1. Welcome to the new Styleforum!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to hang out in the new place. There are more new features that we’ll announce in the near future, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy the new site.

    We are currently fine-tuning the forum for your browsing pleasure, so bear with any lingering dust as we work to make Styleforum even more awesome than it was.

    Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the Styleforum Journal, because we’re giving away two pairs of Carmina shoes to celebrate our move!

    Please address any questions about using the new forum to support@styleforum.net

    Cheers,

    The Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice

Australian Members

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,539
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Location:
    Melbourne
  2. ovlov

    ovlov Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    604
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2013
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Thanks JM,
    Knew I could count on you for some sage advice. Yes it will be my 3rd pair or quality shoes though both my others are black (oxford cap and brogued derby) so I would like to branch out for something new. I thought dark blue would be good because a- I love those navy Carmina whole cuts the get posted around here every now and then and b- in the dark light of the court room I figured they would not stand out.

    I had not considered the wrinkle issue at all (is this why there seem to be a lot of shell whole cuts around?) I might go for a medallion or something then.

    As i said I was also considering oxblood but it looked too washed out. Maybe I'll enquire about the burnished sample. Would this increase the price? I have the added problem that this is a sweet gift I am getting here. So I need to be considerate of price and not go running around for the most difficult to make shoes on the most expensive leathers.
     
  3. PapaRubbery

    PapaRubbery Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    783
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hope we all had an enjoyable Cup Day. I was on call for work so I didn't get to get written off. Instead, ate too much and channeled my inner italian man. I call him Luigi.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    2 people like this.
  4. Foxhound

    Foxhound Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,748
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
     
  5. CoffeeDudeGuy

    CoffeeDudeGuy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    191
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2013
    Location:
    Melbourne
     
  6. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,438
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Location:
    On the Monaro, NSW.
    I know a few of you were waiting on these to come in, so heads up that some new knit ties have just been uploaded to the site HERE including this beauty -

    [​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. Foxhound

    Foxhound Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,748
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just found this. #fashion
    [​IMG]
     
    3 people like this.
  8. couldnthaveknow

    couldnthaveknow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    102
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2013
    Allen Edmonds to be sold to private equity firm Brentwood Associates




    The new buyer of Allen Edmonds will keep its management team and its Port Washington headquarters, according to Allen Edmonds CEO Paul Grangaard.
    Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles private equity firm, has reached a deal to buy the high-end shoemaker from fellow private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, according to a news release issued Monday.
    "This is terrific for all of our employees and Milwaukee," Grangaard said.
    Goldner Hawn had been looking for a buyer after owning Allen Edmonds for seven years. The Wall Street Journalpreviously reported that Men’s Wearhouse was a possible buyer..

    The entities are not yet revealing the purchase price. Grangaard expects the deal to close by the end of the year.
    Brentwood is a perfect match for Allen Edmonds, Grangaard said Monday afternoon in an interview with The Business Journal. The company has previously owned Ariat International, a high-end brand of cowboy boots; Bell Automotive Products, a maker of car accessories; Oriental Trading Co., a direct marketer of novelty gifts; and Prince Manufacturing, one of the top manufacturers of tennis racquets.

    “They have a great deal of experience and expertise with growing consumer companies,” Grangaard said.
    The firm will be able to invest additional capital into the company, allowing it to add more retail stores, stretch product development and continue to invest in e-commerce, he said.
    Brentwood believes strongly in “omnichannel retailing,” or selling products however the customer wants to receive them, Grangaard said. Allen Edmonds has been growing its online presence and adding additional retail stores to supplement the network of department and shoe stores that sell its shoes.
    The firm has assured Grangaard that it will continue to grow the company in Port Washington, Grangaard said. The company has added about 250 Port Washington employees in the last three years and is now at about 480 workers.
    “They did a lot of research on what Allen Edmonds means to people, and of course 'made in the USA' is right at the top of the list,” he said.
    Through the sale process, Grangaard had been hoping to stay with the company, he said. He was previously a Goldner Hawn executive and became CEO of Allen Edmonds in 2008. He said coming to Allen Edmonds felt like “coming home to a place he’d never been before,” quoting the song “Rocky Mountain High.”
    “This has been just a fantastic place for me to hang my hat the last five years, and I’m glad to continue doing so,” he said. “I feel very privileged that they want me to do that.”
    The company is expecting record sales in 2013 for the third year in a row, the release said.Jack Morrison, a managing partner of Goldner Hawn, said last week the company is expecting sales of more than $120 million.




    http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2013/11/04/allen-edmonds-to-be-sold-to-private.html
     
  9. couldnthaveknow

    couldnthaveknow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    102
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2013
    This is my own musings on the allen edmonds deal

    I think the risk to ae's products are to the downside, in the near term.

    Although its going from one PE firm to another, different firms have different styles. At the risk of over simplifying and generalising, PEs generally don't spell positive for the quality of the product and reputation of the brand in the long run, in my opinion. If I were to fall back on general reasoning

    - Its rare a PE firm knows retail better than a retailer, or shoes better than a shoemaker etc

    - Hence, their 'moves' to extract value out of a retailer or shoe maker is limited to the generic moves. Principally, gut the crap out of the business (like whittle down R&D etc) to decrease cost, restructure the capital makeup (increase debt vs equity), or hire consultants to find ways to make the business more profitable

    To question why one PE firm is selling, and another PE firm is buying (in this situation, obviously someone's goign to have paid too much or received too much for the business) - the orthodox reason is of course the buyer sees more value in it than the seller, which can only come from 2 things

    1) the seller thinks the market will grow, but the buyer thinks the market will stagnate (I dont think this is it though - menswear on the whole has grown pretty well over recent years, and the US is on a recovery trajectory)

    2) The buyer thinks the company can be run more profitably, than what the seller is doing now, which has been discussed above.

    Hence risk to ae's products are to the downside, in the near term, in my view.

    Anyway, that's my first impression on it
     
  10. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,864
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Me at the Cup yesterday -

    [​IMG]
     
    2 people like this.
  11. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,432
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Location:
    Sydney
    
    I like your dress.
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,471
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Hehe. Beat me to it. Was going to say 'nice hat!'.
     
  13. Dusty Brogues

    Dusty Brogues Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    781
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Location:
    Sunset Strip
    

    Where's the pocket square?
     
  14. nabilmust

    nabilmust Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,483
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
     
    1 person likes this.
  15. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,438
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Location:
    On the Monaro, NSW.
    That's definitely a possibility when I re-stock this one once it sells out, which could be quickly there is only 6 left already...

    This photo wasn't taken outside but it is next to a window, you can see it's darker than the coat which is also blue. I'd describe it as on the dark end of the spectrum. Can take an outside photo when I get home for you if you like.

    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  16. JayH

    JayH Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    242
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2013
    Location:
    Sydney
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2013
  17. nabilmust

    nabilmust Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,483
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia


    Decided on these: http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/j-brand-3102/product/1031174958-j-brand-kane-slim-straight-jeans

    Just the right colour and about the right price Now I hope the sizing is right, too.
     
  18. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,864
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Location:
    Melbourne
    SW&D
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    2 people like this.
  19. Osiris2012

    Osiris2012 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,747
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Location:
    Brisbane
  20. nabilmust

    nabilmust Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,483
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
     
    3 people like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by