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

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  1. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    I had no idea 55 Collins was a Pei building.

    I'm sad to hear it, because 55 Collins is IMHO hideous. And all the more egregious for what it single-handedly destroyed: the Paris End of Collins St.

    (Although of course there is Dame Edna's singular quip about that name: "You never hear Parisians referring to the Melbourne End of the Champs Elysees, do you?")
     
  2. hens

    hens Active Member

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    Anyone got a recommendation for a alterations tailor in Perth?
     
  3. Foxhound

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    I can to this realisation a few months ago, and am thinking it now as I sit at the bus stop here, but most of the CBD is disgusting.
     
  4. Petepan

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    Talking about hideous, what do people think about the Pompidou building in Paris?

    We are talking about this:

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    Smack in the middle of this:

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  5. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Funnily enough, I like the Pompidou Centre. Guess there's no accounting for taste...
     
  6. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    Yes, very much agreed here. We were in Thailand once, and I was chatting to the hotel porter. He told me that his basic salary was about $4000 baht PER MONTH, and tips on a good month may bring it perhaps another $2000 baht. My mate and I, including hotel, were spending over $2000 bath PER DAY each. Every day, we both collectively spent this man's monthly salary. The exchange rate then was about AUD$1 to 40 baht, so we were spending about AUD$50 per day each, not exactly champers and limo style.
     
  7. The Ernesto

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    Pompidou is iconic. It's does exactly what it is intended to do.

    As for 55 Collins, at street level I really like the way people move through it, if that makes any sense. Sometimes I think the outside of the buildings are really ugly, other times I don't mind it.

    I remember when it was being built and have been inside both towers many times so have a strange affection for it.
     
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    Petepan Senior member

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    I don't exactly dislike it, just that it is a bit jarring especially after I have walked the streets of Marais (which is even older than Haussman's Paris) and emerge from that old world to be confronted by this. It was then that I understood why some Parisians refuse to even look at the Louvre Pyramid each time they walked pass it.
     
  9. Journeyman

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    To be frank, you can say this about most cities.

    For every stand-out building in a city CBD, there's always another ten or more that are either simply banal or downright eyesores.
     
  10. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    That's certainly true in Brisbane after all Joh's midnight demolitions.
     
  11. Journeyman

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    Yes, indeed.

    I almost feel like crying when I look at photos of central Brisbane from the 1950s and even the early 1960s. There were so many nice, solid, classically-styled office buildings and by the 1980s, most of them had been demolished and replaced by very, very mediocre concrete office blocks.

    I know that there was a demand for more office space back in those days but other cities (only a few, admittedly) have managed to get by with retaining older buildings whilst still attracting business, or have insisted upon a tightly contained skyscraper precinct so as to maintain older, lower buildings in the rest of the city, and I do wish that Brisbane had followed suit instead of slavishly demolishing a lot of attractive buildings and replacing them with ugly blocks that have aged very, very poorly indeed.
     
  12. DartagnanRed

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    Checked out Brooks Brothers store. Wow, that's what you call a fitout. Big ceilings, beautiful wooden cabinets, American memorabilia everywhere and a goddamn full size pool table. Must have been close to $5m. I imagine they got a great deal on the rent though given that part of town is a bit dead from a retail perspective after everyone moved up to Westfield.

    Clothing wise I'm always a bit underwhelmed by BB, the suits just don't do it for me. The lapels are skinny or the gorge is too low, there's no stitching on the lapels, the shoulders are pretty hard etc. The shirts are very baggy and the collars are not modern. Great clothing for fat white men, not so great for everyone else.

    Some of the casual stuff was pretty nice. I think the best thing is the womenswear, some really nice clean jackets and looks. Highlight was the big women's silk scarves.
     
  13. The Ernesto

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    Tend to agree with this. Much nicer kit for the ladies.
     
  14. Oli2012

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    I've always wanted one of their OCBDs. They're like the Levis of the OCBD world.

    All the US posters get their chinos too.
     
  15. Gerry Nelson

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    Oli, look for Steve Smith in the B&S forum. I bought a few BB OCBDs from him at very reasonable prices.
     
  16. Journeyman

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    I don't have any BB OCBD shirts, but I've got several pairs of their chino pants, in various bright colours (fire engine red, green, orange and sky blue), plus a pair of patch madras trousers for good measure!.
     
  17. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Senior member

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    PSA: Herringbone has a bunch of pocket squares they're selling for $20 at the Martin Place popup. Pretty darn good.
     
  18. California Dreamer

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    I'd better get down there. :)

    Regarding Collins Place, I've worked in so many floors of those building I really know it better on the inside. When you see a building like that every day, it becomes banal and you cease to really notice it. One thing it used to be noted for was having the best view of any men's urinal in Melbourne, from the restaurant in the Sofitel. I still haven't encountered a better one.

    I agree the CBD has goen to crap, apart form where we have managed to preserve wonderful old buildings like Flinders St and the MU building. Teh coke bottle monstrosity pictured above doesn't scare me halfd as much as what the travesty developers are intending to inflict on the Windsor Hotel. After all, nobody cares what happens down by Spencer St station, but cheek-by-jowl with the Melbourne Club! The horror!
     
  19. Oli2012

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    I'm pretty good sadly.

    I get mine from SS because I have a fat neck...


    Ew :(
     
  20. Journeyman

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    I thought that you'd approve, Oli - after all, they're very "trad"!
     
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