Originally Posted by ChetBakerSings
I passed on four Oxxford cashmere SCs tonight and picked up one Oxxford suit, 44 L.
I found the Oxxfords two minutes before the store closed and so didn't have much time to decide on them. I ended up grabbing just the suit. My worry is that the suit's lapels are dated (same with the lapels of the sport coats). The width is pretty normal but the notch seems low. Is my worry well founded? One of the sport coats appeared to be new old stock, with the Oxxford label still sewn on the sleeve. However, it—and one of the others—was Christmas red. The non-red SCs were a glen plaid and a houndstooth with an overcheck, 46 L and 44 L.
When I got home I found this really cool Oxxford brochure in the front pocket of the jacket (makes me wonder if this thing got much wear).
The brochure begins:
"To seriously consider spending the sum necessary to wear Oxxford Clothes, you should know precisely why they are worth every penny of what they cost...Oxxford clothes cost more because they cost considerably more to make."
It then lists 20 details about the making of an Oxxford suit. Here are a few:
--"The silk thread, the linings, silesias, pocketings, in fact all of the trimmings are the very best. The buttons are made from the tips of horns that once adorned African water buffalos."
--"The sack coat is given far more preparatory or under-pressings than any other make. The coat 'hits the iron' 32 times while in the process of manufacture."
--"The button holes are made by hand. They are worked on both sides of the opening; really two button holes, one on top of the other, for durability and impeccable appearance."
(Here's the whole brochure, if you want to read it: part 1
; part 2
I also snagged a really nice Pendleton jacket at the same store. I didn't have time to try it on before buying it but lucked out: it fits perfectly. This will get a lot of wear.