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

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  1. JustinW

    JustinW Senior member

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    Old Perth Boy now living amongst the yanks here - just dropping into the thread to say G'Day.

    I was mostly wearing Blundies, Doc Martins, RMWs and DBs back then - so I can't really say much about quality dress shows in Oz.
     
  2. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    Arrived in Melbourne (home) today and took my folks to 'The Flower Drum', which was excellent and the service flawless.
    I love that place.
     
  3. whistler

    whistler Well-Known Member

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    I can confirm that shoes in Perth are terrible. I searched every store I could find for some of the nice shoes you see on this forum, but found nothing. Tokyo has awesome shoes though, so I've had plenty of choice here.
     
  4. Terminator

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    You guys need to try living in Brisbane! For work I alternate between a couple of pairs of allen edmonds, a couple of pairs of vintage loake that i found in an op shop and spent a bit of time polishing up, 2 piars of the ymc strap boots (which I can also wear for play) and one pair of surprisingly nice-looking (although the quality is far inferior to the other pairs) country road chocolate captoes. For play I alternate between a pair of patent allen edmonds copleys, a pair of metallic pink mjolk shoes, a pair of silver dries van noten slip ons, a pair of chronicles of never (I am a very young looking 27, with a 19 year old girlfriend, and promote bands and a monthly club night so feel that I can get away with such choices), a pair of polo C&J double monk straps (I also sometimes wear these to work), a pair of dolce & gabanna combat boots and another pair of surprisingly nice country road suede derbys from the season. Apart from the op shop finds, crs, mjolks and chronicles of never shoes I've purchased all the other pairs online. Brisbane has virtually nothing. Although if I did have the money to splash out on one pair of shoes, I'd definitely get a pair of Herringbone shoes. I'm quite certain they are made by Cheaney. They look great.
     
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    Matt Senior member

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    you had me at metallic pink
     
  6. Journeyman

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    Brisbane has virtually nothing. Although if I did have the money to splash out on one pair of shoes, I'd definitely get a pair of Herringbone shoes. I'm quite certain they are made by Cheaney. They look great.

    Yes, the Herringbone shoes are made by Cheaney and they are quite nice.
    They are overpriced, though, albeit not quite as overpriced as the Churchs and Canali shoes stocked by Mitchell Ogilvie.

    Really (as has been discussed by disgruntled Australian members in quite a few threads), the only option for Australians who like nice shoes and who don't want to pay exhorbitant mark-ups is to purchase online or during an overseas holiday.

    I just received my first pair of Crockett & Jones shoes - delivered to my door for $450 thanks to SF member Salsalocust - and they are lovely. At 50% of the marked price of the made-for-Herringbone Cheaneys, they were an excellent deal.
     
  7. extempore

    extempore Well-Known Member

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    You guys need to try living in Brisbane!
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    Brisbane has virtually nothing.

    Something is not computing here.
     
  8. sydneycentric

    sydneycentric Senior member

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    Can you buy Fratelli Rossetti or Santoni online anywhere?
     
  9. Aus_MD

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    Can you buy Fratelli Rossetti or Santoni online anywhere?

    You mean these? Yoox.com has them at times.
    EG are available in Sydney as are C&J.
     
  10. kronik

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    I actually was looking for someone in Australia that would help me buy a lamp..

    I can haz PM?
     
  11. JustinW

    JustinW Senior member

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    I actually was looking for someone in Australia that would help me buy a lamp..
    I can haz PM?


    It's a Hill's Hoist mate, not a lamp! [​IMG]
     
  12. misterjase

    misterjase Senior member

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    I actually was looking for someone in Australia that would help me buy a lamp. I can haz PM?
    I suggest you put a finger into a powerpoint and you will have yourself a lamp.
     
  13. Tardek

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    I also have great difficulty finding suitable ties. If anyone's found a way to break the drought of $10 ties selling for $50, let me know.
     
  14. apropos

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    I also have great difficulty finding suitable ties. If anyone's found a way to break the drought of $10 ties selling for $50, let me know.
    www.ebay.com
     
  15. Tardek

    Tardek Senior member

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    Ah, ebay; my old nemesis.
     
  16. Journeyman

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    I also have great difficulty finding suitable ties. If anyone's found a way to break the drought of $10 ties selling for $50, let me know.

    Since we're talking of the Australian clothing scene, don't you mean $50 ties selling for $150??
     
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    Yes, I've seen that as well. It vexes me.

    The thing is that a quality producer or importer could come in, undercut all the crap, and still make a killing. I don't understand why it doesn't happen.
     
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    Yes, I've seen that as well. It vexes me.

    The thing is that a quality producer or importer could come in, undercut all the crap, and still make a killing. I don't understand why it doesn't happen.


    That vexes me about shirts in Australia, too.
    It is ridiculous that - at a time when places like TM Lewin and Charles Tyrwhitt are selling reasonably-made shirts for about AUD$50 or less per shirt, it is impossible to get similar dress shirts in Australia for under $150. Most places nowadays charge $180, $190, even $200 for stuff that is quite mediocre.

    I can only assume that the reason that no-one comes in and undercuts the market is because there is no real incentive to do so. If people are willing to purchase your Egyptian- or Pakistani-made shirts for $200 and you can sell reasonable numbers at that price point, there is no real incentive to sell them for $100. To make the same nett profit, you would have to sell twice as many shirts at the $100 price point than you would at the $200 price point.

    Also, I strongly suspect that most Australian consumers still correlate price with quality, and that they are ignorant about the actual features and construction of shirts or ties.
     
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    apropos Senior member

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    I do not think that Australian consumers are any more ignorant than the 'average' consumer out there.

    The simple truth is that with our climate and relatively small cities, we simply do not have the market for it. There is also that small problem with culture.
     
  20. Tardek

    Tardek Senior member

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    I did source one Brioni store in Melbourne for shirting needs. I'm not 100% about what the pricing there is like though, nor am I fond of the prospect of hitting Melbourne up every time I want a new shirt - or at all, just based on principle.
     
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