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photo-travel log-- from baghdad to manhattan

The_Foxx

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ok, first stop is here in kuwait. i'm forced to go to the sharq mall today, although i can't seem to find a store listing anywhere-- gotta have one more shirt just to make the trip and not run out of clothing.

In the meantime, staying at the meridien tower hotel-- pretty cool place, although i am still trying to figure out how to turn on the plasma tv........after working in baghdad, my favorite part is of course the bathroom.






 

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well, made it as far as amsterdam-- i have to admit, if you're going to have a layover in an airport, this is the one to have it in. not only is the food pretty good, the magazine/ newspaper selection is huge, and in several languages. i picked up british GQ, foreign Stuff, Maxim, etc. (i usually don't like the latter two, but the foreign editions are always better than our US versions).

hopefully, i will be able to sleep on the plane to nyc-- where i'll have photo ops of barneys, truman's, etc.

aaron-- not a bad experience so far, this is just my holiday break, then it is back to business in the middle east!
 

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Welcome back to civilization and don't miss the after Christmas sale at Saks flagship.
 

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Originally Posted by von Rothbart
Welcome back to civilization and don't miss the after Christmas sale at Saks flagship.

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What a couple of days it's been in new york city! the hotel is the best i've experienced, mostly due to the superb service-- the concierge has gone over and above to ensure this is a wonderful stay.

Yesterday, I went to my appointment at Bergdorf Goodman Men. Pierre Lenis was great to work with, really took his time to ensure i found what i wanted. Pierre is also a good candidate for the forum, i think-- he definitely enjoyed discussing tailoring and the finer points of buttonholes as much as i did. He even showed me some heavyweight flannel and tweed Brioni suits that were made for another, un-named customer. I hadn't seen anything that heavy done by Brioni before, looked like suits that would be worn in the highlands of Scotland! The head tailor of Bergdorf came to take measurements, etc. for the suit I'm having made. Then, I got to hang out for a while and discuss tailoring, while wearing a Brioni ready to wear suit and drinking a pepsi!

Today, I took my navy blue Oxxford Radcliff model suit to the new flagship store. The store looked incredible, and the gentleman i worked with (Peter Davis) was really great. I mentioned that I had met Michael Cohen in Phoenix several months ago, and later bought the radcliff suit as a result. Peter said they would be happy to tailor the suit for me, and called the head tailor while i changed. When i returned to the store to browse around, who should be standing to meet me but Mr. Cohen himself! As those of you who have met Michael know, he's very personable and very interesting to talk with-- and i learn something new about the construction or concepts of Oxxford suits in the process! I bought one of the oxxford shirts that were reduced 30% (a great deal on a very well made shirt), and I am awaiting an email from Peter Davis on a cool pair of flat front twill trousers.

I found the scarf at Saks, thought it would be nice to wear with the herringbone hacking jacket, which i haven't had tailored to fit just yet.

 

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Welcome back! And a very Happy Holiday to you and yours. I recall you are off to see family for a few days. We definitely appreciate you sharing your experiences.

Don't forget to post some pictures of Bagdad when you get a chance. I imagine it is a bit less plush than NY.

Perry
 

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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
What a couple of days it's been in new york city! the hotel is the best i've experienced, mostly due to the superb service-- the concierge has gone over and above to ensure this is a wonderful stay.

Yesterday, I went to my appointment at Bergdorf Goodman Men. Pierre Lenis was great to work with, really took his time to ensure i found what i wanted. Pierre is also a good candidate for the forum, i think-- he definitely enjoyed discussing tailoring and the finer points of buttonholes as much as i did. He even showed me some heavyweight flannel and tweed Brioni suits that were made for another, un-named customer. I hadn't seen anything that heavy done by Brioni before, looked like suits that would be worn in the highlands of Scotland! The head tailor of Bergdorf came to take measurements, etc. for the suit I'm having made. Then, I got to hang out for a while and discuss tailoring, while wearing a Brioni ready to wear suit and drinking a pepsi!

Today, I took my navy blue Oxxford Radcliff model suit to the new flagship store. The store looked incredible, and the gentleman i worked with (Peter Davis) was really great. I mentioned that I had met Michael Cohen in Phoenix several months ago, and later bought the radcliff suit as a result. Peter said they would be happy to tailor the suit for me, and called the head tailor while i changed. When i returned to the store to browse around, who should be standing to meet me but Mr. Cohen himself! As those of you who have met Michael know, he's very personable and very interesting to talk with-- and i learn something new about the construction or concepts of Oxxford suits in the process! I bought one of the oxxford shirts that were reduced 30% (a great deal on a very well made shirt), and I am awaiting an email from Peter Davis on a cool pair of flat front twill trousers.

I found the scarf at Saks, thought it would be nice to wear with the herringbone hacking jacket, which i haven't had tailored to fit just yet.



Nice signature. Perhaps it should end with "I guarantee it"
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today, had my suit pressed and went to a broadway show (you might be able to tell from the photo, i still haven't had this suit taken in at the jacket waist and the neck adjusted-- planning to do that in April, with my other suits that need any tailoring/ adjustments). Took the shirt and jacket to barneys and a few other places for a necktie, braces, and double sided cufflinks. all i found was the tie-- had to pick up braces from a very small selection at Saks, and no double sided cufflinks to be found (Barneys, Saks, and Links of London all checked-- should have went down to paul stuart). had to wear my backup cufflinks, some steel ganici links from ferragamo.
Wool and cashmere suit, Brioni
Wife, direct from the Southern States
Shirt, Robert Talbott Estate (haven't laundered this one yet, so the collar hasn't shrunk at all yet as it should a little)
light blue linen pocket square from Bergdorf Goodman Men
Brown silk tie with polka dots to match stripe in suit, Kiton from Barneys

Although you can't see them:
Parisian Brown John Lobb Sutton shoes (picked up shoe trees and polish from Lobb today, saw the JL 2006 for $1350, almost got them-- they were incredible, leather was imprinted from the inside of the leather to form a cap and side details-- but already spent a lot in the big apple, can't fit new shoes in the budget!!)
grey-brown socks from Barneys
 

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I love the Suttons. My favorite JL. And my favorite colors are the Parisian Brown Museum and the Chestnut Museum. Enjoy!

Thank you for sharing your travels.

Perry
 

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The_Foxx - has anyone ever mistaken you for David Schwimmer?
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hey, that DOES kinda look like me! I will add that to my list....so far, people have told me i look like kenau reeves, and now david schwimmer.

wow, what a trip! I'll try to run down all the things i bought, and the things i didn't purchase but may order in the near future:

woven Navy blue kiton tie with light blue diamonds, sort of a narrower cut to the tie, from Bergdorf Men. had the sleeves of my Thom Browne white shirt shortened here, too-- a much needed alteration.

woven brown tie with tan spots (in photo) by kiton-- same narrower, cool cut, from Barneys. I really like the width and make of these kiton ties!

tailoring at Oxxford for the navy radcliff suit, along with a blue royal oxford cotton shirt, french cuffs on sale 30% off. I hope to order the flat front brownish-olive wool twill trousers soon, they have an odd pink lining, once i hear from Peter Davis at Oxxford if they find some in my size.

Brioni navy blue with bright french blue pinstripes (about 1/2" apart) MTM three button suit, in the cut exclusive to the store. This equated to high armholes, softer shoulders. double vented jacket, pleated trousers, braces buttons added.

basic white twill dress shirt by Facconable

burnt orange Loro Piana cashmere scarf, wore it in almost every photo.

grey-brown dress socks from barneys

two diesel long sleeve dress/ club shirts, one in grey and one in dark blue with pleated bib, and a diesel t-shirt with Great Sky Jumper devil on it.

john lobb shoe trees, size 9 (for my 9.5E Suttons), and a jar of clear and brown polish. they had a neat chart in their order book, which notes what polish should be used on different colored leathers. the assistant mgr included a new polishing guide, and the new JL catalogue (VERY nice). I didn't end up buying the JL 2006, nice as they were! Another forum member bought them in Lord brown, i think-- a very slick shoe.

Zegna navy 2 button blazer, double vented from Barneys. buttons are dark blue, instead of brass. A good staple, needed this for going out that first night.

Zegna light blue twill shirt with woven-diamonds in the cotton, also for going out the first night.

Black belt from bergdorf men.

Acqua Di Parma shave cream, in the brown container (with squirt-cap). great shaving cream for brush or without, smells great.

Something i didn't buy, but am seriously considering--

Tan suit by Isaia, about $2400. wow, GREAT looking suit in the isaia section-- double vented jacket, pretty soft shoulders, sky blue silk lining, flat front trousers. that would be a GREAT suit for spring/ summer, and driving to brunch in my new car in 2007!!! Hopefully, i can budget for it over 2 months. I plan to call Omar Aboudi, Isaia Specialist (212) 940-2464 to ask about this suit. What i liked most about the suit was the cut, FF pants, and the hand-stitched buttonholes-- the lapel buttonhole was NOT keyhole shaped, it was nicely cut straight like a brioni's or kiton's might be.
 

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Looks like that combat pay in the Green Zone is treating you well
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
hey, that DOES kinda look like me! I will add that to my list....so far, people have told me i look like kenau reeves, and now david schwimmer.

wow, what a trip! I'll try to run down all the things i bought, and the things i didn't purchase but may order in the near future:

woven Navy blue kiton tie with light blue diamonds, sort of a narrower cut to the tie, from Bergdorf Men. had the sleeves of my Thom Browne white shirt shortened here, too-- a much needed alteration.

woven brown tie with tan spots (in photo) by kiton-- same narrower, cool cut, from Barneys. I really like the width and make of these kiton ties!

tailoring at Oxxford for the navy radcliff suit, along with a blue royal oxford cotton shirt, french cuffs on sale 30% off. I hope to order the flat front brownish-olive wool twill trousers soon, they have an odd pink lining, once i hear from Peter Davis at Oxxford if they find some in my size.

Brioni navy blue with bright french blue pinstripes (about 1/2" apart) MTM three button suit, in the cut exclusive to the store. This equated to high armholes, softer shoulders. double vented jacket, pleated trousers, braces buttons added.

basic white twill dress shirt by Facconable

burnt orange Loro Piana cashmere scarf, wore it in almost every photo.

grey-brown dress socks from barneys

two diesel long sleeve dress/ club shirts, one in grey and one in dark blue with pleated bib, and a diesel t-shirt with Great Sky Jumper devil on it.

john lobb shoe trees, size 9 (for my 9.5E Suttons), and a jar of clear and brown polish. they had a neat chart in their order book, which notes what polish should be used on different colored leathers. the assistant mgr included a new polishing guide, and the new JL catalogue (VERY nice). I didn't end up buying the JL 2006, nice as they were! Another forum member bought them in Lord brown, i think-- a very slick shoe.

Zegna navy 2 button blazer, double vented from Barneys. buttons are dark blue, instead of brass. A good staple, needed this for going out that first night.

Zegna light blue twill shirt with woven-diamonds in the cotton, also for going out the first night.

Black belt from bergdorf men.

Acqua Di Parma shave cream, in the brown container (with squirt-cap). great shaving cream for brush or without, smells great.

Something i didn't buy, but am seriously considering--

Tan suit by Isaia, about $2400. wow, GREAT looking suit in the isaia section-- double vented jacket, pretty soft shoulders, sky blue silk lining, flat front trousers. that would be a GREAT suit for spring/ summer, and driving to brunch in my new car in 2007!!! Hopefully, i can budget for it over 2 months. I plan to call Omar Aboudi, Isaia Specialist (212) 940-2464 to ask about this suit. What i liked most about the suit was the cut, FF pants, and the hand-stitched buttonholes-- the lapel buttonhole was NOT keyhole shaped, it was nicely cut straight like a brioni's or kiton's might be.
 

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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
Took the shirt and jacket to barneys and a few other places for a necktie, braces, and double sided cufflinks. all i found was the tie-- had to pick up braces from a very small selection at Saks, and no double sided cufflinks to be found (Barneys, Saks, and Links of London all checked-- should have went down to paul stuart). had to wear my backup cufflinks, some steel ganici links from ferragamo.

I definitely would have gone to Paul Stuart if you wanted to get great ties, cufflinks, and braces all in one go! Or, if you wanted to blow the budget, Barneys does carry some vintage double-side links in a display case near the socks and belts. Saks had vintage double-sided links as recently as a few months ago - wonder what happened to those.

In addition to the offerings at Paul Stuart (and this is only if you really want to blow the budget), check out the vintage and enamel links and MOP stud sets at James Robinson, at Park and 58th.

Originally Posted by The_Foxx
Brioni navy blue with bright french blue pinstripes (about 1/2" apart) MTM three button suit, in the cut exclusive to the store. This equated to high armholes, softer shoulders. double vented jacket, pleated trousers, braces buttons added.

This sounds absolutely awesome.
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not sure how this will scan, but Mr. Lenis included a cut of the cloth with my receipt for the new Brioni, thought it might be interesting to share it.

 

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