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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
Indeed. See my post here:



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.

Bugger. Might move some of my shoes away from near the hot water service...
post #5507 of 57960
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Originally Posted by Teggeh View Post
Hey guys,

First time poster, I've recently moved to Canberra and I've come to realise that I need a much thicker and warmer coat for work and a nice jacket for when I go out to a nice restaurant or function. I had a look around the Civic Centre today, and honestly, I was underwhelmed by the available selections. Do you guys have recommendations of places in Australia or better yet, in Canberra to have a look for some more, interesting choices.

Cheers

edit: Some other things on my list of items to buy; a nice new pair of black leather shoes and some scarves (they're all so itchy )

There will be a couple of sales at Blades very good for ties usually half price, and John Hanna both of which start on 1 July.
post #5508 of 57960
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post
Thanks for your response (and the others). For the time being I have popped in an inner sole in and I think I will wear them a bit and see what happens.

They are a 12D and I normally take a 10.5EEE. I'm amazed also sometimes by these finds. I just don't think a lot of these shoes would have been sold here - I don't think there is any store in Sydney where you could go in and buy a pair of shell cordovan shoes these days. So I wonder how they came to be in a second hand clothes stall in a primary school market Sydney's inner west.

Having said that if I look hard enough when I go into Vinnies (which is quite a lot as my 11 year old likes to dress a bit, shall we say, quirky and she drags me in most weekends after school sport) there will nearly always be something interesting. Last week I was in Vinnies at Paddo and they had a Hickey Freeman for Barney's NY suit in mid grey (if anyone is interested it was about a 42/44 Loonng). They also had cool italian-made brown chalk stripe flannel (about a 40 or 42). What I did buy there was a pair of tan Tod's driving shoes - I can't decide if they are cool or ugly, but, you know they weren't dear.

Now, you might think this is not so surprising in Paddo. But, even in Parramatta (which is not a very glamourous place at all) I have seen a Caruso and a Cutler Bespoke in the last six months. The Tempe Tip (Salvos) has yielded up a Dunhill 100% cashmere blazer (which I wear a lot) and a tan cotton blazer by Tyrwhitt (which is half lined and actually very well made). I have bought Zegna light khaki woolen slacks. A pair of Hackett heavy cotton chinos. In Gladesville, I scored a vintage Brioni tie and an equally nice Lanvin one (though nice ties are very hard to come buy).

My wife thinks I'm a bit nuts - I can afford to buy new clothesand sometimes I do! But this stuff gives me some variety in my wardrobe. I find that you buy something because it is good quality and it fits (and you like it) but not necessarily because you need it - and that challenges you to come up with creative ways to wear it with what you already have - as aopposed to saying, I need a pair of grey slacks so I will just go to DJs and buy some. And, this probably sounds lame, but I hate the thought of this kind of stuff languishing under the flouro lights in these shops unappreciated, while the Industrie and Billabong gear is regarded as the 'good stuff'.

You have summed it up there. Why spend after-tax dollars for nothing? My son likes that big Salvos at Tempe.
post #5509 of 57960
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
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.

Good to hear, CS.

And I know what you mean about replacing the wardrobe: for me, it's a toss-up between switching to P Johnson, and getting the most out of my decent, if not perfectly fitting, Herringbone and Bale suits. Just seems a waste to not use them anymore.

Maybe I'll put one on the B&S forum each time I pick up a new P Johnson. Hmmm... there's an idea.
post #5510 of 57960
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
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.

Sorry to hear about the flood, CHECKstar.
post #5511 of 57960
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Originally Posted by tomee View Post
does anyone know a guide on how to measure your foot width?

Brannock device in DJs.


Checkstar just let those Hallams dry out properly and then they will come back. Tough shoes those C&Js.
post #5512 of 57960
I had good success with Saphir products ordered from A Fine Pair of Shoes. Seemed to be the most reasonable priced when compared to others and arrived in about a week and a half. Still practising with the shine.

See http://linenforsummertweedforwinter....today-shine-on for the products order.
post #5513 of 57960
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Originally Posted by CHECKstar View Post
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.

Use some deglazer, strip the whole shoe back and work up the colour from scratch. There are some good posts on antiquing here which go thru the steps you should use.
Use should use a fair bit of leather conditioner in between stages to help revive the leather.
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Guys, just wondering, giving the craptastic standard of dress in Australian workplaces, how do you gents deal with dressing to fit in and/or connect with new clients and colleagues in the office? While the office I currently work in has a business casual (groan) policy, it is not very well observed to any extent. On any given day, there are people in suits (well fitted or otherwise but mostly worn sans tie), just open neck shirt and slacks, jeans, semi done fluoro fun ties on dark shirts, untucked shirts, hoodies over shirts, chinos, and occasional jeans. Most people at the office hate the tie. I am the only one of the very few men in the office who wear a suit with crisp white shirt and even fewer with tie. On occasions, I just can't help but feel a bit over dressed in this circus especially when the higher ups dress like absolute crap. I am not going to follow them into sartorial oblivion and will only go casual (polo/casual shirt, jeans) on the casual Fridays. /rant
post #5515 of 57960
I dress however I want and everyone else can get f*cked! I copped a bit of gentle-natured ribbing from colleagues in the beginning, now they all have accepted and expect that I wear suits every day. Having said that, my workplace is definitely out-of-the-ordinary. I work with boffins every day whose attire ranges from Alden/RM Williams shoes, Anthony Squires jackets and bow-ties (i.e. my boss), to grown men who wear sneakers and jeans to work every day. Some men at my work place have long purple hair in a ponytail.
post #5516 of 57960
I got it no end, but i thrive on it haha Im notorious, but love the attention to be truthful
post #5517 of 57960
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
I dress however I want and everyone else can get f*cked!


Pretty much the way to go.

Years ago I worked at a consultancy where I was the only one who wore a suit and tie. Clients appreciated it and sure enough, over time, a few other started to make the effort.

I try to dress well every day because it makes me feel good.
post #5518 of 57960
^^^ I guess so. It does feel good and gives me energy when I dress well. Popped down to Zegna today... and bought the tie. Bloody hell SF is making me really poor. I swear I spent more money on clothes this past period as SF member than my entire life so far put together... And I still have to buy that set of Kent Wang Guilloche cuff links and a pair of suede oxfords/monks for casual wear... and a pair of black plain oxfords....and a light coloured suit or sports jacket. crap that's another $1000 there.
post #5519 of 57960
I need a tux for September, im thinking of maybe risking something offline. Hickey freeman or something middle of the range
post #5520 of 57960
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post
Popped down to Zegna today... and bought the tie. Bloody hell SF is making me really poor.
Just wait until American tailors have their sale and discount their Carminas, Crockett and Jones and Gaziano and Girlings.
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