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

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  1. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    In that case we are in heated agreement.

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  2. jessis

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    Sydney v Melbourne debate had to happen. Now that it is out in the open we can all move forward. Perhaps even if it is just for the sake of those members that do not live in either of those two cities...:)
     
  3. blahman

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    Meanwhile, in my search for a good cheap dinner suit, I saw some 2nd hand BOSS suits (current model with peak-lapel, single button) on the internet for about $100. So I went into the city store to try them on. The shoulder construction is so awful (probably due to a cheap construction methods using a single huge wad of padding) that there is a huge 'gap' between the bottom of the shoulder padding and where it meets the contour of my upper arm. So in order to make my shoulders fit you have to upsize to a 54...which broadens the shoulders too much and results in a very poor fitting over the chest and waist.

    So I'll give BOSS a miss then. They are a very poorly constructed, cheap suit. Pre Style-Forum days I aspired to wear BOSS.... I suppose I've been spoilt by too many cheap Italian suits with proper construction. Or maybe I just prefer a softer shoulder with less padding. Or perhaps Boss are after the 'big shoulder' look from the 1980's...David Byrne look out.

    What was amusing was the shop assistant used to work at Harrolds. I discussed my admiration of their Caruso suits...which he also shared (he bought 3 whilst he worked there)...but then he went on to say that the BOSS dinner suit (at $1300) was the best value for money at that price point. He said he was 'pretty sure' they were half-canvassed.


    The Boss SC I tried on wasn't that bad:
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  4. wooparse

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    Hi,

    First time poster, been reading for a while though. I was just wanting to know if anyone if BÃ[​IMG]llo shoes are sold in Aus or if there is anywhere they can be purchased online?
    My parents brought back a pair for me and they are great.
    Currently in Melbourne to.

    Thank-you
    woop
     
  5. "6"

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    Hi, First time poster, been reading for a while though. I was just wanting to know if anyone if BÃ[​IMG]llo shoes are sold in Aus or if there is anywhere they can be purchased online? My parents brought back a pair for me and they are great. Currently in Melbourne to. Thank-you woop
    Not familiar with that brand - google search pulled up this. Is that it? Can't say I'm a fan of the designs though - mainly because I could never pull these off. Good places to start looking for men's shoes in Melbourne: 1) McCloud's shoes 2) DJ's Bourke St mall men's shoe department
    +1. Adriano is very expensive.
    I can attest to that. I'm no expert in alterations and prices, but here is what I discussed with Adriano and what he quoted me. No alterations to the jacket - asked him about finishing the buttons on the cuff but he really didn't seem keen, so I let it go. Don't want a $200 incident. Trousers - hemmed, cuffed, and waist brought in - $95 There is some bunching on the back of the trousers, so I asked him about adjusting the back balance (basically taking away some fabric from the back so the pants fall cleanly) - quoted me $300 [​IMG] . Said he would need to take the pants apart and what not. I know a mate who had his done using a horizontal pleat running above the area where your back pockets are. Since the pleat was done on the inside, its barely noticable - especially on darker fabrics, which my suit is. Insane - looks like I'll try my luck elsewhere. Will try Katrina's, or a seamstress named Inna on 25 Collins St (recommended to me by the Herringbone staff)
     
  6. bhall41

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    I can attest to that.

    I'm no expert in alterations and prices, but here is what I discussed with Adriano and what he quoted me.

    No alterations to the jacket - asked him about finishing the buttons on the cuff but he really didn't seem keen, so I let it go. Don't want a $200 incident.

    Trousers - hemmed, cuffed, and waist brought in - $95

    There is some bunching on the back of the trousers, so I asked him about adjusting the back balance (basically taking away some fabric from the back so the pants fall cleanly) - quoted me $300 [​IMG] . Said he would need to take the pants apart and what not. I know a mate who had his done using a horizontal pleat running above the area where your back pockets are. Since the pleat was done on the inside, its barely noticable - especially on darker fabrics, which my suit is.

    Insane - looks like I'll try my luck elsewhere.

    Will try Katrina's, or a seamstress named Inna on 25 Collins St (recommended to me by the Herringbone staff)


    Yep, pretty much what I expected! Have used Inna in he past when I purchased suits from Herringbone. Would be my second choice after Katrinas. Good luck.
     
  7. streetminimal

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    Wasn't there a lot of negative feedback regarding Adrian Carbone's MTM suits as well?

    I think, in general, Adriane Carbone is nothing flash. He probably puts in the effort when his services are required for some big name event (Jersey Boys) or someone famous but general clients...maybe not.
     
  8. Oleg

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    Re. Melbourne vs Sydney, on my first visit to Oz when deciding whether to move out properly, I visited both and wore pretty much the same thing in each. Found myself feeling overdressed in Melbourne and underdressed in Sydney.
    Miss them both.
     
  9. bhall41

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    Re. Melbourne vs Sydney, on my first visit to Oz when deciding whether to move out properly, I visited both and wore pretty much the same thing in each. Found myself feeling overdressed in Melbourne and underdressed in Sydney.
    Miss them both.


    I am little surprised by that observation Oleg. My own sense of things is that people from Sydney generally tend to dress a little more casually, in keeping with the sunnier climate. Melbournians, by contrast, have an abiding love affair with all things black, which only the experience of living in London for several years weaned me off!
     
  10. TheWraith

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    Both cities are wonderful and have their pros and cons, naturally. Same as most places on this planet. I personally think Melbourne is the classier place of the two, with the better cafe's, restarants and nightlife (and culture), but that's just my personal opinion and doesn't mean I don't love Sydney and all it has to offer as well. Sydney, as the Prince says, does look better from the air, with the harbour, the bridge and the Opera House (among other things). It's all a part of the greatest country on Earth [​IMG] I'm sure most tailors have both positive and negative feedback from their many number of clients over the years. I wouldn't think Adriano Carbone would be any different on that score, streetminimal.
     
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    I am little surprised by that observation Oleg. My own sense of things is that people from Sydney generally tend to dress a little more casually, in keeping with the sunnier climate. Melbournians, by contrast, have an abiding love affair with all things black, which only the experience of living in London for several years weaned me off!

    To be fair, it was winter and maybe a function of the places I was hanging out. But Melb seemed to have a much higher percentage of limited edition trainer and obscure Japanese label t shirt wearers. Sydney was flasher and more conspicuously dressed up.
     
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    To be fair, it was winter and maybe a function of the places I was hanging out. But Melb seemed to have a much higher percentage of limited edition trainer and obscure Japanese label t shirt wearers. Sydney was flasher and more conspicuously dressed up.

    Well it was winter; Melbourne wears all black. Since it's a fashion crime to wear black suits, we can't win.
     
  13. JohnsNotHere

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    Back on SF member watch... spotted opposite QV1, Perth... chinos, gingham shirt, and what looked to be C&J cliffords...
     
  14. RedDC5R

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking to re-sole a pair of Bally loafers in Melb CBD. They are rubber sole atm.

    Any suggestions/experiences on who I should use? Thanks all.
     
  15. The Ernesto

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    Sarti in Melbourne is closing its Little Collins Street store. Moving its ops to the La Trobe Street place.
     
  16. lachyzee

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    I'm buying a pair of Loakes from Pediwear for a friend. He'll also need a shoe tree.

    Generally Pediwear gives you free trees for shoes >100 pounds but since this Loake model (253) isn't over 100 pounds in cost it will be 50 pounds extra to add a tree once I include the shipping for the tree.

    I presume I can get a nice wooden shoe tree elsewhere (online or in store) for less than 50 pounds... anyone got some suggestions?

    Also, is the included Loake Wax Polish any good?

    Thanks

    *edit*

    I know Pediwear give you free polish with your first pair of Loakes as part of their Loake shoe club, does this happed with subsequent pairs? I presume it doesn't (I am a lvl 3 member so I already get a discount).
     
  17. California Dreamer

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    I'm buying a pair of Loakes from Pediwear for a friend. He'll also need a shoe tree.

    Generally Pediwear gives you free trees for shoes >100 pounds but since this Loake model (253) isn't over 100 pounds in cost it will be 50 pounds extra to add a tree once I include the shipping for the tree.

    I presume I can get a nice wooden shoe tree elsewhere (online or in store) for less than 50 pounds... anyone got some suggestions?

    Also, is the included Loake Wax Polish any good?

    Thanks

    *edit*

    I know Pediwear give you free polish with your first pair of Loakes as part of their Loake shoe club, does this happed with subsequent pairs? I presume it doesn't (I am a lvl 3 member so I already get a discount).



    There's a shop in the Block Arcade that sells quality shoe trees. Are you in Melbourne?
     
  18. lennier

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    I'm buying a pair of Loakes from Pediwear for a friend. He'll also need a shoe tree.

    Generally Pediwear gives you free trees for shoes >100 pounds but since this Loake model (253) isn't over 100 pounds in cost it will be 50 pounds extra to add a tree once I include the shipping for the tree.

    I presume I can get a nice wooden shoe tree elsewhere (online or in store) for less than 50 pounds... anyone got some suggestions?

    Also, is the included Loake Wax Polish any good?

    Thanks

    *edit*

    I know Pediwear give you free polish with your first pair of Loakes as part of their Loake shoe club, does this happed with subsequent pairs? I presume it doesn't (I am a lvl 3 member so I already get a discount).

    I hunted around a bit recently and opted to grab trees from McClouds for $40. Same things can be had far cheaper in the US (not so much in the UK for some reason) but they all wanted $50-60 shipping cost so it wasn't worth the hassle.
    That said, might be worth investigating the SF affiliate Cedarville (see top banner) as they offer additional discounts to SF members. I dismissed them as the site seemed to not allow shipping out of the US, but it appears you just have to ask.
     
  19. appolyon

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    I think for nice wooden shoe trees ebay will probably be your best best. There are other places like Woodlore where you can purchase online but I think they tend to be a bit expensive. There was an SF member in Sydney that would bulk buy and sell them here, but alas I don't think he does that anymore (lucky I bought ten pairs off him last time!).

    I've used my Loake polish and I think its of reasonable quality. Hopefully someone else knows what brand it is. I've since bought Saphir and can definitely say that Loake does not rebrand Saphir like the top tier shoe makers do.

    Regarding subsequent polish, I've bought four pairs from Pediwear and I only ever received a tin of polish with my first pair.
     
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    My sister-in-law is after a stylish and cool backpack so I took her to Harrolds where they have Cote et Ciel backpacks for a mere $310 (which holds a 15" Laptop). It wasn't on sale, and it wasn't as comfortable as she thought, so she didn't get it. For interest's sake I went upstairs to try on dinner suits (which are never on sale). The Caruso dinner suit at the moment is a self-stripe (same as this season's Versace Collection) which isn't the look I'm after. So I tried on a Tom Ford dinner suit (52 R Base 'A'). Wow...and I thought the Boss suit had strong shoulders. On me, it felt like I was wearing an inflatable He-Man costume. Large vertical shoulder pads and a huge amount of chest structure (think inflatable pecs). They also have backwards-facing shoulder seam (like Isaia) to further accentuate the roll of the chest. As stunning as the dark-eyed sultry Latino-looking saleslady was, I don't think I'm going to part with $5,000 just yet. On my build, the Tom Ford just looks like a caricature. I think I prefer softer tailoring...but if you are after looking for something with a bit of structure and shape to it...have a look. They are rather amazing (it boggles the mind to think how the Base 'B' and 'C' are shaped). jeffryd gave an interesting de-construction of Tom Ford on his blog here. I think I'll quote a relevant passage:
    Another interesting moment at Harrolds occurred when a younger sales assistant suggested that maybe I buy a nice black suit instead of a dinner suit, and that I'd get away with it as along as I wore nice black shoes. I replied that I'd then look like an AFL footballer...he didn't think that was funny. BTW Harrolds is on sale on Friday. "VIP Only" today and tomorrow. I had a look at Caruso in 52 but it was all plain charcoal or charcoal with pinstripe. Some nice Pal Zileri in a dark blue/navy with faint red/plum pinstripe.
     
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