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

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  1. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    Mate, it is a virtual one way ticket. Although most entrepreneurs plan B involves reverting to employment if the venture flops, generally, they wont ever go back, because the new ventures usually open up new opportunities.

    Romp, that was a gutsy move. Congratulations for taking the decision to pursue your dreams, and may you live long and prosper!!
     




  2. Journeyman

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    The listings state that international shipping is free, too, so it definitely is a bargain!

    Just to make it even more of a bargain, I think that AFPOS are throwing in a free belt with each pair of shoes that cost GBP300 or more and - in an example of great customer service - I think that they are still counting the sale shoes as being GBP300 shoes, even though they come to GBP250 when VAT is removed.
     


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    Problem is I do not know how they fit. I went through the AS thread, and apparently someone made a comparison between the AS 724 last and the EG 888 last. Anyone know where to find it?
     


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    That's a great price considering the belt is worth UKP75 alone.

    On another note, I notice that Herring Shoes is also selling Alfred Sargent Exclusive under the Herring 1966 label.
     


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    FPOS also has AS belts on sale for 37 quid. Great value.
     


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    Late announcement re meet up, for those who didn't give me their mobile. If we are not at the sofi lobby bar on first level, we will be at the bar on the 35, yes that's thirty five, floor under the tacky tent thing.

    Give me or matt a ring or text if You get lost.

    Matt has to leave around 6.45 or so . be early.
     


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    Yes, I was quite taken by these shoes:

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=7084

    The photos on the Herring website don't do them justice - I saw a couple of photos elsewhere and they looked stunning.
     


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    I suppose when you consider other incentives like new ties and fabric samples you guys are pretty baller :p
     
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  9. Romp

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    thanks all

    I was an equity analyst and i particularly focused on the consumer/retail stocks. I think i enjoyed the retail side more than I enjoyed the finance side of the job:)
     




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    I go home every night and dive into a vault filled with knit ties, a la Scrooge McDuck.

    I'm not going to lie, it's pretty sweet.
     


  12. Journeyman

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    Interesting to see, but also depressing. It looks as though FJ is essentially just doing the same thing that they were doing before they closed their bricks-and-mortar stores a couple of years back - selling boring, unexceptional clothes that are cheaply made in China or other such countries.

    As I stated when FJs went into receivership, they failed because they abandoned what made them great. When I was young, my father used to buy a lot of his clothes, particularly trousers, at FJs. They had great fabrics such as mini-houndstooth checks, small-scale plaids, flannels and so on.

    However, by the time I was at university, they'd moved production offshore and the interesting fabrics had disappeared. The clothes that were left largely seemed to be dull and boring, but weren't cheap, despite being made offshore and despite being fairly mediocre in quality (at least the wool trousers that I looked at were pretty ordinary).

    I think that Fletcher Jones should have done one of two things (or a combination of the two) - rather than continuing down the path of stocking dull clothes that were (presumably) made cheaply overseas, they should have either continued to stock overseas-made clothes but gone back to the interesting fabrics that made their old trousers and jackets so great, plus adding modern classics; or pushed a bit more upmarket and gone back to making stuff in Australia, made sure that their clothes were of high quality, well-made and well-cut, and really pushed that in their advertising.

    Essentially, FJs could have been like an Australian version of Brooks Brothers, selling good quality clothes, some made in Oz, some made overseas, some classic and "timeless", some more colourful, seasonal, idiosyncratic. Unfortunately, they didn't go down that path and instead they ended up being mediocre and they failed.
     


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    Much better than diving into a vault filled with coins. Even as a child, I remember thinking that must hurt!
     


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