I tried typing this last night then the site or computer crashed me out so the quicker version: I was in NYC the past few days and made some time to head over to Opening Ceremony before catching the train back. I have to say though, all the pieces are really great and like most Schneider (especially FW collection) always more impressive in person, particularly the wools. I loved all of it. I was upset to find out that they did not have any of the jackets, the red wool tartan Departure Shirt, the Hanley Cardigan, or the Loop Cardigan in store yet though. When I noticed no jackets were out, I asked one of the sales staff if they had them somewhere else and when he went to check he found out that none of the stores had actually received it yet and he was surprised when I showed they were online on my phone, it seems they shot the pics with the sample pieces but hadn't physically received them yet. I left my info for them to call when they actually get them in, but it sucked I wasn't able to try them on.
Anyway, besides the buys shown online they also have a few other things in store not shown: a soft brushed cotton hidden button placket brown multi-toned shirt similar to this
one, but with hidden placket and a dark tone stripe running down the center back as opposed to the plain
back, an olive/khaki toned pant with ribbed hem (similar to the anthractite charcoal wool ones from Wrongweather, but what appeared to be in a cotton version), and a brown toned version of the Blue Lana Crew similar to the color of the Hairs Scarf on Southwillard here
Since I got there only a few minutes after they opened there weren't too many people in there and I was rushed a bit for time so I didn't want to be the guy who tried on all their Schneider buys then just bounce so I only got to try on a few pieces, the shirt I linked above not shown on their site, the Virgin Blazer, the Montana Shawl knit, and the Blue Lana Crew Knit, since those are the ones that really caught my eye in store. Below are my impressions and fit experiences (keep in mind in the past few seasons I have been a IV in SS shirts, IV in the knits, V in the blazers and certain jackets and am generally a small and 36R across all brands):
1. Brown Tone Brushed Cotton shirt
: Awesome soft cotton/almost wool-like feel with very nicely done gradient effect. Price was $290, a bit steep for me to drop on one shirt since I'm not baller enough and considering I had my mind set on a knit from the new collection for only $50-$90 more, so as much as I wanted it, I just couldn't pick it up. I grabbed both a size IV and V and tried on the V first and to my surprise the fit was spot on every where, IV would have been way too tight so I didn't even bother. Although I have been a consistent IV in SS shirts for the past few seasons, the fact that I sized a V in this one and the fact that the size IV contrast collar checked shirt from SS11 I picked up from OC and sold to snake
was also too tight, I'm beginning to think that shirt sizing has gotten a tad slimmer and sizing up might be required similar to BoO. I only tried on this particular shirt from the FW11 collection though, so I can't say that is definitive, maybe someone else who owns or has tried on more than just one shirt from the FW11 collection can expand on that...
2. Virgin Blazer
: Beautiful wool jacket and the contrast knit rib lapels and hidden 2 button closure front make it stand out from the traditional wool blazers out there. I tried on both a size IV and a size V and the size IV fit me wonderfully everywhere including the sleeves, it felt like it was made to measure, no joke. The V was too big everywhere, it was easy to see it was a size bigger than I needed. Awesome piece that I would snag if it makes it too deep discount at the end of season (again can't ball like that right now).
3. Blue Lana Crew Knit
: Holy damn this sweater was soft as hell and the interwoven knit texture and colors are great up close. It's made of a mohair/wool/nylon mix and feels like fine cashmere. This one is definitely nice and very delicate. I would feel the need to have to be more cautious with this type of knit as I could see it getting snagged or pulled easily if one wasn't careful, not a knit to wear if you plan on tearing up the town and being crazy in. I tried on the size IV and the fit was right on with this one.
4. Montana Shawl Knit
: Last, but not least since like keykoo
, this was my favorite knit from the OC buy online and I was really looking forward to handling this one. It didn't disappoint. I was thinking this one would be as delicate as the Blue Lana Crew, and was surprised to find just the opposite. It's 100% wool, but more of a rougher wool for lack of better terms with a feel of like a tightly woven pima cotton or linen sweater (like the Ervell pima cotton knits for example) which I guess might be due to the way the fabrics are thread. In any event, I loved the multiple colors and the shawl neck as it could be worn a few different ways and I like that it isn't so delicate so the worry wouldn't be as heavy in terms of having it pull or get snagged. I tried on the size IV and again, fit was right on, similar to the model on the website in terms of the sleeves (shoulders didn't appear to slope as much over my shoulders and arms didn't seem as oversized either). Though the sleeves are a touch on the longer side, it's not enough to make me think a III would work any better, besides, rolling the cuff is a nice option to have. I liked it so much, I decided to purchase it from the site when I got home after thinking about it on the ride back haha.
Anyway, sorry for the book, but hope it helps some for those wondering about some of the pieces and the sizing.Edited by tonio028 - 8/18/11 at 4:26pm