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What is the deal with is Kirby Allison’s business model?

JFWR

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yeah. I’m not upset.
But Kirby gets his stuff out ASAP.

one of the products I ordered was something I wanted to try sooner rather than later. Most can wait.
They post here and are super responsive. I'd talk to them. They may be able to help.
 

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Always had a good experience with @kirbya. First experience was Black Friday years ago when he had a number of specials and I didn’t enter in some code properly. Decided to ring to leave a message, he answered and made the fixes on the spot. Attended a few of his cigar and shoeshine events in NYC and met some great people. Though I haven’t been as frequent of a buyer as I tend not to go through polish as much anymore, he’s still my hanger go-to (I’ve tried Butler Luxury and found though nice, even their smallest is too wide for my shoulders). Though some of his items are very “niche” for me, if I ever hit the point where I want/need a water Buffalo horn bic handle or something, I know where to go...
 

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What I want to know is why I cannot find any videos of anyone polishing hangars. Plenty of shoe polish images, but why no love for the resinous wood?

I wish there were videos, for being cooped up at home means I simply have no time to read. It would certainly be educational for my dressing-room servant (that imbecile!), who constantly foils my heroic attempts at closetary organization with his failure to select and maintain the proper condition of hangar.
 

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I wanted to know about belt maintenance recently and kirby’s video was great on this

I’m curious about his clothes brushes now

they seem kind of expensive but I’m guessing the quality is high
 

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I wanted to know about belt maintenance recently and kirby’s video was great on this

I’m curious about his clothes brushes now

they seem kind of expensive but I’m guessing the quality is high
I have the double sided garment brush. It’s great.

it’s pricey. But it’s good. If you are looking for a cheaper one, I am sure one could be found. But if you are looking to have a quality brush for a while, I would say take the plunge. It is one of those items that you appreciate the more you use.

the collar stays and socks are also great purchases as well.

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I have the double sided garment brush. It’s great.

it’s pricey. But it’s good. If you are looking for a cheaper one, I am sure one could be found. But if you are looking to have a quality brush for a while, I would say take the plunge. It is one of those items that you appreciate the more you use.

the collar stays and socks are also great purchases as well.

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Nice that one just washed up on the shore for you.
 

Waldo Jeffers

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I have the double sided garment brush. It’s great.

it’s pricey. But it’s good. If you are looking for a cheaper one, I am sure one could be found. But if you are looking to have a quality brush for a while, I would say take the plunge. It is one of those items that you appreciate the more you use.

the collar stays and socks are also great purchases as well.

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this may be a dumb question, but if you brush frequently, does it wear down the fabric over time? I guess it depends on how stiff the bristles are
 

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this may be a dumb question, but if you brush frequently, does it wear down the fabric over time? I guess it depends on how stiff the bristles are
It'll wear down for sure if dirt is trapped in fabric.
 

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this may be a dumb question, but if you brush frequently, does it wear down the fabric over time? I guess it depends on how stiff the bristles are
it is double sided. It has stiff bristles and soft bristles.
I usually just give it a brush in the morning and one in the evening before hanging it. I don’t go overboard.
 

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I don't see all the ill will toward Kirby. I always found him to be kind and a gentleman.

I met him when he started the Hanger Project which was a great idea. I met him again at a Carmina shoe event about 2 years ago.

For those who do not like his videos, don't watch them. Also, no one is forcing you to buy his products.
 
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this may be a dumb question, but if you brush frequently, does it wear down the fabric over time? I guess it depends on how stiff the bristles are
There was a story I read once about an eccentric miser in the Victorian Era who refused to brush his clothes, for fear they would wear out and need replacing. Accordingly, he was perpetually dusty and dingy.
 

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it is double sided. It has stiff bristles and soft bristles.
I usually just give it a brush in the morning and one in the evening before hanging it. I don’t go overboard.
thanks

I guess what Im wondering is brushing clothes a lost art that still has modern merit or was it jettisoned for good reason and not just because modern people are wasteful slobs, etc

I hate dry cleaning by the way, so the idea of this as an alternative is appealing
 

Nobilis Animus

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I don't see all the ill will toward Kirby. I always found him to be kind and a gentleman.

I met him when he started the Hanger Project which was a great idea. I met him again at a Carmina shoe event about 2 years ago.

For those who do not his videos, don't watch them. Also, no one is forcing you to buy his products.
No real ill-will on my part - I'm sure he's a decent person underneath it all, but I do find it foolish when someone talks about clothing rules in relation to fitting in with "the right sort of people," when traditionally that same someone would have been thoroughly rebuffed from those circles/formal events. It's one thing to talk about clothing style and how to look better, but I find the idea of mimicry in order to signal taste... well, distasteful.

I've never bought anything from him, but judging from these reviews it seems he delivers.
 

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