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

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  1. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    It's not his fault, but is he helping? No.
     
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  2. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    I suppose taste in lasts is quite subjective. Every time I drag the missus to look at RMWs, she comments in Cantonese "water boots". Then showed her Lindrick and Carmina, and she says "if you like them, just buy them. You've earned the money anyway." Me: "But honey, they costs nearly double the RMWs, and RMWs are made in Australia." Wife: "You get those water boots and I wont talk to you again."

    So its settled.
     
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  3. thebrownman

    thebrownman Senior member

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    Carmina and Lindricks? Your wife has fine taste in shoes.
     
  4. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    She does, my wallet keeps reminding me of that. And guess who polishes and maintains the wife's leather boots?
     
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  5. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    It is when the financial world's got fucked that I usually have opportunities to make some money. Helps pays for wife's shoes.
     
  6. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Yes, guilt on this one too. And conditioning our old Chesterfield every once in a while too.

    Think I should just invite Mr Nice Guy Nelson around instead....
     
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  7. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    That depends upon whether you want your Chesterfield to be so shiny that you slide straight off every time you sit on it!
     
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  8. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Good point....I just keep doing it myself. One time where I do not need Gerry Nelson/Christian Kimber mirror shine skills.
     
  9. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Senior member

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    +1

    Can't abide seeing neglected shoes.
     
  10. fxh

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    Thank you to everyone who filled in the quick and dirty survey I put up the other week. The response was unexpectedly high with 17 respondents – I did not fill it in. I think that it is a good representative sample of this forum thread.

    The results are relatively reliable in this context and might be useful for those who are new to caring about their clothes or those who wish to justify spending to themselves or SOs.

    Results.

    All respondents have at sometimes had their clothes altered. Around 65% of people have to have clothes altered often. About 24% of people always have their clothes altered.

    If you are concerned about clothes, you should be prepared to have them altered and budget accordingly. There’s a bit about indicative costs below..

    The surprising thing is that no one has a friends or relatives who can do their alterations. There was a time when most households had a person, usually female, who was very good at many of these simple alterations like taking up trousers.

    A large percentage of people go to a proper tailor who could make a bespoke suit.

    A similar large – almost half - percentage go to a seamstress for alteration and a sizable but lesser percentage, around 18%, go to a chain alteration service (who from my experience often employ skilled ex clothing workers but sometimes also self-taught not so great workers). Around the same percentage 18% go at an alterationist.

    Almost everyone is mostly happy with the work done but clearly around 60% don't always feel everything is done right every time. It seems you can't just through your stuff over the counter and expect it to always turn out right. It has been suggested before that simple instructions should be written for clarity of both sides – without telling the tailor how to do their job.

    The most common alteration required is taking up trousers. So be prepared to have this service performed on most trousers you buy.
    The next most common service is having jacket sleeves shortened. Having the waist taken in on jackets is also a common service used. Taking the waist in and trousers and having a cuff put on trousers is common for more than a third of people.

    Most, 90%, of people do not have any alterations done to their shirts.

    Most people feel that the alteration charges are not too expensive.

    If you buy a readymade off the rack suit (OTR) be prepared to spend at least $80 on alterations and more likely over $100 and up to $120 or more.


    Alterations survey

    Do you ever have your clothes altered?
    Always 23.53%
    Often 41.18%
    Sometimes 35.29%

    Is the person who does your alterations:
    Any old Dry Cleaner I walk into 0%
    My Mum 0%
    My Auntie 0%
    My special Girlfriend 0%
    Lady up The Road 0%
    A Seamstress 41.18%
    A chain alteration service 17.65%
    A bloke who says hes a tailor 17.65%
    A Tailor who can make a whole suit from scratch 41.18%

    Are you happy with the job you get done
    Sometimes 5.88%
    Mostly 58.82%
    Yes 29.41%
    Define Happy 5.88%

    Are alterations too expensive

    Yes 18.75%
    No 56.25%
    Define expensive 25%

    What alterations are the most common for you
    Jacket Sleeves shortened 47.06%
    Trouser waist taken in 47.06%
    Trouser waist let out 11.76%
    Trousers taken up 76.47%
    Trousers let down 11.76%
    Trouser seat let out 17.65%
    Trouser seat taken in 11.76%
    Trouser thighs let out 0%
    Trouser thighs taken in 0%
    Cuff put on trousers 41.18%
    Seeing if I can get 3" cuffs on trousers 0%
    Letting waist on jackets out 0%
    Taking waist on jackets in 41.18%
    Darting shirts 11.76%
    Other stuff with shirts 11.76%
    Crazy things I've thought of but nobody else does 5.88%


    If you buy an off the rack suit how much do you allow for alterations

    None - It should fit 11.76%
    $80 11.76%
    $100 47.06%
    $120 29.41%
     
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  11. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I take payment in shots of Yamazaki ...
     
  12. Oli2012

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    Only alterations I do:
    - move top button
    - take pants up
     
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  13. suttonzach

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    We're not all male models Oli...
     
  14. California Dreamer

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    fxh, my wife and MIL are very capable of doing most alterations for me. Whether they are ever going to be talked into doing that is quite another matter.

    Anything for a quiet life.
     
  15. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Ho hum how can I blame a man who stared 'global warming is crap'
     
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  16. nabilmust

    nabilmust Senior member

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    Ah, you're probably right - but I've come down from 100 km/hr after a short while up there (see the cobalt blue Vass brogues in my sig). It's not like I have stopped buying shoes; I've made the choice to buy better, buy (even less). And to stop being foolish.

    Northampton shoe factories if you're up for a little adventure.
     
  17. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    Holy fucking shit. After so many weeks(19), my TOJ jacket is finally here. The TOJ 0 2013. It's beautiful. It's so perfect. It's in Navy and Black. I love it.
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  18. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    There you go. Fox does wear SWD!
     
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  19. PapaRubbery

    PapaRubbery Senior member

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    Holy shit, you could even do some ANOVA on that and get a #menswear paper in the MJA!

    In fact, there was one the fiancee's father printed out for me. A study on whether wearing dressing well had some correlation to spread of infection or somesuch, I'll have to dig it up. Was meaning to post it.
     
  20. herringbonePete

    herringbonePete Senior member

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    Rather than get caught out with the old shoe shine trick to see the colour of your wife's friend's undies, you can try another angle with the sofa...

    I also spit and polish the shoes belonging to my wife, and occasionally, primary school age daughters....I just cough up less phlegm - it would be easy to alarm them.
     
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