The WAYWT Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Eason, Feb 1, 2010.

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  1. miran

    miran Senior member

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    What store was this that carried Smedley? The fabric (sea island cotton in my case) is the softest shit I have ever felt...softer than any cashmere...plus the shirt weighs like a feather!

    Were these old men once 60s mod types who wore Smedley then when it was the in-thing, and are old men now? Curious, coz I am 30 but still obsessed with this company. Like you said, their quality is top-notch. They pride themselves in that everything from the raw cotton (or wool) spinning, knitting and finishing all happens in England. They ran at a massive loss in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2004, they brought in consultants, who told them to outsource or perish. They refused. They cited that outsourcing would only make their clothes 8% cheaper. They changed management. I think they were hit again by the 2008-9 disaster. Not sure if you know much about finance, but in 1985, they were the first company in the world to use a futures contract...and they used it in the way it was meant to be used, to avert risk. They basically had a futures with a cooperative of New Zealand merino wool farmers, and fixed on a price for the following season. They have done this ever since. This way at least, they are not totally at the mercy of the market. Futures have since gone to hell and abused left right and center and partially responsible for disasters in the recent crisis (RyanAir, etc.). Their story is like a one-family struggle to keep traditions and quality alive in the face of monsters like JCrew and GAP.
     
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    http://i.imgur.com/4B92hh.jpg

    every pair of mr hare i've handled has had pretty damn solid (ie very good) construction. these particular ones are a little more delicate as per the nature of the leather used...creeper sole is pretty tough, though. just gotta be careful when dancing in fishskin shoes in dingy joints...people step on yo feet
     


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    Jcrew V-neck
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    I think you have taste and style and I think you want to buy a John Smedley garment. You should! You will wear something with a 100% clean conscience...the same shit worn by Swiss bankers and English aristos...and nothing is better than that! and no, i don't mean clean conscience like woven out of hemp by Hippies at the Wall Street protest...i mean clean conscience by Styleforum standards.
     
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    I was thinking for a while now that you worked for them (probably in accounting or something) but these last 2 posts have just about confirmed that for me hahaha
     


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    Are you a virgin?
     


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    No, I haven't worked for them, I dont' live in England. I am just promoting something I believe in.
    Smedley only hires English workers also, not illegals for cheaper like in the other manual industries in England (construction, cleaning, etc).
     




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    agreg post a fit with that crazy ann d hairy joint you got
     


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    chinos be too slim, you can tell cuz when you roll up the hem it will pull. what are they anyway?
     


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    Think those are semi pin rolled??
     


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    I can't stop it! Only YOU have the power to stop it! It's the beating of your guilty heart...Thump thump! thump thump!

    Your polo by Ralph Lauren. Made in sweatshops in Vietnam. By 10-year-old little girls who should be in school. Instead they have blisters on their bleeding thumbs. They can't even see their families. 120 hour weeks. Paid 8 cents a day. They spin and sew cotton grown in Niger, where the farmer was paid 2.6 cents per kilogram. But then the price dropped on the world market because the recession came. And the farmer was kicked off his land which was used to grow vegetables for export to Europe so the landlord can get a profit.
    How can a polo have good fabric if it's spun by an unskilled 10 year old girl? How can the fabric feel soft if it's handled by blistered and overworked fingers? Who cares if the fit is perfect and it's only $30 (sale down from $109)?

    Thump thump.....Thump thump....
     
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