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Please heed the following rules - these will change as the system evolves, so please check back here frequently. Not following these rules may result in your listing(s) be deleted without warning. Multiple infractions may result in your buy and sell privileges being rescinded. 1. Please only...
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A special thanks to Frank, Derek, Greg, Nathan and Fok for making this possible! This guide is intended to educate the community on all things John Elliott. We will do our best to maintain the guide over time. JOHN ELLIOTT Design Aesthetic - Clean, Minimal, Sportswear, Texture Key Styles -...
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Question (posted by name redacted due to extreme embarassment): Should I dryclean my jeans, and if not, how should I wash them? Answer (posted here by @LA Guy , administrator, denim wearer and washer, recovering engineering chemist): I feel that it's overkill to dryclean your jeans, but if you...
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Alright then, after spending many weeks delving into the minute details of shoe construction, memorizing the entire history of the worldwide tanning industry, obtaining and studying the last and pattern archives of 47 footwear manufacturers from 5 different countries, you have finally decided on...
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By Fok-yan Leung If you want say thanks to your brothers-in-arms for all those single years, here's my list of 5 not-quite-traditional groomsman gifts. Of course, if none of these appeal to you, buying your friends wedding ties is always a lovely gift. But you knew that already, didn't you...
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By Fok-yan Leung Congratulations! Now you’re married. If you're lucky, you’ll be finding occasions to say sorry for the rest of your life. A gift that shows that you’ve put some thought into it is a good way of showing that not only are you sorry, but that you think about what she wants and...
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Styleforum visit with Vahram Mateosian at Mr. Ned Words and photos by Pete Anderson Mr. Ned owner and fitter Vahram Mateosian may be delicate with his fabrics, but he’s not with his words. Describing the potential results if one particular customer’s stylistic whims were all indulged...
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Question (first posted by @sector7again ): I have always been told to wash jeans inside out... is this correct? Thank you Answer (first posted by @lawyerdad ): I think the idea is that with any clothes, if you turn the them inside out you add a slight bit of protection against the outside...
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Question (first posted by @Bower ): Is there any advantage in soaking sanforized denim? If I don´t soak, is the starch going to help fading and contrast? Answer (first posted by @Bullitt ): The starch is not helping with the fading of your jeans. You soak denim to get rid of the starch and all...
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Question (first posted by @Godspeed ): I have a quick terminology question. sometimes in the buying/selling forum sellers will say that their jeans have the "original arcs and tabs" or "original arcs and tabs still intact" or some variation on that. So, what are arcs and tabs?? Answer (first...
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Question (first posted by @T0t ): I have a pair of Levi 510's (http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/mens-jeans/p/055100591?camp=CAGPLA_DF:05510059103134:LEVI) and people have confirmed that they are raw denim. I haven't washed them since I bought them and I bought them 4 months ago. I want to starch as...
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Question (first posted by @buttonman ): I've read in some other forum saying that washing your raw jeans before you start wearing them in helps lock in the indigo color. they say that since you get rid of the sharp creases, it becomes harder to break in Answer (first posted by @Asch ): If you...
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Question (first posted by @kaxixi ): What is slub? Selvedge? Answer (first posted by @Tarmac ): Slub is the random knottiness of the fabric itself that comes from inconsistencies and knots in the constituent yarns. Selvedge is the self-finishing edge on the outseam. Selvedge in itself is...
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Question (first posted by @leetpuma ): I have been looking to see if there are actually ways to condition suede. And have had very little luck. (All products seem to be either recoloring or water proofing. Only one talks about conditioning: http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-suede-spray.html...
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Question: What is patent leather, the leather commonly used in opera shoes and wedding shoes? Answer (first posted by @DWFII , a bespoke bootmaker): Patent leather is a plastic / vinyl layer permanently bonded to the surface of the leather...
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Question (first posted by @mtc2000 ): Is acrylic finisher appropriate for fine leather? Answer (first posted by @DWFII , a bespoke bootmaker): Many leathers that shoes are made of come from the tannery with an acrylic finish already applied. If a leather has a very shiny "table" (what it...
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Question (First posted by @Munky ): Does shoe leather expand and contract with differences in temperature? I have a pair of shoes that pinch very slightly. When the weather is warm or when I have been wearing them for some time, they seem much more comfortable. When the weather is cold (and...
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Question (first posted by @patrickBOOTH ): Why is it that I haven't experienced lining cracking when the salts from my sweaty feet get in there? Again, is it due to dust and such? I was always under the impression that salt is horrible for leather and I have seen examples where this seems to be...
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Question (first posted by @patrick_b ): Will renovateur help remove old layers of wax? I condition with reno every few months, but it's only been a year or less that I've achieved my mirror shine results. Therefore, I've not yet developed a system to remove the old, built up layers of wax. I'd...
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Question (originally pasted by @DrStrangelove ): Maybe you guys can help me: I want to buy a pair of medium brown leather shoes. But due to their tanning process, they darken considerably when you use shoe polish (e.g. Saphir SMDO) on them. The only way to prevent it is to apply no or only light...

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