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    Thrift store blues & brags

    LOL, the key phrase is almost identical. But the main reason is the collecting malady that I suffer from! I tend to stock up with certain types of shoes in larger numbers -- penny loafers, for instance. In this case, I picked them up because they were also from a different manufacturer, namely...
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    Thrift store blues & brags

    Another pair of US-made penny loafers made by Dexter, found at Goodwill, almost identical to the Sebago pair I recently picked up in colour, leather quality and soles. Again, soles unworn, one or two small scuffs in the uppers -- like the other pair, these may have been worn only indoors...
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    New BB OCBD

    I am facing similar dilemmas. I have a large collection of clothes and shoes, formal and informal, and am in the process of going through them and deciding what to toss and what not to toss. It's bloody slow. I did a similar venture when I moved in 2016, and the one thing that worked for me...
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    A question about white socks. Yes, white socks.

    The cost is around $9 to $15 for an average, organic cotton T shirt, and of course, much higher prices for certain name brand items. Not sure what the quality is like at the average price. But I'll look into it.
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    A question about white socks. Yes, white socks.

    I usually do not wear the white T shirts that are properly classified as underwear, although I have a few. Most of my T shirts are the coloured ones I wear throughout the year at home and as sleepwear, and of course, as a garment outside the home in the warmer summer months. I wear them in the...
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    More from Ralph

    I like the Gurkha-style khakis too, LOL. Didn't know RL made them.
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    A question about white socks. Yes, white socks.

    And a vast quantity of water for growth. The cotton needed for a single T shirt, I've read, requires around 700 gallons of water to produce.
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    Trimalchio in Nantucket? The Embezzlement at Alden

    I stand corrected! Thank you, Tiger. It's still a big stretch of economics...
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    Trimalchio in Nantucket? The Embezzlement at Alden

    Louis XIV and Keynes too! That is a stretch of macroeconomics that covers a broad swath, LOL.
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    Trimalchio in Nantucket? The Embezzlement at Alden

    Update on Richard Hajjar: He was sentenced to 70 months in prison, and $60 million in restitution. Details are here: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2021/09/16/rick-hajjar-sentenced/
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    Thrift store blues & brags

    Today's thrifting finds: A Brooks Brothers silk necktie, navy blue, maroon and gold in tiny diamond patterns. $ 2.00. An amazing, mint pair of burgundy Sebago LHS penny loafers with Made in Maine, USA on the sole and inside. Not a scratch anywhere and the soles and heels are pristine. The...
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    It's TWEED Season!

    I do mention Matt S's book above.
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    It's TWEED Season!

    Yes, I have heard those shirt cuffs called by that name as well. According to Peter Brooker and Matt Spaiser's new book From Tailors With Love, the cuff was designed (at the behest of Terence Young for Connery) by Turnbull and Asser, shirtmakers in London. They said they copied a similar cuff...
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    It's TWEED Season!

    Gauntlet, turned-back, turnback, even turned-up -- take your pick. Ian Fleming apparently liked them and he mentions several characters in the Bond books, including Bond himself wearing them. I also think there was at least one shirt with sleeves designed for Bond in the films with such cuffs...
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    It's TWEED Season!

    I have several, many in grey and brown, and in houndstooth, checks, and herringbone. They will be worn soon as the weather gets cooler -- I don't have to wait until the white stuff starts flying!
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    It's TWEED Season!

    I doubt if you could pick one up at a retail shop, or even in a vintage or thrift shop. You'd have to get some nice tweed cloth and have a good tailor make one up for you.
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    It's TWEED Season!

    Nice jacket, with an interesting detail: The prince is sporting turned back cuffs, not very commonly found in jackets these days
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    Your suggestions for a tie and square to coordinate a med grey suit with grey bridesmaid gown

    I think navy and burgundy, as others have suggested. are the best tie colours for the mid-grey suit he will wear. That said, if the bride insists on a lighter colour, then a shade of yellow will also look good with the mid-grey of the suit. It's a summery colour, and your wedding is in the...
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    Clothing Illustrations From or Inspired by the 20s to the 60s

    I looked him up. Yes, I seem to remember seeing some of his work in various places, but I did not know the name of the artist at the time. I like his style, a kind of "wistful realism", if that's the right way of putting it. Vibrant colours, certainly. I feel there is a faint resemblance to some...
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    Thrift store blues & brags

    Some recent thrift-shop acquisitions: A Corbin sports jacket, worsted wool. dark grey with a faint maroon window-pane and soft shoulders. A Sussex sports jacket, three-button and undarted, with two buttons on the sleeve. An assortment of silk ties of various makes including several Brooks...