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The Black Dog. Despair gnaws me, in fact it chews on my very soul. Cleverley bespoke shoes: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=360151151785
I actually think they are GC "semi bespoke", there is the resemblance of the current semi bespoke line, as well as the fraction of the sizing window in one of the pictures.
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I actually think they are GC "semi bespoke", there is the resemblance of the current semi bespoke line, as well as the fraction of the sizing window in one of the pictures.

No. They are not.
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No. They are not.

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Face

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The logo in the shoes in the auction is the one used for Cleverley bespoke. Cleverley RTW has the cursive logo. No idea what the semi-bespoke has, but in any case these shoes show enough use to be clearly too old to be part of the "semi-bespoke" line, which has only been around for a couple of years. Further -- and correct me if I am wrong -- even the semi-bespoke is sized. If these had a size marked in them, the seller would have indicated it instead of simply providing a measurement.

McAfee golf shoes -- maybe from their semi-bespoke line!
http://cgi.ebay.com/OLD-Alan-McAfee-...3286.m20.l1116

Vintage picnic set:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Canvas-L...3A1%7C294%3A50

M&W vintage scissors set:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Scissors...3A1%7C294%3A50

Launer wallet:
http://cgi.ebay.com/LAUNER-MENS-LEAT...3A1%7C294%3A50

Old Papworth suitcase:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Suitcase...3A1%7C294%3A50

Leather and silver jewelry box:
http://cgi.ebay.com/JEWELRY-BOX-IN-L...3A1%7C294%3A50

Various Aubercy shoes:
http://cgi.ebay.com/CHAUSSURES-HAUT-...3A2%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/Chaussures-Auber...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/LUXE-RARE-MOCASS...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/AUBERCY-Demi-Cha...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/Chaussures-Auber...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/Aubercy-en-cuir-...3A2%7C294%3A50

Herbert Johnson hats:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fine-Quality-Uni...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/Classic-Herbert-...3A1%7C294%3A50

Lock hats:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Lock-Co-of-Londo...3A1%7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-JAMES-LOCK-...3A1%7C294%3A50

Russia calf watchstrap:
http://cgi.ebay.com/METTA-PANERAI-WA...3A1%7C294%3A50

Glenroyal wallet:
http://cgi.ebay.com/GLENROYAL-Dark-B...3A1%7C294%3A50

Gieves chukkas:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gieves-Hawkes-Ta...3A1%7C294%3A50

Sulka Paris robe:
http://cgi.ebay.com/mens-AMOS-A-SULK...3A1%7C294%3A50
post #13370 of 14986
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Brigg umbrella, allegedly silk but the seller states that he knows it is silk because he snipped a little bit from the inside of the umbrella and burnt it (!). Caveat ebayor.

But, that's how it's done. I have a 1946 book with a section on the Burning Test. It begins:

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A business acquaintance asked a retail buyer why he carried a cigarette lighter, since he did not smoke. The buyer told his friend that he always carried a lighter in order to identify the fibers in the manufacturer's samples. He was never satisfied until he had tested new fabrics and determined for himself the fiber content.

"Pure cellulose rayon (vegetable)" would have yarns that burn "very rapidly," smell like burning "paper or rags," and leave "very slight ash."

"Pure silk (animal)" would have yarns that burn "slower than vegetable fibers of similar weight" with the odor of burning "animal matter" (?) and leave "gummy balls or beads."

"Nylon (man-made, protein-like)" should burn "and fuse or melt" with the odor of "boiling string beans" (!) and leave "hard, glossy globules."

The only fiber listed in this source that would burn & smell like burning hair is wool. This makes the seller's description somewhat confusing to me.
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When I hear something like this I always question the ability to correctly interpret the results, unless you have some experience in "burning test" silk I doubt you'd understand that it's silk what you're burning.
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^ I agree. I'd want to burn a whole lot of fabric samples before I felt confident saying which smell like burning hair and which smell like burning animal matter. I've long wondered if retail buyers are easily swindled by claims of "100% Cashmere" and so forth. These fish stories about supermarket grouper make me wonder if buyers of other goods are being swindled on a regular basis.
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^ I agree. I'd want to burn a whole lot of fabric samples before I felt confident saying which smell like burning hair and which smell like burning animal matter. That said, I've long wondered if retail buyers are easily swindled by claims of "100% Cashmere" and so forth. These fish stories about supermarket grouper make me wonder if buyers of other goods are being swindled on a regular basis.

Yes, occasionally Consumer Reports or some other group will do a bit of testing and find that some -- not all -- cheap cashmere contains other fibers. One maker in Scotland even got hit a number of years ago with some bad PR after tests showed a small percentage of other fibers in its cashmere due to a problem yarn supplier. I've also read that some cheap cashmere may contain some rabbit fur for extra softness at first. It's not as durable as real cashmere though.
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... One maker in Scotland even got hit a number of years ago with some bad PR after tests showed a small percentage of other fibers in its cashmere due to a problem yarn supplier ...
That's why I prefer those who try to control most if not all of their supply chain
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That's why I prefer those who try to control most if not all of their supply chain

Not possible anymore. There's Johnstons and maybe Loro Piana, but control over supply chain isn't a guarantee of the best quality and a maker is only as good as its raw material.

Todd & Duncan, the historical yarn spinner for the better Scottish cashmere houses, has been in trouble for a while. The Chinese have been talking about buying it. Zegna Baruffa bought a stake in the old Ballantyne manufacturing plant, so I imagine that from now on Ballantyne will be sourcing from Zegna Baruffa.
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If these were brown and white they'd be in the mail to me right now. Other sizes as well:



And a couple of great options for you 12's out there. Crazy that the suede is more $ than the calf.





Awesome C&J boots from salsalocust

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LOL! Mismatched pair of bespoke captoes -- one bespoke Lobb St James, one bespoke Maxwell's!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ODD-BESPOKE-SHOE...3A1%7C294%3A50
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I'm not sure I'd classify them as 'very little used'. Those soles have been 'blacked out'
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