Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 1, 2009.
The Samuelsohns. Oh my.
This. That capsule collection is outstanding. I love new product days here in Epaulet-land. The Samuelsohns are like the suave older brother of the existing lineup. I like that the collection has its own feel rather than just being a fully canvassed version of what already exists in the Southwick collection.
Agree. All of them look great, but of course I love the chestnut plaid with brown and burnt orange!! Damn you Epaulet.
Mike, let's talk about MTO hop sack rain system suits for everyone. We could eat, sleep, drink..maybe even work in them. That would be awesome.
Double damn. There goes my budget (again!).
So what new trousers has everybody picked up?
Mike, you guys stock the Gitman Vintage shirts in store, right (particularly the flannel)? I may stop in to check them out this weekend.
I love the shoulders on the new Bernard model. How close a match is the new Samuelsohn navy hopsack jacket to the navy hopsack Walt trousers? Could you pair them as a suit?
So I swung by the store yesterday evening to pick up a gift for my dad's birthday. While there, I checked out some (but not all) of the new stuff.
...the absolute highlight. I'm a size 34 and Mike only had down to size 38 in the SM store, but I threw it on anyway and holy crap it is the goddamn nicest fabric I've ever felt. As I told Mike, it really makes the case for the grey blazer. All of the Samuelsohn stuff looked great; interesting patterns, fabrics, great cut, etc. But this is the stand-out piece.
The leather jackets are also really freakin nice, and should be handled in person if you have the opportunity.
I'm deciding between the Nightshade Herringbone, the Navy Donegal, and the Navy Lambswool Flannel -- and I can't decide. Any preferences here, pros/cons?
All three look incredible. I've really liked some of the fit pics I've seen of the Donegal, and it seems like Donegal/Nightshade might pair well with more colors than the flannel. But damn if that lambswool doesn't have 30-degrees-walk-to-work written all over it.
Thanks for any input.
I have the Nightshade and Navy Flannel, and I'd say that the two navy trousers are more versatile, but the Nightshade is more unique (and still very wearable). Don't know what your trouser rotation is like, but if you have basics covered, I'd definitely go for the Nightshade. Also this could of course change, but I think the two navy trousers come back each fall and can be restocked, whereas the Nightshade is a one-off with limited stock.
I'm in a similar boat and am thinking about getting the navy flannel, just becomes it seems like it would be the most versatile. With that said, i'm also trying to debate what other colors I should get and how they will compliment my existing fall wardrobe. I wish the swatches to the FF Sportscoats were still up because I want to see how well some of these trousers would look with the patterns that I ordered.
Really thinking about the Sandy Orange, but I already own Blaze twill Walts and does one need two pairs of orange pants?
Side note - I just want to give a thumbs up to the Tarrago protector, after walking through about 25 minutes of torrential Scottish rain my Salinger Monks came out dry as ever.
^ What kind of leather are your Salingers? Wondering about protecting my calf vs. suede.
(x-post from the Epaulet x Carmina MTO thread)
It's not quite the same sort of made to order as is usually discussed in this thread, but I recently put in a special order from Epaulet for a pair of these:
more info after the (sorry for the backyard, sunwashed, non-pro, phone-)pics...
There's a bit of a story to the process by which I got these. After some disappointing results in the effort to find my size in Alden's shoeware, I eventually learned that I have rather small feet, so, when I wanted to order my first pair of carmina shoes, Epaulet was a great choice, because they allowed me to put in a special order ahead of time for a pair of their hawthorne suede loafers in UK 6.5 (here). By joining my special order to their regular production cycle, an order they were going to submit to carmina anyway, I was able to avoid special order fees, but it did involve a bit of a wait.
The order was taken, with the nice help of Matt (leftofthedial) to dial in my size, in the spring, with an estimated delivery date of june-july. That time rolled around, but I didn't hear anything. When I dropped a line to Epaulet, they responded, both times, in a timely manner with the best info they had about carmina's production and delivery schedule. When one particular delivery came in, and the shoes were expected to arrive, I was notified that Epaulet thought that a whole box of their shoes had disappeared in customs in Spain. As compensation, they offered to let me keep my deposit as a store credit to use it on whatever else with a bit of a discount, which I thought was a stand-up way of dealing with an issue out of the store's control.
A month or more later I was still thinking about what to do with my store credit when, out of the blue, the guys at epaulet dropped me a line to say the shoes were in and would ship as soon as I paid the balance. And here they are.
Don't think I could be more pleased with them. The quality of the materials seems great (though these are my first pair of nice suede shoes, so I'm not an expert), and the level of finishing is superb. I couldn't find a stitch out of place, a loose thread end, or a rough edge anywhere on the pair. The fit seems good too, snug without being tight and no heel slip. I couldn't remember whether Matt originally mentioned it or not (he probably did and I forgot), but it was a great surprise when the loafers arrived with the color of edge trim that they have, instead of the darker trim on the older model pictured on Epaulet's website.
All the way through the process there was great service from the team at Epaulet, and the end product looks great so far. Picked up some nanoprotector from Epaulet too and applied it today. The shoes should be worn out of the house for the first time on sunday. Am really looking forward to it. My thanks to Epaulet.
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