My London's trip = All you need to know

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by manouche, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. manouche

    manouche Senior member

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    I am back



    I went without eating anything, I found 2 small gateau that goes with cafÃ[​IMG] on the train and ate them around 2 PM.



    I saw no mac Donald, I bought 2 sandwiches at 6PM and ate one in the street and one in the subway like a gipsy. People were coming from job (the poor people) and the train was crowded but people were not pushing one each other like in Paris' subway.



    Sum up :



    1) I didn't use my camera, I had no time to lose, I only take 2 pics :

    - one of the legs of a woman (above 45) from back

    - one of me in a shop with a stuff used to see what is the shape of your head when you buy a hat


    I made a short movie of the legs of the same woman and of a cab which was next to us



    I was amazed to see that MOST of women were wearing skirts, stockings and heels despite the weather relatively cold. Even young girls dress like that.



    In Paris, almost ALL girls wear pants, mostly jeans



    ==> Girls from London are not cold ?



    2) Swaine Adeney Brigg

    I had to pick up 2 items :
    - A burgundy case
    - A whangee umbrella from Papworth

    The big deception, the case looked ratty, had a big defect (hollow as if it had been crashed at the lower part where you have 2 studs) and the umbrella is not AT all the same as the one they well at full price despite they told me it was the same



    The shop closes at 5 PM !!!!



    The saleswoman was not friendly and wanted to know my name and told me that normaly she wouldn't give me the case bescause I didn't put my true name on my email adress (I told her the name of my mistress who paid the case and gave the number of the deal so it shows that I am not a stranger who wants to steal a case!)



    ===> I asked a refund on the 2 items and will never buy again from them



    3) I hadn't time to see any shoes, I missed James Smith umbrella's, didn't go to savile Row...



    4) T&A

    They are dorks

    I brought a shirt I bought on ebay for a swap because the collar is too tight

    They thought 10 minutes if they could make a swap as if I was asking a refund of £1000

    They changed it but the saleman wanted me to try it on

    I told him "do you think that I am stupid and don't know my size ?"

    I bought 4 pockets squares, £10 instead of £35

    I had many of the ones in sales, in different colors but I passed because having the same patterns in 5 colors is usless. I was in a hurry because SWA was closing, I may have taken a few more as on ebay they often go for more than £10.



    5) H&K

    I bought 11 shirts, tried to swap 2 I bought on ebay but the guy refused because they had a "made in England" label showing that they were at least 3 years old

    The saleswomen in the first shop were friendly and in the 2d shop totaly unhelpful and dumb (one was reading a magazine and put it on the scarves, it took her 30 seconds to realialize that her stuff was preventing me to check the scarves, I looked at the capsn couldn't find my size but the young girl was dreaming instead of helping so I passed

    I bought 3 scraves, 2 red and 1 orange, 1 for me, 2 form my girls


    6) John Lock

    The best experience

    The salewoman was a chinese and that was a bad point at the begining as I expect an old foggie or an uptight virgin woman who as been working in the shop since its creation in the 18 century.

    She help me to pick the right size, reshaped the new hat I took, took the shape of my head just to show me and told that my head had a strange shape because it was larger at the front than at the end.

    I took : cap for my father on sales

    A new hat instead of my rabbi too big Homburg, I picked up the Madison, a Fedora with narrow brims.

    They sized down my cap, now the size is good

    I took 2 women's hat because they were on sales, hope my girls will like them

    I bought a brush for hat, could be used fo clothes as well, KENT OF BRUSH, not one sales but the chinese gave me £5 off, £30 instead of £35.



    7) Cordings

    I bought a covert coat, navy with no velvest color, the only coat in my size, 40R

    Only 10% off but it was the only coat to fit me on the stomach (T&A is too baggy or too tight, New&Lingwwod too, only crombie was not bad but in size 38!)

    Made in Portugal...


    8) New and Lingwood

    A very interesting saleguy. He was talking much, I was understanding few but he seemed to know about clothes. He had long greasy hair like me.

    He explains me that English didn't care about single needle stitching on a shirt, they just wanted a sturdy shirts.

    I had no time to undress and try on a shirt so I didn't buy anything.

    I went to this shop for the covert coat and they don't fit me at all.


    9) Dunhill
    I stayed 30 seconds in the shop. Only 50% off and nothing more than in La vallÃ[​IMG]e.


    10) Crombie

    Salesman was friendly but strangly dressed and looked cheap. I think he was a paki or something close. He tolmd the that CROMBIE invented the Covert coat and selling the best one. I told him that Cordings told me the same and he showed me a pic of a factory on the wall as an evidence.

    Discount was £200, I found it weird and passed as the fit was slightly too large.

    11) Harrod's

    I went to Harrod's at the end of the day, they told me "no case" and "you put your case" I don't know where. I asked "it is free?"
    He replied "no". I replied "then I will pass on Harrod's"

    I had a huge red case with wheels.

    12) Bates

    I sew a nice hat but the guy told me I need a 57 while Lock told me a 58 so I was confused.

    The guy was not friendly, didn't understand me, the shop was TINY, he had no Homburg, I told me that I didn't want a black Homburg because I don't want to look like a rabbi, he replied me that Homburg was not for rabbi but for diplomats. The shop was very dark.

    May be I will order online.

    I am tired.
     


  2. Smahatma

    Smahatma Senior member

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    I like that bit about the ebay shirt swap. Pure genius, monsieur. A true class act.
     


  3. Tarmac

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    summary:

    I am boring (I went to London and bought a bunch of useless crap)
    I am weak (I saw a hot chick and all I could do was take a pic from behind)
     


  4. Tardek

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    Excellent observation re: english women. I suspect it may be the beachhead of some alien invasion force.
     


  5. unjung

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    Manouche, c'est quoi que tu avez allez a London pour achete dans la premier place?
     


  6. barims

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    Lulz
    This reads like a sort of distorted Bret Easton Ellis-like satire

    Oh yeah, girls in London are very cold, and generally overestimate the attractiveness of their legs. Nevertheless, a lot of them really do feel more "free" in skirts
     


  7. manouche

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    I like that bit about the ebay shirt swap. Pure genius, monsieur. A true class act.

    The guy asked me "is it unwashed" ?

    I replied : "look at the foldings and the smell"

    he measured the collar and told me it is 15.5/

    I replied, this is all the problem, it should be more before washing.

    he measured it 4 or 5 times.

    I asked hom tio bring a new shirt and compare.

    He brought me an old short and told me "it is the same"

    I replied "the old one has been wash 100 times" so it confirms me that my shirt is too tight at the colar.

    They obliged me to take a shirt one sales because mine was bought one sales in their opinion

    As I had no time to argue, I took a 120's on sales...
     


  8. manouche

    manouche Senior member

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    summary:

    I am boring (I went to London and bought a bunch of useless crap)
    I am weak (I saw a hot chick and all I could do was take a pic from behind)


    I did care about the legs and stockings, not about the chick

    She was old, was walking in front of me and talking to a friend, I was draging a huge case, I don't speak English so taking a pic was the only interesting option despite I had my ROLEX, all the more since from face she was ugly.
     


  9. July

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    +10 points for rakish audacity
     


  10. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Folks, you just can't make this shit up.
     


  11. embowafa

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    Lemme get this straight...he bought shirts on ebay and took them back to the original store for an exchange??


    That dude reeks of class.
     


  12. manouche

    manouche Senior member

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    +10 points for rakish audacity

    I asked them to keep the replacement shirt while I was shoping in the street...
     


  13. likeitaloud

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    oook your trip sounds rather boring. Lots of shopping but not a fan of social event or two?
     


  14. manouche

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    oook your trip sounds rather boring. Lots of shopping but not a fan of social event or two?

    I took the train. This is very social.
     


  15. gazman70k

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    Manouche you are my absolute hero. Don't change your grammer but certainly do a spell check. You have inspired me to write a book. [​IMG]
     


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