I need a cool signature scarf. Help me analyze and pick one?

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  1. Philip1209

    Philip1209 Well-Known Member

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    Winter's around the corner and I need a unique scarf or two. I just had my grey peacoat extensively tailored (because it looked like a balloon when I bought it!) and I just got a cool trench coat. My style is kind of modern professorial.

    I want to avoid the cliche Burberry scarves that are like a uniform on campus and get something unique and sartorial (and preferably not overtly branded). Please share your suggestions. If I could find one scarf that matches both coats and even a black overcoat then it would be like Christmas morning. I have a fair number of scaves, but I'm not in love with any of them .


    Here are a couple I've found that I like:

    * Rag and Bone
    1 / 2 / 3
    * Armani 1 / 2
    * John Varvatos - in Red
    * Paul Smith 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

    I'm leaning towards Rag and Bone #3 at the moment.
     
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    jonnyt Senior member

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    Anything from Drakes would be better than any of the ones you listed.
    The Rag and Bone and Armani scarfs aren't even pure wool. Avoid polyester, especially if you're dropping a couple hundred dollars.
     


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    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    Paul Smith 1

    I agree the Drakes are nice though.
     


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    Seconded.

    The Drakes are twice as much and, to the person who suggested them, I am not sure that it's that helpful when someone clearly has a budget, just to say 'these much more expensive things are so much better'. If, on the other hand, anyone can suggest something that's clearly better quality in the same price range as the others, go for it...
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How about a doctor who style scarf?
     


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    academe Senior member

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    Not to be pedantic, but the OP never stated that he had a specific budget to work from. The question is phrased in an open-ended way. GIven that no budget was stipulated, I simply suggested what I would buy if I were in the OP's position. Take that as you will...
     


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    Not helpful at all, but I have a bias towards the Armani *is an Armani whore*

    Polyester isn't the Devil, but it's certainly one of his angels; it peals on a whim, first and foremost.

    100% wool is always good, and it needn't break the bank.

    Not quite what you were seeking, but If you like fair isle: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urba...h=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS

    EDIT: Oh, check this guy out:
     
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    Philip1209 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input. I haven't considered Drake before. Budget wasn't an issue, but I'm not enamored by the designs of the Drake ones enough to justify the surcharge.

    Can you please explain the benefits of the Drake scarves? Do they qualify for more luxury than 'street style?'
     


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    How about just starting out with a nicely made grey cashmere scarf... I say get a whole bunch. Why limit yourself to one?
     


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    Are you speaking specifically about Drake's, or is there another brand you would recommend?

    In my original post, I specified that I'd primarily wear the scarf with a grey peacoat or trench. I'd need a scarf that has some contrast with the former and wearing it with the latter isn't too important. I have other jackets, but it wouldn't go with them too well (e.g. camel cashmere overcoat).

    I'm a fan of these:
    http://www.drakes-london.com/catalo...s/kings-cashmere-box-check-scarf/category/38/
    http://www.drakes-london.com/catalo...cashmere-check-and-plaid-scarves/category/84/
     


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    edmorel on this forum, i.e. Panta Clothing have some nice ones in brown, olive or grey.
     


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    The higher costs for the Drakes scarves (especially the cashmere ones) come from a couple of things; one of them is that they do use some of the finest grades of cashmere (adding to the overall longevity of the scarf) and also because manufacturing is kept within the UK/Scotland (hence, higher labour costs). They would fall more within "luxury" products rather than street.
     


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