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

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  1. Mirador

    Mirador Well-Known Member

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    It's all a bit sad with Thomas Pink, they were quite good shirts for me during the 1990's before LVMH bought the business. Manufacture went from 'Made in the UK' to the third world. All of a sudden I started having shrinkage problems( cuffs in particular), buttons cracking, and general wear & tear increasing - I reluctantly had to let them go.
     


  2. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    This is the total opposite to what i have experienced, mind you the last time I wore a polyester cotton blend shirt was back in the 70's. I have had no problems with H&K shirts at all, I like the fabric and don't find it scratchy at all.

    Where exactly are you Doug? I know that summer in Sydney is a total bitch but are you wearing a singlet with your shirts or is it the trousers your wearing are too heavy for summer?

    Or is it morning commute on over crowed badly air conditioned public transport? I think you need to provide more details.
     
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    A store that lost it years ago. Have a look at the Sydney store shoe collection and prices.
     


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    God I can't wait for these shitty businesses (DJs et al) to FAIL FAIL FAIL
     


  5. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I like his Drake's shawl collared cardigan! I wonder how a similar concept could be incorporated into a business setting? With the new additions, I should have exactly enough to pull it off.

    Speaking of shell, the spoon sounds like a great idea which I will be trying this evening. Based on the previous discussions in this thread, I can't think of why it wouldn't work. I also just ordered some of this stuff for my shell shoes.

    I just dropped by American Tailors and if you're a size 8, they have C&J Saville's in brown and black (one pair each) for AUD395. These are the handgrade single monks - a relative bargain!

    Also at AUD395 are the Exmoor (dark brown rough out suede wingtip blucher) and Douglas (dark brown suede loafers) in a 9.5 and the Marston in brown calf which I think are well priced by Australian standards but the same as you'd buy them if you ordered from the UK, deduct VAT and add in the shipping. If they're what you're after and in your size, you may as well get them since you can try them on the spot.
     


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    The Zegna folks in Melbourne told me that they're opening concessions rather than having them run by DJs as they did before. Sydney and Melbourne have swapped over immediately. Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth to come later.
     


  7. bhall41

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    Careful what you wish for Tobias. IMO it would be a sad day if DJs, or Myer for that matter, closed their doors. As a Melbournian, I still rue the fact that Daimaru closed its doors (several years ago now). As consumers we need more choice, more stores, not fewer.

    As I see it (and I profess no expetise in marketing or 'brand positioning'), the problem with DJs is that its business model is fundamentally confused - is it a high end department store, where customer service is paramount, and the customer is prepared to pay a (not unreasonable) premium to shop in a bricks and mortar store, or is it a store where price is the sole determining factor ? At the moment, DJs is trying to have it both ways, and failing miserably as a result. While most SAs are polite, they are often nowhere to be found when needed, and their product knowledge is often no better than rudimentary - perhaps not surpising given they are often uni students marking time before launching their careers. The selection of merchandise is OK but could certainly be vastly better, as we all know. Their prices, except when discounted (which is admittedly often, with all the silly sales they run), are stretching things. I would like to see their prices come down across the board, with fewer sales.

    In summary, I would like to see a revitalised DJs, not a defunct one.
     
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  8. sochumpy

    sochumpy Well-Known Member

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    I bought my first suit at DJ's, a nice navy herringbone suit. It's a rather good way for smaller stores to sell to a larger audience even if the stock is rather small and the staff not very helpful.
    They can't really survive at the size they are at the moment specifically in sydney imo.
     


  9. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    ^^ Good points bhall, I was being a little (ok a lot) glib.

    I would be happy with a 'revitalized' DJs too, along the lines you describe. However, I think what often gets missed in these sorts of debates is that when businesses fail, their assets don't simply vanish into thin air. Rather, they are (or are ideally) redeployed into more productive enterprises. At the moment DJs is tying up a colossal pool of resources (staff, stock, retail space, money). If it failed, those resources could be redeployed into businesses that actually offer people (like us) stuff we want to buy at competitive prices.

    A revitalized DJs would be nice, but I doubt it's going to happen. If it's going to fail, let it fail quickly.
     
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  10. bhall41

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    Yeah I realised you were being a bit glib. :)

    I guess I am probably a bit nostalgic about DJs and may be letting my heart rule my head to some extent. The points you make are good ones.
     


  11. ColdEyedPugilist

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    I agree.
     


  12. ColdEyedPugilist

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    Cross-post from WAYWRN:

    White spots on brown, and brown on sharkskin...

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    Band-aid shoes!
     


  13. bhall41

    bhall41 Senior member

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    COP, looking good!

    I love that particular hue of blue. Details?

    It is probably the photos, and I'm being hyper critical, but is the button stance slightly high on your jacket? The skirt of your jacket correspondingly looks quite flared. As I say, it could be the camera playing tricks.

    Wild socks - they clash with your tie a little, but I bet you don't care!
     
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  14. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    Looking good there! The criticisms on the jacket could be because of the camera angle and the corresponding perspective.

    Could you provide some details on the suit?
     


  15. ColdEyedPugilist

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    Thanks, man!

    1) The suit fabric is a mid-blue sharkskin from the Loro Piana All Seasons book; the suit is, of course, a P Johnson.

    2) Yes; it's the camera; I had my iPhone propped at a slight upward tilt against the wall, with the timer app set up.

    3) Yes again about the wild socks! (I think I hear Vox muttering something incomprehensible) :D
     


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