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That's a great find.  The Nordstrom Racks in Seattle had a great selection.  And I know what you mean when you say investment- I just bought a very expensive shirt and some workmates were shocked that I would spend so much for a short.  I answer that you don't blink an eye when someone spends $600 on a new iPad that will be obsolete in 3 years...my shirt will last for 25. 

Spend your money well and you will only spend it once. 

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I am looking into getting a couple fairly inexpensive sport coats. Initially I was looking to get 100% wool, but I read that including a percentage of polyester under 20% can increase fabric strength and minimize wrinkling without greatly affecting look. I am planning on wearing them a lot so I thought it would be good to have a slightly stronger fabric. I know a larger percentage of polyester can make a jacket look cheap, shiny, and plasticy. Is it true that it is ok to have a lower percentage of polyester, like 15%, without ruining the look of the coat?

 
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Do people wear fair isle sweaters in Spring/Summer? or is it just winter apparel?

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I am looking into getting a couple fairly inexpensive sport coats. Initially I was looking to get 100% wool, but I read that including a percentage of polyester under 20% can increase fabric strength and minimize wrinkling without greatly affecting look. I am planning on wearing them a lot so I thought it would be good to have a slightly stronger fabric. I know a larger percentage of polyester can make a jacket look cheap, shiny, and plasticy. Is it true that it is ok to have a lower percentage of polyester, like 15%, without ruining the look of the coat?

Not in my opinion. While a bit of poly in and of itself is not going to be the end of the world (though it's certainly far less than ideal), it usually is part of a very poorly made jacket. I'd stay away.
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Hello everyone! I am new to SF and I am extremely happy that I found it. I have decided to get serious about my appearance and my clothes. I am pretty much starting my dress shoe collection from scratch and I wanted to ask for pointers on where to start and what brands to purchase . Any pointers?

I agree with the other responders above but here are a few posts and sites that may help you

 

http://putthison.com/tagged/Shoes

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2006/12/shoe-wardrobe.html

http://www.styleforum.net/t/338954/streamlined-shoe-wardrobe/0_30

http://www.styleforum.net/t/336452/five-shoes-for-a-versatile-wardrobe/0_30

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/?s=shoe

 

And here is a pretty comprehensive list of good shoemakers (in alphabetical order):

 

 

1. Alden – www.aldenshoe.com

2. Alfred Sargent – www.alfredsargent.co.uk

3. Allen-Edmonds – www.allenedmonds.com

4. Altan – www.altanbottier.com

5. Artioli – www.artioli.com

6. Aubercy – www.aubercy.com

7. Bally – www.bally.com

8. Barker Black – www.barkerblack.com

9. Barrett – www.barrett.it

10. Berluti – www.berluti.com

11. Bontoni – www.bontoni.com

12. Carlos Santos – www.santosshoes.com

13. Carmina – www.carminashoemaker.com

14. Cheaney – www.cheaney.co.uk

15. Church’s – www.church-footwear.com

16. Cleverley – www.gjcleverley.com

17. Corthay – www.corthay.fr

18. Crockett & Jones – www.crockettandjones.co.uk

19. Ducker & Son – www.duckerandson.co.uk

20. Edward Green – www.edwardgreen.co.uk

21. Emling – www.emling.fr

22. Enzo Bonafe – www.enzobonafe.com

23. Finsbury – www.finsbury-shoes.com

24. Foster & Son – www.foster.co.uk

25. Gaziano & Girling – www.gazianogirling.com

26. Gravati – www.gravati.it

27. Grenson – www.grensonshoes.co.uk

28. Heschung – www.heschung.com

29. J M Weston – www.jmweston.com

30. John Lobb – www.johnlobb.com

31.Loake – www.loake.co.uk

32.Loding – www.loding.fr

33.Ludwig Reiter – www.ludwig-reiter.com

34. Lutwyche/ Lodger – www.lodgerfootwear.com

35. Magnanni – www.magnanni.com

36. Marc Guyot – www.marcguyot.com

37. Moreschi – www.moreschi.it

38. Paolo Scafora – www.paoloscaforanapoli.it

39. Paraboot – www.paraboot.com

40. Quoddy – www.quoddy.com

41. Saint Crispin’s – www.saint-crispins.com

42. Sanders – www.sanders-uk.com

43. Santoni – www.santonishoes.com

44. Scarpe Di Bianco – www.scarpedibianco.com

45. Septieme Largeur – www.septiemelargeur.fr

46. Shipton & Heneage – www.shiptonandheneage.com

47. Silvano Lattanzi – www.silvanolattanzi.com

48. Stefano Bemer – www.stefanobemer.it

49. StefanoBi – www.stefanobi.com

50. Sutor Mantellassi – www.sutormantellassi.com

51. Testoni – www.testoni.com

52. Tod’s – www.tods.com

53. Tricker’s – www.trickers.com

54. Vass – www.vass-shoes.com

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Not in my opinion. While a bit of poly in and of itself is not going to be the end of the world (though it's certainly far less than ideal), it usually is part of a very poorly made jacket. I'd stay away.

Agreed. Poly in and of itself isnt a bad product when mixed with wool, theoretically, but there are no decent, self respecting mills that would ever put the two together. So to answer the question, if you want good fabric, stay away from poly blends, however minimal the percentage of poly is.

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Do people wear fair isle sweaters in Spring/Summer? or is it just winter apparel?

Depends where you live. If you live in a climate where the average spring temperature is cold, i say go for it (although i do not think it would ever really fit in during the summer months). In fact there was just a post about this over at a suitable wardrobe:

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2013/03/show-little-wear.html

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VAMC, I king of agree that this would be an interesting new thread - "The $3000 Shoe Collection".  But whether or not you want to do that, I'll bite and answer here anyway; just a couple more questions:

 

- approximate age

- occupation (or if you'd rather not say, then working environment e.g. office or not, how formal/professional, whether you travel a lot, etc)

- leisure activities (e.g. do you attend black tie functions much, work-related socialising, sports events with their own fashion e.g. golf, equestrianism etc)

- shoe size and fit (based on anything you have or have had before)

 

There are a million options of course, but I think it would be fun to just take a shot and give you a selection within your budget, that could you be wearing and rotating a week or a month from now.  So let's have it.

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Today I was happy to receive a pair of AE Boca Raton shoes today and have a question about the stitching on the back of the heel. It is off center from the shoe. Is this normal? Its the 333 last. This is my first pair of them and it doesn't look that crooked from the pictures online. I'm new to the forum and will post a pic when I can figure it out. They also seem to run large.
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Although I really like the shoe I feel I should return it a get something in brown. This is a secondary shoe and I own a good pair of black wingtips. (Hanover- paid ten bucks for them re soled twice) What does SF think of a walnut VS a darker bourban color for a secondary shoe. This is something I need to be able to wear with everything
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Then go a little darker - walnut isn't always right for formal options.  I'd suggest a whole cut or a stylish two or three hole derby.  Different enough from your brogues, smart enough for a suit or sports jacket, and cool enough for chinos* and a polo.

 

 

 

 

*Some people would insert "jeans" at this point.  I would not, because denim is the work of Satan.  And the French.

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What does CM recommend as a decent dress belt around $100?

Something along the lines of the Allen Edmonds Manistee, which I think can be found on eBay for around that price.
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Not in my opinion. While a bit of poly in and of itself is not going to be the end of the world (though it's certainly far less than ideal), it usually is part of a very poorly made jacket. I'd stay away.

Just wanted to share. After I read this, I wondered... "Jesus, I hope my new blazer doesn't have any Polyester in it." I went back to check and it is 100% wool. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Then I checked my Perry Ellis suit I wore to Monte Carlo, the casino in Monaco, and it's 96% Polyester. rotflmao.gif

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Thank you mimo and the rest of the gang for your response. I agree with your opinions about researching this forum ( believe I am). I am 37 years young and a blue collar worker. I am planning on buying a brown and black of wingtips, loafers, laceups, and captoes to start. I will keep all of you up to date on my purchase. I will try to start a thread on how to make a respectable closet on a predetermined budget. Thank you all again.
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Can a really thin 100% wool sports jacket be worn in Summer?

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