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Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here (Classic menswear)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. rdstour

    rdstour Well-Known Member

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    To be honest, If you really want a good quality umbrella (and by that I define it as construction. strength, and durability, rather than wood handles etc)
    I heavily recommend blunt Umbrellas. You can find them at many online places including bonobos, huckberry etc, and on windy days, it holds up well (whereas ppl around me deal with inverted unbrellas etc)

    If you want something like London Undercover or the ones mentioned above (except those in DieWorkWear link-those are good options too), I think they're okay for rain/drizzle, but not for wind/rain/more severe conditions. They certainly look more stylish, but I'm skeptical about functionality.
    When it comes to umbrellas, unfortunately utilitarian concerns tend to win over fashionable considerations
     
  2. docka

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    I just received a pair of strands from the tent sale. They are definitely beautiful shoes, but like all 2nd qualities, there some blemishes. The stitching appears to be off with my shoe. Will this impact the quality of the shoe as I wear it more often? I don't want the sewn-in stitching to be coming out one by one from the holes. By the way, the error on the stitching is on the inside, so it doesn't really affect the shoe's aesthetics as much as one may think. It's really very subtle unless you stare at it. I'm more concern with the on-going construction of the shoe, as I don't want the beautiful pattern to fall apart.

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  3. agp

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    Hi SFers, I'm looking to get a pair of black lace-ups/oxfords/captoes, and a pair of walnut lace-ups/oxfords/captoes. Any recommendations for makers that sells in the $250-$350 range?

    Currently my favorite is a of Magnanni I bought last summer, as pictured in my avatar, and love it in terms of looks. Shinny = good, but not too shinny.
     
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  4. acinod

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    That's the problem my shoulders are big but my waist is tiny and my chest is flat. So I pretty much look like an inverted 2d triangle. A jacket that fits my shoulders will have too much room in the waistline and in the chest. Is custom-made the only option for me? I've pretty much given up finding RTW clothing that fits me.
     
  5. docka

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    Another question...

    Is it possible to taper the arm holes and sides with BB extra slim non-iron shirts? I heard some people mentioned that the seams pucker up if tapered/altered. Just wanted some opinions before making a decision on these shirts in case I need it bring it to a tailor.
     
  6. ellsbebc

    ellsbebc Well-Known Member

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    Slimming the body is a common alteration. I wouldn't suggest attempting to alter arm holes; too many variables involved.
     
  7. cptjeff

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    On shirts, slimming the arm holes is often a part of slimming the shirt. You get the neatest seam if you go all the way from the hem to the cuff.

    You should be fine, but slimming a Brooks ESF? Are you sure you have the right size?
     
  8. docka

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    My neck is 14.5 and my chest is around 35. You think that will fit me nicely?
     
  9. ellsbebc

    ellsbebc Well-Known Member

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    I misread and thought OP wanted to raise the armholes, of which, would require a complete reconstruction of the shirt.


    If you have a well fitting shirt currently, measure it and compare against the measurements on BB's website. Viola. Making trip to store and trying them on is preferable, obviously.
     
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  10. cptjeff

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    Yes. Obviously, comparing measurements is good if you can, but the ESF is decently slim.
     
  11. ovlov

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    Hey guys, does anyone know how trustworthy Ralph Lauren polo is quality wise? Need something presentable for winter and just spotted a cashmere cable knit at Djs 60% off. I have no experience with cashmere but heard elsewhere there can be huge differences in quality and most stuff that isn't top of the line tends to fall apart after a few washes. That true?
     
  12. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    A few washes is exaggeration (not that you should be washing cashmere often), and Ralph Lauren Polo is reliably good. Actually, pretty much any of Ralph Lauren's lines (apart from the licenses they don't have direct control over) will give you a reliably good product for the price it's at.

    I'd say that that would be a good buy. It would be better if you weren't going to have to wait 5 months before you get to wear it, but that's why you're getting the discount.
     
  13. ovlov

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    Thanks mate. I'm in Australia so it winter here now!
     
  14. mimo

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    Allen Edmonds in the sale. Loake or Barker (try www.herringshoes.co.uk or www.pediwear.co.uk), or if you can put up with a long wait, try www.meermin.es.
     
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    This is complete nonsense. Umbrellas from Fox or Swaine Adeney are extremely well made. I have an SAB, it is very sturdy and has never blown inside out - I imagine it would take hurricane force winds to make it do so. There has been much discussion on the forum of quality umbrellas. Try using "talarico" as a search term.
     
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    That's the trouble with Meermin, there is no "usual".

    The others are great, and very helpful in answering questions. If you're in the US, I would suggest Pediwear as they ship by EMS, which means USPS, which means you should get hit with fewer charges. It will take about five days. Herring ship all over by DHL or Fedex, anywhere on earth in about three days, but I hear those companies really bend you over in the US.
     
  19. agp

    agp Well-Known Member

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    I am located in the US. Pediwear looks great, they even got Crockett & Jones... Might as well up the budget now :nodding:
     
  20. Hype1234

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    Is it appropriate to buy/wear something like this on it's own (pants not available). It's an our legacy "blazer" according all retailers, but there are also matching pants available. I'd like to just wear it with jeans or more casual pants:

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    It's more of a SW&D style brand, and I'm about to buy it on sale for the fall. It's wool, constructed, slimmer fit, horn buttons, 3B rolling. Online, I've seen it mostly styled with the pants, though some have it without. However, it's always called a blazer and descriptions usually say the pants are optional. Just wondering if there are any defining characteristics that make it more of a suit jacket as opposed to a blazer. Thanks!
     
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