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#32141 What are you wearing today?

Posted by kotmj on 20 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

This is one of those lunches that take up the whole afternoon.

#32093 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 10 July 2017 - 05:35 PM


I've been trying out the stock Rundschau method for jackets for the past 8 jackets or so. So far, deeply impressed. You're looking above at what is essentially unmodified Rundschau slim fit.


#32087 A rekindled love of canvas bags

Posted by kotmj on 07 July 2017 - 11:09 PM

Great find!

#32037 A rekindled love of canvas bags

Posted by kotmj on 17 June 2017 - 12:35 AM

I don't think rewaxing is recommended for the triple layer canvas of Brady. Firstly, because it mostly comes from the rubber layer between the cotton canvas. And secondly, because the treatment of the cotton canvas is not wax-based.

#31996 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 31 May 2017 - 08:03 PM


I had a Ukrainian photog edit this pic.

#31989 Shirts

Posted by kotmj on 28 May 2017 - 06:26 PM


Shirt in non-iron white twill; trousers in Fratelli Tallia Di Delfino "Positano" Super 140's.

#31987 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 28 May 2017 - 01:23 AM

Spent a large portion of this evening solving various facebook and instagram problems. Both are ridiculous. I never accepted a fb friend request in all my life...for good reason. I found the whole concept of fb ridiculous. Even as a student I never wanted to have anything to do with facebook. The user interface i find to be pure insanity.The only reason I'm on it now is because of the business.


Instagram is worse than fb. Unfortunately it is necessary to engage with both platforms if you run a business. Most of you will not understand what I'm talking about. That's because these platforms are OK if used in idiot/consumer mode, which is how you use it, but when you use them as advertising tools, they are willfully infuriating.


I find Google Adsense to be much better. I never found it infuriating. It consistently behaves as expected. Not fb or instagram.

#31975 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 24 May 2017 - 11:15 PM

Anyway, pretty sure the space is mine. She loved the marketing collateral I sent her.

#31961 Utility jackets (military, safari, travel)

Posted by kotmj on 20 May 2017 - 12:11 PM


Bush jacket for a plantation owner & explorer. Holland & Sherry South Pacific linen. Genuine horn buttons. Curved action back. Side tabs. Laid-on belt. Chest darts.


#31829 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 18 April 2017 - 02:43 PM

The gap makes it twice as sexy

#31685 kotmj's shift towards a meat-reduced diet: Sort of like a diary.

Posted by kotmj on 25 February 2017 - 02:28 PM

A couple of months ago, I took notice that I no longer had to survive on the carcasses of dead animals. It was quite the relief. But I also understood that I spend maybe 40% of my waking hours either thinking of what to eat next, driving to the eatery, eating, and driving back from having eaten. I found it ridiculous. I thought it was time to get myself accustomed to eating once a day, like large parts of Africa.

And so I tried. After a week or so of trying to get by with a single (big) meal a day, I noticed a fruity, alcoholic odour to my breath. Like fruit liquor. I had entered into ketosis. The first time in my life. Ketosis is a state the body goes into if it needs to break down body fat for energy. I was clearly not getting enough calories from my single meal to power my lifestyle. So I gave up the attempt. I went back to eating two meals a day.

But a remarkable thing happened as I came back out of ketosis. See, I thought it was normal to be dead tired in the evenings. After all, I'm not that young anymore. Fatigue, I thought, is just a fact of life. I would have a couple of hours after waking up where I felt really fresh, but even in the afternoon that freshness would have dulled. I would be tired by 5 or 6pm. By 8pm, my body would almost be achingly fatigued.

After that brief bout of ketosis, I found that this fatigue vanished. Even late into the night, I was strangely fresh. Mentally alert, with a body ready for more. It was bizarre.

Before I eventually get to my revelatory insight, I need to talk a bit about diabetes and insulin resistance. Diabetes is a disease of lipid toxicity. Meaning, fat/oil poisoning. Too much fat and oils. I was staring at a vegetarian banana leaf rice spread before me one evening trying to figure out what gives the Indians so much diabetes. I peered at the various components on the leaf. Then it occured to me every little scoop of cooked vegetable was saturated in cooking oil. It was the oil. If you do a google search, you will find reams of publications implicating cooking oil in insulin resistance.

The dots connected. Maybe despite a primarily vegan diet, I was still consuming too much cooking oil and that oil is giving me insulin resistance which leads to chronic fatigue. Insulin resistance is where the blood glucose remains in the blood instead of going into the muscle cells where it is needed. Starved of glucose, the body becomes tired.

I became very conscious of cooking oil in my food after this insight. This was 1.5 weeks ago. Until now, that old fatigue has not returned. I've never been this fresh, so late into the night. Almost like the Energiser bunny.

#31655 The suiting thread

Posted by kotmj on 14 February 2017 - 10:30 PM


I received a call this afternoon. "Are you looking for a coatmaker?" asked the caller. He has no idea. I would give my left nut for one.

Within a couple of hours, I was chatting with him in a mamak shop. Basically, every coatmaker I know, he knows too. His father worked most of his life for Kwong Fook Wing. 700 ringgit a month! Back then, that's how much a schoolteacher makes.

After the very engaging conversation, he led me to his apartment from where he works. You see him in the picture above making sense of the work package I gave him for a personal jacket for myself.


His sewing machine. I feel it belongs in a museum somehow. I told him we are using computerised sewing machines in our workshop. He said he is very accustomed to this machine.

#31623 Dress shoes

Posted by kotmj on 26 January 2017 - 10:15 AM

He came in shorts. The navy chalkstripe is a baste of a new suit he is making with me. You get hints it's in baste form from the white bits of thread.

#31616 Dress shoes

Posted by kotmj on 23 January 2017 - 07:35 PM

Someone offered via WhatsApp to me today a pair of Meermins in my approximate size. I said I need to try on before I commit. This is however problematic for both seller and buyer. Two busy people have to make time to meet each other for what is only a potential transaction. I subsequently learnt that eight pairs are up for sale.

This made my think of the dozens of shoes kept unworn but also unsold because the owners can't be bothered to meet up with each potential buyer.

This made me think someone should organise a Shoe Bourse. Something like a flea market for shoes. This way, m number of sellers can meet n number of potential buyers. The potential for a successful transaction is higher than 1:1 meets.

Such an event is highly interesting to one in the market for shoes because he gets to try on several pairs of shoes. It is interesting to sellers because the chance of a sale is higher than individual meetups.

We can do it in my shop.

#31573 Shirts

Posted by kotmj on 01 January 2017 - 04:43 PM


New Year's Day. Only the insane would be at work. In the shop today to teach someone the anatomy of a shirt pattern.