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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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    Lol! This is so relevant to this thread (no sarcasm).

    Good post Ari.
     
  2. Prince of Paisley

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    I think, for the most part, CG's sentiments are embodied in this thread. Less so other parts of the forum...
     
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  3. The Ernesto

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    Cary Grant was an LSD fiend.
     
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    +1. Lots of good stuff in there and it's a pity that GQ don't publish articles like that anymore and also that they don't pay attention to what Grant says in the article!

    "...I've purchased dozens of suits over the years and they all have one attribute in common: they are in the middle of fashion. By that I mean they're not self-consciously fashionable or far out, nor are they overly conservative or dated. In other words, the lapels are neither too wide nor too narrow, the trousers neither too tight nor too loose, the coats neither too short nor too long.

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    Otherwise, simplicity, to me, has always been the essence of good taste.

    I believe men's clothes—like women's—should attract attention to the best lines of a man's figure and distract from the worst. In all cases, the most reliable style is in the middle of the road—a thoughtful sensible position in any human behavior.

    ...so it should be with clothes. They should be undisturbing, easy and comfortable."
     
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    I love me some brown trou. Every wardrobe needs a pair. The HY nailhead in brown are great, but a more saturated brown like HC's are also awesome. A big plus is you can wear them with a grey SC (or more likely, a grey jumper or cardigan). They're less versatile than grey trousers, but more versatile than navy (which I also like).
     
  9. andrewjamesdean

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    Gents

    I recently bought a Billy Reid pea coat online that I now need to have tailored – even though I bought a size small, it needs to be taken in at the waist and more generally ‘slimmed down’. I was hoping someone would have some recommendations for a good tailor in Melbourne somewhere? CBD would be ideal, but happy to consider alternatives if I am assured a good job.

    Also, the time has come to invest in some new business shirts. I usually have a lot of trouble finding shirts that fit me well (a slim 38 fits me well in the body, but I struggle to button them up – I have a fat neck, thanks dad). I recall reading on here that someone recently went to a tailor in Melbourne that took measurements, and then sent the shirts off overseas to be made. I cannot for the life of my remember the name of the place, nor can I can find it now. Can anyone help out? I think it may have started with an ‘N’ (and it wasn’t P. Johnson).

    I think an e-MTM business is the way for me to go, but I’m keen to get professionally measured first so that I don’t royally fuck up the sizing. Would love to hear what avenues others have taken. If worst comes to worst, I do have a shirt that fits relatively well, so I could send that off to Modern Tailor or CottonWork etc.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated!

    PS I’m pretty sure I now need to buy that purple dot and grey wool HC ties, my wallet thanks you.
     
  10. Geoffrey Firmin

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    I don't think we should go there in front of the children!
     
  11. The Ernesto

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    lol. OK, we'll leave it there.
     
  12. Henry Carter

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    Thanks Nabil, yes it's one from our first season when I hadn't quite gotten buying qty's right and ended up with a lot! It's a lovely tie though you'll enjoy it. Just released a brown version in 7 fold last night too for this season.





    They are nice aren't they, I'm actually taking them back to the tailor this arvo though as they need a few little tweaks on the waist and length and cuff height. They'll get a flogging over winter though. These will likely be my last pair of HY now that I'm developing a small range for release in Spring so will have plenty of samples to wear.


    I'm going to advise you to be careful getting proffessionally measured, myself and Richard from Ludlows had this exact same discussion the other day actually. The problem you will encounter, is that one guy's measurements are interpreted differently to the next guy, professional or not. You are much better off, if the system allows for it to take measurements from your best fitting shirt and alter them as you need rather than body measurements. Add a bit to the neck and whatever else you need to do and play it by ear. I've spoken to people that have done it both ways and the shirt measurements seem to get a better result sooner with less tweaking.

    Thanks for considering my ties also.
     
  13. AriGold

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    Agree with PoP that this thread is generally one of the most friendly and helpful. Us Aussies are generally a nice bunch!

    On another note my japanese friend was showing me his tie collection, which i showed to my colleagues. Co-incidentally, at lunch I found the tie that was the favourite among the discussion - at Myer... funny that. Copped!

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    A couple of other Brisbane SF members and I took a look at the newly-opened Zegna store in Brisbane city today.

    The store itself was very nice - very well furnished and a pleasant place. Whilst generally fairly austere and minimalist in its furnishings (wooden floors, fairly light-coloured wooden display racks and shelves), it also had a large fireplace upstairs made out of what appeared to be green marble (or a similar stone).

    Whilst some of the clothes on offer were lovely, they were (predictably) very expensive. A jacket in a deceptively light, summery fabric in a gunclub check pattern was priced at about $2500 and suits were even more.

    The store had some nice Zegna "fatte a mano" shoes, including a pair of Belgian loafers in dark green pony hair (which should actually be called "cow hair", rather than "pony hair", as it's made from cowhide with the hair (is that the right term?) of the cow still attached). I didn't check the prices, as I'm sure that they were horrendously expensive.
     
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    While we're doing store reviews, walking around town the other day I stumbled across Andrew McDonald's new shop in The Strand. Sadly for most of the gents here it was almost exclusively fashion/stage type shoes (not something I'd ever dream of wearing) but he had a couple of conservative styles on sale:

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    By far the majority was more like this though:

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    Anyway, he's taken up three shops in The Strand so someone must be buying his stuff... Alas, if only Double Monk would open a Sydney store!
     
  17. AriGold

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    Prince of Parsley, How do you find the quality of Andrew's offerings? And how would they compare to other respectable makers?
     
  18. Prince of Paisley

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    I can't vouch for the quality as I've never owned a pair, but they seem sturdy enough and there is doubtless a lot of technique that goes into making his shoes. I'm not sure if they shoes are hand welted; I have a feeling they are Goodyear but I could be way off on that. Fxh if you're in touch with shooey you might ask him about AM if you have a chance as I'm sure he would have an authoritative opinion if anyone does.

    Aesthetically AM's style just doesn't appeal to me. If anything I'd be more interested in his shoemaking course than his shoes.
     
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    I'm gonna ask the mods if I can change my name - that is awesome.
     
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  20. AriGold

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    I was hoping you'd notice. Parsley is the new paisley, i've been travelling across Naples to source some monochromatic parsley print ties for my new unlined 7 folds. Get some!
     
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