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  1. Fanthom

    Union Works in Tokyo: any experience with flush toe plates/taps?

    I'm interested in hearing about anyone's experience with having flush toe plates/taps installed by Union Works in Tokyo, in particular on high-end shoes (e.g., Edward Green or John Lobb). I have seen the pictures on their web site, but it would be interesting to hear about actual experience.
  2. Fanthom

    FS: BNIB John Lobb Uppingham UK 8.5E pale grey museum calf

    For sale: a brand new in box pair of John Lobb Uppingham ankle boots in size 8.5E UK, in pale grey Museum Calf on the 1306 last. Price: $625$600 including shipping anywhere in the world. The boots will be shipped from Norway. The boots come with the pictured John Lobb shoe bags, and in a John...
  3. Fanthom

    Borrelli: Italy vs. US vs. internet

    Dear all, I have recently purchased my first pairs of Borrelli trousers, while visiting Italy. As I like them very much, I am looking to get more. Alas, my only option seems to be ordering over the internet. I see that web sites such as shopthefinest.com have Borrelli. However, I seem to recall...
  4. Fanthom

    FS: NWT Zegna charcoal pinstripe jacket 38R

    For sale: new with tags and never used Zegna charcoal jacket with pinstripes. I assume it has been a part of a suit. Asking price: $95 (USD) Shipping (sorry, but this is actual cost from Norway): USA: $50 (USD) Europe: $42 (USD) 100% wool Size on label: 48 3 buttons side vents\t Shoulder: 18"...
  5. Fanthom

    FS: NWT Zegna 100% cashmere sportcoat 40R (50R)

    Sold. I bought this sportcoat from chorse123 in September 2006. It is beautiful, but it is too large for me (I am usually a 38R). It has never been used. Perfect for the fall! Green with blue and rust windowpane\t Ermenegildo Zegna\t 100% cashmere\t Size on label: 50R 3 button\t side vents\t...
  6. Fanthom

    Hackett of london

    I am planning a trip to London in January. Last time I was there, I tried on a jacket at Hackett in Jermyn street. Â The quality seemed to be good for the price, and the jacket had nice details such as working sleeve buttons. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry and didn't inspect the jacket nor...
  7. Fanthom

    Fit of pants (rlpl, kiton, brioni, ..)

    Hi. I'm looking for pants/slacks on eBay, from e.g. Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Kiton, Brioni. Since there isn't any stores carrying these labels where I live, I'd be interested in information regarding the fit of their respective pants. I'm quite slim, and find Polo RL to be too wide in the...
  8. Fanthom

    Charles tyrwhitt vs. tm lewin

    Hi. Although neither is comparable to e.g. T&A, one can get shirts from both Tyrwhitt and Lewin while parting with very little money. I (think I) know that both are fabric made outside England, and (from a previous discussion on this board) that Tyrwhitt has double stiching and plastic...
  9. Fanthom

    Non-bulky brougues

    Hi. I am looking at Crockett & Jones' Downing handgrade model in their catalouge (it is not possible to get C&J where I live, but I know my size). I have seen some (real world) wingtip models where each brogued edge of a part of the uppers (wingtip, vamp, counter, ..) was quite thick -...
  10. Fanthom

    T. m. lewin shirts

    It may be of interest to some of you that from T. M. Lewin's web site, it seems that you can get "any" three shirts for £90 (presumably minus British VAT, if you order from outside GB). Appearently, you have to obtain a catalogue (the old-fashioned dead trees type) to order. Marcus
  11. Fanthom

    The perfect casual white shirt

    I love the crisp, clean look of a white shirt - worn not only together with a suit but also more casually with jeans, chinos (both dark and light), moleskin pants, etc. I would like to hear what you think the perfect white shirt for casual wear (i.e. not together with a suit) is like (fabric...
  12. Fanthom

    Allen Edmonds: Official Thread

    Hi. I am considering ordering a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes. They don't sell Allen Edmonds where I live, so I cannot try a pair on before buying. How are Allen Edmonds' sizes compared to other brands? I have shoes Church's, Lotusse and Tod's in British/European size 8.5/42.5, which I have...
  13. Fanthom

    Canali tweed sports coat

    Hi. I've found a Canali sports coat on sale, which fitted me perfectly. I liked the style - double side vents and ticket pocket. And I liked most of all the tailoring. However, I am a bit unsure about what I would use it with. It is made of 100% wool (including 8% cashmere), and is...
  14. Fanthom

    Uk shopping: liverpool and manchester

    I am going to Liverpool in the middle of December. Does anyone have any shopping recommendations? I am also interested in tips regarding Manchester, which I am flying via (train to/from Liverpool). I could plan to spend some hours in Manchester on my way. Also, can I expect stores to be open...
  15. Fanthom

    Shoe trees

    Hi. Should one leave the shoe trees in the shoes at all times when not using the shoes, or should they be removed after a while avoid extensive streching of the shoes? I have been given both types of advice from sales persons, and would like to hear any opinions. Marcus
  16. Fanthom

    Shopping in london

    I am going to London next week. Some questions: - I was tipped by bengal-stripe about the factory shops in Northampton (shoes). Does anyone know when the respective shops are open? - I want to get a Barbour jacket. Any suggestion about where to go, or would the prices be appr. the same...
  17. Fanthom

    Tod's black loafers

    Hi. I have bought a pair of these (at least I think it's these) "driving" loafers by Tod's. They have leather soles (no rubber things under the shoes, only on the heels). Now I wonder if they look too formal for casual wear. They are a bit shiny, and "delicate"/thin. I'd be interested in...
  18. Fanthom

    Tailoring a blazer to the right size

    I'm size 48, and I have been given a nice classic blazer in size 52. Does anyone know if it is possible to have it tailored to the right size? Thanks, Marcus
  19. Fanthom

    Jacket sleeve length

    Hi. I have purchased a sports jacket from Kenzo. The fabric (black, cotton) is quite "dressy", it has three flap pockets, and no vents. The sleeves has no buttons. What is the proper sleeve length for such a jacket? I'll wear it mostly, but not always, with a shirt. If I shorten the...
  20. Fanthom

    Leather soles and rain

    Hi. Do you wear shoes with leather soles outside when it is raining and/or wet on the ground? Apart from getting your feet wet, will this damage the soles/shoes? Marcus

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