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    need an ironing board

    Can anyone recommend an ironing board? I have two specifications: --high enough (39"?) so that when ironing the front quarter of a shirt the other sleeve doesn't hit the ground --not have a rack soldered to the square end (which I use for shirts). It seems the tall sturdy "professional"...
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    SoCal tailor/pleat removal?

    Can anyone recommend a tailor in LA/Orange/or even N San Diego County who can remove pleats? I know it can be done (I had a great experience at the local BB), but I know from painful experience that it can also be butchered. Any suggestions, other than camping out at the mall parking lot till...
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    unobtrusive toe/heel taps or DIY topys?

    After several disappointing recent experiences, I have given up on finding a cobbler locally who can supply me with a decent pair of topys, in any brand. I am thinking of going to do it yourself toe/heel taps, but I find the most commonly available ones uncomfortable to walk in. Can anyone...
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    camel hair suggestions?

    Any suggestions as to where I might find a decent quality camel hair sportcoat? What makes the search difficult is that I'm slim and prefer a slim cut. I can do a 38s in a BB regent or RL black label, but anything remotely traditional is a 36s, which many makers/stores don't have available. I'm...
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    Q for topy fans (or cobblers)

    I am hell on shoe leather, so I slap topys on my shoes the instant I buy them. It's just occurred to me though that I might also be able to avoid replacing the rubber heel toplifts every six months if I put topys on them as well. Can anyone speak to how these last compared to those little...
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    slim trouser brands or sources?

    We've done the slim shirt, and the slim suit. Any ideas for wool trousers? All I wanted was some slim flat fronts, 30 or 31/30, basic colors. But no one will sell them to me. (Even great big baggy ones under a 32 are rare.) I know in theory BB Regents exist, but I've never seen one in my...
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    Discount Hickey Freeman: what I've learned

    Every so often, someone buys a Hickey Freeman at Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth and wants to know what they've got. (Why HF insists on dicking around and blurring the lines between their lines, thus dilluting their brand name is another thread/rant.:icon_smile:) Anyway, here's the current lineup...
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    linty plain fronts?

    Ok, strange question: I've decided I like the minimalism of the plain front to a placket front on my shirts. But on all my older plain fronts, I've noticed that dark-colored lint seems to collect in the little pockets behind the buttonholes, eventually becoming visible through the shirt...
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    Tiny collar buttons, Y/N?

    Some manufacturers make dress shirts with a smaller, almost gauntlet-sized, collar button. What do you think of this practice? I've been told they are to make buttoning the collar easier, but in my exp. they also make it easier for the collar to become unbuttoned. Is this just me?
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    trouser length for loafers?

    I recently found a very seviceable pair of penny loafers at good discount. Haven't worn a lot of these before and notice that some sock (or foot) tends to show w/ trousers that otherwise break nicely when worn w/ shoes. Makes me feel a bit peewee herman/bay city rollerish. I'm wondering if you...
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    Quick Q: collar stays in/out when home washing?

    I know they should be removed when sending out to be laundered so they don't get melted in during pressing, but for those of us who wash at home, what do you do? And does it matter to the longevity of the shirts? I'm talking plastic here, not the brass or transparent titanium ones...:icon_smile:
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    spray-n-wash/shout safety q

    So I was reading the label of various stain spray/gels today, w/ the idea I might pre-treat my shirt collars, and they all said something to the effect of safe w/ colorfast washables but either not to be used w/ silk, khaki or flourescent clothing or not more than a few minutes before washing...
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    the lost AE linen spectator on ebay?

    Does anyone recall that linen spectator from the fall 06 shoe wrap that subsequently disappeared? A few appear to have made it to ebay. I also saw a linen grayson on ebay the other week too....
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    Woodlore "Epic" shoe tree size chart

    Just got this via email from Woodlore. Thought it might be of interest to some, given the recent group purchase thread. (They do seem to run wider than their other models, and the sizing on the woodlore box itself--M=8.5N-9w, e42-43--doesn't seem to match their chart.) I wrote out the # below...
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    AE sales booty, anyone?

    Picked up a pair of black byrons, $167, and suede hancocks, $129, both firsts. Also allowed the mgr. to talk me into the AE premium shoe polish at $8 less 15% instead of the $5 caranuba wax polish, but it was a long drive and my defenses were down. :icon_smile: Anyway, 2nds all seem to be...
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    anyone w/ LS menswear or H Freeman MTM exp?

    I'm thinking of having an H Freeman suit made by Izzy when I next visit NY. In terms of price to value, it seems hard to beat, esp. given that I'd spend as much or more on RTW+alterations, even w/ the perfect suit from Filenes. (Bespoke is currently out of the question.) I was hoping some forum...
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    in praise of Rosali cleaners (LA)

    Just wanted to spread the good word about Rosali dry cleaners on Magnolia in North Hollywood. Uses C02, which is more envrio friendly, less smelly, and (at least according to Consumer Reports), less damaging to clothes than perc. Will not press your lapels flat. Reasonably priced. A 40-yr-old...
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    Presidential Primer: A style guide for candidates

    Sorry, y'all, but that GWB dress thread got me going and I just couldn't resist… Would love to see additional contributions. 1. Lapels should not be wider than one's head. 2. If you've got it, flaunt it. 3. Resist the urge to don a uniform. It *will* come back to haunt you. 4. Jeans on...
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    the elusive BB Fitzgerald...

    I'm quite taken with the cut of the Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald--I think it's good for the slimmer among us--but there appear to be none at any of the half-dozen retail stores in my area. Has anyone been able to try one on and compare it to the Regent or Madison? I wrote BB asking them about...
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    Help me "translate" English shoe sizes?

    Having been sorely tempted by the pediwear site, I'm wondering if anyone can speak to the sizing and fit of Grenson and Trickers lasts (or other moderately priced English shoes) compared to lasts and sizes in AE. In other words, what's your best AE size/last and what has worked for you in...