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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by houston, May 19, 2004.

  1. houston

    houston Well-Known Member

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    I just had a chance to go to London this weekend come up unexpectantly. I'll be looking for shirts and brown captoes. Recommendations??? Also, I'm looking to expand from my white and occasional solid light blue dress shirts. Top recommendations for 4-5 new shirts (don't want to spend over $600)?
     


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    Jermyn street = hilditch, harvey, turnbull....
     


  3. shoefan

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    For shoes, go to the C&J stores, either in Burlington Arcade or on Jermyn St, next to Turnbull & Asser.  Find out what styles and size are best, then order them from PLAL when you get home.  [Normally, I do not think this behavior is appropriate, since you are taking advantage of the retailer; however, in this case the retailer is in fact C&J, so it's not too bad].  Also, check in on E Green, also in Burlington Arcade, so you can consider their shoes on e-bay from British Shoes (see other topic on this site).  Alas, it's too early for you to benefit from  the UK summer sales.

    For shirts, I think the general consensus here is that H&K is the best Jermyn St. maker for the $; Budd (Prince's Arcade (?) between Jermyn St and Piccadilly) is also worth visiting.  However, you can order H&K directly during their sales and save $.  Harvie and Hudson, a decent brand, always seem to have a sale and a decent selection at their 2 locations on Jermyn St. Pink has gone downhill and is overpriced, and I personally have not been impressed by the Tyrwhitt and Lewin offerings, though others seem more impressed by the Tyrwhitt. The good news is they're all within a few blocks on Jermyn St., so you can form your own opinions. Honestly, though, Jantzen's Sea Island shirtings (available in solid white and blue) might be a better strategy; however, to break out of that mold, certainly there are many patterns available from the Jermyn St. companies.
     


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    I've always had good luck with Harvey & Hudson.
    Nice shop, nice people.
     


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    xlhell: Do you know where they made their RTW shirts? I've purchased one shirt from their web-shop (www.harvieandhudson.com) and when shirt has been delivered, I've noticed suspicious omission of "Made in U.K." words on their label. Label looked exactly like on this picture: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~no...ges/labels.jpg , but, again, without "Made in U.K." words on it. Andrey
     


  6. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    I cannot realy undestand why all these firms want to say that they are based in St. James's, when they clearly are not. Jermyn Street is in the south end of Maifair, and not in St James's as Pall Mall marks the northern limit of St. James's. And Jermyn St. is just below Piccadilly, [​IMG] Perhaps the limits have changed, but as of today, they are certainly in Mayfair, which is a better area anyway. In actual fact this is the area of St. James's [​IMG] As in between Mayfair and Westminister.
     


  7. AskAndyAboutClothes

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    kalra2411: I may have missed something. "I cannot realy undestand why all these firms want to say that they are based in St. James's, when they clearly are not." What firms say they are in St. James? The maps are illustrating St. James Park (there is also a square by the same name near by), but there are some very old firms on St. James Street just to the West of Jermyn Street. Mayfair (W1), in my mind, is North of Green Park (Piccadilly - the street not the Circus) all the way up to Oxford Street. Andy
     


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    Speaking of London, what do Jerym St. shoppers think of Aquascutum -- is it looked down upon as not up to par with Turnbull, etc.? I kind of like the cuts of their suits, but I've never heard anything about the quality.
     


  9. bengal-stripe

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    Kalra, I think you've got something wrong. Many of the boundaries are based on old parishes. According to you, St James's Square, St James's Street, King Street, St James's and Duke Street, St James's, even the church of St James's, Piccadilly (backing onto Jermyn Street) would all be outside of St James's. Shome mishtake shurely Although not an expert on local history and old parish records, I believe Piccadilly to be the natural boundary between Mayfair and St James's.
     


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    Go straight to H&K on Jermyn St. for your shirts. (Harvie and Hudson shirts are very ordinary.) After that, head over to the Burlington arcade to Edward Green for shoes. If you don't find anything in Edward Green that takes your fancy, then try C & J on Jermyn St.. The manager at the latter runs a tight ship.
     


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    As I said, districts have changed over time, and these districts are by no means official, but for most property terms (and I have delt in a lot of property) Mayfair is maked at the south by Pall Mall, North at Oxford Street, East at Regents Street, and West at Park Lane. Whereas The Mall marks the Nort end of St James's
     


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  13. kalra2411

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    So you'r now trying to tell me that St. James's Palace, and St. James's Park are below the area of St. James's, seems odd to me, perhaps you mean the area in and around St. James's Street, which is Mayfair.
     


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