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post #11161 of 48611
For those interested, J Crew now ships to Australia.
post #11162 of 48611
Ok, a mate of mine of getting married. He lives in Sydney and is considering made-to-measure (bespoke is beyond his price range).

Any suggestions?

He's coming down to Melbourne in a few weeks so I'll take him to Patrick Johnson and Azzaro to see if there is something off the rack that takes his interest.
post #11163 of 48611
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post

Hey guys.
Where can I find a good, decent, not too crazily expensive medium-to-high rise pair of jeans.
Ideally, a mid-blue denim so I can wear it with a navy sport jacket.

My last pair of jeans were from Saba, on sale for $90. They are great but they may be a bit low-rise for you. Straight (not skinny) leg, with a small lycra mix for a bit of stretch.
post #11164 of 48611
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys!
Will definitely check out APC, Nudie and Edwin.
As a point of clarification,I'd wear these in the day with a white or patterned blue shirt and a navy odd jacket if it's cold. That's why the mid- blue. Unless very dark and textured, I don't think there's enough contrast with a navy jacket otherwise.
At night, I'd likely be wearing gray pants, not jeans.
The cleaner, simpler and better the cut, the better for me. I'm also looking to get a few pairs of pants in lighter shades of cotton made up; these will be my go-tos for casual wear.

I rarely wear jeans now partly as an aesthetic statement and partly as a reaction against every one from grandads to hipsters to betweenagers wearing them EVERYWHERE.

I wear chinos and desert boots, suede boots and chukkas with Oxford striped must iron button downs in various colours, mainly blue variations with stripes, although some white and others yellow and today arrived a flat full Coloured lilac one. Chinos everything from standard khaki and beige to several pairs of pink faded reds plus a near lemon and two pair of white white jeans.

If I do wear jeans every blue moon I avoid the business shirt, shoes andblue blazer look. If I wear jeans it's with a brown moleskin jacket, or a brown cord jacket, or a loose cotton blouson jacket or my red wind jacket or a blue single breasted pea coat. With suede DBs of different colours, sued boots in snuff, and old chukkas in red maroon and also a black pair. Rarely shoes, sometimes my gunboat light brown full brogue thick soled Goodyear stitched gunboats.

Shirts are usually thick ocbd with stripes must iron but usually not ironed on weekends. Sometimes a casual tie with chinos. Never never a tie with jeans.

I was eyeing off the APCs as I'd heard they do medium raise. But they are in hipster shops and expensive. I'm looking at Wranglers skinny from Sheplers, they are about 30-% of the price here and come in white jeans too. A pair of white 5 pocket jeans are a joy. Nice high pockets and minimal decoration.
Edited by fxh - 3/22/12 at 5:34am
post #11165 of 48611
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Originally Posted by aKula View Post

When's the book deal being finalised?

The book is a bigger project I'm working on.
post #11166 of 48611
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post

My last pair of jeans were from Saba, on sale for $90. They are great but they may be a bit low-rise for you. Straight (not skinny) leg, with a small lycra mix for a bit of stretch.

I've got two nice pair I got from Gazman. Just about right. Cheap ish at $90 ? Originally nice colour. Slim without being skinny. A bit of stretch which I don't like as it makes for baggy bits.

They suit me in shape. Around 10inches at knee a bit belwo 9 inches at cuff. Slim hip and thigh.

But they have become a bit blah in colour. I like to wash denim at least each week. For me the attraction of denim is that clean look that comes after washing. I don't like the unwashed greasy sweaty look.
post #11167 of 48611
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Originally Posted by Windowpane1967 View Post



Edwin Jeans are some of the better ones on offer if you reliant on local retailing.  Last time I was in DJs in Melbourne they had a good selection.  Simple, well made, classic and they have a point of difference in that the quality of the denim, the fit etc.  Put simply, you'd go a long way to finding better. In Sydney, am sure DJs would have them there.  Brisbane....not a hope.  Brisbane DJs be lucky to stock King Gees!!  I remember there was a place up there in Darlinghurst (Oxford Street) that used to stock a lot of Edwin, but, they were charging $400 a pair.

http://www.edwin-europe.com/mens_denim.php

The Edwin A1 and Edwin ED39 are good with navy blazer - they simple, well made, good quality denim and get better with age.

+1

I haven't come across a brand that has a better fit on me than Edwin Jeans. I dropped what I thought was a large amount on my first pair then I realized that my last pair of jeans lasted me 4 years.
post #11168 of 48611
Back when I was at uni - which was not actually all that long ago - I remember that Edwin was pretty uncool, so it's interesting to see that it's better appreciated now.

Another brand that was very uncool was French Connection, which was stocked in the "middle aged men" section of Myer. Actually, I wish that it had stayed that way, as I hate all those "FCUK" t-shirts with a passion.

Anyway, with regard to jeans, this advice might not be applicable to all that many people here but if you happen to travel to Singapore, HK, Taiwan or Japan, do yourself a favour and visit one of the ubiquitous Uniqlo stores
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Their jeans cost about $30 or $40. They also usually have a higher-end, made-in-Japan, selvedge denim line that will set you back the princely sum of $70 or $80 and they are a fantastic bargain.

Both the lower- and higher-end lines come in a variety of washes and fits, they look great, and they are durable. I've been wearing one pair for six years now and they're still going strong, but I picked up an extra pair when I was back in Japan in December to put away in the wardrobe for when my current pair wear out.
post #11169 of 48611
For those who might be interested J Crew now ship worldwide. Free until 30th April I think. Anyone any experience with them. Thinking maybe khakis...

Also, just out of curiosity how much for Edwin jeans in DJs. Dakota 501 on Chapel Street Melbourne seems quite good. Got a nice pair of Natural Selection selvedge jeans there.
post #11170 of 48611
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Originally Posted by Windowpane1967 View Post


CEP - you might enjoy this - http://www.esquire.com/style/tips/buy-mens-jeans

That article is rather useless considering the 'cheap' jeans listed (Nautica $50) are likely better quality than any pair of jeans from jeans west for $100. Nautica jeans sell here for $150-250.
post #11171 of 48611
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

Back when I was at uni - which was not actually all that long ago - I remember that Edwin was pretty uncool, so it's interesting to see that it's better appreciated now.
Another brand that was very uncool was French Connection, which was stocked in the "middle aged men" section of Myer. Actually, I wish that it had stayed that way, as I hate all those "FCUK" t-shirts with a passion.
Anyway, with regard to jeans, this advice might not be applicable to all that many people here but if you happen to travel to Singapore, HK, Taiwan or Japan, do yourself a favour and visit one of the ubiquitous Uniqlo stores
.
Their jeans cost about $30 or $40. They also usually have a higher-end, made-in-Japan, selvedge denim line that will set you back the princely sum of $70 or $80 and they are a fantastic bargain.
Both the lower- and higher-end lines come in a variety of washes and fits, they look great, and they are durable. I've been wearing one pair for six years now and they're still going strong, but I picked up an extra pair when I was back in Japan in December to put away in the wardrobe for when my current pair wear out.

I might check out when I'm next in Taiwan - but my experience is that anything over 32 waist is in the fat old mens section - if anywhere at all.

Ms fxh had to buy a cheap rain jacket last trip - couldn't get one to fit - shes around 5'9" not fat at all - then shop lady comes running in - "yes we have big size out back for very fat lady" - she could only just squeeze into it.
post #11172 of 48611
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

Innneresting.
That Topy looks very very thick to me. And the nailing on seems a bit OTT.
I cant see he point of Topy right up to the heel. However the leather breathing argument is simply weird.

What is weird about the leather breathing argument?
post #11173 of 48611
Try on the Naked Famous denim at Harrolds. I got my last pair there for under $100 and they're great.
post #11174 of 48611
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post

For those who might be interested J Crew now ship worldwide. Free until 30th April I think. Anyone any experience with them. Thinking maybe khakis...
Also, just out of curiosity how much for Edwin jeans in DJs. Dakota 501 on Chapel Street Melbourne seems quite good. Got a nice pair of Natural Selection selvedge jeans there.


Pink Socks - Edwins from DJs over the Christmas break, on sale were $125, down from $200 from memory.  Best jeans I own, fourth pair of Edwins I have.  Others were bought in Japan at an outlet type shop up in the mountains, $20 each and they are fantastic jeans from their vintage range, which doesn't mean much just that they looser fit and frayed ends.

post #11175 of 48611
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Windowpane, what do you mean by a European cuff in relation to hemming jeans?
Anyway, when hemming jeans the majority of places won't know what they're doing, but your level of satisfaction with the result is largely dependent on how much emphasis you place on little details. For brevity's sake, I'll restrict this to the brands you're considering purchasing. CEP, If you're buying Edwin or Nudie, then they'll have chainstitched hems from the factory. In order to replicate this, you'll have to contact either Andy at Right Hand Distribution on Ebenezer Place in Adelaide, or a guy named Mikhail out of Sydney from his own line, Mikhail Zenon.
Nudie and Edwin both differ in the chainstitching on their jeans. The chainstitch machine that Edwin use seems to produce a major difference in the tension of the chain stitch which would have been caused by them modifying an actual machine to have this effect. It (the stitch) differs in appearance to other Japanese repro brands, and Nudie, who usually use a Union Special 43200G Bull Dog hemmer or a 56000 series flatbed. The 56000 machine is more commonly found. Their chain stitch appears wider and quite loose in appearance. Apart from the initial aesthetic difference when purchasing jeans, the result of differing tensions over time will mean that the rope fading at the hems will be more pronounced with wear and washing.
Oh, and if you buy APC, then getting those hemmed without sacrificing details is quite straightforward. They use a regulation lockstitch, although it's fractionally wider, 1cm or so, so just make a point of this at your usual alterations place.
Also, Mikhail does a better job of chainstitching than RhD, in my opinion. I have him alter all my jeans because he cares even more about denim and its details than I do.

Brownman - this might be of interest to you - http://www.ehow.com/video_4959573_marking-euro-hem.html

 

A euro hem is a convenient way to shorten jeans that are too long, since it uses the original hem of the jeans. This technique works best for jeans that have fairly straight leg openings, rather than flared jeans. You can hand-sew the euro hem or use a sewing machine. Many sewing machines have a toolbox on the front that you can remove so that the you can slip the leg of the jeans over the arm of the machine. This helps prevent you from accidentally sewing the leg of the jeans shut while sewing the hem.

 

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