The Hanger Project: Affiliate thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LA Guy, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. MZhammer

    MZhammer Senior member

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    That's good to know as I had totally dismissed it for the same reasons you were skeptical. Maybe I'll have to reconsider.
     


  2. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    apillai, sent me a pair of shoes that had a bad water stain on the inside upper. He asked if the Hiver-Winter Salt Stain Remover could help remove the water stains. I was able to use some Saphir Shoe Polish products to help reduce the appearance of the water stain, and then thoroughly polished and then antiqued the shoe to further conceal the dark water stains. After spending about an hour on the shoes, I'm pretty happy with the results.

    These are the steps I followed:
    1. Use Saphir Reno'Mat to remove any residual polish (there was none) and reduce the appearance of the water stains.
    2. Condition with Saphir Renovateur (two coats)
    3. Apply three coats light brown Saphir Cream Polish
    4. Antiqued the toe box and vamp with a medium brown polish

    Before and After Photograph
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    I was able to reduce the appearance of the water stains by using Saphir Reno'Mat Cleaner (the Hiver-Winter didn't have much of an effect). But it did not eliminate them. Apillai purchased these Allen Edmond shoes on eBay, so they desperately needed to be polished. I conditioned the shoe using the Saphir Renovateur and then polished the shoe using a matching cream polish (light brown). Because these shoes have never been polished, they required between three and five coats of polish to really smooth the finish.

    The light brown cream polish worked wonders for smoothing the finish, but it did not do much to conceal the darker water stains. This is where the antiquing came in, and it worked fantastically. By applying several (three) coats of the next darker polish, a medium brown, I was able to add some antiquing to the toe box and side vamps. The darkened leather almost totally concealed the water stains while adding an additional patina to the shoe that I think goes well.

    Take a look at these before and after pictures of the water stain:
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    Moral: a little Saphir goes a long way! And don't be afraid of experimenting with different colors of shoe polish.
     


  3. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    We just took delivery of our latest obscure shoeshine product for those crazy about their shoes: a High-Shine Water Dispenser (also known to chemists as a "solvent dispenser.")

    A proper high-gloss shoeshine is the elusive quest of many shoe shine aficionados. Requiring untold layers of wax polish to be applied with tiny amounts of water, a mirror finish can take hours to produce. With the gentle tap of your chamois, our new "High-Shine Water Dispenser" efficiently dispenses a small amount of water, thereby readying your chamois for the next microscopic coat of wax polish.

    I've had trouble creating a proper tutorial on how to produce a high-gloss mirror shine because of how nuanced the technique can be. How much water? How much pressure? How many coats? Etc. etc. I'm experimenting with some short videos on the process. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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  4. mktitsworth

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  5. apillai

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    This is fantastic. Really appreciate the work. Picking up some Saphir today. Thanks Kirby.
     


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    I wanted to provide The Hanger Project some proper feedback:

    I ordered about $85 worth of leather cleaning products on September 28th- Usually they ship items within a few days. About seven days later I sent an email to find out the ETA on the order as some of the items were for a gift. I received their automated email right away and then an email later the following day that said the warehouse has dealt with moving issues and will be shipping that day. I then received an email with tracking- so I decided to track the item and it said label created. A couple days later after the tracking information never changed, I decided to once again call them. I was told that the items were shipping that day and should have them in a couple days. A couple days later I called and actually spoke with Kirby who told me the items shipped the day before. I told him thank you- but before I hung up he checked with his warehouse and the items were still there and had not shipped.

    Kirby told me due to the issues I had he would ship the order for free- I thought that was a good customer service move and thanked him. Well guess what,......he never shipped them.

    Terrible service with a owner that over promises and under delivers.
     


  7. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Jeffrey -

    I apologize for this breakdown. Yes, we are certainly working through some growing pains in the warehouse that resulted in about a two week disruption to service. When you called, we pulled your order, refunded it, per your request, and have been waiting for a resolution within the warehouse before shipping it out to you (for free - on us - because of our mistakes).

    You will be receiving your polish, and it will be sent totally free, because of this. Again - apologize to your friend for us. This week most things have totally returned to normal, save a few orders lost in the cracks, yours being one.

    My sincerest apologies,

    Kirby
     


  8. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    FatherGuido -

    If your sole concern is preserving the best appearance when the trouser comes off of the hanger and you have no space constraints, I would recommend the Clamping Trouser Hanger. By hanging the trousers upside-down, the weight of the seat provides a "soft press" and since there is no fold, there is also no level surface on which dust can settle.

    I use a combination in my closet, but primarily out of personal preference and space constraints. Items that need the "soft press," such as my denim and linen, are hung on the Clamping Trouser Hanger. All other items, aka. my suiting trousers, are hung on a Felted Trouser Bar.

    We are out of the Clamping Trouser Hangers at the moment, but should have some in stock within two weeks.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,

    Kirby
     


  9. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Gentlemen -

    Excited to announce the launch of our inaugural collection of Inis Meain Knitwear. Hand knitted off of the western coast of Ireland in iconic Aran Island designs, these sweaters have their heritage steeped deeply in the traditions of old fishing villages and have warmed generations of fisherman in the wet and windy climate of Galaway Bay.

    I know that many of you are already familiar with Inis Meain - several other StyleForum vendors carry them. Their knitwear is comes with a fantastic story. The company was founded in 1976 by Tarlach de Blacam and his wife Aine, an islander, to bring back to life the island's traditional fisherman knitwear that had disappeared over time. Drawing on the island’s long heritage, Inis Meain draws on a huge repertoire of local hand-knitters, sometimes using old photographs of island knits for inspiration, even reproducing them in some cases.

    For centuries, the fishermen’s garments were knitted by the women of the island. Knitting was just one of a number of skills that islanders had to learn and to master, to create a way of living in a very inhospitable place. Their sweaters represent the best of pre-globalized micro-cultures that produced clothing not for fashion but out of necessity. The harsh wet, windy climate fisherman endured in the Galway Bay required hardy, warm knitewear that could withstand the climate. Over the centuries, a rich style emerged that gave way to the iconic "Aran Cable."

    Take a look and enjoy...

    Cheers,

    Kirby
     


  10. mktitsworth

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    This is friggin' awesome. The donegal V-neck as well, but this.
     


  11. mktitsworth

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    Also, I am annoyed by just how much I like the Dartmoor Polo. That thing went on with the right pair of trousers and just looked awesome.
     


  12. chogall

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    Can't see if the water stain is cleaned. It is at best concealed by the new color...
     


  13. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    You're right - and I believe that I even pointed that out, right? I wasn't able to get the water stain to disappear (if anyone knows how to do this, please let me know). But the antiquing and polishing did effectively conceal it. It would be unnoticed by anyone who didn't already know a water stain was there.

    apillai should have his shoes by now and can chime in personally.
     


  14. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Fantastic knit polo. We've just got one left in each of the following sizes: small, medium, and extra-large

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    I apologize for the quality of the photographs. The navy is so dark that it's impossible to get any detail. It's such a dark navy that it really could be black... Fantastic item and especially great for Texas weather.
     


  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I don't think the Avel product is for water stain but more for salt/snow stain. Shoes in question appears to be soaked from the outsole.

     


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