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Thurston braces...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Oct 10, 2002.

  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    finally got a set of Albert Thurston braces while in NYC. seems silly, but how do you adjust them? are you meant to cut the boxcloth to fit, then have the remainder sewn into a triangle shape, which would be fed thru the white loop/ keeper?
     
  2. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    Foxx: I've been wearing Albert Thurston boxcloth braces for 3 years and it never crossed my mind to trim or finish the ends. Now I am wondering if I have committed the braces equivalent of rolling my trouser legs up instead of having them hemmed to the proper length. I buy the size M braces and there isn't much cloth left over to be trimmed or shaped. I went to the new and official Albert Thurston homepage, but it provided no guidance. There wasn't even a button to ask about products. I did find the old Thurston page, and it appears from the photo depicting the man wearing the red braces that the ends have not been adjusted. http://www.the-internet-pages.co.uk/braces.htm Bic
     
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    The_Foxx Senior member

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    aha, got my answer from Steed of London, savile row:

    "Yes, use the end of one side as a template and cut to size."
     
  4. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    Foxx:

    I wonder if you have finished triming the ends to your braces yet. How did it go? Could you post a picture? I am a bit hesitant to cut mine.


    Bic
     
  5. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    Hello there
    In my experience trimming can be dangerous.. especially if you intend to ever wear them with different trousers!!!..

    I usually leave the loose ends hanging over the waistband of my trousers.. however, if this doesn't feel right then just tuck them in!!.
    Some images can be seen here..
    http://www.fogeygentleman.co.uk/chalk.jpg
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A shoe repair shop will have the equipment to trim them and the one I use duplicates the original curved end.

    The ideal length is for the brace end to extend to the bottom of the trouser waistband, like the necktie.
     
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    Mr. Pink Senior member

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    A shoe repair shop will have the equipment to trim them and the one I use duplicates the original curved end.

    The ideal length is for the brace end to extend to the bottom of the trouser waistband, like the necktie.


    I've just ordered my first pair of braces and your answer inspired a few additional questions. Are your front brace buttons on the inside or outside of your waistband? Does it matter? Also, do the barathea braces have that trailing end? Thanks.
     
  8. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you don't want to cut the boxcloth, you can always just tuck the ends into your waistband.

    Oh, and Thurston also makes non-boxcloth braces that don't need to be cut or tucked.
     
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    josepidal Senior member

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    How do you tell if a pair is non boxcloth/barathea?
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The bright plains and regimentals are barathea (unless some other fabric is specified).
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How do you tell if a pair is non boxcloth/barathea?
    If it's thick and fuzzy and slightly narrower (1" I think), it's boxcloth. If it's thin and shiny and about 1 1/4" wide, it's not.
     
  12. The_Foxx

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    by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

    I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.
     
  13. mussel

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    by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

    I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.


    You are implying Thurston produces nothing but boxcloth braces, but that's not the case.
     
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    mistahlee Senior member

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    Boxcloth can be cut and will not unravel. I have always understood this is why it is used for braces. It is intended for trimming.
     
  15. Bic Pentameter

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    by the way, i gave up on thurston braces long ago for this reason-- stuck with trafalgar and (most recently) Garrick Anderson.

    I just couldn't have extra cloth flopping around at my waist, but not sure i could cut and sew them correctly.


    I haven't cut my boxcloth braces, but Thurston braces are sized. The medium braces fit well enough that there is not too much fabric left over.
     
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    I had wondered the same a few months ago and decided to try to trim my Thurston boxcloths. The boxcloth is fairly thick (1/8") for fabric and behaves like felt. So I did a little searching around and concluded that I needed a good pair of dressmaker shears to cut through the cloth while being able to cut cleanly on the curve.

    So I got a pair of Gingher shears, measured from the end of the metal fitting and used tailor's chalk to trace out the curved end. Once you cut it off you can use the loose end as a template.
     
  17. Sir Royston

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    I've just ordered my first pair of braces and your answer inspired a few additional questions. Are your front brace buttons on the inside or outside of your waistband? Does it matter? Also, do the barathea braces have that trailing end? Thanks.

    Well,depends on preference i suppose. Traditionally, on the outside, nowadays usually on the inside!!
    The Barathea do NOT have a trailing end. Some of these stripes and patterns are wonderful, the boxcloths are again, more traditional i suppose.
    Thurstons in my opinion are the absolute best braces a man can buy!!
     
  18. HProteron

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    When it comes to the size of the boxcloth braces, does the elastic part differ in size between, say, medium and extra large?

    Most of the sellers I can find are sold out of medium and large. And Thurston themselves offer only one size. But if extra large differs only in the length of the boxcloth, I have no problem cutting it down.

    Thanks,
    Hy
     
  19. Sir Royston

    Sir Royston Well-Known Member

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    Stop! Please don't trim them.. they are finished ina way that holds the box cloth together without strands appearing.. cutting them can make them prone to strands coming off them!!.. I just tuck them into the waistband...
     

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