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post #31 of 65
JAB also has good clothes brushes, tie racks, shoe racks for cheap during those sales
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post
Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post
Oh yeah, forgot about them. I have one quartz & one automatic (Omega Seamaster & Longines Conquest Heritage respectively, so neither being particularly expensive as far as watches go) and that's all I need & want. The only other watch I occasionally think about buying (or rather, digging out from whatever drawer I've lost my old one in) is an 80s/90s Casio digital, purely for the retro fun of it with some casual outfits. The whole mechanical/engineering aspect of watches that some people really get into just passes me by; totally not interested.

Your watch hierarchy reminds me of mine:

Casio digital- a gift from my teen teen age daughter from the early 90s when I ran 20-30 miles a week

A Gold Seiko Quartz - for social events such as SF Meet-Ups.

An 18 carat Gold Omega Seamaster Deville Automatic from 1963- I am the original owner- I wear it a few times/ month

 

Yeah, I think we have a similar attitude to them, except I wear my automatic whenever I'm dressed smartly and the quartz on more casual days. I like having a watch on my wrist and think mine handle a range of different nicely (as do yours); I just don't like paying boatloads for one.

 

Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

Not quite a thing I "won't spend on" but I have recently realized that spending upward of $450 on an OTR suit, is simply absurd.  MTM can be done for $600 at one local shop in town, and can be done in-shop at others (as opposed to sent out to a Montreal factory) for under $1000.  Basically, once you cross $500, you're only paying for a brand.  A bit off-topic, but just a recent discovery, that I'm sure isn't new to most people on here - let's not highjack the thread with a discussion of OtR vs. MtM.  I'm sure that thread rages on somewhere else ;)

I'll respect the wish not to hijack at length, but still would briefly mention that you're paying for style/cut & fit as well as brand.

 

It is generally possibly to find a range of different styles/cut cheaply if you have patience and either live in a big city or are happy with online purchases. However, finding ones that that fit well can be harder. MTM can/should give you a decent fit, but you might not find the style/cut you want from MTM in your preferred price range. Bespoke can/should you fit very well, but again, not necessarily the style/cut you want unless you're prepared to shop around for the right tailor for you.

 

In the final analysis, if you can find RTW in a style/cut you like, which fits you well, it may be a better "value" option to pay more for it than you would for MTM or bespoke from a tailor unsuited to your needs. It's a triangle: style/cut are one side, fit is another, and cost is the third. Balancing all three to meet your needs may mean altering your perception of value. Or, you might be lucky and find a balance within your current perception, especially if you don't value time very highly or enjoy the research process (so shopping around +/- waiting for sales isn't a problem).

post #33 of 65
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RD-
I used to think the same way with socks until I discovered the joy, beauty, and durability of Bresciani. They're really expensive, but worth it IMHO. I've had some pairs as long as two years now and never any problems.

 

Well, I see they are just a little over 20-25€ per pair (the cotton ones at least), so I could definately try them out... smile.gif

 

Also, I'm with you on watches. Would never think of getting anything above €150 - it's a purely functional accesory for me. As long as it's not fugly and it's accurate enough, I'm served.

 

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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

Not quite a thing I "won't spend on" but I have recently realized that spending upward of $450 on an OTR suit, is simply absurd.  MTM can be done for $600 at one local shop in town, and can be done in-shop at others (as opposed to sent out to a Montreal factory) for under $1000.  Basically, once you cross $500, you're only paying for a brand.  A bit off-topic, but just a recent discovery, that I'm sure isn't new to most people on here - let's not highjack the thread with a discussion of OtR vs. MtM.  I'm sure that thread rages on somewhere else ;)

 

MTM can be VERY disappointing and a painful process to get right. If it wasn't for the possibility of being able to choose fabric, styling, etc., you'd be better off trying to find OTR that fits. Imagine commissioning that beautiful fabric you found on a book, then when the garment is done the fit is absolutely off and impossible to fix. That hurts. Lately, while saving for future bespoke pieces, I'm getting OTR instead of MTM -  fabric choices are limited, but at least you can see how the garment looks on you; then with some minor alterations it could be great.


Edited by RDiaz - 8/17/13 at 7:28am
post #34 of 65
Braces - plain white TM Lewin braces work for me

Pocket squares - stocked up a few years ago, £15 a piece from Duchamp; never understood the need for expensive pocket squares.

Collar stays - Hackett sell bone collar stays for £5/pair, do not see the point of expensive mop or silver stays.


As for Bresciani socks I think they are worth the cost although I get them from the Edward Green sales for about £10.
post #35 of 65
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Thanks for the tip! I've been getting them a block away at Nordstrom Rack and I think they're like $15 or $16 + tax.

I frequently buy Falke or Panthrella OTC socks at Sierra Trading Post.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~socks-men/clothing~d~5/mens-clothing~d~15/falke~b~1969%2c1036/

Shoe trees at the Rack in the Boston area are always 12.90 (under 10.00 on sale)
post #36 of 65

In the MtM options I've found, the availability of styles and cuts has generally been comparable or better, within the same price point, to OTR.  Also, with the exception of online, the fittings and alterations necessary upon delivery are included.  Around here, alterations on OTR are generally not included if a suit is below $400-$500, and until you cross over $100, they generally only include hems, waists, and sleeve length.  So, of the options I've researched, more is available MtM than OtR - OtR.  Though the most currently fashionable styles tend to be most available OtR.

 

That brings me to something else I won't pay full price for - Things that I can tell (or at least that I believe) are going to go out of fashion in less than three years!  Does not matter whether it is a suit, jeans, a tie, shoes, etc., I try not to buy anything that will last 10 years, but look dated in 18 months.

post #37 of 65

Yeah, of course much more is available in MTM (specially if done through a tailor, then you will have many fabric books at your disposal) but for me it's not worth the extra cost because there is a high likeliness of fit failure and headaches. My last commission did in fact turn out worse than the previous due to factory mistakes, and that's pretty bad. I prefer to see what I buy now, and leave "that nice cloth I saw in a book" for later, when I can get it properly made by a good bespoke tailor.

 

You might also happen to stumble upon a $1000 RTW sportcoat with an amazing fabric that fits you like a glove - why not buy it if you can afford it? Yesterday I saw a nice tweed jacket that looked extremely flattering on me, and would only need a small adjustment for my low shoulder - it was €400, more than what I usually pay for a RTW coat, but I think it will end up in my closet. It just fits better than any MTM I've had, so why not?

 

Of course, if you're lucky and get a nice fit out of MTM, it's a great value. But I've seen so many disasters compared to successes...

post #38 of 65

Collar stays.  not that I don't appreciate the beauty of a good gold or MOP collar stay mind you, but . . . .

 

on a sort of side note--steam irons.  I get cheap ones to press my stuff.  They get gunked up, and I have to purchase a new one every so often.  Are good irons worth it?

post #39 of 65
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steam irons.  I get cheap ones to press my stuff.  They get gunked up, and I have to purchase a new one every so often.  Are good irons worth it?

I have been using a Tefal iron with steam generator for about about 5.5yrs, I doubt that I will go back to an iron or stream iron.
post #40 of 65
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Originally Posted by Macallan View Post

I have been using a Tefal iron with steam generator for about about 5.5yrs, I doubt that I will go back to an iron or stream iron.

My trusty Rowenta just decided to stop heating up any more after about twenty years. I think it might have cost me about $40 which was on the high side back then, but its been worth it i suppose.

There used to places you could take items like steam irons and toasters to get thermostats replaced but in today's world everyone just tells you to dump them in a landfill and get new ones. Sad to see it go, it served me well.
post #41 of 65

I wonder if heavy non-steam irons are better for pressing jobs. I have a decent steam iron, but haven't used steam in months and it's much better. Seams don't blow (pucker) any more, trouser creases are sharper and easier to set in, and wrinkles on shirts disappear more easily. Water spray and/or sponge works great...

post #42 of 65
^^ I read jeffreyd's post on pressing too and it was game-changing. I emptied the water from my iron and used spray and sponge exclusively. It certainly seems to make a difference with seams for sure.
post #43 of 65
I don't like spending lots of money on shirts. I have my shirts laundered, and they don't treat them as well as they should. So, my shirts don't last a long time.

I get my shirts at Luxire or Charles Tyrwhitt o Jos. A Banks.
post #44 of 65

I get my footwear and daily work wear from the navy quartermaster. It costs me nothing and I never have to worry about color or style.
 

post #45 of 65
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

Cheap Item:

Woven belts which I wear with jeans. Mine come from Macys and are about $20.00.
They fall apart in about 9 months and I buy new ones. I am not intelligent enough to
see the difference in similar belts costing 4 times as much at BB. One of these days I'll buy
one at a much higher price to see how long it lasts.


A good belt, when treated properly, is permanent.

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