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post #27616 of 37396
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Originally Posted by semperexcelsius View Post
 

Does she give you an envelope every month marked "clothes" with a certain amount of money which you have no control over inside? :D

post #27617 of 37396
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Originally Posted by semperexcelsius View Post
 

Totally random, but you're now at 3,333 posts (caught the corner of my eye).

 

You should totally pull an @Manton move and just edit that one post for the next while. 3 is a cool number :slayer:

 

I struggled with this decision for an entire minute before realizing achievements lose their luster with time.  It's time to start working towards 4,444.

 

Okay, I also wanted to echo the other comment asking WTF about the $1,100 dress shirts.  The only way I can fathom this is if the shirts are delivered by a beautiful woman that shows up at your door wearing nothing but the shirt.  She only stays an hour, but leaves the shirt for you.

post #27618 of 37396
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post
 

 

I struggled with this decision for an entire minute before realizing achievements lose their luster with time.  It's time to start working towards 4,444.

 

Okay, I also wanted to echo the other comment asking WTF about the $1,100 dress shirts.  The only way I can fathom this is if the shirts are delivered by a beautiful woman that shows up at your door wearing nothing but the shirt.  She only stays an hour, but leaves the shirt for you.

Hell, maybe that's why they cost so much, but at this point I'm unaware of that service. :embar:

Maybe it's been too long since the threads about the $1,000+ dress shirts for you guys to remember

post #27619 of 37396
I think a lot of people, while they don't explicitly choose quantity over quality, do see diminishing marginal returns at some point. If I upgraded from Hemrajani to Savile Row, I would have a much smaller wardrobe.
post #27620 of 37396
Noodles, haven't you spent more than those suit maxes already?

I think max for me =

Suit - 2.5k
Jacket - 1.5k
Pants - 350
Shoes - 700
Shirt - 175
post #27621 of 37396
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Originally Posted by semperexcelsius View Post

I'm not sure what mine would be exactly, but here is what I'm in the process of obtaining:

Suits: ~$6,500 (I'd probably draw the line right above here, though)
Shirts: ~$1,150 (same here)
Shoes: ~$4-5,000 (could conceivably spend a bit more)
Ties: $150 (although I could see myself spending more and probably will at some point in the future)
Holy majito! I am curious as to what you have in your closet with this kind of limits.
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post

Beats me on all counts.  A few times I've paid more than 100 USD for a tie (including shipping), but that's the closest I get to any of these in any category.

For whatever reason I find myself less excited about things the farther they get from my torso.  By the time I get to my feet I find myself averse to large cash outlays, however much I might admire a beautiful pair of shoes.

Cheers,

Ac

P.s.:  Noodles, you didn't mention belts, which is what started this.  I'm guessing around $10,000?

Cheers,

Ac
Belts...$200.

I think I need to redo my self imposed limit. My wife imposes a much more frugal limit.

Veniv,
I did get a $3-4k Isaia suit and had it for 6 months but returned for a full refund after complaining that SA sold me what he had in stock (wrong size) not what was right for me. Long story.
post #27622 of 37396
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post


Holy majito! I am curious as to what you have in your closet with this kind of limits.
 

Well, not really much right now... I'm rebuilding my wardrobe over the next few years under these limits, as I'm more of a recent convert. I will be sharing new acquisitions and experiences and whatnot, though.

post #27623 of 37396
@semperexcelsius
If I have learned anything is this.

- Stick to affiliated vendors here
- Don't buy brand name, unless heavily discounted
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This is indeed an interesting game. I went crazy buying clothes a couple of years ago after blundering into SF. No doubt a very common story. Did make quite a few expensive mistakes along the way, but overall I'm happy with my wardrobe now and I do find myself still wearing most of the stuff I bought during my "spree".

 

I won't bother writing down my budget limits per item type, save to say that they are similar to Clags'. But I think it is worth lashing out from time to time on something way above one's normal price point, as long as one is 100% certain it's going to become a key part of the rotation.

 

Here are a few such examples from my own collection. Prices are in US$ although of course I usually shelled out in A$ at the time.

 

- Gaziano & Girling double-monks. Around $1100. Worn regularly, look and feel incredible, always receive compliments. Never again will I drop this kind of coin on footwear; but I'm glad I did so once.

 

- B&Tailor bespoke three-piece suit in Fox tweed. Around $3000. Still awaiting final fitting on this one (scheduled for next week). I am quietly confident that this will become my favourite winter suit, although it's a bit of a shame I couldn't take delivery a month or two ago when the cold weather started in Australia.

 

- Tom Ford two-piece suit in a charcoal windowpane wool/silk/linen blend. $2,800 after alterations (purchased RTW at a clearance sale). Not worn often, as it's a little more formal than my job requires, but it's as sharp as a knife and makes me feel like a million bucks every time I wear it. I also got married in this suit.

 

- peccary gloves from Exquisite Trimmings. Around $120 (clearance special). Normally at least double this price if not more, and although I really didn't need another pair of gloves, I just couldn't resist. And I'm really glad I bought them, as they are soft, warm, luxurious against my skin, and look fantastic.

 

...and of course there are a few other pieces I spent over-the-odds for. One lame justification I use for this profligacy is that it has weaned me off watches. Now that's an expensive hobby. Haven't bought a watch now for nearly four years, and thank goodness for that. Damn things nearly sent me bankrupt.

post #27625 of 37396
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

@semperexcelsius
If I have learned anything is this.

- Stick to affiliated vendors here
- Don't buy brand name, unless heavily discounted

Thanks for the advice. It's been the "big guys" like you that have made my experiences here so worthwhile. I'm not sure if all of my new vendors are SF affiliates, but you can be sure I at least heard of/found them here. I won't be buying any brand name, especially at that price, just bespoke (unless you consider the big names in bespoke "brand name bespoke")

post #27626 of 37396
Interesting. These would be absolute max figures and only then after planning for the purchase. No suit purchase in the foreseeable future.

Suit: $1000
Jacket: $500
Trou: $150
Shirt: $100
Tie: $85
Shoes: $350
post #27627 of 37396
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Originally Posted by semperexcelsius View Post
 

I'm not sure what mine would be exactly, but here is what I'm in the process of obtaining:

 

Suits: ~$6,500 (I'd probably draw the line right above here, though)

Shirts: ~$1,150 (same here)

Shoes: ~$4-5,000 (could conceivably spend a bit more)

Ties: $150 (although I could see myself spending more and probably will at some point in the future)

One of these things is not like the others.

 

Y'all would laugh at mine, but I thrift more than anybody with a steady job could, so I can afford to not spend much money.

post #27628 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Does anyone actually prioritize quantity (for quantity's sake)?

Certain people come to mind. Especially those who have just joined SF and buy 50+ suits/jackets in a short time. Remember that guy who went on a buying spree? Now he mostly bought quality stuff, but I'd say quantity was his priority.

Also, where does one find $1150 shirts? Fully handmade bespoke goes for not much over $500, and that's on the pricy side of things. $350 is pretty easy to find, even in expensive cities like London/New York, and in Italy you can find it for $75 CMT.
post #27629 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Monkeyface View Post

Certain people come to mind. Especially those who have just joined SF and buy 50+ suits/jackets in a short time. Remember that guy who went on a buying spree? Now he mostly bought quality stuff, but I'd say quantity was his priority.

Also, where does one find $1150 shirts? Fully handmade bespoke goes for not much over $500, and that's on the pricy side of things. $350 is pretty easy to find, even in expensive cities like London/New York, and in Italy you can find it for $75 CMT.

I think he's planning to have shirts made by Kabbaz, who charges upwards of 1k for a shirt that isn't even handmade...
post #27630 of 37396
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Originally Posted by EliodA View Post

I think he's planning to have shirts made by Kabbaz, who charges upwards of 1k for a shirt that isn't even handmade...

How can he get away with that? Must have awesome marketing.
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