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  • Matt Spaiser 19 January 2021 at 13:56 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersWhile ecru poplin would fine, I prefer something with more texture to wear with tweed, like pinpoint or royal oxford. If you're looking for a special order shirt, ask them if they have any other options. They may have some that aren't on the website.
  • Eddy 19 January 2021 at 11:27 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersSorry, follow-up question: looking at the shirting options at Mason & Sons, what would you recommend for this outfit? The cream twill seems quite strong, almost yellowish, but I wonder if a poplin (ecru) would be too formal.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 January 2021 at 08:17 on The Difference Between Bond’s British and Italian Cutaway CollarsI don’t believe any have been.
  • S 18 January 2021 at 07:41 on The Difference Between Bond’s British and Italian Cutaway CollarsThanks Matt. Were any of the shirts and ties for DAD ever sold at auction?
  • Eddy 18 January 2021 at 02:17 on (00)7 Bondian Clothing Items to Wear At HomeGreat article! For once, I own pretty much every piece in the list!
  • Jovan Gauthier-Vincent 17 January 2021 at 17:10 on The Armani Leather JacketI'm not Matt, but I would suggest any brand new leather jacket that price is going to fall under "you get what you pay for". I've heard pretty good things about Wested Leather, but have not used them myself. I'm considering getting one of their Raiders jackets for casual wear. E.O., known as @inspiredbybond on Instagram, might be able to give you more info since he's had a bespoke piece made by them, the AVTAK leather blouson.
  • Matt Spaiser 17 January 2021 at 16:59 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersI prefer woollen flannel for trousers because it doesn't look as formal, though worsted flannel is fine for trousers too. It is indeed more durable.
  • Jtkuga 17 January 2021 at 13:21 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersMatt, Mason and Sons describes their flannel trousers on their website as 9 oz and woven from a Super 110s worsted yarn. So I’m guessing they are worsted flannel trousers?? What are your thoughts on worsted flannel for odd trousers? I know Chris Despos has said he prefers worsted flannel to woolen flannel because worsted flannel is more durable, but I believe that was in reference to suits, not odd trousers...
  • Eddy 17 January 2021 at 12:15 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersReally helpful. Thank you!
  • Matt Spaiser 17 January 2021 at 11:45 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersThe fawn trousers they offer now are much closer to Connery’s, but I have found the trousers here more versatile. I already had a pair of cavalry twill in British tan, so fawn wouldn’t have been as useful for me. I like mid to dark grey trousers with this. Charcoal may work too. I do not regret going half-canvas on this.
  • Matt Spaiser 17 January 2021 at 11:40 on The Difference Between Bond’s British and Italian Cutaway CollarsI do not know which collar he wore, but it was a stock collar available at the time.
  • Eddy 17 January 2021 at 06:50 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersHi Matt. What do you think of the fawn cavalry twill trousers that Mason & Sons are now offering? You mentioned grey flannels would go with the jacket. Any shade? Or would you want to go darker, like charcoal? Lastly, do you regret not going full canvas?
  • S 17 January 2021 at 05:14 on The Difference Between Bond’s British and Italian Cutaway CollarsMatt, In DAD do the Brioni shirts have their “Dino” collar, or was the collar custom made for Brosnan? Thanks, S
  • Ben 16 January 2021 at 12:37 on The Armani Leather JacketMatt, from where would You suggest buying replica of this jacket ? I bought one from ebay for around 100 euro including shipping but I was very dissapointed. It should be hip length but it actually was coat length, like a pea coat, plus it had overall bad fit. Pockets and collar were only things that were well made. So now I was thinking about Wested. Their Casino Royale jacket cost 195 pounds, but Im sure their jacket will be screen accurate. Does anyone have any experience with their Casino Royale jacket, or what do you suggest ?
  • Matt Spaiser 16 January 2021 at 11:05 on The Light Brown Gabardine Suit in For Your Eyes OnlyIt might almost be low enough. It would certainly look better with low-rise trousers than the modern high button stance does!
  • Matt Spaiser 16 January 2021 at 11:04 on Tailoring a Suit to Conceal a FirearmI don't know a whole lot about concealed carry, but many people who wear a shoulder holster don't button their jackets. The gun should still be hidden with the jacket unbuttoned. But there's no reason why you can't button a three-piece suit.
  • Jordan 16 January 2021 at 09:02 on The Light Brown Gabardine Suit in For Your Eyes OnlyIs the button stance low enough in this suit to complement the low rise trousers worn today?
  • James Bond 007 16 January 2021 at 08:20 on Bond in Brown Brunello Cucinelli in SpectreA nice outfit for James Bond in a warm location. With this outfit we see James Bond dressed up while still being relaxed. Also, as said in the article the tie adds a level of class that is expected from James Bond. I like this outfit as it has a lot of significance peices of James Bond wardrobe which includes a cocktail cuff, a knit tie, a sports coat and the pleasure of seeing James Bond in light brown again!
  • Bill Tanner 16 January 2021 at 05:47 on Bond in Brown Brunello Cucinelli in SpectreWhat material would you say the man in the eye glasses ( who greets Bond and Dr. Swann) is wearing on this scene. I am just curious because I thought his outfit was unflattering along with the other guards.
  • Jordan 15 January 2021 at 23:05 on Tailoring a Suit to Conceal a FirearmWhen wearing a 3 piece suit would a shoulder holster be hidden effectively when the suit jacket is unbuttoned? And also would a gun be more easily reachable if placed on the belt than on the shoulder?
  • Matt Spaiser 15 January 2021 at 17:09 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?Roger Moore's double-breasted blazer in The Man with the Golden Gun is best on a tall man because it is a button-three. The buttons would look crowded on a tall man. On the other hand, the button-two blazer in For Your Eyes Only would be just fine on a short man. Short men often look great in double-breasted jackets, but they have to be the right style and fit. Most clothes from Bond's wardrobe would look good on most people. What I'm saying is that we need to truly like the clothes, they need to be right for our personality, and they need to be right for our lifestyle.
  • Degorde Philippe 15 January 2021 at 15:06 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?Benson and Clegg knitten silk ties are just wonderful; at first glance they look classic and carries a throwback in time down to the 60's but if you look hard they bring something more. They would never clash with a Sean Connery like suit. Even you'd say "all is in order".
  • Mike Clancy 15 January 2021 at 14:19 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?If you're in the UK, I'd be wary of wearing Royal Navy or Regimental ties in public if you haven't served in that unit-it's considered bad form, and will get you considered as a "Walt".
  • Rowan Gibson 15 January 2021 at 12:15 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?I think the essence of what you’re saying, Matt, is that one should be selective rather than slavish when it comes to a Bond-inspired wardrobe. A few examples come to mind. Let’s take Sean Connery’s pink camp collar shirt at his first meeting with Domino in Thunderball. Connery looks great in it. But what if one has a ruddy complexion that is not suited to wearing this kind of pink? In that case, it would not be too advantageous to don this particular shirt. On the other hand, the butcher-stripe camp collar as well as the blue Gingham-check camp collar from the same film might be fine. Or what about Roger Moore’s double-breasted blazers? They look best on tall men. Thus, a man of shorter stature would be better off choosing a single-breasted blazer, like Connery’s from Dr. No and Thunderball. The objective here, I believe, is to look at James Bond as an inspiring template but to make sure we only select the items of clothing that work best for own physique, complexion, age, taste and personality, as well as thinking about what is appropriate for a particular location, climate, season, culture and occasion. The Bond template provides something for every man. But not every man can - or should - wear everything simply because Bond wore it.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 January 2021 at 12:02 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?Great ties! The fabrics at both T&A and Frank Foster are equal in quality. Both use the best!
  • Spencer Karter 15 January 2021 at 10:51 on What Can You Take From James Bond’s Wardrobe?Great article Matt. In James Bond related stuff, I recently bought some Benson and Clegg neckties, including the Royal Navy necktie, Brigade of Guards necktie, and etc. I do have some Turnbull And Asser neckties which I bought at eBay many times. Those B&C ties will arrive in the mail very soon. Also, I like to ask you another question, which bespoke shirtmaker has the best fabrics? Turnbull And Asser or Frank Foster Shirts? I hope the London Lockdown ends and both shops reopen soon. Please reply as soon as you can, thank you, stay safe, and God bless you.
  • Eddy 15 January 2021 at 09:28 on The Navy Birdseye Tank Suit in GoldenEyeI purchased a made-to-measure navy birdseye from Mason & Sons, and it's superb. The birdseye is extremely subtle: you would have to look quite closely to notice the pattern. But some of the birdseyes I've seen are much more dramatic.
  • Matt Spaiser 14 January 2021 at 22:45 on Suitings for the SettingGreens like emerald and forest can work on winters, but olive and sage not so much. Taupe is a good alternative to beige and tan.
  • Liam 14 January 2021 at 21:37 on Suitings for the SettingIs green ill-advised for winters? And would taupe be a good cooler alternative to beige or tan?
  • Matt Spaiser 14 January 2021 at 15:20 on The Navy Birdseye Tank Suit in GoldenEyePeople simply like to have choices. At one time or another I have owned ready-to-wear sharkskin, herringbone and birdseye suits, so I don't think these patterns have anything to do with wanting to differentiate bespoke from ready to wear.