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post #3751 of 55012
Not sure to be honest, I don't specifically remember any (if that helps, which probalay doesn't)
post #3752 of 55012
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post
They do lots of stuff there for the brands as PG says. They also do stuff for small menswear shops that have their own brands.

They have a lot of stuff at their factory /showroom and theres nothing particularly wrong with it.

They make stuff upstairs and offer all alterations free if you buy one of their OTR. That could be worth $200 on a new suit and some satisfaction that they know what they are doing with their own suits.

They also do tailor made - I think for around $1,000 - IIRC - I'd say its between MTM and bespoke - not floating canvas - "good quality modern fusing" (and theres nothing wrong with that)

They used to make for Calibre, as well as AG, though dont anymore they still make for Satch.

Suits are quoted these days at 700-800, though i bought two for $1,000 with two pairs of pants each. Though cash only for this price.

They are well made, quality tailoring and free (though their response time takes ages), though the only thing i dont like is they have very wide shoulders, I regret not taking in the shoulders.

BTW go to Paresh or John, Peter/ Paul is a d*ck
post #3753 of 55012
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post
Are Saphir stuff really that much better than say the Grison stuff you can buy locally to justify the shipping and all the hassle?

Can't speak about Grison as I've never seen it here in Brisbane.

However, I will say that I get a good, deep, lustrous shine very easily when using Saphir. When using other polish - Kiwi, Collonil, and others - I have never managed to get such a nice shine, despite putting in a lot of effort.

Of course, perhaps I'm just very bad at shining shoes!


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Originally Posted by lennier View Post
Obviously not all offshore MTM outfits are created equal, but I'm now wondering if at the price point I'm looking at (sub $1k) I'd be better off getting decent RTW and getting it altered.

Thanks for any insights.


Going MTM or bespoke opens up a world of options - different cloths, different cuts, different features (patch pockets, button flies, and so on) that you often don't see in off-the-rack clothes.

Also, some people are just not really suited to wearing RTW/OTR clothes.

As a consequence, going bespoke or MTM can be a good option.

However, it does bear a risk - it's less predictable than buying something off-the-rack. When you walk into Herringbone, Harrolds, Henry Bucks, MJ Bale or so on and try on a suit, what you see is what you get - there shouldn't be any surprises or unforeseen disappointments.

Therefore, if an OTR suit fits you, and if it is in a pattern/style that you like, I think that it's probably generally preferable to buying an MTM/bespoke suit.

That's just my subjective view, though.

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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
I'm sure that's not the case with P Johnson, especially while Ethan is working there, but just keep in mind, they are offshore MTM as well.

Just a gentle reminder - Steven Aver was offshore MTM, and you had to measure yourself to boot, but I don't recall you being too critical of his operation, nor of telling people to "keep in mind" that there could be risks involved.
post #3754 of 55012
Reading these last few posts and checking out the photos of Beggar Man Thief, Up There Store makes me think I live in a fucking overpriced, over rated sheep paddock. Oh well the booze is cheap in this town. Mind you the other thing that is making me nostalgic is the Clarks Desert Boots had some back in the 70's.OMG I must be getting, no I am not going to say it.
post #3755 of 55012
Lads, I am in contact with Ron from Rider Boots in the US about a group order of Saphir. The $US exchange rate is great at the moment so if I can arrange a bulk buy and shipping it may work out nicely. I'll let everyone know as soon I have details. If Ron doesn't pull through I'm happy to organize something through Valmour. Stay tuned.
post #3756 of 55012
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
I'm sure that's not the case with P Johnson, especially while Ethan is working there, but just keep in mind, they are offshore MTM as well.
- & the point is?
- I have been holding back some time but you seriously need to start posting pictorial substance & not your comical analysis
post #3757 of 55012
went to R&B and bought the navy slim cut suit for $379 including hemming, down from $1k, so i'm happy

at that price, i really didn't care about any quality.
post #3758 of 55012
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
Just a gentle reminder - Steven Aver was offshore MTM, and you had to measure yourself to boot, but I don't recall you being too critical of his operation, nor of telling people to "keep in mind" that there could be risks involved.
Not being critical at all. But, with offshore MTM (when you're not dealing directly with your cutter), there can sometimes be problems with fit/remakes etc. with even the best operations. And yes, I did say that in regards to Aver at the time. It's just something anyone needs to keep in mind when they're looking at choosing a tailor for themselves. Pernac Paris, Bentex and others I've made note of/given people advice on are all offshore MTM. I use Barrington Ayre myself via their online portal. It's made in England, but it's online MTM. I use and support the concept of such businesses, but one needs to keep their expectations within reason when using them. It isn't the same as bespoke.
post #3759 of 55012
Why do people wear (what looks like) a medal from a belt loop? I have seen it twice on separate occasions now and seem to remember reading it's something to do with a frat or similar? Im not a fan of the look but it has me curious. Can anyone help me?
post #3760 of 55012
Well I'm finally breaking my lurking habit.

My name is James or Jimbo as I go by in some circles and I'm 23. I've only started caring about my clothing in the last 6-12 months and this thread has been invaluable. I guess I dress slightly more casually than most of you in this thead but I've still found your advice to be extremely useful.

So thanks and hello!
post #3761 of 55012
Hello James, and welcome! Good to see another young lad lurking about.
post #3762 of 55012
Hi guys. First post. Just wanted to share my new boots! Bought them from RM Williams at Chifley Plaza, Sydney. Made to Order. B543. Calf Skin. Screwed Sole. Will post more pics if there is interest.
post #3763 of 55012
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
Reading these last few posts and checking out the photos of Beggar Man Thief, Up There Store makes me think I live in a fucking overpriced, over rated sheep paddock. Oh well the booze is cheap in this town.

Mind you the other thing that is making me nostalgic is the Clarks Desert Boots had some back in the 70's.OMG I must be getting, no I am not going to say it.
Yes, thank goodness for the cheap booze.

Also, g'day to the new guys Jimbo and Horsewithwings.

LPS
post #3764 of 55012
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Originally Posted by Lowly Public Servant View Post
Yes, thank goodness for the cheap booze.

LPS

LPS

Do you know of a good Cobbler in Canberra? I tired the one in Dickson but, would not go back there.

Are you going out to the Brumbies tomorrow? They play the canes so who knows we might have a chance.
post #3765 of 55012
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
Reading these last few posts and checking out the photos of Beggar Man Thief, Up There Store makes me think I live in a fucking overpriced, over rated sheep paddock. Oh well the booze is cheap in this town.

Mind you the other thing that is making me nostalgic is the Clarks Desert Boots had some back in the 70's.OMG I must be getting, no I am not going to say it.

I share your pain, but comparing prices here with prices in the USA (I presume that's what you're doing) is just silly. The market there is fifteen times as large. Maybe that doesn't justify all of the price differential; if so, why are we not all opening fine clothing shops and massively undercutting the competition (like Up There Store)?

As for overrated, I dunno, I've lived in England and South America and done a fair bit of traveling, and if we're overrated I don't think it's by much. There are many more worse places in the world than better. Nice weather, nice people, great food, a booming economy and yes, cheap booze.

So cheer up 'old' chap!
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