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  1. mpukas

    Raw for Women

    My girlfriend Heather is petite. She manages a 2nd-hand clothing store in our resort town valley, and also does private fashion/style consulting, and has done some modelling. She has a hard time finding clothing that fits her small frame, especially jeans, as she's a size 23. She has a tiny frame and is muscular and has curves, just small muscles and small curves. I know some of Levi's cuts work well for some women. When I showed them to her on-line, she politely scoffed. I bought her a couple pairs to try on: skinny fit in medium and high rise. They fit her amazingly well! She looks stunning in them. We've bought other pairs in different colors: black, grey and white ('cuz... fashion...) Here're pics of her size 23 jeans on top of my RJBxTFHx sized 34 jeans:
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Several years ago I scored some towles f/ BB&B - don't recall the brand/model name (Valkyrie comes to mind, and it was entirely appropriate). They were rather incredible - extremely dense and heavy it was almost unbelievable. very large bath sheets, almost too large. Unlike any other towel I've ever handled. Nothing lasts forever, and BB&B doesn't seem to carry them any longer. Last year I was searching for new towels and decided on waffle weave towels by Onsen, to try something different. Apparently JP waffle weave towels are a thing, but are very expensive and hard to find. I bought into the hype about being highly absorbent and quick drying. They do dry quick, but are not highly absorbent. They're very light weight. Being at altitude in the CO Rockies, humidity is very low, so quick drying isn't a concern. Not sure I'd buy them again, or recommend them over regular terry weave towels. Personal preference there... One thing that drives me bonkers about towels in the inevitable band set back from the end. The Onsen towels don't have that. You're reco for Towels by Gus doesn't have a band on their Teton collection. Unfortunately the color I'd like is sold out in sets, otherwise I'd prolly cop.
  3. Let's use this thread to talk about the headwear we wear with our jeans. READY SET GO!!!
  4. mpukas

    Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    @kiya I think you may have made a mistake on the pricing of those Rick Owens kicks. Shouldn't there be another "0" before the decimal point separating dollars from cents?
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    I had him do a full lower re-build to hand welt on a pair of Chippewa engineer boots a few years back, just before he blew up, when he was still posting here. The stock leather on the uppers was good quality, but everything in the stock lowers was junk. His work on the outside looked great. The inside, however, was not. In the heel area where the leather upper was folded under was very bumpy. In the forefoot where he did the hand stitched welt was also very bumpy. The boots were so uncomfortable - like having pebbles all over the bottom of the boots - that I don't wear them. I thought about selling them, but did not because I wouldn't sell something I think is defective. I tried to talk to Brian about it at the time, but he basically said his work was good and my feet would adapt to the boots over time. For what he charged and the quality of the work, I found unacceptable. The bottom of the boots should have been completely flat, smooth, no bumps or imperfections. I made a post about it here at the time, got a couple of supportive comments from members that are no longer active; then Brian stopped posting here.
  6. mpukas

    The Leather Jacket Thread

    TFH single rider's is indeed a thing of beauty. Great fit.
  7. mpukas

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Different Ford family lineage. Henry Ford was not Tom Ford's father. The sentiment is the same, though.
  8. mpukas

    Sugar Cane Denim

    We know the basics, some more than others. I've never used anything I learned in school, except for the exams. All the engineers I work with know enough about architecture and design, and are more than willing to accommodate my ideas. Or tell me I'm way off base.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    I'm going with this black plain toe derby, black suit f/ J. Crew, white shirt, black tie. Good enough, and I needed all of the kit. When in doubt, follow the advice of Tom Ford.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Not doing chinos...
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    They make several Chelsea styles. This Lampionee dress boot with brogue wingtip is slayin' me right now!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Any experience/opinions on Velasca? Made in Italy, DTC. Reasonably priced for what they are. Construction seems to primarily Blake and Rapid-Blake. Some GYW. They offer a wide variety of styles from dress to rugged to casual. Mostly not for the SuFu crowd, more for the Style Forum crowd, here're a couple that may be of interest:
  13. mpukas

    The Leather Jacket Thread

    IMO, it looks a bit big on you.
  14. HA!, No, no, all good! I was just being sarcastic, like I needed a good slap of reality, LOL!
  15. Well, that's a good slap of reality. I'm struggling because I have a couple suits to choose from, but they're "old" and although they fit fairly well, they're not what I currently prefer. My general feeling is that it's Vegas, there will be a mix of family (some of which I've never met on our side) but primarily their close friends. The ceremony will be in the evening and short, followed by festivities. The initiation says "semi-formal attire (no jeans)". I'm trying to rationalize in my head that a pair of new black jeans with a new sharp jacket, white shirt and black tie would be acceptable.
  16. Suggestions? My first thought would be to look into Banana Republic and J Crew. I would only wear them once.
  17. Black jeans. I'm going to a cousin's wedding in Vegas in a couple weeks. The invitation say no jeans. Well, too bad... I'm wearing jeans. I'll go so far as to wear black jeans, and I currently do not have any. Here's what I've found so far that's available in my size (honestly, I don't love any of them): Freenote Portola Sugar Cane for Self Edge Joe McCoy Lot 966BK Iron Heart IH-634S-142bb Full Count 1108BK 3-Sixteen CT-220X Open to other suggestions.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    I thought they were Kreosote.
  19. I've worn really cheap sweats for years (Costco, American Apparel). Threw down for some Reining Champ sweat pants and hoodies at regular price late fall of last year. Overall I'm impressed with the fabric, cut, construction and details. I got their mid-weight, which is not warm enough for the really cold winter days in CO. I got their regular cut sweat pants, and they're the best fitting, best looking sweats I've had. RC really t'd me off tho - I also bought a couple pairs of sweat pants on sale. One was supposed to regular cut in heavy weight fleece and one was supposed to be slim cut in light weight. The cut were actually reversed and not as advertised. When I inquired with them, they shot back saying there was no way their cuts were incorrect, and the heavy weight fleece seems to fit slimmer because of the heavier weight of the fabric. I took pics and measurements. The measurements matched exactly with their posted measurements for both slim and regular cuts. I emailed them back with pics and measurements, and they ignored me. I let it go. The slim cut pants in heavy weight fleece kinda suck. I'll prolly get more hoodies and sweat pants from them, because I haven't found another brand that I like as much. And their colors are great. I prolly won't get any tee's from them. I also have the Flint and Tinder 10-Year hoodie. It's bad ass. F&T seems to be a house brand for Huckberry. The 10-Year is offered in a variety of styles and colors. The fabric is thick, heavy, dense, somewhat stiff, not much stretch. 23oz 70/30 poly/cotton. Hard exterior, brushed interior. The fit is great for me - slim, athletic cut without restriction of movement. I'm 5'-11", 195lbs and a large fits well. An XL could also work, but would be a bit over sized and loose. Some years ago they did a run of sweat pants made out of the same fabric, but haven't done so since.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Why does the left leg always twist more than the right?
  • Alan Crocetti Silver Nose Plaster
    $US 342