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  1. monsieurxu

    The suiting thread

    True, although a navy blazer could arguably work for the latter situation and look just as good. Plus it can be worn indoors (can as in it looks right - there's of course nothing stopping you from keeping your peacoat worn indoors although that's a rather HK look). When I was in uni, my "hops from home" garment was played by a barbour. Seems to be the thing in the UK, with a gilet added when extra cold. I think the main issue I have with a peacoat versus a blazer is the former should be taken off indoors, exposing a sweater or shirt, which doesn't look quite as put together as a blazer over a sweater or shirt
  2. monsieurxu

    The suiting thread

    I really like your peacoat J (as well as peacoats in general)! I think part of the allure is the classic DB/military silhouette that echoes heroic uniforms of yore. My main gripe with it is that it has to be cut close, so fitted over a shirt or thin sweater. And when you go into modern overheated buildings, you have to take off the peacoat and all you're left with is the shirt or sweater underneath, unlike say a DB blazer which is meant to be worn indoors and can be worn underneath an even grander DB overcoat/greatcoat.
  3. monsieurxu

    The watch appreciation thread

    I have to say, that is a gorgeous strap pairing. Brings out the dignified-ness of the vintage Rolex...
  4. monsieurxu

    The suiting thread

    Critique the fit http://www.boredpanda.com/three-piece-tweed-horse-suit-emma-sandham-king/
  5. monsieurxu

    Shirts

    Actually... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_printing_in_East_Asia
  6. monsieurxu

    Gloriously off-topic

    Nice article there.. well it's like everything else now isn't it, from cattle to plants to fish. I'd be interested to hear how you think Wenchang chicken compares with the ones in Malaysia. There's some really good chicken breeds in Malaysia. In fact what's the name of that huge-chested but small male chicken that is used for competition, and food? I've eaten all over the world and to this day, the best chicken ever is still the ones I've had in the Jiangsu province countryside. Virgin chickens with pure yellow skin, lean and full of flavour. Superior to the much-feted Poulet de Bresse from France even.
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    Gloriously off-topic

    Hmm those are quite astute observations and it sounds like a valid theory. On a related note, Chiang Kai-Shek is an asshole.
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    Gloriously off-topic

    Wow fascinating journey you've taken us on kotmj! Isn't Wenchang the origin of the famous Wenchang chicken (the ancestor of chicken rice?) Interesting to see how humble the Soong family ancestral house is. HH Kung, the husband of Soong Ai-Ling was the richest man in China (and the Finance Minister) at the time. Never knew they were from Hainan, traditionally a place where officials were banished to as a punishment. The shots of your village look so idyllic. I'd much prefer to live in that sort of communal single-storey complex than modern Western-style housing.
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    The Polo Shirt

    Well my products have always been positioned at the top end of the market. I've always preferred to do things to the absolute best I can, otherwise why bother? When Pagani or Koenigsegg first began, they were also compared with the likes of Ferrari. But they really appeal to two different crowds. Ultimately, do you want to pay top dollar for a well-known name, or unsurpassed quality and design? I don't know of any competing polo that can compare with ours; if you guys do then do share - I'll take note and surpass them in the next batch!
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    The Polo Shirt

    Anyhoos, our RTW polos are priced at 225 USD, and Bespoke is 325 USD. This will be for the Superfine Pique Cotton. Celadon Connoisseurs receive a 15% price reduction. By the way, the Superfine Pique Cotton may be soft and refined, but it is 220g (8 ozs) which could qualify as summer jacketing. Doesn't wear warm at all though, cooler than my Bonfanti linen-cotton shirts in fact. Now that we're still in our soft launch phase for the next week or so, I'd like to offer all Kerbau members a complimentary upgrade to a Bespoke Polo. Just PM me here or on facebook with your order (choice of colour, cuffs, collar etc) and Kerbau username! We're also going to do turtlenecks and travel safari-style jackets in the pique cotton, and Mulberry Silk polos. Also some womenswear on the side, but that's just for my own fun. Will tell you guys more as we go along...
  11. monsieurxu

    The Polo Shirt

    Definitely.. We're doing two lines for the Superfine Pique Polos - RTW and Bespoke. I call it superfine because it is ridiculously fine, the nicest pique fabric I've yet found on my worldwide search. The RTW selection will have the classic colours - navy, heathered cream (gorgeous), forest green, heathered grey and a few others. The Bespoke selection will have free rein of our entire palette, which is vast. I've just posted a shot of the sleeve cuff of a navy polo. It shows the hand-stitched crow's foot buttons on the sleeve and cuff. There're in all 12 hand-stitched buttons on every PaladinPolo with a buttondown collar (10 on the spread collar).
  12. monsieurxu

    The Polo Shirt

    I agree too, and that's one bugbear I have with most current polos on the market. A cheap and obnoxious looking logo on the chest. In fact what motivated me to produce my own line of polos was because of all the inadequacies and compromises with current polos. Not a single one I saw or felt was good enough in my opinion. So with my polos, I've set out to fix all the bugbears - among which include crappy fabric, naff logos, limp collars, poor fit and cut (so it doesn't stay tucked in) etc. My polos are cut like shirts, with a curved shirt hem (we can do a straight hem if you prefer to have it tucked out, but I personally think it looks better tucked in), a yoke, finely-sewn side seams and fully pick-stitched shoulders and armholes (your move, Napoli). Since you can't get polos or other clothes made from pique fabric done at a tailor (some do supply but they're all outsourced to factories), then the obvious choice is to search out a provider of polos of the highest quality. I hope I can rise to that challenge. My embroidered Paladin Helmet is blind-stitched on the right cuff, so it'll be the same colour as the body of the polo. The short-sleeved ones will have the Helmet on the right bicep (that's where most folks who wear short-sleeved polos want them). If the client requests, we can put the Helmet on the inside back of the polo, so it's not visible at all. But in the interests of brand integrity, we will not do a Helmet-less polo. In Spore/Malaysia, I wear the polo with the cuff folded up to the elbow, so no logo is visible. Under a jacket, it's also covered. The polo cuff looks great with shots together with a Celadon watch, naturally
  13. monsieurxu

    The Polo Shirt

    Thanks man! Wait till you see the pics I'm going to post of the pick-stitched shoulders and armholes.....
  14. monsieurxu

    Utility jackets (military, safari, travel)

    Lol i like that term - casual datukwear. maybe you should do a diffusion line with that theme Wonder how it'll look... hermes belt and skinny jeans?
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    Utility jackets (military, safari, travel)

    Hopsack yeah, but it wears pretty hot, especially a wool-cotton one. Also can't be washed. Hmm when I tested the pique it didnt seem clingy, might be the difference in various sources of pique cotton. Wears cooler than my linen and poplin shirts
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    The Polo Shirt

    The website's not yet up, but the FB page for PaladinPolo is now ready - https://www.facebook.com/paladinpolo The finest polo shirts in the world will soon be available on this very page... Check it out guys and let me know what you think! There're many more pics and updates to come in the next few days and weeks!
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    Utility jackets (military, safari, travel)

    yeah but the problem is twill would look like hell after the jacket has been heavily used on a trip.. whereas linen would look artfully rumpled. there's a pic of me in the linen norfolk jacket on my fb page... https://www.facebook.com/bchh1 i tested the pique safari travel jacket today and it's pretty cool.. doesn't feel warm and the fabric is stretchy and doesn't rumple. i think it'd be great to wear on a long flight
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    The suiting thread

    ^ Very nice... love the shoulders and lapels especially
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    Shirts

    Hmm looks a smidgen short at the cuffs, but otherwise looks great!
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    Utility jackets (military, safari, travel)

    I did a version a while back that was closer to the jacket end (rather than shirt end) of Jeremy's spectrum. It had four pockets, a sewn-on full belt with the waist suppression taken care of by normal tailoring, pleats at the shoulder back, jacket cuffs, and lapels rather than a collar with three buttons. It was almost entirely unstructured, and could be washed. Great piece to wear especially on rugged travels where it's neither really hot nor cold, like a windy desert environment, or spring in Italy. What do you guys think of a heavyweight pique cotton version of this travel jacket? I have something like that in the works now with a shirt collar and shirt cuffs. The first prototype came out nicely and wears like a heavy-ish cardigan (I did it in tan pique cotton). The second prototype should be even better...
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    The watch appreciation thread

    First look at the caseback engravings and lume shot of the new Celadon Yue Fei, posted on WUS - http://forums.watchuseek.com/f72/celadon-military-watch-944764-11.html#post21064017
  22. monsieurxu

    Accessories

    No prob! Well IMHO black is way too formal for the clothes you want to wear it with.. Brown would complement a barbour pretty well and would be my first choice, followed by olive (i'm not a fan of green generally apart from racing green). Moleskins go better with earth tones and autumnal hues. I think a grey fedora would be a better match with business wear, like a navy suit. Also have you thought of the practicality of wearing a fedora in London? Like where to put it when in a restaurant/cafe, whether it'll mess up your hair etc etc Btw why not a flat cap in tweed? Would go well with the casual clothes you have in mind.
  23. monsieurxu

    Accessories

    I'd go with brown or olive
  24. monsieurxu

    The Polo Shirt

    I am coming... and I'm bringing a sniper rifle to a knife fight (cue evil hysterical laughter)
  25. monsieurxu

    The Polo Shirt

    I have a feeling that there will soon be a new superpower in the polo shirt arms race...
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