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

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  1. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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    The best Bakery is off Lygon Street, but for pastries La Petie Gateaux is excellent (Collins Street).

    Spanish: Movida?

    Asian: Shanghai Street Dumpling, Kokoro Ramen, Mamak House, Laksa King (Kensington)

    Gastro Pubs: no idea about the beer, but Captain Meville might be a good bet.
     
  2. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Senior member

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    I don't know what everyone's problem is with a peak lapel tux. along with being totally appropriate, I think it looks much nicer on men with bigger heads (especially compared to the skinny lapels of OTR).

    My ideal tux would be black with peak lapels similar to MJB's Vince tux.
     
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  3. Oscar Hunt

    Oscar Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Linen/wool would be typically be hardier than wool/silk but it really depends on the blend percentages. You may have a fabric with less than 5% silk in the blend which won't really effect the durability too much, in comparison to a wool/linen that has 30% or more linen through it - both fabrics will perform differently.

    You could say that wool/linen has decent formality because of the structure of the fabric (less creases in comparison to 100% linen etc), but again it depends on how much linen is in the blend. I have certainly seen wool/silks that look really formal because of the fabric design and percentage of blend.

    I think both wool/silk and wool/linen are good options for summer, but if you want a slightly more structured fabric that doesn't crease as much then linen/mohair is your best bet. Mohair is an amazing fabric with different properties to wool, but its fairly rigid and not for everyone.
     
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  4. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    As it's related to the discussion, here's a close up of the fabric from a wool/silk/linen jacket I wore yesterday.

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    OH - the mohair/linen blend sounds interesting. I'd imagine the mohair could impart a bit of a sheen similar to silk in a se/wo/li blend?
     
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  5. Journeyman

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    I'm not OH, but I'll chime in with my $0.02.

    I had a light grey mohair suit a while back and yes, it did have a bit of a sheen to it. Not too showy, but definitely not as matt as plain wool.

    I've also got a brown glen plaid suit in a wool/mohair blend and whilst the fabric has a bit of stiffness and structure to it, courtesy of the mohair, it doesn't have a sheen.
     
  6. lukejackson

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    I love silk blends. My favourite is a linen/silk/wool blend. Barely realise you are wearing anything. I've only worn the jacket a few times, but I doubt it will be very durable. I reckon it's fine if the jacket is not one you are considering wearing often.
     
  7. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Senior member

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    What's cooler, linen-wool-silk or linen-wool (50/50)?
     
  8. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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    Melbourne bros:

    1. What's the turn around like at same the alterationist? Need some.pants hemmed and am in town soon to pick them up.

    2. Any ideas where to get a glasses case? Mine has been broken after 2 years of abuse. It needs to be hard shell because it will get abused daily.
     
  9. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    1. Depends on how busy they are, surely? A lot of places are busy atm due to spring racing season jobs. I'd ring up and check if they can meet your deadline.

    2. I think you'd have much better luck finding something nice on eBay/etsy than in Melb.
     
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  10. Gerry Nelson

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    my loro piana lightest jacket is 10% silk ... they add silk in small percentage for strength as its only 175g/mt

    You'll find that silk is protein based and it wears warmer, not cooler for its weight.

    That said, it allows you to make a lighter garment so perhaps evens out in the end anyway?

    Other attributes of silk will be wrinkling, sheen/lustre and softness.
     
  12. fxh

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    I've got 2 or 3 SCs in wool/linen/silk its a great blend.

    Matt, usually your regular optometrist will give you glasses cases for free. Or just walk into a w' bool optometrist and ask them for a freebie. Opshops are a great source of glasses cases, the semi wsoft leather ones with a pocket clip are the go.
     
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  13. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    sorry to hear you're not feeling well Gerry.
     
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  14. fxh

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    Matt, I'd concentrate on finding a tailor/alterationist in W' bool. For the future use. Ask/poke around , I'd assume due to FJs that there would be shitloads of skilled people and proper tailors around retired or semi retired.
     
  15. Liber

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    Can anyone comment on to what degree a pair of suit pants could be slimmed down by? I've got a pair that need at least 0.5-0.75" tapering from the knee down. Doable?
     
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    fxh Senior member

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    Liber, basic, simple, common, piece of the proverbial.
     
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    Kudos to GC for "dressing-down" to let his bride's outfits take pride of place, but there are several problems with this fit: 1. Shiny suit during the daytime. 2. No tie dimple. 3. (Not seen above) Derbies? You kiddin' me? 4. No PS ( a crisp white linen TV-fold would have been spectacular here). 5. He wore the same suit to the after-party. Must have been a bit smelly by then.

    Yep, this is SF folks. Nitpicking is our middle name.

    The real proof of Bono's wankerhood is the dyed hair. Contrast this to another huge rock star from the same vintage, who is ageing so much more gracefully (and is so infinitely better dressed). I speak, of course, of Paul Weller:

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    I want to look like THIS^ when I become an elderly rock star. (I'm halfway there.)

    And I thought I'd heard it all.
     
  18. Oli2012

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    My misc news:

    (1) For anyone hunting invisible socks, check out Bonds No Show Sports Socks. Unlike other invisibles, the sock covers the top of the foot in a similar way to a crew sock in that the top of the foot is covered as opposed to just the base.

    (2) I recently bought an old leather Bausche & Lomb leather case off ebay. Where do you guys get your cases?

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    (3) Speaking of sunglasses, I'm starting to build brass like mold on my aviator frames. Would anyone know how to clean it off without damaging the prescription glass?

    (4) trying out a pair of 505s. I'm liking the extra room in the thigh, not so liking the higher waist though :(
     
  19. Oscar Hunt

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    Nice blue. The wool/linen/silk blend gives that real vibrancy as the fibres take to dye better than some (especially silk), giving the fabric a point of difference in the colour alone.

    Mohair can have a natural sheen/lustre to it but not always. It really depends on the mohair/kid mohair used in the blend and also the finishing on the fabric. Fabric suppliers finish their fabric differently as a point of uniqueness/quality, and finishing really has a significant difference in the end look or result of the fabric. I was lucky enough to see the difference first hand when I went to the UK in January and went to a dying house and finishing house.

    Exactly as above. Not all mohair has that natural sheen/lustre that people sometimes assume. All mohair's perform differently, as well as provide a different structure and weight to a garment. What were you first thoughts of mohair when you tried that jacket on? Or did you already know about mohair?
     
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  20. Geoffrey Firmin

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    I had a blue silk/linen blazer years ago. Wore it a lot with linen shirts and trousers held up very well in the rigours of a humimid Sydney summer.

    Speaking of which today linen lilac gingham short sleeve shirt with RAF blue linen/cotton trousers great in the heat in Sydney.
     
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