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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    I was just having a whinge :). Something must have been annoying me at the time of reading.

    Did anyone else sweat today? Even in the highest quality fabrics, I think at these temperatures the body just wants to sweat.
     
  2. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    Spend a bit more and help out a local producer:

    http://www.lenoeudpapillon.com/
     
  3. The Upright Man

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    No need to apologise - I bought a Borrelli LV 'linosa' jacket from shopthefinest ~3 months ago (in a 38 admittedly). It has a beautiful, soft shoulder too.

    From what I can see, many of the Borrelli LV line on the website display the shoulder in question.
     
  4. The Ernesto

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  5. crinklecut

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    OCBDs at this time of year? In Brisbane?!
     
  6. Journeyman

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    I've got a few. They are not amazing quality, but are fine for the price. I think that their woollen fabrics tie a better looking bow than their cotton or silk fabrics.

    Also, have a look on eBay for RL Polo or Brooks Brothers bow ties as there are often some good ones listed in classic patterns or prints that are very affordable.
     
  7. Romp

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    I really dislike LV... Vanda is worth a look although they are too short for me I need custom lengths. I really like the pjohnson ties but unfortunately not just. The specified price range

    Forgot if you were after a suit or jacket. Jacket mtm can be had easily at that price. Otherwise wait for winter this year for some cheaper alternatives ;)

    ill have to say I remained very cool in my new look piana fabric. 3ply but open weave and really lightweight. Still sweated a bit but nowhere as bad as you'd expect in 41degrees!
     
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  8. ZirconiumZephyr

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    Hadn't even though about a belt yet...could be tricky.

    I just tried them on when the arrived this morning, then straight into swimming trunks and into the pool.....gawd it was uncomfortable today!

    Will probably just go with a non-matching brown belt. If I wear them with a suit I'll likely just go braces.
     
  9. aussiejake

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    Terrific post, thanks for that help.

    I've now narrowed down my first buys to a few Sam Hober, they just sound superb for that price point. High Tied are attractive at that price range too, they may be my go to when I branch out and get some knit ties.

    Any thoughts on some dirt cheap ties for the first few months of a full time job, before I can afford to get 8-10+ quality ties?
     
  10. LonerMatt

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    No, in Melbourne. Visiting some family and friends.

    Definitely made some mistakes, but I bought 5 things and 4 are definitely winners, 1 was just a bit impulsive (tan crocodile leather belt that's too long).

    Still at 1/10th the cost of the item new, I'm OK with that mistake being a learning experience.
     
  11. Nicholas D C

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    Just out of interest, does anyone here use safety razors for their shaving regimen? I just ordered a pre-shave oil for the first time (Truefitt & Hill) and am looking forward to seeing if it makes a significant difference to the softness of the stubble. Managed to pick up a couple Kiehls post-shave products (Razor Bump/Facial Cleanser) as well, and also grabbed a Truefitt & Hill aftershave balm.

    P.S. Thomas Lyte briefcase shipped today - I'm excited!
     
  12. LonerMatt

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    Now that's a bit strong - they just aren't my scene.
     
  13. apropos

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    Cappelli ties are lovely, but pricey.

    Drakes ties have great patterns, but the width is too trendy and the price is taking the piss for a trendy tie. MTM upcharge is obscene.

    Vanda ties are - all things considered - cheap, and are the dark horse deal. Workmanship easily trumps both Drakes and Cappelli, but patterns are where they fall down.

    Sam Hober is fantastic, but nearly every print they have is ugly, all of the wovens outside standard patterns like pindots are ugly, and to complete the trifecta from what are probably books of 100s of prints they somehow managed to pick every single pedestrian and/or ugly Macclesfield or Madder pattern. Every single one. Grenadines more than make up for the prints though.

    P Johnson ties are garish, and at taking the piss prices too (along with the pocket squares). Style reflects the owner I guess.

    Panta ties are a disappointment - I will say no more. I know this is a opinion murmured by many whose opinion I respect.

    Rubinacci ties are Cappelli ties at stupid prices. Rubinacci knits are retarded.

    I rate none of the knits available presently anywhere well known on the interwebz highly. None. Drakes have the perfect texture, but are in a I-want-to-punch-your-face trendy width. Lands End have a good width, but texture is ho-hum. Howard Yount, Kent Wang, and local providers have disappointing textures to their knits. Most disappointing and inexplicable are the knits which are cheaply/commonly available with the "fine" texture which makes them look like shiny socks or coarse knit pantyhose - disgusting.
     
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  14. strumpey

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    I've recently bought a MJ Bale suit (Japanese made one), a few shirts (3 for $150 deal) and two ties (2 for $100 deal). I have not bought any of their clothes before so I wanted to try them out.
    I found the shirts fit well - although I am normally a 38 slim in most other brands, I was comfortably a 37 in theirs. I reckon you can find better ties elsewhere but they had one tie I was specifically looking for and just got another to match the outfits I got really for the sake of it.

    The suit was interesting. I agree with the others - chest and shoulders should fit - that's how they fitted me. Now I am not sure what's particularly different with my torso but I got a $630 suit and needed $300 of tailoring. The jacket was about 2 inches too long so I got that adjusted along with the seams, and the sleeves needed adjusting. The waist was perfect but I got the legs tapered slightly for a tad skinnier look. This has been the first time that a jacket has needed to be shortened. So the jury is out at the moment. I'll give it a season and see how it wears and how I feel about the look. I may have just taken the tailoring a little too far, I'm not sure. I don't think I'd go the 2 for 1k deal if I require that much tailoring to the jacket.

    Each shop, I understand, has the ability to use their own tailor - I think the Paddo and Westfield Syd stores use the same tailor, but Chifley uses another. I couldn't fault the tailoring but I am no expert.

    I found the cloth used for their japanese made suits were more interesting than their stock standard suits hence why I went down that path. I haven't heard of the 2 for $1400 deal but their sale prices are cheaper than that. There were many at $630, so you aren't necessarily required to buy two suits if you don't want to.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Wow, that's quite a bit of tailoring. I'm hoping that I find something that fits quite close to my ideal suit.

    Extremely helpful information, appreciate it mate.
     
  16. Oli2012

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    Messaged matt regarding some of the issues I had ordering online. Would be nice to see them do less black suits and more basic silk 8cm ties too, but hey.
     
  17. Journeyman

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    It's entirely possible to have belts shortened - could well be worth checking out.


    With regard to printed silk ties, my favourites are Holliday & Brown (and I think that I got one of my favourite H&B ties from you, if I remember correctly) and Marinella. Unfortunately, I only see H&B in Tokyo, and then only rarely. Marinella are great, but very expensive at full retail and difficult to find at a discount.

    With regard to knit ties, my favourites are by a German maker, Ascot. They are not cheap, but they tick all the boxes for me in terms of width, thickness, crunchiness, springiness and general quality and they are an absolute pleasure to wear. Unfortunately, they don't seem to do patterned or dotted knits, instead sticking to plain colours. I've seen them in Japan and you can also get them from Ben Silver in the US.
     
  18. JimmyHoffa

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    Yep, you are probably a 'short' instead of a regular for your given chest size. This happens to me as well, often. Unfortunately, in Australia, there are very brands that carry anything other than regular in each of the suiting sizes.
     
  19. Selvaggio

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    Henry Carter have some ties on spesh - there are a couple for forty bucks. That's CRAZY PRICES and there is no compromise on the quality.
     
  20. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Now this article while flogging a dead horse to a degree has an opening parragraph which will make you laugh http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/shortcuts/2013/jan/08/men-partners-buy-clothes-cameron

    I am after a couple of good quality white t shirts in pure cotton, crew neck, which I could wear with a pair of linen trousers. Any suguestions for a local buy or do I have to go online?

    Cotton linen trousers any suguestions where I could buy some locally or is it another online purchase?
     
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