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Akubra Panamar hats? Views thoughts opinions?

I once had a pretty good run with panamars paired with linen suits, usually only wear them on vacations but you can mix &match with casual shirts and polos as well. No jeans and sneakers though. 

post #67262 of 67946
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I think there are two pairs of CJ lowndes left in my size from the herringbone sale.
Thoughts on black vs espresso suede?

I really wanted dark brown as i have about 4 pairs of black loake/allen edmond bal/blu for work and no brown shoes.
Casually i wear indy boots or sneakers with jeans/chinos and not so sure on brown suede.

Should i buy another pair of (very nice) black shoes or should i pick up a couple of pairs of brown meermins instead?

I'm actually looking to get a pair of brown meermins as well, if you already have four blacks I'd say you should invest in some browns. Brown suede could work but I usually prefer slimmer lasts when it comes to suede and with what meemin offers I'd go with this one https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4719#. But I mean if you're dead set on suede you can get them there too or on loakes. 

 

BTW where do you get your loakes/allen edmonds? 

post #67263 of 67946
Alcohol in Japan is very cheap. $20 for a bottle of black label, $40 for lower end single malt Glenfiddich.

Since it's cheaper, I'm after some recommendations for some higher end Japanese whiskey. I thought Hibiki was the one to go for but I noticed that it's a blend. I've seen Yamazaki as well which is a single malt at 21 years which seems affordable. What're my best options. Undecided if I'll bring two bottle of Japanese whiskey back , or a single and a bottle of Scotch. Just want to know if besides that Yamazaki is there anything else I should try and get ?
post #67264 of 67946
I don't know if you're in Tokyo, but if so, the food hall down the bottom of Isetan has a great range of whiskies and might be OK if your Japanese isn't great. I noticed they had a better range than anything on at the airports and will help with a tax refund, too.
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I'm deeply interested in any replies to Foxy's query as I'm also in Nippon and also fancy a whisky (nb spelling) from time to time.

Finally made it to Kamakura today. Devastated to find out that they had no plain blue business shirts left in my size. However the good news is that (a) I'm back here in six weeks and (b) they will procure three shirts to my precise specs in the interim.

Hankyu Men's department store was impressive, but ultimately I walked away with only three ties. Shoes were all jaw-droppingly overpriced despite the "New Year discount " - yeah right, 10% off the million-yen tag on a pair of Corthay gators. (Great to handle footwear of that quality though!)

Hitting Coccinella tomorrow to bespeak a suit or maybe a jacket.
post #67266 of 67946
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Originally Posted by AndrewRogers View Post

I don't know if you're in Tokyo, but if so, the food hall down the bottom of Isetan has a great range of whiskies and might be OK if your Japanese isn't great. I noticed they had a better range than anything on at the airports and will help with a tax refund, too.

I will be again. Is there just the one Isetan? I went to one but thought it was single story. How are the prices there compared to bottle shops in Kyoto ? Curious if this bottle shop is abnormally cheap or the norm.
post #67267 of 67946
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

Alcohol in Japan is very cheap. $20 for a bottle of black label, $40 for lower end single malt Glenfiddich.

Since it's cheaper, I'm after some recommendations for some higher end Japanese whiskey. I thought Hibiki was the one to go for but I noticed that it's a blend. I've seen Yamazaki as well which is a single malt at 21 years which seems affordable. What're my best options. Undecided if I'll bring two bottle of Japanese whiskey back , or a single and a bottle of Scotch. Just want to know if besides that Yamazaki is there anything else I should try and get ?

 

@Prince of Paisley might be able to chime in on this topic as I think that he's sampled some Japanese whiskies (although I could be wrong). 

 

You should be able to get a few different, less-expensive bottles of Suntory's single-malt Yamazaki, at 12 and 18 years old as well as the 21 year old version. 

 

Suntory also has another single-malt from another distillery located near Mt Fuji, Hakushu. I haven't had it for years but I remember that it had a smokier, peatier taste than Yamazaki. 

 

Please try some Nikka whisky, too. Nikka does a blended whisky, but it's a blend of only malt whiskies, rather than a blend of both malt and grain whiskies (which is what the Hibiki is). Nikka also does an aged single-malt that's very good. 

 

However, don't dismiss the Hibiki just because it's a blend. It's a very nice-tasting whisky that is very popular for good reason - and it comes in a fantastic bottle, too! 

post #67268 of 67946
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Hankyu Men's department store was impressive, but ultimately I walked away with only three ties. Shoes were all jaw-droppingly overpriced despite the "New Year discount " - yeah right, 10% off the million-yen tag on a pair of Corthay gators. (Great to handle footwear of that quality though!)
 

 

Most imported shoes are very expensive in Japan due to import taxes. Curiously, in my experience, the English- and US-made shoes seem to be more expensive, relatively speaking, than the Italian and French shoes. 

 

If you look around, you can find some screamingly good deals during sale time. I was seriously considering amputating my toes some years back because the RL mansion in Harajuku was selling RL Purple Label shoes by Edward Green for under $500 as part of their New Year's sale. Unfortunately, the largest size they had in the style I wanted was a UK8.5 and I take a UK9! 

 

It's worth noting that some stores won't start their real winter sales until mid-January so the best savings are yet to come. 

 

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I will be again. Is there just the one Isetan? I went to one but thought it was single story. How are the prices there compared to bottle shops in Kyoto ? Curious if this bottle shop is abnormally cheap or the norm.

 

Isetan's a chain, but most people go to the Isetan in Shinjuku. 

 

The main Isetan store is on Shinjuku-dori, down from the station. There's a food hall in the basement (as with pretty much every large Japanese dept store). I can't remember there being a place selling whisky there, but it's possible as you can quite often get bottled wine in the food halls. 

 

The Isetan's men's annex is around the corner, behind the main dept store. 

 

Here's a guide to the Shinjuku Isetan store in English. 

 

http://isetan.mistore.jp/store/shinjuku/foreign_customer/index.html

 

There are also chains of bottle shops/liquor stores in Japan - the main one that I remember is "Kakuyasu" - it's got a pink sign. However, they're generally not as conveniently located as the department stores as the dept stores are usually either on top of, or very close to the train stations. 

post #67269 of 67946
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I will be again. Is there just the one Isetan? I went to one but thought it was single story. How are the prices there compared to bottle shops in Kyoto ? Curious if this bottle shop is abnormally cheap or the norm.

As Journeyman has said, and sorry my mistake for referring only to Isetan. I mean the Shinjuku store and the food hall there has a very big section (near where it connects underground to the men's shoe section that sells grog. There is a section that specialises in Japanese whiskey. It's also worth a bit of a wander as the stuff on offer is quite interesting. Upstairs is amazing, too.
post #67270 of 67946
Pretty sure food hall under Tokyo Station mighty fine too.
post #67271 of 67946
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I once had a pretty good run with panamars paired with linen suits, usually only wear them on vacations but you can mix &match with casual shirts and polos as well. No jeans and sneakers though. 

Know what to wear it with. Want information on quality, durability. Passed a shop in King St selling them for $65. Bottom line worth buying or not?
post #67272 of 67946
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Originally Posted by VirgilVerne View Post

I once had a pretty good run with panamars paired with linen suits, usually only wear them on vacations but you can mix &match with casual shirts and polos as well. No jeans and sneakers though. 

Know what to wear it with. Want information on quality, durability. Passed a shop in King St selling them for $65. Bottom line worth buying or not?
If it fits, costs $65 and you don't have to wait two years to get it then you can't really go wrong can you?
post #67273 of 67946
Only if it's a Balmoral, Range or Reef model. The others are either too loosely woven or made from synthetic materials.

Even with the better models, they are made from hemp rather than the traditional straw, and the weave is not very fine. You won't be able to roll it up, for example.

I've had a Balmoral for a couple of years. It is durable and SunSmart effective. But it's basically a $100 hat at most.
post #67274 of 67946
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

Alcohol in Japan is very cheap. $20 for a bottle of black label, $40 for lower end single malt Glenfiddich.


Since it's cheaper, I'm after some recommendations for some higher end Japanese whiskey. I thought Hibiki was the one to go for but I noticed that it's a blend. I've seen Yamazaki as well which is a single malt at 21 years which seems affordable. What're my best options. Undecided if I'll bring two bottle of Japanese whiskey back , or a single and a bottle of Scotch. Just want to know if besides that Yamazaki is there anything else I should try and get ?

@Prince of Paisley
 might be able to chime in on this topic as I think that he's sampled some Japanese whiskies (although I could be wrong). 

You should be able to get a few different, less-expensive bottles of Suntory's single-malt Yamazaki, at 12 and 18 years old as well as the 21 year old version. 

Suntory also has another single-malt from another distillery located near Mt Fuji, Hakushu. I haven't had it for years but I remember that it had a smokier, peatier taste than Yamazaki. 

Please try some Nikka whisky, too. Nikka does a blended whisky, but it's a blend of only malt whiskies, rather than a blend of both malt and grain whiskies (which is what the Hibiki is). Nikka also does an aged single-malt that's very good. 

However, don't dismiss the Hibiki just because it's a blend. It's a very nice-tasting whisky that is very popular for good reason - and it comes in a fantastic bottle, too! 

I can chime in, but I can't add that much - as JM says don't diss the Hibiki just because it's a blend. Actually, these days I tend to prefer blends but that's another story. Try and get the 12yo as that is probably the best value and they are discontinuing it in favour of a NAS due to spiking demand.

Also as JM says try and track down some Nikka - they do actually make a single coffee grain which is supposed to be the bees knees but you might have a hard time finding a bottle. If so, even the black Nikka (yes, that is the name of a whisky not a slur) for $8 a bottle is very drinkable. Or the Nikka from the barrel, especially if you can find a >500ml bottle for the local market. It's all good stuff really.

My advice would be to try and visit a Nikka bar and see if they can pack a duty free bag for you rather than wait till you get to the airport. Narita is usually sold out of the rarer stuff due to the hordes of thirsty tourists from across the straits, and Hibiki is the same price as it is in Dan Murphy's (though the bottle is slightly nicer).

As for other Japanese whiskies, there are some more obscure brands like Iwai and Akashi but not tried them or heard much about them.

Finally, you might want to double check they will allow liquids on your flight before you buy anything, lest you have to drink 2 bottles of hooch at the airport and next thing you know you wake up in Nairobi (don't ask).
post #67275 of 67946
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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post

Only if it's a Balmoral, Range or Reef model. The others are either too loosely woven or made from synthetic materials.

Even with the better models, they are made from hemp rather than the traditional straw, and the weave is not very fine. You won't be able to roll it up, for example.

I've had a Balmoral for a couple of years. It is durable and SunSmart effective. But it's basically a $100 hat at most.

I can second this, but I mean you're not really meant to roll up a hat anyway. I've seen some hats at $65 that are absolute rubbish - loses its shape in about 6 months even with proper handling and some that are a bit better. I'd say if you're looking for a durable model you should be looking at $100+ or at least around that line, you can get some pretty good wool hats at 65 as they keep shape a bit better, but for Panamas $65 sounds a bit dodgy. 

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