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Random fashion thoughts - Part II (A New Hope)

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, May 15, 2015.

  1. metranger8694

    metranger8694 Senior member

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    I do it all the time and I think it rocks.
     
  2. notwithit

    notwithit Senior member

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    I thought your post was about stealing other people's bags for a second.
     
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  3. momentoftruth

    momentoftruth Senior member

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    is there a decent brand on Yoox for Italian-style soft-shouldered blazers, for $200ish? In the vein of Lardini/Boglioli et al. No looking for something super formal, but not a Barena either. I know I can find those brands on Yoox but at that price range they never have my size in a boring color (grey or navy)
     
  4. happyriverz

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    I've had decent luck with Filomarino. I suspect it's one of those Yoox-proprietary brands. The quality is decent: it's obviously fused, but fit is pretty good. The buttoning point is a bit higher than I would prefer, but it's not worse than what's typical these days. It's not a classically proportioned jacket, but more so than the typical "fashion" sportcoats.
     
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    momentoftruth Senior member

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    cool I'll have a look. How's the length? I'm not looking for CM-appropriate, but I'd like to have something that's not too short either
     
  6. happyriverz

    happyriverz Senior member

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    I'm 5'7'', and my size 38 jacket from that brand covers my ass.
     
  7. momentoftruth

    momentoftruth Senior member

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    thanks, I'll add one to my next round of Yoox roulette
     
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    nahneun Senior member

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    do i want a horse leather or a calf leather halp plz
     
  9. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Depends. I prefer horse, which, under most common tanning techniques, can develop a pretty cool lustre you don't seein calf. That said, it can be sorta stiff. Though, recently, there has a been a fair bit of middle weight, supple from day 1, horsehide.
     
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    veg tanned horse and washable calf are my two options.

    i, too, am leaning towards the horse, but the weight and stiffness might be a bit offputting
     
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  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Wear it hard for a bit, and it will be super supple. My old, barely worn, ToJ, is like butter now.
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've had good luck with Michelangelo and Brando (# Ninja Turtle names).
     
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    Aspesi, Manuel Ritz, AT.P.CO.
     
  15. OccultaVexillum

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    If you want something dumb cheap it's worth taking a look at the Sunspel Milano blazers, Les Basics and even uniqlo
     
  16. momentoftruth

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    yeah I'm actually thinking I might get one of those comfort blazers from the qlo. Just a work beater for cooler mornings so I'm not sure I want to spend that much. Wts, I could use a soft-tailored blazer for dressier occasions, have just been lazy about scrolling through the myriad options on Yoox
    thanks, I'll check those out
     
  17. g transistor

    g transistor Senior member

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    hey dudes, in case you didn't know voting for the NMWA cowichan contest is up. Would appreciate a vote if y'all think my design is good enough to be made. You can vote here

    some info I posted on the NMWA thread:

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    Just wanted to give some design input:

    The idea of the Swooping Crane design was to essentially blend two completely opposite things: traditional Cowichan sweaters and Japanese sukajan.s

    Sukajans are also called "souvenir jackets," and they originated post-WW2 in Japan when US soldiers would bring back jackets embroidered with classic Japanese motifs. They were pretty flamboyant, honestly, and when the jackets were co-opted by Japanese youth (sort of like... a weird Japanese punk rock type deal) afterwards, they got even louder (read: awesome).

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    I thought that the raglan shoulders, shawl collar, and large back "canvas" of the Cowichan sweaters awesome parallels to classic sukajans.

    I have this old, vintage book of Japanese patterns and designs on clothing, and so I drew inspiration from some of the patterns from that. I didn't want to go full Sukajan, and still wanted to incorporate the heavy patterned styles of popular Cowichans. So, on the front, you have the abacus stripe (soroban-jima) pattern which, while a traditional Japanese pattern representing manual calculators, still reminded me very much of patterns of Native peoples. A chidori ("A Thousand Birds") motif with four-petal blossoms on the sleeves tie it together, pulling a sukajan look while still staying true to a lot of the patterned Cowichans I've come to love. On the reverse, the pattern switches to cherry blossoms instead of abacus stripes, as I liked the imagery of flora and fauna together. The crane is associated with good fortune and longevity in Japan (honestly, most east Asian countries), and so I wanted that to be the centerpiece of it.

    I kept the color palette really simple, as I wanted the patterning and stitching to be the "loudness" of the sweater. The yarns I chose are "denim blue" and "ivory", but perhaps I'm thinking just straight white instead of ivory.

    Essentially, I wanted to make something that I couldn't really find anywhere: a Japanese inspired Cowichan. So many of these are made, especially in collaboration with Japanese brands, and yet none of them really have any traditional Japanese motifs. It's sort of a weird clustercuss of a bunch of cultures, you know? A Vietnamese immigrant in America designing something that is Japanese inspired for a Canadian sweater, something like that.

    Anyways, I hope that gives some context to the design
     
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  18. gettoasty

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    Anyone order from Frans Boone recently? How was the experience? Would recommend for U.S. shoppers? Any hassle for return shipping? Matches Fashion IME has the best international deliver/return process so far.
     
  19. OccultaVexillum

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    Has anybody ordered from Nowlet.com before?
    They just re-use product photos from other sites for the most part which seems sketchy but isn't unheard of. I tried to search scam checking sites and most of them don't have a review for it, and the only one that does gives it 96%, but it isn't https ... something just seems suss about it.
     
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    Grabbed some Converse Chuck II, olive drab with the gum sole cause I like wwII trainers like Nigel Cabourn does.

    Somehow I'm a first time Chuck owner; do the sidewalls stretch at all? Not the rubber toe cap of course, but behind it? I have Hobbit paddle feet so these may just not be for me.

    Alternatively, what are Chuck/Purcell style sneakers for wider feet? Are the 70s any wider? Hill Side? Japanese brands? Especially looking for gum sole options.
     
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