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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. Left Hand

    Left Hand Senior member

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    I feel like there's some SF etiquette that I'm not aware of. It seems like certain threads can go off on ridiculous tangents but if someone asks a question (usually a noob question like the ones I ask) they get flamed for it. The "good thrift/consignment shops in __" are a perfect example. Why do people get so angry when this question is asked (especially in the "thrift store bragging thread")?
     
  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Established members get bashed for such things too. Check out the derailment in WAYWRN; several hall monitors got involved.

    Still, some might be in the assumption that a new person hasn't lurked enough (and done his due diligence in ensuring the answer to his question isn't out there).
     
  3. Kid Nickels

    Kid Nickels Senior member

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    you did not get flamed nor am I angry...

    http://www.squidoo.com/chicagothriftstores

    this may be helpful as it has dozens of links, reviews, etc.
     
  4. Left Hand

    Left Hand Senior member

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    I wasn't even talking about my question specifically, I think I only asked in here which, I assume, would be the right place to ask. It's cool, I didn't mean you and I'm not upset about it either. I was more talking about the reaction to other people that asked the same type of question in the thrift thread. I'm in Philly, by the way, but thanks for the link anyway, I'm sure there's one for Philly too.
    The reason I think the question gets asked so much (or at least the reason I asked it) is because there seems to be a lot of people that bring in a ton of great stuff and then a big dropoff between them and everyone else. I guess what I mean to say is "what's the secret?" Obviously nobody's going to give their whole bag of tricks away or else they wouldn't be doing as well as they are.. just looking for a pointer or two.
     
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  5. Smudge

    Smudge Senior member

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    As a rule of thumb, pick stitching on a suit is a sign of quality right?

    Edit - suit I am thinking of is a Lubiam 1911
     
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  6. Commando3200

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    How do Isaia shirts fit? The best fitting shirt I've worn was a Massimo Dutti one, so if anyone knows how Isaia compares (fit wise, I know the quality is miles apart), please help!
     
  7. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    There are a lot of cheaper suits with machine pick stitching now. JAB has some truly awful pick sticking on some of their lines.
     
  8. aravenel

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    Nope. Pick stitching has shown up in all sorts of garbage suits. It's like working buttonholes. At one point, it may have only been seen on nicer suits... But then people latched onto it as a false indicator of quality--"oooh, only nice suits have working buttonholes/pick stitching!"--at which point every manufacturer started adding them. Means absolutely nothing now.
     
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    I have one my Dad gave me, made in the mid 70s. Pretty much the exact same width as the modern wool ties you think of as skinny, and tie width trends in the 70s were towards the ridiculously wide end of the spectrum. Seriously, people thought this looked good.

    That's just the way traditional wool ties are made.
     
  11. Gdot

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    Absolutely! Although I'll take the working cuff buttons as a plus. Not that they serve any real purpose. But I have always hated the 'falseness' of cuff buttons sewn over non working buttonhole stitching. Even before I knew anything about the difference. It just looks 'fake' to me.
     
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    I definitely prefer working buttonholes... But I do not like my coats to come with them on them. Makes it very hard (read: expensive) to alter sleeve length, which I almost always need to do.

    Much prefer coats to come basted for working buttonholes and include the sleeve buttons in a bag with the coat--then can either just have them sewn right on, or have working holes cut.
     
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    Yes.

    Actually, navy. Weddings, interviews and whatnot, that lighter gray would be fine. But if you ever find yourself at a somber occasion like a funeral, something dark like a navy or charcoal would be called for. You can never go wrong with a navy or charcoal suit, while a mid gray like that is in the "you can rarely go wrong" category.

    Nice choice of suit, by the way.
     
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  15. Bartleby Trout

    Bartleby Trout Senior member

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    Was wondering if anyone is familiar with this website. Quality?

    www.garytailor.com

    Thank you!
     
  16. clarksdb

    clarksdb Senior member

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    Is it not possible for a tailor to lengthen dress shirt sleeves? I always thought it could be done as there would be extra fabric under the cuff.
     
  17. Winston S.

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    I didn't think there was.
     
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    Not enough to do much of anything with. Buy a longer sleeve length and have it shortened if it's a problem, but just buying the longer length should suffice.
     
  19. amathew

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    I'm thinking about starting to do some thrifting for dress shoes. When you find older dress shoes which may not have been cleaned for a while, is it pretty simple to "bring them back to life" per say? Will applying some cream and/or polish be enough? Or should I expect that some shoes I find when thrifting are "unsalvageable"?
     
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  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am about to give you solid advice. Don't buy used shoes unless it is from a reputable member on here. Way back when when I tried doing this every shoes I got either went in the garbage, or back to the seller. I have a friend who pretty much wears nothing but used shoes and he has spent a small fortune trying to find decent ones and cobbling old POS shoes. You will spend just as much, or more money and tons more of your time trying to do this. Trust me.
     

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