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post #37231 of 58026
Hey, collective hivemind. Need some good advice. My wife has just secured her training position for the next 4 years, and as agreed between us, we can now book a last minute 3 week trip away. We are slow travellers and will be spending a week each in Florence, Rome, and Paris. Suggestions for places you've been and enjoyed would be greatly appreciated either in the thread or PM. Granted, I have a list of shops already on my google maps and will post this next chance I get. Would like to add to the list. Going to buy a few nice things when there.

Nath
post #37232 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post


Anyway, Oxford Cloth shirts with buttow down collars. Recommendations. I'm in need for some new ones, as It's time to accept the fact that even darted my current two aren't the best fits. My best fitting shirts are Gitman Vintage in Small. I was advised though that they don't have a nice collar roll. I'm after one in white, and a nice vibrant light blue. What would you recommend?

Normally, I'd chime in here to recommend Land's End, but even their tailored line might be a bit baggy for you.

You should have a look at Kamakura Shirts, as they have a couple of different slim-fitting lines and the ones that "Henry Carter" has look very good, with a lovely collar roll.
post #37233 of 58026
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Very nice but expensive boots, but I rarely find occasions or weather to wear boots in Sydney.... so I only have one pair of chukkas, one pair of Tricker's country brogues, then all dress shoes, and I am not a big fan of boots with suits.

They are prob a little over my budget. Was hoping to spend about 500. Hoping to fin some similar boots with a similar aesthetic without the price. Story of my life.

Might give ed et al a shot and also look into the balmoral boot pirn thread which I just found.
post #37234 of 58026
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Originally Posted by kayhill View Post
 

Has anyone here ordered from Luxire -- if so any thoughts on the quality of the shirts and pants? I seem to recall Foxhound may have mentioned the name previously.

 

I've ordered some shirts from Moderntailor; they're okay quality, but not a whole lot of options for pants.

 

I'm getting my first pair of pants delivered on Monday/Tuesday next week - so if you're patient I'll report then :)

post #37235 of 58026
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Originally Posted by wishiwasricher View Post


They are prob a little over my budget. Was hoping to spend about 500. Hoping to fin some similar boots with a similar aesthetic without the price. Story of my life.

Might give ed et al a shot and also look into the balmoral boot pirn thread which I just found.

 

Maybe you should give meermin MTO a look in, their balmoral boot in calf can be done for $400 something and $600ish in shell.

post #37236 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

the ones that "Henry Carter" has look very good, with a lovely collar roll.

 

Yeah they look great, hope Jas gets some more small sizes back in *hint* *hint* :)

 

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Originally Posted by nabilmust View Post
 

 

Ye, like Matt said, Ed Et Al, from Singapore

 

 

Very decent - and the new pairs have even better leather. This was from his very first batch of shoes. They wear well and they're very comfortable.

 

Very decent price point, too. You gain the benefit of lower labour costs in Asia. A friend of mine had a bespoke pair made by Edwin, and was blind-tested by the folks at London Lounge. Good reviews all round.

 

Those boots like pretty good for the price point, what was the turn around time on them Nabil?

post #37237 of 58026
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post


20.5" pit to pit

19" waist, from seam to seam, measured along the front of the shirt, with it buttoned. 

$530AUD is very very nice. A big step up from C&J too? Interderasting. 

legend, thanks mate.

I tried on properly last night, the fit is absolutely spot on. If you fit 8UK in the Ron last then these will fit you.
post #37238 of 58026
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with the 20% off discount, you will not get the generic shoe trees, but no biggie since I always get branded shoe trees to go with my top tier shoes. BTW, EG trees are not lasted, they are generic to EG.

This may have changed in the last couple of years, but EG shoe trees certainly used to be lasted - that is, they were made to fit specific last shapes.

I have EGs on both the 202 and 606 lasts and the shoe trees are quite different. The 202 and 606 lasts are related - the back to middle of the last is the same shape for each, but whereas the 202 last has a wider, classically "almond"-shaped toe, the 606 last has a more modern, slightly chiselled toe box.

Here are a couple of photos:

Shoes - 202 on top, 606 on bottom:



Trees - 202 on top, 606 on bottom:




It might be difficult to see in a two-dimensional photo, but as well as having quite a different toe shape on the shoe trees, with the 606 last shoe tree being quite a bit narrower at the toe and widening more sharply as it moves back towards the middle, the 606 shoe tree is also lower at the front, with a sharper rise up towards the pronounced "instep" of the shoe tree.
post #37239 of 58026
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post


I've got 3 pairs of leather boots I wear with suits. Well one pair is really ankle boot/chukkas I suppose. I doubt anyone ever notices they are boots until I put my feet on the board room table.

There goes the neighbourhood.

I have two pairs of RM's I wear with suits one Comfort Craftsman in Brown Roo (shock horror) and a pair of Comfort Turnouts. I would like to get a pair of Macquarie to wear with a suit.
post #37240 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

I have two pairs of RM's I wear with suits one Comfort Craftsman in Brown Roo (shock horror) and a pair of Comfort Turnouts. I would like to get a pair of Macquarie to wear with a suit.

+1
post #37241 of 58026
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Originally Posted by wishiwasricher View Post

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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Very nice but expensive boots, but I rarely find occasions or weather to wear boots in Sydney.... so I only have one pair of chukkas, one pair of Tricker's country brogues, then all dress shoes, and I am not a big fan of boots with suits.

They are prob a little over my budget. Was hoping to spend about 500. Hoping to fin some similar boots with a similar aesthetic without the price. Story of my life.

Might give ed et al a shot and also look into the balmoral boot pirn thread which I just found.

a bit hard at the entry tier, since most of the boots are country boots, not dress balmoral boots.
post #37242 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

with the 20% off discount, you will not get the generic shoe trees, but no biggie since I always get branded shoe trees to go with my top tier shoes. BTW, EG trees are not lasted, they are generic to EG.

This may have changed in the last couple of years, but EG shoe trees certainly used to be lasted - that is, they were made to fit specific last shapes.

I have EGs on both the 202 and 606 lasts and the shoe trees are quite different. The 202 and 606 lasts are related - the back to middle of the last is the same shape for each, but whereas the 202 last has a wider, classically "almond"-shaped toe, the 606 last has a more modern, slightly chiselled toe box.

Here are a couple of photos:

Shoes - 202 on top, 606 on bottom:



Trees - 202 on top, 606 on bottom:



interesting, thanks for pointing it out.


It might be difficult to see in a two-dimensional photo, but as well as having quite a different toe shape on the shoe trees, with the 606 last shoe tree being quite a bit narrower at the toe and widening more sharply as it moves back towards the middle, the 606 shoe tree is also lower at the front, with a sharper rise up towards the pronounced "instep" of the shoe tree.
post #37243 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post


Oh, and small correction - last time we met you were wearing double monks like the #menswear igent you are... I was in my trusted, overworn C&J Chukkas and a sportscoat with a tie.

Oh and small correction to your reading comprehension skills - I said the second last time I met you - different suit. (and you did promise you wouldn't tell anyone about the shoes)

re the rules.
Theres a sort of clothing progression.
If you are of a certain age or background you know the rules but being young follow fashion, break rules,go dandy, peacock etc.
Another mob - never knew the rules except for vague notions like suits and ties being oppressive or representing The Man. Disregarding the fact that the richest people in the world wear hoodies, jeans and shirts not tucked in and that the price of a pair of "authentic "jeans and some desirable sneakers will cost as much or more as a decent suit and leather shoes..

Anyway,early on, you/one breaks or ignores or is willfully ignorant of the rules. Its a necessary process.
Then at some stage - usually measured in older years but not always. You/one realises that the "rules" or perhaps more correctly the basics, had (and still have) a coherence and integrity.
Many ex peacocks and dandies and flamboyant dressers - return to basic combinations and "rules". Sometimes with a slight twist or quirk that has been carried through from more experimental stages.

At this stage one/you/they always look better - its to do with confidence, a knowing that you've been on the other side (not that its always an oppositional dichotomy) and it results in a comfortable relaxed way of wearing, an almost minimalist wardrobe in numbers, styles, colours and fit.

I suppose the timid and those in a hurry, the not very bright, those who think knowledge and taste can be purchased and not learnt or earnt, or those who are lazy and not inquisitive will leap straight to the basics/rules.

But the journey itself is important and more than likely the only way to arrive at that end point with a confidence and coherence and relaxed look - that at some point the the whole is more than the sum of the parts, you look appropriate in all circumstances, you fit in but stand out as always "smart" and never aggressively over or under dressed, you look like yourself, to use the old cliche "You wear the clothes, not the clothes wear you"
Quote:
Originally Posted by T.S. Eliot -- Little Gidding (the last of his Four Quartets) 
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
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post #37244 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post

Oh, and small correction - last time we met you were wearing double monks like the #menswear igent you are... I was in my trusted, overworn C&J Chukkas and a sportscoat with a tie.

Brogued as well.
post #37245 of 58026
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post
 

 

 

Those boots like pretty good for the price point, what was the turn around time on them Nabil?

 

Those boots were from his RTW line - so it's just delivery times. His range can be seen here: http://edetal.sg/

 

I'd be happy to make the introductions; Edwin is a personal friend.

 

I'm working on an MTO commission with him in the near future, and I can share that turnaround time when I get around to deciding what to do with the MTO.

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