1. dr.butcher

    Hardsided briefcase tips

    I couldn't find any previous threads on this, and I think the trad forum is the more appropriate place to post this, so... I'm looking to getting a hardsided bag to take to work with me. I currently have a leather briefcase but it's softsided. I'm not sure of the exact differences between a...
  2. dr.butcher

    Winter clothes

    Having grown up in Oz, and currently living in Hong Kong, I've never had the need for real winter clothes, in fact my entire wardrobe is geared towards hot, humid weather. I'll (hopefully) be spending time in Russia during the winter and expecting around -4°F. Can I get recommendations on...
  3. dr.butcher

    Grey linen slub suit - can it also be separates.

    I spied a lovely grey linen slub swatch today and plan to make it into a suit. As I've wanted a grey SC for a while, I was wondering if this material, below, could be worn as separates without looking like orphaned jacket or trousers. A few points: (1) As this is linen, and a casual summer...
  4. dr.butcher

    Blazer?

    Following on from a recent thread where the term "navy blazer" was used a number of times, I'd like to clarify something: I was led to believe a blazer is a navy SC (traditionally with metal buttons). It seems to be used for any SC these days, particularly rowing/school/etc jackets. What's...
  5. dr.butcher

    White shirts. Questions.

    Although I have a decent number of shirts, I have to say that white is not my strong point. A while back I ditched about a dozen white button down shirts that had seen better days and went bespoke. I have shirts in all manner of colour -- but alas only one white shirt. The time has come to...
  6. dr.butcher

    Re-sizing suits

    I recently lost a decent amount of weight (four inches around the waist or around 15kg -- however, I wasn't overweight before, though I'm certainly not now) and most of my trousers are way too big for me. I've been wearing a belt as opposed to suspenders to fix this problem, but while fitting a...
  7. dr.butcher

    3D Pinted Tie

    So this happened: https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/shop/product.php?code=290&search=tie https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/shop/product.php?code=291&search=tie It was only ever a matter of time.
  8. dr.butcher

    Luggage

    Looking for thoughts/advice/etc on quality luggage. A buy-it-for-life suitcase that I can use for decades to come. I've been looking at Globetrotter and LV hardsided luggage, but do not know what other brands I should be perusing. If the case has wheels that's okay, but it's not the main...
  9. dr.butcher

    Merz B. Schwanen

    I noticed there doesn't seem to be a single thread of this company on AAAC. Perhaps there's a reason for that, which I've missed? To the point, I've recently become acquainted with this company's products and am quite satisfied. They tout their circular knitting machines and lack of side seams...
  10. dr.butcher

    Are you kidding me Brooks Brothers?

    Checking out New Arrivals on the BB website I eyed a 4-button Harris Tweed jacket with three flapped patch pockets... Ok, I want a closer look at this thing.... and then I see that it's a zip front with the buttons only there for show (and to hide the zipper)...
  11. dr.butcher

    Brooks Brothers'changing rooms

    What's the deal? I was in the BB on the weekend getting some cotton trousers. The woman led me into the changing room and when I saw somebody's clothes and shoes in there I assumed the room was being used and waited outside. A few minutes later she comes back and asks what's wrong. I said...
  12. dr.butcher

    Coats in hot weather

    In a recent thread the issue of suitable attire for a wedding party was raised. The general consensus was that the OP would look odd wearing a shirt and a tie with no coat. Other threads in the time I've been here have declared that a shirt without a tie looks weird. So, to summarise, if I...
  13. dr.butcher

    Red sea rig

    Has anyone here worn this before? That is, formal trousers and shirt with pleated front and studs with a red cummerbund and red bow tie? And is it appropriate in a tropical or sub-tropical climate at a semi-formal evening event where I can assume a good deal of the guests are wearing business...
  14. dr.butcher

    Got the shoes... getting the trousers... help with the socks...

    So I just bought these puppies.... (Edward Green, 888 last, hazel antique calf and white suede) And I'm going to visit my tailor in the next fortnight and get him to make me some trousers like so: They're cream wool I think? Any suggestions for the best colour/material? I'll get cuffs...
  15. dr.butcher

    Back scratcher

    The #1 thing every bachelor needs. For that point in the middle of my back that I just can't get at with any degree of satisfaction. I have a bamboo one. Afraid of getting a bamboo splinter in my back, then I'm at square one again. I've seen plastic ones, but I want a stylish one. Horn would...
  16. dr.butcher

    Suspenders for jeans

    In my quest for a belt-less existence I have been considering my options when it comes to jeans. I've seen people put buttons on the outside of the waistband and keep the belt loops and it looks fine, but suspenders and belt loops is a hard look to get right. I recently saw one guy solve this...
  17. dr.butcher

    Keeping cool in summer

    Just saying folks... https://www.japantrendshop.com/airconditioned-work-shirt-k200y-by-kuchofuku-p-51.html Behold... The Air-Conditioned Work Shirt Yes, those are fans at the back of the shirt. P.S. This is not what I was thinking of when I previously mentioned Japan as a sartorial...
  18. dr.butcher

    Wine stains

    Got knocked while imbibing red wine and spilt some on a new wool & mohair hopsack blazer. Dabbed it right away with a napkin (to soak up what hadn't soaked in) and for the life of me can't see the stain. All the advice I have found online (involving metho and white vinegar) is for removing the...
  19. dr.butcher

    Church's shoe opinion

    I stopped by the Church's sale on my lunch break today (the sale actually starts tomorrow) to see if there was anything of interest. They had the Kelby 2 Black Rois Calf and Kelby 2 Cordovan Rois Calf in my size and nothing else that caught my eye. They’ve both got a thick rubber sole and are...
  20. dr.butcher

    manners Day and evening wear

    One of the most comment threads here concerns people who go to restaurants, opera, theatre, etc., dressed in overly casual clothes. I am wondering how many members make a distinction between day and night clothes. If you have a dinner date, for example, and are either going home first or live...