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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

 

Also, whilst on Kent Wang, this PS caught my eye.  How would you pull this off?  

 

Chinese brocade light blue

 

I wouldn't be able to. 

 

I think this was KW's very early collection (and probably hasn't sold since then). We all start out with slightly unwise choices. His new art collection pocket squares are interesting. Very Rubinacci-esque.

post #25922 of 52412

Today's outfit.

 

Deets:

Massimo Dutti sportscoat

Marcs shirt

Thomas Pink PS

RL chino

Carmina rubyshell

 

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post #25923 of 52412
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post


Looks to me that you might get 2" to let out around the waist band. There is also room to let out the bum or crutch - that might ease up the thighs too. A good tailor can let out the actual waist band with an extra bit of material as it will be covered by the belt. Sometimes, for me, its literally only the waist band that needs letting out not the seat. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I'm still surprised there isn't a reasonable tailor up around Mildura. Ask Stefano or ask around at the Grand. A good reliable seamstress will be able to do those alternations without any trouble - its teh same as for womens skirts and pants. Go to someone who knows their stuff - maybe one who does a lot of weddings - they sew like crazy.

 

Well there are a few issues:

 

1) Letting out the waist seems fine, but the thighs were pretty tight (like, tights tight)

2) I'm sure there are good alterations here, but I'd just need to ask

3) If the alterations don't work out, then I basically am out more money then the return shipping (assuming $40 for return shipping and $50 for alterations)

 

Honestly, I think I'll just play it safe this time around.

 

If anyone's getting anything Epaulet in the next week, let me know and we can save on shipping by lots.

 

:)

post #25924 of 52412
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Originally Posted by Spinning View Post

Anyone know how much it costs to ship a KW suit back after getting the RTW? His postage is like $30 to Aus. Safe to assume it's the same back? With his offer of 'if it doesn't fit, send it back and we'll make it fit' - it should be free, I think. But, alas, I haven't heard any bad reports. 

 

I ordered a suit from Kent Wang online and it was posted 3 or 4 weeks later as it was with another customer. Took another 3 weeks to arrive. Suit was way too big (this is partly my fault but KW not very good at communicating which made it harder - typical responses from KW were barely more than a few lines) and it reeked.

 

Sent it back and asked for a refund. He offered gift vouchers a refund less paypal fees of $30. He referred me to his policy of deducting paypal fees when an item is returned 30 days from the shipping date and it was my decision to return it. Was not impressed.

 

The suit construction itself was ok but for the money its probably better to go MTM locally unless you are sure of your measurements and how the suit finish should be. I would not recommend KW for your first MTM venture.

post #25925 of 52412
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

#8's were NWOT off the forum, snuff ptbs were from Leather Soul's big size sale.

Cheers. How did you find dealing with Leather Soul and (sneaking in another sneaky question that could probably be answered with a bit of research) how's the sizing with these more casual Aldens?

 

I inquired at a peak time (I think most of the forum was hammering them with emails because of the sale) so first contact was a little off, but found Will who I dealt with very helpful, answering emails at times outside business hours, etc. Apparently they had hundreds of emails and calls the first couple of days and only about half a dozen sales from them, so it was understandable. Would be happy to buy from them again. Shipping was a little expensive at $60, but it was a week delivery with tracking, so it was justifiable. 

 

Both my pairs are on the Barrie last, the chukkas 1/2 size down and the ptbs full size. Both fit well, the ptbs have a toe stiffener which annoys me, and will make them look too small, and the chukkas have a bit of heel slip due to the lasts excessive wide heel. Size down at least a half, if not a full size from your US size. Oh and try and get some heel grips in them asap, I've been meaning to but havn't got around to it.

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God damn those Alden chukkas are sexy. Probably my grail shoe items.

post #25927 of 52412
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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

I inquired at a peak time (I think most of the forum was hammering them with emails because of the sale) so first contact was a little off, but found Will who I dealt with very helpful, answering emails at times outside business hours, etc. Apparently they had hundreds of emails and calls the first couple of days and only about half a dozen sales from them, so it was understandable. Would be happy to buy from them again. Shipping was a little expensive at $60, but it was a week delivery with tracking, so it was justifiable. 

Both my pairs are on the Barrie last, the chukkas 1/2 size down and the ptbs full size. Both fit well, the ptbs have a toe stiffener which annoys me, and will make them look too small, and the chukkas have a bit of heel slip due to the lasts excessive wide heel. Size down at least a half, if not a full size from your US size. Oh and try and get some heel grips in them asap, I've been meaning to but havn't got around to it.

Thanks joiji.
post #25928 of 52412
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Originally Posted by Prof. B. Bear View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8up6A4QesU

Crossfit, not even once.

What the ****!!

I doubt Froning is a juice head, but if he was, why would he take dbol? Shin pumps...
post #25929 of 52412

Has anyone heard of these guys? http://www.frankiesshoes.com.au/collections/driving-shoes

 

 I'm not really into driving shoes but I know a number of people here are and the colours look interesting.

post #25930 of 52412
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Today's outfit.
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Doesn't look bad. But I have to say that pocket square is about as out of place as fxh at a One Direction concert.
post #25931 of 52412
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Originally Posted by eightace View Post

Gents,

These arrived today. 

They're from Robinson's Shoemakers in Northern Ireland.

It was a bit of a wait, as they had some production problems, but the final product is very good.

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They look like lovely shoes, but - at the risk of being a party-pooper - I note that the "v" between the laces is quite wide.

This is a reasonably subjective thing, as some people don't mind a wide "v", whereas other people are very bothered by it and like to have a "v" that is closed or nearly closed. Also, of course, it must be remembered that leather stretches and so hopefully the "v" will close up a bit after the shoes have had some wear. Ideally, however, a well-fitting pair of balmoral/oxford shoes will have a fairly narrow "v".

The main reason for such a wide "v" in the laces is that the person wearing them has a high instep, or that the shoe itself is very flat in design. I've had a similar problem with some shoes in the past, and I discovered that I can't wear Allen-Edmonds, particularly the 5 last, as the top of the shoe is simply too flat. When I tried a pair of Park Avenues, the "v" was horrendously wide and when I tried lacing them up, it felt like my feet were being squeezed in a vice.

Some brands, and some lasts, are much better for people for people with higher insteps than others. US-made shoes tend to be bad, whereas (as a generalisation) Italian brands tend to make shoes with higher insteps. Some English brands and lasts are good, others not so much. For example, I've found that C&Js 348 last isn't so good, but the 337 last is better in my experience, bearing in mind that everyone has differently shaped feet.

I've found the Edward Green 202 and (related) 606 last to be good, as they are quite roomy and have a reasonable amount of space over the top of the foot.

Changing the lacing pattern can also help people with higher insteps - I use "straight bar" lacing on my shoes and it does help to make them more comfortable over the top of my foot.
post #25932 of 52412
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Today's outfit.

 

Deets:

Massimo Dutti sportscoat

Marcs shirt

Thomas Pink PS

RL chino

Carmina rubyshell

 

img0215yx.jpg

Shirt is what lets this down (and perhaps pocket square). A plain coloured shirt would work alot better (though I would tend to suggest to only ever wear a plain shirt). Shoes are of course beautiful, but is that a black belt you're wearing with them?

post #25933 of 52412
Booked flights to NYC. Going in September for fashion week.

post #25934 of 52412
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

Shirt is what lets this down (and perhaps pocket square). A plain coloured shirt would work alot better (though I would tend to suggest to only ever wear a plain shirt). Shoes are of course beautiful, but is that a black belt you're wearing with them?

Thanks for the comments.  Belt is dark brown, best I could do with my meager belt collection.  No belt looks even worse IMO. Wife nearly insisted I change shirts this morning, but I was in a hurry.  Shows that it pays to listen to the missus.  Baby blue shirt next time.

post #25935 of 52412
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Originally Posted by Prof. B. Bear View Post

Booked flights to NYC. Going in September for fashion week.

Excellent!

Remember to dress outrageously and to include things such as sockless shoes, a camo blazer, a tie with the back much longer than the front, a leather thong hanging from your lapel buttonhole down into your breast pocket, a floppy hat, high-water trousers or other such #menswear memes in your outfit.

Best of luck, and I hope to see you in the pages of the Sartorialist's blog! smile.gif
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