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post #42766 of 52383
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Originally Posted by iSurg View Post

Pinksocks and other lovers of Italian food:
PS - highly recommended to watch before you go to Roma...

Thanks iSurg.
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Two Greedy Italians is great!
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Also a good example of a man who's in shape. It doesn't hurt.

My problem is being one greedy Scotsman.
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I am not part of any no purchase club and so have the following items incoming:

1. 2 x long sleeve supima cotton polo shirts (one in heather grey, one in forest green)
2. 1 x Ray Ban titanium aviators, gold frame, G15 grey/green lenses
3. 1 x Carmina double monks in brown calf on the Inca last
4. 1 x Visa credit card statement

That last item will be too big for you, send it back and ask for a smaller one.
post #42767 of 52383
Speaking of credit cards I have a question. I buy everything with my debit card, or PayPal where it's the only option. Is there any merit in getting a credit card, using it and then paying it off instantly.
post #42768 of 52383
You get to work on your credit rating...
post #42769 of 52383
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

I presume you mean Scribe. I have no experience with the new thinner soled Scribe. With the original Scribes, you should be aware of certain cost-cutting measures affecting construction. The two really stupid thing that Bally did was to use hollow plastic mould for the heel stack (just knock on the heel to get the hollow sound) and covering up the mould with fake wood painted to look like layers. Second stupid thing is that even though welt is Goodyear, the outer sole is glued on. They tried to hide this by fancy painting and notches on the sole to imply hidden channel stitch when there was none. On the positive side, the leather quality is really good, and the footbed is really comfortable. Anyone paying a thousand bucks retail is mad. I would say below $300 would be okay, but factor some money to get a cobbler to stitch the outsole to the welt.


You can get that done for about AUD400 in Sydney.
post #42770 of 52383

Hi guys,

I've been lurking around for over a year and have held off on posting due to some of the more recent antics. One of things I particularly enjoyed earlier on in the thread was that there was clearly a very deep appreciation for style and clothes but also a great many other things. Something I think has been particularly overshadowed by some of the more opinionated members.

 

Anyway, I'd just like to thank a few of you in particular... TBM, FXH, PinkSocks, PuppaRubbery, PoP, Gerry & Journeyman. You've really opened my eyes to something that has become a big part of my life and given me an appreciation for all things sartorial.

 

WIWT (Click to show)


Details:
Suit - MJ Bale
Shirt - Hugo Boss
Tie - Vanda
Shoes - You'll have to guess :P
Watch - Seiko I've had for about 10 years
post #42771 of 52383

hey guys,

 

How do you store your suits/jackets?

I admit I am still using the plastic hangers that mine came with, mostly because I have no idea where to even buy decent wooden hangers in Australia. I have the additional problem of being somewhat larger than the average gentleman so probably should use larger than average hangers.

 

I've been eyeing off the Hanger Project stuff but $50~ each after factoring in shipping seems pretty obscene. But I don't know if that is a normal price anyhow or if this another one of those situations where my internet research has led me to believe that I really need something that no one else actually cares much about. (speaking of which does anyone else else here actually use they own collar stays? or have a trouser press?)

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I use wooden hangers bought locally, even IKEA ones. As long as they are for jackets and have wider support for the shoulders. Odd trousers I hang by the cuff on clamp hangers also available at ikea. 50 bucks is pricy.

Never use collar stays.
Don't own a trouser press. Just hang by cuffs and the wrinkles come out.
post #42773 of 52383

Wow! Thanks for the kind words and welcome to the madhouse, Arch3r! Very nice outfit.

 

Today, I have my end of year work function with the Gatsby theme as most functions seem to have these days. Given that it starts at 3pm, I didn't see myself rocking up to work in a dinner suit and so decided on this substitute:


 

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Inspired by http://putthison.com/post/47711449488/when-black-tie-is-optional-and-you-dont-own-a

 

Coincidentally, nearly everything I'm wearing today is Aussie :):

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Suit - P Johnson

Shirt - Herringbone

Tie - Henry Carter

PS - Henry Carter

post #42774 of 52383
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You get to work on your credit rating...

 

Not sure this is as big deal in Aus as it is elsewhere. 

 

Foxy my love - CC's are great for delaying having to pay for something you've bought. Assuming you can already afford the item, and you aren't buying it on credit as such. 

 

Even though the interest gained is relatively minimal on say $2000 in my bank account for up to 55 days, it's still allowing me to generate interest, rather than paying for items immediately. 

 

When you factor in CC's with reward programs - some of which are quite good - getting something back for spending money that you were going to spend anyway (key note) - is always good too. The family puts their expenses, where possible, through Amex - which nets us quite a few points. Enough to send people O/S in J or F, instead of Y, for free (or very close to). 

post #42775 of 52383
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Originally Posted by meister View Post


You can get that done for about AUD400 in Sydney.

I was quoted something around the $150 to $250 mark.  Actually, the Scribes have double soles.  The outer sole is glued to the midsole.  I think the midsole is stitched to the welt.  So instead of stitching up the outer sole, we can just wear out the outer sole and heel normally, and then get new ones glued on again.

 

This only applies to old Scribes.  The new Scribes apparently uses thinner soles with an improved method of goodyear welting.  

post #42776 of 52383
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Originally Posted by iSurg View Post

Pinksocks and other lovers of Italian food:

Started watching Two Greedy Italians on SBS. Great food show from the BBC!

Is anyone here a fan/expert in cucina povera and can recommend another good series or book?
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PS - highly recommended to watch before you go to Roma...

You only need one Italian cookbook The Silver Spoon highly recommended or Jamie's Italian
post #42777 of 52383
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Originally Posted by iSurg View Post

Pinksocks and other lovers of Italian food:

Started watching Two Greedy Italians on SBS. Great food show from the BBC!

Is anyone here a fan/expert in cucina povera and can recommend another good series or book?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


PS - highly recommended to watch before you go to Roma...
Antonio Carluccio did two older series on his own where he travelled to and cooked the cuisine of each of the Italian regions: Antonio's Italian Feast and Southern Italian Feast. Highly recommended. I think you can get them both through the ABC shop.
post #42778 of 52383
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

You only need one Italian cookbook The Silver Spoon highly recommended or Jamie's Italian
Antonio Carluccio was Jamie's mentor - actually IIRC Jamie's company produces the Two Greedy Italians series for the BBC.
post #42779 of 52383
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post
 

 

Not sure this is as big deal in Aus as it is elsewhere. 

 

Foxy my love - CC's are great for delaying having to pay for something you've bought. Assuming you can already afford the item, and you aren't buying it on credit as such. 

 

Even though the interest gained is relatively minimal on say $2000 in my bank account for up to 55 days, it's still allowing me to generate interest, rather than paying for items immediately. 

 

When you factor in CC's with reward programs - some of which are quite good - getting something back for spending money that you were going to spend anyway (key note) - is always good too. The family puts their expenses, where possible, through Amex - which nets us quite a few points. Enough to send people O/S in J or F, instead of Y, for free (or very close to). 


The above is correct. Credit card 1) delay the actual payment of items until the balance is due 2) offers reward points and 3) provide other bells and whistles (free insurance, airport passes, VIP events, etc). For everything on credit cards head over to: http://www.australianfrequentflyer.com.au/community/

 

However, having a credit "history" is meaningless in Australia because the credit rating agencies can only collect data on negative aspects (i.e when you applied for a loan, late payments, default, etc). In the US, along with many other countries, they have positive reporting, where they track your repayment history, current outstanding account (with credit limits), etc. In Mar-14, Australia will move to positive credit reporting, but it will take a couple of years until the data will be useful.

 

Hopefully that makes sense.

post #42780 of 52383
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

Speaking of credit cards I have a question. I buy everything with my debit card, or PayPal where it's the only option. Is there any merit in getting a credit card, using it and then paying it off instantly.

I have aways done this - even groceries and utility bills etc until many stopped accepting CC for bills. You can set up the electronic accounts to sweep the CCs accounts clean the day before they do the interest/payments thingo.
BUT. And its a big but as you can see - you have to be disciplined and not overspend your cash ability to pay on time - otherwise - interest "penalties" for not paying exceed any benefits of free loans for 30 days..

edit: I see others have mentioned rewards programs - in my not so humble - not worth a pinch of the proverbial. After years of using CCs for everything - I once even brought a second hand car on a CC, I think I have enough points to get a tea towel or can opener. I just got a statement from bank pointing out I'll start to LOOSE 1,000 every 3 months or something. And I'm with the really nice bank.
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