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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Well-Known Member

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    Yep, good work Lachyzee. From what I can gather, an MJ Bale $500 suit is great quality for the price. For any dollar saved below that, I think there is a big comprimise on quality. Whereas anything above that might be a bit exorbitant for a first suit. I don't know of any other OTR suiting option that offers the same quality at $500. What I fear is the mass popularity the brand is getting and what that might do to both the Australian suiting market and the long term direction of the brand.

    I see a lot of people buying Saba, Oxford and Calibre. They seem to have quite a following. FXH posted a few hundred pages back that he found a Sportscraft suit to be quite good quality (I think)? I personally haven't seen their stuff, but the music that comes from the store and layout definitely looks fashion forward. When I get the time I might look into the pricing and quality of their suits. Other than that, you have done a great bit of work with the wiki, I am starting to like it.
     
  2. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

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    I don't think so.

    I might have said a Sportscraft or Gazman sport coat can be a good buy at times depending on price. Sadly their quality and fit vary a lot at times. Gazman warehouse /sales outlet in Tooronga Road near Toorak Road is worth checking out.
     
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  3. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Well-Known Member

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    My mistake. You were buying something with your son, it wasn't an intentional purchase but you got it anyway.
     
  4. eightace

    eightace Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Awesome post.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. lachyzee

    lachyzee Well-Known Member

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    Pulls on grenadine ties: how do you all prevent/deal with those?

    I seem to be averaging about 1 a day on my HC Grenadines at the moment which is a shame because I love them. At this rate they will be looking pretty tattered in a few months! I have reasonably calloused hands so this probably contributes, but they also seem to just appear for no reason.

    I have read that snipping them is akin to cutting a hole in the tie and should be avoided in favour of pulling back into the weave.

    I can't see how I can do this without going to great effort and having specialist equipment, however.

    Should I just snip them and accept that it's the kind of thing that's going to need to be replaced every year or so?
     
  6. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Well-Known Member

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    I think the fine weave (garza fina) grenadines seem to be a lot more delicate than the garza grossa ties. I've got four Kent Wang grenadines which are of the latter type and they've been fine after nearly a year.

    Garza grossa:
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    Garza fina:
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    More info here and here. A tailor should be able to fix the pulls, I believe.
     
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  7. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

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    Looks like something the Kray twins would wear...
     
  8. elvish

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    to the brisbane people that asked, details:

    This is just a reminder for you, your friends and work colleagues that my Solo Exhibition “Merry Sparks Pops Australia” commences tomorrow night, 22 November, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at C Gallery, 13A/23 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia. (The exhibition continues until 29 December 2012.)

    Free parking is available in a building directly opposite the gallery.


    I am not the artist but I do support her.

    EDIT: Also, if there's a meet up i won't be in Brisbane next week. I will be there Friday 30 Nov - 5 Dec.
     
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  9. Plestor

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    Weren't we meant to be meeting on friday for coffee to hammer out the details?
     
  10. Journeyman

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    I was exchanging PMs with Windowpane1967 and he suggested that we meet for lunch and coffee at 12pm on Friday 30 November.

    That would suit elvish, too, by the look of it.

    At that time, we could also discuss a potential dinner time and location.
     
  11. Gilmour

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  12. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Well-Known Member

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    I was asking about 100 pages back.

    RM Williams, Tanner Goods, Saddleback leathergoods (100 year warranty), Hunt Leather, Herringshoes. Et al.
     
  13. Windowpane1967

    Windowpane1967 Well-Known Member

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    Correct, invitation is being crafted now.
     
  14. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Well-Known Member

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    These look pretty good if you don't mind mail ordering: http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-Accessories-cln-Belts/Categories

    Also these for casual belts: http://www.narragansettleathers.com/

    Have a look at this post: http://putthison.com/search/belts
     
  15. sliq

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    do tailors also have expertise in reconstructing ties? i have a few wide ties i'd like to narrow down. they're beautiful patterns but haven't seen the light of day in a verrry long time.
     
  16. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Well-Known Member

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    Leather belts = Tailfeather or Temono.

    EDIT: there seems like there's a decent need for a very capable mens tailor in the major cities.
     
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  17. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with those? They look gorgeous. Belts are something that I am looking at now and I think I will have to go online as there just isn't anything for the same price point around.
     
  18. lachyzee

    lachyzee Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the advice is to use a tool like this thing

    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Snag-...VproductId47580287VVcatId539600VVviewprod.htm

    Anyone seen something similar in fabric stores in Aus? All I know of is spotlight. I'll give them a call tomorrow. Would rather not wait for eBay delivery - I'm worried that I'll tear the pulls in that time (some have already torn :( )
     
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  19. Gilmour

    Gilmour Well-Known Member

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    Thanks some of those at Hunt Leather look really nice
    Cheers will check these out
    They are nice but I thought I would try to buy a local product first before I opt to buy over seas

    [​IMG]
     
  20. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Well-Known Member

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    Ah k, makes sense. The only true home grown option is RM Williams and their belts can be quite unusual. Last time I checked their Sydney city store they didn't have anything dressy, just big buckle country style stuff.

    On this topic, does anyone have experience with these? http://www.kentwang.com/accessories/bridle-leather-belt.html I'm considering the natural leather one rather than the Tanner Goods option.
     
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