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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I have a semi-rough Inis Meain that I bought on sale for like $70. Kind of odd since I think everything else I've seen from them has been in the luxury range. I really like it.

    I think my obsession with leather jackets lately has already put me squarely in mid-life crisis mode. Actually wore the RRL one today that you linked me to. It's fantastic.
     
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    What trousers do you wear with these outfits?
     
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    :)
     
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    :fonz:
     
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    Are you doing that group order? I saw your comment over at SWD. Is that going to be a one-off, or is this part of a bigger effort to organize SF-driven MTOs (like the Viberg)? If the latter, is it possible to have a thread for these projects, so people can follow along?


    The linen sweater plus leather jacket gets worn with fawn flannel trousers. The other stuff, jeans or corduroys.



    You're both missing out on the opportunity to make turntable scratch noises with your clothes.
     
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    Fok mentioned at SWD that he might be organizing a custom order for a heavy, rough-wool Aran. Depending on where you're ordering from, his version might have a less dumpy cut.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up; have PM'ed. Was just going to size down, but an improved cut all-round would of course be better.
     
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    Yes, there will be a consolidated "Styleforummarket" thread somewhere in the not so distant future. It will be part of a bigger effort. It's hard to put in all that work for just one order.

    Cheers,

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    Trini and I have velcro pants for that.
     
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    If you're looking at sources in Galway or the Aran Islands themselves (O'Maille or Aran Sweater Market as examples), you're getting the authentic rough wool, not softer fashiony stuff. The Machine knits are indeed not as nice, but they're also much less dense, which means they don't wear anywhere near as hot, which IMO makes them more versatile. I handled the hand knits on a trip to Ireland, and decided to go with the machine instead. While the hand knits were far higher quality, your impression that you could wear one in a hurricane without a jacket isn't far off. That is what they were designed for, after all.
     
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    I've been to their physical store on Inis Mor- I have hands on experience with the exact stuff you're looking at. Many of those hand knits may very well be bulletproof, and they have walls stacked floor to ceiling with the hand knit sweaters in various clan designs. Tables stacked high with every design of heavy wool sweater, most in traditional aran patterns, others plainer. A little museum to the sweaters upstairs. Great store.

    The stuff O'Maille stocks is even better, but at 3 times the price. They'll tell you that their mission is to find the absolute best and make sure that they have a market, and they also make an effort to find and train new weavers. The woman who runs the shop showed me a sweater where the ribbing at the bottom was made up of tiny little cable knits. It was, in her words, "just showing off", and when she told us that that weaver was one of the best ever, it was very easy to believe. The price tag on that one was north of 300 euros, but it was the pinnacle of its art.

    If you visit the Aran Islands, you really will see little old ladies sitting around in the shops and cafes chatting and knitting. If you're making a trip to Ireland, the west coast is really worth some time.
     
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    Wonderful advice; thank you so much.
     
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    Indeed, thank you cptjeff.
     
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    I understand the spirit of this, but love my LP Roadsters too much to agree.
     
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    Still searching for a black turtleneck. I went to all of the "Stockists" for the Herning stuff in NYC and their stock sucks. they have like one model of the lamest sweater in the world. I'd really like to try one on as I haven't worn a sweater in probably almost 10 years. Not sure what size I would be.
     
  19. dieworkwear

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    How do you go without a sweater in NYC?
     
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    Easy, wear suits every day. On the sub 30's days wear an overcoat.
     

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