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    Everyone seems to get so caught up on brand names. I know you guys and girls are probably sick of me saying this by now but I read more and more posts everyday where people are asking about a brand. It's not about the brand, its about the fit and finish. You can chase after labels all day but if they don't fit you well then you'll look like someone that overpaid on some ill-fitting clothes.

    Fashion, or, being fashionable is when you are always up on the latest greatest. It's about the label and the trend. Dolce is not hot this year so you switch to F&M. F&M is not hot this year so you switch to Upright Society. You've always got the latest greatest. You might look like a fool, but it's the latest greatest. This is someone that's fashionable. There's nothing wrong with it aside from it being very costly to maintain and the investment is not a good one since you won't keep anything for more than a season. Take a walk down Chelsea or the flat iron district and you'll see throngs of women and now men wearing Hammer pants. This looks absolutely ridiculous. But, why are they doing it? They're doing it because it's fashionable. it looks absolutely foolish and tacky, but it's fashionable. It's what's in currently.

    Now on the other hand you have style. To be stylish is what the aim is. Someone that has style has a personalized flare or signature that makes them them. Style is ageless. Style does not go out of fashion after a season. Style is timeless. You can wear a t-shirt and ripped jeans and if your stylish it will come off well. Developing your personal style takes time and doesn't happen overnight. it comes from a lot of trial and error and experimentation. You might end up mixing a few fashionable pieces with a more traditional piece and that's your style. whatever it is, make it your own. Make it your signature.

    Fashions come and go but style is timeless. Remember that and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks about a certain brand.

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    Interesting posts, I must say.

    Sadly though, after reading two of your posts today and just when I start agreeing with the content of the post, you let yourself down with incorrect spelling.

    Sartorial elegance is one thing, but education maketh the man.

    “Flair” is conspicuous talent: “Someone that style has a personalized flair or...”

    “Flare” is either a noun meaning “flame” or a verb meaning to blaze with light or to burst into anger: “He has a personalized flare; a distress beacon with his monogram etched in silver leaf”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crisis View Post
    Interesting posts, I must say.

    Sadly though, after reading two of your posts today and just when I start agreeing with the content of the post, you let yourself down with incorrect spelling.

    Sartorial elegance is one thing, but education maketh the man.

    “Flair” is conspicuous talent: “Someone that style has a personalized flair or...”

    “Flare” is either a noun meaning “flame” or a verb meaning to blaze with light or to burst into anger: “He has a personalized flare; a distress beacon with his monogram etched in silver leaf”

    Crisis, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to read through my posts and actually agreeing with them. I'm glad you agree.

    Also, thanks for being my editor and bringing that to my attention. Im not perfect and never claim to be. I write when I'm feeling it. If it doesn't come out perfect but I still get my point across then I consider it a job well done. If I can help somebody or get a good exchange of ideas going on than I've done my job. Did I let myself down? Of course not, don't be silly. I pat myself on the back for writing something that Crisis took the time to read and actually agree with. You even took the time to respond and let me know that I used the incorrect form of a word. Sidebar: I must say that Im a little disappointed that you didn't catch the other 3 incorrections, but hey, you caught one of them so for that I thank you.

    Sartorial elegance? No. Im not a dandy or a stickler for adhering to the wheel. Im just a regular guy that likes to help other regular guys in their quest to dress and look better.

    For all my future posts I will be expecting you to call me out when I misuse a word so if I don't get a response from you I'm going to be very disappointed. Enjoy the day, it's so beautiful out

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    I am glad that this was taken the right way, as it was not meant to demean or upset in any way.

    I do like the way that you write, it is informative and, at the same time, light hearted and fun; please do continue.

    With regards the other minor indiscretions, i was only looking to educate and not assassinate.

    By the use of the word "sartorial" I was not inferring that you are a "dandy". It is clear that you appreciate the cut and finish of a tailored garment and, for that, you should be applauded; Beau Brummel, or not.

    Fit can be attained off the peg / 'pret a porter', as you know.

    Unfortunately the proletariate have fallen for the "Brand" and, through my profession, I am guilty of spreading certain "Brand Images' worldwide. Sorry.

    Personally, I prefer great cloth, a good fit and something that is beyond 'trend'. I have a Valentino jacket that must be over 10 years old and the cloth still looks great and the cut contemporary.

    Wear the "Brand" by all means, but that does not mean you have to have the slogan plastered across your chest / behind.*

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    Nice read. Still looking for my personal style, I suppose. Feel as if my look is sort of boring but I always wear stuff that fits nice. Designer jeans with button down/polo (from whomever) is my norm.

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    Unfortunately, my style was taken over by hipster kids, so i had to change to a more generic look...
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    Quote Originally Posted by crgray View Post
    Unfortunately, my style was taken over by hipster kids, so i had to change to a more generic look...
    Isn't that 'stealth mode'


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    Well done my friend. So your post begs the question: What do you do for a living? I would venture to say marketing but I'm probably totally off. And when did you first get into fit and finish? Were you that way all of your life or did you get fed up with blending in and looking like every other guy out there one day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepindebtJD View Post
    Nice read. Still looking for my personal style, I suppose. Feel as if my look is sort of boring but I always wear stuff that fits nice. Designer jeans with button down/polo (from whomever) is my norm.
    Thanks my friend. Your personal style is all about trial and error. What exactly do you mean when you say that your look is boring? Are you not happy with it? Are you looking for a certain reaction from people that you're not experiencing? Explain that a little bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophist View Post
    Well done my friend. So your post begs the question: What do you do for a living? I would venture to say marketing but I'm probably totally off. And when did you first get into fit and finish? Were you that way all of your life or did you get fed up with blending in and looking like every other guy out there one day?
    Well what can I say? It's not marketing, but Project Management and Brand Image for retail interiors, whether in department stores, individual stores, or concessions. No particular discipline, so fashion brands through to electronics and white goods - try making a kettle look sexy in-store

    I had a very academic education, so art and appreciation of the aesthetic was, initially, a hobby.

    Fortunately I 'fell' into a business that allowed me to combine my education with my appreciation for fit and finish.

    One of my first Clients was a major UK fashion group, with numerous stores (of various brands) throughout the UK. There was nothing worse than arriving at their Head Office wearing one of their suits, as everyone knew what you were wearing...

    The solution was to go upmarket; whether that be Hugo Boss, Louis Feraud, Giorgio Armani, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, Valentino, or Adolfo Dominguez. This wasn't for the name, although it does have a certain cachet, but for the fit, cut, feel and longevity of the product... along with not wearing a product obviously from one of the Client's stores.

    I've been fortunate with my Clients and they appreciate my 'eye' and attention to detail. I can't disclose my principle, current, US client due to an NDA, but you would definitely know them. If you have ever shopped in the top London department stores, or most UK high streets, you will have seen some of my work for other Clients.

    I have worked worldwide and love the ever changing dynamic. Being able to actually deliver a world class solution on the cutting edge of design is incredibly rewarding.

    As they say... "the devil is in the detail"

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