Manufactum stuff just looks cheaper and the pricing isn't too far off the real mccoy.
As for the Cameraman, don't get the hype about the ventile version with the tweed vest insert. I'd be curious how it fits/looks on with the vest snapped in as the vest sounds somewhat fitted based on the measurements where as the Cameraman is not. I feel as though it's pull on the jacket at the snap points making for an odd fit. Not to mention one could just pick up a SS13 version, buy the vest separately, and get the same look for less. I guess I'll see when my Aircraft version arrives at that piece is even less fitted than the Cameraman. And while I could apply the same logic I am to the Cameraman to the Aircraft as regards the SS13 version, the AW13 Aircraft has different pockets and hardware while the Cameramen are essentially the same.
Anyway, took delivery of the AW13 cashmere Cameraman in navy. Amazing coat. I love the Harris Tweed versions as well, but this is IMHO the best AW Cameraman ever. Cashmere is thick and soft. Classic navy Cameraman too. Just gets me wondering where all the rest of the cashmere/AW styles end up going. I only saw the cashmere variant of the Cameraman at End for instance. Or take the bench coat for example. Only saw it at Barneys and UshowU. Or take my quilted Eddie Bauer Mallory from AW12. Only saw it at Haven and then on Marrkt. Great piece btw that quilted Mallory. So warm in the freezing Midwest temps.
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that's interesting to hear that the max import duty is only 10%. here we pay 20% (same as the VAT) + any handling charge. I always ask for the store to mark as gift and low value, but some don't want to do that and they usually lose the sale unless I am desperate. Barneys and some other stores now have a system where you pay all import duties at point of sale, which is neat but I would prefer not to and take my chances the Post Office doesn't pick up on it. I went through a phase of buying a lot of Mister Freedom and used to order it from a small store in Japan and it worked out significantly cheaper than purchasing from the USA + the store always marked it as gift/low value - never once paid import. stuff would also arrive with-in about 3 days.
there is some psychology in Sale shopping, you probably had some buyers watching the Peacoat and edging their bets, then all of a sudden it sells out at one store and they panic buy and hence it's sold out at both. It's pretty likely NC will have something very similar in AW14.
The Gloverall Duffles are good value for money but they are really not that nice IMO. Ralph Lauren have quite a nice one in their Purple collectionl, saw it a few weeks ago reduced down from £2,500 to £1000 but it's not Cashmere! CP Company and Paul Smith have made some good ones, but they don't have anything in their current collections. Maybe get one custom made.
Yeah, it's been 10% all told. Usually from End orders. All depends on the shop. I have a contact at one UK shop and another is great about marking down items. I hear that latter shop is great in person as well. One thing I will say about End is that it's FedEx priority and that it's only $12 out of the gate for shipping before that 10%.
That's the exact psychology I think I ran into. I was hedging my own bets, just a bit too slow on the draw. I've actually tried it. Nice piece, but felt the Billy Reid Bond version was actually better. Have slimmed down some since trying both so I'd be unsure on sizing. Think the 50 would have worked and would have liked the Cabourn at that price. AT first preferred the Billy Reid, but actually prefer the aesthetic of the Cabourn now. Not that I need another coat much less a Cabourn.
Gloveralls vary in quality in my experience. I have a few and the fabrics range from worn looking to a nice melton. Well if the Ralph Lauren's Purple label is anything like RRL or Denim and Supply, then spring for the Cabourn. Massive mark up on RL if you ask me. I bought a few RRL pieces from AW13, but returned most of it. Quality and fit was all over the place despite pricing being consistent within the brand. Anyway, as you noted about RL's, it's not even cashmere. Now I want the NC version and I only have one person to blame. You!