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post #19051 of 30713

Hello,

 

Brand new member here, been stalking the forum for the past 2 days and I have a lot of questions to ask and I feel powerless and would like your help.

 

Disclaimer: I've only found this forum after i bought my shoe so here goes:

 

  • I have bought a pair of Bruno Magli (i know i know you guys hate it haha) "Raging" this past weekend and it is being shipped to me
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bruno-magli-raging-slip-on/2953850
  • I have only had time to glance and semi read, but there's a lot of articles to go through and there are many opinions so I figured I can get it consolidated with the experts here
  • My goal is to figure out, what I should do to my shoe, from beginning to end to keep it nice, etc. 

 

Here goes:

 

  1. I believe this shoe is 100% leather on the top, rubber on the bottom, that's it right? (very important, please confirm)
  2. When I first get the shoes out, I'll try them on briefly around the house, but after that, then what? I heard that you're supposed to insert shoe trees and then "apply some shoe conditioner all over the shoes." Is this correct? If so, what conditioner? can someone please give me a direct link to it (not a generic description)?
  3. After i let it dry naturally, i shall wipe it once with a "dry cloth", but what kind of cloth exactly should i use? can you show me an actual product for this cloth? terricloth? random dishwashing towel?
  4. Do i then "apply a layer of shoe cream"? what is shoe cream? better yet, can you show me a product for this? Is this redundant if i already have shoe conditioner? How long should i leave it for? What do i use to wipe it off?
  5. What next? i heard about brushing the shoes now that the cream is off, but with what brush? i heard horsehair, any ideas? direct link to the product? why brush shoe if its fresh off the box/been conditioned?
  6. Polish the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment? I read from GQ i should just take it to a nordstrom to do it. should i? I don't want to F up my brand new shoe by using the wrong brush/polish
  7. Wax the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment?

 

etc, etc

 

you see, this may seem second nature to you, but if you can explain each tiny step to me as how i can take care of my shoe i'll be forever grateful. I have a 1.5 yr old colehan that I didn't do any of that and I can see the black is a little bit fading (just a little bit) and i don't want my first "getting to the top tier shoe" follow the same path.

 

Sorry it's a long post, but in reality, it's really a small question.

 

Thanks so much in advance!

post #19052 of 30713
I got a couple Zegna coats at a thrift store and there are some some threads or something that are prickly pointing outwards from the shoulder.

I have pulled a couple out and they are like 6" long and they are some kind of plastic thread.

Anyone know what they are? Is it bad to pull them out?
post #19053 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by LBC Demon View Post

I got a couple Zegna coats at a thrift store and there are some some threads or something that are prickly pointing outwards from the shoulder.
I have pulled a couple out and they are like 6" long and they are some kind of plastic thread.
Anyone know what they are? Is it bad to pull them out?
Sounds like they're helping keep the shape of the shoulder. I wouldn't pull them out.
post #19054 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post


A navy grenadine is a beatiful, versatile tie.
Really, if you don't wear ties often, but when you do it's in a formal setting, then a solid navy, a navy pindot, and a navy repp stripe is probably all you need. Perhaps get a sollid navy twill for daytime and a solid navy with more of a satin finish for night-time.
Other than that, IMO it's up to you to express yourself. This is where you're supposed to have fun and wear something (within the bounds of good taste, which you will definitely find on the Tie Porn thread) YOU think is beautiful.
EDIT: I almost forgot, some knit ties to wear with sport coats are mandatory!

Hey Martin,

 

I definetely agree with what Tobias is saying.  I would also add a pink or a lilac tie as these colors complement blue and white shirts very well, especially if worn with a charcoal grey suit.  I would also consider looking into Hermes or Ferragamo style repeating animal prints ties as those are usually quite whimsical but bring alot of flair to your outfit.  They have some beautiful repeating animal prints with dolphins, fish, crabs etc.  Thomas Pink also has a really good animal prints selection.  Sometimes these labels also carry repeating sporting goods prints like golfballs, tennis raquets, which are really aesthetic. 

 

Another thing I would watch out for (unless you are quite wide in your shoulders) is to look for ties that are between 3.25 to 3.5 inches in width.  Some labels still carry 3.75 inch to 4 inch ties, but with suits today generally being made with narrower lapels, it would look more in sync to wear a slightly narrower tie.  Hope this helps. 

post #19055 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


Is this a trick question?

No, It looks blue sometime and grey sometimes.

post #19056 of 30713
Can anyone tell me why my shirt buttons/placket doesn't seem to be centred , when the tie is??
It is off centre no matter what I do.
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Edited by powenb - 12/11/12 at 6:25am
post #19057 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by powenb View Post

Can anyone tell me why my shirt buttons/placket doesn't seem to be centred , when the tie is??
It is off centre no matter what I do.
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It is just how the shirt is made. It is also a spread collar, it appears do have been designed for a larger tie with a larger knot. Try a regular sized thick tie and it should look better. Other than that nothing you can really do. Wear it sometime and ask someone you trust of they noticed it with out you pointing it out. We are almost always our worst critic.
post #19058 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by powenb View Post

Can anyone tell me why my shirt buttons/placket doesn't seem to be centred , when the tie is??
It is off centre no matter what I do.
C004EFC6-C2AD-416F-9CF6-11C75BA5D3C4-2822-000002EC6AEADE4B.jpg

#1. Who cares?
#2. Don't listen to the guy above me.
#3. Tie a four in hand knot, that big knot looks ridiculous.
post #19059 of 30713

http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc

 

The first page of that thread answers all of your questions and the substantial posts (on the first page) also include links to products.

Quote:
Originally Posted by darbebo View Post

Hello,

 

Brand new member here, been stalking the forum for the past 2 days and I have a lot of questions to ask and I feel powerless and would like your help.

 

Disclaimer: I've only found this forum after i bought my shoe so here goes:

 

  • I have bought a pair of Bruno Magli (i know i know you guys hate it haha) "Raging" this past weekend and it is being shipped to me
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bruno-magli-raging-slip-on/2953850
  • I have only had time to glance and semi read, but there's a lot of articles to go through and there are many opinions so I figured I can get it consolidated with the experts here
  • My goal is to figure out, what I should do to my shoe, from beginning to end to keep it nice, etc. 

 

Here goes:

 

  1. I believe this shoe is 100% leather on the top, rubber on the bottom, that's it right? (very important, please confirm)
  2. When I first get the shoes out, I'll try them on briefly around the house, but after that, then what? I heard that you're supposed to insert shoe trees and then "apply some shoe conditioner all over the shoes." Is this correct? If so, what conditioner? can someone please give me a direct link to it (not a generic description)?
  3. After i let it dry naturally, i shall wipe it once with a "dry cloth", but what kind of cloth exactly should i use? can you show me an actual product for this cloth? terricloth? random dishwashing towel?
  4. Do i then "apply a layer of shoe cream"? what is shoe cream? better yet, can you show me a product for this? Is this redundant if i already have shoe conditioner? How long should i leave it for? What do i use to wipe it off?
  5. What next? i heard about brushing the shoes now that the cream is off, but with what brush? i heard horsehair, any ideas? direct link to the product? why brush shoe if its fresh off the box/been conditioned?
  6. Polish the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment? I read from GQ i should just take it to a nordstrom to do it. should i? I don't want to F up my brand new shoe by using the wrong brush/polish
  7. Wax the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment?

 

etc, etc

 

you see, this may seem second nature to you, but if you can explain each tiny step to me as how i can take care of my shoe i'll be forever grateful. I have a 1.5 yr old colehan that I didn't do any of that and I can see the black is a little bit fading (just a little bit) and i don't want my first "getting to the top tier shoe" follow the same path.

 

Sorry it's a long post, but in reality, it's really a small question.

 

Thanks so much in advance!

post #19060 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

#1. Who cares?
#2. Don't listen to the guy above me.
#3. Tie a four in hand knot, that big knot looks ridiculous.

Very helpful.
Thanks!
post #19061 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

#1. Who cares?
#2. Don't listen to the guy above me.
#3. Tie a four in hand knot, that big knot looks ridiculous.

+1 to all of this.
post #19062 of 30713
Quote:
Originally Posted by powenb View Post

Can anyone tell me why my shirt buttons/placket doesn't seem to be centred , when the tie is??
It is off centre no matter what I do.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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The shirt doesn't look bad, it seems to be designed that way, so don't worry if you can't get it centred. If it worry you too much just skew the tie a bit to the side. What I would really change is the tie knot, a four in hand or a double four in hand would look better and not too big.

post #19063 of 30713

Has anyone heard of Berry Sartoriale?  I came across it on ebay and was wondering what the quality was.  The pattern matching across a complicated pattern was pretty much perfect, shoulder looks relatively soft.  Anyone have any experience to actual quality however?

post #19064 of 30713

Is it possible/feasible to have shoulder pads removed on a blazer to make it a bit more unstructured?

post #19065 of 30713

Hello all, I am a newbie to this forum, and after a bit of lurking I have finally registered. I look forward to contributing as much as I can to styleforum.

 

I would like to know if any of you have any experience with the brand Ze Garie for suits. I went to a professional suit shop here in my town (not a department store or chain, rather a boutique/warehouse for menswear) and they fit me like a glove. I was able to get a charcoal and navy suit for $300 together. Supposedly they are at least DESIGNED in Italy, and use 140's wool, which beat the Alfani suit I returned to Macy's. However, the website listed on their tag (zegarie.com) doesn't exist, and a google search yields absolutely nothing relevant to the brand in terms of suits. What gives? 

 

Would any of you be able to shed some light on this brand? Even if they're relatively nonexistent I would like to think I got a decent deal for both suits. I am a college student and just started work in a professional environment where I may have to wear a suit every now and then and really wanted to have my own after gathering some knowledge on the internet. I really like the way the suits fit, so I would probably still keep them regardless (which may or may not have something to do with the fact that they were final sale when I bought them at the store). Thanks in advance everyone.

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