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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LA Guy, Aug 15, 2011.

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  1. FSSwertlow

    FSSwertlow Member

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    Hi:

    Why am I interested in fine clothing and your organization? Clothing is important on many levels, politically, socially, creatively and not just sexually. Your group takes clothing seriously.

    I came across your site when trying to find out if a gift from a lady friend who is the vintage clothing business is a real "Sulka" dressing gown or a sloppy fake with a "Sulka" Paris label. A model friend who is a collector of vintage robes and negligees said it was a fake, and I thought it was time to find out before I restore it or not. As an expert, her gift may say something about her, too.

    This adventure is a metaphor for my great interest in quality clothing, new and vintage. I am a writer, journalist, author and TV producer and I enjoy quality workmanship. I also get paid to observe people. Maybe you are, indeed, what you wear. Fine clothing or poorly made clothing can be very revealing. Would you trust your face to a plastic surgeon to dressed like a slob?

    I met Tom Ford at a restaurant in Beverly Hills one evening and told him he was a great artist. He seemed stunned. I had a couple of three-hour lunches with Tom Wolfe where he discussed the history behind his wearing his Tea Planter suits. He added that if the anti-war demonstrators during the Vietnam era had dressed better they would have been more successful ending the conflict. He had a point. They would have been more acceptable to mainstream Americans and not outcasts.

    At US Civil War exhibit at Ronald Reagan presidential museum a few years ago, I saw two items of clothing that illuminated the outcome of the battle. The Confederacy could never win. In front of my eyes were the uniforms of two buglers. The Federal was made of finely woven wool; the rebel's was made of homespun. In war, technology wins. The Union was superior; the Confederacy wasn't. The clothes told the tale.

    At lunch with Rudi Gernreich, who designed the topless bathing suit, he explained that his revealing costume was not meant to be sexual but a political statement. Women would be freed, no longer bound by the constraints of society. His swimsuit, he believed, would foreshadow the rise of the feminist movement. President Kennedy's two-button suit, in a way, freed men from being bound into a three-button jacket. As we know, JFK was a swinger.

    At the murder trial of Scott Peterson, who would send to death row for killing his wife and unborn son, the killer's lawyer dressed the handsome Peterson is sleek designer suits. To the jury, his uniform signaled his underground life as a swinger, a man who would cheat on his wife. A man who might murder her and their baby. Clothes reveal reveal details about someone quickly. So it is important to know how to dress well or in his case not so well before a jury of his peers.

    I look forward to learning more about the great artisans who make and design fine clothes, and I think your site will be not merely become a great source of knowledge and expertise but also great pleasure to me.
     
  2. MSchott

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    I'm Michael and I like to dress well, mainly at the office. At home jeans and tee shirts are cool. At work wool slacks, quality shoes, mainly AE And a nice 100% cotton dress shirt and silk tie are the norm. I'm careful about the quality of the dress clothes I wear and how they fit. I'm hear to learn from those with more knowledge although I'm pretty confident with my style. I'm glad to be here.
     
  3. RR Rodriguez

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    Hello Hello,

    Like others before me, I've referenced this forum for inspiration, and tips. So here's a "hello", and "thank you", looking forward to contributing to this fantastic community.

    -Randall
     
  4. Bloodworth

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    Hello all,

    My name's Sebastian Bloodworth, I'm a Classics student and in the process of building up a wardrobe of bespoke suits/shirts. I like cocktail cuffs and double-breasted suits. I also write a blog: changelessmadman.com with style reviews and other articles on dandyism and similar!

    -Basty
     
  5. BubbaElmwood

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    BubbaElmwood here. I have been lurking and learning on the forum for some time and decided to signup. 
     
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  6. makeitright

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    I just joined the forum hoping to find some people who could help me find a suit (and possibly a sports coat) that would fit me well.

    I live near DC and am considering spending in the $1000 dollar range to get a suit that fits right. From what I can tell I have to spend that much or it doesn't fit. I'll check out Hugo Boss 36short/slim, which costs less though. I need a size no bigger than 36 short that is cut slim. It has to be cut slimmer than the Joseph A. Banks slim cut, because I know that isn't slim enough. I like a good waist suppression of maybe 6 inches I think, but I have not confirmed.

    I'm considering Brooks Brothers Milano, or made to measure. I also heard about Suit Source, Martin Greenfield and Southwik. To access those I would have to go through a dealer and have no experience with that. I've never bought suits from any of these places before. The only place I've bought a suit is from Joseph A. Banks.

    Thanks
     
  7. RafiqSN

    RafiqSN New Member

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    Hi all,

    I have always been interested in what looks good to make me feel great. Having a look at many different sites and forums, I have decided to sign up and join this great world wide community.
    I am keen to learn more about the particulars of how to create style.
    I am located in Melbourne, Australia and work in Corporate Telecommunication Sales.

    Looking forward to getting to know these Forums better.

    Cheers,
    S.R
     
  8. doctorstudent

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am Doctor Student. I have been a long time user of the forum, even though I just officially sign up to use it. I started using the forum many years ago and I even remember the older look of the webpage. I am medical student and I love to dress well. My father always taught me to dress well for anything and to dress to be the man you want to be.

    Hello to everyone,

    Sincerely,

    DoctorStudent.
     
  9. caucus of one

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    Hi folks. I have been lurking for a couple of months, long enough to know that I enjoy your collective posts, and so decided to sign up. At my ripe old age, I have begun to question my adherence to a utilitarian focus in clothing. I am here to learn from people who have been paying attention to these things for longer than I, and, if the opportunity presents itself, to be helpful.

    My interest in clothes mostly concerns my workplace attire, so for that context only I will reveal that I practice law at a large but relatively informal law firm. I wear a suit perhaps once or twice per month (but increasingly now that I have discovered that suits can actually fit well and look good), and otherwise wear trousers with button up shirts and a jacket, or not. Typically sans tie. And jeans-plus on Fridays.

    Looking forward to improving myself and getting enjoyment out of it.
     
  10. donjuan17

    donjuan17 Senior member

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    You should check out SuitSuply. I know they recently opened a store in D.C. and they've been doing good. (Bought a tailored suit with a contemporary look from them)
    There's a whole thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/250682/suitsupply-nyc
     
  11. gpt293

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    Hi guys

    Been lurking over a year, since around the time I started my first real job, trying to figure out how to look ok in a suit. Finally joined today to take advantage of a group shoe tree buy. Still slowly building up my wardrobe of suits, shoes, ties and the like after having made plenty of mistakes, but I'd like to think I'm much more well dressed now than I would have been without this site. So thanks!
     
  12. fivelittlefish

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    Hello
    I just joined today.

    My interests mostly revolve around shoes and street wear, but can include Highland dress :)

    I work in TV advertising.
     
  13. andrew65

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    Hi everyone, I'm new in this forum. I know that forums are a good place to learn and interact with other people , so that People can share their experience with each other. I have read many threads of this forum which are really useful and full of information so I decided to join this comunity.
     
  14. RandyE

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    Hello all,

    I'm new to this particular forum, having seen it reference on another forum (shaving site), and while I don't spend a great deal of time online I do occasionally find the random forum discussion interesting, at least on certain topics. After a quick review, this site looked active enough and mature enough to be worth joining (insert inside jokes here.)
    What to say about myself is always a challenge so I’ll keep it brief. I greatly prefer to frequent gentlemen's clothier/haberdashery-type shops over chain stores because I like the attitudes and breadth of knowledge of the people who tend to work in such establishments (plus the clothes tend to be more to my liking.) I usually dress casually (for me that means; odd trousers, odd jacket, odd waistcoat, etc.), although my wardrobe is not limited to casual wear by any means. I tend to wear what I want to wear rather than allowing the opinions of other to dictate my dress, and that often gives people the impression that I’m somewhat eccentric (think absentminded professor type), which is fine with me. Lastly, I try not to get embroiled in arguments involving any of the following topics: politics, religion, or personal taste in whatever (although I reserve the right to add to that list as needed.)
    Hopefully that will give some background for use when interpreting my posts here. Thanks to all who managed to get through all that.

    All Glory to the Hypnotoad!

    - Randy
     
  15. shahir

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    hi all,
    new here. interested in jeans and boots..
    hope to learn more.

    thanks and best regards.
     

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