Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 1, 2009.
Will the Schott Car Coat in Gray be coming back this season?
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!
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.
Do you have swatches of the Aubergine & Maroon? Could you build these (and the Chocolate duck) into the Rudy pre-order options also?
Carmina austerity bal boots in burgundy shell and the bottom half of a pair of Walts.
This past week:
Monday, Nori Walts and after a conversation with Matt, a turn to black accessories (shoes and belt) probably not how he'd wear it, but we chatted about the simplicity of it and it forced me to reach for them instead of the usual 50 shades of brown.
Tuesday, feeling a bit hipsterish in my raw Levis with EP Bridled Leather Belt, MTO Camo Jacket and bitchin' Solovair Suede Wingtips that are a steal now (http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/sale/products/country-brogue-vanilla-nubuck) and got me more compliments than ever:
Today, last day in the mid 80s here until May I assume, so one last go around for the Seersucker Napoli and White Walts, with the suede dub monks:
Great Chambray shirt islander....deets?
Received my Carmina Anderson jumper boot and love it! Such an awesome boot! Epaulet guys - any belt that you would recommend with these? I'm thinking the sand suede belt may go well with these boots..?
Looking rad Frank and Rob!
Mike: Will the Nightshade trousers be at Santa Monica?
Carmina shells today and a radical tie from our own Rob:
^Geez, wj4. I guess the Carminas are the only EP item, but that's one heck of a look. And quite a use for a rainbow seersucker tie. Nice.
Loving the solovair short wings Rob. I got a pair myself and love the feel of the sole super comfortable.
Nice, Rob's ties are fantastic!
And yes, we'll have the Nightshade's here early next week.
Thank you so much! This is the Kudu Antelope version, right? Agreed, the Sand Suede would make a nice compliment to it. I'd wear the British Tan Bridle leather with it too. Right now the boots are much lighter in tone, but they won't be for long.
Tour De Force! Love these looks.
Good to see the Greeley's out for the season!
Yup, I do. I'll scan them tomorrow and we'll add all of them into the preorder item as well.
The cotton is absolutely brilliant on these - a really soft mid-weight Japanese twill. I LOVE the Aubergine color.
Thanks GM. Its a Schott, made for the Japanese market (so fits a lot like an EP shirt, but with skinnier arms (the arms are so skinny I can barely roll the sleeves up).
I stopped by the Manhattan store the other day on my way through New York. Matt was very welcoming and it was great to be back. I can confirm some things that you already know:
1. The Veneto vest is outstanding.
2. The Mulberry leather jacket is also very well done. If you don't already have a leather jacket take a look.
3. The Kudo antelope boots are pretty damned cool.
Those who have bought the kudo boots, I think we will to see some pictures of how they look after 6 months of wear. And it may not be to soon to start thinking about other styles for this leather. A chukka, perhaps?
I will watch carefully for news about the new tweed trousers. I don't think I have ever seen orange tweed trousers before. Do I dare?
My wife thought the aubergine was amazing as well. What color shirt would you pair this with?
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