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Originally Posted by VirgilVerne View Post
 

I actually quite like the large ones, but then again I've got a pretty boss face and some muscular mass around the body so I feel like I could pull it off :p   I've got alright shoulders - not too slim or borderline scrawny so I feel like these peak lapels still suit me fine. If your shoulders are noticeably slim (severely lacks the v shape upper body that some men aspire to or pretty much exactly in line with your waist sides), I'd go for the slimmer ones, if you're thinking of going a bit more towards the fashionable side. The other option is go with the notch which is just universally great.

 

Oscar Hunt's overall fit is pretty much on the general side - you can go with no break on the pants and ask the fitter to slim it overall, which should be slim enough otherwise it'll bunch or pull at the fork. With the jacket though honestly if it fits then it fits, you can ask to taper the waist ever so slightly more to create a slimming effect but that's about it.In fact I don't know if there are that many options for slimming the jacket in general, even at other tailors, usually there's just that one accurate, nail on the coffin fit. 


Thank you!

 

 

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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


I would always try RTW suits for a less formal occasions. Unless you have a wardrobe with 20+ bespoke / mtm suits. Also lot of the time mtm/ bespoke don't get it right at the first time. I would try mj bale drop 8 suits first. They have many pick lapel suits. Or even suit supply. Have multiple RTW suits, find out what really suits you before spending big on mtm/ bespoke. FYI I am quite skinny 5'10" and 51-51 kg suit supply 34r firs well and mj bale drop 8 fits with very minimal alterations.
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+1

Have to agree with this advice, MonoWillz, especially since your provided reasoning on the single vent.

Not sure if MJ Bale meet your criterion for full canvassing, however. It shouldn't be too hard to find out. Half canvas would be my guess.


Yeah I see your point, but I still feel like a MTM process, I feel like there's too much of a hassle with RTW and just the uncertainty around it... but that might be just me.

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Gents - good place to buy a self-tie bow tie in black for not really much money because I'm probably only wearing it once (I hope never to wear a tux again)?

 

Kent Wang?

Sam Hober?

Something in the UK?

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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

Gents - good place to buy a self-tie bow tie in black for not really much money because I'm probably only wearing it once (I hope never to wear a tux again)?

Kent Wang?
Sam Hober?
Something in the UK?

M&S?
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If that's true by a decent one and sell it afterwards.
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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post
 

Gents - good place to buy a self-tie bow tie in black for not really much money because I'm probably only wearing it once (I hope never to wear a tux again)?

 

Kent Wang?

Sam Hober?

Something in the UK?

 

As Cal Dreamer suggested, try Marks & Spencer. 

 

Alternatively, I know that TM Lewin used to sell self-tie bow ties and, even better, they used to be "sized" (ie available in different neck sizes) so that you could wear them with wing collar without the length adjuster showing. Definitely worth checking out one of their shops (of which there are quite a few in the UK, of course) or their website.

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Thanks for the input - will drop into both this weekend.

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Any suggestions on good sourdough bakeries in Melbourne CBD?
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My brother proudly told me he bought a pair of these shoes yesterday (for $200+):

http://ferracinishoes.com.au/index.php?route=product/category&path=18

Sometimes I wonder where I went wrong with him...
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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

Gents - good place to buy a self-tie bow tie in black for not really much money because I'm probably only wearing it once (I hope never to wear a tux again)?

Kent Wang?
Sam Hober?
Something in the UK?

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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post

M&S?

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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

As Cal Dreamer suggested, try Marks & Spencer. 

Alternatively, I know that TM Lewin used to sell self-tie bow ties and, even better, they used to be "sized" (ie available in different neck sizes) so that you could wear them with wing collar without the length adjuster showing. Definitely worth checking out one of their shops (of which there are quite a few in the UK, of course) or their website.

Try Debenhams too. Think you can get on for about 20 quid (might be a bit more these days). TW Lewin is a good idea.
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

My brother proudly told me he bought a pair of these shoes yesterday (for $200+):

http://ferracinishoes.com.au/index.php?route=product/category&path=18

Sometimes I wonder where I went wrong with him...

Sorry for your loss.
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

My brother proudly told me he bought a pair of these shoes yesterday (for $200+):

http://ferracinishoes.com.au/index.php?route=product/category&path=18

Sometimes I wonder where I went wrong with him...

Sometimes people just don't get it...

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Originally Posted by Spandexter View Post


Not super keen on a panama. Do non #menswear gents really wear them?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
 

 

I don't know if I'm a #menswear gent, but I wear a panama hat in summer. 

 

I've also got a similar, but more casual, hat that's made from woven paper that I got in Japan a few years back. It's crushable and rollable, so you can easily pack it into a bag and then just jam it on to your head and it regains its shape. 

 

If you're not keen on panama hats, then I'm not sure what else you can wear. Flat caps or newsboy caps generally look odd with a suit or odd jacket and trousers and summer's generally too warm for a fur-felt hat. 

 

There's always the trusty bucket hat, but that doesn't look too good when you're dressed up, either...

 

Quite like the panama hat really, bought my first linen suit with Viggo Mortensen's costume in Two Faces of January in mind

two-faces-of-january-viggo-mortensen-kirsten-dunst-1.jpegTHE-TWO-FACES-OF-JANUARY-FERRY.jpg

 

Other than that the only hat appropriate in the summer would be a linen or straw fedora at your own great risk...

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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

+1 for hober. Website is poor but quality of products and customer service is top notch.

I hear the $69 SUSu ties are alright, at least based on feedback and fit pics in that thread.

Lastly Conrad Wu ties are solid but on the pricey side with current piss poor exchange rate.

Interesting, I recently bought around a grand worth of SH and actually thought that their website's not too bad.... but then again I've been on Luxire for a long time.

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Originally Posted by Johknee View Post

I've owned two pairs of Andrew's shoes and both were/are well made. Selling my derbys - see my signature below. Willing to work out a deal for Australian buyers.

How are Andrew's shoes priced? Also how do you find it quality wise (leather, construction) in comparison to the top English makers (EG, G&G) or a tier down-C&J, AS. I've recently purchased my first pairs of EG and G&G, and the big thing about them is the quality of materials, workmanship and finishing.
Edited by benf - 5/24/16 at 8:09pm
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Originally Posted by benf View Post

How are his shoes priced? Also how do you find Andrew's shoes quality wise (leather, construction) compared to the top English makers (EG, G&G) or a tier down-C&J, AS.

 

You can have a look on his website for pricing. Not cheap, but they are made in small quantities (for the OTR shoes) and, of course, the made-to-order shoes are made just for you. You're looking at $800 - $1000 for most of his off-the-rack (OTR) shoes, although he has a few pairs for less than that. The made-to-order info page says that the MTO shoes cost $2200 and up. 

 

https://andrewmcdonald.com.au/custom-made-shoes

 

I haven't handled any of Andrew's pairs but, from the pictures that I've seen, his leathers are not that good. By that, I mean that his calf-leather is not that fine. This is a problem that a lot of small-batch Australian manufacturers have, and I've heard the same thing about a couple of other Australian made-to-order operations. 

 

I suspect - although I could be entirely wrong, of course - that the difficulty in sourcing high-grade calf leather etc is one of the reasons why he has moved towards a more "workwear" look for his shoes and boots, as coarser, grainier leathers are actually valued there, whereas such leathers typically don't look good for dress shoes. Another reason is possibly that, curiously, a lot of younger people seem willing to drop large sums of money on casual/workwear stuff ($400 or more on sneakers, $800 or more on streetwear/workwear boots) but aren't willing to spend that much on dress shoes for work, so he's sensibly aiming for the market that's prepared to spend the money on his products. 

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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post


It'd have to be vintage if you found one so you never know. It's illegal to make the genuine product these days.


Yes, and as I understand, this has been the case for more decades than I've been alive.

 

While I'd like to think it's genuine vintage ancient madder, and this is not an impossibility, I happily concede that, quite possibly, it isn't.

 

Either way, I get a kick out of wearing it, because I find it genuinely beautiful and the kind folks at the Rotary op shop where I found it threw it in for free along with the purchase of a Zegna overcoat in olive wool/cashmere. The sale made my day, as well as theirs. :)

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