Ongoing Bespoke Projects

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  1. Leaves

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    NSM made my tweed trousers unlined. Now THAT was itchy. No problem, they are adding lining. I guess they don't have much experience with tweed trousers in Napoli. :D
     
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    Neapolitan fantasy.
     
  3. Newcomer

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    Looking to have my first bespoke sportcoat made. I am overwhelmed. Thinking a rust barley corn. Or a rusty brown semi-solid. Although navy is a solid first choice, I have enough navy SCs, and my complexion is better with rusts / Browns.

    Meeting with Chris next Monday, decisions decisions!

    Small note, this will be first sportcoat, second commission :).

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    +1 - am also considering the jump to bespoke. I love that jacket from NSM a few posts back. From what I see online they seem very reasonably priced and they visit London. Anyone care to share any feedback on them?
     
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    Brown Herringbone is the way to go.
     
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    Have yet to do the buttonholes on this.

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    Rather Star Wars looking I think.
     
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    @Newcomer Just a friendly advice, if you are about to commission your first bespoke suit, go for something really basic like a navy jacket. I learned the hard way. The only stuff I wear from my early commissions are the basic items. Maybe you are a more sensible guy than I am though, maybe you don't need that advice. :)
     
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    Leaves - I think what you said has a lot of merit. I definitely want a solid or a semi solid, a la herringbone, barley corn, hopsack, or even a donegal. I think I should maybe rethink whether or not I should stick to something like a navy jacket (I wear my navy jackets more than anything else in my closet). With my coloring, I kind of like the idea of a dark, rusty color (I'll provide an example when I get the chance), but I do worry a little bit about versatility. I normally wear grey odd trousers, whites, light Browns, etc., so as long as it works with those I will be happy.

    I will exercise some restraint though, no lavender with white over checks or anything crazy :)
     
  9. emptym

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    I think a rusty brown herringbone is a great idea for your second thing from CD. I have three herringbone SCs and wear them often: green, tan, and charcoal. W. Bill x2 and Breanish, both of which I recommend, the former being tighter woven, heavier, and thus warmer. If I lived somewhere colder, I'd be tempted to get more of the W. Bills, not bec. I don't like the Breanish, but bec. the WBs come in so many beautiful colors.

    The green is my favorite, in part because it's so versatile. Goes well w/ tan or grey pants, whereas I usually only wear the tan jacket w/ grey pants and the charcoal w/ tan pants. (By grey pants I mean light, medium or dark, and by tan pants I mean khaki or taupe through stone.) You might put swatches of various pant material next to the tweed swatches to see what pairs well. All three of mine go well w/ blue jeans too, which can be helpful imo.
     
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    Aren't you from Texas or somewhere else from the South? If so, you should consider linen or an open weave cloth. If you were looking for a suit, I'd recommend mohair - scratchy but performs unbelievably well in high humidity.
     
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    I do live in the South -- southern Louisiana, to be specific. In all honesty, although I have nothing against linen -- I love my linen pants and jackets -- I just can't justify this kind of money on linen. Not sure why, exactly, but linen just doesn't feel like it has the lasting power.

    I was talking about this with @DLJr, but I have been thinking about "faux-tweed" or something lighter but with autumnal / fall colors. We discussed some options that I have noted When it is hot in the summer any jacket is miserable to wear. I avoid wearing even linen unless I have to. And anywho, most of my day is spend indoors in AC, so whatever need I have for hot weather garb is mitigated by the fact that I am indoors 99% of the day (to my chagrin).

    I have thought about a fresco suit, maybe AF blue, but at least for me, the jury is still out on fresco. An open weave jacket or a mohair suit is something I can get behind.
     
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    Yeah, get Worsted Alsport, they have some good solid herringbones that will you do right.
     
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    Mohair!! So much sex appeal in that cloth.
     
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    I have given thought to a navy mohair suit.
     
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    I love the texture, and its resiliency is something else. I have a Shibumi navy tie in a 70-30 W/M split, and there are absolutely no wrinkles to speak at normal points of stress.

    As someone who ties a fairly tight knot, I found that quite awesome.

    Edit: not sure where you'd be looking, but Smith Woolens seems to have some snazzy options.
     
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