Is there a dedicated thread to discuss the optimal t-shirt to wear when exercising?
I have tried various contenders but still not reached that golden ratio of ergonomics, quality, and ubiquity (not something I have to go to Nepal to find).
I wouldn't spend that much on RTW without trying on, and seeing the fabric
I guess it depends on STF's returns policy
I'm not sure that a lot of OTR is justified at the price point either though.
Steed knows better than guys on the internet, but....I still disagree with them. I mean, your stuff by and large fits fine, though there are some exceptions (as is true for most of us, myself included). But I don't think it is necessarily as flattering as it could be, assuming that bespoke is able to maximize the benefit of tailored clothing. I wouldn't dismiss bespoke.
Though it also could be a symptom of cuts that you like. There aren't too many full shots of you floating around so it's hard to say, but going forward, I think it would be interesting to see you in a few more structured jackets (shoulder wise)
You are on the West Coast, right? If you are ever near LA, email Ian and he will let you stop in the showroom and spend as long as you want trying things on. I think you would be very impressed.
I have purchased 3 Orazio's from him...so far it is the best fitting RTW for me I can find. I disagree about not paying this much for RTW if it happens to fit you well and you really like the style (and of course you can afford it). I have tried multiple MTM in this price range and the OL still fits me better with much higher end fabrics and a styling most MTMs don't offer. It won't be for everyone, but I wouldn't dismiss it just because it is in a similar ballpark as MTM.
Edit: I also think a lot of the well known bespoke shops that offer MTM are a rip off. They are using their name to offer a MTM garment that is unimpressive IMO.
I received mine over the weekend.
Regrettably I didn’t take any photos straight out of the box. The pictures to follow were taken after an overnight conditioning with Bick 4 and a subsequent polishing with Saphir.
Since what I’m about to share is criticism, let me say up front that I don’t regret the purchase. At the price I paid these are decent value.
That said, the quality of the vamp leather is pretty poor. The conditioning improved it, but in retrospect I wish I’d given a second overnight treatment before polishing.
Here are quick shots of the two I bought:
The Blake construction puts the sole stitching inside the shoe:
This can be very uncomfortable if it rubs against your foot, as it did mine. The fix was simple: a $1.99 insole from my local pharmacy and the problem is gone:
One thing I can’t fix is that, oddly, the strap on the monk is narrower than the buckle, which not only looks odd (assuming you’re an SF person who actually looks at stuff this closely) but, more practically, makes buckling the damn thing a bit of a pain:
Anyway, you could do far worse for the money.
Edit: The shoes are the ‘Theo’ (oxford) and ‘Prosper’ (monks) models.
Pretty much sums up my thoughts as well. Although I am a bit perplexed how Ron ever offered these in the $400 range...