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  1. spectre

    Why is there so much Belvest and D'Avanza stuff on eBay?

    It could be that d'Avenza has been bought by Brunello Cucinelli and their quality and style may change significantly. The stuff on ebay is the original, high-quality product which has possibly been available in big lots. A friend of mine has bought a lot of d'Avenza suits at around $600 each...
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    HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

     Try amazon.co.uk. They have a lot of great stuff.
  3. spectre

    HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

     It's just the lighting. No mohair in the suit, not even a high super number. I was very suprised it turned out looking flashy.
  4. spectre

    HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

     This deserves another run. Understated elegance. All you need, with similar variations. Many can learn from this - but I doubt they will - especially Americans with eye-watering loud patterns and colours and Europeans seduced by the current and comical Neapolitan excesses.
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    A Plea for Help - Wardrobe Creation

    There are a lot of questions here, but I'll try to give you a snapshot of what I would aim for. Before you go all out on everything buy slowly but carefully and remember fit and fabric are the most important things. You may as well have fewer things of greater quality that will last than a lot...
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    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    If you want 2800 minutes of early to mid sixties awesomeness on film in 47 hour long movies get the Edgar Wallace anthology from Amazon UK (about $100) or US possibly. The series was made from about 1960-65 in black and white but the sound and picture quality is excellent, as are the...
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    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    I know I'm bashing this a bit to keep this thread active but I believe there is some logic attached. Wide lapels clearly give off a horizontal appearance as you subconsciously look for a split second from side to side to take it in while slimmer lapels give a vertical impression, adding to...
  8. spectre

    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    Super blog TWD! And yes, Steve McQueen was very underrated as a more formal icon. Whether in The Thomas Crown Affair or in the shot above with Garner and Coburn, he really knew how to pull off the look. He wore a suit as well as anyone and IMO looks the best of the trio. He and Michael...
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    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    I had hoped it would encompass all styles from the 60s - more business outfits than pure mod, but certainly Ivy League. Can't reflect on the glory that was the 60s without that, especially as there seems to be a slow return to that era after too many years of too wide lapels and too much...
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    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

     I'd forgotton all about that movie. That one was an absolute cracker. Thanks Sarto.
  11. spectre

    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    Thanks so much. I was an original mod, well the Aussie equivalent. Probably still am, albeit a rather decrepit version. Apart from wearing 60s styles, I also watch endless TV shows and movies from "my" era. It's interesting when I go to buy them from Amazon UK (the best source) you always...
  12. spectre

    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    You're right of course but still a stellar example of the style.
  13. spectre

    Comment by 'spectre' in article 'Mad Men Is Totally Wrong About Suits and I Hate It'

    I 've changed my mind Just a Guy. I think you are correct after all. After much thought I have to agree with you. The (early and mid) 60s were untouchable as far as men's style is concerned. I think the problem now is that designers have taken the 60s slim look and made it cartoonish with tiny...
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    Early 1960's Fashion Thread

    This thread should have gone on a lot longer. As the OP said, the 1960s were the pinnacle of fashion, only IMO of course - clean, slim, sleek, simple and uncluttered lines. And before you tell me to start it up again myself I have to confess I have forgotten how to put up pics. Can someone...
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    When to leave out a pocket square?

    I admire the way you refuse to given in to the heat E. I gather your suits/jackets are generally lightweight. We are lucky in Melbourne with distinct seasons, so, while I have a lot of navy and grey they are all in varying weights (three really from superlightweight through to flannel). The...
  16. spectre

    When to leave out a pocket square?

    Mais oui, along with the pocket watch and spats. Seriously, for me the PS has become a slight conundrum now. The more I think about it the more I am aware the damn thing is there. Think I'll leave it to the fashion conscience and the Pitti (ful) mob at the Florence mardi gras. I want to see if...
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    When to leave out a pocket square?

    The problem now as I see it with pocket squares is that they have been hijacked by those concerned only with fashion and trends, the opposite of the classic dress we strive for here. So, instead of a return to the standards of yesteryear when they were often worn frequently but unobtrusively...
  18. spectre

    Shanghai Tailors: Midrange

    C&G look to be a very good find. Stebbin's grey Huddersfield suit seems to be an excellent fit in every way. Can't find fault with it at all, given I'm just going off the pic. Kudos to The Wraith and others for sharing the information about these tailors.
  19. spectre

    When to leave out a pocket square?

    Interesting. Bit dogmatic maybe, but interesting. Does a pocket square make an outfit less understated or minimalist or not?
  20. spectre

    When to leave out a pocket square?

    That's a perfect example E - that jacket certainly stands on its own and even a simple white square would overdo it IMO. That's the sort of thing I was thinking of...mainly when you want a totally minimalist look, which can be nice. Job interviews and funerals are good examples and I agree...

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