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post #361 of 67946
great shoes, JohnsNotHere. i'm kinda miffed now that i got mine through PLAL because the antiquing isn't nearly as mint as in your photos. and the chestnut is great. i end up wearing the same red tie/blue shirt/Belgrave combo once a week.
post #362 of 67946
Yes, I'm definitely going to have to try on a pair of Belgraves when some C&J stock (hopefully) arrives in Brisbane.
post #363 of 67946
Great shoes and look even better in person. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try them on as they ran a size small for me. Hope they get to Brisbane for you Journeyman.
post #364 of 67946
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Has anyone had much experience with Austen Brothers shirts? Quality? Fit?
I have an Austen Brothers classic fit shirt, a sky blue 16.5" (42 cm) neck with 35.25" (89.5 cm) sleeves. A great fit in terms of sleeve length for me (I'm 6'3") but the fit around the body is too large. I'm keen to try some of their slim/tailored fit shirts...although these come with spread collars. I'm no expert on shirt construction but compared to the other shirts in my wardrobe (Canali, Oxford, Country Road).the construction of the shirt seems bulletproof, it is very sturdy around the collar and cuffs and the fabric is a lovely soft cotton (I think it's their luxury twill). Austen Brothers have been discussed on this forum before by people who know more about shirts that I do but the feeling seems to be that for a mass-produced factory shirt they are well made and good value on sale.
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Also, a real long shot here - Can anyone get any discounts at Arthur Galan or DJ's? Im keen on a trench they have but I just dont see it worth the $600 they're asking
I bought an Arthur Galan shirt years ago and joined their mailing list. I received constant SMS'es during the summer informing me of all their summer sales, including some from a Toorak Rd factory outlet..not a normal retail store. I tried on one of their suits recently and it was a great fit off the rack and quite comfortable too, however the lapels are way too skinny and the jacket ended half way up my arse. Too trendy for my own tastes but the overall cut was quite nice.
post #365 of 67946
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Has anyone had much experience with Austen Brothers shirts? Quality? Fit?

Also, a real long shot here - Can anyone get any discounts at Arthur Galan or DJ's? Im keen on a trench they have but I just dont see it worth the $600 they're asking

Get them to sign you up to a VIP card and you can save 10% on the full retail at AG.
post #366 of 67946
1. hate to go against the grain, but.. i don't think i'll be coming to Adriano Carbone for another suit. 2. started another bespoke job with another tailor who seems a little more capable. a little pricier, but what can you do.
post #367 of 67946
Sportscoats Melbourne:

I've been looking around for a Sportscoat. Mainly looking for a brown but not only.

There doesn't seem to be any real range of sportscoats around at all. Irrespective of price range there are only one or two colours around in almost all the stores - the standard greys mainly or fashiony "youthful" things for street wear.

Is it just too early for winter range or is there no demand for sportcoats these days?

I can remember the good old days when one could see a few Harris Tweeds or Donegals or similar around. Hell FJs was full of good rich smart sportscoats years ago - now FJs is just a cut above Target in quality and two rungs up in price.

Is there a secret sportcoat place somewhere in Melbourne?
post #368 of 67946
Places I have examined for sportsjackets: 1) Azzaro. Have Versace Collection/Cantarelli/Canali etc. sportsjackets. Limited sizes of course. 2) Harrolds. On sale you see loads of Pal Zileri / Corneliani / etc. sports coats. I wouldn't pay full price though. However, these are by nature Italian in cut and fabric and are probably not what you are looking for in terms of a classic English-style sports jacket. However I did stumble into this place whilst on Lygon St the other day: Bonaparte Mens Boutique‎ 235 Lygon St, Carlton They had lots of English style heavy sports coats. I didn't catch any of the brands but it seemed a mix of Italian and German ones that I had no idea about. Of course you could just go to Henry Bucks or David Jones and pay through the nose.
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Sportscoats Melbourne:


I can remember the good old days when one could see a few Harris Tweeds or Donegals or similar around. Hell FJs was full of good rich smart sportscoats years ago - now FJs is just a cut above Target in quality and two rungs up in price.


I used to work for FJ's for 5 years and was one of the MTO fitters here in Canberra, I've been gone for about 8 years from there now but yes they did used to have some great harris tweeds and donegals in their day. Only problem was the cut and styling really let them down.

I was there when things started going downhill, little details like vents were taken out and production was slowly moved from Warnambool to China, it was really sad actually and I cringe when I walk past now because all of the stock is essentially still the same as when I worked there.

They did make a mean pair of flannels though, but yeah so sad for a company with such a history in Australia. They used to have photo's of back in the boom times (50's-60's) on the walls and there were people literally lining up around the block just to get in and buy trousers!
post #370 of 67946
Stupid question time : What is FJ's? (Fletcher Jones?)
post #371 of 67946
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Stupid question time : What is FJ's? (Fletcher Jones?)

yeah FJs used to be a well respected Victorian institution - offered bespoke and MTM as well as OTR quality even bought in BOSS suits and clothes way back when they (BOSS) were good.
post #372 of 67946
I just checked out their website - the still offer MTM suits apparently in Holland & Sherry/Dormeuil.
post #373 of 67946
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Places I have examined for sportsjackets:

1) Azzaro. Have Versace Collection/Cantarelli/Canali etc. sportsjackets. Limited sizes of course.
2) Harrolds. On sale you see loads of Pal Zileri / Corneliani / etc. sports coats. I wouldn't pay full price though.

However, these are by nature Italian in cut and fabric and are probably not what you are looking for in terms of a classic English-style sports jacket. However I did stumble into this place whilst on Lygon St the other day:

Bonaparte Mens Boutique‎ 235 Lygon St, Carlton

They had lots of English style heavy sports coats. I didn't catch any of the brands but it seemed a mix of Italian and German ones that I had no idea about.

Of course you could just go to Henry Bucks or David Jones and pay through the nose.

I'm happy to look at italian or european jackets.

Even DJs and Henry Bucks have a very limited range. And Myers suit department is simply a bloody disgrace - an embarrassment for Melbourne - I should complain to the Mayor - neither fashionable nor quality nor range - I've seen better suburban suit hire places for service and range.

I think Harrolds are too expensive and two bob jumped up snobby (and I don't think they know as much as they like to pretend about fit etc,) to even walk inside anymore. I much prefer the friendly, badly dressed, gay snobs at HBs.

Thanks for the tip about Bonapartes - I think I remember them from years ago - perhaps its just the sort of place I was looking for.
post #374 of 67946
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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post
I used to work for FJ's for 5 years and was one of the MTO fitters here in Canberra, I've been gone for about 8 years from there now but yes they did used to have some great harris tweeds and donegals in their day. Only problem was the cut and styling really let them down.

I was there when things started going downhill, little details like vents were taken out and production was slowly moved from Warnambool to China, it was really sad actually and I cringe when I walk past now because all of the stock is essentially still the same as when I worked there.

They did make a mean pair of flannels though, but yeah so sad for a company with such a history in Australia. They used to have photo's of back in the boom times (50's-60's) on the walls and there were people literally lining up around the block just to get in and buy trousers!

Charlie - I posted this in another place - responding to some mention of suits and class issues. I thought it might interest you - it mentions FJs:

I'm now looking at a vest (part of a dark blue three piece DB pin striped suit) that my father had made in 1949 by Fletcher Jones. It has his name and the date on the inside pocket.

[As an aside I am shocked that it is two sizes too small for me. Clearly my father was a much slighter man than myself and I'm rather skinny. The memories of a son about the height and power of their father are possibly best explained by Freud. Obviously I've always been taller and bigger than my father but still I find it hard to believe.]

I remember his stories of earlier suits he had made when he was much younger - his 20's around 1942.

He told me of how the Fletcher Jones - guy would come around to where he was working and measure him up, then track him down where he was working next for a fitting then track him down again to where he was working for a final fit. So in a word these suits were possible bespoke or at least MTM.

This was all essentially during the great depression. My father described himself in those days as a "swaggie" - walking around looking for work in the rural areas and labouring on farms..

The interesting part of this is that my father was not a professional or even a middle class person fallen on hard times, but an unskilled labourer working at casual jobs on farms in South West Victoria - around Warrnambool - home of FJs. He was from a working class, uneducated beyond Primary School, family that never owned their own home in their lifetime. (this is a more telling detail in Australia than Europe)

So he clearly wasn't part of the bourgeoisie or middle class. He wasn't even upwardly mobile, having left school at 14 to work full time.

Anyway - I tell this just to illustrate that the wearing of stylish clothes, contrary to current prejudice, has not only been the preserve of the rich, aspirational or snobbish but something treasured even by those who at times have struggled to put a roof over their head or food in their mouths.
post #375 of 67946
That Bonapartes shop looks good. I hope they open up a branch in Brisbane. It would be better than 99 percent of the other stores up here.

Its a pity what happened to Fletcher Jones.
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