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post #1726 of 1895
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F. Scott Fitzgerald was into texture it seems.

The expression on his face suggests otherwise.
post #1727 of 1895

The world needs more barley corn tweeds.

post #1728 of 1895
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The expression on his face suggests otherwise.


That's the expression of a sober alcoholic.

post #1729 of 1895
I've begun thinking about outerwear for Fall. Since I live in a warm-to-temperate climate, I find that light outerwear is the best way to go. The top of my list is an anorak that I can pop-over during rainstorms and/or wear on weekends with jeans, chinos, shorts, etc.

Right now I'm really digging the Battenwear Packable Anorak, but I can't seem to find it any really versatile colors (looking for an earthy green, khaki or navy). I'm also unsure how well it reacts to weather (the goal is to find something that can stand up to rain and wind).

Any suggestions on a good, simple and versatile anorak? Bonus points if it's in the sub-$200 range -- it's a piece of nylon, after all.
post #1730 of 1895
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Any suggestions on a good, simple and versatile anorak? Bonus points if it's in the sub-$200 range -- it's a piece of nylon, after all.

Not a popover but my go to, wool lined but very light so it works in 60 degrees or 30.

http://www.southwillard.com/collections/spring-2014/crescent-down-works-for-south-willard/california-winter-jacket-navy-wool-lined
post #1731 of 1895
Interesting. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm intrigued by the wool lining.

I think I'm partial to the popover, though. Something about that configuration that is less common and appeals to me more. I like the louche connotation.

Honestly I'm kind of surprised there aren't a ton of options out there. Seems like there are cheapo "your business name here" ponchos, LL Bean and then a huge jump into the JapAnglo heritagewear range. Wish there was something simple and classic in the $150 range.
post #1732 of 1895
I have one from H&M that I got for about that price last year, but you'd need to check ebay at this point .

post #1733 of 1895
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

I've begun thinking about outerwear for Fall. Since I live in a warm-to-temperate climate, I find that light outerwear is the best way to go. The top of my list is an anorak that I can pop-over during rainstorms and/or wear on weekends with jeans, chinos, shorts, etc.

Right now I'm really digging the Battenwear Packable Anorak, but I can't seem to find it any really versatile colors (looking for an earthy green, khaki or navy). I'm also unsure how well it reacts to weather (the goal is to find something that can stand up to rain and wind).

Any suggestions on a good, simple and versatile anorak? Bonus points if it's in the sub-$200 range -- it's a piece of nylon, after all.

Lots of brands to check out - Margaret Howell, Battenwear, Albam's house line, etc.

Fisherman smocks are also worth considering, if you're into that style.

http://www.merrowclothing.co.uk/

Those fit huge, but people come out with smocks all the time.
post #1734 of 1895
The K-Way Leon is a decent cheapish option - http://www.k-way.co.uk/browse/Leon_493.html

Oi Polloi pic below, K-Way site has better colours.

Patagonia is always a good bet too, they must have a popover kagoule.




I just got a Peter Storm one but it's ridiculously cheap. I like it though. biggrin.gif

http://www.millets.co.uk/mens/073927-peter-storm-mens-packable-cagoule-black.html
post #1735 of 1895
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I guess the Passagio Cravatte affiliate thread is shutting down, which means all the posts will be gone. Figured I'd save this somewhere, since it was one of the more useful posts out of the whole thing.
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The silk expert that I refer to is an ex girlfriend. I met up with her recently to discuss this specific issue over a quick coffee. She has a PhD in textiles specialising in silk. In addition, she has over 10 years experience in the field of silk printing and design. She currently works as a silk design consultant for a famous english brand. She handled my silk tie and picked up on things that I had not noticed.

First, there was slight (not very noticeable) colour disparity in the length of the silk. The tone of red is not even throughout. This is indicative of the end of a roll.

Secondly, if it were hand blocked, there would be many imperfections readily identifiable in the design and printing of the paisley - This is part of the old world charm of hand blocked silk. There would also be colour spill over. The printing is just to neat and precise for it to be hand blocked. The white marks around the paisley is indicative of the incorrect alignment and pressure being applied during the hand screen printing process. 

Third, the tie is a seven fold in just two pieces of silk. This means that the construction of the tie is made with a lot of silk. However, she pointed out that the silk does not contain any registration marks whatsoever. This is where the wooden block pins penetrate the silk to keep pattern alignment.  She searched much to the amusement of other diners. 

Fourth, she pointed out that the dyes used in the silk are colour fast and modern. The blue dye used in the paisley is a dead give away. Madder dye's used in the 1950's were polar opposite to the ones used today. They looked very different. They had a certain natural fuzzy glow and warmth and looked very organic.

Fifth, real english ancient madder is unmistakable. It has a very dusty appearance - as if someone left it in the attic for 50 years and it is covered in dust.  She pointed out that my modern PC english screen printed madder has no dustiness whatsoever. Modern madder is not real ancient madder - it is a modern day compromise.

Sixth, the grade of silk used in my tie is very different and cleaner to what was available in the 1950's. Modern silk is boiled to remove residue at very high pressure. The sophisticated equipment used to achieve this cleaner appearance and feel was not available in the 50's. 

She has no reason to mislead me and I trust her professional and qualified judgment. I just want to add that the tie is very well made. The 7 fold construction is beautiful. However, the silk is a modern screen printed madder and not vintage 1950's silk. I paid a huge premium for what I thought was 1950s vintage. Yes, I am upset because I wanted something extremely rare and commissioned the seven fold tie because I was told the silk was from the 1950's. Had I known that it is a modern screen printed madder I would have only commissioned a three fold tie.
post #1736 of 1895
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post #1737 of 1895
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post #1738 of 1895
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Originally Posted by dieworkwear View Post

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Lots of brands to check out - Margaret Howell, Battenwear, Albam's house line, etc.

Fisherman smocks are also worth considering, if you're into that style.

http://www.merrowclothing.co.uk/

Those fit huge, but people come out with smocks all the time.

Thanks for the insight, D. The Merrows look really nice, actually, but even at my measurements (41-42ish) none of those sound like they would fit overly well. My first reaction was, "I wonder if I can get them altered," but I think that iGent knee-jerk is best avoided with waterproof outwear.

Not keen on the banded cuffs of the Howell and Albam hasn't released their F/W stuff yet. I'm sure there will be a lot more outerwear trickling down in the next few months. My ideal configuration would be detachable hood, Ventile (or light nylon), side zips and hand pockets in some non-jarring color. Pretty simple to my thinking, but what do I know. I may stumble over to SWD and ask around. The Fjällräven No. 9 is the best I've seen, but is un-Godly expensive and hard-to-find.
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The K-Way Leon is a decent cheapish option - http://www.k-way.co.uk/browse/Leon_493.html

Oi Polloi pic below, K-Way site has better colours.

Patagonia is always a good bet too, they must have a popover kagoule.




I just got a Peter Storm one but it's ridiculously cheap. I like it though. biggrin.gif

http://www.millets.co.uk/mens/073927-peter-storm-mens-packable-cagoule-black.html

Thanks for the suggestions. Oi Polloi has a lot of options, but the ones I like are sold out/not in my size. I'm not a fan of the logos, either, but we'll see if beggars can be choosers.
post #1739 of 1895
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Wow.
Edited by Kaplan - 7/9/14 at 7:09am
post #1740 of 1895
Saw this advertisement online and thought, "I wonder what % of their intended audience has ever had a tailor to begin with?"
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