Went into Jack Straw last week. John, the proprietor is super awsome. He had on a pair of brown Alden cordovan Chukas that he'd had for 11 years. I remarked that they'll last forever if you just take care of them. He replied,"I don't even take care of mine and they're still holding up just fine." Reminded me a lot of John Malkovich.
Was surprised to learn that his current favorite brand is 8.15. I guess the designer used to work for Harris Tweed and as a result their best pieces, in John's opinion, are made from Harris Tweed. The refer to their jackets as 'second-skin' garments that require the wearer to be patients while the garment stretches and molds to the wearer over time.
He carried trousers from 8.15 that were made in a donegal tweed that would have been an insta-kop that the rise been a bit larger and the thigh a bit wider.
Back in the day, about 2010-2011 or so, we used to go to the showroom that represented 8:15 in NYC, regularly (Oliver Spencer was also there - we chanced on the showroom by mistake the first time), and I was always very impressed by their work. I didn't know that Jack Straw carreid the brand. Will have to take a look at their buy next time I'm in town.