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#1 2013-09-01 14:56:51

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Diamond Geezers

I thought we had a stickied thread of merchants we liked or admired.

I really love the accessories from Van Buck and though the current collections must be found in a variety of retailers both online and off, Van Buck is loosely associated with an online store called www.englandneckwear.com which gives slightly older Van Buck stock at a good price. Tie quality, weight and construction are excellent and make a good UK knot.

Van Buck itself is one of very few remaining English mens' furnishing makers who design and construct in house. Colors and patterns are right and they can refer back to an England of the 1970s and still keep an eye on what's current.

Van Buck have several more traditional lines of ties as well which maintain a superior quality with a more staid neck tie tradition.


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#2 2013-09-01 15:48:58

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Rolf Harris was a big fan of theirs.

http://forums.filmnoirbuff.com/uploads/thumbs/6678_372328-rolf-harris-and-wife-alwen-hughes.jpg

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#3 2013-09-01 16:09:27

formby
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Re: Diamond Geezers

Penrose.

Ex-head honcho at Duchamp.

http://www.penrose-london.com/


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#4 2013-09-01 16:57:48

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Film Noir Buff wrote:

I really love the accessories from Van Buck and though the current collections must be found in a variety of retailers both online and off, Van Buck is loosely associated with an online store called www.englandneckwear.com which gives slightly older Van Buck stock at a good price. Tie quality, weight and construction are excellent and make a good UK knot.

A bit like Duchamp, which I think you also quite like.


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#5 2013-09-01 17:19:32

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Kingston1an wrote:

Film Noir Buff wrote:

I really love the accessories from Van Buck and though the current collections must be found in a variety of retailers both online and off, Van Buck is loosely associated with an online store called www.englandneckwear.com which gives slightly older Van Buck stock at a good price. Tie quality, weight and construction are excellent and make a good UK knot.

A bit like Duchamp, which I think you also quite like.

I do like Duchamp but I feel Van Buck is more up market and more pure English. I think Duchamp and Van Buck items work very well together and complement each other.


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#6 2013-09-01 17:23:57

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Re: Diamond Geezers

formby wrote:

Penrose.

Ex-head honcho at Duchamp.

http://www.penrose-london.com/

I have a hard time seeing this as English style. Seems a bit more continental to me. Not that it is bad stuff; just been on this English cultural kick for a while...ya know?  Even though Bishop had to remind me that I am not English but an American. A shocking popping of my lovely sartorial fugue. And, we all know what Americans are like, loud mouthed, pushy louts who make trouble wherever they go just for the sake of it and talk about money all day long.


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#7 2013-09-01 17:38:31

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Film Noir Buff wrote:

formby wrote:

Penrose.

Ex-head honcho at Duchamp.

http://www.penrose-london.com/

I have a hard time seeing this as English style. Seems a bit more continental to me. Not that it is bad stuff; just been on this English cultural kick for a while...ya know?  Even though Bishop had to remind me that I am not English but an American. A shocking popping of my lovely sartorial fugue. And, we all know what Americans are like, loud mouthed, pushy louts who make trouble wherever they go just for the sake of it and talk about money all day long.

Really? Don't see Penrose like that. Even though some are sedate, others are rich.

Ah, the Bish has just got one on him. He isn't English himself, he's a Scot. I should remind him that Hadrian's Wall was built to keep him and his Claymore wielding ruffian pals in. He took Dr Johnsons advice to heart though, bless him.


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#8 2013-09-02 09:04:58

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Jon Snow's quirky tie maker, Victoria Richards:

http://www.victoriarichards.com/categor … woven-ties


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#9 2013-09-02 09:24:07

David Reeves
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Re: Diamond Geezers

4F Hepcat wrote:

Jon Snow's quirky tie maker, Victoria Richards:

http://www.victoriarichards.com/categor … woven-ties

This one is quite nice for summer I think.

http://www.victoriarichards.com/bespoke … gham-polka

Ink blue suit, pale blue shirt perhaps.

 

#10 2013-09-02 09:37:40

NJS
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Re: Diamond Geezers

The BNP Field Club tie!

 

#11 2013-09-02 11:07:50

David Reeves
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Re: Diamond Geezers

NJS wrote:

The BNP Field Club tie!

It's all your fault I found this:

http://www.buyexcalibur.co.uk/extra/pro … ductId=229

 

#12 2013-09-04 12:45:45

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Re: Diamond Geezers

I was going to post Tim Little's take on the Gibson shoe, as they have an absolutely splendid version of this white collar/office staple and essential:

http://www.timlittle.com/

But as you can see, they're off-line, perhaps for good?


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#13 2013-09-04 12:51:33

David Reeves
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Re: Diamond Geezers

4F Hepcat wrote:

I was going to post Tim Little's take on the Gibson shoe, as they have an absolutely splendid version of this white collar/office staple and essential:

http://www.timlittle.com/

But as you can see, they're off-line, perhaps for good?

Bloody hell that's a blast from the past! I remember when they were stocked at Gieves, I had a pair of whole cuts.

 

#14 2013-09-06 06:48:04

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Re: Diamond Geezers

^Snap! They were a pretty good shoe and mine went into storage at my parents during their messy divorce, I think they were thrown out, as I couldn't find them when I collected by other gear after being overseas.

I have their two brogues - the dainite and the super thick leather sole - and their version of the Gibson which is a great office work shoe.

When it comes to shoes though, for reliability, delivered with a consistent traditional value of quality - the John Lobb of the common man - you cannot beat Crockett and Jones:

http://www.crockettandjones.com/

I went off them for awhile, but my respect for their shoes is now back with a vengeance.

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#15 2013-09-06 08:24:03

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Re: Diamond Geezers

why did you go off them for a while?

 

#16 2013-09-06 10:28:54

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Re: Diamond Geezers

They did some weird changes to my favourite shoe with a different last which I had ordered on basis of previous versions - and they where the naffest C&J shoes ever. It's taken me five years to forgive them. The quality was there, but not the aesthetics, at least for me.


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#17 2013-09-06 10:36:47

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Re: Diamond Geezers

ok, so you used their special order service to do this? C&J special order doesn't seem to be as popular as a percentage of business with their customer base compared to lobb (paris) or EG where perhaps the (far) higher nominal prices mean they attract a customer base who don't care if they are charged 30% more for a special order or not.

I like C&J too, for what they do they are excellent, a traditional English shoe maker. However, I would only buy their handgrade models, which limits the range drastically as well as now being £550 which is almost at Lobb / EG price levels. What I like about C&J is their shoes are well made, but not overly prissy as I feel Lobb (paris) can be, the lasts used on the handgrades have a fantastic shape which follows the curves of the foot excellently. Where I sometimes am frustrated is that C&J seem to like many traditional English brands not really experiment and evolve in terms of manufacturing techniques, they use danite soles reluctantly for country shoes, rubber and rubber/leather soles are starting to make an appearance but seems to be with some unease on their part. I don't care what iGents claim if you are on holiday or meeting friends on the weekends and walking around town, walking around with a GY welted leather soled shoe is NOT as comfortable as a rubber soled shoe, they should fill this gap imo.

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#18 2013-09-07 07:41:50

formby
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Re: Diamond Geezers


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#19 2013-09-07 07:43:51

formby
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Re: Diamond Geezers


"Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." - Richard Merkin

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#20 2013-09-07 07:46:22

formby
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Re: Diamond Geezers


"Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." - Richard Merkin

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#21 2013-09-07 11:36:40

David Reeves
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Re: Diamond Geezers

4F Hepcat wrote:

^Snap! They were a pretty good shoe and mine went into storage at my parents during their messy divorce, I think they were thrown out, as I couldn't find them when I collected by other gear after being overseas.

I have their two brogues - the dainite and the super thick leather sole - and their version of the Gibson which is a great office work shoe.

When it comes to shoes though, for reliability, delivered with a consistent traditional value of quality - the John Lobb of the common man - you cannot beat Crockett and Jones:

http://www.crockettandjones.com/

I went off them for awhile, but my respect for their shoes is now back with a vengeance.

That is really weird because mine strangely disappeared as well....and I mean who loses shoes? I don't think I've ever lost a pair of shoes before.

 

#22 2013-09-15 09:46:52

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Back on line now:

http://www.timlittle.com/shop/product.p … ck_sole_10

The TL14 last is perfect, of course, for my feet!


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#23 2013-09-22 09:02:04

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Re: Diamond Geezers

Hats off in respect for Dashing Tweeds, with their modern updates and quirky urban take of tweed cloth, including keeping with the spirit of outdoor cycling wear and travel of the Edwardian age, when tweed became immensely popular:

http://www.dashingtweeds.co.uk/


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#24 2013-10-30 11:59:51

Oldfruit1
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Re: Diamond Geezers

banana republic trousers .. good value play esp. when buying from one of their almost permanent sales.

 

#25 2014-01-12 12:40:21

Goodyear welt
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Re: Diamond Geezers

I think Doherty Evans & Stott in Manchester is worth a mention. Only a small shop located just outside the center, it stocks some wonderful garments and accessories. I've only been in once but it will be my first port of call when I'm in the city next month. I found the owners chatty and happy to talk about their wares without hard selling.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5DoxgSQAZ9M/UMj7_9V15HI/AAAAAAAABas/vEtY3xaIFFM/s1600/des5.jpeg
http://www.dohertyevansstott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/L1060833.jpg
http://www.dohertyevansstott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/L1060897.jpg

http://www.dohertyevansstott.co.uk/

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