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Phineas Cole... too out there?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tim_horton, May 1, 2010.

  1. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

    Jan 18, 2010
    I think it's a class thing, and a rural/urban thing. If you think American cars are great and drive a Chevy Malibu, you're a Tim Hortons kind of guy. These types are rare in major urban centres. Starbucks is Douglas Coupland; Tim Hortons is Red Green.

    That may hold true for Canadians, but I think it's different for Americans. Here in NYC, you can't walk for three minutes without hitting a Starbucks. Tim Horton's is very rare in the US, and for me, is one of the things I associate with living in Montreal, so I'll always have a soft spot for it. Along with red mailboxes, the Metro, Toonies, etc. And I've never lived in a rural area and like small Japanese cars - though I do like Red Green.
  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Oct 16, 2006
    New York City
    I love the look of Phineas, however their jackets are kind of strange, they have strong roped sleeve caps, but they have no shoulder padding and are unlined. They look really structured when they fit well, but there is almost nothing to them and they are a bit on the flimsy side. I would like them better if they had more of a chest piece and were lined.
  3. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

    Oct 26, 2004
    New York City
    I tried on some Phineas Cole suits for the first time today... I liked them but the cut is a little more "extreme" then what I'm used to. In this suit too fashion forward for something like, say, a wedding?

    The other suit I'm looking at is the Oxxford Type A, which is more sedate.

    Phineas Cole is a more dandyish suit. E.g., very slim cut, high gorge, high button stance, peak lapels, color linings, slanted pockets, ticket pockets, side vents, etc.

    It is a suit for a fit, lean, and tall person who wants to stand-out in the crowd.

    After the initial novelty, you may find the compliments and comments disarming.

    If you prefer to be just well dressed rather than the center of attention, go for the Oxxford.
  4. judgest

    judgest New Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Funny stumbling over this thread now that Phineas has gotten even more extreme. While the cut is still great for a slim guy, they've definitely revved up the dandy factor.

    Back in '08/'09 they still were using many fabrics with a more Italian vibe, but now it's so British dandy with their exploded tweeds that I don't understand who they think their customer is. Here's to wishing they'd reel it back in a bit and produce some more subtle stuff.
  5. vida

    vida Senior member

    May 6, 2010
    right here, right now
    I agree, judgest. At first I liked their cut as they offered notch lapel jackets without hacking pockets on some models. But the current offering looks almost ridiclous to the point of being "costumey". I would actually like to see who is buying this stuff and where they actually wear it. It is too bad really, because the original concept of Phineas had promise.

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