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post #10921 of 18433
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Originally Posted by idntfs View Post

Long time reader, first time poster. Great thread everyone.

 

Wondering if anyone had any success using any of the "internet tailors" or traveling shirtmakers in getting good shirts made. My Tailor/Modern Tailor/Jantzen/Etc.

 

Trying to find a proper shirt solution.

 

Jump The Gun has good patterns and awesome service (love their Harringtons), but lots of poly cotton and some of the fabrics are pretty flimsy. I like them for what they are but at $100+ to get them stateside, they don’t match the cost.

 

Mikkel Rude, also poly cotton, find the collars a bit silly and don’t like that the pocket isn’t pattern matched.

 

DNA groove I haven’t tried, the collars are too gigantic for me.

 

So I was thinking for the cost of importing shirts by many of these cult focused shops, I could probably get a shirt made with all the details for the same price or less. But I know many shirt makers are limited in what they can do (or just stubborn). So anyone have a good experience getting shirts made in “the style”? Nice three finger button down, back collar button, sewn in pleat, good selection of checks/gingham/oxfords/stripes/etc?

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

 

Brookes Bros .
post #10922 of 18433
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post

obviously out of the price range for most younger skinheads, but the Alden brogue that Roy's posted above, is definitely the Cadillac of skinhead footwear. They wear like tanks as well, have had mine for a few years, in cordovan #8 (oxblood) and a cigar cordovan. amazingly comfortable and hard wearing.

quick pic wearing them in Tokyo, waiting for ramen! wink.gif


Looking sussed as usual Jason.
post #10923 of 18433

Maybe I'll give JTG another try, it has been about 4 years since I had one of their shirts on hand.

 

Brooks Brothers used to have an awesome "custom shirt" online buying thing (standard sizes, but you could pick from a huge range of fabrics and all the details), but they seem to have gotten rid of it unfortunately. They are running some sales now on MTM and Special Order (in store only) FYI.

post #10924 of 18433

Those Alden's are awesome.  Alden is out of my price range (usually). If you're going to spend more than $200 on brogues though, that is the way to go. For my money, Allen Edmonds are not worth the price -- rather have the Florsheim Kenmoor at half the price.

 

For anyone looking to upgrade but on a budget, Shoe Mart (they have a store in Connecticut and an online presence) often has Alden seconds -- but you have to go in or call to find out what they have. They don't list them online.

post #10925 of 18433
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Originally Posted by Bob the Badger View Post

I've enjoyed reading about the 'Royals' or 'Smooths' as we used to call them. It is the one shoe back in 69/70 that I didn't have and always wanted.I had to choose between Royals, American Brogues and Bass Weejuns. I could only afford 2/3 and I choose Brogues and Loafers.Our source of shoes was Blackmanns in Brick lane and the Squire Shop, Soho. One reason was that a few of my mates already had the Royals so to be one step ahead I went for Brogues. It was the same for me regarding Sheepskins. Two of my mates got in early and bought Sheepskins. I wanted one but decided to go for a real Crombie to gain another step ahead of my mates. We always tried to lead rather than follow and there was a lot of oneupmanship even, or especially, amongst mates.When we saw a mate wearing something new we usually just gave a nod of approval and didn't make too much fuss except maybe to ask what shop he used.

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Originally Posted by Bob the Badger View Post

As has become obvious from postings on this site from the 'originals' the Dr Marten boot formed a small part of the footwear we used. There was so much more to the clothes at that time than has been portrayed in the media at the time and since.

How right you are Mate-on both accounts.smile.gif
post #10926 of 18433
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Originally Posted by idntfs View Post

Long time reader, first time poster. Great thread everyone.
Wondering if anyone had any success using any of the "internet tailors" or traveling shirtmakers in getting good shirts made. My Tailor/Modern Tailor/Jantzen/Etc.

I may have mentioned it earlier in the thread, but I've been using Proper Cloth. They have a deal where they alter or remake the first shirt at their cost until you are happy, which makes ordering subsequent shirts incredibly easy. I've emailed them and found them to be flexible with options, but I haven't requested anything too crazy. They also credit you for any swatches you order. My only complaint is that their selection of fabrics does not include linen, which I would have loved to order for my recent vacation.

When I don't use Proper Cloth, I just buy cheap shirts and take them to the tailor. I won't pay for Ben Sherman or any other polyester junk again, especially when the fit is less than ideal. Off the rack I've had fair luck with the discontinued Ralph Lauren Rugby label, but YMMV.
post #10927 of 18433
All shoes in The Ivy Shop & Squire Shop were seven guineas in the late 1960s. For those who only know post-decimal currency, a guinea was 21 shillings, or 1 pound and 1 shilling. So you could also say all shoes were £7 & 7 shillings. I always thought loafers were really overpriced at 7 guineas.

Royals started appearing in Timpson a year or so after Squire/Ivy had the monopoly.

I remember AJ Martin Stone in Little Venice and they solddecent loafers up until they closed down for good. I have never used the nearby market off the Edgware Road though.
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Oops, double post.


Edited by idntfs - 3/1/13 at 10:42pm
post #10929 of 18433

One question regarding white jeans: I've seen em from time to time, and i think they look neat if they fit well, but are they original gear? They seem more commonplace in the 70s revivalist thing?

post #10930 of 18433
Mad as peas that in a working class thread we can discuss six hundred quid shoes. I can dream! Well I love a bargin and I know some heads in here might not approve, and i know its not a true royal brogue style but for thirty five quid in a sale im pleased with these:
post #10931 of 18433

We save our pennies.  Might take a while, but then prized gear is so named for a reason. biggrin.gif

post #10932 of 18433
I'm all for it, maybe when me nippers have flown the nest... Mind you by then im guessing that a nice pair of cordovans will be a grand plus! Ha ha.
post #10933 of 18433
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

I just bought an Orvis "Weatherbreaker" (Harrington-style jacket) in navy and love it. Now I'm thinking about getting a Ben Nevis Combat Harrington in beige. At around 52 USD, the price is great, though I wish shipping to the U.S. was cheaper. A few questions for anyone who owns a Ben Nevis Harrington: how's the fit and the sizing? I generally wear a large, but I see the Ben Nevis jackets go all the way up to size 4XL, so I'm wondering if they run small? For those in the U.S., how was the shipping time? Overall thoughts on the jacket? They seem like a good deal, but it's too bad the great price is nullified by the high shipping cost. mad.gif

Thought I'd post an update: received two Ben Nevis Combat Harringtons today, navy and beige. Love them! I'm about a 43" chest and went with a L, fit is great. They were initially out of stock of both these jackets when I placed the order several weeks ago, but Ben Nevis notified me as soon as they were back in stock and shipped them DHL express to the States at no extra cost, so their customer service is A+. Only problem is the beige jacket's zipper gets caught in the fabric and it's very difficult to engage the zipper, so I'll need to exchange it. The zipper on the navy is fine, however.
post #10934 of 18433
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Originally Posted by corker23 View Post

I'm all for it, maybe when me nippers have flown the nest... Mind you by then im guessing that a nice pair of cordovans will be a grand plus! Ha ha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah of course it's a different story having youngsters in the house.  The misses and I haven't been blessed in that department yet, so frivolity in spending is luckily still an option!

 

Them Loake Royals are a nice lower- priced option.  

 

 

 

 

I know they were mentioned a while back, but did anybody bite on them Robinson's Andrew Jackson Brogues?  If so, how's the quality?  The look ace!

post #10935 of 18433

Just bought a new pair of Levi's (511 rigid dragon,I'm skinny so they look normal on me,not extremely tight)Learned a trick.Wash in cold water on gentle cycle NO SOAP,hang to dry.This keeps them from fading and wear.Sewn In Turn Ups too.

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