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    Get me out of Rome before my credit card expodes! Shopping recs please asap. . .

    Wow, just wow. On my first trip to Rome - 'til now my girlfriend and I have stayed away from the shopping - being good cultural tourists and sticking to ruins and museums. But today we decided an afternoon of shopping couldn't hurt. So we separated for the afternoon and I got lost in a...
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    Film recommendation: Paolo Sorrentino's "La grande belleza" - "The Great Beauty" - amazing suits

    Not sure how many of you are cinephiles, and many may have already seen this flick - but I just got around to watching it tonight. It won best foreign film at the Oscars in 2014. It's essentially a social commentary on Italian decline during the Berlusconi era - but it has some FABULOUS...
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    Neopolitan tailoring torch passed to - the Japanese!

    This is an interesting piece: Young Japanese obsessed with the Neopolitan style apprenticing for years in Naples and then returning to Japan to set up shop, at a time when the Italians can't get their own young people to learn the art...
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    Natty Shirts review. Best $27 I've ever spent. Wow.

    And from "click" to "at my door" in a week. Indochino and J. Hilburn each took almost a month to show up. In the world of MTM this is like instant gratification. Okay, the fabric is not anywhere in the same league for feel as a few shirts I have that are in the $250 range. It is not in the same...
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    Another pocket square question - blue gingham shirt/orange knit tie/navy blazer - what besides white

    Hi folks, So I am just venturing into the waters of interesting shirt/tie/pocket square combinations - having previously stuck with the white shirt with no tie look under all my jackets (sexy in the right context, can't screw it up, but getting boring). So wanting to to something fun, I'm...
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    83 year old man still got it goin' on - fashion blog devoted to one old guy in Berlin

    If this has been posted before sorry - I didn't see it until now. I hope when I'm 83 I still care about what I wear: https://petapixel.com/2013/03/30/photographer-turns-dapper-83-year-old-into-a-one-man-fashion-photo-blog/
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    Shoe review: Kent Wang benchgrade suede chukkas - very very nice

    I haven't seen too many reviews of Kent Wang's shoe line. There is a very long thread on the other forum about D.C. Lewis (which Kent Wang sells as his "hand grade" line in the approx $500 range). These chukkas are his "bench grade" line which are a step down, and are priced at $375. I love the...
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    Pasadena or L.A. alterations tailor for taking in pants? I got quoted $75 by a bespoke guy

    I don't mind taking my jackets to expensive bespoke tailors for alterations. But I brought a few pairs of pants in to my tailor and he wanted $75 each to take in the waist and seat. He makes bespoke $2,000 sport coats and he does impeccable work on the MTM and OTR jackets he has altered for me -...
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    Anybody have more than one collection of jackets to deal with fluctuating chest and shoulder sizes?

    My chest and shoulder measurements fluctuate by several inches during the year depending on whether I'm doing more cardio/sports or more heavy weightlifting. I noticed today that my "shrunken" chest (spent the spring skiing and doing cardio instead of lifting) has made my jackets fit noticeably...
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    Should you wear a jacket a few days before taking it to the tailor?

    I got an MTM jacket that needs some work. Is there merit to the idea that one should wear the jacket a few times - accumulating some hours on the body in order to let the fabric adjust to your shape - before taking it in for alterations? I think I remember hearing this somewhere from a tailor...
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    Nasty puckering on rear of jacket shoulders after having them narrowed - what the bleep is going on?

    This is a Dolce & Gabbana OTR that I had altered by Harold at Novex in Bev Hils. He narrowed the shoulder 1/4" on each side - which wasnot my idea, but in any case I thought he did a great job, but I have since worn the jacket 4-5 times and there seems to be some puckering developing on the rear...
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    Why is Richard Lim of High Society in L.A. so darn cheap for fully bespoke suits? I'm suspicious

    So if you look up Richard Lim here or on Styleforum you will see he seems to have quite a good reputation. He's supposedly the best of the Korean tailors in our city. Fully bespoke (in the sense that a paper pattern is cut, and there is at least one basted fitting - this isn't MTM adjusted from...
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    Has anyone been so nerdy as to buy 2 identical OTR jackets, then take them to two different tailors

    Just curious if anyone has ever done this. Perhaps, for example, buying two identical, same-size, ill-fitting, very cheap OTR jackets just for kicks. Then take them to two different respected tailors and see which one comes the closest to transforming the garment into something that fits. I...
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    Giant phones and skinny jeans - something for you to grumble about

    https://gizmodo.com/5918418/giant-smartphones-in-skinny-jeans-a-photoshoot :biggrin:
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    Critique the fit of this jacket please - just got it back from Bill Cairo. ALSO - can I do what I wa

    Okey dokey, don't hold back. Yes I know you all think it's too short, but aside from that - what are your opinions on the fit? This isn't bespoke so please don't judge the fit by those standards. This is heavily modified OTR. Fabric is silk, maker is Canali. Saw it at deep discount and I...
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    Why is the Huntsman house cut not a more popular style?

    Perhaps I'm in the minority - but I really like the Huntsman house cut - it's very clean, sleek, precise, minimal, masculine. And the single button seems just enough. But this look doesn't seem very popular - is there some obvious reason why? Or perhaps it is a common look in the U.K. and on the...
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    Are the Japanese serious about the fit/quality/construction of their suits?

    Just curious - does anyone here have experience with buying suits in Japan? The Japanese are of course famous for their cultural obsessions with quality and precision in things like food and engineering. They also LOVE their trendy fashion. But what about suits? The stereotypical "salaryman"...
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    Do most guys wearing OTR jackets simply accept that shoulders will be slightly too tight or too larg

    Since starting to learn about getting OTR jackets altered, I've had two OTR jackets have the shoulders narrowed - one by only 1/4 on each side. It was very close to begin with, but the tailor is a bespoke guy in L.A. who does bench work, so I trusted him and they came out beautifully. However...
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    How do you get a collar to roll gently over like this (pics) - also is this a

    This is a current offering at Suit Supply - I was struck by the collar of the shirt. I have an Eton shirt with an "extreme spread" collar that has this effect, which I really like, but none of my other shirts do it. The collar rolls over gently, like a wave, or an airfoil. Do you simply avoid...
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    Short woman hugs you = makeup on jacket. Ugh.

    This must be a common problem - you greet a female friend or relative - she is shorter than you are and wants to hug you. Next thing you know you have makeup smudges on your jacket. Not a big deal on a shirt, but we try not to dry clean jackets. Just sponge it off? Tell women not to touch...