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post #2941 of 4492
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Originally Posted by Eric Gill Sans View Post

Well this confirms it then - they are made in Portugal

Nothing against Portugal but one of the reasons I have invested ( I have no pretentions of getting any money back, I use the word invested because of the considerable cost ) in Nigel Cabourn is because of the British manufacture and mainly British heritage fabrics.

I still like the design and it won't put me off buying these shirts because as a brand it still supports Brirish and small scale manufacturing with other garments but my main fear is that this could be the start of a trend where NC starts manufacturing some of the high end pieces outside of the UK to reduce the cost, sell more at better margins.
If this happens I will become vehemently opposed and will cease being a loyal customer

Having said that and ended the above post on a bit of a downer - I don't think for one minute this will happen and quality cloth and products do already come from outside the UK :

The waxed chord used on the hangman adjusters comes in from Japan

The camo print is printed in Italy

The 'Made in England' provenance is still important in that the design, product sourcing, pattern making, machining, hand finishing and distribution is still UK based for most garments in the Authentic range.
post #2942 of 4492
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Originally Posted by Eric Gill Sans View Post


Having said that and ended the above post on a bit of a downer - I don't think for one minute this will happen and quality cloth and products do already come from outside the UK :

The waxed chord used on the hangman adjusters comes in from Japan

The camo print is printed in Italy

The 'Made in England' provenance is still important in that the design, product sourcing, pattern making, machining, hand finishing and distribution is still UK based for most garments in the Authentic range.

We'll forgive Nigel this pecadillo this time.. But suddenly the 160 pound price tag doesn't seem as enticing anymore. Ted Baker shirts are made in Portugal and they're about 60 pounds for goodness sake.

 

Couldn't he have used that Kent shirtmaker featured on the SEH Kelly site?

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Well, one good thing about this crazy weather in the UK is that I've had to wear my Antarctic Parka today. Who would have thought I would have needed it towards the end of March!
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Well, one good thing about this crazy weather in the UK is that I've had to wear my Antarctic Parka today. Who would have thought I would have needed it towards the end of March!

Yes I'm definitely going to be getting more wear than I thought out of the Mallory. British Summer Time starts Sunday, and I've just ordered a greatcoat (sorry Oliver Spencer rather than NC) with the expectation I'll get some wear this season crazy.gif It might be a while before the SS workwear trousers get an outing though!
post #2945 of 4492

My new Oliver Spencer cotton/linen trousers are getting absolutely no wear right now with this weather.

 

Reading a really amazing and vivid book on Mallory and Everest right now, highly recommended.

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Reading a really amazing and vivid book
on Mallory and Everest right now, highly recommended.

Thanks for the recommendation - just ordered it so will read with interest

Have you seen the film 'wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest' ?
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I've not but it looks really good! I'll try to check it out :)

 

Edit: Ordered it!


Edited by Syeknom - 3/23/13 at 8:14am
post #2948 of 4492
So I went in to Corniche today and tried on loads of stuff. My favourites were the two waistcoats that I've mentioned previously, the camo and the crazy cricket Mallory. All my Nigel Cabourn shirts and jackets are a 52 but I found that I had to size up to a 54 in the camo vest and for the crazy one I had to size up 2 sizes to a 56. That thing is really small, Ian was saying that pretty much everybody had to size up 2 to get it to fit well, so if you normally take one of the smaller sizes you may be ok if you like this piece.. I'll definitely be buying both of these come April when the new tax year starts.

I also tried on a few of the jackets. Didn't like the Compton jackets as much as I thought I would, especially since I love the vest so much. Previously I liked the red and green one more but in the flesh I preferred the maroon and gold one. Tried on the navy cricket jacket and I quite liked that too, looked really good with both the vests. It's definitely a shorter than normal but I didn't find it that bad. May just be me. I wouldn't buy it at full price but I'd consider it come sale season.

If anyone else is in Edinburgh they also had some nice stuff from Pedaled and Masnada. The Masnada menswear range was especially nice. A totally different aesthetic, more drapey and Yohji-esque I guess (although don't kill me if I'm using those terms wrong). Only thing I didn't really like was the pretty severe taper on the trousers but it's a really cool summer look. It didn't quite work with my body type (tubby) but I'd definitely consider it. If anyone knows anything about the Masnada range, please let me know. Ian suggested this might be there first menswear collection but that may just be the first time they've carried it in the shop.
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Oh, and I also tried this bad boy on...

post #2950 of 4492
Thanks for the write up on your findings at Corniche - I noticed that a 48 Crazy Cricket waistcoat has just turned up at Flannels. If I take a 44's and 46's then this 48 might be good to go then.

And you are right - that is one bad boy of a coat

I think I would have to bury it in the garden for a few months before wearing it.
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Bought the following on sale at the Army Gym in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo. They were on "lucky bag" sale, which means the Size only is on a sealed bag, and you get some items you cannot see at a steep discount. It`s a way for manufacturers to clear old stock, and that way get rid of stuff that customers may not otherwise buy. There were 2 bags, one for Y5000 ($50) which had 2-3 shirts, and one for Y10,000 ($100) which had one outer wear and one inner. There was only the former in a 52, so I took a chance. Most of the collection would of course be Japan made NC only for the Japanese market.

 

BTW, the guys at the Army Gym always have this off-putting attitude. Not sure whether they spend their time looking at themselves in the mirror, frightened to speak English when they see a foreigner, or know the foreigner will come on to try something, and then buy it on the internet for close 30-40% off, but they are generally a unfriendly bunch of stuck-up ****s.

 

 

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post #2952 of 4492
^nice pieces - they're a real bargain
post #2953 of 4492
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Originally Posted by Eric Gill Sans View Post

The 'Made in England' provenance is still important in that the design, product sourcing, pattern making, machining, hand finishing and distribution is still UK based for most garments in the Authentic range.

You know, I`ve been thinking about this...A British Army Shirt made in Portugal somehow is too "fashion" - It`s easier to get one copied at a shirtmaker, and possibly half the price. I`d pay up though for Made in England Authentic stuff, especially jackets

post #2954 of 4492
Went to Flannels Manchester this morning. They only had the 50's in these - the 48's are in Nottingham



Tried these 50's on and normally a 50 would swamp me but these weren't a million miles off - felt the jacket was a bit more forgiving than the waistcoat but I could get a 48 altered anyway.

They are getting the 48's In For me to try next week and putting in a call into Cabourn to see if there are any 46's that could be got hold off.

Definitely now think this is the best combination of Jacket with waistcoat having worn it
post #2955 of 4492
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Definitely now think this is the best combination of Jacket with waistcoat having worn it

Agreed. Beforehand, I thought I would prefer the other one but the maroon is definitely nicer. Can't see me buying the jacket though. I do like the idea of wearing it as a statement piece underneath a navy jacket.

I'm sat on the train back down south and I'm now regretting not picking up the 2 waistcoats yesterday. I had a good look around last night and very few people seem to be stocking that waistcoat and even the Camo one is close to selling out so I'll think I'll give the guys at Corniche a call in the morning.
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