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Saw a very unique brioni tie and some other stuff

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the silk was pleated all along the tie. it was like ////////> each / represents a fold of about 3 mm. The folds are actually twice that length but each fold is obviously half-covered by the next one. If you're standing a few feet away, you might not notice it at first unless you were really looking at the tie. I can't imagine the amount of work that went in to those ties. Each one has a good couple hundred folds.... They were 295 (a tad less than 200 us) The store had 2 models and about 10 ties total. Production was apparently quite limited on them. I didn't buy one cause 295 is a lot for a tie (and 100 bucks more than a "regular" brioni tie heh), but the more I think about it, the more I'm regretting not buying one. I also got to take a serious look at the new bespoke shop at the Montreal Harry Rosen. For fabrics you can chose from Zegna, Cerruti, Scabel, Holland and Sherry (there's a couple others but these are what i remember off the top of my head). The reason I checked it out in the first place, aside from being in the store looking for shoes, was to possibly replace my overcoat (a bit boxy for my taste) with a custom one. I looked at a bunch of fabrics and there's some really nice stuff, especially from Scabel (they had a vicuna which would set you back a cool 25k for an overcoat heh). That's way out of my range but I was looking at either a cashmere or a cashmere/wool blend. The % cashmere will come down to cost. I could get a rack 100% cashmere coat for like 3k, but all the coats this season are boxy and a much fuller fit than even last year. Even armani, who just recently was quite tapered and close to the body is too boxy now. The canali one was floating on me... WTF are they thinking making coats like this? They really don't look good when they're that boxy. Anyway, a 20%cashmere, 80% wool from Holland and Sherry is about 2600ca. Not bad for a bespoke overcoat. For suits, they had fabrics ranging from 130s to 200s. They had a huge number of choices and I'm getting giddy about the thought of my next suit purchase heh.. They're also stocking zegna napoli couture suits now (before they only had sartorial). They only had one in stock, which i tried on (even though it was a 40 instead of a 38), but more are on the way. They're absolutely beautiful suits. Anyway, I wish I had had more time to look around, but the new stuff this fall is stunning (with the exception of the overcoats). Harry Rosen has never, as far as I know, been rated in the best of the best men's stores, but the Montreal location should definitely be up there (I can't vouch for the toronto location). Aside from the great stock they carry, their staff doesn't bother you if you don't want someone hanging over your shoulder. They also don't give you attitude if you enter the store wearing an outfit that didn't cost thousands of dollars. Not all of their salesmen are experts when it comes to suits and sartorial elegance, but there's 2-3 who are and they're a pleasure to work with. Today for example, I went in and one of the guys there spent a good 30min with me showing me some of the new stock, then I spent another 30min with one of the tailors talking about what I could do as far as an overcoat was concerned. They didn't once try and pressure me on commiting to a sale. When I was done looking at fabrics, I went around the store on my own and picked a sweater and a pair of pants, got a pair of shoes they didn't normally carry special ordered, and payed. Today reminded me yet again why I try to buy everything from that one store, if at all possible. If you live anywhere near montreal, you should really do yourself a favor and go to the store. This is as close to a blatant advertisement as you'll see on this forum, but the store really is that great and I had to share
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LOL GQ didn't I see you say you were in college? I see you dropping a lot of moolah, you must be loaded.
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Well, you've gotta consider I've replaced my entire wardrobe in about a year (I actually ditched the skater junk about 2 years ago but then there was the transition stuff I don't really where anymore heh). So ya that's gonna cost money, but I do pay for most of my things on my own. What a lot of people here might not realize is how CHEAP school is in Canada. American students in particular are broke because their tuition is at BEST 10k US a year for a state school. If you go to a private school it's 30k. That isn't my situation at all because I work full-time and I have a lot of money left over after everything is payed for. Not to mention being a student entitles you to a tax break. Ya, I could save my money or whatever, but what's the point? When I graduate I'll be making a lot more money and I've got lots of time to save for retirement ;p My tuition is $2500 CAN for the fall and winter terms combined. The only province where the fees are getting significantly higher is in Ontario. When I was doing biochemistry there my tuition was 5k per year, plus I had to pay for residence, food, etc., and I wasn't working while i was in school at the time. Needless to say my bank balance was 0 when school was done. Quebec is a different story though (I transfered when I switched to finance)... I don't have to pay for rent, food or any bills (live at home). I have a job that's easy to keep and doesn't conflict with school, not to mention I can do 90% of my homework on the job and it's very good pay for a student (and I get to wear my suits =)). Anyway the point of my post wasn't to flaunt or give the impression I was loaded. It was just to a) mention that really neat tie b) plug the montreal harry rosen. My parents might have money, but I'm not one of those kids with a huge trust fund that I can withdraw from every week. I just work year-round and have very few expenses. Consequently, my disposable income is quite large compared to most other people my age. So there you go, my financial situation divulged Even though it's just an internet forum, I don't want to give the impression that I'm misrepresenting myself or anything since I value the opinions of the people here.
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Hm, going by the number of folds, it works out to a few dollars a fold... cheaper than most 7-fold ties The Montreal Harry Rosen (the big one) is better than the Toronto location (Bloor Street). In terms of sevice, I went to the Toronto location on three separate occasions last month and could not get a salesperson's attention at all (this may be good or bad depending on how you like to shop.) I wasn't even wearing a suit, just casual Schonberger/JPG type of stuff - you'd think I'd be ripe for a sale It's kind of a shame since I received excellent service at their Eaton Centre and Scotia Bank Plaza locations (I had a lively discussion with one guy about how a bit of the '80s power look is coming back - I don't know whether to shudder or reach into my closet archives) but the Bloor Street store has by far the best selection.
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