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post #46 of 64

I am done with shoes for a few years after my orders arrive.  But then sometimes good deals and rare finds made me click on the wrong things.

post #47 of 64
I think I am very largely sated. About the only major sartorial acquisition I could think of would be a tuxedo ensemble, but this isn't too likely to come up.

Truth be told, I could probably get by just fine with a fraction of what I've got:

20 blazers and sport coats (17 from W.W. Chan)
six suits (all from Chan)
50 pairs of shoes (42 of them A-Es, 3 Ferragamos)
About 50 sized shirts, 35 sports shirts.
115 neckties (approx.)
95 pocket squares (approx.)
31 ascots
17 pairs of wool slacks (approx.)
40 pairs of cotton trousers (approx.)

And much else--hats, scarves, outerwear, sweaters and whatnot that I won't bother listing.

Since I don't have nearly as many years to live as most of you, I think this will pretty well hold me for the duration.

I'd sort of like to get a few pairs of really good dress slacks from Chan but tend to balk at the prices since I can get serviceable product RTW at a fraction of the cost.

However, the acquisition is definitely part of the fun. Last year I became a fan of Mercer shirts, and so I have getting a new shirt from them every couple of months, in part because I like the shirts themselves but also in no small measure because I enjoy having something new to look forward to.
post #48 of 64
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

I feel I'm pretty much finished and have been for a couple of years now. I really don't want for anything. I order a handful of shirts and buy a few ties every year, but that's about it.

Now then stranger!

I actually referenced you post number 11!biggrin.gif
post #49 of 64

How can you ever tire of finding things that are beautiful?

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Now then stranger!

I actually referenced you post number 11!biggrin.gif

Haha but of course! I guess one downside is that I don't have a whole lot to post about in MC any more. smile.gif I still really enjoy clothing but I have to admit that shifting from acquisition mode to maintenance mode has been very liberating.
post #51 of 64
Not quite there yet but on the road.

I remember one of your posts where you said you'd spent a long time acquiring a wide range of outfits but found yourself returning to the same much-smaller set of favourites most days, so you downsized the excess. I read that at a time when the bar in my closet was bending under the weight of rarely-if-ever worn stuff so it had an impact on me, and while I'm hardly down to austerity levels, I have at least turned the corner. It's like that tip about turning your hangers around when you wear something, and after a year throw out (or consider it at least) all the stuff on the unturned hangers.

Anyway post a pic when the mood takes you, there's always room for some quality here!
post #52 of 64
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

However, the acquisition is definitely part of the fun. Last year I became a fan of Mercer shirts, and so I have getting a new shirt from them every couple of months, in part because I like the shirts themselves but also in no small measure because I enjoy having something new to look forward to.

I agree with this. I came up with a plan to acquire enough pieces for me to be well dressed in any situation and to address seasonality over a 2 year period that started in earnest about a year ago (and have since knocked 2 suits, 2 odd jackets and 8 pairs of trousers off my list of things I "need"). Once I'm done acquiring these items, my spending will go down dramatically, but I suspect I'll still buy the occasional Hober, shirt or maybe odd jacket to have something new to look forward to (plus I'll have to replace things).
post #53 of 64

I think there are many good reasons to continue the search:

 

1.  You're an explorer.  Perhaps you have a bespoke suit from London.  But you're curious to try Paris, to see how the differences in style, fit, and cut look and feel on you.  It's like wanting to experiment with a new cuisine, or travel to a country you've never seen.

 

2.  You're a perfectionist.  You want a suit that is not only flawless, but is the best possible one to complement your figure, and has the highest quality of construction in the world.   It's like wanting to find the greatest espresso or steak you can experience.

 

3.  You're a collector.  You appreciate the beauty of a hand-made shoe or shirt.  It's the same drive that leads people to assemble an art collection.  Perhaps you have a diverse taste, and want shirts from a variety of countries, makers, and time periods.  Or you may develop an expertise and interest in specific types of clothing, like vintage Brooks Brothers shirts, or heavier weight suiting fabric from before World War II.  

 

4.  You're an artist.  You are designing a bespoke suit, alongside a master tailor and craftsman.  Oleg Cassini said it best, of his times visiting tailors with Cary Grant.  They considered, debated, and chose every detail of cut, fabric, and stitching: "We were the architects of our appearance; we supervised each new suit the way an architect guides the construction of a building."

post #54 of 64
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Oddly enough, the one thing that I am still on the look-out for is what many on this forum suggest as one of the first to acquire - a navy blazer/sportcoat.

Wouldn't you know it... Finally found the navy sportcoat.

Paul Stuart (made in Italy so not Samuelsohn, anyone know who they use for Italian stuff?) unstructured patch pockets situation, in wool flannel.

I like that it's unstructured and patch pockets, nice and casual. I hope it doesn't run too warm being flannel, but since it has no lining I don't expect it to be a problem.
post #55 of 64
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Wouldn't you know it... Finally found the navy sportcoat.

Paul Stuart (made in Italy so not Samuelsohn, anyone know who they use for Italian stuff?) unstructured patch pockets situation, in wool flannel.

I like that it's unstructured and patch pockets, nice and casual. I hope it doesn't run too warm being flannel, but since it has no lining I don't expect it to be a problem.

Sounds awesome. I'm planning to get something similar made up for what will hopefully complete my odd jacket collection. Air force blue linen with patch pockets is great for a summer blazer if you ever decide to get a warm weather version.
post #56 of 64
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

I think I am very largely sated. About the only major sartorial acquisition I could think of would be a tuxedo ensemble, but this isn't too likely to come up.

Truth be told, I could probably get by just fine with a fraction of what I've got:

20 blazers and sport coats (17 from W.W. Chan)
six suits (all from Chan)
50 pairs of shoes (42 of them A-Es, 3 Ferragamos)
About 50 sized shirts, 35 sports shirts.
115 neckties (approx.)
95 pocket squares (approx.)
31 ascots
17 pairs of wool slacks (approx.)
40 pairs of cotton trousers (approx.)

And much else--hats, scarves, outerwear, sweaters and whatnot that I won't bother listing.

Since I don't have nearly as many years to live as most of you, I think this will pretty well hold me for the duration.

I'd sort of like to get a few pairs of really good dress slacks from Chan but tend to balk at the prices since I can get serviceable product RTW at a fraction of the cost.

However, the acquisition is definitely part of the fun. Last year I became a fan of Mercer shirts, and so I have getting a new shirt from them every couple of months, in part because I like the shirts themselves but also in no small measure because I enjoy having something new to look forward to.

Wow, thats a lot of blazers and shoes.

If I succeed with restraint, I won't get to those numbers, but I can see it happening if I stay the same size.
post #57 of 64
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Wouldn't you know it... Finally found the navy sportcoat.

Paul Stuart (made in Italy so not Samuelsohn, anyone know who they use for Italian stuff?) unstructured patch pockets situation, in wool flannel.

I like that it's unstructured and patch pockets, nice and casual. I hope it doesn't run too warm being flannel, but since it has no lining I don't expect it to be a problem.

 

Good choice -- Paul Stuart's excellent.  I believe it's made by either Isaia or St. Andrew's/Santandrea.  Any pictures of the new sportscoat?

post #58 of 64
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

I think I am very largely sated. About the only major sartorial acquisition I could think of would be a tuxedo ensemble, but this isn't too likely to come up.

Truth be told, I could probably get by just fine with a fraction of what I've got:

20 blazers and sport coats (17 from W.W. Chan)
six suits (all from Chan)
50 pairs of shoes (42 of them A-Es, 3 Ferragamos)
About 50 sized shirts, 35 sports shirts.
115 neckties (approx.)
95 pocket squares (approx.)
31 ascots
17 pairs of wool slacks (approx.)
40 pairs of cotton trousers (approx.)

And much else--hats, scarves, outerwear, sweaters and whatnot that I won't bother listing.

Since I don't have nearly as many years to live as most of you, I think this will pretty well hold me for the duration.

I'd sort of like to get a few pairs of really good dress slacks from Chan but tend to balk at the prices since I can get serviceable product RTW at a fraction of the cost.

However, the acquisition is definitely part of the fun. Last year I became a fan of Mercer shirts, and so I have getting a new shirt from them every couple of months, in part because I like the shirts themselves but also in no small measure because I enjoy having something new to look forward to.

^^^this guy is good

post #59 of 64
Why, thank you, doctor!
post #60 of 64
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Since I don't have nearly as many years to live as most of you, I think this will pretty well hold me for the duration.

Motion denied and get in line. You do not have permission to leave this planet before me. Stay at your post soldier. wink.gif
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