@Epaulet How does the REDA compare to the color of the standard grey hopsack Epaulet always carries? Lighter or darker?
@malwear it's nearly the same overall tone, but it has a distinct bluecast and and that cross-hatch weave. It's beautiful.
@Matty003 alas, not for this round! We took a ton of orders over the weekend - nearly 25 suits sold in the Manhattan shop, so a lot of the inventory got zapped.
If you still want a Navy suit, you might consider that Navy Seed Stitch, unless you specifically wanted the really light cloth. Seed Stitch is INSANELY nice.
@Todd V I sold about half and half for suits so far.
If you workplace is really conservative, then you may need the flap pockets. But if a suit's not required, then I think open patch makes the jacket work a lot better as a separate. And it still looks sharp as hell as a suit. I order all of my suiting jackets with open patches.
How does sizing compare between Epaulet's Southwick jackets and the LBM 1911 jackets they used to carry? I have a size 38 LBM and a size 39 Southwick, and I'm wondering if I can size down safely - I sometimes wear a cardigan underneath the Southwick.
@Epaulet - looks like I missed out on black combat boots. does the reorder in a few months include black?
@nd1nd2nd3 most guys will wear that exact combo - sizing up one from LBM1911 to Southwick. But if you can comfortably fit a cardigan under the jacket and your Southwick coat is a suiting wool, then you might consider sizing down.
Just remember that thicker fabrics - especially thick tweeds and Harris Tweed - will always make up a bit larger, even if they measure nearly the same. I take a 41 in a suiting Southwick, but I could wear a 40 Harris Tweed. I prefer to keep the same size in tweed coats so that I can layer underneath them.
Ok I'm a little stumped - how would one wear a camel hair coat? Just jeans and a white shirt? Wondering how else to dress it down or up? Only thing holding me back there.
IMO, a camel hair blazer is perhaps the easiest blazer to pair, even over a navy blazer. It allows for almost any color pants, white or blue shirts, and almost any color tie as well. Plus the texture of it does well with denim, if you're into that business casual look in particular.
@El Argentino absolutely agree! Outside of a light tan or a black trouser, Camel jackets will look great with nearly any shirts or trousers. It's extremely versatile - and fits right in the family of basic jackets like Navy Hopsack and Grey Donegal Tweed.
@tricky this really does look like a steezy onesie! I would absolutely buy that for my "athleisure" Monday outings. Watch is looking killer too!
I'll agree with @FrankCowperwood on dry-cleaning jeans, but just based on my personal experience.
As a younger dude in my mid 20's, I really enjoyed reading "Superfuture Superdenim" and went out of my way to collect raw jeans. (This was also when I actually fit in them).
I remember buying a pair of Nudie Jeans for something like $295 and going full denimhead on them. I kept them in the freezer, dry-cleaned them, used starch, and rinsed them in the ocean. They went about 6 months of daily wear until I properly washed them.
The good: they had an absolutely sick fade. The kind of fade that you only see guys in Singapore or something pull off.
The bad: they nearly fell apart. There were huge rips in the crotch and the inside of the cuffs. I had to do a ton of repair work, and I kind of looked like a cast member of a streetwear "Godspell." Or, I guess, a current fit model for the "Yeezy Season One" collection.
It wasn't because the denim was bad quality or the jeans were poorly made. You get those fades because of abrasion between the cotton fibers. Washing the denim softens the fibers and reduces this wear. I think that dry-cleaning and eventual washing will radically reduce the life of your jeans, although YMMV. And Dylan is proof positive that you can wash and wear the jeans like normal, get a great fade, AND get the most longevity out of the fabric.