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post #14281 of 58046
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post

Time to check out RL store for khaki suit. Been eyeing that khaki suit on the mannequin in Myer Bourke St store for a year. Sz36, my size, but couldn't get myself to pull the trigger. Now it's gone and I miss it. Price was fluctuating between reg price and $750. If it is now $500 it might convince me just enough to drop my cash down.
Still almost 2 months left of my 6month no purchase commitment though...

Dammit Blahman, maybe if you strut around the streets with it, you could spark a trend,. and then every man and his doggy will be wearing a khaki suit and my regrets will emerge. But seriously though, it is a nice suit. and $500 is a pretty good price (well $518).


Edit: I'm 187cm tall and 88kgs... I've never had PRL fit well on me in the past... until i gained some weight.
post #14282 of 58046
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

Overall, given my doubts, and my limited opportunity to wear, it will be returned.

Geez.
post #14283 of 58046
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

Geez.

Sorry ernesto, i don't mean to disappoint you, and did enjoy your sentiments about rocking it in summer and the "don't give a f**k" attitude! i don't work in IT though. biggrin.gif
post #14284 of 58046
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

Geez.

In all seriousness casual suits can be a little out of place in Australia since suits are seen to be for work and for toffs and casual means jeans and t-shirts. Casual suits make most people's head explode.
My mid blue Versace Collection cotton suit hasn't ever got to be used as a suit at all: I have always worn the jacket as SC with chinos/jeans and the trousers as loud fun pants. Just couldn't find occasion to wear it as a suit.
post #14285 of 58046
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

Sorry ernesto, i don't mean to disappoint you, and did enjoy your sentiments about rocking it in summer and the "don't give a f**k" attitude! i don't work in IT though. biggrin.gif

No probs. The sleeves were too short anyway...
post #14286 of 58046
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post

In all seriousness casual suits can be a little out of place in Australia since suits are seen to be for work and for toffs and casual means jeans and t-shirts. Casual suits make most people's head explode.
My mid blue Versace Collection cotton suit hasn't ever got to be used as a suit at all: I have always worn the jacket as SC with chinos/jeans and the trousers as loud fun pants. Just couldn't find occasion to wear it as a suit.

This is too true. Still find it amazing that in a country with such blazing summers that light weight suiting is anathema.
post #14287 of 58046
Damn, no 36R as usual plain.gif

I think I will drop by MJ Bale instead. I got offered a discount on any full price item due to some online ordering issues. Might use it to grab that Wood Dobby jacket to finally fulfill my staple navy jacket requirement tongue.gif
post #14288 of 58046
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Originally Posted by xiaoli View Post

Damn, no 36R as usual plain.gif
I think I will drop by MJ Bale instead. I got offered a discount on any full price item due to some online ordering issues. Might use it to grab that Wood Dobby jacket to finally fulfill my staple navy jacket requirement tongue.gif

If I can find 36R for you in Melb would you want it?
post #14289 of 58046
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Originally Posted by xiaoli View Post

Damn, no 36R as usual plain.gif
I think I will drop by MJ Bale instead. I got offered a discount on any full price item due to some online ordering issues. Might use it to grab that Wood Dobby jacket to finally fulfill my staple navy jacket requirement tongue.gif

If you get it, pls post a pic.
post #14290 of 58046
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

The owner of failed bicycle chain BSC Bikes blames a ‘‘perfect storm’’ of retail industry woes, including unfair competition from internet outlets, for the surprise collapse of his company.
Peter Hess called for a special levy on internet retailers to level the playing field with local shops.
‘‘The solution for that in my eyes is not only add GST to online purchases, but add an extra internet levy to even up the prices and enable the local market compete with the net,’’ Mr Hess said.
Sad that this chain has closed, but no surprise after reading these comments.

Peter Hess: "other business shouldn't be allowed to compete with mine because I'm SPECIAL, mummy said so."

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I've never completely understood why Australian pricing is so high, aside from 'because we can'. Frankly, these sort of comments without explanation shit me to tears. (Peter's, not yours Tobias.). 

 

Anyone care to shed some light on possible reasons for the uninitiated?

post #14291 of 58046

^ Yeah, I don't get it either.

post #14292 of 58046
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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post

Gotta say (and I'm going to get on my high horse a bit) that this is a bit offensive to me, given I started my menswear career here and spent 5 years learning all sorts of technical stuff do with fitting and MTM, fabric knowledge blah blah blah.
Regardless of how they finished, any company that survives for 88 years in a country as young as Australia can hardly be referred to as rubbish. For much of the 1900's they were Warnambools largest employer and were a huge supporter of the Australian Wool industry, owning many mills here to keep quality control top notch and weave their own fabrics. Some of the fabrics I saw even in my own time had to be seen to believed, the type of stuff most iGents would cream themselves over (or possibly never even heard of). Cavalry Twills, melange, Harris Tweed, Hopsack etc and Dormeuil and Holland and Sherry in the MTM books.
They had an in house Dry Cleaning and Alterations service that you could drop stuff in from any store in Australia, no matter how old and they would be sent back to Melbourne or Sydney on a daily basis to be done. Old blokes used to bring in old 14-15oz trousers that were 30 years old for dry cleaning in perfect condition, you can't call that rubbish now can you? Waist sizes from 78cm off the rack right up to 130cm in 3-5 cm increments and 6 different leg lengths in stock! No one does that. Lines around the block when sales were on.
Anyway enough of reminiscing of the old days, even when I left in 2002 as a store manager at 23, I was continually pushing head office to start innovating, getting rid of the old fogies clothes and they didn't listen, and now here they are....

They had the largest single clothing factory in the world in the 50s. One of the saddest losses to Australian industry. All the Italian tailors from Southern Italy that brought that immense knowledge Down Under. Then all gone with the wind. Tragedy...but then Australian manufacturing industry is a tragedy.

I bought a pair of 1940s new old Stock shoes at the Paddington markets for a mate recently. The leather was not only not dry but so fine quality you would/wouldn't find today except in some bespoke English atelier. Just amazing quality. All gone and replaced by PRC crap that even Vinnies won't recycle except for rags.
post #14293 of 58046
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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post

Funny you say that, pleated trousers were FJ's big strength when I was there. That had about 4 different cuts and probably 20-30 different fabrics from gaberdine, cav twill to some really great flannels in all sorts of colours and weights. All made in australia out of Australian wool for about $140-$150. There seems to be a renaissance on pleats here on Style forum too. Maybe they were just far too ahead of the trend cycle (like 10 years ahead). Probably not though!

When was this?
post #14294 of 58046
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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

I've never completely understood why Australian pricing is so high, aside from 'because we can'. Frankly, these sort of comments without explanation shit me to tears. (Peter's, not yours Tobias.). 

Anyone care to shed some light on possible reasons for the uninitiated?

To cover exorbitant rents? Melbourne has retail rents that make it into the top 5 cities in the world (and ave rents in sydney are higher). A joke if you compare the spending done in other cities in the world like NYC, London, Paris, Hong Kong and so on.
post #14295 of 58046
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post

Time to check out RL store for khaki suit. Been eyeing that khaki suit on the mannequin in Myer Bourke St store for a year. Sz36, my size, but couldn't get myself to pull the trigger. Now it's gone and I miss it. Price was fluctuating between reg price and $750. If it is now $500 it might convince me just enough to drop my cash down.
Still almost 2 months left of my 6month no purchase commitment though...

i go thrifting. good cure to buying from retail or online. sooo rewarding!  biggrin.gif

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