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Kent Wang - Affiliate thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kent Wang, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. dlm4114

    dlm4114 Well-Known Member

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    Ha no apology necessary CD. I was being somewhat facetious; I just meant that I tend to "run hot" and prefer lighter/more breathable clothing in most situations. I always wear deodorant/antiperspirant but would prefer not to wear an undershirt if I can avoid it.

    Anyway I just thought this fabric seemed like it could be great for summer weddings, and as someone who's pretty comfortable in colder weather, I don't think I'd have any trouble getting four-season wear out of it. Just looking to see if anyone had any experience with it in the wild.
     
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  2. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Well-Known Member

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    My preferred approach is to get jackets half lined at most and usually quarter lined. i find the lack of lining greatly improves breathability, more so that the fabric, and when done well it doesn't impact the way the jackets hangs on you. In other words, you can certainly have sports jackets done that way but suits as well. No one will know and you will run a few degrees cooler :)
     
  3. razl

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    +1 I'm here in Central Florida and can vouch for the strategy. Light, breathable materials only get you so far if you have a lining that's counter productive - either by the amount of lining helping to trap heat and stifle air flow or the lining being made of a material, like silk/rayon/poly, which defeats a breathable, open weave linen or wool outer. Stick to bemberg cupro for material and either half or quarter lined and, if done well, nobody will know but you.

    Also note, you can "convert" an existing fully lined jacket to a partially lined one. Be prepared that under the lining the workmanship may not look very pretty (they figured it was going to be lined, so what if there's some stray threads?) but other than that it's doable. I went this route with one jacket in particular that was lined in silk and converted it to a 1/4 lined bemberg curpro and wears much cooler.

    Last point - don't expect miracles. If you're normally hot in 95 degree weather, then you're going to be hotter in 95 degree weather with a jacket. I will say that you'll be cooler, briefly, as the jacket will help keep sun/heat off you until it radiates through, but that's only solace if you're briefly scurrying from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned building. The point is that tips like this can minimize how hot you are but none of them are going to make you cool like ac will.

    Hard won points from an easily overheated and perspiring central Floridian :)
     
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  4. suited

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    The long sleeve rugby I received is fantastic. Great collar, nice thick MOP buttons. My only gripe is how large the cuffs are on the XXL in comparison to how slim the shirt fits everywhere else. I had the button moved so they'd fit my wrist better, but now there's way too much fabric in the wrist area and it needs to be tailored (if that's possible) to look right.
     
  5. guyver00

    guyver00 Well-Known Member

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    Haven't visited KW's site in over a year, now I noticed a lot of great items on it. I'm itching to get myself an umbrella for the wet and crappy seasons in Vancouver!

    Love the 2 grenadine ties I bought from KW last year, the green one went really well with my gray Corneliani.:slayer:
     
  6. Firefox

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    I'm a fan of the KW grenadines too. I've never owned a grenadine tie before, but took a flyer and ordered the dark navy. I got a compliment the first day I wore it to work. [​IMG]

    In my mind, the grenadine texture is pretty versatile; it doesn't feel overly formal when I wear it in my business casual office, but it still looks good with a dark suit (or at least the dark navy does). I may have to order one or two more in different colours.
     
  7. Osiris2012

    Osiris2012 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah got my first Grenadine from KW over a week or so ago, very very happy with the size and quality. Grey suit, white shirt, and the green tie looks great and not a look you see a lot of. Will be back to order navy and maybe another colour in due time.
     
  8. prozach1576

    prozach1576 Well-Known Member

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    Kent, have you given any thought to adding suspenders to your line? It seems to me that there is a market opportunity to be a US-based supplier of quality, affordable, traditional suspenders. TM Lewin, etc. require expensive/slow shipping from the UK. They would also fit in well to your line of accessories.
     
  9. GradSchooler

    GradSchooler Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of vests, has anyone gotten a vested suit yet? I'm curious what the 4-button notch lapel vest looks like.
     
  10. Beatlegeuse

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    ^ I had been thinking of getting a 3 piece suit, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe one of these days...
     
  11. ripdendroica

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    I'm considering getting a sports coat from Kent Wang without front darts. I'm just not a fan of front darts on jackets, and I'm thinking I can have a tailor adjust the waist shape should the waist come out looking funny. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
     
  12. Flyswatter

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    Not really sure why you'd have a problem with the darts. If you think the jacket has too much waist suppression, you can just increase the waist measurement on your MTM jacket. Did you ask Kent if it's even an option to have a jacket made sans darts? He has said time and again in this thread that the only customizable aspects are those listed on his website, and darts/no darts certainly isn't an option.
     
  13. ripdendroica

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    I just think jackets look better without them--much as I think shirts look better without them. I like a bit of waist suppression, but I've seen many dartless jackets with the kind of waist suppression I've come to like. Kent says it can be done, but he has never done it so he can't be sure how it would turn out. He recommends against it. Others have suggested that tampering with the cut could be bad if other aspects of the cut are not altered to account for the missing darts. I am leaning towards not doing it just because it seems like an unnecessary risk for such a minor thing, but I thought I would see what people thought.
     
  14. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Are there any pictures of the wide peak lapels?
     
  15. Van Veen

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    In here.
     
  16. random-adam

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    Given my lack of a decent umbrella, shitty military-surplus not-at-all-waterproof overcoat, a black tie event on Saturday evening, and the sloppy shitstorm that is the mid-Atlantic region for the next few days, I re-read the above and then ordered a black stick bumbershoot.

    I look forward to suffering less than all the other idiots out in the rain.
     
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  17. chareth

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    I've had a black grenadine from KW for a year or so and I wear it much more than I was expecting to, given that I otherwise basically don't wear black at all. I recently got two of the rugby tops, and they make me feel sad in that way you do when you realise that you don't have enough to wear one every day.
     
  18. emiristol

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    Any idea when the 14.5 button cuff blue shirts are coming back into stock?
     
  19. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Well-Known Member

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    For suit jackets, do you normally go with full or partial pick stitching? Or just personnal preference. Thanks.
     
  20. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Well-Known Member

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    Just a personal preference, but I prefer the limited pick stitching option. The extensive option is a bit excessive, IMO, as it's along nearly every seam of the jacket. Still, it's subtle and done well enough that it doesn't look tacky or cheap--or even that noticeable at all--if you do opt for extensive pick stitching.
     
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