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post #3226 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post
I picked up a Drakes silk knit tie myself recently. I think they are the next big thing for the Australian eGentry in F/W 2011 (he says like he's just discovered America).... First day I wore it every young female in the office had a desire to touch me, so yeah, it's my favourite tie at the moment.

Hooyah bro!

Drakes ties are currently my favourite as well.
post #3227 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Tano View Post
I have a few shirts from different makers: All 100% cotton SLIM FIT with no pockets.

TM Lewin : Very slimming, decent fabric , good construction, non fused collars, plastic buttons, (says pattern matching but only 1/3 is matched), collars shrink?

Charles Tyrwhitt : Not as slimming, decent fabric , good construction

H&H: Fits like a bed sheet (not slim at all), decent fabric , poor construction, troca buttons?,unfused collars and cuffs. All 3 shirts have loose threads on most button holes

Brooks Brothers: Have darts in back , fits a bit slimmer than H&H , decent/good fabric , good construction. Expensive shipping to Oz.


TM and CT are above same price if you use the co.uk web address. I prefer lewin due to the sleeve length. Harvie and Hudson is more expensive. I liked the Abelard shirts at DJ's but there still over $80AUD on special.

Does anyone know why some 100% cotton fabrics feel like rough dry cotton and why some have a shiny, smooth (silk like feel) to it? Is it the fabic brand , ply/thread count or weave?

I guess everyone has different experiences- I have had a few TM's and think the slim-fits are huge and baggy and not particularly well constructed (shrink significantly after a few washes, plastic buttons etc).

On the other hand the H&H i have fit a lot slimmer tha the TMs (I am a 16 collar, 36 sleeve). The construction has been better in my eyes too with better fabrics (especially in the herringbone) and troca buttons (which i like). Granted their selection comes and goes depending on the season, but they are a relatively small company.

I just haven't found an Australian shirt that ticks what I want that comes anywhere close to H&H for the price. At a minimum I need slim fit, removable collar stays, variable (longer) sleeve length (so few brands do this here). I can get 3 H&H shirts landed here for about $55 AUD each.

Happy to be shown options that fit my needs at a better/similar/reasonable price.
post #3228 of 57165
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post
Clearly I'm no big timer but I'd love to know what you guys are comparing to when you say this is poor quality. I've never seen a shirt in retail in Melbourne under $150 that was comparable quality to these. I don't think anyone would claim these things are high-end shirts, but in the context of what we get dished up out here it seems harsh to call them poor quality.

+1
post #3229 of 57165
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post
Hooyah bro!

Drakes ties are currently my favourite as well.

+1
post #3230 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Prince of Paisley View Post
I picked up a Drakes silk knit tie myself recently. I think they are the next big thing for the Australian eGentry in F/W 2011 (he says like he's just discovered America).... First day I wore it every young female in the office had a desire to touch me, so yeah, it's my favourite tie at the moment.

Where are Drakes available in Sydney, or are y'all doing the mail order thing?
post #3231 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post
Where are Drakes available in Sydney, or are y'all doing the mail order thing?

I've done mail order through their site and from ebay.

I think P. Johnson also has them judging by Ethan's blog.
post #3232 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post
Where are Drakes available in Sydney, or are y'all doing the mail order thing?

1) Mail order from the Drakes website.

2) Mail order from The Armoury.

3) P Johnson Tailor's brick-and-mortar shopfront in Paddington.

These are the best sources currently.
post #3233 of 57165
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
Some people here like those shirts due to their prices not because they're confused as to their origins. I've seen plenty of non-Australians here promote/like those shirts, too, so I don't really think your laughing stock argument is entirely justified either.

I agree I think price wise my H&K and H&H shirts are better value and quality than what I can buy off the rack at DJ's or Sportscraft. Sadly there is no Herringbone store in the ACT and when I did try to buy a shirt of theirs I was not impressed. Found my size, ha to be too tight in the chest and when I went up a size well i don't want to wear an artists smock to work.
post #3234 of 57165
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post
Clearly I'm no big timer but I'd love to know what you guys are comparing to when you say this is poor quality. I've never seen a shirt in retail in Melbourne under $150 that was comparable quality to these. I don't think anyone would claim these things are high-end shirts, but in the context of what we get dished up out here it seems harsh to call them poor quality.

I'm no big timer either, but I've seen a lot better stuff than the MTO stuff offered by Pink and Lewin. Charles Nakhle in Parramatta comes to mind.

Sure, it's a different price point for a shirt, but no one was ever saying that TM Lewin and the other online "Jermyn St" retailers aren't cheaper. Just that they are not the bees knees quality that the "Jermyn St" name would otherwise indicate.

A recent example would be the old Jensen MJ Bale shirt stock that was on sale for <$100 and were comparable in quality to the TM Lewin stuff IMO. Like Sator says, probably from the same 3rd world factory.
post #3235 of 57165
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
I wondered into that strange Italian store on Elizabeth St on the outside of the Galleria building. Saw a couple of chino's but wasn't game to try anything on. Does anybody know what the deal is with that place?

Do you mean Ken Barell? Was an American brand that was bought out by Italians I think. I've bought a few jumpers etc from there (always on sale). I've always found them to be pretty friendly and accommodating. The staff are real deal Italian, or at least they have been when I have gone in, so I can understand some people finding the vibe a bit different.

As for the stuff I've bought it's held up really well. The one thing I really love about the place is that you can go in there and there's a big range of different coloured knitwear, as opposed to the usual navy/gray barrage you get in other stores.
post #3236 of 57165
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
Its not just Gen Y who are guilty of this crime. Have a peek at DJ's or Myers at sale time and you'l see Boomers and other (Ha!) Men being lead around like prize bulls by the wife as she makes their clothing choices for them based on what is the cheapest item on the rack. Those guilty of this crime should spend an eternity wearing 100% polyester underwear and safari suits.

It has changed a bit - years ago you would walk into a menswear shop and see only women - it still happens - many women buy stuff for husbands or lovers without the bloke even being there.

I used to work with a woman who would compliment me on clothes then ask where I got it - next week her bloody husband would turn up, taking his stumpy legs, somewhat extended tummy and pudgy fingers for a walk in the exact same thing mismatched with as much tat as possible.

Talk about devalue a brand - me - I'd have to ditch my groovy stuff at the opshop or offload it on a cousin from another town. I learnt to lie about sources - "Dunno - had it given to me".
post #3237 of 57165
Neither a big nor small timer, like a 2.5 minute boiled egg I've deliberately aimed to be a hard core medium timer. (or more correctly a median timer)

I wandered into SARTI in Lonsdale today - nice collection of shirts and suits and a million fabric books to mooch over on a table with Dormeil, Holland and Sherry, etc etc etc

http://www.sarti.com.au/shirts-sarti-collection

edit: as blahman said its Latrobe not Lonsdale - just down from the only Melbourne Club that would let me be a member - Celtic Club
post #3238 of 57165
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post
Do you mean Ken Barell? Was an American brand that was bought out by Italians I think. I've bought a few jumpers etc from there (always on sale). I've always found them to be pretty friendly and accommodating. The staff are real deal Italian, or at least they have been when I have gone in, so I can understand some people finding the vibe a bit different.

As for the stuff I've bought it's held up really well. The one thing I really love about the place is that you can go in there and there's a big range of different coloured knitwear, as opposed to the usual navy/gray barrage you get in other stores.

That's the one. Ok - if you vouch for it, I might give them a go next time.
post #3239 of 57165
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post
Neither a big nor small timer, like a 2.5 minute boiled egg I've deliberately aimed to be a hard core medium timer. (or more correctly a median timer)

I wandered into SARTI in Lonsdale today - nice collection of shirts and suits and a million fabric books to mooch over on a table with Dormeil, Holland and Sherry, etc etc etc

http://www.sarti.com.au/shirts-sarti-collection

Always wonder what Sarti is like. Walk past the Latrobe one everyday. Never really had a good look.
Speaking of wondering about what places are like. What is that weird circus-like place in Melbourne Central that's pretty much next to that Crew haircut place?
post #3240 of 57165
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post
Neither a big nor small timer, like a 2.5 minute boiled egg I've deliberately aimed to be a hard core medium timer. (or more correctly a median timer) I wandered into SARTI in Lonsdale today - nice collection of shirts and suits and a million fabric books to mooch over on a table with Dormeil, Holland and Sherry, etc etc etc http://www.sarti.com.au/shirts-sarti-collection
I like that Sarti store. Though last time I was in there I was with the missus (!) she picked up a scarf, tried it on and I ended up paying for it. That's not how it's meant to work...
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