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post #76 of 102
Dear

My Brioni overcoat in navy blue cashmere is being tailored. I am excited.

That is all.

Goomba
post #77 of 102
Mr.

You are an excellent writer and have a good sense of humor with the requisite thick skin.

You can take it as well as give it out.

Anyway, I don't have as much time as usual to read SF.

I thought I saw where you said you were making a switch from being a lawyer to some other field.

Can you tell us what your new field will be? In very general terms if necessary? Good luck whatever it is.
post #78 of 102
In the "other items bespeaked" thread that was brought back to life you mentioned getting bespoke glasses. Where did you get them? Was it in nyc? Thanks.
post #79 of 102
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Mr.

You are an excellent writer and have a good sense of humor with the requisite thick skin.

You can take it as well as give it out.

Anyway, I don't have as much time as usual to read SF.

I thought I saw where you said you were making a switch from being a lawyer to some other field.

Can you tell us what your new field will be? In very general terms if necessary? Good luck whatever it is.

I'd like to stay a bit more discreet going forward as I found that my participation here began to intrude on my real life. Let's just say it's a related field. I am not starting a clothing line or writing for a magazine or anything of the sort.

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In the "other items bespeaked" thread that was brought back to life you mentioned getting bespoke glasses. Where did you get them? Was it in nyc? Thanks.

E. B. Meyrowitz, Paris. They have a New York City store, but it's not the same thing at all.
post #80 of 102
Is this the firm that made you the Communist glasses?
post #81 of 102
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Is this the firm that made you the Communist glasses?

More like Harry Carey glasses.



If the moon were made of hot dogs, would you eat it!?!??
post #82 of 102
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,

How do you feel about grey tweed jackets?
I have a couple and find they don't get worn much because I don't like how they look with most of my limited selection of trouser colors.

Grey tweed is unappealing to me. As discussed before, it can work, but it requires more effort and focus than I think is worth bothering with in most cases.

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also,

I saw the esquire pictures of you in tweed and grey flannel, what fabrics/patterns do you wear in warmer months? hopsack? light worsteds? silk?

I just ditch wearing a jacket altogether.

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Dear ,

This afternoon I bought a 50s/60s black dinner jacket orphaned from its pants. I'm wondering how to make up a full rig on a budget.

The options I've come up with so far are:

1) just hope to find pants in a similar used heavy unfinished worsted in a 30" waist by thrifting around London;
2) get some made up from scratch (but it would be from a new bolt of fabric and might look v. different...);
3) find or make a pair of white flannel pants, as I read has been worn before on blacktieguide.com, and avoid the match problem entirely.

What would you suggest?

Thanks.

Err, #1 and #2 sound like bad ideas. You are exceedingly unlikely to find something that will match properly. #3 is worse in some ways and better in others. Yes, you will avoid the matching problem. However, pairing a black dinner jacket with white flannel trousrs will be extremely conspicuous in most contexts where a dinner suit is called for--whether technically correct or not (which I'm no authority on).
post #83 of 102
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Is this the firm that made you the Communist glasses?

Yes--though bespoke glasses from Paris via an expatriated American Industrial Era optical specialist could not be less communist.
post #84 of 102
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Grey tweed is unappealing to me. As discussed before, it can work, but it requires more effort and focus than I think is worth bothering with in most cases.



I just ditch wearing a jacket altogether.



Err, #1 and #2 sound like bad ideas. You are exceedingly unlikely to find something that will match properly. #3 is worse in some ways and better in others. Yes, you will avoid the matching problem. However, pairing a black dinner jacket with white flannel trousrs will be extremely conspicuous in most contexts where a dinner suit is called for--whether technically correct or not (which I'm no authority on).

Could you combine the morning suit idea and after dinner tux and wear it with grey pinstripe, or plaid trousers?
post #85 of 102


I wish you success in your new venture!

Brian
post #86 of 102
Thanks, and patrick, You're right that there will always be contrast issues. The only saving grace would be low-light evening events where the difference might not be obvious. I'll just have to see what comes my way before its first outing. I happen, though, to have a pair of plaid pants in a bold-checked pearl grey flannel for high-enough contrast, which would be quite an economical solution for me, much as it comes far out of left-field in the propriety stakes. Still, even though they have 2-inch cuffs, that I'm 23 and always a daring dresser might carry it off - the Scotch wear plaid trews with their evening-wear, I suppose. Any further suggestions would be welcome.
post #87 of 102
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Any further suggestions would be welcome.

I think that AAAC would be a good place to pose your questions.
post #88 of 102
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Usurper.

I've never seen this word used

1) Outside of history books
2) As a noun form

This thread did turn out to be useful.
post #89 of 102
I recall just coming across it just this morning near the start of War and Peace about the European powers' attitude to Napoleon:

'The Sovereigns! Why, they are sending out Ambassadors to compliment The Usurper.'

I love how shrillly it reads, esp. with the definite article - sounds like Satan.
post #90 of 102
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Is this the firm that made you the Communist glasses?
I have some of those. I also refer to them as my Dutch grad student glasses.
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