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post #2926 of 52291
Hey all - Any suggestions for suit hire in Sydney?

Am after a black suit for a wedding this Sunday. My muppet friend still has not got the invites out, and his way of asking me to be a groomsman was to sms me yesterday - "Got a black suit?"

My inclination is to simply not attend, but people think that is a bit harsh, given this is par for the course for my mate, and he is a decent bloke and a close friend.

Be interested to hear if anyone has seen/used a hire shop that has decent two button suits in black. Given the notice here price will have to be a secondary consideration. If possible a shop in the CBD would be good as I will need to get onto this today.

The other alternative is to rock up in a Navy suit which I have, would anyone consider that? Or is that a bit too up yours on someones wedding day?

Any advise appreciated.
JM
post #2927 of 52291
Try P. Johnson. I've just been through the process of having a suit made by them with Tom in Melbourne. Exceptional service, advice and final product. They have a store in Sydney.

Also try Herringbone.
post #2928 of 52291
I bet most formal hire places these days will hire you a 2-button notch-lapel suit without 'shiny' lapels.
post #2929 of 52291
Lots of hire places out there. Try the phone book.
post #2930 of 52291
While going home drunk Saturday night and missing my stop, I discovered the Florsheim factory store. Who's been there before? Any shoe trees for sale there?
post #2931 of 52291
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I tend to use the metal collar stiffeners. TM Lewin shirts have narrow openings and require you to buy their collar stiffeners, so I picked up a few pairs with my last order. For my other shirts (eg Modern Tailor), I use Rhodes and Becket metal stiffeners - for some reason I have collected something like six pairs over the years.

I am always copping grief from the GF for leaving them in the shirts when I throw them in the wash - she seems to get back at me by leaving tissues in her clothes and doing likewise.
He wasn't referring to the collar bones - rather there is a plastic insert that helps keep the stiffness in modern shirt collars (in lieu of starch which is rarely used nowadays). This goes all the way around the collar, and shrinking it narrows the circumference of the neck.

Or so the theory goes.
post #2932 of 52291
Oh, I didn't realise that there was plastic in the shirt, but that probably makes sense then.
post #2933 of 52291
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While going home drunk Saturday night and missing my stop, I discovered the Florsheim factory store. Who's been there before? Any shoe trees for sale there?

The one in Northcote? I went there last year. Don't remember seeing any shoe trees. Might have had them at the counter or hidden away. Suggest calling.

Was a wasteland of sh#t shoes.
post #2934 of 52291
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While going home drunk Saturday night and missing my stop, I discovered the Florsheim factory store. Who's been there before? Any shoe trees for sale there?
Not sure which one you found but the Clarendon St, South Melbourne one doesn't seem to discount their shoe trees. The ones they sold were also the 'traveler' model, not as nice as the regular florsheims from places like McClouds and only a few dollars cheaper.
post #2935 of 52291
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The one in Northcote? I went there last year. Don't remember seeing any shoe trees. Might have had them at the counter or hidden away. Suggest calling.

Was a wasteland of sh#t shoes.

That's just sad. I was actually planning to go in and look for a pair of cheap beater shoes as my current pair of ugly Apostles are finally (thank heavens) going to fall apart. I'll called them up about the shoe trees anyway.
post #2936 of 52291
Loakes are good beaters. Florsheims fall apart after the first slap.
post #2937 of 52291
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While going home drunk Saturday night and missing my stop, I discovered the Florsheim factory store. Who's been there before? Any shoe trees for sale there?

This is a mode of shopping and discovery of which I approve.
post #2938 of 52291
fxh is the Australian vox sartoria.
post #2939 of 52291
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That's just sad. I was actually planning to go in and look for a pair of cheap beater shoes as my current pair of ugly Apostles are finally (thank heavens) going to fall apart. I'll called them up about the shoe trees anyway.

You'll definitely find a pair of cheap shoes in there.

As PoP suggests, go the extra mile and get yourself a pair of Loakes on sale.
post #2940 of 52291
I know there is a whole thread devoted to thrift store braggin, but I reckon there is a higher degree of difficulty to the art of thrift in Australia, so if I brag anywhere I think I will brag here...

So I called into my local Vinnies on spec and came away with three Brooks Brothers BDs ($10 each) and a Chester Barrie for Austin Reed tweed sports coat in a light weight (for tweed) navy and olive houndstooth with a mid-blue window pane over check (which is actually nicer than it sounds) for $20.

Happy days.
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