Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 1, 2009.
^Two words for those who ask that first question: Arthur Ashe.
Thanks for the advice, fellas.
While we're on the topic of dry cleaning, how often do you guys dry clean your wool pants? I'd consider myself a pretty clean guy, and don't really get my hands and pants dirty. I haven't really found the need to take any of the wool pants that I've been buying recently to the dry cleaners yet, but it makes me feel like some sort of dirty hobo.
Also, I know that each time you dry clean clothes, it will result in some degree of disintegration of the clothes' fibers due to the harsh chemicals used. With all that said, is there a certain number of wears that you guys will put on your pants before taking them to the cleaners, or is it more on an as-needed basis?
Great. Thanks. Thought i had seen that somewhere, but couldn't pull it up again.
Asked this too in the Quick Questions thread to no avail -
for anyone w/ experience in both brands, how do Epaulet OCBDs size up compared to those from WolfvsGoat? Recently had to move on a L Before Dinner (too tight under the arms) and will probably be going w/ XLs in the same cut because the body still fit very well. Would I be more suited to a L or XL in Epaulet shirting?
lifestyle shot from a buddy's wedding yesterday
Epaulet Navy Caine hopsack blazer (goes with anything)
That's great, I'm really thrilled that you're so pleased with the polos!
You know, I think that we're going to stick with the current sizing for the Fall production - just so we don't confuse everyone. In the future, we'll just offer sizes XS through Large to better match out shirting.
Good question. We do the hard way, with a ton of samples and a lot of fit testing. As a general rule, we cut for an athletic physique - which means it works for a whole range of guys. It won't fit crazy tight on very thin guys, it won't be baggy on larger guys. The people that you see posting here: NYR, kgmessier, wj4, Stan Van, and of course Dylan are very much "in the pattern" of who we cut for.
When I make a sample of a new garment, I'll have Dylan try it on and I'll work to have 10-12 other guys try it as well. We have a constant stream of good customers in our shops so this is easy for us to do. From there we make tweaks and adjustments, determine sizing and scaling, and go from there. It's expensive to work the way that we do, but since we tend to make single shapes (rivet chino, Southwick jackets, walt trousers) and punch them out in a ton of fabrics, then it's worth the time and expense to ensure that the shape is as ideal as possible before launching it.
Very nice, thanks for posting this! And we should start getting Fall pretty soon - I'd say our first big deliveries will arrive around the end of August. The Carmina delivery going live in the next 7-10 days has a lot of thicker Fall styles too. We've got good stuff coming!
This is just freaking fantastic.
Ah sadly we're all tapped out for linen this season. I believe that I have some more of the "cobalt" blue fabric though from Factory Finds - if you PM Matt at leftofthedial he can set you up with a special order if you're interested.
Haha, that would be awesome! The only madras trousers that we'll have this year are the Factory Finds ones that closed a few weeks back.
But I can tell you this - we have three GORGEOUS colors of Italian wool flannel for Rivet Chino production this Fall. There's burnt orange, cranberry, and a really handsome brown with a very subtle purple cast. Very much a trio of Fall leaves colors. With the herringbone taping down the side, they are going to be freaking killer. Should come in around late September.
+1 to seeing a pic from a little further way. It looks good to me though, especially if you don't want the polo super-fitted. I think that you could size down to a Small, but it would fit you like a Medium fits me.
Awesome, those look so boss!
Oh definitely, we always have those on order. A lot of our factories close for their Summer holidays these days, so incoming shipments are a little sparse, but I imagine we'll be back in stock on these in mid-August or so.
Thank you sir! I'd definitely recommend dry-cleaning them though. If you do want to wash them, do a hand-wash in your sink with a very mild soap. You won't get enormous shrinkage, but you will get outrageous wrinkles after it dries.
Linen's a great fabric that really wicks moisture very well. I might dry-clean my linen pants twice a season - three times max. Provided you're not staining them or spilling things on them, just hanging them up and letting them air out is usually enough (for me at least) to keep them looking good.
It's very true that dry-cleaning will reduce the life of any garment. The less that you can do it, the better.
Just like the point above with linen, I feel that you only need to dry clean if (1) you spill something on the trousers, (2) they start to stink - and even that can often be aired out, especially if you have a place to hang them outside or (3) the look sloppy and you want them cleaned and pressed.
Invest in good hangers and be religious about hanging up your trousers in the proper way after you wear them. If you have a yard or a back porch, hang them outside on a nice day to air them out. Dry cleaning as little as possible is good for your garments, good for your wallet, and good for the environment.
Probably XL. I take a M in WvG BD shirts, and a M in Epaulet. The fit is different, though. I think the WvG BD shirts have a more significant taper than Epaulet shirts do.
Thanks for this ^^ Trying to decide if some final sale point collar OCBDs on the site were worth a blind buy
Thanks for the response, Mike! All great information to have.
Without getting into the land of OCD (of which I can be guilty of oftentimes), can you elaborate on what you mean when you say the "proper way" to hang up trousers? I usually just fold them over once at the natural crease (lengthwise) and then drape them over the hanger.
SVB, ace shot, you obviously had a great time
Amen. In epaulet related news, I wore my mint chinos to Venice beach today and they received quite the acclaim. Something about that color is so quintessentially summer.
Would have picked those up in a moment, but the distressing/washed-out/streakiness wasn't my thing.
(Maybe a release in just a regular mint color...? )
+1 on the linen trousers. These are great even for hot summer weather. I'm looking forward to adding the blue herringbone and pale lime linen Walts to my collection later this summer (ordered with a quickness from the "factory finds" fabrics when they popped up).
Besides, Bradley Wiggins became the UK's first ever winner of the Tour de France yesterday while I was wearing my pair of striped-blue Italian linen Walts. Coincidence? I think not. Just think what they could do for you ...
As far as dry cleaning goes, you don't need to clean stuff that often. First thing I do is keep a good rotation (which last fall I was guilty of neglecting cause I was wearing the hell out of my flannel cargo trousers!). When I get home from work I hang the out of the closet on a door hook and brush them out with a clothes brush. Kent brushes on eBay are great and can be had for cheap. They're normally super expensive, but they put their seconds on eBay because there are knots in the wooden handle, nothing to alter how it works. I let them hang out for a day or two before putting them back in the closet. This usually means I don't need to clean them at all, but if I really wear a pair to death, I'll have them cleaned at the end of the season, but in garment bags and hung in storage until they're ready to come out again. As far as the right way to hang them in the closet, just make sure you fold over the crease, leave the trousers unbuttoned and unzipped, and most importantly that they have enough room to breathe in the closet. Same for jackets. Hope that helps.
Are the Rudy canvas pants machine washable? I'm assuming that they are but there is a dry clean only tag on the waistband. Also I have the navy linen star shirt and is that machine washable, or would I be better to have it dry cleaned? Can't wait for the factory finds to go live this week!
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