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    Dress shoes

    Meermin just doesn’t evoke the same level of romantic emotional response as Carmina. I admit its not an objective measure, at least for someone with my level of knowledge.
  3. vrp

    The suiting thread

    I concur. Would be such an experience!
  4. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    David Gallimore, MD of the company that makes William Halstead, Standeven, Escorial, dll is coming this Thursday. On that day, I have a fitting appointment with a young British customer who went for a suit in the Standeven Park Lane. What if I reschedule his appointment so he gets to meet briefly with David? He gets to meet the guy who runs the company that made the cloth of his suit. What a stunt, right?
  5. Loh

    The suiting thread

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B42UQ8jC9S8/?igshid=1pb8mvpmoe3wk Rubinacci workshop looks like some bunker laboratory.
  6. Petepan

    Dress shoes

    Carmina by a country mile.
  7. Yesterday
  8. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Mostly handled by Employee #2
  9. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Lapel for a shawl-lapelled double breasted vest
  10. Last week
  11. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Music composer all ready for Golden Horse in Taipei. His soundtracks for Garden of Evening Mists is amazing---I visited him in his studio and he played the first track for me.
  12. Nabilalif

    The watch appreciation thread

    One of my wishlist. Grand Seiko. Lovely..lovely.
  13. kotmj

    The watch appreciation thread

    I had to go to LCCT yesterday to pay customs duty for this watch. They charged me 5% of the invoice value. When I first took this out of the box, I thought, huh, that's it? It looked rather unluxurious. I wasn't wow'd. The strap also fitted rather oddly and uncomfortably. I thought, well, I can always sell it if I don't like it. Over a lunch of salmon-don at Mitsui Outlet Park, I warmed to the watch. I noticed it looked very distinctive. It's angular surfaces and industrial-looking finish calls to mind the great luxury sports watches. I noticed it has a strong personality. The zaratsu polish isn't as special as it's played up to be---I think most Swiss watch cases in this price category are polished to the same degree. It was on the long drive home through peak traffic that I came to realise what an incredible watch this is. That night, after dinner and some Netflix, I just couldn't believe what a piece of design work this represents. It's a design masterpiece. I got so excited it took me a while to fall asleep. I swapped out the GS deployant clasp for a generic China clasp (Titoni-branded), and suddenly the strap fitted properly. The GS clasp is truly a woeful design. Just now at lunch, I showed this to my employees. Employee #1 said it looks "see mun", which is Cantonese for dressy. Employee #2 said it's a casual watch, a great everyday watch, he said. The intern didn't express anything. It occured to me if I showed them a Seiko 5, or a Citizen, they wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
  14. Nabilalif

    Dress shoes

    Meermin really that bad even for their LM range?
  15. "6"

    Dress shoes

    Carmina, even if the price difference was more.
  16. kotmj

    The watch appreciation thread

    Trying on a customer's brand new BB58. It's the perfect watch. Not too big, not too small, not too flashy, not too muted. The proportions are well-judged. The finishing is superb. The bracelet is tough to beat. Unlike most modern Rolexes, this one is quite light.
  17. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Gradually, we are moving into the new unit. This unit is ridiculously light-filled. I don't think I've been in such a naturally bright indoor space. With THREE balconies; you see one in the pic above. There is a huge amount of furniture and equipment to move. Thankfully, an intern started work a few days ago; I really can use the labour. If you enjoy cutting and sewing as an occupation, it is impossible to find a better place in Malaysia (or lots of other places) to do it in. This makes recruitment and retention easy. Most sewing workshops are very ghetto, with cheap improvised furniture, no windows, poor ventilation, etc. (That sofa is meant to be discarded.) The unit needs another aircon (it currently has 2). Last night during the Lazada 11.11 sale, my brother bought a Mitsubishi Electric aircon on my behalf. A 9ftX3ft cutting table in red oak is currently being made. It's 9ft long because I've discovered the advantage of lay optimisation---it saves me thousands in cloth cost per month.
  18. Nabilalif

    Dress shoes

    You guys are killing me
  19. kotmj

    Dress shoes

    Carmina
  20. zamburuzamburu

    Dress shoes

    Carmina
  21. Nabilalif

    Dress shoes

    Hi guys. Need some suggestion here. I'm in dilemma between Meermin Linae Maestro for RM1500 or Carmina (not Shell Cordovan) for RM1800. Thanks.
  22. Nabilalif

    Casual shoes

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  23. Fitting a bush jacket
  24. Earlier
  25. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    At JT, the suit is the hero. The suit, the suit, the suit, the suit. Not me, not any employee. ^The hero
  26. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I've come to realise that I don't seem to feel any need for publicity for myself. Some people love love love love the idea of being interviewed on stage, of having many cameras trained on them, of being seen by the public. In some people, this desire is overwhelming. In fact, tangentially to this, I've come to realise that different people have different preoccupations in life. You hire, say, 10 engineers and each one has a different reason for waking up in the morning. They then come to work, and each does his work in a way that furthers their tendencies. Except, everybody is aiming for something different. That's why CEOs of big companies keep talking about the importance of culture. A strong culture in a company means the employees subordinate their own personal tendencies and elevate those of the company. They assume the desires of the company, to a certain degree. I never really understood corporate culture until today when I realised one of my employees thinks JT is here to further his personal goals. But his history so far has been marked by starvation and irrelevance to anybody but his immediate family. JT, on the other hand, is valued and is relevant to many people. That's when I realised JT needs a clearly articulated mission, and a set of values that is lived by those who work for it. Appearing on stage in very nice clothes is not part of it. In fact, JT is not a vehicle to make any particular employee a hero. At the end of this video, Guenter Bluemlein is said to have said to some employees: "We are not the heroes. The watch is the hero." Rolex got this really right. Nobody who worked for Rolex ever got famous. But the watches are famous. Submariner. Explorer. Datejust... It is just a matter of time before someone joins JT as a means of expressing his vanity.
  27. Loh

    The suiting thread

    That could be some decent PR talk should you ever get interviewed about it. Congrats. Now you can be like those tailors that display or frame up all their things to tell the world how good they are. hahahah. And you have 2 of them!
  28. Loh

    Garment maintenance

    Used Muji shoes trees for a couple of years now. Sanded it recently and it's good as new again. Smells good now too.
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