Safari Jacket Saga

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dopey, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm also in the market this year and was planning to have Chan make one for me (the cost is the same as Paul Stuart's RTW), to Lost World's specs.

    But try finding six ounce cloth at the usual fabric sources. I haven't seen anything less than nine ounces, so Lost Worlds may get another customer.


    Shirtmaven told me he has extensive experience making these and you might want to talk with him. That's what I would do. Or just go Lost Worlds, though they were less than fun to talk to when I did reach them on the phone. There is a benefit to using someone who has had his product put through the paces with the resulting feedback on what does and doesn't work.
    Or perhaps Chan has that experience, too.
     


  2. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm also in the market this year and was planning to have Chan make one for me (the cost is the same as Paul Stuart's RTW), to Lost World's specs.

    But try finding six ounce cloth at the usual fabric sources. I haven't seen anything less than nine ounces, so Lost Worlds may get another customer.

    Why not use Chat-Bite? I've seen a raw silk Saharienne they made for a customer.
     


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    brescd01 Senior member

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    Manton, can't you follow the simplest instruction? Snarky replies WITH your name.
     


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    JLibourel Senior member

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    Has anybody had any experience with these chaps?

    www.tagsafari.com

    I note that they offer rather classic looking, made-in-Zimbabwe safari jackets for only $79.99.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Manton, can't you follow the simplest instruction? Snarky replies WITH your name.

    David, given your extensive experience in researching SF members, haven't you yet figured out that IS my name?

    To the OP: The shirt jacket that whoopee posted, made by Carl, looked a lot like this. If I were in the market for one of these, I would go to him.
     


  6. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Has anybody had any experience with these chaps?

    www.tagsafari.com

    I note that they offer rather classic looking, made-in-Zimbabwe safari jackets for only $79.99.


    Made in Zimbabwe?! Should that go in the Mugabe tailoring thread?

    (For teh Bresch: ) R. J. Mann
     


  7. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    I'm here to please.

    [​IMG]


    When I grow up, I want to be like that!

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    Can anyone comment on the quality difference between the filson and lost world versions? You can get he filson for roughly have the price, but the LW is made by a single person, albeit both in the USA. I have had very good experience with Filson in the past, but I have also heard very good things about LW. Thx.
     


  9. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I know nothing about Lost world.
    I think the filson jackets are awful.
    the fabric is so so and the needle work is just bad. Huge stitches, loose threads everywhere.

    I have seen some jackets that Leonard Logsdail has made. those were quite nice!

    The details that make a safari jacket interesting can be very expensive. You need double needle machines for the effects, and most shirtmakers do not own those machines. Hence the sewer must sew the same piece twice for edge and quarter stitching.
    The brass buttons need to go through eyelets, etc.

    Carl
     


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    The details that make a safari jacket interesting can be very expensive. You need double needle machines for the effects, and most shirtmakers do not own those machines. Hence the sewer must sew the same piece twice for edge and quarter stitching. The brass buttons need to go through eyelets, etc. Carl
    So the lack of proper equipment is how you justify cost to a customer?
     


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    I have to ask, what were you doing that you urgently needed a safari jacket - but only this one time? [​IMG]

    You won't be happy until you have one custom made.
     


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    The reason that I want one is that I plan on hiking across the panama isthmus in sept. I thought that it might be a good choice for around the camp, etc. based upon the heat factor. Perhaps a bush shirt instead would be a better choice overall.
     


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    I had to look up peroration. I am still not sure how to take your comment, but I suppose, unlike Bresch, I am comfortable not caring.

    But like Bresch, I will be perpetually unhappy about this purchase. I now know that nothing short of showing up at the Lost Worlds factory and having them make me one to size and spec. will satisfy me. But I also know that will never happen as my need for this one may be urgent, but it is also likely non-recurrent. I surely don't need two. So I will suffer with this not-quite perfect jacket and forever berate myself for not having started looking earlier.



    The post was interesting but for what purpose????...you would have been better going to the Adventurers thread on the Fedora Lounge for that information...IMHO
     


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    Soph had the definitive thread on these a little while back -- he had a stunning coat in there. It was a Borelli or a Barbera, I believe. Holdfast even has a pretty cool Zara safari jacket that I wish I could get a hold of. I have several and wear them pretty regularly, though the Brooks gets the most use.... [​IMG]
     


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    dopey - I didn't read all the posts but am relieved to find someone who "agonizes" over decisions of this type, goes to great length to search for an apparel or accessory item, and will contributed long detailed posts I've been accused of!
    One little thing about your initial post: regarding the fake gussets, why wouldn't you start with trying to remove the stitching with a simple manicure scissors to see if they're any "life" (i.e. real pocket) in there?
    Are safare jackets "coming back?" I think I have more about them lately. I recall when they were big in the late '60s and then '70s.
     


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