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Epaulet shop - Official Affiliate thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 1, 2009.

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  1. kontra

    kontra Well-Known Member

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    Decided to write this as a word of caution about the new batch of Luchino Polo shirts.
    Dry clean them. Never wash. (or size up and then wash).
    Washed mine in cold water and dried on "no heat" setting (just like I do with my other Luchino from last year) - it became a square that is about 2.5" - 3" shorter than it was. The width shrank too, but it is tolerable and expected.
    Here's a photo. Blue one is the washed one from last year (or whenever the first batch shipped) - grey one is a new shrunken one.

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    Once again - just be careful, those are great shirts - but I guess water is not their friend.
     
  2. macjedi

    macjedi Senior member

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    You can try a cold rinse/spin, lay flat and block back into shape … use your regular one as a guide to reshape it.
     
  3. Epaulet

    Epaulet Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Ah man, I'm really sorry to hear that. I've washed my grey shirt about 6 times so far, and it's had very little shrinkage - about an eighth of an inch - which is around the rate for the other colors. But it's a slightly thicker fabric, so the tumbling action of the dryer may have caused it to constrict. macjedi is right on with his advice. It's a knit, and I'd be surprised if it permanently shrank. Wash it regularly in cold water. Hang it up next to your other shirt on a thick hanger - a suit hanger preferably. You want a lot of support at the shoulders. Slowly and evenly pull down on it to reshape it. Try to get the length a bit longer than the other shirt. And then let it dry from there. This works on sweaters and denim, and I believe that it will work in your case too.
    Those boots are just perfect on you!
    I'm waiting on the exact shipping confirmation on the trousers, but I think that we'll do a "new pants are here" little party on Saturday Oct 12th. Bring out the booze cart once again, offer some snacks. Something like 5-8PM.
    Should be the same as we've been running for the past few years. If you have one of the OLD school pieces made in New York with the old tag, then that was different and slightly cheaper kind of oxford cloth.
    Haha, it's very close. I just know that it's not ours due to the collar
    Yes, but we only tend to stock 1-2 units at a time. They either sell fast or VERY slowly. But that said, we can custom cut you a belt. It would be a $10 upcharge for a single unit, or no upcharge for 2 units or more. Quick turnaround too - usually about 3 weeks. Drop us an email if you'd like to do it.
    Absolutely, we're definitely going to restock that exact item - should be here at the end of the Fall.
    Thank you sir! Glad to hear that you're so pleased with it. You're going to love how that jacket performs when you wear it.
    Ahh man, I've been there too. There's no getting around bleach. I'd take ahjota's advice and try dying it. I haven't personally done it, but I've heard that this is a good resource for it: http://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/dharma-fiber-reactive-procion-dyes.html?lnav=dyes.html
     
  4. Epaulet

    Epaulet Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Walt Trouser Main Delivery Swatches

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for bearing with me: here are the swatches, descriptions, and prices for the main Walt delivery that we're anticipating. We should have most of them this week and the balance next week. They'll be some surprises and limited-run fabrics after this, but this lineup is going to be the bulk of our Fall offering.

    Rudy guys...
    At the moment, this is all that I've got to show, but if something captures your eye and you want a Rudy trouser, then just drop us an email and we'll put it into work for you. When the Walt trousers come in we'll have full photos of each fabric to really give you a sense of it.

    My opinion: the UK tweeds are some of the best tweeds that we've ever been able to offer, and they're really well priced. Sandy Orange, Steel Mist, and Olive/Brown Herringbone are all freaking amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on an orange pair.

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    zielschuss Well-Known Member

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    mothball Senior member

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    I really love those boots.


    Oh my God that mocha flannel.
     
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    asaa1000 Senior member

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    Can you guys do a quick comparison of the differences between the new UK tweeds and the UK Donegal tweeds you have in stock right now?
     
  8. Epaulet

    Epaulet Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    They're really similar in weight. I don't have the exact ounces, but I'm pretty sure that they're the exact same weight and yarn, just a different weave pattern.

    The solids have a marled texture, so there's a few colors in there when you look at it closely. The herringbones throw a herrinbone into that equation. The Donegals have their own unique donegal weave and structure. But wear and comfort wise they'll be identical.

    Since we're running the Donegals in easy colors, we decided to buy most of these in more off-kilter tones.

    All that I'm saying is: Navy sportcoat, Sandy Orange Trousers, Kudu Antelope Jumper Boots. My god.
     
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  9. Todd V

    Todd V Senior member

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    What might look good with the cream goldenrod FF sportcoat? Mid gray and Air Force blue, etc are no brainers. Any of the new trousers?
     
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    Caramel ducks:
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    edubs01 Senior member

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    Mike-
    Thx for swatches. Some solid choices here.

    I had purchased the Purple Shetland Tweeds last Fall and ultimately had to sell them b/c they were too itchy for me.
    I own the Grey Donegal Tweeds you ran last Fall and I was fine with those.

    How itchy would you say these new fabrics? Any I should stay away from?
     
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    Which pants are these?
     
  13. Shanil

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    Question(s) - what last is the new Vass double monk on? How would you compare their construction and calf to say the Carminas you offer? For some reason I've always been stuck on shell cordovan so I've never owned a good pair of calf, do they have the same longevity/wonderful aging in a rotation? (also when are these dropping? [​IMG])
     
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    Mike--

    Thanks for putting up the swatches. Are there going to be any cotton options? I recall you mentioning an aubergine color, some steep twills and brown duck canvas. Are these still in the works? Any others I did not mention?
     
  15. Pastor

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    Just received the navy hopsack Barrett double breasted jacket and matching rudy trousers yesterday. The fit on that jacket is perfect. First time anything has ever fit that good with no alterations. In fact, when I went to the alterations shop today the tailor there said that there was nothing he could do to improve the fit. I did leave the jacket there to get the buttons changed out as i'm not a fan of the MOP buttons that came with it. Can't wait to get it back!
     
  16. Irish

    Irish Senior member

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    Will the Schott Car Coat in Gray be coming back this season?
     
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    Mr Clemson Senior member

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    I hope so. I just entered the Epaulet world a few months ago, so I am clueless when it comes to last year's offerings and what may be restocks for this year. I Google'd it though, and man I love that grey coat for the winter!
     
  18. Epaulet

    Epaulet Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Got an update for this. The fabric came in later than anticipated, so we're not going to have these Walts for approx 7-10 more days. We've got a big restock delivery coming in tomorrow with some greatest hits of earlier runs (including the very last pieces of Nightshade), but the new stuff is going to take a bit longer.

    In order for Rudy guys to get timely delivery, I'm going to build out these swatches into the Rudy preorder item. As of tomorrow, you'll be able to buy them, and with the 4-5 week delivery, you'll get them pretty soon after the Walts arrive. Fabric inventory is pretty tight on most of these, so Rudy's will be made first-come first served. The same would apply for Walt's smaller than 30 or larger than 36.


    Oh yeah! Navy Lambswool Flannel, Steel Mist, and Sandy Orange would all be boss. The Grey Birdseye would be nice too. And Nightshade flannel from the last delivery would work nicely too.


    Ah, sorry to hear that. A coarse hand is part of the deal with Shetland wools. You won't have to worry about that with any of these though. The flannels are VERY soft (hence the higher price than usual). And the tweeds are done in the same yarn as the Donegals, so you can expect a very similar feel in hand and weight. It's just a different color and weave.


    Vass DM is on the F last. Our Fall Vass delivery is scheduled to leave Hungary this week, so we should have everything next week if there aren't any FedEx snags.

    Both Vass and Carmina have excellent construction. The quality of their calfskin is quite similar too. The key differences are (1) Vass shoes are totally handmade, which is great for overall craftsmanship and a generally faster break-in, (2) Vass uses higher end sole units and materials, (3) Vass does a brilliant job at Austro-Hungarian styles. Carmina is an excellent value for the price and offers a much larger diversity in styles, lasts, and leathers that they can work with - especially in boots.

    You can't go wrong with either. Both are amazing brands, and both deliver a fantastic product for their respective price point.

    In terms of calf vs. shell, that's an interesting question. If you speak to a shoemaker, you'll find that the VAST majority of shell customers are in the United States. IMO that's largely due to the fact that very good calfskin is difficult to find here. It's expensive to import - especially with duties - so domestic manufacturers do not use top-shelf leathers. And many mid-range brands like Ferragamo, Prada, Bruno Magli, etc are also using somewhat mediocre leather. Shell looks brilliant compared to these calfskins, so guys (including me) flock to it.

    That said, the calfskin used by Carmina, Vass, Edward Green, John Lobb, Gaizano, St. Crispins, etc is on an entirely different level. It's beautiful. It's durable. It won't gain the unique patina of shell cordovan, but it costs less, it breathes better, it creases less, and it's often much easier to break in. Nothing ages quite like shell, but proper calf ages beautifully in its own way and can also deliver years and years of wear. Aldens are overwhelmingly demanded in shell and casual leathers. But I find that the majority of our Carmina customers prefer calf shoes over shell ones (and we stock and offer a LOT of shell). I imagine that Vass will be the same.






    Yup, absolutely - we have a thick cotton in both Aubergine and Maroon. Scheduled for late October. The same will go for the Rust Steep Twill restock, Olive Moleskin restock, and the first Chocolate Duck Canvas delivery.


    Ah that's great news - thanks so much for picking it up! I love the Barrett shape. We've had about a dozen guys order it from the Fall MTO swatches - so we can always do a custom piece for you in them. One guy bought the Italian windowpane trousers with a matching Barrett for the jacket. Can't wait to see how those make up.


    You know it! I imagine that we'll get it in the next few weeks.
     
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    stmaier Senior member

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    Do you have swatches of the Aubergine & Maroon? Could you build these (and the Chocolate duck) into the Rudy pre-order options also?
     
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    Carmina austerity bal boots in burgundy shell and the bottom half of a pair of Walts.

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