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

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  1. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    I'd much rather swap a few decent recipes than talk watches. ( Not that theres anything wrong ...)
    If people must post pictures of the inner guts of watches could they use the spoiler tag or post thumbnails.

    I just started The Coat Route. Australian connection - John Cutler and about clothes, expensive things and craftwork*.

    In today’s world of fast fashion, is there a place for a handcrafted $50,000 coat?

    To answer that question, Meg Noonan unravels the story of the coat’s provenance. Her journey takes readers to the Sydney studio of John Cutler, a fourth-generation tailor who works magic with scissors and thread; to the remote mountains of Peru, where villagers shear vicunas (a rare animal known for its soft fleece); to the fabulous Florence headquarters of Stefano Ricci, the world’s greatest silk designer; to the esteemed French textile company Dormeuil; to the English button factory that makes products out of Indian buffalo horn; and to the workshop of the engraver who made the 18-carat gold plaque that sits inside the collar.

    These individual artisans and family-owned companies are part of the rich tapestry of bespoke tailoring, which began in 17th-century London. They have stood against the tide of mass consumerism, but their dedication to their craft is about more than maintaining tradition; they have found increasing reason to believe that their way is best — for customers, for the environment, and for the workers involved.

    Fascinating, surprising, and entertaining, The Coat Route is a timely love song to things of lasting value in our disposable culture.
    * Not that Kraftwerk
     
  2. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    Nice
     
  3. The Ernesto

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    fxh Senior member

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    On another note (small word play) I have become obsessed, earworm etc, in the last week with Charles & Eddie "Would I lie to You". But I haven't got a lossless version and can't find one. I want to listen on the good speakers to see if its as rich as I imagine but I'm stuck with crappy MP3s. Anyone got a source? Or is it thin and compressed and not worth the effort?
     
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  5. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Picked that up a while back on CD's recommendation great book.

    As for recipe's after 20 years years of professional cooking there is not much I don't know (Christ I am modest) all this talk of curry prompts me to recommend India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant I was initially taught Indian by an ex Hari Krishna 35 years ago, love it eat it at least twice a week, with no ring of fire afterwards.

    And Kraftwerk wads great show at the Opera House earlier this year
     
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    I think that CD read that and enjoyed it a while back.
     
  7. couldnthaveknow

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    Thanks mate. I think for me the first and most important thing is getting the fit right. I've bought a fair few pairs of shoes online and all they do is hurt, end up being a waste of money. If I knew my Trickers size and fit though, that would be a good buy
     
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    [​IMG]

    you and TBM would be a cracker of a show
     
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    No worries. FWIW if you are in Melbourne I think Henry Bucks/Beggar Man Thief had some trickers. Beggar Man Thief has a stall at the Sth Melbourne market as well with discounted shoes, you might pick a Grenson with them.
     
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    Haha.... Ernesto that joke was immortal!
     
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  11. fxh

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    Please don't encourage them.
     
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    Yeah... in Sydney unfortunately...so can't try them on... another disadvantage to add to the list, which reads:
    - Melb ppl are nicer
    - Melb girls are nicer
    - Melb girls are nicer
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    Melb weather I like, because I'm half kiwi
    - BUT.. Sydney fishing is better than Melb. so not moving

    I don't want to start no flame wars but just have to post this BECAUSE ITS TRUUUUUUUUEEEEE

    [​IMG]
     
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    Conclusion: Melb girls are more difficult to get?
     
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    Actually mate, the original argument was that mechanical watches keep time worse than modern digital watches. Do the Lobbs cover your feet worse than Aquilas?

    Points for trying, though.
     
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    I did. Enjoyed it immensely.
     
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    As an objective observer, Melbourne leaves Sydney bare assed.
     
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  18. Geoffrey Firmin

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    No.

    You just have to know where to look.
     
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    couldnthaveknow - you can still get the wrong size even when trying on in B&M shops.
    Shoe fitting is both a science and an art especially in dress shoes.
    You have the customer's, often idiosyncratic, ideas of aesthetics to consider as well as objective, and sometimes subjective, issues of fit on 3 dimensions.
    Plus the issue of a limited range of styles and lasts in the shop, and/or brand, and, going by some sales persons footwear, an almost willful ignorance of fit and style.

    Given the above is a miracle that some people get fitted at all.

    Its worth putting some time into analysing what it is about your unique feet, and they are unique, that is causing the difficulties.

    Is it width at the heel or ball or elsewhere, is it long toes, narrow feet, flat feet, high arch, fat heel skinny heel or something else.

    You also have to compromise on lasts - that skinny pointy shoe may never work for you - or brands - some won't work.
    You may have to accept that closed lacing is a big restricting factor.
    Chukkas or ankle boots are possible the most forgiving in terms of good fit.
     
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    Quoting in full because it bears repeating!
     
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