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post #31 of 38
Find a very reputable maker here: http://www.wegloveyou.com/ Antwerp also has Boon of Antwerp, which is very fine for bespoke gloves. Look at this interior, it's positively a charm. It reminds me of Knize Vienna.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by EL72
Jose: After seeing those ski gloves, I thought that perhaps this is something you need to know about living in very cold climates (though it likely applies to tropical climes to some extent):

There are constant tradeoffs to be made between looking stylish and being warm. At one extreme, you can wear a parka, ski gloves, hat, sorel boots... and you will be nice and toasty, but you will look like a dufus if you are walking around a major city like NY or Boston. AFAIAC, these accoutrements are only permissible when the temperature drops below -30C and where you're simply in survival mode outside and looking good is not on your mind, which thankfully does not happen too often.

At the other extreme, you can wear your nice EGs, a light topcoat, silk scarf, lamb leather gloves, no hat... and you will look smashing but will freeze your butt off during most winter days. Everyone's tolerance for cold and for looking like a dufus is different, so the trick is to find the right balance that works for you given your own preferences.

My advice to you is to get a nice cashmere scarf, get some leather gloves (not ski gloves!), some boots that will keep your feet warm and dry but still look good and if you feel really cold walking in Boston, go to a ski shop and buy yourself a tuque, neck warmer, ski gloves... the works.
I think this is what I needed to hear. I've been very confused because I hear advice on this forum that conflicts sharply with every piece of advice from friends and relatives who I now realize all have low tolerances for cold and high tolerances for looking like doofuses. For example, I have a dear friend who bought a bright yellow winter jacket from last year's J.Press stock or something like that. I think your above advice is very sound and very much in line with what I concluded. I already got a nice cashmere scarf thanks to the other thread, and will be working on the gloves and boots. I'm not quite sure what boots fit your bill, since last time I walked around NYC, I saw a slew of Timberland and Merrell lined boots on sale everywhere, and am not sure if that's what I should get. A lot of other Filipinos I know just picked up the cheapest Wal Mart boots they could find.

However, in your advice, what kind of jacket fits? Some people here have recommended topcoats or overcoats; other Filipinos said North Face and Columbia jackets retail cheaper in Manila.

As for the gloves, based on the advice here, I guess approx. $20 leather gloves with thin lining from Filene's are as fine as any?
post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by rssmsvc
Bensilver had some nice black ones in the clearance section
Quick additional question. What color gloves do most guys wear?

I figured dark grey or dark blue would be preferred, but black is as good as any?
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by josepidal
Quick additional question. What color gloves do most guys wear?

I figured dark grey or dark blue would be preferred, but black is as good as any?

95% of all leather gloves you will see for sale at retail are black. 4% will be brown and the remaining 1% is split amongst the remaining colors. You will NOT find any dark grey or navy gloves without some difficult searching.
post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by josepidal
However, in your advice, what kind of jacket fits? Some people here have recommended topcoats or overcoats; other Filipinos said North Face and Columbia jackets retail cheaper in Manila.


It all depends on what you will be wearing: suits, casual... Either way, I would still not wear puffy down jacket or parka. Those only look good if you are skiing or engaged in outdoor activities. Get a wool overcoat if you wear suits and sport coats or else get a leather car coat with lining for more casual wear but will still good with nice trousers, shoes...

Same for boots: will you wear dress pants or jeans...?
post #36 of 38
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Okay, I won't be finicky about the black, then, despite SF influence.

But what's a leather car coat? Do you mean a lined leather jacket? If so, is this something good enough for the worst of winter?
post #37 of 38
Jose,

EL gives excellent advice on the trade-offs of winter. Personally, I do have a down parka for the worst weather. What's worse on the dufus-meter? Looking a little like the Michelin man, or shivering in the cold? I know which one I choose.

That said, I mostly wear a wool overcoat in the winter because I am usually wearing a few layers of clothes. When the weather is wicked cold, the key is to keep the wind out and the body heat in. If you're wearing a cashmere or wool turtleneck under a sport coat, you should be pretty well covered for ordinary cold days. I tend to be a little cold, so I will wear a silk or lightweight wool crew or turtleneck under a zip neck sweater. (Turtlenecks are a godsend for those of us who tend to be cold.) If all else fails and you are absolutely miserable in the winter cold, buy a shearling jacket. You don't need a really expensive one to stay incredibly warm.

A leather car coat is long enough to cover a sport coat and usually comes with a zip- or button- in lining. Leather blocks the wind. The lining is just more insulation on top of whatever else you're wearing.

If this sounds like a lot of coats, it is. But you have time before winter hits, and there will always be sales.
post #38 of 38
Could anyone tell me more about the lining differences by chance? I am about to buy my first real good pair and I really would enjoy some details about the advantage and drawbacks of fur, silk and cashmere. I really would hate to choose the wrong lining as you can imagine
Thanks for your help.
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