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  • drum007drum007 New York, NYPosts: 674MI6 Agent
  • Mattia De VartiMattia De Varti ItalyPosts: 412MI6 Agent

    I'll ask here - and pardon me if it's the wrong thread - as I don't know where to. I was on the fence to buy a pair of Scotch & Soda: Daniel has been wearing them for quite some time now and they seem pretty comfortable.

    Anyone who had an experience about the sizing. Usually am 31/32 in Jack & Jones I have. I've reached their customer service and was adviced to go for my usual size both in Ralston e Dean (the models I considered), but while one is slim fit, the other is more relaxed.

    Hope you can share your opinion!

    P.S. no worry if they're a little long in the leg, my tailor can fix that

  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,137MI6 Agent

    I take my usual size in Scotch & Soda (consistent in Rag & Bone and Levi’s etc). Hope that helps.

    My name has changed! I’m no longer dufus......now I’m DB6
  • Enjoying DeathEnjoying Death Toronto, ON CANADAPosts: 1,147MI6 Agent

    I own a few of their jeans and all are in my usual 36 sizing. Very comfortable and highly recommend them!

    Pussy Galore: β€œMy name is Pussy Galore.”
    Bond: β€œI must be dreaming.”
  • Mattia De VartiMattia De Varti ItalyPosts: 412MI6 Agent

    Much appreciated @Enjoying Death. And are they all Ralston or even other models if I may ask?

  • Enjoying DeathEnjoying Death Toronto, ON CANADAPosts: 1,147MI6 Agent
    Pussy Galore: β€œMy name is Pussy Galore.”
    Bond: β€œI must be dreaming.”
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    Cheers all!

    After extensive experimentation, lots of photography, and two or three re-writes, here is my review of the ROYALE Filmwear Morocco Linen Blazer

    Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer them!

    I also want to give another shout out to Daniel Love (@SilverFinger). I make my opinions (positive and negative) about the blazer pretty clear in the review. But I also want to say that I (and I have no doubt many others) really appreciate all you do for the community. And the design of the functioning button cuffs is genius! 😁

    Cheers all!

    John

  • CheverianCheverian Posts: 1,234MI6 Agent

    John, I think you treated the issue with the sport coat with grace and tact. I own a near-enough BC from the year of production and it's a hard-to-pin down color, that's for certain. But I have never remotely seen pink tones in it.

    Dan Love, as you note, is a professional and a perfectionist, and I'm sure he hates not nailing one of this products. I won't hesitate to buy Royale pieces going ahead. God knows I already have a closetful.

  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,137MI6 Agent
    edited November 18

    Agreed - Dan's stuff is really great and I'm both a big fan and very thankful that he produces items that would be otherwise unavailable for many of us. I tried to get a tailor to make me a jacket based on the BC one and it was an utter disaster so I totally respect the results that he does get.

    I imagine he has to invest significantly to produce a run of any of these items and I hate the idea of him stopping these projects so I made the decision to go with the Morocco jacket and to dye it rather than wait for any subsequent versions. Perhaps that's silly of me but it feels like the V1 dyed will be more than good enough.

    Thanks also to you John @canoe2 - I really appreciate all you do for us with your site; IMO one of the absolute best resources for Bond style fans.

    My name has changed! I’m no longer dufus......now I’m DB6
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback! 🍸️

    The thing that made this review challenging is the fact that we all know what a perfectionist Daniel is (as you said). So it was tough to separate the passion and committment I know he had for this project from the final product. And, as I said in the review, he got a lot right with it, especially for the price. But then we run into the issue of the color and the question I asked: can I really 100% recommend a nearly $200 jacket that you have to dye?

    If anything, it reminds of his Mr. White jacket, when the color of the first version just didn't hit the mark. But by V2 he'd nailed it. I know Daniel tends more towards making his pieces "real life accurate". But this one of those cases where I think he would have been better off sticking with a "screen accurate" khaki-ish brown color.

    Cheers!

    John

  • JacobJacob DenmarkPosts: 283MI6 Agent
    edited November 18

    Thank you for the review. Does anyone know of an EU seller of Rit Dye, or is that an exclusively American product? Would be easier copying the dying process in the review than starting to experiment with other dyes myself.

  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,137MI6 Agent
    My name has changed! I’m no longer dufus......now I’m DB6
  • JacobJacob DenmarkPosts: 283MI6 Agent

    Yes, but only with US sellers as far as I can tell.

  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,137MI6 Agent

    I just ordered one in the UK with next day delivery (sold by Amazon). Perhaps not the same for mainland Europe?

    My name has changed! I’m no longer dufus......now I’m DB6
  • NikoNiko Posts: 72MI6 Agent


    I've purchased RIT Dye from Ebay sellers (in the UK).

  • NikoNiko Posts: 72MI6 Agent

    An excellent article @canoe2.

    I’d like to voice my gratitude to the painstaking work Dan has done over the years the results of which have been enjoyed by a lot of us on this forum and l eagerly look forward to any upcoming projects he may choose to undertake.

  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,137MI6 Agent

    If anyone is looking for a great alternative to the dinner suit in Skyfall (and it passes for the one in NTTD too) I can highly recommend the Charles Tyrwhitt Midnight Blue Shawl Collar dinner suit. Slim fit, 100% wool, nice ribbed silk lapels and pocket jets, working button cuffs - a really deep midnight blue too (they lightened all the pics in Skyfall so it looked way more blue) so it's a classic colour/look. In my opinion a great buy at £300 for the suit.

    My name has changed! I’m no longer dufus......now I’m DB6
  • DanBond11DanBond11 Posts: 64MI6 Agent

    I’ve got a $50 Amazon gift card anything worth buying off Amazon?

    Bond alternatives or watches?

  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    Happy Saturday, gang! New post on Paul Newman style sunglasses!

    Looking for a new pair myself for skiing this winter, so I thought I'd share my finds 😁

    @DanBond11 I've found Amazon hasn't been that great for watches over the last couple of years. Hard to find anything that isn't a cheap Asian piece unless you want to go with Seiko, Citizen or Casio. I think the prices and selection is better at Jomashop now. But there are still some deals to be found on Amazon if you're willing to hunt around. Still a good variety of sunglasses though! And you can order Magnoli repros from Amazon as well.

    Cheers!

    John

  • Bottled_in_BondBottled_in_Bond Posts: 4MI6 Agent

    For those of you looking for a reasonably priced alternative to the Sunspel and OB tee shirts I have been pleased with the Amazon premium brand Buttoned Down line. They are in the US alternative to Sea Island Cotton: Supima cotton with a small amount of Spandex. The fit is trim and they are available in the colors we want in both crew and V-necks.

    They often go on sale so put them in your wish list and watch for price reductions.

  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    @Bottled_in_Bond thanks, I'll check them out!

    I've reworked the old post on the SPECTRE Solden jacket with all new alternatives. I honestly forgot how much I like that jacket and how practical it is!

    Cheers everyone!

    John

  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    Rushing this morning, but a new post is up: alternatives for Bond's OHMSS brown plaid chore coat:

    The Best Option is a good one and not crazy expensive (but not exactly budget).

    Cheers everyone!

    John

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,162MI6 Agent

    Nice one John. I like plaid jackets and own a couple. Would love to have the actual piece #grail!

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Bond44Bond44 Vauxhall CrossPosts: 1,565MI6 Agent

    Not quite budget but if you are looking for a pair of CR shoes these are the closest I have seen in a long time - had to do a double-take to be sure.

    Cheers 😎

    My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,162MI6 Agent

    Nice find @Bond44 πŸ‘οΈ

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Mattia De VartiMattia De Varti ItalyPosts: 412MI6 Agent

    Always found some good advice here, so I'll try. Barbour Duke jacket, how's the fit? True to size, size up/down?

    In a Beacon jacket I have I'm size S for reference

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,162MI6 Agent

    I don't own the Duke but own the Ariel and Beacon, both in a Small. I would stick with your Barbour known size and go Small in the first instance.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Mattia De VartiMattia De Varti ItalyPosts: 412MI6 Agent

    Thanks for the tip. So you have all in the same size?

    Cause I own a Beacon Munro in S and it's a good fit, little large in some points

  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 1,814MI6 Agent

    Morning!

    The Black Friday sales roundup is now live!

    Lots of help from you fine gentlemen here, so I tried to give credit where it was due. If I missed a sale or deal, let me know and I'll add it over the next couple of days with credit to you for the find.

    Cheers!

    John

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,162MI6 Agent

    Yes. Both my Beacon and Ariel jackets are both Small. Barbour size Small in jackets, jumpers, shirts just seems to be a good fit for me. As far as I know the Duke will fit true to size. You can always buy a Small and a Medium and just return the one you don't want. Good luck with it.πŸ‘οΈ

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
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