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The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    It's a pic of a worker from epaulet. . . And he does the pants like that on purpose .... It's his style...

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  2. velomane

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    As pointed out, no, not me. Although I admire his style, I can't bring myself to wear expensive shoes without socks. The idea just doesn't work for me.
     
  3. NewYorkIslander

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    I would have thought the same before getting into the "biz" if you will. I know Mike does really hard to try and keep everything made inn the US with not terribly high markps It costs more to live here, so. It costs more to make things here. I'd rather pay more, and support a small American business that supports our economy than save a few bucks for cheaper manufacturing in places like china, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It's not like paying designer prices that you see in dept stores that are made overseas in order to maximize profits, the cost to make decent garments in the US is high.
     
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  4. Racing Green

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    That Epaulet grey Donegal is the one I have.

    It was $600 odd when I got it which is roughly the same as an OTR Magee Donegal here in Dublin.

    The Epaulet is a far superior jacket for the money IMO.
     
  5. aravenel

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    The Epaulet is nice, but all of their jackets have a lapel that is just a hair too skinny IMO.

    Great shop though, and great products.
     
  6. Racing Green

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    Meant to also say if Epaulet is too pricey/modern there are tons of cheap vintage Donegals and Harris tweeds on ebay.co.uk
     
  7. OlSarge

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    If you're not terribly tall or more than a 42 chest. For those of us slightly larger than that, the pickings are on the slim side.
     
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  8. Willin

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    Can anyone attest to the general fit of the offerings on ebay uk? I'm not looking for a GQ slim cut but I feel as if the typical uk tweed is too dated.
     
  9. MrSmith

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    just missed out on these JohnBrocklehursts on fleabay, hope one of you guys snagged it

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  10. MrSmith

    MrSmith Well-Known Member

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    Plus I LOVE this Epaulet jacket, hate to think what it costs


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  11. MrSmith

    MrSmith Well-Known Member

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    I've found the sizes to be generous, e.g. if you're a 42 you'll wear a 40 no problems, and a lot of the better vendors have proper measurements
     
  12. SBear

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    Watched the three part series on Harris Tweed. Thanks Man Of Lint. Fascinating and entertaining!
     
  13. Tweedy

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    Check the measurements.. its the only way to ensure a good fit as all ebay sellers differ :)
     
  14. Isbister

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    A lot of it will date to the 70s or earlier, so will be dated in every way.

    Fit is always a problem and jackets and coats are frequently incorrectly sized - it's something to be checked in detail with the vendor by asking for very precise measurements - chest, under-arm, collar to cuff, back etc.

    Finding good stuff on ebay takes great perseverance and some luck. There is always the risk of moth and seams that are about to come apart, together with grime, filth and staining.
     
  15. FlyingMonkey

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    It depends. 70s and 80s jackets might well look very dated, but mid 60s cuts can look very sharp, if you like that look and many earlier ones will just look classic. the big difference is likely to be in 1. the weight of the tweed (heavier) and 2. with British stuff in particular, harder shoulders than some like these days.
     
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    I actually really like the typical '70s cut, as long as the lapels are no more than about 3.75" and the detailing/cloth aren't totally bizarre. Nicely suppressed waist, medium-high gorge, buttoning point at waist, not too much drape. The American '60s stuff I've seen tends to be too sacklike, and the English stuff might be a little strong of shoulder for me.
     
  17. Willin

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    So I picked up this Brooks Brothers brown herringbone tweed from ebay. It's due to arrive later this week. I'm not sure if I overpaid for it but I liked the look and hope it fits well. It's from 2007 but supposedly unworn. It has pretty much everything I was looking for but it's single vented when I would have preferred side vents. I'll settle for this one as it's difficult to find 100% exactly what I want. I'm hoping the ripple on the left shoulder as seen in the rear photo is not an issue. If all goes well I plan to wear this to my God-daughter's christening in October.

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  18. OlSarge

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    I, too, prefer side vents but given that I'm expecting an unworn BB tweed jacket to arrive soon for $40 incl. shipping, I will happily live with a center. It's amazing what you can put up with when the price is right! [​IMG]
     
  19. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    eBay? Share your secrets!
     
  20. Willin

    Willin Senior member

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    The real question is why BB produces so many coats without sidevents. Hopsack single vent style is whack.
     

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