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The Ultimate Toronto Thread

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

  1. CutandSew

    CutandSew Senior Member

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    Hi, can anyone here name a place that does a high quality machine made sleeve buttonhole? My search has indicated that Towerbespoke does nice handmade (hand finished?) ones, but I'm looking for something a bit more economical since that jackets I want altered are not particularly expensive to begin with so spending a couple hundred dollars on sleeve buttons per jacket doesn't make sense for me. Thanks!
     

  2. konix

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    Try the tailor and the cleaner on king and Bathurst.

    I’ve had buttonholes done by Towerbespoke before and he’s done great work!
     

  3. Encore

    Encore Senior Member

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    I know Jean Paul at yonge and Lawrence did pretty good tailoring and do handmade functional buttonhole for 20 each (same as Tower), and non-functional for 10 each.
    My observation is that his buttonhole is not as good as Tower's.

    I am also looking for a new place for making handmade buttonholes.
     

  4. goatamous

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    I know you guys in this thread like the upper echelon of menswear, but just pointing out that Spier & Mackay has released a line of shoes

    I'm sure there's more in their affiliate thread. I just saw on their FB page

    Wingtip. Classic. $248 USD. Goodyear welded. Benchmade. Soft and supple Full Grain Box Calf. Beautiful.
    [​IMG]
     

  5. APF_TO

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    I went in to buy a pair of plain black cap-toe oxfords and ended up with brown Cheaneys with a medallion. Specifically I bought the Cheaney Cambridge in Dark Leaf (more photos below).

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    I have never successfully bought black shoes for some reason. Last time I was in NYC I saw a pair of black shoes in a window. I tried to buy them but discovered they were available in navy and got those instead...

    I have subsequently bought the Barker Falsgraves from their ‘Handcrafted Collection’ that I first tried on at Harry Rosen. I bought them from Robinson’s which was cheaper than Harry Rosen. Pictures of those are attached too.

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  6. suitforcourt

    suitforcourt Distinguished Member

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    Nice pick ups! Now I want those Cheaneys.

    Where is the Robinson store?

    Herring shoes runs some great deals on Barker from time to time.

    Let us know about the fit of both pairs.
     

  7. APF_TO

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    Robinson’s is not in Canada. It’s an online store that @Encore recommended I look into when I first joined this thread:
    Those Cheaney’s were what Ivor was wearing the day I went into the store.

    We tried two pairs of Loaks, one of which he told me was Loak’s highest grade that they don’t even have in their catalogues; apparently Ivor is one of only a few that carries them. I’m not sure of the details but that’s my recollection of what he said.

    Both Loaks fit me well, but neither as well as the Cheaney. Both the Cheaney and the Barkers are fairly wide, particularly near the ball of the foot. Not sure what else you’d like to know about the fit...?
     

  8. suitforcourt

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    Hopefully those Cheaneys have G width for my wide feet. Thanks for the write up!
     

  9. othertravel

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    A new shoe repair shop opened up next to Spier and Mackey in Toronto. He carries Saphir and does sunken metal plates, as well as non-sunken ones (metal or plastic).
     

  10. linds_15

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    and he's a very nice guy and has great pricing on the saphir product!
     

  11. KaleidoscopicK

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    What's the name of the place? I assume Google Maps hasn't updated yet.
     

  12. suitforcourt

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    Can he do full recrafts? Does he have JR soles?
     

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    Not sure. But he seemed very knowledgeable.
     

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    He has the cheapest price for Saphir products that I know. He's also able to order any products that he doesn't carry.
    Very nice guy. I had asked him about JR soles and he didnt know but said he look into it. Never heard back
     

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