1,826

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

canoe2 wrote:

Chriscoop's "REISS Radar" went off ...  ajb007/lol

ajb007/lol Yeah, I think Chris might be getting a little side money from Reiss, with all the promoting he is doing. But, hey, it was his love of the brand that made me pull the trigger in the BC belt alternative.

"Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
CR, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB, QoS
http://www.iconicalternatives.com/author/james-brosnan/
https://www.instagram.com/shawn.michael.bongiorno/

1,827

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

I have a pair of Burton Menswear Taupe Tapered Slim Fit Trousers (Spectre alternative) in size 32 if anyone is interested. They're still new in the bag.

1,828

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

James Brosnan wrote:
canoe2 wrote:

Chriscoop's "REISS Radar" went off ...  ajb007/lol

ajb007/lol Yeah, I think Chris might be getting a little side money from Reiss, with all the promoting he is doing. But, hey, it was his love of the brand that made me pull the trigger in the BC belt alternative.

ajb007/lol i'm completely independent I assure you,  I just like to pass on my finds to my brethren  ajb007/martini  And reiss do make some nice bondian clothing  ajb007/wink

It was either that.....or the priesthood

1,829

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Leflerj wrote:

I have a pair of Burton Menswear Taupe Tapered Slim Fit Trousers (Spectre alternative) in size 32 if anyone is interested. They're still new in the bag.

Ahhh to be a 32 waist again!! Dream, dream dream!!

I'm a 36 or I would've had them mate.

1,830

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Matt1979 wrote:
Leflerj wrote:

I have a pair of Burton Menswear Taupe Tapered Slim Fit Trousers (Spectre alternative) in size 32 if anyone is interested. They're still new in the bag.

Ahhh to be a 32 waist again!! Dream, dream dream!!

I'm a 36 or I would've had them mate.

I havnt had a 32 " waist since I was 12!

It was either that.....or the priesthood

1,831

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

explore007 wrote:

Has anybody gone for this Reiss charcoal mock turtle alternative - if so, any guidance on sizing would be appreciated. The sleeves look long given the model is 6' 2" tall and only in a M.

https://www.reiss.com/p/merino-rollneck … l-melange/


https://s24.postimg.org/v1x815z75/21_3_87x100x85.jpg

I have a medium in this and its a great fit (I'm 5'8" with a 40" chest and 31" waist)

"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"

1,832

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

New Season Zara JV Alternative  with waist tabs removed!!!

Okay so after some quiet patience with a scalpel blade, magnifier, bright light and a suede brush I have removed the waist adjusters from my new Zara JV alternative. A little scary but actually quite easy and works. The first 3 pics are after removal but before treating with a double sided suede brush, last 3 pics are after carefull brushing and finally a couple of bad light pics of the whole ensemble.
https://s29.postimg.org/nirdt0277/P1100035.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5tzn1dqg3/P1100041.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/eqaf5bh2b/P1100042.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/4u9c5obab/P1100049.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5l22bgdnn/P1100052.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/8t6johzxf/P1100053.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/telbgehib/P1100081.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/xcd6jjtpf/P1100083.jpg

1,833

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

explore007 wrote:

New Season Zara JV Alternative  with waist tabs removed!!!

Okay so after some quiet patience with a scalpel blade, magnifier, bright light and a suede brush I have removed the waist adjusters from my new Zara JV alternative. A little scary but actually quite easy and works. The first 3 pics are after removal but before treating with a double sided suede brush, last 3 pics are after carefull brushing and finally a couple of bad light pics of the whole ensemble.
https://s29.postimg.org/nirdt0277/P1100035.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5tzn1dqg3/P1100041.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/eqaf5bh2b/P1100042.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/4u9c5obab/P1100049.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5l22bgdnn/P1100052.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/8t6johzxf/P1100053.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/telbgehib/P1100081.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/xcd6jjtpf/P1100083.jpg


Nice work explore, very handy with the old scalpel aren't we?! Was it really simple or am I going to wish I never started after being crouched over the jacket for 4 hours picking every stitch out with trepidation, for fear of ruining the jacket?! Do you think that faded area will blend a little more over time and wear?
I think you've pulled the look off very nicely!

Murder | Employment.

1,834

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

The "faded" areas are really just from the brushing now and I am certain will keep blending in - you really don't notice the sites of the tabs at all in real life.
It is pretty easy - I think the secret is not to pull at the stitching at all so that you don't expand any of the needle holes - take your time - it took me about an hour in total and then a bit of brushing and smoothing - I am sure the fabric will continue to "bounce" out where the patches were as well. One of the patches had very tight stitching which need a bit of patient teasing but the rest were pretty straight forward, I am not a seamstress or tailor by any stretch of the imagination and if I can manage it then anybody can!!!


- it is a great outfit - trousers are the Burtons', £15, mock turtle is an M&S, £22.50 in a sale and shoes are the John White Westbury 111's which are great and versatile for lots of outfits.

Best of luck - let us know how you get on

_Stocks wrote:
explore007 wrote:

New Season Zara JV Alternative  with waist tabs removed!!!

Okay so after some quiet patience with a scalpel blade, magnifier, bright light and a suede brush I have removed the waist adjusters from my new Zara JV alternative. A little scary but actually quite easy and works. The first 3 pics are after removal but before treating with a double sided suede brush, last 3 pics are after carefull brushing and finally a couple of bad light pics of the whole ensemble.
https://s29.postimg.org/nirdt0277/P1100035.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5tzn1dqg3/P1100041.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/eqaf5bh2b/P1100042.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/4u9c5obab/P1100049.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5l22bgdnn/P1100052.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/8t6johzxf/P1100053.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/telbgehib/P1100081.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/xcd6jjtpf/P1100083.jpg


Nice work explore, very handy with the old scalpel aren't we?! Was it really simple or am I going to wish I never started after being crouched over the jacket for 4 hours picking every stitch out with trepidation, for fear of ruining the jacket?! Do you think that faded area will blend a little more over time and wear?
I think you've pulled the look off very nicely!

1,835

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

explore007 wrote:

New Season Zara JV Alternative  with waist tabs removed!!!

Okay so after some quiet patience with a scalpel blade, magnifier, bright light and a suede brush I have removed the waist adjusters from my new Zara JV alternative. A little scary but actually quite easy and works. The first 3 pics are after removal but before treating with a double sided suede brush, last 3 pics are after carefull brushing and finally a couple of bad light pics of the whole ensemble.
https://s29.postimg.org/nirdt0277/P1100035.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5tzn1dqg3/P1100041.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/eqaf5bh2b/P1100042.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/4u9c5obab/P1100049.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/5l22bgdnn/P1100052.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/8t6johzxf/P1100053.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/telbgehib/P1100081.jpg

https://s29.postimg.org/xcd6jjtpf/P1100083.jpg

Nice one,  I'm pleased you've finally addressed your blue suede jacket needs  ajb007/martini

It was either that.....or the priesthood

1,836

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Very nice.
Well done!

1,837

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Love the look Explore007. One of my favorites and you nailed it. You can really tell how much the Zara jacket looks the part in the sunlight.  ajb007/martini

"Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her." & "Tell mother I died game."
CR, TLD, DN, GE, TSWLM, TND, TWiNE, TMWTGG, TB, QoS
http://www.iconicalternatives.com/author/james-brosnan/
https://www.instagram.com/shawn.michael.bongiorno/

1,838

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Here is the Matchless alternative I scored. Not suede but a nice lightweight jacket for the summer. As with most Zara stuff I sized up from a Barbour large to an XL:

http://www.zara.com/uk/en/collection-ss … 01679.html

1,839

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Hi Arthur - what size are you, what size did you get and how does it fit?

Arthur007 wrote:

Here is the Matchless alternative I scored. Not suede but a nice lightweight jacket for the summer. As with most Zara stuff I sized up from a Barbour large to an XL:

http://www.zara.com/uk/en/collection-ss … 01679.html

1,840

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Hi, Usually a 40-42 chest size.  As a comparison, I wear the Barbour Skyfall jacket in lrg but always find the body fit of the Zara jackets requires the XL over the lrg. Maybe if I worked out the lrg would be fine!

1,841

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Hi everyone!

I've been away for a bit (took some digital detox time to recharge the batteries and remind myself what the world looks like beyond a screen). But I'll be right back at on Monday. Some cool stuff coming up!

All the best!
John

1,842

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

A heads up to anyone looking to buy the Neil Barrett alternatives from Cinque. I ordered a pair of the Cinque Cilestro Trausers from the website linked on Iconic Alternatives — www.cinqueonlinestore.com — and received a confirmation back that I thought was legitimate. Subsequently, however I received no tracking number. When I emailed to request one, I was given a "China Post" tracking code (Cinque is based in Germany), which set my alarm bells ringing.

Today I received a knockoff pair of Diesel Fashion Jeans! The label, hilariously, says they are made by Diesel Cluthing. I clicked on the website I had ordered the pants from and, as you can see, it no longer links to anything. I just successfully disputed the purchase with my credit card, thank goodness, so I'm not out any money. I also now own a hilariously cheesy pair of jeans.

My advice, if you're really into these pants, go straight through Cinquestore.de.

Last edited by Cheverian (13th Jan 2017 21:43)

1,843

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Damn!! I'll get that removed immediately. Sorry for the trouble and thanks for the heads up!

1,844

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Not related to iconic alternatives but as a warning following the above:

There seem to be increasing numbers of websites that use a ".co.uk" domain address that are actually located in China - once you get through several layers of other countries of origin - or a ".com" that purport to be european/USA/wherever but are actually still in China. 

I learned through error - bought a pair of Nikes and when they arrived they were nothing like the ones I ordered (and probably fakes, lets be honest!); contacted them, they said, 'busy warehouse, sorry', wouldn't accept return, hassle, hassle. Long story short I got some of the money back but eventually gave up as it wasn't worth my time pursuing any longer.

I'd look out for:  "items in stock" number - if it's a past season/hard to find item and they list "210 in stock" or whatever - highly unlikely, Language - read their "about us", or similar, if the English is poor, again, dodgy and avoid.  I believe you can also search for how trustworthy/dodgy a site may be.

As I said, I've had no problems with links from Iconic Alternatives, just thought I'd share my experience as I've searched for Bond related items as we all do.

"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"

1,845

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Okay, so after my long post regarding James Bond parties I was in the mood to continue writing. Last week I received 3 pairs of Cheaney shoes that I bought in their winter sale. I kept one pair in size 10, returned the 2 pairs that I ordered in size 10.5 and am waiting for the arrival of another pair in size 10 now that I know what size I need. 

The last few years I have bought 3 pairs of Church’s shoes (Consul, Chetwynd and Ryder III) but decided to start looking for another brand after an issue I had with my last purchase (Ryder III). Also I wanted some shoes on Dainite soles because the weather in the Netherlands and my 30 minute walk to work is quite hard on leather soles. Church’s doesn’t make any dress shoes on Dainite soles so I had to look elsewhere. As a Bond fan my next logical step was to turn to Crockett & Jones. However, for some reason my feet don’t match the lasts of C&J. I tried quite a few but none of them felt good like the 173 last of Church’s. So I kept looking for another option. Somewhere along the way I learned about Cheaney.

As a bit of history, Joseph Cheaney and sons has been making shoes in Northamptonshire since 1896 and are owned by Jonathan and William Church who bought the company in 2009 from Prada who own Church’s. Their classic latst like the 125 and 6184 are a bit wider in the toebox than other brands which suits my feet better than the elongated lasts of C&J. They also make shoes for Herring shoes. Although their shoes are not cheap they are cheaper than C&J and Church’s, made in England by a reputable manufacturer and they have a sale twice a year.

So far I am really happy with my pair of Kelmarsh (black semi brogue oxfords) and hope my Harringtons (black cap toe oxfords) will arrive soon. They are built on the same last so I expect the fit to be the same.

Just a disclaimer, I am in no way related to Cheaney nor will I profit from any shoes they sell to fellow Bond fans. Again, these shoes are not the most budget friendly, but might be a good alternative to other English brands when for some reason you are looking for something else than Crockett & Jones or Church’s. I will post some alternatives to the shoes Bond wore, most of these will have a clasiic, rounded shape. However, they do make quite a lot of contemporary (sleeker, pointier) shapes as well.

Some Bond alternatives. If interested it might be a good idea to compare the prices on Cheaney’s own site to a site like Herringshoes.co.uk because often (when not on sale on Cheaney’s own site) Herring shoes is quite a bit cheaper especially for people outside the UK.

Arthur III Alternative to the Church’s Chetwynd (GoldenEye)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … leather-p5
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-arthur-iii-brogue-in-dark-leaf-calf-leather-p5-1103_image.jpg

Jackie III Alternative to Church’s Ryder III (QoS)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … itting-p99
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-jackie-iii-r-chukka-boot-in-brown-suede-p99-1623_image.jpg

Moorgate Alternative to Church’s Presley (TWINE) (more alternatives on the site)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p36
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-moorgate-plain-buckle-monk-shoe-in-black-calf-leather-p36-1282_image.jpg

Wilfred Alternative to Church's Diplomat (GoldenEye)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p28
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-wilfred-oxford-semi-brogue-in-black-calf-leather-p28-1217_image.jpg

Fenchurch Alternative to Church’s Philip (QoS)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … r-sole-p32
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-fenchurch-oxford-in-black-calf-leather-leather-sole-p32-1266_image.jpg

Shadwell Alternative to C&J Tetbury (Skyfall)
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … eather-p38
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-shadwell-chukka-boot-in-black-calf-leather-p38-1290_image.jpg

One last addition, Berkeley as an alternative to the Crockett & Jones Alex
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/collections-c2 … leather-p1
http://www.cheaney.co.uk/images/cheaney-berkeley-whole-cut-oxford-in-black-calf-leather-p1-1118_image.jpg

Last edited by Peppermill (18th Jan 2017 21:01)

1. OHMSS   2. FRWL   3. OP   4. TSWLM   5. TLD   6. GE  7. YOLT 8. LALD   9. CR   10. LTK   11. DN   12. GF   13. SF   14. FYEO   15. TMWTGG   16. MR   17. TWINE   18. TB   19. AVTAK   20 TND   21. QoS   22 DAF   23. DAD

1,846

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Any chance of a name or catalog number for what you've shown us?

That's a pretty large site trying to find six different pairs of shoes by image alone.

1,847

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Herr Michael wrote:

Any chance of a name or catalog number for what you've shown us?

That's a pretty large site trying to find six different pairs of shoes by image alone.

Sorry about that, I have added the name of and a link to the shoes in my original post.

Last edited by Peppermill (18th Jan 2017 14:48)

1. OHMSS   2. FRWL   3. OP   4. TSWLM   5. TLD   6. GE  7. YOLT 8. LALD   9. CR   10. LTK   11. DN   12. GF   13. SF   14. FYEO   15. TMWTGG   16. MR   17. TWINE   18. TB   19. AVTAK   20 TND   21. QoS   22 DAF   23. DAD

1,848

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Scotch and soda have 50% off many lines and free shipping,  and dare I say it Reis have just announced final reductions,  you'll find some decent Spectre Altausse n peal jumper options and some decent bondian suits at discounted prices.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

1,849

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Coogan of London have massively increased there range,  I know they've been mentioned before for there Hampton budget church ryder alternatives.  I've had a pair of these for about 6 months and they're holding up just fine though I don't wear them daily.  Some not bad islay ish boots,  they have a mock dainite soul which is rubber,  comfortable but probably not hard wearing but hey for £40 a pair what do you expect. http://www.cooganlondon.com/hoxton-mens … boots.html

It was either that.....or the priesthood

1,850

Re: Budget Bond Collectors Resource

Chriscoop wrote:

Coogan of London have massively increased there range,  I know they've been mentioned before for there Hampton budget church ryder alternatives.  I've had a pair of these for about 6 months and they're holding up just fine though I don't wear them daily.  Some not bad islay ish boots,  they have a mock dainite soul which is rubber,  comfortable but probably not hard wearing but hey for £40 a pair what do you expect. http://www.cooganlondon.com/hoxton-mens … boots.html

+1  ajb007/martini  I bought a pair a few months ago, they're very comfortable and holding their good looks (much like myself  ajb007/biggrin ) though I don't wear them every day. I'm very tempted by the Isley lookalikes for £40 too...

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."