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

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  1. appoooh

    appoooh Senior member

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    I bought a pair of Canali flannels from Henry Bucks at the start of autumn - presumably they've sold out now?

    You can try the Canali boutique, Brooks Brothers or MJ Bale (they sell the "Bowes" grey flannel suit as separates). If stuff isn't on display then ask.
     
  2. eightace

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    Try Voi, Castlreagh St just around the corner from King St, upstairs.
     
  3. Coxsackie

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    Yeah, well screw you tooski.
     
  4. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Spectre, what's this you keep bangin' on about..."our club"?

    One minute you're joining the Kelvin Club and next minute it's "our club". Are the Australian forumnites mounting a hostile takeover of KC?

    If so, I'm in. Great place, and I fancy the idea of hanging around talking massive amounts of shite with you and Gezza.

    However, fxh must also be inducted, as he talks shite more massively than anybody. Even through fractured dentition.
     
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  5. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    Why thank you coxxy.
     
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  6. spectre

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    The idea is in its infancy. We were bemoaning the other day over lunch the lack of black tie events, so we decided we should hold our own formal evenings of wining and dining.
    I simply put up the Kelvin club as a place we could meet if I or a couple joined. You don't need sponsoring, it's about $500 a year. They have private function rooms, but so do nice restaurants which is another option.
    Early suggestions would be we meet about half a dozen times a year, partners included, or on your own. Black tie an absolute must. And we just eat, drink and talk crap. Cigars would be nice...I don't smoke but there are good electric versions around so you can pose.
    I came up with rather banal name of the Penguin Club but wife suggested The Posh Penguins, which I like. Still open to suggestions on everything about this so everyone please chip in.
    As an aside, after 40 years as a sports reporter I quit full time but have ended my self-imposed ban on watching AFL now and a year later I switch on TV to see footy players on panel shows looking like they just walked out of a tailors store. Pocket squares everywhere - and well done too.
     
  7. Coxsackie

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    Well, that sounds like a sterling suggestion, old chap.

    Many moons ago, I did a rotation through St Thomas' Hospital in London for final year med. The "Tommy's" students would regularly organise DJ parties. Chaps in tuxedos, the gels would wear ball gowns. Everyone would get blind drunk and usually there would be a food fight. I'm not suggesting that for your proposal, but the idea of "any excuse to get dressed up in formal wear" is an excellent one. And anyone turning up in tails and white tie should not have to pay.

    If we don't do it, nobody will. Melbourne needs this.
     
  8. spectre

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    We need this I agree. I'm sure we could muster a fair mob even for the inaugural meeting. Good to see enthusiasm.
    Edit: Note to self. Don't get too excited until you actually have dinner suit made.
     
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  9. skeen7908

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    I too am needing to order a tuxedo/dinner suit.

    I was reluctant to order from luxire because the only picture I have seen posted of a luxire tuxedo looked a little bit ordinary to my untrained eyes

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    Also, I was unsure of how, if at all, the measurements would need to be changed for a dinner jacket from my normal suit jackets.

    What instructions are you going to give re: the pattern and measurements?
     
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  10. Coxsackie

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    I have a Canali DJ which, oddly enough, is marked "Made In Australia". Under licence, I imagine. Certainly it's at least 10 years old, maybe 15, meaning pre-Canali Boutique days. At that time I think their only outlet was David Jones and I'm pretty sure that's where I bought it. It's nice, fits well, pretty standard cut with grosgrain shawl collar and trouser side piping, although I suspect the base material is not of particularly high quality.

    I'll be back in Shanghai next week and am seriously considering commissioning an evening coat (i.e. tails), matching pents, and an off-white waistcoat. This is the kind of ensemble one might get an opportunity to wear once every five years or so, and therefore not worth spending top dollar on. Shanghai is therefore the perfect place - many of the tailoring booths at Xinyang Market have evening coats on display and their workmanship is mostly more than adequate. Perhaps I should supply the fabric.
     
  11. The Ernesto

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    The wombat club.
     
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  12. Gerry Nelson

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    I like that!!!
     
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  13. fxh

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    wombat - eats, roots,shoots and leaves.
     
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  14. Gerry Nelson

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    So it's going to be THAT kind of club, is it?
     
  15. fxh

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    blahman - come back - all is forgiven.
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    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Note - in blahmans absence Henry Carter holds all distribution, branding and trademark rights over "Henry the wombat". [​IMG]
     
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    That's good too. Maybe we should take a vote after we get enough suggestions.
     
  18. spectre

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    Tails Coxy? You aiming for free admission? Maybe we could have white tie end of year night or something but if it's tails I'll definitely be going for something cheapish from Asia.
    I love that look the Royals have on big occasions, with tails, chamois coloured waistcoat, pale blue shirt with white collar and small patterned tie.
     
  19. herringbonePete

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    +1 - this has to be the advice, surely - along with polishing black toe-caps - I've spotted people with military experience who can get a patent look quickly.

    After my first foray (in recent years) into the world of dinner suits, I have been performing at various Melbourne venues in mine..it is strictly specified that we must wear black - no exceptions. It breaks down to the occasional black suit (rare) but most people wear the correct turned-down collar with perhaps a quarter in turned-up collar. Some fit poorly and the occasional youngster has the ultra-skinny 'fitted' look.

    A cummberbund is rare but you see them.
     
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  20. Gerry Nelson

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