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    Where to find black leather Wellington Boots

    I am looking for a pair of black leather wellington boots in size US 11.5 EE or EEE. I want a traditional design, not pointy-tow cowboy boots. I also do not want biker boots with square toes. I want a good stiff sole-either double leather or high quality man-made soles...not too thick. A...
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    Looking For a Nice Walnut Shoe As an Alternative to My Strands

    Gentlemen: My dress shoes come in three colors: Black, Burgundy/Merlot, and Walnut/Light Brown. With occasional exception, I wear traditional lace up, leather soled dress shoes. In my current rotation I have all AE's as follows: Black: Strand, Fifth Av Merlot: Park Av, McAllister Walnut...
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    Where are JAB suits manufactured?

    Once upon a time in Baltimore, there was a Tailor's Row on West Baltimore Street, and in the block behind it on West Redwood Street, on what is now east of the Law School and west of the Arena. I can remember the very last vestiges of this among the run down brick buildings that remained there...
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    Should I leave my MTM man and seek out a bespoke tailor?

    When I added up what I spent on clothes in the past 12 months I was in shock, and I began to re-evaluate my relationship with my MTM man. I know that there are mixed reviews about Tom James on this forum. I have purchased MTM clothes from TJ for the past 7 years. I purchase their top of the line...
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    Should I leave my MTM man and seek out a bespoke tailor?

    Sorry for the double post...see the other one with the same title.
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    Tie clips, clasps, pins, tacks, etc.

    There must be a thread about "keeping" one's necktie but after a few frustrating searches, I gave up and decided to start a new thread. Please accept my apologies if I am being redundant. How do you keep your neckties hanging straight and in the correct place? Do you use a tie clasp, clip...
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    Nostalgic Style?

    As I have some time to myself as the Holidays approach, I found myself poking around in my closet, asking that very basic question...what is my style? As I thought about it, I kept coming up with a word..."nostalgic"... nostalgic for the days when when people dressed appropriately to go to...
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    Looking for good shoe repair in Ellicott City or Columbia, (Howard County), Maryland.

    I am looking for good shoe repair in Ellicott City, or Columbia, MD. Any recommendations? Looking for someone that does an excellent job of replacing leather soles/heals, installing heal and toe taps, new laces, etc.
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    Umbrella etiquette

    A rainy day in Baltimore today. As usual, I had my black hickory stick umbrella. It is the standard fair; brass tip, wood shaft, shepherds crook shaped handle. I have carried a brolly similar to this all my adult life. As I carried it this morning before it started to rain, in a closed...
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    Looking for These Boots

    Looking for the boots pictured below in Euro-size 44. I own them in cognac/army which is more like burnished oak/olive. They are fantastic. comfortable, high quality boots. I bought them on a whim at Bergdorf's in 2008. They are now discontinued. I now want them in black, and can not find...
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    Mayhem in the streets...

    There is mayhem in the streets of the mother country...last night Tottenham, tonight Enfield and Brixton. Looting and burning, LA style. What the heck is going on?
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    What Can be worn in the rain?

    I was re-watching an old favorite last night "Road to Perdition" (great movie), and there are multiple scenes with men in wool overcoats and fur felt fedoras out in driving rain storms. I have always been careful to protect my wool or cashmere coats and my fur felt hats from the rain...
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    Wimbledon

    Watching the Wimbledon ladies' championship this morning I was struck by the shabby dress of those in the audience and the officials on the court. There was a day not too long ago when the officials on the court would have been wearing jackets. I know they have jackets, but all officials had...
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    Morning Coat for Daughter's Wedding: Such a mess...

    I am really upset. I went to my favorite MTM guy in early April, a guy from whom I have purchased dozens of suits and sports coats over the years (who shall go unnamed for now), and asked his advice on acquiring morning dress for my daughter's wedding in early June. He said he'd get right back...
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    Waistband in trousers

    Can someone explain how the waistband in wool suit trousers is put together? What are the steps? What makes the waist band stiff? What materials are involved? Please start from the beginning and take me through construction, fastener installation, belt loops, brace buttons, etc. What should I...
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    manners Mister, Mrs., Ma'am, Madam, Miss, Sir, Ms.

    What is the proper way to address someone who's name you do not know? "Excuse me sir, may I help you with that?" If an unmarried woman, "excuse me Miss, may I help you with that?" A married woman; Is it.... "Excuse me Madam, may I help you with that?" or "Excuse me Ma'am, may I help you...
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    Sweat

    My aging body doesn't deal with temperature change as well as it did when I was a youngster. When I come in from a cool blustery day into a home or office that has the heat turned up I begin to sweat. Likewise in the Summer coming from air conditioning into the hot humid Baltimore air, I bead...
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    Winter Hats

    It has been one cold winter, and more than ever, I am seeing men wearing knit stocking caps (skull caps) with suits and wool overcoats. I am even seeing network news reporters wearing this absurd combination. While I understand that many go hatless rather than wearing a proper hat, this...
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    Cobbler in Ellicott City or Columbia, MD

    Looking for good shoe repair in Howard County, MD (Ellicott City or Columbia). Please share...
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    Hunting Trousers

    There are many threads on the forum on hunting clothes. I have some very specific questions. First, a little background. I do most of my hunting on Maryland's, and Virginia's Eastern Shore (east of the Chesapeake), mainly in Talbot, Caroline, Queens Annes, and Kent Counties. I do some duck...