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Nackymade was in town yesterday and a few of Kerbau members were there too. Thanks for coming everyone. Had a good quick chat and insight with tomoko and nacky. These couples are really going for the international market! They will be back in October, hopefully with a KL special edition piece.

 

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Interesting point on the stitching. I guess in that regard, saddle stitching by hand is still the most durable. Something you won't get with mass manufactured luxury items.

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Well, my cardholders. The one on the left I've been using for several years. Next to it is an identical replacement I bought a few months back. Since the first is still holding up, I haven't used it yet. To the right is the box.

 

They're made of vachetta leather. Not unlike the stuff used in LV, but I shy away from such a comparison given the, ummm, very moderate cost of this Muji cardholder. It starts out a fleshy blonde, then after several months it becomes a nice light honey, then finally it darkens into almost a coffee.

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Always been contemplating for a shell cordovan money clip wallet, the only route is by leather atelier. Even if it's Thai hand sewed, it has to set me back as much as RM800 to RM1200, only blame is our weaken currency. Really dig the Horween #8 shell cordovan... Should I pull the trigger or wait for my whiskey brown Braun Buffet died on me?

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My Montecristi arrived today from Ecuador. Should have bought it way earlier. It feels good to the touch, and very comfortable on the head. It's still reflating back to factory dimensions after having spent the last 1.5 months tightly rolled in shipment.

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Panamas are a God-send under our sunny weather. I got mine off M&S when I was in London for about 50-60 pounds. Apparently woven in Ecuador though I don't think you can get a good quality one for that price.

 

Rolling it in the airplane back and traveling seems to have done a number on the shape of the crown. It looks wonky at certain angles.

 

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Yours is in the "optimo" style, a style much favoured by planters in British Malaya. It's the style worn by Tan Ngan Lo.

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Mine is in the fedora style.

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You need three things. The first is heavy starch, almidon fuerte. It comes in a spray can. A lint free white cotton napkin. And a iron. Spray starch directly on the rim of the hat. Spray water on napkin. Leave both to settle. Set iron to cotton high. Place wetted side of napkin over one section of brim of hat and use only the heel of the iron by pressing down. Do not run the iron. Or your hat will look strange. Just press it down like a stamping tool. Repeat process till you complete the entire circumference of the hat. After that let it stand by placing it on the iron with the brim at ninety degrees to cool.

 

A real superfino is a super duper costly affair. Unless you happen to circulate around cattle barons and planters in S.America begging for land or mining concessions - investing in one is a lousy proposition. Wearing a superfino in Asia is akin to driving a Morgan or Bristol - no one would even know the difference between an Ecadorian which they are content to mislabel as a Panama. Neither would they care or know whether it's constructed out of real Mipi straw harvested only between the months of July and June and woven only in the early morning and in the evening when it's coolest in Montecristi or made out of recycled bleached paper. Unless of course you happen to be mixing with planters who attend tea garden luncheons in creme linen suits, spectator shoes and of course to complete the assemble a montecristi - but I digress. Undersrand this. Only the fine straw variety can be rolled and expected to come to shape with minimal hand manipulation - that video misleads. Even then. They would ALL benefit from the treatment I recommended from time to time as humidity and temp plays a role in keeping form. As for the paper variety. They're good to go as well.

 

I hope this helps.

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Before pressing

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After pressing

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I didn't use starch, but otherwise did much like the instructions above. I thought I could get away without the steam, but it is quite necessary.

 

The hat went through a stress test today: lunch and errands in Bentong town. While crossing the main artery of Bentong, the aptly named Jalan Besar, a gust of wind blew it off my head onto the road---while a barrage of cars were coming at me. Scrambled to pick it off the ground and scampered to the side. I learnt to jam it in tighter after that.

 

Otherwise it did a good job of keeping my head cooler and the direct sun off my face.

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I'm thinking of ordering some ties from For Belvedere, an online shop for Gentleman's Gazette blog.

 

Does anybody have any experience/feedback on the quality and value of the ties? They have very nice designs and seem to have much better prices compared to Drakes. But I've never held either of them on my hands so I can't make that judgement.

 

https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/shop/accessories/ties/ties-3-fold

 

 

edit: Unless a particular Nazi Spaniard bespoke tie from Spain has better value?

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