I'm a long time reader of this thread. Your knowledge, pictures and discussions are a wealth of information / inspiration.
To be honest, I've prevaricated over taking the YYPH plunge. The reason is cost, but I've looked around, saved up and I'm finally ready to make a purchase.
Trousers, in my experience, are the toughest bit of clothing to get "right" - as in, they can make or break a look or the way you feel about the way you look. And from what I can gather, trousers seem to be the lynch pin of the YYPH look. I'm not looking to buy an image of the shelf, but its the YY trouser look I'm after. I prefer more fitted jackets and more minimalist shirts, but I love the black gaberdine tapered trousers.
I've tried to do the YY trouser look "on the cheap" with options like these http://www.hervia.com/mens-c2/clothing-c79/trousers-c22/twill-lightweight-pants-black-p9629 They work very well - I really like them with a Muji Labo long sleeved tee-shirt and some plimsols, but I do want a pair of YYPH gaberdine trousers.
So I've seen these on Rakuten:
My questions are these:
1. Is it wise to take the plunge on something you can't try on? I've been into the Conduit Street shop a few times and tried on the black gaberdine trousers which I wanted but was not in a position to buy. Would it be better to wait for the imminent SS sale and get them from there having tried on?
2. Credit card fraud! As well as finding the trousers, I also found this http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Rakuten Scary stuff. I know a lot of you have bought from Rakuten and similar auction sites. Have any of you had problems?