- Apr 17, 2011
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Haha, so true. But I meant more of a sticky highlighting typical recommendations vs. a Cliff Notes of what we discuss in here. I suppose it is highly subjective, though.
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I kind of just keep it in my head, combined with going for whatever is convenient.BTW, I totally expect that you have an Excel file of ref. numbers squirreled away somewhere, Derek.
In the past, I ordered lots of swatches, combining through them and planning several commissions in advance. But I‘m getting tired (or lazy) about it and just wondering how you guys all keep track. For example, I‘m thinking of going for a linen suit for next spring/summer and distinctly remember it was discussed here before. But can’t remember if the general consensus was to go for Ulster, W. Bill, Drapers, or something else. See what I mean?
I have a google drive folder that I keep swatches images from this thread and others that I’m interested in...I’ll throw the idea and book and ref number in the title of the image (i.e. “blazer despos rec cape horn 667055” or “winter blazer Harrison moonbeam 35020”). I keep another album of outfits and jacket styles that I likeI think I brought this up before, but is there some way to catalog the contents of this thread? It is one of my favorites and I‘ve followed it for years. However, at over 2000 pages, I don‘t remember everything. It‘s often the case that I‘m looking for a specific cloth recommendation months after a similar discussion has played out and I feel sheepish repeating the question.
So, what do you guys do? Do you use the search function to search through everything or do you bookmark specific posts? Or do you do the baller thing and keep an Excel file of recommended cloths with ref. numbers??
Receive the Drapers coat back today. As you can see, the herringbone isn't visible unless you're within two or three feet. Otherwise the fabric looks like a mottled grey/black tweed.I ordered an overcoat in that one. Unfortunately, it arrived without lapped seams so it's getting fixed. When it's back, I'll post a pic.
This is what I mean - for some reason I had Drapers in mind, but it was actually Dugdale that I was thinking about, after seeing Simon post this:I happen to prefer British linen over Italian linen, as I find it slightly tigher woven. I find Italian linen can sometimes look very messy, whereas British linen tends to look sharper.
Given that, I go for W. Bill linen because it's what my tailors have access to. I don't really want to go through the trouble of sourcing my own linen. So I order swatches from my tailor or the respective Harrisons rep.
Sort of my system as well.I do keep somewhat of a running tab of what I'd like to get commissioned in the future. That's basically my Unfunded Liabilities pile, along with whatever is in my head. Or sometimes I'll just flip through books.
Yeah, I used to save various images, but it got out of hand.I have a google drive folder that I keep swatches images from this thread and others that I’m interested in...I’ll throw the idea and book and ref number in the title of the image (i.e. “blazer despos rec cape horn 667055” or “winter blazer Harrison moonbeam 35020”). I keep another album of outfits and jacket styles that I like
I also have a spread sheet with my intended commissions and notes on it, planned out a couple of years in advance and will plug in/update/revise fabrics and ideas over time. Its a bit much but it helps me temper my impulses and make sure that an idea I had 2 years ago is still something I want today. Got the idea
from a story about Slash I once read where he said he would draw potential tattoos on himself everyday for a year before deciding if he really wanted it And making it permanent
Very likely, and why I think the constant comparison/ mill sniffing/ factory sniffing sometimes devolves into a kind of reductionism. Sometimes people assume that everything is just rebadged, and a factory or mill is just pumping out the same product. So if you find out a mill made X and Y, then X and Y must be comparable. Which is not always the case.It might be the case that Ulster makes for this or that merchant but I've noticed there are some colours that are exclusive to such merchants.