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post #30466 of 57897

Haha.

Thanks Dusty.

 

What's with the Topy comment? I'm all set for shoes. Just got my AE Cliftons topy'd though at a friends recommendation. I kinda screwed my budget when i saw some EG Chelseas on sale at Henry Bucks last week. They're coming off lay-by in a couple weeks and still unsure if i should be covering them up.

 

All the stuff you've posted I've never heard of before so I assume they're all Sydney stores. I guessed as much that I would have to look interstate at least to find anything of decent quality/value.I'm a little worried about mto stuff since the only 'fitting' suit I have at the moment came from online MTO and would be perfect if the trousers weren't about 4cm too short :/.
 

post #30467 of 57897
There isn't much in Adelaide but P Johnson drops by now and again. The Internet is your friend. There are some very good tailors for alterations. They are typically old and Italian. There are two in Pulteney Street that will do good work but let them know if you want something back quickly. I think the best advice is not to buy much at home! David Jones has Marcoliani socks in their town shop and, I think, some of their suburban shops. Henry Buck's is OK, too. They're on North Terrace next to Bagot House down the bottom.
post #30468 of 57897
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

yeah id prefer cleverleys or hidetaka fukaya shoes for that coin personally

Hidetaka Fukaya for sure. They look so damn cool.
post #30469 of 57897
Damn I didn't know Australia had it's own version of Warby Parker. Too late though, already got $200 worth of glasses from BonLook.
post #30470 of 57897

^I'd probably go Cleverley as my first bespoke and then branch out; the Hidetaka Fukaya's shoe boxes alone are so darn beautiful! Lets start a shoe discussion; who would you go wiht if you went bespoke and why?

 

P.S.

Hopefully (maybe unfortunately for you guys :P) this will get me posting frequently again :)

post #30471 of 57897
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post


Hidetaka Fukaya for sure. They look so damn cool.

i want a pair just for the box they come with... includes all the gear to keep them looking fresh. I went to his store in Florence - its near Frasi and his shoes are all works of art.. id be scared to wear them and dare i say they might not even be comfortable to wear but they look amazing

 

 

 

 

http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/2013/01/hidetaka-fukaya-il-micio.html#.UX5kuLU0d8E

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Warning: This may open a bit of a can of worms. One thing I love about this forum is a general distaste for garish, big brand "luxury" goods. For example, most medium to long term forum members would agree that Boss suits, LV almost everything, Hermes ties, Ferragamo shoes, Zegna shirts etc are overpriced and pale (to varying degrees) in terms of quality compared to alternatives. This attitude is what has spawned or encouraged all the great Styleforum sellers like Panta, Howard Yount, Epaulet, Kent Wang etc and in our localised corner O&J and HC. But there remain two notable category exceptions:

 

1) Eyewear - "SF approved" (not that this matters at all) glasses include Persol, which surely have the largest margins of any glasses in the Luxxotica stable. I suspect that a lot of the loyalty to ridiculously priced prescription frames is due to a lack of decent alternatives thanks to Luxxotica's gross near monopoly.

2) Watches - Somehow Rolex and Omega have maintained an aura of wantability on SF despite big margins and being the go to watch brands for wannabe bigshots for a long time. Further, as Kent Wang notes, the watch seems the only accessory a well dressed bloke is happy to clearly display a big brand on.

 

Of course I appreciate that both Rolex and Omega (and the other big brands I've heard thrown around recently like IWC, JLC etc) make fantastic stuff.

 

But similarly Zegna Couture makes great suits, but most of you would get a bespoke suit or multiple MTM made for the same cash. Why is this different for watches?


Edited by DartagnanRed - 4/29/13 at 5:35am
post #30473 of 57897
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

Hey guys,

 

Just saying howdy as I'm new here. Been lurking a few weeks but hoping to get more involved as I learn more. Just graduated and starting work proper in the next month or so, but have almost no wardrobe. Anyone here from Adelaide able to recommend a decent suit place to get started? Barring that I'll hopefully be in Sydney in a few weeks for admissions so I could try hunting there.

 

Cheers

 

The recommendation for MJ Bale and Herringbone are both sound. If you want something closer to home I've taken a liking to Adelaide Suits Direct, for pricing at least. Very conservative, but if you're starting out that might be just what you need.

 

Nothing locally for shoes, but I think that's almost universal for Australia aside from a couple of exemptions (Double Monk, for one.). Loake and Meermin are probably good starts until you find your feet, so to speak. Actually, there's one place down by Peter Van the Party Man doing MTM/Bespoke if you've got deep pockets.

 

Ties go to Jason at Henry Carter, otherwise I know there's a lot of love for Drakes and EG Cappelli around the forums. 

 

There's a little around if you know where to look. Hahndorf has a couple of places to get bridle leather belts, and I've spotted a couple of places which advertise as leatherworkers, but have had no need to investigate. Couple of old Italian tailors around the place if you want something bespoke.

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I'm hoping any responses to my question don't exceed a 2 on this scale:

post #30475 of 57897
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

I'm hoping any responses to my question don't exceed a 2 on this scale:

 

I love this scale.

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^^ me too biggrin.gif
post #30477 of 57897
I dropped a PRL jacket for alteration at Varnavas C Classic Tailoring in Town Hall arcade today. I have been using my local Italian tailor in Hornsby for quite some times now. But since I have moved out of north I thought I might as well try this tailor in the city. I have read here few Sydney members recommended him for jacket alteration. He is charging the same as my other tailor $150 for sides taken in, sleeves shortened and sleeves taken in as well.
They way he measured me and pinned the jacket is completely different to my other tailor. He only used 1 pin each sides and 1 pin each sleeves and just used chalk mark for sleeve length . Other tailor would use 3/4 pins each sides few pins on the center back seam and 3 pins on each sides of sleeve and 1 pin for shortening of the sleeves and 1 extra pin at the end of the sleeves for that perfect tapering.
Now I am just worried Varnavas tailor may not to able to alter the jacket to my liking as he simply didn't take enough measurements. He seems like against a slim fully fitted look ! Can anyone shed any light on how your tailor marks your jacket ?

cheers
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post #30478 of 57897
Smeggett: you can try to decrease the edge thickness by getting frames for smaller lenses. Avoid oval frames. I tend to stick with rectangular frames. Ensure the frames are suited to the distance between your pupils. Otherwise, the optometrist decentres the lens and hence you may end up with a thicker lens edge. For that amount of myopia, high index is considered with the trade off being more dispersion ie. chromatic aberration as I previously said. One might consider glass instead of high index, but weight becomes an issue. For us who are high myopes, the main contributor to poor cosmesis is actually the prismatic effect of the lens, which increases as you get further from the optical centre of the lens. I guess contacts are a way to get around this, but you lose part of the benefits of prismatic effect, which is easier convergence for near work and reading.
post #30479 of 57897
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post

I dropped a PRL jacket for alteration at Varnavas C Classic Tailoring in Town Hall arcade today. I have been using my local Italian tailor in Hornsby for quite some times now. But since I have moved out of north I thought I might as well try this tailor in the city. I have read here few Sydney members recommended him for jacket alteration. He is charging the same as my other tailor $150 for sides taken in, sleeves shortened and sleeves taken in as well.
They way he measured me and pinned the jacket is completely different to my other tailor. He only used 1 pin each sides and 1 pin each sleeves and just used chalk mark for sleeve length . Other tailor would use 3/4 pins each sides few pins on the center back seam and 3 pins on each sides of sleeve and 1 pin for shortening of the sleeves and 1 extra pin at the end of the sleeves for that perfect tapering.
Now I am just worried Varnavas tailor may not to able to alter the jacket to my liking as he simply didn't take enough measurements. He seems like against a slim fully fitted look ! Can anyone shed any light on how your tailor marks your jacket ?

cheers
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Hey mate, Varnavas takes very little measurements and makes few markings. He is extremely experienced, he's not an alterations guy he's actually a full bespoke tailor. He only does alterations because his clientele is older and slowly dying. His other talent is making wigs for judges and barristers, in fact he's the only guy in Aus who can actually make these. Bottom line, I wouldn't worry about the lack of measurements.

 

However, in regards to your second concern this may be an issue. In my experience you are right in that he certainly does not like the very fitted look and this may affect how he alters your jacket. I have had two jackets taken in by him and both were made slightly less tapered than I orginally had in mind, but I now appreciate that he was right, it looks less boyish and is more comfortable. You may find otherwise, good luck!

post #30480 of 57897

I seem to show up late to the discussions a lot these days, maybe it's the time zones. A few pages ago patch pockets came up. I always thought that Guido is a good example of how to rock patch pockets on suits, and still look quite conservative.

 


Edited by jmills - 4/29/13 at 7:29am
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