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

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  1. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    ^^ Really does. Even without reading that though, some of the threads on MC make me want to :facepalm:


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    I couldn't care less about the rules. Blind adherence is just as bad as ignorance. Just not liking the look of those shoes with the suit that's all.
     
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    So, off to London in a few weeks. Any recommendations or advice? Not planning a big spend but do want to pick up a pair of brown brogues and some nice shirts.
     
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    No cheaper than buying online, but at least you can try the shirts on in all the places along Jermyn St. Worth visiting anyway :)
    (also worth going into Swaine Adeney Brigg for a drool, and John Lobb is just around the corner as well)
    Same applies for shoes, no cheaper, but at least you can try them on.
    Don't forget you can get the VAT refund when you leave too.
    I ended up buying a suit at Ben Sherman (of all places...) on Savile Row - their suits there are MUCH nicer than what they have in store in Australia, and cheaper to boot. I paid 350gbp for a suit which fits me beautifully OTR.
    The mens shoe department in Harrods is something to behold too, the weekend we were there they had Santoni doing custom colors on request - they had raw (bare?) leather shoes there, and dozens of bottles of colors which they would apply as required.

    I really enjoyed London, it's just a shame we only had 3 or 4 days there before we went to Paris (which I absolutely loved, I cant' believe how much I miss a place that I only spent 10 days in)
     
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    Thanks Micky. Pretty much confirms what I suspected. Definitely going for a stroll down Jermyn St and Savile Row. Am probably going to have a squizz at the likes of Uniqlo, H&M and Massimo Dutti as well to check out another part of the market.
     
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    How about a navy with pinstripe?

    You're kidding right? Expecting to buy something in London cheaper than online :D Now, if I really want to buy something in London, I would definitely go for a good shoe and then try to find a custom suit with price about £600.

    btw, I'm Andy from Sydney. Nice to meet all of you!
     
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    jermyn st has most of the large english shoe brands, as well as most of the english shirt makers. its also worth hunting out the cleverly store which is in an arcade off bond street, even if just for a look.
    also do a lap of savile row. lodger shoes is on clifford street which is just around the corner. i also like suit supply for some cheap pieces, at the very top of savile row. go through burlington arcade as it has a lot of watch dealers and some interesting shops.

    john rushton shoes, on wimpole st (just behind oxford st) also has some reasonable cheaney level offerings.

    there is this thread, http://www.styleforum.net/t/219650/london-recommendations-early-feburary and it has a link to another thread within it.

    as for the VAT, the refund process isnt the same as the GST refund. They take an admin charge, so of the 20% you pay, you might only get an equivalent of 13% back. remember anything purchased here in the last 30 days of over 300 dollars in value, you can get your gst back at the airport with the receipt.
     
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    Thanks fox. Appreciate the detail. Think you've just given me a very nice little walking tour there!
     
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    you can visit Beau Brummel too :)

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    That's good advice. Although virtually no shirts are made on Jermyn Street these days, it's still a fantastic experience to stroll along a street almost entirely dedicted to men's wear. I often used to browse there, when I was living in London. New & Lingwood, Turnbull & Asser, Edward Green, Crockett & Jones, Church and Trickers are especially worth investigating. I also love Paxton & Whitfield, the cheese shop, which was established in 1797 and has been in Jermyn St for over 100 years.

    Also, nearby Burlington Arcade is worth investigating - a lovely covered arcade, with many beautiful shops, including watches and shoes.
     
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    I shall pay homage. Though I suspect he'll be looking down at me thinking 'Who is this scruffy antipodean?'
     
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    i only rate uniqlo out of these. keep an eye on uniqlo.co.uk for the specials, as they always have decent offers going on. there is a boggi shop on jermyn st which is also good, although i think its priced at a slight premium to boggi stores in italy.

    russell and hodge are the only london made shirts these days, over in fitzrovia. not sure youll get something sorted out in a few days though.
     
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    Uniqlo. Boxer. Briefs. Are. The. Best.
     
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    Yes, Uniqlo is the first port of call. Hopefully I'm not on some sort of blacklist after sending them a terse email about not shipping to Oz.

    Boggi looks very interesting.
     
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    Massimo Dutti is roughly equivalent to Boggi IMO- fairly classic range, reasonable quality, and good value (especially in countries of origin - Spain and Italy respectively). I own several items from both.
     
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