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  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 2,007MI6 Agent
    edited January 2016

    Should've gotten them online with the coupon code! 35-40% off.

    What coupon code? I've been trying a few with no success?

    I'm pretty sure these pants have been excluded from the most recent sales and promotions at BR (at least in the last 2 weeks or so). I try to stay on top the sales from most of the bigger brands for the site, and while BR did have some models of Kentfields in their "50% off sale price" section, these ones were not among them (unless they completely flew under my radar).

    Note: I also wanted to mention that I'll have a new post up in the next couple of days. "Oh, I'm sorry. That last change ... nearly killed me."
  • CheverianCheverian Posts: 1,443MI6 Agent
    canoe2 wrote:

    Should've gotten them online with the coupon code! 35-40% off.

    What coupon code? I've been trying a few with no success?

    I'm pretty sure these pants have been excluded from the most recent sales and promotions at BR (at least in the last 2 weeks or so). I try to stay on top the sales from most of the bigger brands for the site, and while BR did have some models of Kentfields in their "50% off sale price" section, these ones were not among them (unless they completely flew under my radar).

    Note: I also wanted to mention that I'll have a new post up in the next couple of days. "Oh, I'm sorry. That last change ... nearly killed me."

    Those pants are part of the spring 2016 collection which is why there are no discounts on them, I gather.
  • armenianmoviemanarmenianmovieman The 818Posts: 671MI6 Agent
    Cheverian wrote:
    canoe2 wrote:

    What coupon code? I've been trying a few with no success?

    I'm pretty sure these pants have been excluded from the most recent sales and promotions at BR (at least in the last 2 weeks or so). I try to stay on top the sales from most of the bigger brands for the site, and while BR did have some models of Kentfields in their "50% off sale price" section, these ones were not among them (unless they completely flew under my radar).

    Note: I also wanted to mention that I'll have a new post up in the next couple of days. "Oh, I'm sorry. That last change ... nearly killed me."

    Those pants are part of the spring 2016 collection which is why there are no discounts on them, I gather.



    I stand corrected. Sorry for false hopes! But Old Navy and Gap frequently have 30-40% off coupon codes for practically everything online....

    The current sale requires no code and there are some Kentfield items but not the one you got.

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=1014757&mlink=5001,10682065,HL_MCTA_2&clink=10682065#style=1014858
    Yes. Consssssiderably.
  • otacon 01otacon 01 Posts: 74MI6 Agent
    Dufus wrote:
    Dockers do a slim fit tapered chino style trouser in a colour they call 'dark pebble' - the colour looks close to the BC trousers in my opinion. 98% cotton, 2% elastane.


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    I have this fit of pants from a previous season, different color, and they were very tight--but those were 100% cotton.
    I'm wearing the Athletic taper, current season, 98%/2% like what you posted, and they might be the most comfortable pants I own.

    Same waist size. I don't know if it's the elastene or the roomier seat and thigh in these that makes them so much more comfortable, but it might be worth keeping in mind.

    Alpha khakis are great if you can find them discounted. You shouldn't buy them full price. Pain in the rear to iron a crease into though, but that goes for tapered pants in general that don't come pre-creased.
  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    Some fit pics of the BR alternatives to the BC chinos:


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  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,196MI6 Agent
    I'll put up some pics of the Dockers and Banana Republic side by side and a 'fit comparison' if it would help anyone - let me know!
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  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    I'd love to see that Dufus.
    "Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
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  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,595MI6 Agent
    Some fit pics of the BR alternatives to the BC chinos:


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    That colour looks really close to what I see on screen.
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  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,196MI6 Agent
    I'd love to see that Dufus.

    No problem - will be Thursday in all likelihood as I'm away with work....."the second mouse gets the cheese......."
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  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    Matt S wrote:
    Some fit pics of the BR alternatives to the BC chinos:


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    That colour looks really close to what I see on screen.

    I know! The color similarity is fantastic. I wasn't so sure about the color online, but once I saw it in the store, I could tell it was a good match.
    "Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
    CR/QoS, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, LTK, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB
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  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    Inside pic to show the color changing properties of BR pants:


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    "Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
    CR/QoS, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, LTK, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB
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  • AndrewJK007AndrewJK007 Posts: 10MI6 Agent
    canoe2 wrote:
    writingsonthewall: I'm going to miss the older a layout as well. It worked fine when there were only 10 or 12 posts, but now we're up to 37 and the scrolling was getting a little ridiculous. The old template also needed super large images to keep things looking nice, and those were becoming a pain to find. Thanks for the info on the Mango jacket; do you have any problem with me quoting your feedback in the post?

    And sorry, no prize :# but you do get bragging rights (whatever that's worth!)

    esk1020: Thanks!

    I should also mention that when I was cleaning up the links I saw some great deals on some of the Solden jacket alternatives.
    http://www.iconicalternatives.com/tom-ford-solden-jacket/. Has anyone tried that Nordstrom Calibrate option yet?

    I got the jacket in the mail last week, and its really great for the price! Its fairly warm actually, but here in NYC it still requires another coat on top, so I'd say its best worn for 40-50 degree (F) weather with a warm sweater and t shirt underneath it. I wear a large, and its the trim fit I was looking for, but the pocket zippers placement makes for a bunch up around the stomach that some may not enjoy too much. The zippers have a plastic covering that also makes them poof a bit more. I don't mind it nearly as much as I thought I might, but its something to consider. Color is great, really great quality, really I thought it was the best alternative on the listing, and for 46 dollars, I couldn't be happier.
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  • esk1020esk1020 Posts: 48MI6 Agent
    Has anyone found a good alternative to the Tom Ford "Crombie" coat? It is a navy herringbone with moleskin collar. I've looked, but don't see anything that stands out as a good budget option.
  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,595MI6 Agent
    It's a lot cheaper than Tom Ford (though not a budget coat), but the original Crombie coat that the Tom Ford is based on:

    http://www.crombie.co.uk/mens-coats/navy-wool-cashmere-silk-retro-coat.html
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  • drum007drum007 New York, NYPosts: 684MI6 Agent
    Here's one on sale at Uniqlo for $99. Obviously, the features are not exact but it's wool and looks like a good deal.

    https://m.uniqlo.com/us/product/men-wool-cashmere-chesterfield-coat-156375.html
  • JellyfishJellyfish EnglandPosts: 451MI6 Agent
    Here's an overcoat alternative. Like the Crombie, it's not a budget option but it costs less than the Tom Ford one and it's from an AJB007-approved brand:

    http://www.anthonysinclair.com/products/chesterfield-coat
  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,196MI6 Agent
    edited May 2016
    As promised a 'side by side' pic of the Dockers in 'dark pebble' and the Banana Republic Kentfield in taupe.

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  • chriscollins007chriscollins007 North Somerset , England Posts: 1,154MI6 Agent
    I have this and highly recommend , works with jeans well too
    Spotted other celebs wearing similar , added bonus. :)
    Dufus wrote:
    The Dent's belt is very nice up close. I may change the buckle for a centre bar one but even as it stands it's ok. Worth noting that the braided leather part of the belt is quite stretchy so you may want to go down a size.


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  • chriscollins007chriscollins007 North Somerset , England Posts: 1,154MI6 Agent
    Great site mate , really helpful and knowledgable , well done.
    Be great if you can add any UK BR chinos alternatives on it as I'm seriously struggling
    thanks
    canoe2 wrote:
    Hi all,

    drum007, thanks for the watch suggestions! Your's combined with the info James Brosnan shared give me a solid place to start.

    James Brosnan, chriscollins007 and Dufus: I honestly didn't think alternatives for BC chinos were all that interesting to people, or that it was hard to find options (I naively thought "sorta beige pants" would do the trick for most). What Matt S said is also part of the problem; I want to get a good read on the color of the BCs before suggesting that "this grey" or "that taupe" is close enough. But I will keep an eye out, including the GAP ones used by Mantis in his video and suggested by Obi Sean Kenobi.

    So the big news: no new post today, but I have moved the entire site over to a new domain and template; it is now live here:

    http://www.iconicalternatives.com/

    All the existing posts have been migrated over and I've cleaned up the info (removing dead links, updating prices, fixing some images, etc.). I'm really excited to hear what the members here think of it!

    Basically I did this because I thought the old layout was getting a little too difficult to navigate, what with people needing to scroll down and down to find older content. Also the menu and search was a little hard to find and almost no one was using it.

    Anyway, there it is ... Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Sorry: I should have also said that from now on the new posts will be at the new site. I will keep the old one running for another couple of days and then shut it down, just to avoid confusion. Thanks!
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  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    Dufus wrote:
    As promised a 'side by side' pic of the Dockers in 'dark pebble' and the Banana Republic Kentfield in taupe. Dockers on left, BR on right. Shown with a linen jacket from Chester Barrie (which I previously posted as abudget alternative when it was heavily discounted).

    Thoughts welcomed on which goes best!

    For some reason the pic is sideways.......jacket on left, Dockers bottom, BR on top


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    Man those Dockers look spot on! Do you have a link to those? Are they as slim fit as the Kenfields? Do the colors always look like that or is everything more grey than normal due to the camera because that's the lightest Ive ever seen the Kentfields look, so it makes me wonder about that jacket. What color is that jacket.

    Quick color comparison between the Dockers, BC, and BR pants:

    Dockers:
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    BC from Welshboy's pics:
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    BR Outside:
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    Could be the lighting, but the Dockers seem to be an even better color match than the BR pants.
    "Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
    CR/QoS, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, LTK, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB
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  • TeenageBondTeenageBond London, UKPosts: 211MI6 Agent
    Dufus wrote:
    As promised a 'side by side' pic of the Dockers in 'dark pebble' and the Banana Republic Kentfield in taupe. Dockers on left, BR on right. Shown with a linen jacket from Chester Barrie (which I previously posted as abudget alternative when it was heavily discounted).

    Thoughts welcomed on which goes best!

    For some reason the pic is sideways.......jacket on left, Dockers bottom, BR on top


    image.jpg

    Man those Dockers look spot on! Do you have a link to those? Are they as slim fit as the Kenfields? Do the colors always look like that or is everything more grey than normal due to the camera because that's the lightest Ive ever seen the Kentfields look, so it makes me wonder about that jacket. What color is that jacket.

    Quick color comparison between the Dockers, BC, and BR pants:

    Dockers:
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    BC from Welshboy's pics:
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    BR Outside:
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    Could be the lighting, but the Dockers seem to be an even better color match than the BR pants.


    Dockers look spot on.
    These?:
    http://www.johnlewis.com/dockers-slim-tapered-twill-trousers-dark-pebble/p2143362?sku=234450676&kpid=234450676&s_kenid=e9e5a69f-565a-4554-9665-4da396731eb3&s_kwcid=403x987407&tmad=c&tmcampid=73
  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 2,007MI6 Agent
    Greetings all,
    You asked for it: Brunello Cucinelli Morocco pant alternatives (with options for those of you in the UK!):

    http://www.iconicalternatives.com/2016/01/27/brunello-cucinelli-gabardine-chinos-from-spectre/

    Couple of quick requests:

    chriscollins007: Do you mind if I use your comments about the Dent belt in the BC belt post?

    James Brosnan: could I poach a couple of BR alternative pictures for the pants post?

    otacon 01: Could I use your comments about the Dockers Alphas in the post?

    AndrewJK007: could I use your comments about the Nordstrom jacket in the Solden Jacket post?

    Dufus: could I use your picture of the BR/Dockers comparison?

    Of course, credit will be given on the site! Thanks!
  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,196MI6 Agent
    canoe2 wrote:
    Dufus: could I use your picture of the BR/Dockers comparison?

    Of course, credit will be given on the site! Thanks!

    Of course.

    Jacket is a Chester Barrie, 100% linen so different fabric to the BC one; colour looks good to me.

    Can be found here: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Chester+Barrie+Linen+Chambray+single+breasted+Jacket/D486634,default,pd.html
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  • DB6DB6 EnglandPosts: 1,196MI6 Agent
    I would also say the Dockers are a closer fabric match than the BR - weave and content mix (cotton/elastane)
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  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 2,007MI6 Agent
    Just a fun thing for the end of the day: I put together a quick mock up of some of the budget alternatives to create the Morocco look:

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    Tom-Ford-Knitted-SPECTRE-Tie.jpg

    That's the:
    Esprit Premium Stretch Cotton Blazer (almost sold out now)
    Dockers Signature Khaki Stretch Slim Fit in Dark Pebble
    Black Brown 1826 Woven Leather Belt
    Sharp and Dapper Grenadine Tie in Brown
    Nordstrom 1901 ‘Grant’ Plain Toe Boot

    Total cost would be about $315.00, plus about $40.00 for a shirt, so $355.00.
  • James BrosnanJames Brosnan Posts: 865MI6 Agent
    Dufus wrote:
    I would also say the Dockers are a closer fabric match than the BR - weave and content mix (cotton/elastane)

    I would definitely have to agree. Fabric and color look perfect. Great find man!
    "Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
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  • canoe2canoe2 Posts: 2,007MI6 Agent
    Excellent new option for the TF QoS Cardigan, on sale for $39.00 and all sizes in stock:

    https://www.jackthreads.com/jackthreads/sweaters--cardigans/fisherman-sweater/products/176878

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  • SkyfellSkyfell Posts: 37MI6 Agent
    A few months ago I bought several sweater from Land's End which I felt made nice budget-friendly alternatives to a few sweaters/jumpers Bond has worn.

    I purchased a Drifter crew neck sweater from them in "evening teal." It was a bit more on the greener side of teal but I really like it. Unfortunately, it's no longer available in that color. However LE currently has a cashmere sweater available in "Medium teal heather" for $179. A bit more expensive than their regular crew sweaters but still cheaper than an actual N. Peal. It also looks fairly (not 100%) screen accurate IMO.

    http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-cashmere-crewneck-sweater/id_292001?sku_0=::GQ8

    I also purchased two Supima v-neck sweaters from them. One in black (as an alternative to the Jon Smedley in Skyfall) and the other in "midnight burgundy" ala Goldfinger. The sweater is no longer available in black but they still carry midnight burgundy:

    http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-supima-cotton-v-neck-sweater/id_288608?sku_0=::1GU
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