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post #106 of 311
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At the closing of the Paris store I bought my father, a frequent traveler, some leather luggage tags.

You really go all out.

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Go to Paris and go bespoke. They can make just about anything, such as the late RJman's collar.

Remind me...it goes all the way around the head, right?



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Goosnargh.

+1.


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post #107 of 311
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You missed Longhi for leather goods, particularly belts. But I suppose they are semi-defunct now, too.

Longhi is semi-defunct? I have a Longhi belt which is nice, how do I tell if it is a tubo?

Seraphin leather jackets, too, I forgot.

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You really go all out.
I deserved that.

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Remind me...it goes all the way around the head, right?
The late RJ cat had to wear one at one point. I thought it was very funny that the vet called it an "Elizabethan collar". I don't think Shakespeare's cat wore one when old Will penned, "Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed!!!!" And Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway. The Bard FTW!!!!
post #108 of 311
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Quite a few in the world of wine: Domaine La Romanee Conti; Y'quem; Krug; Salon Mesnil, among others.

There's a lot of wine out there that this could be said for. Unfortunately, many wont reach the borders of the US, or when they do it's in incredibly small quantity. There are many small wineries in Montalcino or in Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco, and I've even had some incredible dolcetto), and Amarone that are just fantastic, but are made in such small quantities (yay for low yield!).

Some bigger names that I'd add: Seghisio, Gaja, Chateau Guiraud (their '03 Sauternes is just spectacular), Chateau Pontet-Canet (since 1997-ish, they've produced incredible wine), Le Pin, Ausone, Petrus (overpriced, however), and Cheval Blanc.
post #109 of 311
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All Clad is awesome. Mauviel is also great if you want to pay for copper.

I'd all so ad Le Creuset (the French line) and Shun knives.



Also on my list:

Herman-Miller
Charvet
Alden
post #110 of 311
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I agree with the Iron Heart jeans mention.

I never thought you were a SW&D kinda guy. What's next, Loopwheeler hoodie?
post #111 of 311
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Apple Computer.

The feel, look and quality of the products is excellent. I also give them credit for their innovative nature and ability to do so much with so little (space, buttons, etc.). Just look at the new MacBook, the case is machined from a solid piece from aluminum so its stronger, and lighter because less screws are needed to hold it all together.

^ form yes, function...not all the time. Quality of parts has gone down over the years.
post #112 of 311
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I never thought you were a SW&D kinda guy. What's next, Loopwheeler hoodie?

I have a lot of respect for the SW&D forum. You know, you grow.
post #113 of 311
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Longhi is semi-defunct? I have a Longhi belt which is nice, how do I tell if it is a tubo?

Zegna bought them a few years ago. If the belt is a tubo belt, it will be one big piece of leather that has been sewn into a tube, and then flattened. There will be no backing. The back of the belt will be the same leather facing as the front, but with a hand-stitched seam along its entire length.
post #114 of 311
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Zegna bought them a few years ago. If the belt is a tubo belt, it will be one big piece of leather that has been sewn into a tube, and then flattened. There will be no backing. The back of the belt will be the same leather facing as the front, but with a hand-stitched seam along its entire length.
My Longhi belt has no backing and has the same leather facing on both sides, but I don't think it has a seam either. It was made for iammatt's favorite store, Barrington Wellsford.


EDIT: Chester Barrie used to represent high quality. Not sure what direction is will take now that Lutwyche owns the production facility and some Japanese company owns the brand (and has launched a cheaper licensed line, "CHester", that is junk).
post #115 of 311
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As noted earlier, Hermès is not on the pedestal it once was, but for some of their goods, I think they do exemplify something interesting about not compromising.

Can we name brands or producers who simply raise prices rather than changing how they produce things?

I'll start: Kabbaz appears to raise prices at will.


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post #116 of 311
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My Longhi belt has no backing and has the same leather facing on both sides, but I don't think it has a seam either. It was made for iammatt's favorite store, Barrington Wellsford.

Well, it's gotta be sewn somewhere, right? Unless, of course, your belt is made from a stretch of flattened cow intestine.
post #117 of 311
Shun brand knives are not by any means the top of the ladder, nor does the company (Kai/Kershaw) really fit into the category of uncompromising, IMO.

For better (in some cases FAR better) knives, check out: Watanabe, Shigefusa, Aritsuga, Ittosai, Mizuno Tanrenjo, Hattori, Nenox/Nenohi, Masamoto, Masahiro, among others.
post #118 of 311
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Well, it's gotta be sewn somewhere, right? Unless, of course, your belt is made from a stretch of flattened cow intestine.

Close. Zebra cock.


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post #119 of 311
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Shun brand knives are not by any means the top of the ladder, nor does the company (Kai/Kershaw) really fit into the category of uncompromising, IMO.

For better (in some cases FAR better) knives, check out: Watanabe, Shigefusa, Aritsuga, Ittosai, Mizuno Tanrenjo, Hattori, Nenox/Nenohi, Masamoto, Masahiro, among others.

I didn't say they were top of the ladder. I said the quality was very high.

They are, in any event, quite good enough for me, and much better than my German knives.
post #120 of 311
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My Longhi belt has no backing and has the same leather facing on both sides, but I don't think it has a seam either. It was made for iammatt's favorite store, Barrington Wellsford.

They used to be uncompromising in their house label stuff. It was generally St. Andrews and various high quality knitwear makers. Sadly, those days are gone.
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