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  1. KILO NOVEMBER

    "1950's Half Belt Deluxe" Fur Collar for sale

    I have a size 44 brown Aero 1950's Half Belt Deluxe with detachable fur collar FQHH. I'll be moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida in the near future, so I don't foresee much in the way of opportunity to wear it once there. I see that new, they sell for $900 at today's exchange rate. Aero web...
  2. KILO NOVEMBER

    Remove wrinkles from silk sport coat, advice, please

    I just received a sport coat I ordered from The Territory Ahead. It is a silk "tweed". It came folded and bundled into a plastic mailing envelope. Needless to say, it has wrinkles. The fabric care instructions are "Dry Clean Only". I don't wish to pay to have a never-worn garment cleaned for...
  3. KILO NOVEMBER

    Jack Erwin Shoes, anyone?

    A pop-up ad appeared while I was browsing a news site today, for Jack Erwin Shoes. Being a sucker for shoes, I clicked on the ad. According to their web site (http://www.jackerwin.com/) the shoes are designed in New York City and manufactured in Spain. My attention was grabbed when I saw the...
  4. KILO NOVEMBER

    19th Century German Shoemakers

    Can anyone point me in the right direction to learn how German shoemakers learned their trade in the 19th Century? My great-grandfather came to the U.S. in 1859 and was an established shoemaker in Pittsburgh within a few years. I figure he must have apprenticed as a boy by way of learning the...
  5. KILO NOVEMBER

    Hickey Freeman Face-Plants!

    To quote Herb Morrison, "... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's in flames now; Oh! The humanity! ... Ah! It's... it... it's a... ah! I... I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen." The CEO of H-F re-invents his company's product line and, apparently, its target market...
  6. KILO NOVEMBER

    Anyone know Shipton & Heneage shoes?

    I got a catalogue in the mail today from Shipton & Heneage shoes. Depending on which address you choose from the two printed in the catalogue, they are either Scottish or English. The "letter" in the front is signed "Alistair Baxter", so I'm more inclined to accept the former. The shoes look...
  7. KILO NOVEMBER

    Victorian London Street Photos, check the hats

    I saw this on nbcnews.com today, I found the hats, which look like very tall bowlers, to be interesting, and I thought you would too. Victorian London Street Photos
  8. KILO NOVEMBER

    Recommendations for long-wearing top lift shoe repair?

    I wear out the heels on shoes pretty quickly. The top lifts that Allen Edmonds uses (but not only them) aren't very good in this respect. I have had the top lifts replaced on many pairs of shoes, many of them repeatedly. I have tried Vibram, it's a little better. Today I picked up a pair of...
  9. KILO NOVEMBER

    Terms Which Have Disappeared

    I'm fond of the old Dragnet radio shows. My local (USA) public radio station airs old radio on Sunday evenings, and Dragnet is on from 7:30 to 8:00. I like them so much, that when I saw a complete collection available on Audible.com, I snapped them up. I was taking a walk yesterday at lunch...
  10. KILO NOVEMBER

    Whaddayacallit? Help needed to identify a cap style

    I'm looking for a cap. The style is an old one. If I knew the name I could find a picture to illustrate, sorry, a description is the best I can do. Imagine a cap with a barrel-shaped crown and a brim like a baseball cap. Where a baseball cap's crown is composed of triangular panels with the...
  11. KILO NOVEMBER

    Rolling the dice with a cut-rate suit

    Today I got a Groupon offer: Aspetto Tailors masterfully hand-stitch perfectly fitted suits from quality horsehair canvas and one of 300 fabrics, attracting a client base of politicians, celebrities, athletes, and business leaders. They can also complement individual body types and styles...
  12. KILO NOVEMBER

    Need overshoe advice

    I'm looking for good rubber overshoes. "OK," you say, "what do you think makes a good rubber overshoe?". Well here are my criteria: 1) Easy to slip on and off my shoes I have at least three pairs of rubber overshoes that I have bought at different times (one to keep at home, one...
  13. KILO NOVEMBER

    How stupid is that ad?

    Has anyone else seen and been annoyed by the Google ad on the FL home page that advertises "gangster hats for less"?
  14. KILO NOVEMBER

    Suits in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent

    I was re-watching Foreign Correspondent again last night. One scene I vividly remembered was how Johnny Jones outwits the assassins by slipping out the window of the bathroom in his hotel suite. The scene combines silliness with real tension. Jones is sitting in his room planning to go out. He...
  15. KILO NOVEMBER

    Clothes Brush, what to get and where?

    As some of you may know, the weather in the eastern half of the U.S. has been particularly cold and snowy the past few weeks. Today as I was getting out of my car, I brushed against an over-sized pickup truck parked mostly in the adjacent parking space, covered in winter road grime. I got a...
  16. KILO NOVEMBER

    Coat arm holes, how high is high?

    My peripatetic tailors are coming to town this weekend. I have followed the discussions of "high arm holes" here over the past few months. So far I understand that high is good and low is bad, but I need some quantitative guidelines if I am going to talk to them about raising the arm holes on a...
  17. KILO NOVEMBER

    William Hopper, sharp dresser

    When I was in college in the early to mid 1970's I always watched Perry Mason re-runs at 11:30. I watched the originals as a child because my mother is/was a big fan of the show. Because I liked them so much I have bought the shows on DVD when I could find them. As I have become more style...
  18. KILO NOVEMBER

    I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a Homburger today

    I'm look around for a new Homburg. I'm bidding on one on eBay that will require some restoration effort if I get it, and I've just run across what appears to be a very reasonably-priced Beaver brand Homburg at Hats Plus for $85.00! Do any of you have Beaver brand hats who can give me the...
  19. KILO NOVEMBER

    Mad Hatters

    I see that mercury was finally banished from felting in 1941, at least that's what one on-line encyclopedia stated. To those of you who wear hats from years earlier than that, do you have any idea how much mercury leaks from your hats to your heads? I don't, and in general I disdain...

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