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Strange question, but does anyone know if it's possible for a tailor to widen the sleeves of a suit in the bicep area? I have this beautiful 38R RLBL khaki suit that I bought in summer and didn't get to wear more than 3 times until I put it away for the season (even got a compliment on this thread when a SF member saw me in it at a Herringbone sale in Melbourne). Since then I have hit the gym fairly regularly and broadened across the shoulders to the point where I am more like a size 40 now. My biceps have also got quite a bit bigger. I tried on the jacket of the suit just before for the first time since summer and, while it's a bit tighter than I'd like (as I said I am probably more like a 40 now), it's wearable except for the fact that the sleeves feel particularly tight in the bicep area. For some reason they seem to be cut a lot slimmer than my other 38 suits. It'd be a shame if I had to sell it so I am hoping it's somehow fixable, though I doubt it. This is the one:
post #5492 of 52282
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Originally Posted by The Upright Man View Post
G'day everyone! Been lurking here for a while and decided to post as I've got a question on shoes. I'm looking to buy some new shoes with a budget of ~$300. I'd like to get some brown brogues and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations about brands and where to get a reasonable deal? I've been looking at some Loakes or possibily Allen Edmonds for my kind of budget. Any objections? Forgot to add - I'm in Brisbane.
As mentioned below, you could get in touch with StyleForum member Neyus at Deer Style to have a look at his sample shoes. Alternatively, go to DJs, try on some Loakes or Zegna shoes, and then order online. Loakes can be purchased at very reasonable prices from places like Pediwear and Herring Shoes. Other UK brands such as Crockett & Jones (C&J) are a step up in quality and in price.
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Originally Posted by Naka View Post
I shot an email to Deer Style located in Brisbane about shoe pricing and I was surprised at the answer. Fully handstitched shoes, starting at around $200 for oxfords. I haven't ordered anything from them yet but I might be popping in next week.
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Originally Posted by The Upright Man View Post
Sounds tempting. Let me know how you get on.
Remember to give Deer Style a call or send an e-mail first to arrange a time to visit, as the owner isn't there all the time and so if you just drop in, you might be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by tomee View Post
if youre a size 8 in US, is it a size down in UK? i plan to buy from herringshoes.co.uk
Usually, yes. As an example, I usually take a US10, and I'm usually a UK9 in most English shoes. It's not an absolutely hard and fast rule, though - it depends both on the shape of your feet and on the manufacturer of the shoes, and sometimes even on the last the shoe is made on (ie the shape of that particular model of shoe from a particular maker).
post #5493 of 52282
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post
Strange question, but does anyone know if it's possible for a tailor to widen the sleeves of a suit in the bicep area?

I have this beautiful 38R RLBL khaki suit that I bought in summer and didn't get to wear more than 3 times until I put it away for the season (even got a compliment on this thread when a SF member saw me in it at a Herringbone sale in Melbourne). Since then I have hit the gym fairly regularly and broadened across the shoulders to the point where I am more like a size 40 now. My biceps have also got quite a bit bigger.

I tried on the jacket of the suit just before for the first time since summer and, while it's a bit tighter than I'd like (as I said I am probably more like a 40 now), it's wearable except for the fact that the sleeves feel particularly tight in the bicep area. For some reason they seem to be cut a lot slimmer than my other 38 suits.

It'd be a shame if I had to sell it so I am hoping it's somehow fixable, though I doubt it.

This is the one:


I say no. Time to get rid of the excess fat and tone up :P
post #5494 of 52282
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post
I say no. Time to get rid of the excess fat and tone up :P

Hah, I wish there was fat to lose. A little around my belly perhaps, but not a whole lot of bicep fat...!

Oh well, if any of you are interested, there will probably be a practically brand new RLBL khaki suit on B&S soon!

I'm heartbroken, it's such a nice suit. I was prepared to spend a bit of money on it since I figured that a khaki suit, as a fairly infrequently worn seasonal item, would last me for years. Oh well, it's my own fault.
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Let us all know when you are selling it, I may be interested.
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I recently bought a pair of Bartalesi shoes from Azzaro. $250 Dropped TO $200.I am planing to have them Topyed . Should i fit topys before i wear them or should i wear them to break them in and then fit topys?
post #5497 of 52282
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Originally Posted by ned kelly View Post
I recently bought a pair of Bartalesi shoes from Azzaro. $250 Dropped TO $200.I am planing to have them Topyed . Should i fit topys before i wear them or should i wear them to break them in and then fit topys?

Some people do them brand new before any wearing down of any part of the sole - especially the toe. Some people wear it a couple of times first to break them in a bit and have the sole roughened up a bit to have the topy stick better. Probable doesn't matter all that much anyway.




Liking the look of that suit. Hm got to try on a khaki brown suit sometime.
post #5498 of 52282
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Originally Posted by ned kelly View Post
I recently bought a pair of Bartalesi shoes from Azzaro. $250 Dropped TO $200.I am planing to have them Topyed . Should i fit topys before i wear them or should i wear them to break them in and then fit topys?

I was told that you need to let the shoe mould to your foot before you Topy them, otherwise they may split. Not sure if that's true or an excuse they gave me as to why the sole was separating from the uppers.
post #5499 of 52282
With the recent talk of irons and ironing I couldn't help myself and had to post this link.

http://xtremeironing.com/

LPS
post #5500 of 52282
Boys, I need to order some Saphir shoe renovateur and creme fairly quickly - any tips on where is the best place to go online? (Assuming that there is nowhere in Melbourne you can get this stuff - but am happy to be proved wrong).
post #5501 of 52282
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
Boys, I need to order some Saphir shoe renovateur and creme fairly quickly - any tips on where is the best place to go online? (Assuming that there is nowhere in Melbourne you can get this stuff - but am happy to be proved wrong).

Got mine from the Hangar Project, but I believe you can also get renovateur and creme from the Suitable Wardrobe on-line store.

Be aware: renovateur sells out real quick, and you may have to wait a while.

Don't think there are any brick-and-mortar stores selling Saphir products.

Cheers
CEP

P.S. Have you had your second P Johnson fitting yet?
post #5502 of 52282
The new affliate, A Fine Pair of Shoes, sells Saphir products too. What makes their creams so much better than what we have here to actually make you buy it from over seas. Surely there are comparable products around here. Speaking of AFPoS: http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/co...oake-stowe-tan 105GBP with free shoe tree, E width, sleek last. Sounds like a good deal.
post #5503 of 52282
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
Boys, I need to order some Saphir shoe renovateur and creme fairly quickly - any tips on where is the best place to go online? (Assuming that there is nowhere in Melbourne you can get this stuff - but am happy to be proved wrong).

Sounds like you have a polishing emergency!
post #5504 of 52282
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post
Sounds like you have a polishing emergency!

Indeed. See my post here:

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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
Gents, a recent incident at home resulted in one toe cap on a relatively brand new pair of dark brown Hallam's to get completely soaked. The result is that the cap has lost it's wonderful deep dark brown colour and looks a lot lighter, and almost duller. When I say duller, it is more like the shade of the shoe tounge. I have tried to apply some dark brown cream, but it hasn't really worked.

Any other options available to me?

Burst pipe spilled water throughout my pace. The shoes are covered by insurance and the assessor gave it the tick yesterday. But I think it is still worth trying to save the shoes.
post #5505 of 52282
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post
Have you had your second P Johnson fitting yet?

Actually went in yesterday for the fitting and couldn't be happier with the results - pretty much dead on fit wise from the pants, waistcoat and jacket. I will get it back next week after a few tweaks here and there and have put in the order for a second pair of pants. This is my first experience outside of the world of RTW, and I am amazed at how comfortable it felt when worn (even with a close cut). The downside of course, is now I will need to replace my entire wardrobe! Already planning my second suit - thinking a medium grey with maybe a subtle POW check.
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