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Material for braces?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Well-Known Member

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    I saw somewhere that the traditional material for braces is actually catgut, which ages in a certain way. That aside, what is the preferred material for these? Is nylon as good as anything else?
     
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    Catgut and leather would be for the ends. For the actual braces, barathea in the summer and boxcloth in the winter for me. Silk is also an option.
     
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    josepidal Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendations for sources?

    I thought people here recommended Albert Thurston, but the ones on STP are nylon.
     
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    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    I've found buying from their website (www.albertthurston.com) the easiest method to procure Thurston braces, which are top notch.
     
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    I've found buying from their website (www.albertthurston.com) the easiest method to procure Thurston braces, which are top notch.


    You know, I've picked up a couple of pairs of thurston suspenders from STP, and found that while the patterns are terrific, the ends, if they're leather, are certainly some sort of corrected-grain or plasticized variety (brooks brothers braces have better-quality ends); and that the elastic at the back seems to deteriorate alarmingly fast. I suppose it's possible that they're from some sort of diffusion line, but the boxes said Albert Thurston, and STP listed the retail price at $80 $90, so that doesn't seem overwhelmingly likely.

    Anyway, just to say I've been a little disappointed with the construction quality of the AT suspenders I've picked up. I probably wouldn't rush out to buy more sight-unseen.
     
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    I have never had a pair of Thurstons give out, at any point. I wonder if what you have are not really Thurstons. The real things are practically indestructible. And I have never seen any corrected grain or treated leather ends, either.
     
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    I have never had a pair of Thurstons give out, at any point. I wonder if what you have are not really Thurstons. The real things are practically indestructible. And I have never seen any corrected grain or treated leather ends, either.


    I'm prepared to entertain that possibility, but I have a hard time believing that STP would do such a thing.
     
  9. Will

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    I'm prepared to entertain that possibility, but I have a hard time believing that STP would do such a thing.

    The CEO is on AAAC as 'bracemaker' from time to time. Suggest you message him and ask directly.

    I also have trouble believing the Thurston would use corrected grain unless it was a special order for a store that had its own reason.
     
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    I've got over a dozen pair of Thurston braces, some as old as twenty years, and one pair has ever given out on me. I have the barethas in basically every solid color I seen available. None of them have corrected grain or what i would describe as inferior leather.

    To further illustrate thier quality, I wear a suit with braces everyday to work so they have had years of continuous use.

    To reiterate Will's comment above, "bracemaker" is a wondeful fellow. He will (and has) happily accepted my custom requests in terms of the type of tabs and hardware I want at no additional charge.
     
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    I've got over a dozen pair of Thurston braces, some as old as twenty years, and one pair has ever given out on me. I have the barethas in basically every solid color I seen available. None of them have corrected grain or what i would describe as inferior leather.

    To further illustrate thier quality, I wear a suit with braces everyday to work so they have had years of continuous use.

    To reiterate Will's comment above, "bracemaker" is a wondeful fellow. He will (and has) happily accepted my custom requests in terms of the type of tabs and hardware I want at no additional charge.



    I've sent bracemaker a PM. Hopefully he won't take offense.
     
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    I have never had a pair of Thurstons give out, at any point. I wonder if what you have are not really Thurstons. The real things are practically indestructible. And I have never seen any corrected grain or treated leather ends, either.
    I thought you favored synthetic fibers for braces?
     
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    Aportnoy: Solid color braces are the best to center your wardrobe around?
     
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    Aportnoy: Solid color braces are the best to center your wardrobe around?
    I would say that they are
     
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    aportnoy Well-Known Member

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    Aportnoy: Solid color braces are the best to center your wardrobe around?

    For certain, IMHO.

    I have these Thurston colors:

    navy
    hunter
    burgundy
    khaki
    olive
    gold
    purple
    robin's egg blue
    orange
    silver
    dark gray
    black
     

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