Yep, I'm going to do those two, plus Uniqlo (mind you the Melbourne shop might be open by then) and Massimo Dutti.
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Are you in europe at all?
Suit Supply is cheapest when you're paying euros. Their price in euros is the same as in pounds. Eg item x is 100 gbp in london, but 100 euros in amsterdam.
Otherwise a good chance to try everything on then order online. Check out their promo photography book. Highly erotic. Great stuff.
Massimo Dutti has good stuff. But these few seasons has been meh.
There were really good in the past, I hope they are not heading the wrong direction.
I wish Melbourne has an outlet so I don't have to head overseas and binge shop.
They never care about that menswear!
I always have trouble with cords. (I assume were are talking cotton cords here). Theres the ever present danger (and lets face it attraction) of the "alcoholic TAFE geography teacher /lecturer" look which can be hard to avoid but also the old man gardening garb problem.(possibly small variations of the same look).
What is quality in cords? I think its a rich luxurious hand even in a small wale or pincord.
I also have never figured out what it is technically that makes some cords attract fluff, cat fur and stuff and what stops them attracting. I know a high poly content will attract but Ive had expensive 100% cotton ones that look like the workplace hippy cat lady's TV watching pants.
I know cord is lacking in give and the best wearing cords I've had have a small % of elastic or stretch in them. But its hard to find such things.
I've have never had any negative social or cultural associative problems with corde-du-roi. My interpretation is 'Bletchley Park Boffin' or learned academic turned writer, well at least that is what i feel when at the NLA in cords. I've worn them from my 20's through to my 50's, for the life of my I can't remember any adult in my family circle who ever wore them and no one not even amongst my groovier older cousins in the early 70's did either. (flares are another subject but we are not going there)
As a casual weekend or even casual Friday I enjoy their comfortable relaxed approach which still is able to project a degree of formality so when combined with a good jumper, RM's or even Glen Plaid sports coat their suitable for any social occasion. I spent years on winter sidelines cheering on the boy and his rugby team in cords.
For me one of the holy grail clothing items is to find in my size a 1970's Rust pinpoint corduroy Levi jacket.
CR back in the early 90's did some very good wearing cords and in the early to mid 2000's my brand of choice was RL in the Andrews cut but the quality took a dive and since then its a combination of Bills, LE, BB amongst others. A friend recently picked up a very nice BB corduroy jacket on special.
As for the fluff problem I haven't had that happen with corduroy for me its black cotton trousers, recently a pair of twill Rodd & Gunn for the first year it was like they had dandruff I was constantly going over them with a wonder brush just to try and get the fabric to assert dominance.
For me corduroy is the most versatile of (casual) winter fabrics and I will wear some ( and stay warm) to watch the Brumbies kick the shit out of the Crusaders on Sunday.
Edited by Geoffrey Firmin - 5/2/13 at 4:05pm
CR back in the early 90's did some very good wearing cords and in the early 2000 I wore a lot of RL in the Andrews cut but the quality took a dive and since then its a combination of Bills, LE BB and others AAAC has a devoted legion of corduroy followers.
For me corduroy is the most versatile of winter fabrics and I will probably wear some out to watch the Brumbies kick the Crusaders on Sunday.
+1. I had a couple of pairs of Country Road corduroy trousers in the late 1990s and they were very, very hard-wearing. I wore the brown pair every week during winter for a few years and they still looked good but unfortunately my waistline expanded and I couldn't wear them anymore.
She never did until I dragged her into Suit Supply in Amsterdam. We actually spent hours there and I didn't hear a single complaint.
Got to Paris and she got her own back. I've never carried so many bags in my life!
Although for my part, I prefer their one-piece collars on a normal shirt:
I'm wearing a white one today, in a pure cotton that feels like linen, and while the collar will take a tie, it looks better without, I think.
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Ralph Lauren A-2 Leather Bomber (Size M, brand new condition as it's been worn less than 5 times) - $400 (retail is around $1900, eBay is around $700)
2. Loake 1880 Pimlico Dark Brown Suede Chukka (Size 8.5F UK, inc. cedar shoe trees, brand new in box) - $250 (cheaper than Herring/Pediwear)
3. Herringbone Sydney suit (from 2009) - brand new with tags, navy chalkstripe s130s, Osaka cut, size 42R - $600 (retail is $1395).
All prices include shipping. Cheers.
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