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post #1501 of 2089
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Thinking about dropping an email to Lockie about possibly buying a length. Any other places you know of that I can buy a short length from? Google has been less than fruitful.

Tons of fabric sellers on ebay as well as Mood Fabrics online.

http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics.html?content=6857
post #1502 of 2089
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Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

Give me a year, and I may be able to give you two flaps of corduroy you can use for your sweater's elbows.

I put navy cord patches on the elbows of my favourite navy cashmere v neck which had worn through after about 15 years service. Looked great.
post #1503 of 2089

Have you thought about walking into a Loro Piana store or giving them a call?   If they don't offer to repair/patch it themselves, they may be amenable to giving/selling you a knitdown from the factory so that you can make patches...?   

post #1504 of 2089
I was just thinking about that. No store in Atlanta but I may give them a call. I assume they won't have much to say, but worse comes to worst I'll call Bernard at home.
post #1505 of 2089
I use felt:

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Another option is Woolfiller:

http://www.woolfiller.com/
post #1506 of 2089
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

I was just thinking about that. No store in Atlanta but I may give them a call. I assume they won't have much to say, but worse comes to worst I'll call Bernard at home.

What color cashmere are you looking for?
post #1507 of 2089
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

I use felt:

Is that the Air Jumper already needing patches?
post #1508 of 2089
Yes. But I even managed to get a hole in my Stark. smile.gif
post #1509 of 2089
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post #1510 of 2089
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

Another option is Woolfiller:

http://www.woolfiller.com/

Some of the examples in that video look suspiciously like cum stains. eh.gif
post #1511 of 2089
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Is that the Air Jumper already needing patches?

I like the air jumpers I have, but they don't seem particularly robust.
post #1512 of 2089
I like the couple I have too; they haven't started developing holes yet, but they do seem to pill and lose their shape a bit.
post #1513 of 2089
Thread Starter 
Old Op-Ed from BoF about the closing of Atelier. Although not about classic men's clothing, I think the broader story about e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retail, and competitive pricing is relevant.

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2013/12/op-ed-goodbye-atelier.html

A good quote
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“I had a friend tell me somewhat flippantly that he didn’t think there was any juice left in this idea of a multi-label boutique,” said Steel. “His prediction for the future retail landscape is that we will be littered with flagship stores that are there to promote the brand. This idea of a boutique, things from all over the place, is a hopelessly oddly 20th century idea.”

“I laughed, but inside I was crying, because I felt maybe there was some validity there.”

I know @LA Guy is recovering from surgery, but if he's around to comment, I'd love to hear his thoughts.
post #1514 of 2089
The Euro VAT tax loophole is as real as it gets. It's essentially disguised dumping and is slowly eating up US retail. Does anyone think there's a particularly good reason for the success and proliferation of online stores in the UK/EU pushing into the US market with less than average sites, 2 pics of each garment and no good information? There is one : they're effectively 20% under msrp because of VAT detax and lack of duties levying on this side of the Atlantic.
post #1515 of 2089
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

The Euro VAT tax loophole is as real as it gets. It's essentially disguised dumping and is slowly eating up US retail. Does anyone think there's a particularly good reason for the success and proliferation of online stores in the UK/EU pushing into the US market with less than average sites, 2 pics of each garment and no good information? There is one : they're effectively 20% under msrp because of VAT detax and lack of duties levying on this side of the Atlantic.

I agree. This kind of problem seems to exist for Japanese goods too. In certain corners of fashion, you can find Japanese things pretty easily online, which pretty negates the need to ever buy from a US store (where prices are always about ~30% higher). It seems like the only reason why the problem isn't as big is because not many Japanese stores have English-friendly webshops.

I'm curious, Greg, what do you think is the solution? As a person who's now neck deep in retail, I imagine you've thought about this a lot. At least for me, the big draws to buying from a US store are usually 1) unique makes, 2) MTO (for some reason, not often offered by a European online store), 3) easier returns (cause ordering clothes over the internet still comes with various risks). I don't know if that actually translates to sales, and importantly, profits though. I could see high return rates also eating into a store's profits.
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