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WIWtoday.

In roof - on roof - possum chasing - fixing tiles. Two possums exit at 10.09pm.

Genuine Bill Cunningham Jacket - mine from hardware store Toulouse .fr = $22aud. #menswear version
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the smudges are real dust and dirt from roof
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/bill%20cunningham

http://wax-wane.com/2012/08/08/the-french-workers-jacket-from-bill-cunningham-to-price-gouging/
Edited by fxh - 4/25/13 at 6:18am
post #30227 of 54709
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Originally Posted by fxh

Gerry, Appolyon and me make our own.

Once you get the basic shape right duplicating it is a piece of the proverbial.
Just a few hours in the shed with a workbench and saw and sander and you can just churn them out for around $5 a pop if using pine from Bunnings. Luckily we are all the same shoe size.
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A few hours? I rather pay $25

You are forgetting - Mens Shed stuff - Stereo, vinyl, a few cones, a six pack of Little Creatures, lathe, tools, the satisfaction of hand made.........
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post #30229 of 54709
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In before a million comments from people on their Chinese bargain...

 

Online suiting is almost always a bloodbath - it only takes a few centimetres rounded up here and down there for the measurements to be a mess. Not only that, but giving someone with no interest in tailoring ("navy is gay") control over the cloth/design aspect is a recipe for a disaster. 

IMO most people would be better off buying a decent OTR from Herringbone or MJ Bale, and if later they find they have odd measurements/develop an interest in tailoring THEN they can move to MTM.

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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

 

In before a million comments from people on their Chinese bargain...

 

Online suiting is almost always a bloodbath - it only takes a few centimetres rounded up here and down there for the measurements to be a mess. Not only that, but giving someone with no interest in tailoring ("navy is gay") control over the cloth/design aspect is a recipe for a disaster. 

IMO most people would be better off buying a decent OTR from Herringbone or MJ Bale, and if later they find they have odd measurements/develop an interest in tailoring THEN they can move to MTM.

 

As you would expect I'm going to disagree with this. When I go into the CBD I would say around half if not more of the suits I see don't fit properly and nearly 100% of them would be OTR. Sit in a cafe sometime and watch the people go past and you will see some shocking fitting suits. Every single thing I see people say about MTM suits I see every day in OTR suits

 

You say it only takes a few centimetres rounded up for the suit to be a mess yet then you recommend buying a suit that's sized to fit THIS GUY which would have no relevance  to the size of most people. While I'm sure there are some people who can wear a suit straight off the rack I would suggest it's not that many. You might be able to find 100 people with a 40 inch chest but how many are going to need exactly the same jacket or sleeve length? What about shoulder size which is the basis for a good fitting suit? How many of those with a 40 inch chest will have the same size shoulders? I have had people with 40 inch chests order suits with a shoulder measurement ranging from 42cm to 53 cms. That's a huge difference.

 

Also buying online can also be more about getting a better suit for your money. I'm more than happy to make you suits in a standard off the rack size. I can make you a full canvas suit made with a better than average suiting wool in a standard OTR size for $399. Where can you buy that in a store?

 

I'll make you a full canvas suit in a high quality Holland & Sherry fabric in a standard off the rack size starting at $699 and I'd buy that over your $500 half canvas MJ Bale suit any day of the week. In fact I'd buy it over your $1,195 Herringbone suit and for only $999 you can have your Holland & Sherry suit completely hand made by a tailor that specialises in making bespoke suits and still save $200 over the factory made Herringbone. I can guarantee you that my $999 Holland & Sherry suit cost far more to make then the $1,195 Herringbone suit and the difference in the construction costs is certainly reflected in the quality.

 

Measuring yourself isn't rocket science and if you do it right you will end up with a better fitting suit. Allow a little for post delivery alterations and you can get a good full canvas suit tweaked to fit properly and still have change out of $500 which is still cheaper than many of the mass produced fused OTR suits I see selling in stores. Which suit would you rather have?

 

Even if you stick to off the rack sizing you will end up with a better suit for your buck.

post #30231 of 54709
Can't you ever NOT write a dissertation? Or hawk your wares in every post?
post #30232 of 54709
Got that car salesman feel. Just calling it as I see it.
Also, I blame Oli for opening a can of worms that has been opened many times before...
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post

Can't you ever NOT write a dissertation? Or hawk your wares in every post?

Did you hear that bell again Frank.

 

I post then you post a few minutes later

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So there's some sort of battle going on between TM Lewin and Charles Tyrwhitt out here. CT has bombarded us with newspaper inserts offering severely discounted prices and then gift vouchers for people who make purchases, while Lewin has decided to go the bricks and mortar approach by opening both in store and solo in Collins St. Did Pink start all this? Will be interesting to see what happens.
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Sorry, but the shoulders look pretty awful (although that is an awkward pose). Pretty sure mine don't do that. I'll try to take a photo of some of my shoulders doing the same thing as the guy that posted Elite and also this photo from instichu.

*fixed pic
Edited by iSurg - 4/25/13 at 4:14pm
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As much as I'm annoyed that the Wraith rarely contributes to fit pics (I think the only thing I've seen from him are a pair of shoes from Shanghai), I have to say that you should stop trolling, Simon at Elite. It's great that your business is doing well (as far as I can gather from your posts), but please stop posting all your deals etc. You have your own affiliate thread for that. I just wish we had a moderator as the other threads do, for this sort of post. It's just so untoward to see my beloved Aussie thread become another place for you to propagate whatever sales techniques you've picked up along the way (which have worked for you, I'm guessing, but unfortunately won't work here at this level of menswear). It's great that you use H&S for your suits, I applaud you on that. I don't personally prefer the cut seen in rare posts of your suits, but I'm sure some guys who don't post in this thread do. If I could think of an analogy, it would be like taking Jaguar leather to upholster seats in a Great Wall. To be clear, I have nothing wrong against Chinese-made. I think the middle ground would be if you could take H&S and put it on an MJ Bale block/construction. That would blow my mind if it happened. But I still wouldn't buy. 

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Originally Posted by iSurg View Post



Sorry, but the shoulders look pretty awful (although that is an awkward pose). Pretty sure mine don't do that. I'll try to take a photo of some of my shoulders doing the same thing as the guy that posted Elite and also this photo from instichu.

 

small pic but that guy on the left looks like he's wearing a midriff jacket

post #30238 of 54709

My sentiments exactly. 

 

When I post pics via iPad, it just seems to choose the smallest one. Fixed.

post #30239 of 54709
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Originally Posted by iSurg View Post

As much as I'm annoyed that the Wraith rarely contributes to fit pics (I think the only thing I've seen from him are a pair of shoes from Shanghai), I have to say that you should stop trolling, Simon at Elite. It's great that your business is doing well (as far as I can gather from your posts), but please stop posting all your deals etc. You have your own affiliate thread for that. I just wish we had a moderator as the other threads do, for this sort of post. It's just so untoward to see my beloved Aussie thread become another place for you to propagate whatever sales techniques you've picked up along the way (which have worked for you, I'm guessing, but unfortunately won't work here at this level of menswear). It's great that you use H&S for your suits, I applaud you on that. I don't personally prefer the cut seen in rare posts of your suits, but I'm sure some guys who don't post in this thread do. If I could think of an analogy, it would be like taking Jaguar leather to upholster seats in a Great Wall. To be clear, I have nothing wrong against Chinese-made. I think the middle ground would be if you could take H&S and put it on an MJ Bale block/construction. That would blow my mind if it happened. But I still wouldn't buy. 

 

Need some super absorbant cloths?

 

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Originally Posted by fxh View Post



You are forgetting - Mens Shed stuff - Stereo, vinyl, a few cones, a six pack of Little Creatures, lathe, tools, the satisfaction of hand made.........

 

yeah now you've added beer - makes everything good

 

out of interest you say $5 for pine - is it much more for some more exotic timber? like cedar, blue gum or ash? I actually admire the handmade aspect but then im a little OCD and if im going to that effort i might as well make it a masterpiece hehe

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