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

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  1. tone76

    tone76 Senior member

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    Good God. (I hope you haven't just had breakfast, you might bring it straight back up). http://www.ourdeal.com.au/deal/ron-bennett?ed The worst part is that this isn't the first one of these deals I've seen: Scoopon ran a similar one last week. [​IMG] Seriously, who'd fall for this garbage?
     
  2. California Dreamer

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    He's also got loads of Antichi Telai shirts for about $140 which I think are the nuts guts. They are a slim darted shirt (like MF) but they have a much longer tail and front which means that unlike most slim-fitting shirts they actually stay in your trousers and don't ride up over your waist.

    The lowest front button is set very low (almost below your trouser) which really helps to keep everything tucked in and looking smooth and clean.

    Most of the current batch he's got have banker cuffs and collars.


    Thanks for the tip PG; I wondered about them, and will try one when I go back (slim-fit may not work for me).

    BTW, while working at one of the big four and in frequent contact with the other three, I never see bankers wearing banker shirts.
     
  3. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    Do any Melbourne people have favourite 2nd-hand shops for bargain hunting? I've been going to the Savers in Brunswick quite a bit and I went to the Footscray one last weekend. I've done ok: some decent ties; a pair of wool pants here and there or a shirt. NOTHING LIKE the bounty that is displayed on the main thrifting thread though (seriously, if you lived in the US, why would you ever buy anything new?). I'd like to find a suit or a blazer, but so far I've seen nothing even remotely plausible in that department. The shoes are always hideous there as well.

    So that's Savers. Any other suggestions?
     
  4. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Do any Melbourne people have favourite 2nd-hand shops for bargain hunting? I've been going to the Savers in Brunswick quite a bit and I went to the Footscray one last weekend. I've done ok: some decent ties; a pair of wool pants here and there or a shirt. NOTHING LIKE the bounty that is displayed on the main thrifting thread though (seriously, if you lived in the US, why would you ever buy anything new?). I'd like to find a suit or a blazer, but so far I've seen nothing even remotely plausible in that department. The shoes are always hideous there as well.

    So that's Savers. Any other suggestions?


    Depends what you consider a bargain. I've found some really nice stuff at second hand shops, which I've posted on that thread. However I am prepared to pay a bit more than what those guys seem to pay for similar gear. They described some of my finds as "discount store prices", which in my view is unreasonable expectations, especially considering that our RRPs are twice theirs.

    That said, I haven't found it too unusual to find SF-approved gear in op shops and markets. My list of hits includes Zegna, Kiton, Brioni, Hermes, Canali, Corneliani, Caruso, Cantarelli, Borrelli, Paul Smith, Duchamp, Charvet, Bijan, Brooks Brothers, Valentino, Crockett and Jones, Alden, Allen Edmonds and others. Also found some great vintage cufflinks over the years.

    If I have a "secret" it's that I think about where the shop is located and the catchment area for their donations. Brunswick is a nice area, but what sorts of clothes are its denizens going to donate? It's unlikely you'll find top iGent brands in that area; maybe more S&D. I think about things such as the wealth of people living in the area and their lifestyles. (IMO young families are far less likely to chuck out good stuff than executives and retirees).

    There is one place I know where I can reliably find suits, shirts, pants and sports coats from top brands. However they are aware of the value of what they have, and you have to be prepared to pay more than op shop prices. However if you compare them to eBay, and consider that you get to try the piece on before buying, they come out well ahead. My best find there was a Brioni suit for $80. Elsewhere I found a pure cashmere Hermes jacket for $50. I'm very happy to pay those prices, the bargain hounds on the thrifting thread consider that too much.

    It's not all gloom; if you keep hunting you will find good stuff at the kind of prices they pay. I've found Canali (twice), Corneliani, Cantarelli and Chester Barrie suits for under $30, for example. If you get lucky at Salvos, you might even find it on one of their half-off days. I picked up a Valentino tie for fifty cents that way.

    Sorry to ramble; you hit upon a passion of mine. [​IMG]
     
  5. tone76

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    If I have a "secret" it's that I think about where the shop is located and the catchment area for their donations.
    This has been true in my experience as well. Sometimes it's the smaller local charity shops in affluent areas, or near certain precincts, that yield the best hauls. Last week, I scored a Zegna tie for $1 from an op shop near Adelaide's legal precinct. From the same op shop, I also scored a couple of other nice pure silk French ties ('Axe Mod') for $1 each - what grabbed my attention is just how much they resembled Hermes ties. They also had a decent range of shirts (TML, CT), none of which were in my size ... but the Zara I picked up for $7 fits nicely. Adelaide lawyers know how to dress and obviously don't mind purging their wardrobes now and then. [​IMG] The Salvos can be hit and miss, although I think the larger ones in better areas are worth a punt. I almost bought a Zegna sports coat from a local Salvos for $19, but then I realised it wasn't going to fit. [​IMG] In hindsight, I wish I'd bought it just to flip. [​IMG] Once you know what to look for, there's more out there in Op Shop land than you think.
     
  6. Prof. B. Bear

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    This has been true in my experience as well. Sometimes it's the smaller local charity shops in affluent areas, or near certain precincts, that yield the best hauls. Last week, I scored a Zegna tie for $1 from an op shop near Adelaide's legal precinct. From the same op shop, I also scored a couple of other nice pure silk French ties ('Axe Mod') for $1 each - what grabbed my attention is just how much they resembled Hermes ties. They also had a decent range of shirts (TML, CT), none of which were in my size ... but the Zara I picked up for $7 fits nicely. Adelaide lawyers know how to dress and obviously don't mind purging their wardrobes now and then. [​IMG]

    The Salvos can be hit and miss, although I think the larger ones in better areas are worth a punt. I almost bought a Zegna sports coat from a local Salvos for $19, but then I realised it wasn't going to fit. [​IMG] In hindsight, I wish I'd bought it just to flip. [​IMG]

    Once you know what to look for, there's more out there in Op Shop land than you think.


    I live in Adelaide's legal precinct and the only op shop I know about is on Hindley st..
     
  7. tone76

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    I live in Adelaide's legal precinct and the only op shop I know about is on Hindley st..
    Think more along the lines of near the Courts. Well, down one of the streets that runs near the Courts (Carrington St). (and welcome, fellow Adelaidian!)
     
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    My best find there was a Brioni suit for $80. Elsewhere I found a pure cashmere Hermes jacket for $50.

    Sorry I'll have to trump you. I got a Brioni for AUD50 at Lifeline.[​IMG]
     
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    In hindsight, I wish I'd bought it just to flip. [​IMG]

    Once you know what to look for, there's more out there in Op Shop land than you think.


    Flipping is a bit weird too. I've had the devil's own trouble flipping nice stuff like Kiton and C&J - Aussies just don't know these brands. My best luck has been flipping the stuff we wouldn't want but the punters love - Boss, Armani Collezione, etc. No accounting for taste, I guess.
     
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    Why isn't there a quality rtw store in westfield pitt st sydney.. Brooks, zegna, kiton etc. Things suck here so much I'm going on B&S
     
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    Why isn't there a quality rtw store in westfield pitt st sydney.. Brooks, zegna, kiton etc. Things suck here so much I'm going on B&S

    Harrods is carrying high end RTW brands.
     
  12. __PG__

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    Is there a reason why no-one in Sydney goes to http://www.voi.com.au/ ? I dropped in while I was in visiting Sydney in October. It seems to have some good brands (Canali, Zegna, Lucianio Barbera) at reasonable prices.
     
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    Is there a reason why no-one in Sydney goes to http://www.voi.com.au/ ?

    I dropped in while I was in visiting Sydney in October. It seems to have some good brands (Canali, Zegna, Lucianio Barbera) at reasonable prices.


    I go there sometimes and mentioned it here - but there was some negativity. Sure there is a bit of Euro-tat, but it can be good value when their stuff is on sale and you stick to the basics. The quality can be very good, but the styles may be a bit dated. Their Babera trousers are a good deal and I have bought some nice ties there (Ballantyne cashmere).
     
  14. Geoffrey Firmin

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    If I have a "secret" it's that I think about where the shop is located and the catchment area for their donations. Brunswick is a nice area, but what sorts of clothes are its denizens going to donate? It's unlikely you'll find top iGent brands in that area; maybe more S&D. I think about things such as the wealth of people living in the area and their lifestyles. (IMO young families are far less likely to chuck out good stuff than executives and retirees). It's not all gloom; if you keep hunting you will find good stuff at the kind of prices they pay. I've found Canali (twice), Corneliani, Cantarelli and Chester Barrie suits for under $30, for example. If you get lucky at Salvos, you might even find it on one of their half-off days. I picked up a Valentino tie for fifty cents that way. Sorry to ramble; you hit upon a passion of mine. [​IMG]
    A friend of mine, who is a primary school teacher lives in Mosman and he buys virtually all his clothing, Herringbone, CR(so tragic) Ted Baker, PRL at the local St Vinnies shop. The Salvos used to have a great store in Chatswood called the White Elephant I picked up a couple of David Lawrence leather jackets, cut in a sports coat style which the wife uses. And your right about the socio economics of the area contributing to what stock they have. The more affluent suburbs have better charity shops in general. Mind you every time I walk into one they have the odd Harris Tweed jacket but never in my size!
     
  15. JSSM

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    Thoughts on online suppliers (inc mtm) for coats & jackets? I'd prefer not to pay aussie retail (and there's not much at this end of sales). I also don't have much luck finding a variety of quality, slim fitting clothes. I'd be looking for something like HB, but possibly a touch more snug (it's a good fit, but needs waist suppression).
     
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    Check out Pernac, Barrington Ayre or Tomas Soliz if you're interested in online MTM. Pernac has a local measuring service in most Australian capital cities, though if you want horn buttons, you'll need to supply your own.
     
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    Anyone know any good shoe guys in canberra? need some resole stuff done.
     
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    Anyone know any good shoe guys in canberra? need some resole stuff done.

    this thread is turning into a merry go round.
     
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    Anyone know any good shoe guys in canberra? need some resole stuff done.

    this thread is turning into a merry go round.

    Yes, use the search function.

    http://www.styleforum.net/search.php?searchid=10713710
     
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    The brooks brothers sale is on now. I had everything waiting in my cart for nearly 6 months. I now realize I should have bought during the family and friends 30% sale. Some of my items are 25% off.
     
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