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The Ultimate Toronto Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scatterbrain, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. CanadaCal

    CanadaCal Senior member

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    You could wear something like a #8 Alden shell tassel and no one would even blink... But tassels and loafers that interest me are usually lighter or coloured suede.


    So for the most part not wearing them with a suit in the financial district is correct. Shorts and chinos absolutely.
     
  2. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    I feel like if you've got a boot under a suit it may get noticed but more like a huh, cool/interesting and take you more seriously, whereas someone's going to see a tassle and think this is a 'fun' joker kind of guy or they'll make a comment etc. Maybe a simple pennyloafer might work but IMO the tassles push it over the line. Just my 2 cents.
     
  3. Chambertin

    Chambertin Senior member

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    I will secretly judge you less for wearing tassel loafers than wearing the goddamn awful shoes that everyone wears.
     
  4. ino68

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    Exactly, it's like the distinction of shoe style formality is pointless given the sometimes monstrosities that get paired with 'CBD'

    Maybe not on Bay Street, but elsewhere fo sho
     
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  5. joelscott7

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    There are two people in my office that wear them.
     
  6. chiggyv

    chiggyv Senior member

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    Would anyone know where to find Canadian prices for Brooks Brothers items? I ordered some of the recently discontinued OCBDs through my rep at the Bay store. These are showing online at $79.50, as they're being cleared out. In store I'm being told they scan at $125 CAD which seems a little high even with the exchange.
     
  7. Spex

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    First, just to confirm you mean at the Bay St store in the RBC tower, and not your SA at The Bay (that would make no sense, so I guess I've answered my own question)?

    I didn't realize they had put those OCBDs on sale on the website, but I just checked and you are correct. The USD original price is showing as $95 on the site. I remember these being $99 (regular price) CAD in store when I bought them (which was over a year ago, mind you). $95 USD at this moment is about $126 CAD, so the conversion works out, but it seems like the discount is not being applied. I would go back and ask him (or her) to check the site. My BB SA does this for me all of the time (check items I've seen on the site, that is). $79.50 USD should come out to about $105 CAD.
     
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  8. chiggyv

    chiggyv Senior member

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    Yes, I did mean the Brooks Brothers store on Bay Street. Sorry for the confusion.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I figured the system would automatically work in the discount so I'll be sure to request that be rechecked.

    For everyone interested it seems the discontinued shirts were pulled from stores immediately. I called 2 other stores and no one was willing to order them in even though they were available online. My SA at RBC plaza was more than willing to get multiple sizes and colors in for me, and will be my go to guy from now on.

    If anyone needs his name feel free to PM me, I just ask that you tell him I sent you.
     
  9. ADub

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    For those interested in alteration tailors I got my stuff back from Nikos in Yorkville. The stitching is neat and the overall result is similar to Xavier Custom Tailors at just over half of what Xavier charges. He will do whatever you ask of him though he also suggests against certain things that he feels is a waste of your money (and likely his time) so I do like that about him as well. If you care about personality Nikos is very social compared to Xavier.
     
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  10. nqtri

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    To those looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds:

    I was long in denial of the stupidity that is happening to our Canadian dollars until I was looking for a new pair of Allen Edmonds a few days ago. My local store carries a limited variety of AE here but that includes some of the signature like Park Avenue for 475 CAD before tax. At first I thought that was an absurd markup as a new pair costs only $395 in the US. But wait, I did some maths when I got back home:

    A pair in Canada costing 475 with BC sales tax comes up to 532 CAD

    395 USD is actually 525 CAD right now (I know!). Even if you can ship to some US P.O box, unless it's Oregon, you'll be hit with state tax. Don't even think about shipping it up here.

    How about factory second, $299 a pair and ship it up here. Shipping is $25 as quoted by AE. You'll end up paying around $324 (around 431 CAD) then pray that customs peeps remember NAFTA and only charge the package 5% federal tax. Then it's 452 CAD. So you'll end up saving around $80 or less depending on the moods of lovely customs peeps and you'll only get second quality.

    So yes, CAD sucks but right now, if you accept that, then buying AE in Canada makes more economical sense. Just my two cents.
     
  11. burgerkong

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    Just as a friendly reminder, BB has their 30% off Corporate Sale this Thursday (March 10), which would bring most AE's to $357 before tax.
     
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  12. stanchri

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    On the bright side, the CAD has recently made up some ground, at least against the major currencies i.e. USD, EUR, GBP.
     
  13. stanchri

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    Can the corporate sale discount be used on EG? Or is EG always excluded?
     
  14. burgerkong

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    Oh crap, just rechecked email, it's actually March 10 (Thursday).

    Here are the TC's:

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  15. Spex

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    I'm so glad I purchased my pairs of AEs when the dollar was at par and paid less than $300 each.
     
  16. burgerkong

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    Figured I'd ask the local style guru's, if you had to choose between the following for a conservative captoe, which would you choose and why?

    A)

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    B)

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  17. ADub

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    I highly doubt and would be surprised if you get flak for wearing either to the office. Personally I would go with A as it has more flair, looks more sleek, and looks to have a higher instep but that could just be the angle of the shot making it seem so. It really depends on the rest of your wardrobe as well: I'd go with A if the rest of your stuff is slim and B if they are more on the looser side of the spectrum. If I'm not mistaken those are LodinG right?
     
  18. burgerkong

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    Yep, just seeing how the market is for black captoes, there's nothing in that range (well, aside from the BB AE's that will be on sale). Went to their shop yesterday and initial impressions were good, but like another member here said, their designs are more peculiar (for example, the B model is missing the row of stitching, the facing seam, that runs parallel to the eyelets which makes it look like a derby).

    Realistically, the only local options would be LodinG and AE's (on sale). Loake runs to the $500 range and due to their ban on importation to other countries, there's really no other choices. Meermin was considered, but with the additional duty, potential QC issues, USD and difficult returns, it's not worth it IMO.
     
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  19. ADub

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    I agree that at $500 AE and Loake are overpriced; I'd rather spend more and get Carmina at that point. I was lucky to pick up my Carmina black captoes on Boxing Day from LeatherFoot at a really good price so I'd say keep an eye on them. There was a store in Montreal that used to stock Meermin but they were overpriced as well seeing how they charge $800 for Carmina.
     
  20. stanchri

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    What about Carmina's on sale? Might be tough to find a black captoe on sale but worth a try if time allows.
    As for the 2 shoes, you have to consider fit first. If one of the 2 lasts does not fit, the decision is simple. If they both fit equally well, I would also go for A given it's a sleeker last, but that all comes down to personal preference. In the end neither will be deemed unprofessional and both are miles above what most people wear on Bay St anyway.
     

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