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

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  1. Star

    Star Senior member

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    Anywhere to try on C&J shoes, or other good quality shoes (That would be around 400 AUD give or take delivered to aus online) in melbourne? Or sydney...as I am going there shortly.

    I figure I'll try some on instore for sizing (I assume if one shoe in a certain brand fits, others in that brand will also fit) - then buy online.



    American Tailors on 68 Bourke St Melbourne sell a selection of C&Js however expensive compared to PLAL and Pediwear and the guy is also very unfriendly. He had a sign over a pair of Beechnut C&J Lowndes that read ' Do Not Touch'. Go and check them out if you are in Melbourne. You may have more luck than I did. At worst you can pop in afterwards next door to Pellegrini's and either grab a great coffee or a plate of pasta. Pellegini's Espresso Bar is an institution in Melbourne.

    You also have Luisa which sells mainly blake stitched Italian shoes at 161 Collins St. For Sydney siders I believe they Luisa are making their biannual pilgrimage at the Sydney Hilton starting this Friday 1st May for 3 days.
     
  2. ginlimetonic

    ginlimetonic Senior member

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    +1 So many stores here employ children (or what appear to be children) and what does a child know about good customer service? It's a disgrace all over the country I'm afraid.

    The middle aged guy selling shoes in strand arcade- his attitude to me was downright dissapointing when i asked him how much that pair of wingtip sold for (had no price tag).

    Anyway, at least in HK, sales people treat you proportionate to how you look- but at least they each employee would say "welcome to Burburry" or "welcome to LV", when you walk past them in the flagship.

    What would we say here in Aus? "g'day mate. Can i help you with anything?"... far cry..

    ps. i was browsing the newly moved florshim in chatswood chase.. the leather was so cheap- felt very soft and flimsy like low density polyethelene.
     
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    Anyway, at least in HK, sales people treat you proportionate to how you look- but at least they each employee would say "welcome to Burburry" or "welcome to LV", when you walk past them in the flagship.

    What would we say here in Aus? "g'day mate. Can i help you with anything?"... far cry..


    Yeah i was completely surprised with the customer service over in HK where you'd get a hello & goodbye everytime you walked in and out of a store. However i did find SAs seemed to be a little pushier there. Then again i'd rather that than little or no service at all like back here in melb.
     
  4. meister

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    what i have seen so far is that ppl wont buy a new pair of shoes unless the one (and the ONLY pair) they are wearing is broken...pretty much wearing 1 pair for 5 days and 4 weeks in a row

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    My cobbler Fred in the Wynyard Ramp has some shoes come in that defy even the worst recrafting pix from Churchs etc...
     
  5. fox81

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    They sell mainline loake, for 400 dollars, which is insane. That's the price of crockett and jones benchgrade.


    You wish C&J bench grade cost 400aud. I bought my drummonds for 270gbp, thats well over 500aud. Even if you factor in the VAT deduction and then add your shipping costs, they will never be under 500.
     
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    you will be mildly surprised.
     
  7. whistler

    whistler Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking for good quality mid-priced ties in Oz. So far I can only find cheap and average ties for around $40-50 at myer, and expensive ties such as zegna for around $200. Hugo Boss comes in at around $120 and seems to be ok quality. Any other good ties brands in Oz around the $100 mark?
     
  8. appolyon

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    Do you guys have Herringbone out in Perth? There ties are usually around the $100 mark, but probably best to try and pick them up on sale. Picked up 10 ties for $500 at one of their sales which was good.

    Also check out Rhodes and Beckett ties are decent, but I would say make sure you definately only pick them up during a sale because I don't think they're anywhere near as good as Herringbone.
     
  9. bhall41

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    Do you guys have Herringbone out in Perth? There ties are usually around the $100 mark, but probably best to try and pick them up on sale. Picked up 10 ties for $500 at one of their sales which was good.

    Also check out Rhodes and Beckett ties are decent, but I would say make sure you definately only pick them up during a sale because I don't think they're anywhere near as good as Herringbone.



    +1. Another option is the UK online stores such as TM Lewin and Charles Tyrwhitt, whoses ties you can usually pick up for 20-30 quid.
     
  10. Journeyman

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    I've been looking for good quality mid-priced ties in Oz. So far I can only find cheap and average ties for around $40-50 at myer, and expensive ties such as zegna for around $200. Hugo Boss comes in at around $120 and seems to be ok quality. Any other good ties brands in Oz around the $100 mark?

    The internet is your friend.

    eBay has plenty of "stores" selling new-with-tags ties, including brands such as Borrelli, Charvet and Brioni, for anywhere between US$80 to US$100. Look for EuropeanSilkStore (or some such name) and BigMonkeyHead for examples.

    Also, Brooks Brothers ties are very well made and you can quite often pick up new-with-tags examples on eBay for US$30-40. Excellent value and classic designs.

    As others have mentioned, UK clothiers such as Charles Tyrwhitt and TM Lewin offer pretty good value on sale. Harvie and Hudson (H&H) is, I think, a step up in quality and they offer some lovely ties. They often have a multi-buy deal that brings the price down a bit. Also, don't forget that value-added tax (VAT) will be deducted from your UK purchases and that is often pretty much equivalent to the shipping cost.
     
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    you will be mildly surprised.

    went to the sale last Monday and missed most of the santonis...the rest were some house brand and after being spoilt on SF....
     
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    and the one pair they own are the snout nosed Kenneth Coles that their SO thought looked great on them

    sry..but their only pair of shoes is JM square toe slip on.....
     
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    I've been looking for good quality mid-priced ties in Oz. So far I can only find cheap and average ties for around $40-50 at myer, and expensive ties such as zegna for around $200. Hugo Boss comes in at around $120 and seems to be ok quality. Any other good ties brands in Oz around the $100 mark?

    Bummer you are in Perth. Charlse Nahkle shirt maker in Sydney carries some quality Italian ties for around $60.
     
  14. Fanta Pants

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    G'day all,

    this is my first proper post to the SF so please excuse my ignorance as I am new to the game.

    I have to say that I have enjoyed reading this thread immensely and have learned a tonne during the last half hour or so. Sadly (and some what embarrassingly) I used to be one of those that thought that Aquilla shoes were top of the line / the bee's knees / the duck's nuts. Thanks to all SFers here who have helped me to realise just how wrong I was.

    I am just about to make a career change and as a consequence need to buy some new clothes and shoes (I realise this now). Currently I am in a job where I have to wear a uniform (one size fits all my arse) and don't have anything that I would consider office worthy in either a casual or a formal sense.

    As much as I would like to support local business, I have no compunctions about ordering online from overseas. I was hoping that someone might be able to give me some sort of idea as to where I might be able to go in order to try on shoes and perhaps clothes in order to figure out my size and what suits me best. Is there anywhere in the Canberra region or am I going to have to travel to Sydney and / or Melbourne to check stuff out?

    Thanks,

    FP
     
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    I thought maybe the presence of politicians there could have created a market for clothes/shoes in Canberra.
     
  16. Prince of Paisley

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    You guys should also know, Duchamp London has free shipping on online orders at the moment. This makes their ties pretty good value considering the saving on the usual postage to Oz. That's if any of their styles tickle your fancy of course.
     
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    Anywhere to try on C&J and/or quality shoes in Brisbane?
     
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    Anywhere to try on C&J and/or quality shoes in Brisbane?

    Nothing as good as C&J in Brisbane, sadly.
    You can try on Loakes at David Jones, Churchs and Fratelli Rosetti at Mitchell Ogilvie, and mid-range Grensons at the Cloakroom. Herringbone also has a few - but not many - pairs of re-badged Cheaneys left.

    Actually, the Cloakroom (which is upstairs, above Country Road in the Queen St Mall) is selling Grensons at excellent prices, pretty much comparable to the price that Pediwear and other UK-based internet stores charge, if my memory serves me correctly. If they had a model that I liked, I'd most likely buy it as their price point is good and they are nice fellows.

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of anywhere else in Brisbane. Perhaps some other members will chime in with some suggestions.
     
  19. psyc1030

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    Nothing as good as C&J in Brisbane, sadly.
    You can try on Loakes at David Jones, Churchs and Fratelli Rosetti at Mitchell Ogilvie, and mid-range Grensons at the Cloakroom. Herringbone also has a few - but not many - pairs of re-badged Cheaneys left.

    Actually, the Cloakroom (which is upstairs, above Country Road in the Queen St Mall) is selling Grensons at excellent prices, pretty much comparable to the price that Pediwear and other UK-based internet stores charge, if my memory serves me correctly. If they had a model that I liked, I'd most likely buy it as their price point is good and they are nice fellows.

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of anywhere else in Brisbane. Perhaps some other members will chime in with some suggestions.


    +1 regarding to thecloakroom
    and dun forget....RM Willams....nice boots for work
     
  20. meister

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    This week there was a 25% off sale at Country Road and they have a nice Blake Rapid Brogue made in the Paul Smith type Dip dyed leather for AUD199 and AUD175 on sale. They were nice with a soft leather from that process like PS Starrs.
     
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