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post #40216 of 48619
Moving on from watches here's 2 of the 3 latest additions to my wardrobe:


Delivered to my hotel room quite unexpectedly - they're certainly big on service here in HK. In other news, I've been back to AC and have picked out 5 fabrics to get the next shirts made from -addictions aren'tfor watches only it seems...

The shirts are a mid spread collar with 2.75" points - I'mgoing to get some wear out of these prior to ordering the next ones as I think a 3" collar point might be the go for the next ones. Decisions, decisions...
post #40217 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-washed-oxford-shirt/id_257792

Apparently the fabric's a bit thicker now, hopefully not too heavy for summer. 
Now all I need is a Fiat 500...

Nice, the ones to get from LE are the Hyde Park Suprima OCBD on AAAC they rave about them. I have one a country check good both for work and casual wear.
post #40218 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

I've heard that before, and I'm inclined to agree.

The problem is not with me but with reality in particular.
post #40219 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Michael Sy View Post
 

Not to start the whole watch thing again, but I am totally on Quar's side. Where Matt sees scrap metal, I see artisanal perfection. I say this with the belief that taking sides will diffuse the situation for good.

 

I don't see scrap metal.

 

I've expressed my arguments previously. If people disagree with them, ok whatever, no stress. I don't really care for this discussino any further.

post #40220 of 48619

Anyone ever look at their 'things to buy' list or something similar and just go screw it, purchase, purchase, purchase?

post #40221 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

Anyone ever look at their 'things to buy' list or something similar and just go screw it, purchase, purchase, purchase?
That is me! My list seems to grow for a little while I think I'm being frugal then every so often it feels like it's purchasing time!
post #40222 of 48619

If you want to buy an example of beautiful antiquated engineering, I recommend one of these:

 

post #40223 of 48619
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Originally Posted by lukejackson View Post

Never realised Land's End had so many madras button-downs....Are they worth it once you factor in shipping? Seems reasonable. Hows the fit on the tailored medium size? My favourite button downs that are readily available are the polo ralphs, I'm not the biggest fan of sporting the brand due to its connotations here, but the fabric and fit is great and I pick them up for $50 a pop at the outlets. Are the tailored Land's End comparable to polo ralph custom fits?

Cheers

LE's tailored fit isn't quite as slim (in my experience - I haven't tried the RL custom fit for a few years) as the RL custom fit.
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-washed-oxford-shirt/id_257792

Apparently the fabric's a bit thicker now, hopefully not too heavy for summer. 
Now all I need is a Fiat 500...

That's from LE's "Canvas" line. It will be interesting to see what the collar is like. I've got several pairs of LE Canvas chino shorts and chino pants, but I sent the LE Canvas shirts back as the collars were too small and the collar points were too short.
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Nice, the ones to get from LE are the Hyde Park Suprima OCBD on AAAC they rave about them. I have one a country check good both for work and casual wear.

+1. Nice, thick oxford cloth that softens up nicely, good construction, nice collar roll.

I've yet to try a Kamakura OCBD, so once I do, I might end up preferring them over LE.
post #40224 of 48619
So many deliveries this week.
Orderer from Need Supply Co. with Imperial pomade and Baxter's pomade. Here are the Red Wing 875's. Can't wait to wear these in. These are for camping, scouts and things like that.
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Now I bought these about these about a month ago from a member of Style Forum. Was super worried they wouldn't fit but I hit the jackpot. Fit well. Aldens loafers in Cognac. They're much darker than the photo he posted so I'm very happy.
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I think I'm going to stick with four dress shoes. The loafers, my Carminas and my two double monks. I will barely wear them anyway. I need to work on other areas of my wardrobe.
Edited by Foxhound - 10/24/13 at 4:53pm
post #40225 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

LE's tailored fit isn't quite as slim (in my experience - I haven't tried the RL custom fit for a few years) as the RL custom fit.
That's from LE's "Canvas" line. It will be interesting to see what the collar is like. I've got several pairs of LE Canvas chino shorts and chino pants, but I sent the LE Canvas shirts back as the collars were too small and the collar points were too short.
+1. Nice, thick oxford cloth that softens up nicely, good construction, nice collar roll.

I've yet to try a Kamakura OCBD, so once I do, I might end up preferring them over LE.

They're not stocking the heritage anymore. Stuck with a little geeky colour.
post #40226 of 48619
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Is this the Vogue forum where we come to bitch about Kate Moss? Not sure where I am right now..
It's ok, we're all gonna make it bro.
post #40227 of 48619
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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

This is an almost infuriating statement to have to respond to, since I've already clarified several things, but since we're throwing out 'confoundingly stupid' as a statement, I guess you missed the point of what I was saying. So I'll use dot points, because they're easy to follow:

1) If you're wearing something that's beautiful and that's what you like - fine, if you think wearing heritage on your wrist is fun - fine, if you want something because it has allure for you - fine, etc.
2) If you instead emphasise that the watch is awesome because it's not only outdated technically, but not as accurate as something cheaper and more accessible that's an insane position to take

It's remarkable how similar watch enthusiasts are to hipsters. The love for the past they haven't experienced, the irony of a device so remarkably outdated in many ways, the sneer and scorn as the masses that ' don't get it' and are 'confoundingly stupid', the utter lack of self-awareness, emathy or humour when it comes to discussion their favourite topic, the materialism so thinly vieled by excuses. It's funny, to me.

Matt, I realise that I'm a bit late responding to this, but I think that it's worth noting that (at least as far as I'm aware) the vast majority of people who like mechanical watches (either automatic or manual-wind) don't emphasise or prize the fact that they are not as accurate as something that is cheaper and more accessible.

Rather, people like mechanical watches because of the intricacy of the things and the skill involved in making them. It's rather similar to prizing hand-welted shoes, hand-stitched buttonholes, or furniture made from larger pieces of wood held together with dovetail joints and dowelling rather than nails.

Of course, there's an element of the romantic, rather than the practical, in pretty much all of those things. However, to say that people prize these things because they are outdated and inefficient/inaccurate is to mischaracterise why people like those things.

At the risk of going off on a tangent and prolonging the watch discussion, something that does interest me about watches and watch enthusiasts on SF is the emphasis on brands, as it contrasts quite markedly with the same people's attitude towards clothing. As an example, on SF we tend to obsess over little-known makers of shirts, ties and suits, who have minimal output and who are most definitely not a brand-name or a household name. However, the opposite tends to apply to watches. A lot of people who clearly love watches and who obsess about them, have a bedside table with several examples from Rolex, Omega, Jaeger-Le Coultre and other high-end, well-known brands but they tend to disdain or, at the least, steer away from small ateliers and lesser-known brands.

I raised this point in the watch appreciation thread and received some interesting responses. Essentially, the general view was that watch enthusiasts tend to prefer name brand watches for two primary reasons, reliability and resale, neither of which really apply to tailored clothing.

In other words, when you buy a suit from a small, artisanal tailor, you're not really worried about whether it's going to break, whether it has parts that are going to be difficult to replace and so on as a suit is not nearly as complex as a watch. Also, if you're buying an MTO or bespoke suit from Signore Liverano, you're not buying it with a view to reselling it down the track. However, quite a few people who buy expensive watches (particularly if they have a few of them) will sell one or more of the watches in their collection down the track so as to upgrade or so as to buy a newer, different version of a watch.

I found the reasons for the differences between preferences for clothing and preferences for watches quite interesting.
post #40228 of 48619

Guys could ask for a bit of help - look for some brown suede chukka boots. Idea is to have something wearable for work but also weekends and also I don't have any suede shoes yet (so the purchase is definitely justified, definitely). 

 

Problem is my feet are fat (phat), and so need a G fitting (or EEE or extra wide). I'm having a bit of trouble finding something (I'm still pretty noob at this)

 

I must try the shoes on for comfort, otherwise buying shoes online is just an expensive experiment which I've failed at many times (note: when they tell you "just wear it for a week it'll stretch", what they actually mean is "nice try but 14 day money back return is just a sound we make, dun mean anything" 

 

I've tried on the Loake 026 last at DJs in G fitting but it actually rubs and hurts. C&J dont have any suede boots in a G fit and I can't figure out what the Church's suede boots (weekend) last is. I don't know of any other brands I can try here in Sydney. 

 

I'm largely comparing against RMW, because their 10.5 H is an ok fit and its 250 at the factory outlet. m nervous about spending like half a g note on school shoes given the amount of arse kicking they will need to do joking. 

 

Anyway, any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

post #40229 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Halifax View Post

If you want to buy an example of beautiful antiquated engineering, I recommend one of these:



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Don't know if you've been there but the Great War planes exhibit at the AWM would definitely fly your kite. ( think it makes more sense than float your boat)
post #40230 of 48619
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Yeah I had a look also saw the same CR jumper I have just worn an elbow out on, not a bad price. Still useful at this time of year in Canberra. (sigh)

I saw these in the CR outlet shop at the South Wharf DFO. They had navy as well. Few different sizes in each (I noticed 44 and 45 in the navy; can't recall the rest).
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