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post #18286 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Are Polo Ralph Lauren cashmere v-neck sweaters worth the price of app. $150? 

They are being sold on ebay with the tag: "made in China of Italian yarn". 

 

I found a cashmere sweater that runs small, so I'm not sure if it's fake or not. 

Here's some pictures of the sweater, does it look real?

I would not go for that.  Good cashmere comes from Mongolia, so why get one with "Italian yarn" that's then shipped back to China to be "made"?  You're better off getting a vintage cashmere sweater from one of the major Scottish makers, or a new one from Johntston's of Elgin or one of the other few remaining Scottish cashmere weavers, or a new one from one of the major Chinese makers like Snow Lotus or Erdos (quality as good as any of the Scottish or Italian ones, as China is now keeping a lot of their best cashmere).  These can all be had from ebay for way less than $150.  You could also get a new one by Johnston's of Elgin on clearance from Sierra Trading Post at nearly that price.  If you are interested in STP, sign up for their "deal flyer" email which routinely gives discounts of ~30% off their regular clearance prices.

post #18287 of 29369

Oh, I thought PRL cashmere were good, since all my friends have it and I've read a little about it on SF about the quality. Thanks for the tips, I will check ut out and hope to see a nice sweater in a size that fits me!

 

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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

You can buy Brooks Brothers made in Scotland cashmere sweaters for $150 or less. On ebay and B&S.

Yeah, I've seen a lot of nice cashmere sweaters from BB, unfortuntely am I pretty small and I need sweaters in xs. 

post #18288 of 29369

Amedeo? Anyone ever tried them....

Hey Guys,

 

Okay so I am thinking about getting this Tie set from Amedeo http://amedeoexclusive.com/featured/aqua-stripe-tie-set

But I wanted to check if anyone has ever tried them before and what your thought have been about them ?-- This would be my first time shopping with them (new customer).. 

 

I am thinking about pairing the tie (no cuff links or handkerchief) with a dark grey charcoal suit (slim fit, slim lapel, 2 button, double slit) and a classic white dress shirt.

 

I am also thinking about being bold on odd days and going without the tie and just the cuff links and hankerchief (in the breast pocket)  with a white french cuff shirt --- Thoughts???

post #18289 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Yeah, I've seen a lot of nice cashmere sweaters from BB, unfortuntely am I pretty small and I need sweaters in xs. 

 

A lot of the vintage ones come in smaller sizes, and the quality is generally better than what most makers use today.  See this thread:

 

www.styleforum.net/t/218492/cashmere-sweater-hierarchy/

 

Actually someone reported in that post that the Ralph Lauren ones are made by Erdos.  If so then that should be good quality.

post #18290 of 29369
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Originally Posted by apack View Post

I would not go for that.  Good cashmere comes from Mongolia, so why get one with "Italian yarn" that's then shipped back to China to be "made"?  You're better off getting a vintage cashmere sweater from one of the major Scottish makers, or a new one from Johntston's of Elgin or one of the other few remaining Scottish cashmere weavers, or a new one from one of the major Chinese makers like Snow Lotus or Erdos (quality as good as any of the Scottish or Italian ones, as China is now keeping a lot of their best cashmere).  These can all be had from ebay for way less than $150.  You could also get a new one by Johnston's of Elgin on clearance from Sierra Trading Post at nearly that price.  If you are interested in STP, sign up for their "deal flyer" email which routinely gives discounts of ~30% off their regular clearance prices.

Umm, Johnston's is Scottish cashmere woven from Monglolian fiber so I am confused about your comment about Italian cashmere. The PRL sweaters made in China are decent quality, not great. Johnston's is much pricier but can be had on discount at Sierra Trading Post.
post #18291 of 29369
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post


Umm, Johnston's is Scottish cashmere woven from Monglolian fiber so I am confused about your comment about Italian cashmere. The PRL sweaters made in China are decent quality, not great. Johnston's is much pricier but can be had on discount at Sierra Trading Post.

Johnston's is Mongolian fiber woven in Scotland with the garment assembled in Scotland.  The description on PRL was woven in Italy and assembled in China.  So at a minimum you're paying for unnecessary shipping of the fabric, plus of course the Ralph Lauren label.  I would prefer to buy directly from the maker, be it in China or Scotland.

 

STP prices right now are $120 for a Johnston's cashmere sweater-vest, and $120 - $165 for regular pull-over cashmere sweaters (depending on cut and color) with their dealflyer coupons.  These are really good deals, and I would most certainly buy there before purchasing a Ralph Lauren sweater from ebay for $150.  They also have good deals now on Johnston's cashmere gloves -- I just got a pair and they are very nice.  Also Pantherella socks (highly recommended) -- two-packs for around $15 with the discount. 

 

If any of you want to do that, you can signup in a way that will give them some credit to me by clicking through here.  This will give you a $10 coupon as well.  Then sign up for their dealflyer email, and follow the link through that to get the discount pricing.  It works very well, with the only minor annoyance that STP sends their discount emails ~twice/week.

post #18292 of 29369
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Originally Posted by apack View Post

Johnston's is Mongolian fiber woven in Scotland with the garment assembled in Scotland.  The description on PRL was woven in Italy and assembled in China.  So at a minimum you're paying for unnecessary shipping of the fabric, plus of course the Ralph Lauren label.  I would prefer to buy directly from the maker, be it in China or Scotland.

STP prices right now are $120 for a Johnston's cashmere sweater-vest, and $120 - $165 for regular pull-over cashmere sweaters (depending on cut and color) with their dealflyer coupons.  These are really good deals, and I would most certainly buy there before purchasing a Ralph Lauren sweater from ebay for $150.  They also have good deals now on Johnston's cashmere gloves -- I just got a pair and they are very nice.  Also Pantherella socks (highly recommended) -- two-packs for around $15 with the discount. 

If any of you want to do that, you can signup in a way that will give them some credit to me by clicking through here.  This will give you a $10 coupon as well.  Then sign up for their dealflyer email, and follow the link through that to get the discount pricing.  It works very well, with the only minor annoyance that STP sends their discount emails ~twice/week.

So how exactly do I get the discount? And are all Pantherella socks around 2 for $15?
post #18293 of 29369
Was there a time when it was common for a blazer to have no chest pocket or is that just something low end stores did to cut costs? I have recently come across an older club Monaco and a Gap blazer with no chest pocket. They both fit me very well and it doesn't bother me that much I just thought it was odd that they wouldn't even put a fake one on.
post #18294 of 29369
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Originally Posted by regularbloke View Post

Hey Guys,

 

Okay so I am thinking about getting this Tie set from Amedeo http://amedeoexclusive.com/featured/aqua-stripe-tie-set

But I wanted to check if anyone has ever tried them before and what your thought have been about them ?-- This would be my first time shopping with them (new customer).. 

 

I am thinking about pairing the tie (no cuff links or handkerchief) with a dark grey charcoal suit (slim fit, slim lapel, 2 button, double slit) and a classic white dress shirt.

 

I am also thinking about being bold on odd days and going without the tie and just the cuff links and hankerchief (in the breast pocket)  with a white french cuff shirt --- Thoughts???

 

Bump

post #18295 of 29369
Hey guys
This question sounds juvenile to me, but is this combo ok. I have a coral short sleeve polo button down shirt, I'm thinking of either wearing jeans and light colored sneakers, or khaki pants and dark brown boots or light brown shoes. Are these ok combos, if not can you suggest some non suit ones( i only had 3 suits and they were ruined yesterday. )Also are navy pants ok, or do i have to have a full suit to wear coral

Also is mens wearhouse a good place to start building a wardrobe for a beginner with low funds
Edited by Acheron1014 - 11/4/12 at 7:14am
post #18296 of 29369
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Originally Posted by apack View Post

 

A lot of the vintage ones come in smaller sizes, and the quality is generally better than what most makers use today.  See this thread:

 

www.styleforum.net/t/218492/cashmere-sweater-hierarchy/

 

Actually someone reported in that post that the Ralph Lauren ones are made by Erdos.  If so then that should be good quality.

It will be my first cashmere sweater ever, and I just want a cheap priced cashmere sweater with decent quality, just to see how cashmere feels. 

I don't set high standards for my first piece of cashmere sweater. 

post #18297 of 29369
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Originally Posted by regularbloke View Post

Hey Guys,

Okay so I am thinking about getting this Tie set from Amedeo http://amedeoexclusive.com/featured/aqua-stripe-tie-set
But I wanted to check if anyone has ever tried them before and what your thought have been about them ?-- This would be my first time shopping with them (new customer).. 

I am thinking about pairing the tie (no cuff links or handkerchief) with a dark grey charcoal suit (slim fit, slim lapel, 2 button, double slit) and a classic white dress shirt.

I am also thinking about being bold on odd days and going without the tie and just the cuff links and hankerchief (in the breast pocket)  with a white french cuff shirt --- Thoughts???

Hideous. And your tie, pocket square, and links should not match. Do not wear cuff links without a tie and jacket.
post #18298 of 29369
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

So how exactly do I get the discount? And are all Pantherella socks around 2 for $15?

 

Sign up for their "dealflyer" newsletter via their website and they will send you an email with links to the sale.  It activates an online keycode, which you can also enter manually.  Then when you browse items on their site, each item will display a button for "view coupon" that reflects the extra discount.  This is also automatically applied at checkout.  The only trick is that they generally have multiple promotions/keycodes running simultaneously, so you need to be sure to use the one that gives you the best prices on the item you want.  Currently that is the "extra 35% off on any one item" good through 11/5, which reduces the price of, say, the Johnston's v-neck cashmere sweater from $231 to $150 (this for a sweater with regular retail list of $495).  Basically they just keep discounting until everything sells, so if you wait for a good sale then you get excellent prices but generally have limited sizes and colors.

 

They have a bunch of Panterella socks in different fabrics, cuts, and patterns.  The two-pair-packs are an especially good deal but come in limited options.  They have more choices in individual pairs, but at somewhat higher prices. You can see their availability at http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~pantherella/  That should list STP's current regular prices on these socks, but you can get further discounts typically 20%-35% using the dealflyer codes.

post #18299 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

It will be my first cashmere sweater ever, and I just want a cheap priced cashmere sweater with decent quality, just to see how cashmere feels. 

I don't set high standards for my first piece of cashmere sweater. 

 

Most of what typical stores sell as cashmere is not what would classically have been called cashmere.  It is fiber from the same animal but not the underlayers that are really soft.  So "cheap priced cashmere sweater with decent quality" is really an oxymoron at the conventional retail level.  The cheap stuff is not real cashmere.  I mean, when places like Old Navy sell cashmere at ridiculously low prices then you should know it will not be the same quality material.

 

If you want to know what the material feels like then go to a few stores and compare fabrics at different price points.  Alternatively, get a cashmere scarf or a pair of gloves from a good maker and compare that against the department-store level cashmere.

 

If you really want a cheaper product that performs similarly to cashmere, then I recommend alpaca.  It has similar thermal performance to cashmere but is generally not quite as soft (still much nicer than wool though).  There is a lot of production from Peru and Bolvia so you can find it at quite reasonable prices.  There are makers selling hand-woven alpaca sweaters directly on ebay for $30-$50.

post #18300 of 29369
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Originally Posted by apack View Post

Sign up for their "dealflyer" newsletter via their website and they will send you an email with links to the sale.  It activates an online keycode, which you can also enter manually.  Then when you browse items on their site, each item will display a button for "view coupon" that reflects the extra discount.  This is also automatically applied at checkout.  The only trick is that they generally have multiple promotions/keycodes running simultaneously, so you need to be sure to use the one that gives you the best prices on the item you want.  Currently that is the "extra 35% off on any one item" good through 11/5, which reduces the price of, say, the Johnston's v-neck cashmere sweater from $231 to $150 (this for a sweater with regular retail list of $495).  Basically they just keep discounting until everything sells, so if you wait for a good sale then you get excellent prices but generally have limited sizes and colors.

They have a bunch of Panterella socks in different fabrics, cuts, and patterns.  The two-pair-packs are an especially good deal but come in limited options.  They have more choices in individual pairs, but at somewhat higher prices. You can see their availability at http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~pantherella/  That should list STP's current regular prices on these socks, but you can get further discounts typically 20%-35% using the dealflyer codes.

Thanks, all seemed good except shipping is $33 to Canada for $12 socks!
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