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whnay.'s good taste thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. The Thin Man

    The Thin Man Senior member

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    Are you planning to offer OCBDs? If so, when is the ETA? Thanks.
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Knits -- start with solid navy, black and burgundy. Dots are nice too.
     
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  3. Dewi

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    I have solid ones and horizontal striped ones, but I don't remember the last time that I wore either of the striped ones.

    I've never seen one with an open end like you're talking about though, if that helps.

    EDIT: Listen to Doc. This is pretty much his wheelhouse.
     
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  4. aravenel

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    I really need to get a black knit. For a long time I couldn't get into the idea of a black tie that wasn't part of a tux, but it's growing on me quickly.
     
  5. unbelragazzo

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    If you want a kind of half-way option, the LE "navy" knit is really dark, almost black, but not quite. I think their knit ties are nice.
     
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  6. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wearing a *white* Kamakura OCBD today, with a black grenadine, tan whipcord Ambrosi pents and a Chipp2 dartless blue herringbone Harris Tweed (hook vent, patch breast pocket, patch and flap hip pockets, hook vent and 1/4 inch stitched seams). No true knit ties for me today.
     
  7. aravenel

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    That's a good point--no need to spend a ton on knit ties. I have one someone gave me from The Knottery, and I was not expecting much, but it is now one of my favorite ties. Nice crunchy texture, and ties a great knot.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    LE knits are much better than the Knottery IMHO, and I have both.
     
  10. unbelragazzo

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    "What was that you said about my socks?"
     
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  11. aravenel

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    Fair enough, will give them a try.
     
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    I don't even wear BDs, but if you can herd these kittens into agreeing on the definition of a proper buttondown, Doc, I'll buy three.
     
  13. DocHolliday

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    We'll never get Foo on board, but I would hope Manton, Dopey and my other fellow GT posters would recognize that a proper buttondown has a placket, an unfused collar with a single button closure and a roll that is voluptuous but not vulgar.

    Naturally it must come in white.
     
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  14. ChetB

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    Lands' End recently shortened their OCBD collars from 3" to 2.5". Don't waist your time; get the must-iron, US-made OCBDs from Brooks Brothers. Be aware that the white shirts will shrink more than other colors, even when washed cold and hung to dry.
     
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  15. JPHardy

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    Dopey, Manton, Doc et al.

    When not being able to find a black knit tie in the size I require RTW. There being no custom makers that I am aware of. How good of a substitute would a large weave grenadine be?

    Manton, I saw you posted somewhere else that Drakes Knits were quite long, but looks like the have changed that now.
     
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    Not to shill for them again, but the LE long ties are really long. Too long for me, really. I wish I had gotten a regular one.
     
  17. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It depends on whether you like them.
     
  18. mafoofan

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    You can get bespoke length knit ties if you are willing to do a minimum order. I think it's six or something.

    I just avoid and go for coarse grenadine. Similar, if not superior, effect.
     
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  19. JPHardy

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    I do. I take that as a yes? Thank you.



    Just checked my license, doesn't say Vox. Going to have to skip the 6 minimum. I order the Grenadine this morning. Please check PM when you get a chance , quick question.

    Thank you.
     
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  20. mafoofan

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    I understand OCBDs have typically had plackets, single-button closures, etc. But, I don't see anything about those features that is essential to what makes an OCBD a great thing: the collar and the fabric.

    An unfused (and unlined) collar is certainly key though.
     

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