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Kent Wang - Affiliate thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kent Wang, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. scatterbrain

    scatterbrain Senior member

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    What if you're boarding the train to rob it midway and ride off on a horse?

    Edit: wait. You still wouldn't need access to the ticket while riding a horse.
     
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  2. mrjester

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  3. Louys

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    No we can solve this. I can think of one situation where both are necessary.

    Our gentleman of diverse and peculiar needs returns his collapsable tellascope to his hacking pocket. A moment of silent resolve, then motion. He mounts and is galloping breakneck down the hillside half vertical whilst an iron beast of bellowing horns and billowing smoke courses the circumference of our rider's dusky descent. A precipice, a leap, the water thick and rushing swift below, the piercing shrill of steam escaping hot, and the twilight shilouette of what might be centaur, half man half steed, suspended between terra firma and glory, basking in the rays that bat even Icarus from the sky.

    Cacophony. The car jolts and sways, the passengers gasp and swivel their heads in all which ways. A moment passes, then two. Tap, tap, schunk! The door in the back of the car slides open and a man smeared in dust, glass and splintered boxwood strolls calmly through the car in a matter of five completely silent seconds leaving nothing behind but questions and bloodstains on the upholstery.

    The conductor was certainly perplexed by the noise but moreso by the man who barged into the engine car, shoved a wad of bills into his coal stained fists and then a gun into his equally blackened visage. "I''ll only be a moment."

    He picked up the phone and turned the dial. "Prime Minister."

    "I on the last train to the Wonka Factory and will rendezvouz with your daughter before the deadline."

    "Oh? Why yes, I have a special place on my person for its safekeeping."

    /end Synth inspired storytelling
     
  4. random-adam

    random-adam Senior member

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    me: tough to rob a train of anything valuable enough to carry on a horse.

    wife: maybe on the train there are rich ladies with jewelry and also you are in the old west
    you might even ride your horse to the train station
    then you would need the ticket in your pocket
    BOOM

    me: it takes a real scoundrel to rob ladies of jewelry. Scoundrels don't wear suits.

    wife: good point.

    me: so if you ever see a guy with a hacking ticket pocket, stay away from him and hide your jewelry.
     
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  5. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    Anybody who's gotten the off-white horn or smoked MOP buttons on their suit or jacket, would you mind taking a close-up picture? I'm thinking of getting one of them on my next jacket, but would like to see what they actually look like.
     
  6. astrocyte

    astrocyte Well-Known Member

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    Damn it. I have a suit with both and I will never again feel the same about it after reading this. :-/


    Thankfully I have a Kent Wang headed my way with pockets far more suited to someone who hasn't ridden a train or horse in years (although I have put my subway fare card in the ticket pocket just because I could).
     
  7. scatterbrain

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    I later thought of something similar: Riding up beside a train and needing to have a ticket ready so as not to arouse suspicion once you are on board. Galloping beside the train, you don't want to have to struggle with a straight ticket pocket. That's nonsense.

    Also, what if you have a huge stomach, so that to reach around to the ticket pocket would put your wrist at a weird angle? It's easier to angle the pocket so that you could get your ticket(s) out.

    I will stop derailing this thread with this now.

    Get it? deRAILing?
     
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  8. effers

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    You've sold me on the hacking ticket pocket for my next jacket.
     
  9. mrjester

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    I had a question.. any reason why these jackets and suits can't have a Kent Wang label? They're really nice but it's a little sad there's no label at all.
     
  10. msulinski

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    They should at least put the fabric label in there. When I sent my fabric to the factory, there were several Minnis labels included. I was really hoping one would find its way onto the inside lining, but it didn't happen.
     
  11. elstinnett

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    I was thinking the exact same thing this morning! I definitely think a KW label should be included.
     
  12. Beatlegeuse

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    can anyone here recommend a Carmina last that fits similar to KW's benchgrade line? I have the brown captoe balmorals, and I was looking at some stuff from Carmina. Would the Rain last be pretty similar to these KW oxfords?
     
  13. pleco

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    +1
     
  14. CruzAzul

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    Even the most indefensible hacking / ticket pocket configuration is still more practical than a necktie or pocket square.

    Let's try to get a grip.
     
  15. mrjester

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    It's funny you say that. I know what you mean but I don't follow your lead here.

    I like surgeons cuffs but I was never a high ranking official or a surgeon.
    I like 3r2 because it's a little more on the historical side of suiting
    I don't need a ticket pocket because I don't ride trains
    I don't need hacking pocket because I don't ride horses
    Neck ties are OK
    Pocket squares are OK

    Some things you have a reason you like or don't like and others you just follow or like for other reasons, without fully making sense. Here, I would avoid both hacking and ticket, and wear a neck tie and pocket square :-D
     
  16. docka

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    How does the Jcrew ludlow compare to a KW suit? I bought several polos and I am extremely happy with the quality. I spent about $500 for Jcrew's signature half-canvassed 2 piece, but I can return it. I know KW suits are full canvassed/ MTM and I would like to hear your opinion on it. At the $800 price point, are there other companies that provide a similar quality? (black lapel, suit supply etc...). Is it worth the jump, from $500 (ludlow) to $800 (KW)?

    For my measurements

    Chest = 34
    Shoulders = 17.5
    Sleeves = 32
     
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  17. motionn

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    The lower end suitsupply suits are half-canvassed. Black lapel i believe is also half canvassed. You can't compare a RTW suit to a MTM suit. Spend the extra money, it's an investment.
     
  18. CousinDonuts

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    My 2 cents, which is free and you get what you pay for...If you find an OTR suit that fits you extremely well and you like the styling and construction, then rock on and buy as many as you need. But I see a few reasons to consider MTM:
    1) You can't find suits that properly fit your body type.
    2) You want access to more fabrics.
    3) You want to adjust options from suit to suit (# of buttons, vents, flat/pleated, cuffed/no, etc).

    These days my main rotation consists of KW and Suit Supply, and I'm very happy with both. I only own sport coats from J Crew. While I like the SS fit and price, there are things I would like to change, like lowering the button stance, and giving me a longer pair of pants that I can cuff. I turned to KW at the start to get a fabric that SS (nor J Crew, or a few others) did not offer, and for a price that was reasonable. My 2nd suit from KW was for the same reason. For each one I was also able to make the adjustments that I wish I could make on my SS suits. For me, satisfying reasons #2 and #3 makes KW a good buy for me.
     
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  19. docka

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    Aside from being able to customize the suit, in terms of construction and quality, are Jcrew and SS similar to KW? From your point of view, is it worth the $300-$400 jump? How do you like your Jcrew sport coats (I'm assuming you have the ludlows)?
     
  20. CousinDonuts

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    The sport coats are fine. I didn't have to do much tailoring. They are both tweed so being seasonal wear I don't care as much about canvassing because I won't wear it out quickly.

    KW was worth the jump to get the fabric I want and the sizing adjustments. I am very picky with details. The MTM just feels great when I put it on. Instantly my favorite suits.

    This really is a hard question to project for you because no one else knows what you like, how you like to wear your suits, how picky you are about details, how "custom" you want it to feel, and if there is a brand that provides all of this for you already. Full canvas is worth a lot of money to some people, and is a "meh" to others. Being able to get a 3-roll-2 stance is killer for some, and others don't know what that even means. Some want a particular ankle opening, and others just want it "slim". Some want the coat to be exactly 30.2578" long and others are generally fine with a regular.

    So I'll say this, if the J Crew is everything you think you want and fits well, then don't worry about MTM. But if every time you put it on you say "I wish XXX was different" or "I can't seem to get ZZZ to quite fit right no matter what the tailor does" then MTM should be considered. That is ultimately what drove me to consider MTM in the first place. The suits I was buying would each get me 90% of what I want, but never that last 10%.
     
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