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post #3886 of 55238
It depends if the shop does VAT back - you need to ask the retailer and they will fill in a form for you. If they do, generally the process is:-

Wait in a queue at the HM Customs desk at the airport for hours behind hundreds of Asian nannas who don't speak English, each with a ratty tangle of receipts. (Note: Customs desk is purposely staffed to the bare minimum by the UK Govt to put ppl off from getting their VAT back).

Once you get a Customs stamp (you will have missed your flight) you then wait in another queue behind the same nannas at a similarly undermanned Travelex counter to get your VAT back.... well, about 60% of the VAT you paid anyway.
post #3887 of 55238
Are you going to catch a train to Northampton for the day? I suggest you look at this link: http://www.northamptonshireleather.c...rectory-v2.pdf
post #3888 of 55238
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So I was about to make my shoe purchase when I got tapped on the shoulder at work for an upcoming trip next month to London (a week) via Hong Kong (maybe 2 or 3 days). I was in London and HK late last year, but was more in "˜holiday' mode then "˜shopping' mode. This time, assuming it goes ahead (it may not), I am going to go with a set list of items to pick up. Top of the list are a couple of pairs of decent shoes. I am wondering what else I should be adding to the list, any suggestions? Also, is there a way to get back any VAT paid on purchases?

You get the VAT back at the airport I hear. I would be visiting the Armoury for a try on of some Carminas in HKG. You might not have time to get to Northhampton but there are some closeout shops for the shoe firms in London. I cannot tell you off hand but a post to Shoe Porn will disclose the info.
post #3889 of 55238
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You get the VAT back at the airport I hear. I would be visiting the Armoury for a try on of some Carminas in HKG. You might not have time to get to Northhampton but there are some closeout shops for the shoe firms in London. I cannot tell you off hand but a post to Shoe Porn will disclose the info.

The other trick is to visit the appropriate stores for a try on for size and then just use Pediwear or Bodileys when you get back.
post #3890 of 55238
American Tailors stock a few Carminas models.
post #3891 of 55238
visit all the Jermyn street shoe shops and pick something you like

they will all give you the form to get VAT back at the airport. waiting in line at heathrow will all the skeikhs wives and their louis vitton purchases.

also worth checking out John Rushton shoes
post #3892 of 55238
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Visited Djs earlier too and a certain tie caught my eyes. I wouldn't wear it as its just simply too flamboyant but the effect is quite amazing:


That tie is flamboyant?
post #3893 of 55238
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On a related note, has any of you purchased any of the bicolour silk knits from Kent Wang? If so does it have someone similar effect?

I've got the brown-blue one and it is excellent - one of my most frequently-worn knit ties.
From some angles it looks blue, from other angles it looks brown.

I store most of my ties in a set of drawers beside my bed. It has three drawers, and each drawer fits 20 rolled ties. I've now overflowed from there, but I prefer to roll my ties, rather than hang them.
post #3894 of 55238
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That tie is flamboyant?
It's not? The colours on that are just about fluro.
Nutty like Duchamps.

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I've got the brown-blue one and it is excellent - one of my most frequently-worn knit ties.
From some angles it looks blue, from other angles it looks brown.

I store most of my ties in a set of drawers beside my bed. It has three drawers, and each drawer fits 20 rolled ties. I've now overflowed from there, but I prefer to roll my ties, rather than hang them.

Alright decision has been made. Blue/brown knit + those new guilloche cufflinks... next pay day...
post #3895 of 55238
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Alright decision has been made. Blue/brown knit + those new guilloche cufflinks... next pay day...

It's also a bit wider than the average knit tie, which suits me well as I'm a bit wider, too.
post #3896 of 55238
Oh, I'll be getting the point end one so I'll just treat it as a normal woven tie.
post #3897 of 55238
Hi Guys,

Anyone picked up one of Herringbone's cashmere sweaters? RRP is $400..when on 30% off sales, is it worth the money?

Any other v-neck sweater suggestions? Ta!
post #3898 of 55238
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You're aware of course that Excel typically only has a maximum of about 650,000 rows. You may need to upgrade your software before long.
Good one.
post #3899 of 55238
I have a grey & a navy from that collection.

They fit me well, not too tight & not too loose. The best part is the body is not long

FWIW - it is LP cashmere.

GW

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Hi Guys,

Anyone picked up one of Herringbone's cashmere sweaters? RRP is $400..when on 30% off sales, is it worth the money?

Any other v-neck sweater suggestions? Ta!
post #3900 of 55238
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I think what is needed is a filing system for ties.

While we are at it, seeing this is a digital age, there could also be a automated system for matching ties, suits, shirts etc. Digital photos of all clothes and shoes and belts and ties would be entered into a database. It would be coded along the ISBN or a library system of categories and a panel of respected forum posters (is "respected forum posters" not a oxymorn?) would pair ties and shirts and jackets etc.

Each clothing item could have a embedded chip and by scanning each day with a mobile phone or something then the igent would have a list of suitable clothing to wear.

It could be linked to weather reports and also to a daily calendar of ranked meetings etc so that the appropriate dress was worn at all time with minimal thought or effort.

Another app or program could indicate a "rotation"cycle and yet another a "time to clean" warning. With further enhancements to indicate when a new or replacement item was needed to be ordered automatically online.

This could also be connected to a monitoring of online clothing forums, certain posters, exchange rate and current TV programs set in another era to warn the individual when an item was about to get get "hot" and become de rigeur amongst the cognoscenti. An automatic "buy" could be generated.

It will be just as important to have a "sell" warning when an item is going off the boil and is being worn by any old idiot with an internet connection. The sell command would need to occur as the item was going off the boil but before it became worthless by being totally non U.

This is only the germ of an idea but I'm sure with further thought from the experienced members here we can once again make australian ingenuity at the forefront of ... er ...something.
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