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post #1576 of 1947
Mine, hip pockets also flapped and buttoned. I wear it a lot, as an 'outside jacket', IYKWIM.

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post #1577 of 1947
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Is reno going to have the same pernicious effect on cordovan? I use it a few times a year on calf, but maybe 6-7 times a year on cordovan.

Keep it away from the vamp and you'll be fine, imo.
post #1578 of 1947
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Where would linen and linen-wool blends stand on the appropriate-for-bespoke scale?

Wrinkled =/= frumpy.


First of all, I'm not an arbiter of such things in any way, shape, or form.

 

Of course wrinkled doesn't mean frumpy. There's not a damn thing wrong with a bespoke linen suit. There's nothing wrong with a bespoke corduroy suit, either. But if your stated goal is that you want something frumpy, or like what Gad Lerner has on up there, then a degree of indifferent fit is vital. Steed can do something drapey, and without a front dart, but I still think their results would be much slicker than that.

post #1579 of 1947
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I don't mean that I'm having Steed make me a suit like that. I'm just saying it's what comes to mind when I debate whether or not to get flapped patches. Agree though, it's not the clearest of thinking.
post #1580 of 1947
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Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

I don't mean that I'm having Steed make me a suit like that. I'm just saying it's what comes to mind when I debate whether or not to get flapped patches. Agree though, it's not the clearest of thinking.


Oh, word. I misunderstood. I don't have that association for flapped patch pockets, really.

 

This coat has flapped patch pockets, in hefty cloth, and it's not too thick/clunky/frumpy.

 

post #1581 of 1947
^That jacket looks very good, Y. I had flapped patches on an old Brooks Bros tweed sportcoat I had for about 15 yrs. Didn't like the flaps. Imo, unless they button, they don't keep things more secure than open patches. Also, it was a little irritating trying to access the pockets. They required just a slight upward pull on the flap before reaching in, but since I was used to open patches on another jacket, I would always forget that little extra motion and it would irritate me.

To Doc, etc., you could find a frumpy cord coat rtw or at a thrift store, but the chances of finding one with the color, wale size, cut, and details one prefers is very low. I will probably get one from Luxire, uncanvased, so it can be machine washed and thus speed up the breaking in process (as well as cut down on the dry cleaning bill).

PB, have you ever tried Bick 4, the leather conditioner suggested by DWFII? Best stuff I've ever used. I've never had problems w/ Reno though. But I've only used it on shell, and really just on pair of Riderboot chukkas, since Ron included a jar of it w/ the boots. I only applied a bit once every few months, and that seemed to work well. Fwiw, I've used Venetian on shell the past few years, also sparingly, every few months, and w/ good results.
post #1582 of 1947
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I've never used Bick, but will have to check that out now that you mentioned it. Nick Horween at Horween once publicly mentioned that Venetian should be used on shell. Part of me doesn't understand why one conditioner would necessarily be better for shell than another (unless he's saying that Venetian is just the best conditioner, which is not the impression I got). Part of me wonders if it's just something he mentioned off handedly, and then people made it out to be something bigger than it was intended to be.

I think your'e right though - if you apply just a small amount of this stuff, it's fine. I slathered on Reno once and it ruined my shoes. Pea sized drops seem fine to me. Although ... outside it coming in a prettier jar and smelling better, I don't see why it's necessarily that much better than my unsexy Allen Edmonds Conditioner & Cleaner.
post #1583 of 1947
For those of you who wear slide belts: Is wear/rubbing/discoloration at the slide point just part of the territory? I recently purchased a gator slide belt and the scales have begun to discolor a bit and slight grooves have formed where I slide the belt to put it on/take it off. Seems like it's an easy way to ruin a belt, but the slide buckle came with the belt, so...
post #1584 of 1947
You could have a tongue buckle sewn on and get 1 or 2 holes punched
post #1585 of 1947
I like the look and flexibility of a slide belt. I'm cool with getting another slide buckle, but I just didn't know if this was typical or not. My last belts were tongue buckles and while they were fine, I prefer the look of the silver slide buckle.
post #1586 of 1947
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

^That jacket looks very good, Y. I had flapped patches on an old Brooks Bros tweed sportcoat I had for about 15 yrs. Didn't like the flaps. Imo, unless they button, they don't keep things more secure than open patches. Also, it was a little irritating trying to access the pockets. They required just a slight upward pull on the flap before reaching in, but since I was used to open patches on another jacket, I would always forget that little extra motion and it would irritate me.

Thank you. I agree, they don't really keep things more secure than open patch pockets, but the flap does hide any gaping that takes place if you put something larger in the pocket. Most of my coats have either flap or patch/flap pockets, so it's not much of an adaptation for me, but that is a good point.

post #1587 of 1947
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

For those of you who wear slide belts: Is wear/rubbing/discoloration at the slide point just part of the territory? I recently purchased a gator slide belt and the scales have begun to discolor a bit and slight grooves have formed where I slide the belt to put it on/take it off. Seems like it's an easy way to ruin a belt, but the slide buckle came with the belt, so...

I just looked at mine, and there's no discoloration or unusual wear anywhere. I've had mine for maybe about seven years now.
post #1588 of 1947
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Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

I just looked at mine, and there's no discoloration or unusual wear anywhere. I've had mine for maybe about seven years now.

Maybe I need to ditch the buckle, then. It looks like it's going to do some serious damage sooner than later. Always nice to add another thing to the "need" list...
post #1589 of 1947
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Maybe I need to ditch the buckle, then. It looks like it's going to do some serious damage sooner than later. Always nice to add another thing to the "need" list...

My buckle and belt came together, so maybe the buckle was meant to fit the belt in a way that wouldn't damage it. FWIW, it's from Tiffany.
post #1590 of 1947
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Monocle just did some video/ slideshow on Neapolitan businesses

http://nomanwalksalone.tumblr.com/post/80066891533/nice-video-slideshow-from-monocle-on-naples
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