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    the I'm not a painter but I like pretending jeans...

    Don't Painters usually wear white anyways? Yours for a bit less than $600...
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    Help identifying cause of damage....

    I recently took delivery of a new pairs of shoes. One of them had damage on the toe-box. I wrote and complained but the company of course denied that the damage was from them and claimed the damage was from the shoes being dropped on the floor. As the shoe boxes and shipping package...
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    At Long Last...My Camina Shells Have Arrived

    After 3 months of back and forth with Carmina, I am now in possession of 2 new pairs of shell cordovan shoes. They join the 3 pairs of calf Carmina's already in my collection. As I do a lot of walking on cobblestone roads I had them install the optional metal toe-taps ($35-$40). Double...
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    Any suggestions for Japan in April?

    Out of nowhere, it seems that our next trip will be to Japan. My wife happened to find a good price on tickets & 10 minutes later we booked. 2 adults (40s), 2 girls (3 & 7). We arrive into Tokyo on the 6th of April and fly out of Tokyo on the 18th. And that's all we have planned/confirmed at...
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    New Peccary Gloves

    For the past 6 years I have worn Peccary gloves exclusively. I admit that this doesn't mean much as I've only owned 2 pair. :surprised: but. . I have enjoyed them and was quite sad to have lost my last pair. While I can only hope that my 3yo hid them somewhere to be found later, I faced reality...
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    Snowboots...Moon Boots?

    Hello gents... Long story short....I have family coming and I'm going to rent a chalet in a private area up in the mountains as a bit of a surprise... We have enough outwear for everyone But I'll need of a few pairs of snowboots that will be warm for 12 hours or so out in the snow...
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    Darn it Carmina....

    As the regular AAACers will remember, I have been in the process of exchanging a pair of Carmina's that didn't meet my standards. They "kind of, sort of" disappointed me on a pair of shell bal boots that I wanted, but life is life and I decided on a pair of shell cap-toe bals for the exchange...
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    Can you identify the loction of this photo?

    I honestly wonder how many people can name the location of this photo... Just a simple experiment...If you think you know, I'd request that you P.M. me the answer over letting everyone know the reponse... If possible perhaps we can have fun with it for 2 days....until the 24th.... Ans yes...
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    Houses & buildings... Function over Aesthetics

    As an expat, I've often complained to my wife as to the use of poured concrete in buldings here in Switzerland. I myself find it hideous....but... We had a building next to us burn too hot for firefighters for 2 weeks (the upper areas were taken care of but not the underground). I can...
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    change of pace

    After décades of insisting that Germany pay for ICC investigations, Israel is now asking the country to stop paying for ICC investigations.... How strange this change of demands....Is there any reason for this? Surely a country proclaiming to be innocent would welcome an investigation..... Benji...
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    As a group,can we "sticky" define a few things?

    I accidently hijacked a recent thread from a member wishing to provide us with an opportunity to see photos of his new loake Chukkas. I apologize for such to GWW and thought I'd start a new thread concerning this matter... As such, I was hoping that a few of us could come together and try to...
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    "dress hat" to go with "semi-formal" overcoat?

    I'm looking for suggestions as to a new hat to go with one of my new overcoats... The overcoat(Navy Lardini) The hat (Navy.Borsalino)... A few other choices... The one with the tan band seems nice enough for an informal overcoat but is it too informal overall? I'll update the post...
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    Tissue on hangers???

    Quite often in a "higher end" men's stores, I find that the suits and outerwear are on hangers with tissue attached (see photo). Can any of my peers give me a good reason for this? Better yet, should we not be storing our suits/overcoats in the same manner? Out of habit I have discarded the...
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    Any Myrtle Beach experiences?

    Hello all. I would like to plan a family vacation to include my brother's family. We both have children around the same age (4 &8). My brother cam up with the idea of Myrtle Beach. While I'm not against the idea, there seems to be several negative points that keep me from wanting to fully...
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    Carmina seem to have F,,,ed me. Secondary thoughts?

    I ordered 4 pairs of shoes directly from Carmina back in September and have (for the most part), been quite satisfied. One pair came with a missed stich on the toe-cap, so I waited until I found a better replacement and requested an exchange in November. The exchange was not equal, in fact I...
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    your thoughts on colors that go well with dark wood

    My office is set up in with darker wood furniture with dark green leather. I am in need of something practical for storage so a wood bookcase/cabinet isn't really ideal versus a modular unit that can change shape & unit configurations. I found something I'm interested in but an not sure what...
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    Property investment in NW Chicago suburbs...

    I supose that I'm a sentimental idiot but I'm really in the mood to buy my grandparent's house in the NW Chicago suburbs. Although I'd like to, I can't imagine that I'll ever live there. I guess the time of passing on "estates" is long gone but the house has been in the family for 80 years and...
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    Raw milk?

    Do we have any raw milk fans? In the land of the free it seems that the sale of such is strictly forbidden in about half of the country while here in Switzerland (and other parts of Europe) it's just a fact of life. Many cheeses here use raw milk. Raw milk is available at the twice weekly market...
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    The end isn't near after all

    After reading thread upon thread on the downfall of sartorial standards these past years, I can happily report that this doesn't seem to be the case here when it comes to New Year's brunch. We went to a local 5* and I'd have to say that at least 90% of the gents there were in suits or SCs with...
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    What items of yours serve a "pure utilitarian function"?

    This came up a bit earlier on the bathrobe thread. Another member thought bathrobes as not worthy of consideration because to him they served only a utilitarian function (to each his own). I on the other hand gave consideration to the fact that I wear my robe more often than I wear any of my...