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SPIER & MACKAY - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by spiermackay, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. dappercanadian

    dappercanadian Senior member

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    I think Isaia has the summer SC category on lock, I'd look to them for colour/pattern inspiration.
     
  2. dazedstate

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    Pure linen would thrill me. Unlined of course.
     
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  3. jamie411

    jamie411 Senior member

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    Mid-blue, light green, and brown checks in linen or linen blend for jackets. Light or Unpadded shoulders, minimal lining.

    A navy windowpane suit.
     
  4. literasyme

    literasyme Senior member

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    Any kind of linen blend without silk would be great, pure linen (perhaps an Irish Linen) would be lovely. And anything in a linen/cotton/tropical wool fabric with a not-too-loud plaid.
     
  5. Lancaster

    Lancaster Senior member

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    I agree. I'd also like to see a linen silk offering.
     
  6. Kevin24

    Kevin24 Well-Known Member

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    I had a couple of quick questions about Spier & McKay.

    1) Where is most of Spier & McKay's stuff made?

    2) How does anyone like the quality?

    Ask as I'm thinking of getting some trousers from them but I am leery given the price.

    Thanks for the replies!
     
  7. gs77

    gs77 Senior member

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    Why not silk?
     
  8. literasyme

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    Partly personal preference -- I don't love the shininess. But it also wears warm. It's one of the paradoxes of cloth making that summer suitings often are silk blends, even though silk is not an especially breathable fabric -- or so I'm told, at least.
     
  9. gs77

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    Depends. Can be made perfectly breathable, even at 100% silk. Correct terminilogy escapes me, as English is not my native language.
    As for shininess, same thing, depends on the processing.

    But what is special is how it drapes, and feels.

    Only drawback is, you don't want to get wet in it (stay away from rain).
     
  10. othertravel

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    Can't go wrong with fresco.

    I would also look at Zegna mainline designs for inspiration. They nail the classic look every time, 50% of the time.
     
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  11. spiermackay

    spiermackay Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Suit or sportcoat?
     
  12. bogo

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    Rick,

    Any classic cuts for shirts and suits on the horizon?
     
  13. CanadaCal

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    Next town you visit the factory. Any chance with the new "Zegna" factory that they have ends of bolts available you could buy the left over stock. And run an MTM special (like your cloth overage) for sport coats and suits? I'd love to see some Asian market Zegna bought cloths and what that factory might have.
     
  14. CMAc7

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    For sport coats, I would like to see branching out into more patterns, particularly windowpane and gun check. I know it wasn't a big seller, but one of my favorite items of yours that I own was this check sport coat from a few seasons back:

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    There are only so many blue and brown sport coats a guy can buy. (At least without igniting the full fury of the wife.) I like that the above jacket still has navy and browns for versatility, but added in the burnt orange color for a nice pop of unusual color. I would like to see some sport coats in this vein, but maybe bringing in another more rare color like olive, burgundy, ocher, etc. as a "pop" color. As an example, a Google search pulled this up from the "Articles of Style" blog/shop:

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    I like this from SS too:

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    I dunno, just "a guy who has the basics covered" thinking aloud. I get that producing something too "out there" can mean getting stuck with overstock, but maybe a small run in a fabric with a little more personality is doable.

    One more thing, I think that using a lighter button shade on the spring/summer sport coats could be cool. I know SS does this on their lighter colored jackets and it gives a cool look.
     
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  15. Darkside

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    ^Those examples are all less than desirable. I am all for gunclub though.

    I think you should nail down some staple fabrics that have done well in the field that you can repeat. This goes for shirts and suits. For example, your fabled camel and light gray flannel pants that are very popular around here. I feel like there is too much variety to make an informed decision for online buyers.
     
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  16. literasyme

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    For me, sport coat. Not much of a suit guy. I'd love to see more offerings in the cut of the hopsack coat, which looks great in the images.
     
  17. Ebichuman

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    Really? I'd snatch them up quickly (I actually own the coat in the first pic). Again, just like @CMAc7 I have my basics covered, and then some. To each his own, though, I suppose.

    I agree on having a permanent collection of staples ready. S&M is too much of a hit or miss still. For example, the "fabled" pants you're referring to were, imho, substandard as far as fabric goes. (Rick is promising better, richer flannels for fall!)
     
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  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree with @Darkside, except for perhaps the last one.

    A simpler and darker guncheck would be better than that first example. Both features would make it easier to wear, key in a small collection from a small retailer.

    The second is similarly too light or too gray, with gray being the most common color for pants. And though I like single breasted peak lapel jackets, those are probably best reserved for stores with large offerings.

    In terms of fabrics for odd jackets, I think SM will be well served focusing on texture and interesting hue, keeping patterns simple. I don't recall ever seeing a tweed jacket from them, which is a little surprising. A simple donegal would also be nice. Patterns like houndstooth work particularly nicely with fabrics that have at least a little bit of texture.

    I think it is great they're going to do a 3r2 RTW. Brooks Brothers has established that as an RTW staple. Double breasted is nice too, albeit riskier. From what I understand, S&M has had a lot of freedom in their designs when working with their old factory and has taken advantage of this; I hope they're finding the same freedom in the new factory.
     
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  19. varsityreds0123

    varsityreds0123 Senior member

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    I'd love to see a simple houndstooth pattern jacket/suit.
     
  20. losrockets

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    I'm looking forward to the rest of the samples for fall fabrics. I like big bold patterns rather than small repeating things or very CBD stuff like tonal glen plaids in my sportcoats, as I've got those kind of covered/they bore me. This often requires a step up in price though, but eHaberdasher is an example of another small company that's able to source some pretty great stuff at similar prices.
     

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