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Things that are good about Parramatta:
1. The Builder and Baker Cafe
2. Bourke Street Bakery
3. Circa Expresso
4. The District Court
5. Uniqlo
6. An always empty MJ Bale
post #2327 of 3546
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Things that are good about Parramatta:
1. The Builder and Baker Cafe
2. Bourke Street Bakery
3. Circa Expresso
4. The District Court
5. Uniqlo
6. An always empty MJ Bale

Oli let me know if you're in Parra - my office is based there. We'll catch up for a coffee.
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Hey Everyone!

 

Just started lurking around these forums again for the first time in a year or so. It's great to see so many familiar faces still keeping the Aussie SF community strong.

 

Not sure if it's been covered here, I know there aren't to many South Aussies about, but I was saddened to note that the Sam of Jaunty Shoe Shine at Adelaide Arcade vanished a couple of months ago and now his chairs have followed suit. Anyone heard anything about him? Has he moved or moved on?

 

 

I got a pass from Mrs Ovlov to pick up a new suit so I'm back looking for some more help.

Unless someone can recommend a good mtm service in Adelaide I think I'll try and arrange a fitting with Suit Shop, Oscar Hunt or the like, when I'm next in the big smoke. Can anyone advise whether Suit Shop's quoted 'sweet spot' for suit pricing (now $1k) is actually the  average price for a suit or the cheapest possible price? If so that seems a pretty hefty price jump since my last commission when they first set up shop. Anyone able to comment on what kinds of books are available at the cheaper end of the spectrum? Ditto for Oscar Hunt?


Hi @ovlov - for Adelaide have a look at Beg Your Pardon in Union St in the East End. I bought some shirts from Michael there early this year. Good service and he does MTM suiting and knows his craft well. I can't comment on the suiting, but I reckon he's worth a visit to check out.

 

Cheers

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Lino? That's very retro, GF! 

Or should I say - you're going to put Lino on your floor?



Don't think he would match Mrs GF overall colour scheme.
post #2330 of 3546
@ovlov Ive never really had much joy in Adelaide with suits. The bigsmoke is a better option.

Ive recently had some small alterations done at John K Tailor on Magill Rd. All the right questions were asked, and good result. Definitely an old skool style tailor (who will retire soon, he says). They also do MTM with a range of fabrics. I was considering a jacket. But with a quick look through their fabric books nothing really grabbed me. Their jackets arent canvassed, but that was probably reflected in the price.

I would be keen to hear if you do get anything made in Adelaide. It would be good to have some more options.
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Don't think he would match Mrs GF overall colour scheme.

He'd talk her round, bello.
post #2332 of 3546

Hawes & Curtis UK shirts have arrived:

 

 

Luckily the inside was fine, the shirts are tightly packed.

 

Quality-wise this is not quite like my Harvie & Hudsons, but it's sufficient as a "beater" white/sky blue shirt at $40/shirt inc. shipping to wear in the tropics where shirts don't last long anyway, and definitely beats Uniqlo which is where the price is. 80% of H&H for 40% of the cost is fine by me. 

 

The poplin looks better than TM Lewin's although still with a paper-y feel, the collar is quite stiff which I'm not a fan of, same with the French cuffs. Tailored fit was a bit baggy for a "slim" fit. Sleeve length was the same for all three shirts but the one with button cuffs feels like it has shorter sleeves. 

post #2333 of 3546
I'm really over paper thin poplin.
post #2334 of 3546
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Originally Posted by sliq View Post

Oli let me know if you're in Parra - my office is based there. We'll catch up for a coffee.

Every damn day.

My lunch is between 1pm and 2pm which I take religiously.
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Every damn day.

My lunch is between 1pm and 2pm which I take religiously.

You scarify a goat?
post #2336 of 3546
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

I'm really over paper thin poplin.

Not thickness, bending stiffness. 

post #2337 of 3546
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Not thickness, bending stiffness. 

Too stiff?

I'm still over paper thin poplin.
post #2338 of 3546

Yeah. Feels a bit like bending paper or a newspaper. A high quality poplin - see through or not - should be soft to the touch whilst retaining a sharp look. If anything I think this one is too thick, either that or the cotton has too short fibre making it stiffer than a higher grade cotton. We'll see after 3-4 washes, if it's fibre length it will pill. 

post #2339 of 3546
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Yeah. Feels a bit like bending paper or a newspaper. A high quality poplin - see through or not - should be soft to the touch whilst retaining a sharp look. If anything I think this one is too thick, either that or the cotton has too short fibre making it stiffer than a higher grade cotton. We'll see after 3-4 washes, if it's fibre length it will pill. 

Interesting. Maybe they have coated it in something to keep water, dust etc off and that's affecting it. Washing will be the test I suppose.

I search, usually in vain, for really fine (almost unnoticeable) twill white shirts. Soft and a bit more robust than poplin.
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Originally Posted by smeggett View Post
 


Hi @ovlov - for Adelaide have a look at Beg Your Pardon in Union St in the East End. I bought some shirts from Michael there early this year. Good service and he does MTM suiting and knows his craft well. I can't comment on the suiting, but I reckon he's worth a visit to check out.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by OzWino View Post

@ovlov Ive never really had much joy in Adelaide with suits. The bigsmoke is a better option.

Ive recently had some small alterations done at John K Tailor on Magill Rd. All the right questions were asked, and good result. Definitely an old skool style tailor (who will retire soon, he says). They also do MTM with a range of fabrics. I was considering a jacket. But with a quick look through their fabric books nothing really grabbed me. Their jackets arent canvassed, but that was probably reflected in the price.

I would be keen to hear if you do get anything made in Adelaide. It would be good to have some more options.

 

Thanks for the advice guys. I contacted Beg Your Pardon. They sounded very friendly and knowledgeable but a bit out of my price range. It sounded like a similar service and experience to Suit Shop, Oscar Hunt et al except there seems to be an additional premium added for being South Australian :(

 

I haven't tried John K yet but I might give him a call.

 

 

Another interesting development. I went past a place on Torrens Rd advertising made to measure suits, I stopped in to ask a few Qs and found that oddly enough their 'made to measure' sounds ore like bespoke. I was shown a half made jacket still open to reveal the canvas. Thanh, the tailor, explained that the suit is made entirely in house with  measurements taken, followed by 2 fittings during the course of construction and a 3rd final fitting plus adjustments on completion. Quote for this was $1200 with 2 pairs of trousers in the house fabric, or $1850 with H & S  plus a few other options in between, though he admitted they did not keep a very wide range. Turnaround is about 4 weeks from start to finish.

 

 

This sounds a bit too good to be true. I haven't really heard/read anything about bespoke suiting on the cheap. I thought it was all accomplished tailors who would do a much better job fitting than any MTM outfit but at eye watering prices. Is 'cheap bespoke' a thing? any input, suggestions, caveats from the crowd? 

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