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Sartorial Souvenir in London?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by insp86, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. insp86

    insp86 Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I hope all is well. I'm currently on a short term (3 month) rotation in London. I have had a lot of fun and really enjoyed living in such a beautiful city. I am interested in purchasing something unique to remember the experience, and because I'm a clothing nerd, why shouldn't it be something sartorial? I bought a beautiful +J wool jacket to fill my SW&D needs, so I'm looking for something more formal. With a soft £300 ($500) limit, does anyone have any suggestions?

    I'm looking for something unique to London and durable. I think the obvious choice would be a bespoke shirt or something, but I don't know much about where to go or what is the best value. And if there is another option, I would love to hear it.

    Cheers!

    -Insp
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    A Swaine Adeney Brigg / James Smith umbrella?
     
  3. Aluan

    Aluan Well-Known Member

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    A Swaine Adeney Brigg / James Smith umbrella?
    I thought that too.
     
  4. insp86

    insp86 Well-Known Member

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    I'm don't use umbrellas all of that often, but it would be fun to have the very best. Thanks for the idea! Any others?
     
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    I think you could get a nice leather portfolio from Swaine Adeney Brigg for around that price. If not, maybe a travel wallet or something like that. Failing that, perhaps a pair of shoes.
     
  6. Montrachet

    Montrachet Well-Known Member

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    maybe a travel wallet or something like that

    This would be my suggestion too. Stop by Launer, with it's royal warrants and all, and pick one up.
     
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    I like the Brigg suggestions. Hit up the umbrella shop on Oxford for a shop full of possibilities (also bags, canes, portfolios etc).
     
  9. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Well-Known Member

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    Besides a Manchester United jersey, I would get a Brigg. Actually anything from the SAB store would be awesome.
     
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    I believe the tailor of the distinguished [​IMG] could be of some service..
     
  11. Bounder

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    Covert coat with a velvet collar. Very useful, classic London and very rare everywhere else.
     
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    With only a £300 limit..hmm, maybe a leather shoebag with your name embossed or a leather shirt/tie carrier. Or Aspinal personal initial engraved cufflinks with enough change for sterling silver collar stiffners.
     
  13. M. Charles

    M. Charles Well-Known Member

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    A Swaine Adeney Brigg / James Smith umbrella?

    Yes, whether or not you buy one, you need to check out the James Smith umbrella shop.

    I happened upon it years ago on a rainy sunday afternoon when it was closed. I didn't go back to the shop that trip, and regretted it until I went back to London, and then it was near the top of my list of things to do. As far as I understand, it's the original Victorian shop.
     
  14. Christoff

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    What about a nice Barbour Jacket? I believe most offerings from them sit around that mark. Also perhaps a Baracuta Jacket? There is a new Pop-Up Baracuta store in Covent Garden(Address: 9 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT) that may be worth taking a stop in.
     
  15. Loudly

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    Attachment 32574


    Heh, heh, XL Holidays! [​IMG]
     
  16. imageWIS

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    Shoes. A nice pair of C&J's. [​IMG]
     
  17. Wallcloud

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    I really enjoy the umbrella idea. Very durable, very smart and very London.
     
  18. M. Charles

    M. Charles Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy the umbrella idea. Very durable, very smart and very London.

    Yes, I like it too, although the umbrella's durability becomes moot if you lose it. I lost my good umbrella (although not as nice as a Smith's or SAB) a month or so ago.
     
  19. ville_e

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    Aquascutum trench or a Barbour jacket.. over the budget you specified though...
     
  20. TRINI

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    Yes, I like it too, although the umbrella's durability becomes moot if you lose it. I lost my good umbrella (although not as nice as a Smith's or SAB) a month or so ago.


    Doesn't any item's durability become moot if you lose it?
     

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