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post #1321 of 2124
Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

I'm sure it will draw the ire of many, but I've never been a huge fan of Chelsea boots. For some reason I think of them as a bit too "Mod," which I know is ridiculous. I just have a mental block. I think my interest in jodhpurs is as close as I'll ever get to Chelseas.

 

 

I'm not a fan of jodhpur boots (to be honest, I think they look silly), but if the Mod association is putting you off chelseas, try something more substantial, like RM Williams. Definitely not what I would think of as a sleek mod type of chelsea.

 

Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post
 
Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post

I'm looking at Aran Sweater Market, so your hands-on experience with similar products is invaluable. Thank you.

I've been to their physical store on Inis Mor- I have hands on experience with the exact stuff you're looking at. Many of those hand knits may very well be bulletproof, and they have walls stacked floor to ceiling with the hand knit sweaters in various clan designs. Tables stacked high with every design of heavy wool sweater, most in traditional aran patterns, others plainer. A little museum to the sweaters upstairs. Great store.

 

Just to follow this up, and perhaps to help anyone else looking for an Aran sweater: I ended up getting the traditional heavyweight (machine-made) sweater from Aran Sweater Market. I would have preferred the heavier & more detailed hand-knit but my size wasn't in stock, and I didn't want to wait. Their customer service were very swift in replying to my stock queries & very helpful generally. As for sizing, I generally wear size 36 jackets, so opted for their XS size. It fits really nicely IMO; fairly slim, not at all bulky/loose and the perfect length. I am on the shorter side however, so if you're taller, you need to either stretch the knit out a bit (wool knits will stretch a fair amount; no need to be afraid of this)... or possibly get a larger size to compensate, which might then become too bulky in the chest for you.

 

The material is a tradtional wool; not super-soft/heavily-processed. However, get all those stereotypes of rough/scratchy/hairy wools out of your mind; it's perfectly soft to the touch and not at all uncomfortable next to the skin. Finally, as has been mentioned above, the machine-made sweaters are only moderately thick; warm certainly, but still good for layering and wearing under a (traditionally-fitting) jacket if you wanted to.

 

I'm now hankering for a really heavy beast of a hand-knit Aran, as a turtleneck rather than crewneck. I might ask them to make something like that for me at some point; I'm sure they could, if I was prepared to wait.

 

Overall: a very good sweater, and very good service. Colour me happy. Pics will appear in WAYWRN as some point over the next few days, I'm sure.

post #1322 of 2124
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post

Just to follow this up, and perhaps to help anyone else looking for an Aran sweater: I ended up getting the traditional heavyweight (machine-made) sweater from Aran Sweater Market. I would have preferred the heavier & more detailed hand-knit but my size wasn't in stock, and I didn't want to wait. Their customer service were very swift in replying to my stock queries & very helpful generally. As for sizing, I generally wear size 36 jackets, so opted for their XS size. It fits really nicely IMO; fairly slim, not at all bulky/loose and the perfect length. I am on the shorter side however, so if you're taller, you need to either stretch the knit out a bit (wool knits will stretch a fair amount; no need to be afraid of this)... or possibly get a larger size to compensate, which might then become too bulky in the chest for you.

The material is a tradtional wool; not super-soft/heavily-processed. However, get all those stereotypes of rough/scratchy/hairy wools out of your mind; it's perfectly soft to the touch and not at all uncomfortable next to the skin. Finally, as has been mentioned above, the machine-made sweaters are only moderately thick; warm certainly, but still good for layering and wearing under a (traditionally-fitting) jacket if you wanted to.

I'm now hankering for a really heavy beast of a hand-knit Aran, as a turtleneck rather than crewneck. I might ask them to make something like that for me at some point; I'm sure they could, if I was prepared to wait.

Overall: a very good sweater, and very good service. Colour me happy. Pics will appear in WAYWRN as some point over the next few days, I'm sure.

Have not seen this store before--some nice looking stuff on there and the prices are very fair. Couple of questions:

  • How do you find the sweater compares in construction and quality to something like a William Lockie?
  • How do you distinguish between the handmade and the machine-made stuff on the website? Or did you just call?
post #1323 of 2124
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post

Just to follow this up, and perhaps to help anyone else looking for an Aran sweater: I ended up getting the traditional heavyweight (machine-made) sweater from Aran Sweater Market. I would have preferred the heavier & more detailed hand-knit but my size wasn't in stock, and I didn't want to wait. Their customer service were very swift in replying to my stock queries & very helpful generally. As for sizing, I generally wear size 36 jackets, so opted for their XS size. It fits really nicely IMO; fairly slim, not at all bulky/loose and the perfect length. I am on the shorter side however, so if you're taller, you need to either stretch the knit out a bit (wool knits will stretch a fair amount; no need to be afraid of this)... or possibly get a larger size to compensate, which might then become too bulky in the chest for you.

The material is a tradtional wool; not super-soft/heavily-processed. However, get all those stereotypes of rough/scratchy/hairy wools out of your mind; it's perfectly soft to the touch and not at all uncomfortable next to the skin. Finally, as has been mentioned above, the machine-made sweaters are only moderately thick; warm certainly, but still good for layering and wearing under a (traditionally-fitting) jacket if you wanted to.

I'm now hankering for a really heavy beast of a hand-knit Aran, as a turtleneck rather than crewneck. I might ask them to make something like that for me at some point; I'm sure they could, if I was prepared to wait.

Overall: a very good sweater, and very good service. Colour me happy. Pics will appear in WAYWRN as some point over the next few days, I'm sure.

Have not seen this store before--some nice looking stuff on there and the prices are very fair. Couple of questions:
 
  • How do you find the sweater compares in construction and quality to something like a William Lockie?
  • How do you distinguish between the handmade and the machine-made stuff on the website? Or did you just call?


They're totally different species of sweater. My Lockie turtleneck is all about excellent, soft cashmere, made up with a sense of creating a beautiful, refined product. The ASM crewneck is a more traditional, down-to-earth product. It's well-made, from simpler materials, will likely last for a very long time, and is warm and attractive in more humble way. It also - as you would expect - costs a fraction of the Lockie. I like them both, and think they're both really good value for money, in different ways. It's an unfair comparison really; it's more about what you want a sweater to be/do.

 

I guessed that everything would be machine-made apart from the specific Clan Aran ones. I asked them, and they confirmed it.

post #1324 of 2124
Thank you--very helpful!
post #1325 of 2124
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Mulling over purchasing a pair of suede Jodhpurs. As it stands now I wear my snuff suede chukkas in a number of instances, ranging from jeans to chinos to odd wool trousers. I'm thinking that a pair of suede Jodhpurs will have a similar versatility. However, each time I get close to pulling the trigger I back down thinking they are a bit too feminine or because I'm worried they won't be as versatile as I imagine.

Wondering if anyone here owns a pair(s) and can weigh in on their versatility/how they wear them. I really like the idea of the boot, but not sure (given my hesitance in purchasing them) that they will actual make it into my regular rotation. I don't need another pair of >$500 shoes that get worn once a quarter.

If it helps I would wear them in Fall/Winter/early Spring with casual (jeans/cords, sweater, jacket/SC) or business casual (odd trou and odd jacket) rigs.

Thoughts?

 

I have a pair, Prada, by Church's, I believe, from about 2004 or so.  They are really nice, but I haven't ended up wearing them all that much.  For me, I would like to wear them with pants with a very narrow hem - something approximating equestrian pants - and hemmed quite short.  Since I rarely wear pants like that, the books likewise don't get much use.  They are not anywhere near as versatile for casual use as are chukkas.

 

As an alternative, how about a pair of sidezips, or a boot with a slight longer shaft, like the Heschung Malkos of the Trickers Stow or Superboot?

post #1326 of 2124

where's that awesome pic of bows1 jumping in his jodhpurs?

post #1327 of 2124

Found

 

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post #1328 of 2124
That looks like quite some height! Where can one find those Air JodhpursTM ?
post #1329 of 2124
I had a pair of the Barker Black jodhpurs at one point; I really wish I'd gotten more use out of them.

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post #1330 of 2124
that pic of bows1 has to be shopped.

everyone knows phone booths dont exist
post #1331 of 2124
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post


I'm not a fan of jodhpur boots, but if the Mod association is putting you off chelseas, try something more substantial, like RM Williams. Definitely not what I would think of as a sleek mod type of chelsea.

I agree with the good doctor.
post #1332 of 2124
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Thank you--very helpful!

 

Follow-up fit pic of the XS size on my frame below; apologies for the awkward posture, trying to demonstrate how it fits through the torso. For a more natural/in context photo, click here.

 

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post #1333 of 2124
Good looking sweater, HF. Am thinking about picking one up myself.
post #1334 of 2124
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

that pic of bows1 has to be shopped.

everyone knows phone booths dont exist

I actually know a guy who used to repair phone booths. He lost his job because, well, you know, now he fixes cash registers. Pretty soon he'll have to start fixing iPads.
post #1335 of 2124
There was a programme on Radio 4 today of general SF interest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03h7gs1 - part of a series about London and Paris, this one about how English and French style cross pollinated.
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