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post #22786 of 28787
I bought these fabrics for a suit (top) and a sport coat (bottom) along with some lighter and darker horn buttons. Originally I was thinking darker buttons for the top and lighter for the bottom. Any thoughts on this choice?





post #22787 of 28787
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Originally Posted by Jwatkins View Post

What do people think of buying overcoats on ebay?
No reason not to, assuming you find an overcoat you like, at a great price. Naturally, you'll want to make sure you know your measurements, and that the overcoat's measurements are a good match.

In the case of the auction you reference, the seller's got literally tens of thousands of feedback, 99.9% of it positive, and as buyer you'd have a 14 day return privilege. I don't see too much risk.

Mind you, with 4 weeks left before the auction closes, there's no telling just how high the winning bid will have to be. Nor have I any idea what sort of import duties, if any, might have to be paid.
post #22788 of 28787
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What do people think of buying overcoats on ebay? I need my first db overcoat and I'm thinking of http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HART-SCHAFFNER-MARX-GOLD-TRUMPETER-DB-Over-TOP-Coat-CASHMERE-Trench-Jacket-38-L-/360694620142?pt=US_CSA_MC_Outerwear&hash=item53fb131fee
My suit shoulder to shoulder is 17".

Thanks!

 

The auction has since ended, so perhaps you purchased the coat yourself.  I would be hesitant to purchase this coat because you reference your suit shoulder measurement is 17".  This coat is 18.5" shoulder.  Granted, you need slightly larger allowances for measurements with a coat because you must remember you are wearing a suit underneath the overcoat, but a 1.5" is excessive.  Narrow down your exact measurements for an overcoat and scavenge eBay for just the right one.  Be sure to exercise patience.

post #22789 of 28787
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Originally Posted by Jwatkins View Post

What do people think of buying overcoats on ebay? I need my first db overcoat and I'm thinking of http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HART-SCHAFFNER-MARX-GOLD-TRUMPETER-DB-Over-TOP-Coat-CASHMERE-Trench-Jacket-38-L-/360694620142?pt=US_CSA_MC_Outerwear&hash=item53fb131fee
My suit shoulder to shoulder is 17".

Thanks!

I've bought several overcoats from eBay, including my absolute favorite, an old PRL double breasted guards coat that weighs like 15 lbs and is super warm, and looks like it has never been worn. Didn't require a single alteration to fit me spot on. And I paid $60 for the thing.

As will all things eBay, you just need to 1) know what you are looking at--cannot always rely on descriptions, 2) know your size measurements very well, and 3) even if everything looks perfect, know that sometimes things won't work out. For example, I bought a coat once that looked great, fit well, etc, but was just a little long in the tooth. The condition was not such that I felt like I could return it for incorrect description--there were no holes or threadbare spots--it had just clearly been worn hard and didn't have much life left in it. Accept that this might happen and move on.

Also, know that it might take some time to find what you are looking for. I stalked overcoats for a good six months before finding that PRL guards coat I love so much.
post #22790 of 28787

Try as I can, I cannot seem to be able to spot the difference between corrected and full grain leather from online photos.  So, if an expert could just briefly glance at the below (AE) shoes and tell me if they're CG or not, or if there's any other problems with them, that would be great.

 

Woodstock: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF44414_1_40000000001_-1

Boca Raton: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6903_1_40000000001_-1

New Orleans: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4112_1_40000000001_-1

Cahill: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1139_1_40000000001_-1

Neumora: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4233_1_40000000001_-1

Larchmont: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1523_1_40000000001_-1

Granville: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF5544_1_40000000001_-1

 

Thanks a lot.

post #22791 of 28787
The Granville might be, I doubt the others are as they are part of their normal line. Only the cheap ones would be.
post #22792 of 28787

Are there any places that sell double sided cufflinks? I know kent wang is one but anywhere else?

 

I want something like this but double sided:

http://www.logsdailclassic.com/products/William-%26-Son-Panther-Cuff-Links.html

http://www.logsdailclassic.com/products/William-%26-Son-Lion-Cuff-Links.html

post #22793 of 28787
How far can/should I trust my mtm tailor to design my suit? Need to get something for my wedding and nothing otr ever world for me (I have 2 mtm suits but both purchased in very conservative styles/colours. Basically online). If the tailor is local is it reasonable to just tell him for example "I want something in a gray that that will stand out a little In a fabric suitable for hot outdoor weather, and look good on someone of my size and shape".
I've read elsewhere people saying you should bother with mtm suiting until you know what you like or you won't know what to ask for, but I don't have much of an option and though maybe this advice is intended more for online mtm suiting?
post #22794 of 28787
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

How far can/should I trust my mtm tailor to design my suit? Need to get something for my wedding and nothing otr ever world for me (I have 2 mtm suits but both purchased in very conservative styles/colours. Basically online). If the tailor is local is it reasonable to just tell him for example "I want something in a gray that that will stand out a little In a fabric suitable for hot outdoor weather, and look good on someone of my size and shape".
I've read elsewhere people saying you should bother with mtm suiting until you know what you like or you won't know what to ask for, but I don't have much of an option and though maybe this advice is intended more for online mtm suiting?

That sounds reasonable to me. Perform some quick research so that you'll have an opinion regarding number of buttons, peak lapels or notch, single- or double-vented jackets, pleats or not, suspenders or side adjusters or belt loops. I specified all the details on my own MTM wedding suit and now almost wish I'd picked notch 2B instead of peak 1B; it limits my options for wearing the suit down the road (it's a hell of a special event outfit but kind of verboten for business use).
post #22795 of 28787
I was looking to see if there was a shoe specific ask a question thread, but ill just post here. What would you guys think of a wingtip monk strap I was thinking of buying
Edited by Joe-Costello - 7/14/13 at 6:07pm
post #22796 of 28787
Gentleman, a nubuck question:

I've got some chalk, and I've got some some talc. (Talcum powder, to be precise. OK, it's baby powder). Will either of these things refresh my bucks on the fly? Or do I need to wait until I can order a proper chalk bag from the internets?

Thanks. biggrin.gif
post #22797 of 28787
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Originally Posted by Joe-Costello View Post

I was looking to see if there was a shoe specific ask a question thread, but ill just post here. What would you guys think of a wingtip monk strap I was thinking of buying

You need to provide a picture at the very least.
Wingtip Monkstrap doesnt sound right to me though.
post #22798 of 28787
I want to grab a pair of Moma derbies. I am usually a 42. Do the momas run true to size, or how should I fit them? A quick answer would be highly appreciated.
post #22799 of 28787
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Originally Posted by Joe-Costello View Post

I was looking to see if there was a shoe specific ask a question thread, but ill just post here. What would you guys think of a wingtip monk strap I was thinking of buying


It depends, if you are buying a quality pair than I think some of them look fantastic. If you are buying a pair from walmart than I disapprove? What kind of answer were you expecting when you don't give us a brand, picture or link?

post #22800 of 28787
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Originally Posted by Joe-Costello View Post

I was looking to see if there was a shoe specific ask a question thread, but ill just post here. What would you guys think of a wingtip monk strap I was thinking of buying

 

Show us a pic.  Conceptually it's not common, but not outrageous either.  I've seen some nice examples on this forum.

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