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Also after Brexit, the pound is now significantly cheaper comparing to the AUD so we are effectively getting 20% discount from the UK sellers, 

I remembered it as more like 6-9%, so went to look at a graph I made for an article I shall publish shortly based on our data:

Damn, you're right. It is close to 20%. Members still in markets, why would AUD go up on bearish GBP news?

post #2072 of 3543
Tailoring wax cotton / altering wax cotton jacket:

Props to Katrina's, took the belstaff to them to be taken in, did an awesome job with it. Stitching looks rock solid def dont feel the water resistance of the jacket has suffered any.

Seemed there was conflicting views on if wax cotton could be altered so thought I would share. They said it took a fair while to do so I imagine not every tailor would do it. Price was quite good as well.
post #2073 of 3543
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Originally Posted by clayb View Post

Also after Brexit, the pound is now significantly cheaper comparing to the AUD so we are effectively getting 20% discount from the UK sellers, 
I remembered it as more like 6-9%, so went to look at a graph I made for an article I shall publish shortly based on our data: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Damn, you're right. It is close to 20%. Members still in markets, why would AUD go up on bearish GBP news?
Plus their VAT/GST is 20% - so its a 40% discount?? That is if they do a direct rate conversion each day - they may just set an Australian price? Or like Loake - just ban shipping to oz by third parties like Herring, Pediwear. You can get around it by posting to a UK address (like my brother*) but then you pay VAT

* I then save postage by saying I'll do a bank transfer to him for postage and then "forgetting" to do it.

edit:: I can't read you chart - so I dunno what I'm saying
post #2074 of 3543
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Plus their VAT/GST is 20% - so its a 40% discount?? That is if they do a direct rate conversion each day - they may just set an Australian price?

Well, we just do perfumes for now, but this is total price including shipping, and we crawl from Australia so that's the price they'd display to an Australian already.

 

It appears the total discount is around 20% in this case, but most of the products only dropped around 6-7% (I've taken changes > 20% off this graph):

 

 

I thought 20% was a bit high. On the other hand a lot of products suddenly got cheapest globally from the UK for most destinations (US is the most affected, as US sites used to be cheapest to the US - but for the products in that analysis, the UK is now the majority cheapest origin).

post #2075 of 3543
clayb - no one has mentioned it - but those of us with problem feet will tell you - try shoes on and stick with brands and lasts that are comfortable.
Then try and get the best styles etc in that last and brand.
The spiffiest shoes in the world aren't any good if they hurt.

An extra $200 for shoes you can try on is next to nothing if you save online but they don't fit properly.

As the old cliche goes - the most expensive clothes you will buy are the bargains that sit in the back of the wardrobe and never get worn.
post #2076 of 3543
+1 fxh. I've wasted several hundred dollars in wasted postage, return postage, or reselling at a loss, all because it's nearly impossible to judge what will work without a try-on.

Double Monk know their products well, too. But a shame there isn't one in Brissie.

On the topic, I seem to recall hearing a while back that DM were going to start stocking Carminas. Did that ever happen?

I know American Tailors doesn't anymore, and Henry Buck's only has a single, extremely fugly semi-brogue...
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Thanks fxh, I will try to stick with the brands and lasts that fit me well (here C&J and Loake) when buying online. 

 

For those who don't know, PayPal is current having a free return shipping policy which applies to Australia too. So if you buy online, especially with free shipping from sellers like Carmina or Robinsonshoes, the risk is quite low because you practically get free shipping both ways. When I bought my first brown Loaked 1880 pair from Herring, I was prepared to return it (for free) using PayPal service. Thankfully it fits me almost perfectly. 

 

If I don't have this luxury and the risk is high, I will definitely will stick with local shops to be safe though.

 

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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

On the topic, I seem to recall hearing a while back that DM were going to start stocking Carminas. Did that ever happen?

 

The last time I was at DM not too long ago, I asked about Carmina and it seemed they said they've already stocked it but some may be in their warehouse and some more are coming or something. They were not very keen to talk about them, or Alden shoes, which I could see on the shelves, however, and basically said that I should just stick to C&J which provides the best quality/price ratio among the mid-tier shoe brands, which I did at the time :)

 

I'm trying to take advantage of the 'cheap' pound at the moment to upgrade, or rather, build, my wardrobe, as we don't know how soon it will bounce back. Two equus belts have been ordered, only 3 more pairs of shoes (1 black 1 burgundy 1 suede) and I will be hopefully all set for a very long time. 

post #2078 of 3543
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

clayb - no one has mentioned it - but those of us with problem feet will tell you - try shoes on and stick with brands and lasts that are comfortable.
Then try and get the best styles etc in that last and brand.
The spiffiest shoes in the world aren't any good if they hurt.

An extra $200 for shoes you can try on is next to nothing if you save online but they don't fit properly.

As the old cliche goes - the most expensive clothes you will buy are the bargains that sit in the back of the wardrobe and never get worn.

 

Well said! Feet have a lot of variation - high/low instep, broad/narrow forefoot or heel, etc. Saying you take a size 9 in Carmina, for example, means very little without more information.

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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

On the topic, I seem to recall hearing a while back that DM were going to start stocking Carminas. Did that ever happen?

DM stock Carmina, have a decent range, however they're kept out the back. There is only so much display space available.

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Have bought heaps of shoes online. Never had a problem.

Then again, have always researched, asked peeps on this forum and emailed retailers for details and other info.
post #2081 of 3543
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

Well said! Feet have a lot of variation - high/low instep, broad/narrow forefoot or heel, etc. Saying you take a size 9 in Carmina, for example, means very little without more information.

Gezza! How was the trip? That spaceman photo is epic.
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Gezza! How was the trip? That spaceman photo is epic.

 

Thanks, my friend! The trip was only a week long but packed in a lot of stuff. Good to be back so I get to wear gear like this :D:

 

post #2083 of 3543
Looking good!

Got some flannel pents out last week. Forgot how nice they feel in the cool weather.
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Amidst all the anxiety over Brexit and the current confusion kver the Australian elections it's important not to be all negative. Something positive has emerged to give us all hope..................... Sophie Mirabella has been firmly rejected twice now.

Pauline Hanson. She's the hero Australia deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll make fun of her. Because she can take it. Because she's not our hero. She's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

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Tailoring wax cotton / altering wax cotton jacket:

Props to Katrina's, took the belstaff to them to be taken in, did an awesome job with it. Stitching looks rock solid def dont feel the water resistance of the jacket has suffered any.

Seemed there was conflicting views on if wax cotton could be altered so thought I would share. They said it took a fair while to do so I imagine not every tailor would do it. Price was quite good as well.
Good to know. How much did you take in? I may do the same. I believe Barbour/ belstaff wax their jackets post manufacturing - which means all the seams are somewhat shower proof. Barbour actually states that re- waxing is necessary if any alterations are made.
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