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Australian Members - Part II - if you read the first post, you'll get what this is all about.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Foxhound, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Journeyman

    Journeyman Well-Known Member

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    It's entirely possible. There's even a dedicated tailoring business in New York City, called Tiecrafters, that specialises in narrowing, widening, shortening or lengthening ties.

    As to whether it's actually worth it - well, that's another question.

    If you think that the tail of the tie is too long, have you tied tucking it inside your shirt or tying a double-four-in-hand knot? Unless the tail is egregiously long, that should take care of any obvious "tie pen0r" that you might have.
     
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  2. conqueror

    conqueror Well-Known Member

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    i would kill for that problem, i have a bunch (inc the kazuna which i just bought) which are often slightly too short. :(
     
  3. Bravo Sierra

    Bravo Sierra Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya. I'm 6' 3 and most ties just don't look right. However, my recent Op Shop expeditions have netted quite a haul of some great bargains (Canali, Ermengildo Zegna, Burberry, Rhodes & Beckett, Brooks Brothers and some interesting Italian imports) that have turned out to be quite right in dimensions.

    Spotted two winter over-coats (one wool / cashmere in black - Hugo - genuine) and one pure wool in a deep navy (also Hugo) at Vinnies in Paddo on the weekend. Too bad they didn't fit my frame but someone might still get the benefits. The black had seen better days but both were in the $50-$60 range and as they say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
     
  4. sliq

    sliq Well-Known Member

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    bravo Sierra I feel op shops that charge anything north of $15-20 for any item of clothing is daylight robbery.
     
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  5. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Well-Known Member

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    $50 for an overcoat st Vinnies? FTFAJ I think the most I ever paid for one of my Mackintosh's I've picked up in op shops over the years was $7. Sadly very hard to find these days. (Sigh)
     
  6. Bravo Sierra

    Bravo Sierra Well-Known Member

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    Gents, I couldn't agree more. BTW these items were placed on a 'sale' rack near the entrance.
    This very same Vinnies sells brand name ties from $18-$25. Go to the Salvos store in Bondi Junction or Surry Hills and the price is $3.

    On the flip-side it is a charity and they need to make the money somehow....one can only hope that the funds go towards those that need them.

    Maybe we need a similar event in Sydney to the one recently run in Melbourne (Wear for success). Has anyone heard of anything like that?
     
  7. Osiris2012

    Osiris2012 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome to know, thanks JM.

    Not sure what happened but two of my fav ties seem to have stretched I guess, now they come out a bit too long and I find I'm not wearing them.

    Will take them to the tailors here and see what they say/charge.
     
  8. Epicure

    Epicure Well-Known Member

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    Hi Gents,

    I've recently bought a number of ties online from EoE: https://embassyofelegance.com

    The ties are all made in Poland with the option of buying them in the standard configuration, or made to the buyer's specifications at negligible additional cost.

    Is there anyone here who would be interested in buying some of these ties?

    Pawel, the proprietor, has advised me that for a large order he can look into free shipping and a discount on top of the VAT deduction that already applies.

    Disclosure: I have no affiliation with EoE, financial or otherwise, i.e. I'm providing the recommendation without any known bias on my part.
     
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  9. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

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  10. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Well-Known Member

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  11. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Well-Known Member

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    While on the topic of shoes that people are getting rid of, I have a pair of Alfred Sargent Exclusive 'Hunt' brogues in black, size UK7, that are a touch too big for me. Have been worn a handful of times before I decided the fit was off, so they still have that new shoe smell and feel about them, more or less. Some wear to the soles, obviously.

    They are on the 109 last which is quite sleek and curvaceous with a generous fit but a defined waist, vaguely reminiscent of the EG82 IMO.

    Herring has them for 350 pounds, I'd be happy to part with them for $350 shipped (a big cheaper for pick-up in Brisbane), which is about half price at current rates.

    Lasted shoe trees with AS branding included, as well as cloth bags and original box.

    Here's a photo of the Hunt in Brown from a pretty cool review at The Nordic Fit:

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    Inbox me if you're interested and I'll send some pictures of the actual shoes.

    Cheers!
     
  12. uniesse

    uniesse Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys

    Long time no post!

    Have a pair of lovely, BNIB Loake 1880 Pimlico chukkas in dark brown calf which I've just received in error: meant to order the dark brown suede! Size 8.5 UK/ 42.5 EU. Nice dark brown burnished finish.

    More than happy to pass them onto somebody in this thread at my cost before going to the bother of returning them: $420 shipped. Less for pickup in Adelaide.

    Hard to get them in AUS for anything like this price these days since the ban on Loake exports from the UK has been enforced!

    Cheers
    Alex
     
  13. Contango

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    Sure, put me down for a couple. Just had a look through the site and he has a couple of nice patterns in the bespoke section I'd like.
     
  14. crappbag

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    I'm interested. How's the quality?
     
  15. conqueror

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  16. Epicure

    Epicure Well-Known Member

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    IMHO
    IMHO, very good. These ties punch above their weight for the asking price, and I've not found anything that's made to one's own specifications at such a reasonable cost.

    Speaking of weight, for those interested in the bespoke option, I would suggest that for most ties a light or very light lining is sufficient. Based on my own experience, and Pawel's recommendation, I wouldn't choose anything less than standard on the Macclesfield printed silks, unless a particularly light tie is desirable. That being said, even Pawel's very light lining isn't as airy as what you get with a Conrad Wu tie, for example.

    YMMV on choice of weight. If in doubt, it shouldn't break the bank to try a few different lining options to find your own sweet spot. Along with some reliance on Pawel's advice, that's essentially what I did.

    Unless a thick tie is desirable, which is doubtful based on what seems most widely appreciated on this forum, I would suggest that the standard lining should be avoided for the grenadine ties in particular. Among the ties that I own from EoE, I most like the shantungs with either light or very light lining.

    Hopefully this provides some reasonable guidance, but I've found Pawel good to communicate with and if anyone wants additional information, I'm sure he would be happy to assist.
     
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  17. aussiejake

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  18. Epicure

    Epicure Well-Known Member

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    Just as a matter of courtesy to you and the others who have expressed interest (or are at least watching with interest):

    I've not yet heard from Pawel just how many ties he has in mind before the aforementioned discount could kick in, or what the discount would actually be in terms of a dollar amount.

    However, I'm sure he'll be in contact with me soon enough, and I'll be happy to pass on the info once I have it.
     
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  19. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Well-Known Member

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    Any pics? I'm pretty interested in this, been looking for some cheap, long, printed silk ties.
     
  20. Epicure

    Epicure Well-Known Member

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    Right now, I'm not in a position to be taking pics of any worthy quality and I'm not much of a photographer.

    However, if it will be helpful, I might be able to post a few snaps. Maybe over the coming weekend.
     

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