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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

 

I literally don't own any clothing from non australian brands when it comes to formalwear. 

 

What formal-wear do you own?

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Businesswear might be a better term. 

RM williams shoes, MJ Bale suits + shirts, HC ties, bonds. thats it. 

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Originally Posted by elvish View Post

I don't know about the others but i'd say A Mcdonald workmanship is not too bad; as far as i'm aware it's all hand made, good year or otherwise. And the leather would be locally sourced.
I live around the corner from his studio so i'll pop in to confirm. regarding the styles, i personally like my toes touching the ground but I do have blue suede hiking boots from Italy so each to their own.

You ever handled an $800 shoe from another maker? You clearly don't know enough to be making an informed comment. What does being locally sourced mean? Are you making excuses for the crap leather he uses?

Andrew McDonald's shoes look and feel second-rate. That's generous. They are horrendously over-priced. Just because you made it with your hands, doesn't mean it is any better than something made by machine.

Look, I'm Australian too. As much as I'd love to support a local operation, I'm going to call an orange an orange. His shoes are over-priced and poor quality relative to that price. You'd be extremely better off spending your money on mid-tier English shoes, such as Crockett & Jones.
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

This forum really needs some sort of "ok fellas, take it outside" feature.
Anyway, back onto the minutiae of mens clothing -
A while back we had a very in depth discussion on the subject of popovers. Material, collar, pleats, cuffs, placket length etc. etc. - everyone had a different idea of what it should look like. I just had a try on of my one from Luxire so I thought I'd put it on display. Top is an old J-Crew one that I bought the Luxire one to replace, bottom is the new one.
I think all in all I prefer the shorter placket look. I think it looks a bit smarter: it's very similar to a long sleeved polo shirt/rugby really. I also like the longer placket though, and being able to undo it a bit further makes it a bit more casual to my eye. I'm considering ordering one with a longer placket in 100% white linen as a beach house shirt.It's probably not a fair competition since the J-Crew one is so wrinkled.
My one criticism of the luxire model is that I think the pocket is a bit too big - it starts to curve round my chest, I'll probably get a new one cut to stitch on.
Looking forward to seeing and quite possibly purchasing the O&J linen/cotton models in the near future!
Apologies in advance fxh - you're going to hate the shorter placket/fitted look... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Our Popovers just left New England :)

 

I few guys might not agree with what we did though - Full cutaway, no pocket, mid length placket, cut shorter so it can be worn out or in and in Queen's oxford cloth instead  (cotton linen was freaking expensive - would have brought it up to $250ish a shirt!)

 

 

Also introducing a pale blue dress shirt to the range and restocking some of the sizes that have sold out of our existing range.

 

When I get your feedback on the new shirts then we have another drop in January to expand on the styles that everyone likes.

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Any more loafers coming out anytime soon Romp?

I'm smashing the ones I bought. They are just fantastic.
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

Our Popovers just left New England smile.gif

I few guys might not agree with what we did though - Full cutaway, no pocket, mid length placket, cut shorter so it can be worn out or in and in Queen's oxford cloth instead  (cotton linen was freaking expensive - would have brought it up to $250ish a shirt!)


Also introducing a pale blue dress shirt to the range and restocking some of the sizes that have sold out of our existing range.

When I get your feedback on the new shirts then we have another drop in January to expand on the styles that everyone likes.

Awesome. It sounds very Agnelli. I applaud you guys for doing something different - there are already a million OCBD popovers out there. Shame about the linen though! That is really damn expensive.
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AFR has a pitch on Floris 89 as being Bond's favourite after shave in todays L&L.

Henry Bucks and few other outlets have stocked it for years.

I wonder if its time has come and will it turn into this years Eternity?
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post


+1
EDIT: I think quar is being nice. Many of the lasts I've seen look shithouse. Genuinely ugly. But, as elvish just said, 'each to their own'.

 

I suppose it is my inner goth ninja coming out. :)

 

I'll probably reserve judgement until I see or try them. I wasn't personally voucing for the shoes or their quality or style, but rather commenting that there does seem to be enough supprt for some relatively niche products in the Australian market, and extrapolating from there.

 

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Originally Posted by fxh View Post


Matt, if I was in Mildura, and I'm not, as you may gather, I'd be quietly and respectfully poking around town looking for old Italian or other shoemakers and tailors. Talking to people - checking them out - seeing what they do - drinking grappa .......sitting in sheds ... sniffing ........... interesting town Mildura - despite the yob factor.

 

Trust me. There's nothing in the way of shoesmakers or tailors here. Even the shoe repair place is pretty weird.....

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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post


Trust me. There's nothing in the way of shoesmakers or tailors here. Even the shoe repair place is pretty weird.....

Sad to say its common in most large rural towns/cities now. When I lived in WW there was only one tailor who was reducded to alterations only. As for shoes well it was either RM or Rosi work boots.

I found that if I wanted to buy clothing I had to travel to Albury where they were a couple of good shops whose sales alone were worth the trip.
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Sad to say it's common in all Australian most large rural towns cities now. When I lived in WW there was only one tailor who was reducded to alterations only. As for shoes well it was either RM or Rosi work boots.
I found that if I wanted to buy clothing I had to travel to Albury New York or London where there were a couple of good shops whose sales alone were worth the trip.

I changed this to resemble my experience of shopping in Australia smile.gif
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Heading into a (physical!) MJ Bale store to lift my suit game today - will probably opt for the 2 for 1000 deal depending on what's on offer. Definitely a charcoal/grey (thinking the Mudgee Grey Weave - looking at you, Jason/Charlie's Wardrobe!) and maybe a blue/navy.

 

Sydneysiders, is there much difference between the flagship Woollahra store and the others in terms of the range/stock they have on offer? Westfield Syd is more convenient but I don't want to be left hanging for choices.

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Ive been biting my tongue watching the discussion deteriorate.

 

One of the best things about the Aussie thread is the lack of snarkiness that is present in the other threads. I dont care if the reason for the snarkiness is valid in some cases but overall the Australian thread has been devoid of the name calling, arguments, and "get the last word in mentality".

 

Can we please just get back to the old methods please. I want to see pictures of shoes rather than pages of  well crafted vitriol.
 

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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

I changed this to resemble my experience of shopping in Australia smile.gif

Well if you talk the talk you better walk the walk at cawfee. I expect to see those cordovan boots at the least on Saturday.biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by quar View Post

You ever handled an $800 shoe from another maker? You clearly don't know enough to be making an informed comment. What does being locally sourced mean? Are you making excuses for the crap leather he uses?
Andrew McDonald's shoes look and feel second-rate. That's generous. They are horrendously over-priced. Just because you made it with your hands, doesn't mean it is any better than something made by machine.
Look, I'm Australian too. As much as I'd love to support a local operation, I'm going to call an orange an orange. His shoes are over-priced and poor quality relative to that price. You'd be extremely better off spending your money on mid-tier English shoes, such as Crockett & Jones.

Why don't you post pictures of your elite shoes detailing the differences? Better yet, seeing as you're such the big spender you imply cut them in half and provide a breakdown of both.

Although you can't structure a question, I'll answer what you implied - I do have 800+ shoes; A testoni black label and JL, but hey, these are probably poorly hand crafted shoes in Bologna and the UK.

Seeing as you know more about AM than I, please do tell when you visited the workshop, felt his shoes and watched them being crafted. I'm all ears and it will save me the trouble.

EDIT: if you were bright enough to read my post, you would have noticed I said I would go into the store and confirm. So, no, I'm not making excuses for the "crappy" leather as I have no idea what he uses, or who his suppliers are.
Edited by elvish - 11/22/12 at 2:37pm
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