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Full Review - Richard Lim Tailor – PLUS - Finished Navy Summer Jacket Pics

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by coolal, May 12, 2011.

  1. softy

    softy Senior member

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    What is the word on triple reverse pleats? I didn't notice this till you pointed it out.
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    Very interesting that you think it's a conservative look. Thanks for the compliment!
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    Thanks for the props. I figure not everyone would like the lapel, but that's what makes it unique [​IMG]


    I agree, I found it to look "conservative" (in the nicest way) as well. Maybe because you didn't go too aggressively on the cut. This is possibly also why I find the lapels to be unusual... they seem out of keeping with the rest of the look. That and, they have a strangely biomorphic look about them.

    As for the pleats, when I saw the first image of him working with the pattern, I thought "Hmm, he looks sharp, working in a tie and all," but I was somewhat surprised to see the quintuple reverse pleats and the hems nearly grazing the ground. I suppose what his customers want is not necessarily what he wants. [​IMG]

    Good review.
     
  2. greger

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    It looks really nice. The flaps are a little small looking. Notch is well done. Which reminds me, the first person to post seemed to post like the herd mentality. If he moos to much maybe he'll end up on a dinner plate. The breast pocket is nice with the rounded corner. The color looks great to. The fit is not perfect, not that anybodies is, but for the price it is really nice. The notch is kind of a birds mouth. I like the rounded corners. Not sure I have seen them for about 50 years. Back in the days when you could see all kinds of cool stuff. So many of the people on these forums are afraid to doing anything other than the boring same. It is a cool coat. Thanks for showing.
     
  3. gazman70k

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    Great stuff Coolal! The Brisa came out spectacularly.

    I have the same cloth being made up by a special friend in Napoli. Can't wait to get it.
     
  4. Maccimus

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    Richard Lim himself looks wild!
     
  5. coolal

    coolal Senior member

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    Thanks for spending the time doing this write-up. Since you first posted about this I found out a friend of mine (not an iGent) had a suit made by Lim and another friend of his, a lesbian woman with a fondness for men's suits, has had several commissions made there. Both are big fans of his work, but neither are people whose opinion I'd trust on tailors. I'm tempted to give him a try at this point, especially considering the price. I suspect that I'll end up with a wearable workhorse suit at the very least.

    Thanks for your comments Baron. Very interesting that you're finding more and more people who are Lim customers. He really does fly under the radar for some reason.

    Great review and an excellent suit -- especially at those prices. It fits you very well and looks great. Thanks for the writeup and thanks for sharing the photos.

    Thanks again! The price is the real kicker. I'm sure if someone tried, they could find a list of ways to "improve" the jacket, but I really couldn't be happier.

    I agree, I found it to look "conservative" (in the nicest way) as well. Maybe because you didn't go too aggressively on the cut. This is possibly also why I find the lapels to be unusual... they seem out of keeping with the rest of the look. That and, they have a strangely biomorphic look about them.

    As for the pleats, when I saw the first image of him working with the pattern, I thought "Hmm, he looks sharp, working in a tie and all," but I was somewhat surprised to see the quintuple reverse pleats and the hems nearly grazing the ground. I suppose what his customers want is not necessarily what he wants. [​IMG]

    Good review.


    Very interesting that you should bring up biomorphics! I'd say that a lot of my influences for details on this jacket come from the same motivations as the biomorphic movement. I really don't like hard corners and lines. In general I always lean more towards organic shapes with a preference for circles. This jacket was certainly an experiment in minimizing all 90* corners.

    As for the pleats, I too noticed what I thought were quad(!) pleats, BUT I'm pretty sure the fourth one is his pocket. I remember reading a thread months back that talked about tailor's attire. I've learned not to care about their style, as long as they can execute mine :)

    It looks really nice. The flaps are a little small looking. Notch is well done. Which reminds me, the first person to post seemed to post like the herd mentality. If he moos to much maybe he'll end up on a dinner plate. The breast pocket is nice with the rounded corner. The color looks great to. The fit is not perfect, not that anybodies is, but for the price it is really nice. The notch is kind of a birds mouth. I like the rounded corners. Not sure I have seen them for about 50 years. Back in the days when you could see all kinds of cool stuff. So many of the people on these forums are afraid to doing anything other than the boring same. It is a cool coat. Thanks for showing.

    Thanks again for your comments. I think you're keying into the essence of my experimental mindset. At the end of the day, it's just another jacket, but if the stylistic elements work, I'll have yet another way of differentiating myself from the herd. However, like all experiments, some things will work and some things won't. I'm glad you appreciate the coat, it's a fun starting point for further projects.

    Great stuff Coolal! The Brisa came out spectacularly.

    I have the same cloth being made up by a special friend in Napoli. Can't wait to get it.


    The Brisa really is amazing. It's very hard to explain how the 13oz feels because the hand and drape is quite interesting. The weave is just loose enough to drape over a hand gently and let air pass through, yet still stout enough to create a robust garment.

    Color me impressed.
     
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    Just when I thought the quality of posts on SF was in a nosedive, I read this thread. Thanks to the OP for posting the review and helping keep SF interesting.
     
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    jacket looks great. thanks for sharing!

    the shirt is really nice too. do you mind where its from?
     
  8. badsha

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    If i know coolal then its a Freddy V. production.
     
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    Just when I thought the quality of posts on SF was in a nosedive, I read this thread. Thanks to the OP for posting the review and helping keep SF interesting.
    Glad I could do my part :-D Thanks for the complement!
    jacket looks great. thanks for sharing! the shirt is really nice too. do you mind where its from?
    If i know coolal then its a Freddy V. production.
    Dead on badsha, it's a Freddy Vandecasteele shirt. I love it.
    really good review.
    Thanks again, I'm glad you guys appreciate the work that went into it.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Do you have a photograph of the back like this but with your arms resting at your side?

    - M
     
  12. JakeLA

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    Beautiful jacket. Can I mention you if I drop by Mr Lim's shop?

    Also, am I right in assuming this Brisa cloth was some private deal for that other forum and isn't available anymore?
     
  13. coolal

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    Do you have a photograph of the back like this but with your arms resting at your side?

    - M


    Hi mmkn, sorry none that turned out well. I was using a timer and had trouble staying still at the right moment. I'll try and take another shot sometime soon.

    Beautiful jacket. Can I mention you if I drop by Mr Lim's shop?

    Also, am I right in assuming this Brisa cloth was some private deal for that other forum and isn't available anymore?


    Thanks a lot :) Feel free to mention me to Sunny or Richard. Just say it's Alex who has been taking pictures for the forum post. They'll know who it is!

    The Brisa was a private deal via the London Lounge. But if you email Michael Alden, he does have some Brisa remaining. In particular, there should be extra navy Brisa available.
     
  14. coolal

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    Do you have a photograph of the back like this but with your arms resting at your side?

    - M


    Here's a shot I just took this morning. Please ignore the green cords [​IMG]

    There are a few things I'm going to ask Richard to tweak i.e. armhole size and some pulling along the shoulder blades.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Just stumbled upon this thread. Nice work. It's quite incredible considering the price he charges. And considering his personality and your experience, it sounds great. I love the blunted corners. I would have gone for a diferent lapel style but it's unique and interesting.

    I find it hilarious that everyone is wearing super baggy (what seems like) OTR shirts.
     
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    Awesome review.

    Any chance you could post pics of the other pieces he has made for you?

    I'm sure others would be interested as well.

    Thanks!
     
  17. comrade

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    Very, Very, nice and distinctive. It undoudtedly
    reflects your own sensibility. Where is Lim in LA?
    I'll be there in July.
     
  18. coolal

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    Just stumbled upon this thread. Nice work. It's quite incredible considering the price he charges. And considering his personality and your experience, it sounds great. I love the blunted corners. I would have gone for a diferent lapel style but it's unique and interesting. I find it hilarious that everyone is wearing super baggy (what seems like) OTR shirts.
    I'm glad you appreciate the details! Yes, it's always interesting to see what a tailor wears, and how far it can sometime deviate from iGent ideals [​IMG]
    Awesome review. Any chance you could post pics of the other pieces he has made for you? I'm sure others would be interested as well. Thanks!
    I'll take some pics of the final version of my first and second jacket when I get a chance. Here are links to the threads I started for each commission: My first jacket order. Also ordered a shirt, but Freddy Vandecasteele is my guy now: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=97396 My second jacket order. First experimental notch design (precursor to this design): http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=133441 First pair of trousers: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=225341
    Very, Very, nice and distinctive. It undoudtedly reflects your own sensibility. Where is Lim in LA? I'll be there in July.
    Thanks again, here's Richard Lim's contact info: Phone: 213.383.3333 E-mail: richardlimtailor@yahoo.com Address: 2974 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Korea Town, between Vermont and Hoover) His assistant, Sunny, is the one who answers emails and usually picks up the phone.
     
  19. coolal

    coolal Senior member

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    Just snapped some new pics of my first and second order from Richard Lim. I'm also wearing my new Freddy V. shirts, that were posted in "Folded Up Shirt Porn" http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...postcount=2727

    My first jacket order. Freddy V white linen / cotton shirt
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    My second jacket order. Freddy V blue linen sport collar shirt
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  20. Baron

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    I like the 2nd one better - the sleeves hang cleaner the buttoning point seems to high in #1. Also, there seems to be an issue with rippling below your back collar. Did you make adjustments in the patterns between each commission?
     

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