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post #23911 of 48719

I just got this field jacket in navy:

 

 

This is made by TCNY which is a subsidiary of Ascot Chang. I'm a 38R in suits and I got a medium. It's a very light jacket that's pretty slim cut and I wouldn't wear anything more than a shirt or t-shirt underneath - maybe with a very thin jumper/cardigan but that's pushing it. The fit is good - no excess material but not tight. The only quibble I have is the sleeve length. When I enquired about this jacket, TCNY advised me that some customers find the sleeves too short and offered to lengthen the sleeves for me. I had them lengthen the sleeves by half an inch. I think this is just about right although if I was doing it again, I would have gone a full inch longer on the sleeves. Nonetheless, I think I will be getting a lot of wear out of this over the coming years and TCNY were a pleasure to deal with. Their online retail is not up and running yet so you can email them to order.

 

The jacket cost about $150 with another $15 for alterations

post #23912 of 48719
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

I just got this field jacket in navy:

 

 

This is made by TCNY which is a subsidiary of Ascot Chang. I'm a 38R in suits and I got a medium. It's a very light jacket that's pretty slim cut and I wouldn't wear anything more than a shirt or t-shirt underneath - maybe with a very thin jumper/cardigan but that's pushing it. The fit is good - no excess material but not tight. The only quibble I have is the sleeve length. When I enquired about this jacket, TCNY advised me that some customers find the sleeves too short and offered to lengthen the sleeves for me. I had them lengthen the sleeves by half an inch. I think this is just about right although if I was doing it again, I would have gone a full inch longer on the sleeves. Nonetheless, I think I will be getting a lot of wear out of this over the coming years and TCNY were a pleasure to deal with. Their online retail is not up and running yet so you can email them to order.

 

The jacket cost about $150 with another $15 for alterations

 

That looks really good Gerry. Would you mind sharing your waist size? I too wear a 38 in suits, but I have a 31 waist size and normally have to take in shirts / jackets quite a bit. 

post #23913 of 48719
I have a 31 waist size as well.
post #23914 of 48719

Maybe everyone knows this, but the best buys on sale at the moment IMO are RL cashmere cable sweaters at $250 a pop at QVB and I assume the other boutiques. Of course you won't be able to wear them for a while, but they're normally 500-600 each.

post #23915 of 48719

Does anyone know if Lacoste sizing in the US is the same as Australia? I called them up, but they don't seem too confident as they said I could return it (which doesn't help me!).

post #23916 of 48719
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

Maybe everyone knows this, but the best buys on sale at the moment IMO are RL cashmere cable sweaters at $250 a pop at QVB and I assume the other boutiques. Of course you won't be able to wear them for a while, but they're normally 500-600 each.

they're also $120 on ebay, and the cashmere is nothing to write home about...
post #23917 of 48719
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

Maybe everyone knows this, but the best buys on sale at the moment IMO are RL cashmere cable sweaters at $250 a pop at QVB and I assume the other boutiques. Of course you won't be able to wear them for a while, but they're normally 500-600 each.
Wow those used to be about $400 on sale when I worked at RL QVB, how times have changed.
post #23918 of 48719
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


they're also $120 on ebay, and the cashmere is nothing to write home about...

 

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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

Maybe everyone knows this, but the best buys on sale at the moment IMO are RL cashmere cable sweaters at $250 a pop at QVB and I assume the other boutiques. Of course you won't be able to wear them for a while, but they're normally 500-600 each.

Apropos, how would you compare a BB cashmere sweater to a RL one?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cashmere-V-Neck-Sweater/MS00079,default,pd.html?dwvar_MS00079_Color=BGN2&contentpos=3&cgid=0224

 

I got a BB one from a B&S trader for $120, feels freaking awesome. 3-Ply Knitted in Scotland.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/328147/brooks-brothers-sweaters-cashmere-camel-wool-new-added-1-6 - Steve Smith has pretty quick postage, and the sweaters feel amazing. But again, I don't have many brands to compare with.

 

What are the Lauren ones like?

post #23919 of 48719
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

I have a 31 waist size as well.

Nice find Gerry i want one too!

 

hmmm im a much fatter 40R/34 waist ... you reckon I size up?

post #23920 of 48719
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

Nice find Gerry i want one too!

 

hmmm im a much fatter 40R/34 waist ... you reckon I size up?

 

Thanks! I'd say go with the large (more for the chest than the waist) and get the sleeves extended by an inch. I think I'm on the borderline for the medium. These are the specs for the medium:

 

 
Chest             21" from armpit to armpit
Waist             20" from seam to seam
Bottom           20 1/2" from seam to seam
Shoulder        19" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam
Sleeve Length 23 1/4"
Back Length    28 1/4"
post #23921 of 48719
So has anyone used M.J. Bale's online service much before? I've just had my first 'experience' of it and all I can say is if it is typical then they have a long long way to go to approach their overseas competition and be comparable to their in-store service standards.

It started with delays in getting my order shipped, where I was given plainly rubbish excuses that were contradicted by the courier's tracking information. Don't appreciate being lied to.

Then the order finally turns up, with a jacket completely missing from it. No indication at any point that this was a partial shipment, and the invoice enclosed lists all items.

The remaining two suits were 'packaged' by being stuffed together in to a single normal dust cover, which was just closed up (not sealed in any way) and had a shipping note stapled to it. Needless to say they are creased so badly they would need full pressing to wearable.

To round it off, one of the suits is mis-described on the website as being half canvassed and half lined, but is in fact completely unstructured and unlined.

I'll wait and see how they respond to my advice of these issues, as I generally judge companies by how they correct their mistakes, not on the making of them, but I'd have to say at this point I wouldn't be touching their online business again. I should have taken Tom up on his offer to get stock in for me, but I didn't want to put him to the trouble when I expected ordering online to be an easy option!
post #23922 of 48719
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

So has anyone used M.J. Bale's online service much before? I've just had my first 'experience' of it and all I can say is if it is typical then they have a long long way to go to approach their overseas competition and be comparable to their in-store service standards.

 

Yeah I'm not a fan. They're always appallingly low on stock and inflexible with their deals. It's a shame, because they make some great stuff. 

post #23923 of 48719
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

So has anyone used M.J. Bale's online service much before? I've just had my first 'experience' of it and all I can say is if it is typical then they have a long long way to go to approach their overseas competition and be comparable to their in-store service standards.
It started with delays in getting my order shipped, where I was given plainly rubbish excuses that were contradicted by the courier's tracking information. Don't appreciate being lied to.
Then the order finally turns up, with a jacket completely missing from it. No indication at any point that this was a partial shipment, and the invoice enclosed lists all items.
The remaining two suits were 'packaged' by being stuffed together in to a single normal dust cover, which was just closed up (not sealed in any way) and had a shipping note stapled to it. Needless to say they are creased so badly they would need full pressing to wearable.
To round it off, one of the suits is mis-described on the website as being half canvassed and half lined, but is in fact completely unstructured and unlined.
I'll wait and see how they respond to my advice of these issues, as I generally judge companies by how they correct their mistakes, not on the making of them, but I'd have to say at this point I wouldn't be touching their online business again. I should have taken Tom up on his offer to get stock in for me, but I didn't want to put him to the trouble when I expected ordering online to be an easy option!

 

Wow! Their online service sounds like crap! I'd be very interested in seeing how they respond to this. An alternative might be this mob.

 

Paolo and Tom at the Melbourne store are great and I wouldn't have any issues buying from them.

post #23924 of 48719
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

So has anyone used M.J. Bale's online service much before? I've just had my first 'experience' of it and all I can say is if it is typical then they have a long long way to go to approach their overseas competition and be comparable to their in-store service standards.

Agreed, they're terrible. I think it stems from being disorganised more than anything, but it is really unacceptable.
post #23925 of 48719
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post

So has anyone used M.J. Bale's online service much before? I've just had my first 'experience' of it and all I can say is if it is typical then they have a long long way to go to approach their overseas competition and be comparable to their in-store service standards.

That's very unfortunate.

The only thing that I've ordered online from MJ Bale was a few polo shirts late last year and I had a very positive experience - they were shipped quickly, arrived in a couple of days, and everything was in place and accounted for.
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