01
Nov

Everlane introduces cashmere sweaters and OCBDs — Everlane has introduced two types of cashmere sweaters today, in both v-neck and crewneck in navy, charcoal, grey and black colors. For $120, this might be a really good deal if their past products are any indication (I have a few T-shirts and their tote bag and was fairly impressed). 

They also introduced three OCDBs at $55 each. Not a bad price, either. 

If you’re not an Everlane member, feel free to use my invite here

22
Aug
Adding elbow patches to a cashmere blazer — I picked this 90% cashmere, 10% wool blazer off of eBay and it’s a wonderful fall-winter jacket with a black, grey, red guncheck pattern. Obviously, it’s in need of alterations (cuffs let out, cinched at the waist, etc.), but I’m thinking I really want to add elbow patches.
In terms of material, I’m tempted to go with suede, given it’s a fall-winter blazer. Still, I’m open to other ideas, too. I do have some leftover red duck canvas from my last project, but I don’t think canvas on cashmere is a good idea.
For color, the obvious choice is red, but I feel like that might be a bit much. Maybe grey or charcoal instead?
ADDING:
edwinhu
Looks awesome man. Elbow patches might be a bit much  considering the pattern, but it would still look good.
I thought about that possibility, but I think a chunk of solid fabric would break up a very visually noisy pattern.
tinaratedtinaapproved:
what about grabbing a cashmere jacket from a thrift  store and using it to make some ca$hmere patches?
I’d feel bad junking some cashmere jacket that someone else could maybe buy. I’ll keep my eyes open though for something filled with holes.
theodinspire:
Oxblood leather would probably work very well, red yet still subtle.
This is probably my favorite suggestion so far. The only minor problem would be that it could look odd to wear alongside non-oxblood footwear. Still, that’s a cool idea I hadn’t even considered.
plywould
I like the notion of a nice dark red suede, or even  something in a taupe or camel-type color suede… like a darker shade of the grou
Initially, I thought suede would be cool in red, but then I thought it might risk looking kinda fake and cheesy depending on the patch.
acuteobtuse:
Nice pattern.  Looks very Thom Browneish w/ short cuffs.   I’d pass on the elbow patches.  Lapels look very wide.  Wider tie?
Ha, Thom Browne was kind of what I thought when I saw this photo, too. Hopefully the alterationist will be able to make it not look like I’ve stepped out of his lookbooks. Not sure how big the lapels are (I’d measure them, but it’s already at the alterationist), but I’d venture they’re about 3.5”+, given the necktie is 2.75”. I’m thinking a dark red grenadine from Sam Hober at 3.5” would look pretty damned good.
suitsandboots:
Brown?
blacklisterblog:
Maybe burgundy or a deep brown?  It’s a lively jacket and grey might be too blah in this case.
Concerning brown for the patches, I’m kind of against it, since the coat already has elements of black and I’d prefer not to mix the two. I do think there is a point though that grey or black could get lost visually.
aneapolitandream:

Gut Reaction: Wear it as is and let the elbows wear down and then patch  ‘em. As for color and kind, I would go with either Lush light tan or a  pearl to mid grey deer suede.

This whole “not patching” thing may or may not be a route I pursue in an effort delay making this decision. I do like the pearl/grey idea though.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
Got thoughts?

Adding elbow patches to a cashmere blazer — I picked this 90% cashmere, 10% wool blazer off of eBay and it’s a wonderful fall-winter jacket with a black, grey, red guncheck pattern. Obviously, it’s in need of alterations (cuffs let out, cinched at the waist, etc.), but I’m thinking I really want to add elbow patches.

In terms of material, I’m tempted to go with suede, given it’s a fall-winter blazer. Still, I’m open to other ideas, too. I do have some leftover red duck canvas from my last project, but I don’t think canvas on cashmere is a good idea.

For color, the obvious choice is red, but I feel like that might be a bit much. Maybe grey or charcoal instead?

ADDING:

edwinhu

Looks awesome man. Elbow patches might be a bit much considering the pattern, but it would still look good.

I thought about that possibility, but I think a chunk of solid fabric would break up a very visually noisy pattern.

tinaratedtinaapproved:

what about grabbing a cashmere jacket from a thrift store and using it to make some ca$hmere patches?

I’d feel bad junking some cashmere jacket that someone else could maybe buy. I’ll keep my eyes open though for something filled with holes.

theodinspire:

Oxblood leather would probably work very well, red yet still subtle.

This is probably my favorite suggestion so far. The only minor problem would be that it could look odd to wear alongside non-oxblood footwear. Still, that’s a cool idea I hadn’t even considered.

plywould

I like the notion of a nice dark red suede, or even something in a taupe or camel-type color suede… like a darker shade of the grou

Initially, I thought suede would be cool in red, but then I thought it might risk looking kinda fake and cheesy depending on the patch.

acuteobtuse:

Nice pattern. Looks very Thom Browneish w/ short cuffs. I’d pass on the elbow patches. Lapels look very wide. Wider tie?

Ha, Thom Browne was kind of what I thought when I saw this photo, too. Hopefully the alterationist will be able to make it not look like I’ve stepped out of his lookbooks. Not sure how big the lapels are (I’d measure them, but it’s already at the alterationist), but I’d venture they’re about 3.5”+, given the necktie is 2.75”. I’m thinking a dark red grenadine from Sam Hober at 3.5” would look pretty damned good.

suitsandboots:

Brown?

blacklisterblog:

Maybe burgundy or a deep brown? It’s a lively jacket and grey might be too blah in this case.

Concerning brown for the patches, I’m kind of against it, since the coat already has elements of black and I’d prefer not to mix the two. I do think there is a point though that grey or black could get lost visually.

aneapolitandream:

Gut Reaction: Wear it as is and let the elbows wear down and then patch ‘em. As for color and kind, I would go with either Lush light tan or a pearl to mid grey deer suede.

This whole “not patching” thing may or may not be a route I pursue in an effort delay making this decision. I do like the pearl/grey idea though.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

Got thoughts?

01
Feb

It’s on Etsy: Camel-tan cashmere overcoat

Vintage 1970s Men’s Camel Cashmere Winter Coat: $63 shipped on Etsy — This looks like an absolutely fantastic piece at a steal of a price, and it’s also 100-percent cashmere.

Some advice on sizing: my actual chest size is 37”, I wear a 38-39”-sized suit coat, which often have a real chest measurement of 40-41”. My overcoat’s actual chest measurement is 42”. So, I’d think you can take your real chest size and add 5”.

This jacket has a 48” chest, so, if you’re a 42-43” real chest, this should fit. Or you can maybe be smaller and have your tailor take it in quite a bit along the seams. The main thing to consider would be the shoulder measurement, which will be a much-more limiting factor.

13
Dec

Cashmere sweater & scarf for $129 from Ireland? Yup.

While searching around for some donegal cardigans yesterday, I stumbled across the site for Blarney Woollen Mills and was rather shocked to find a rather incredible deal they have going on for the holidays: $129 for a crewneck cashmere elbow-patch sweater and matching scarf — shipped from Ireland — in colors of camel, grey and lavender.

They’re also running a deal on these donegal crewneck and v-neck pullovers for $100. And they have quite a bit of winter staple accessories, like these handknit aran gloves for $20. That sounds like a nice deal to me if you’re in the market for these things.

Granted, I have no idea about the fit, quality, etc., but I haven’t found anything negative about them yet with some initial googling.

Sadly, you’ve probably missed the opportunity to get items from them shipped to you before Christmas, but I thought I’d pass this find along.

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