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    London

    After being an Anglophile all my adult life, with no right to the privilege (even the Churchills in my family are Irish), I’m finally going to London next month. Any recommendations on shops or restaurants is appreciated. Particularly ones that offer cigars. I’ll be at a hotel by Heathrow the...
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    Quite a while since an Opera discussion...

    I just attended the Atlanta Opera's performance of Carmen. The mezzo-soprano in the title role, Varduhi Abrahamyan, is Armenian but speaks fluent French. She had the right blend of beauty, guile, and voice to do the role justice. It exceeded their usual high standards - the two choruses, the...
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    Alden vs AE vs C&J vs ?? Yes, the old question again...

    On a recent trip to New York I realized that I had a tear on the side of an AE Park Avenues. This happens when I buy them at Lord & Taylor in a D width because I'm undeniably an E in AE. The ones I've bought from the AE store here in Atlanta, in an E width, have lasted longer and still look...
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    Footwear with shorts?

    I'm not normally the type to wear shorts. However, I broke down and bought a khaki pair that fit well. They come to right below the knee so I suppose technically they're Bermuda shorts. What sort of footwear do I wear with them? The most obvious thing in my wardrobe are a pair of brown car...
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    If you didn't already think Bennetton was a bit creepy...

    https://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121125/NEWS/211250338 The retailer, which forged its image on universal love, is placing mannequins in its stores with cameras embedded in their eyes. I suppose in a way it's not much different from having an unhelpful salesperson...
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    Filson Umbrella

    Does anyone know where this umbrella is made? https://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=1221&Product_Id=1709571&Parent_Id=1215 It turns up in the Brooks "Made in America/Accessories" section with the rest of the Filson products, but it says "imported" in...
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    C&J heel problem

    Two months ago I bought a pair of black cap-toe oxfords by Crockett & Jones for Peal & Co. for Brooks. They're very comfortable and I've been happy with them. Except... The heel has that combination rubber/leather surface with the dovetail join, and the rubber part of the dovetail is sticking...
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    Camicissima?

    I'm reviewing the Zagat New York Shopping guide in preparation for a trip there at the end of the week. I found a listing for Camicissima, an Italian shirt company that's highly regarded by the people who write the reviews. On their web site (camicissima.it) there are pictures of their...
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    Undershirts made in USA

    Does anyone have any recommendations for undershirts made in the US? When I realized that my Brooks Made-in-Thailand undershirts looked more worn than those made in Canada which are indisputably older, I knew it was time to make a change. Are these too trendy and incapable of containing anyone...
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    Who ARE these people?

    Whenever I go on a trip, I read online reviews for the restaurants and hotels - after I get back. On a recent trip to New York, I had a huge, quiet, perfectly clean room and ate in some famous and justifiably well regarded restaurants. If the online reviews were to be believed, I would have...
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    Kipskin?

    I bought a belt at Paul Stuart last week - it was $89, which I considered a reasonable price for a good belt. When I got home, I looked it up on their web site, and it was described as "kipskin." Some online research tells me that kipskin is leather from a cow that is older than a calf but...
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    What do you think of Gant?

    The history of the company is certainly trad - they started out as a shirtmaker for Brooks Brothers and J. Press. But the company web site mispells Paul Stuart, takes credit for the button-down collar, and indicates that after the international success of the name, they've brought it back to...
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    Lunch spots in New York

    I'm taking my mother to New York for a week in September. There's a list of favorite restaurants where she wants to go, but she wants to add some new experiences. Any suggestions for classy places to have lunch in Midtown?
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    grooming Shave and a haircut in Manhattan

    I'm going to be in New York for a week in early September, and I'd like to go somewhere nice for a haircut and a straight razor shave. Last time I tried John Allan's at Saks and I was pleased with the service but not with the haircut itself. I found Paul LaBrecque online, but the description...
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    Now, where was I?

    I just discovered I haven't been here since April. If anyone derives any value from my comments and occasional sarcasm and impertinence, I apologize for the delay. My company just got bought out, so now when I feel like dressing up for work everyone assumes I'm going to a job interview...
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    Allen-Edmonds cordovan?

    My Park Avenues developed a hole in the sole less than twelve months after I bought them. When I took them in to be resoled, the gentleman told me that the materials he would be using are superior to the original AE sole and heel, and were of the quality that AE only used on their cordovan...
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    Swifty's?

    I just finished reading Dominick Dunne's Too Much Money, which was published posthumously last month. One complaint I have is that references to vendors used by the very rich people in the book seem to be weakly researched. Mr. Dunne, like his autobiographical character Gus Bailey, carried...
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    American Fashion Menswear - Assouline

    I saw this book at Neiman-Marcus in Atlanta today, but didn't have much time to look through it. Has anyone bought it yet? Any opinions? https://www.assouline.com/books-assouline/American%20Fashion%20Menswear_729-newtitles.html
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    Collar and cuff shrinkage

    As one of the people who poked fun at a certain laundry-obsessed member, I can't believe I'm posting this... Last weekend I wore a Zegna shirt with French cuffs to an event. I've had it a few years, but it is not at all worn out. The collar was snug but not unmanageable. The cuffs, however...
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    Most new college graduates don't have job offers...

    The picture below is on MSNBC, in a story about how recent college graduates aren't finding jobs. It shows three students waiting for the commencement ceremony at HARVARD. It's true that the job market is down the tubes right now. But if the applicant pool thinks it's acceptable to show...