not just being biased. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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Jeez Louise, the Vass stuff on FB and here looks INCREDIBLE. So much for restraint, looks like I'll be breaking out the plastic after a pretty long haitus for a pair of those.

On the Veneto jacket, stims3 it sounds like YOU think its too big. Since its an outerwear oiece it might not be that much of a concern, but Mike mentioned that they'd be kicking a few new styles of it this fall/winter. I'd wait for the right size. Sure you could have it tailored, and if your heart is set on this specific piece, that would be your answer, but if its not, I'd wait. Moving the buttons would futz with the balance of the coat I think...so I'd stay away from that. Just my 2cents.

Thanks for picking it up!

So, me, Dylan, and Matt checked out your pic, and all of us think that the jacket looks pretty good as is. It's an outerwear piece, so nearly everyone who purchased it bought it a bit larger than a standard sportcoat.

You can see how Matt and I wear ours here. Both of us definitely have enough room for a sweater underneath. And I'd recommend wearing it with that size allowance because it makes an EXCELLENT Fall and early Spring coat with that. It's warm and water-resistant, so you can wear it in a really wide range of cool and nasty weather.

That said, if you want to have it taken in, that should be no problem. It has seam allowances underneath the liner. I'd go to a good tailor - someone who works well with outerwear, but you can absolutely have it taken in if you like. We had a customer in-store who was a true 34, and he did that to the 36 in order to get it to fit. But try it out with a sweater, we think that the fit looks pretty good as is.

As Rob said though - I wouldn't advise moving the buttons - that's probably going to mess up the fit. Better to have it professionally altered. The pattern has been retired, so we unfortunately cannot make any more, and it will be a special and long-wearing item - so if your tailor can do the work, I think that it's absolutely worth the investment to get it fitted exactly how you want.
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Originally Posted by digga View Post

Do the cotton twill LBM jackets need to be washed before tailoring?  How much do they shrink?

Thanks!

Nope, not at all. They're garment dyed and effectively pre-washed, so they will not shrink any further. Feel free to tailor it as it is. I'd definitely keep them out of the dryer at all costs to prevent the dye color from fading though.
Edited by Epaulet - 6/22/13 at 11:12am
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post
Yes, we did see the Museum calf! Ordered a double monk and a surprise boot from their Archives in it. You guys are going to love that! At the moment, there's just a caramel and a dark brown tone available, but you're correct - navy should arrive towards the end of Fall. It's stunning in person.

 

are you referring to the Navy being stunning?

 

for those of you wondering what a double monk in the museum calf will look like (borrowed from the Vass thread)

 

 

I am definitely going to hold off on putting another order in and wait to see what your surprise boot looks like...current MTO is the Osloer in Antique Cognac Cordovan...

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Originally Posted by stmaier View Post

are you referring to the Navy being stunning?

for those of you wondering what a double monk in the museum calf will look like (borrowed from the Vass thread)




I am definitely going to hold off on putting another order in and wait to see what your surprise boot looks like...current MTO is the Osloer in Antique Cognac Cordovan...

Cool, that's going to be so freaking boss. And I was referring to ALL of the museum calf being stunning - it's such a gorgeous leather.
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

Cool, that's going to be so freaking boss. And I was referring to ALL of the museum calf being stunning - it's such a gorgeous leather.

I told you it would be a nice leather to try and source...I know you said the boot is a surprise design but can you at least let us know the color...dark brown or caramel?
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And quick photos of us from today:



I picked up some things at Knize - a really classic menswear boutique here in Vienna. It was designed by Adolf Loos, a great Viennese architect. They wouldn't let me take any photos inside, but check out how this place looks:

http://www.knize.at/de/content/1.html

I'm wearing the Aubergine Luchino Polo and Grey Hopsack shorts (we'll get those in about 2 weeks). I also have MTO Jack Purcells on. Seriously, I did it through the converse site. All navy but with a white stripe in the back.



Dylan and Matt in front of Stephansdom. Dylan is wearing the hardest-working Epaulet OCBD in showbiz. And Matt's taking a day off from Epaulet modeling.
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Originally Posted by stmaier View Post

I told you it would be a nice leather to try and source...I know you said the boot is a surprise design but can you at least let us know the color...dark brown or caramel?

And you, sir, were entirely right! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

The makeup boot is going to be two-tone with dark brown museum calf for the bottom and chocolate suede for the shaft. It will be a very dandy Austro-Hungarian piece. For our other boot, it's a Theresianer high boot in dark cognac calf, all eyes and no hooks. That one should arrive in September.
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

And you, sir, were entirely right! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

The makeup boot is going to be two-tone with dark brown museum calf for the bottom and chocolate suede for the shaft. It will be a very dandy Austro-Hungarian piece. For our other boot, it's a Theresianer high boot in dark cognac calf, all eyes and no hooks. That one should arrive in September.

Boots sound amazing!
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Mike, pics look great. The last one seemed strangely familiar to me...

Not-so-interesting answer spoilered (Click to show)

I've taken a similar one when I was there last summer (albeit without Dylan and Matt frown.gif)

 

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Appreciate the comments on Vass craftsmanship. Interesting detail on the sound of the workshop (especially remembering the video you guys shot at Alden here). I'm sure the price - whatever it is - will be worth it, as you guys always have reasonable prices in relation to the quality of what's offered. Thanks, Mike!
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