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Mod fashion and style / Re: Freds Threads
« on: October 30, 2020, 05:03:03 PM »
I guess they sorta list it here;

http://ctshirts-us.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/249/~/country-of-origin

Pretty much explains it . I used to get work shirts from them , their stuff is good quality and the fit improved a few years ago but it would be good to know exactly what gets farmed oot tae China. .

I've got a shirt by them, which is decent quality, and some nice silk ties

I've a few ties, and a couple of coats from them, Don't care much for the "spread collar" dress shirts though. Quality is good, and it's reasonably priced. Like I said, China turns out some quality items. I just resent paying "Italian/English/US" prices for stuff you know is being for pennies.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: October 30, 2020, 04:53:55 PM »
In the last couple of years i have had to send back a couple of pairs of AOL trousers because there were not their classic cut of 16 inches at the hem. Since then i have dropped in at AOL for a chat and was told, `you guys are a dying breed and we have to cater to the current market`. Not that its a big loss to me, as i only wore AOL trousers for knocking about in. I`m sure shorter chaps would be fine with the very narrow hem, but at 6` 2 in height, they look like tights on me and just don`t hang right.

I like my strides to be either a 16 hem or 17 for a slight kick.

Yeah, same here Matt.  That's what I thought, the last suit I bought from them had the "narrowed" hem. When I called they told me the same thing. He said that they were narrowing the trousers so much for the youngsters, they decided to re cut ALL the trousers... Shame.
I'm only 5'11", plus I wear a size 12 shoe. Imagine how that looks with a narrow hem!

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:22:10 PM »
Watch out for those Russell Brand type cut of trousers AOL seem to be knocking out these days.

Uh-oh. what are those, Matt? AoL was one of my "go to" brands!

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Freds Threads
« on: October 29, 2020, 12:38:55 AM »
My favourite it the "Designed in" tag.  ;D

I have a few pairs of Meermin shoes. That’s “Meermin MALLORCA”. It’s even in their name. They’ve got a representative popping up on Styleforum doing PR for them and he was asked straight out where their stuff was made and if it qualified for made in Spain. Fella ‘fessed up they are made in Shanghai!!

I've actually caught Retailers cutting off the "Made in China" tags.

I’ve bought loads of shirts for work over the last several years from Charles Tyrwhitt, who if I remember right even has a store front on Jermyn Street. Try finding a “made in ...” label on their gear! Despite their outward Jermyn Street credentials I think it’s pretty much accepted that their stuff is made in China.

99.9% sure if there's NO tag stating where it's made, that's where it's made. And if you don't want your customers knowing that, stop doing it. ;D

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Freds Threads
« on: October 28, 2020, 01:08:41 PM »
My favourite it the "Designed in" tag.  ;D

I have a few pairs of Meermin shoes. That’s “Meermin MALLORCA”. It’s even in their name. They’ve got a representative popping up on Styleforum doing PR for them and he was asked straight out where their stuff was made and if it qualified for made in Spain. Fella ‘fessed up they are made in Shanghai!!

I've actually caught Retailers cutting off the "Made in China" tags.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Freds Threads
« on: October 28, 2020, 01:07:27 PM »
Fair point, Mike, and I plead guilty as anyone. Truth is, like Simon and you, I'm much more conscious nowadays and most of the stuff I buy is EU made, but I still go for made in China , Uniqlo or H&M or whatever, basics.

I don't mind paying a bit more either, but you'll have to admit, guys, that the "made in..." tag has become an excuse for certain brands to charge ridiculous prices.

Only speaking for myself, but I try to avoid buying goods made in sweatshops, or paying high end prices for items you just know are being made for pennies, and then the Label is pocketing a huge profit.
Don't get me wrong GS, I shop Uniqlo, maybe more than I should. The quality is there. China can turn out quality products.
And sometimes (as Rod points out) you can't avoid it.
But it's not  "political" for me.
Case in point: a few years ago, an un-named American clothing brand sold trousers for $139.00 Made in Canada, switched manufacturing to Asia, STILL charged $139.00... Guaranteed they're now paying a fraction for having those pants made, so the excess profit goes to the Execs, not the workers. 
I don't mind paying more for an item, if I know the person making it is paid a fair wage, with benefits in a non exploiting workplace.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Freds Threads
« on: October 27, 2020, 07:42:32 PM »
Looks like Fred Perry have decided their Reissues pieces are too precious for the common folk, and so lately they've raised the price to the point of unattainability -a monkey jacket for almost 400 €, a knitted short sleeves polo 210 € and so on- , prices on the LVC level, hard to cope with even in the sales.

BUT that said, it also looks like -maybe to compensate- they've opened their main, "cheap" (I'd say "not so overpriced", actually) range to less plain and more distinctive patterns and designs. Nothing to send your pulse racing either, but quite refreshing after many seasons of classic but dull stuff:





You mean, they are 'ripping it' ...................probably made in the Genocidal Peoples Republic too. .

That's for sure, if you mean China, hermano. They're going to own everything in just a few years!  :-\

Don't blame the Chinese, blame the labels. They're the ones off shoring their products for maximum profit. Also we, the consumer own some of this too.
Have it "Made in the UK", or the US. Then we'll complain about the price.
Funny story. Levis jeans were made in the US, Walmart wanted to sell the brand BUT, would only do that if they were cheaper. So,Levis closes their US plants, off shores to Mexico and Asia.
People now won't pay more than $39 for a pair (and BTW, they're bottom level quality).


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General music chat / Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« on: October 26, 2020, 03:24:20 PM »
@greenstreet,
I might even buy Sweetheart at some stage, even if it's just to complete the collection. I really rate Crosby and do quite like him with Stills,Nash and Young too. Neil's Ohio being a particular highlight.
Do you own the book So You Wanna be a Rock n Roll Star? Day by day, day in the life of the Byrds.
I'm in a kinda LA mood so thinking about Love's Da Capo.
Don't overlook the LP "The 5th Dimension" w/ "8 Miles High" on it.

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Films / TV / Re: Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council
« on: October 25, 2020, 03:28:54 PM »
Wonder if it'll ever be shown in the US?

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Excess fabric, what to do
« on: October 24, 2020, 06:38:08 PM »


You wouldn't say that if you wore prescription lenses, Coop  ;D

I have to rely on glasses more and more,GS. Just slide them a tiny bit down your nose. You'll be fine.

That's what I usually do, my friend. Still there are moments in the street, when not even a slight breeze blows, that I literally can't see my way ahead  ;D

I'm going to ask my Doc, next time I see her. She has to where them most of the day, every day, there has to be some trick.

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