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  • tredstone 17 July 2019 at 12:24 on From Tailors with Love: Alternative James Bond WatchesRolex owns Tudor though so the similarities in design language are OK. It's not trying to be something it's not (unlike say, an Invicta). I agree with you about discreet elegance, in which case, in this day and age there are a few other brands that can probably fit the bill better than Rolex.
  • Hagensen 17 July 2019 at 08:48 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsFirst of all, congratulations on getting married Matt! I saw the images in your previous post and both you and your wife look amazing! And thanks for these posts on getting your tuxedo, extremely interesting and informative as always. The extended front darts on the jacket and what you wrote about them changing the way the skirt flares is something I had never really thought about but indeed it does add a much cleaner and more elegant look to the lower part of the jacket front. It is something I have never really been able to put my finger on when it comes to Connery's Sinclair suits,
  • SAUL 17 July 2019 at 01:16 on From Tailors with Love: Alternative James Bond WatchesIt looks too much like a rolex. It reminds me of Kia's attempt to make a Porsche look alike. I say skip the lattes for an extra months, and pretty soon you will have enough to purchase a precision, which in my opinion is right in line with discreet elegance.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 15:21 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsI was carrying my Kenner Han Solo Blaster.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 15:20 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsI did not get a waist covering for this suit because I realistically didn't think I would wear it much, though a waistcoat would be fun to have.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 15:13 on The Casino Royale Dinner Jacket2×110 self-on-self weave sounds right, but poplin does not. Poplin and self-on-self are mutually exclusive as they are two different weaves, and this shirt only has one weave. Perhaps Sherwood meant to write "cotton" instead of "poplin".
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 15:11 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThanks! The forward pleats are a nod to Connery, but I also chose them because of my love for classic English tailoring. I would certainly consider suit trousers with pleats, especially if they are as well-cut as these trousers. There's no fine line between midnight blue and dark navy. This is on the lighter side of what could be considered midnight blue, but the light and the way the camera is treating the light is making the colour of this suit look slightly lighter. I took these photos in the early evening. Natural light emphasises the blue of midnight blue, while artificial light makes it look black.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 15:05 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThank you! Though their ready-to-wear suits are great, and their Special Order suits are even better, this bespoke suit is way beyond those in make.
  • Matthew W 16 July 2019 at 13:51 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsWhat was the pistol and holster carried??
  • jdreyfuss 16 July 2019 at 13:35 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsMine has forward pleats too, and I think they work very well. Given that there's some assumption that many black tie events will involve some amount of dancing, it's useful to have that little bit of relief around the hips. Plus, forward pleats don't add as much bulk to the front of the pants as reverse pleats do, so you still maintain a relatively clean look. Do you have a waist cover for yours or do you plan to just go without at all times? I would generally go without or just wear a cummerbund, but my family has a traditional pocket watch the grooms all wear at our weddings, so I had to get a vest at least for that. I ended up going with a low 4 button vest in black wool with a full back, U-shaped neckline, and shawl revers sewn down at the back seam. It's not a perfect match to the black barathea of the suit, but they're both plain weaves, and the colors are virtually a dead match, so they do work together.
  • tredstone 16 July 2019 at 11:49 on The Casino Royale Dinner JacketJames Sherwood's official T&A book describes the shirt as a 2x110 self-on-self weave poplin... does that sound right?
  • Ryan Hall 16 July 2019 at 08:50 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsVery elegant Matt, was the choice of forward pleats a direct nod to Connery? Would you consider suit trousers with pleats? Also the colour looks more a dark navy then midnight blue is this just the sunlight?
  • Elias 16 July 2019 at 06:14 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsAmazing tailoring. How does it compare to their "off the rack" suits/dinner suits? Congrats on your wedding. (Nice pictures too)
  • Shin-hau Khoo 16 July 2019 at 04:56 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsMatt, good that you also find that the extended front dart made the skirt flare a little less. That was exactly what my tailor told me when I requested for it on my jackets (referring to the one I showed you). Interestingly also, my tailor remarked that he would usually only cut the extended front dart for his lady customers - it gives a more military inspired toughness to the silhouette, especially on the default women's body shape. It definitely works with and complement my prominent posterior and muscular tighs, I attest!
  • BH6 16 July 2019 at 04:24 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsAmazing job bringing it all together. Classic in every way, so you’ll get many years of use out of it!
  • Mauricio 16 July 2019 at 03:35 on A First Look at the Bond 25 Suit StyleCraig is just a well dressed man. He is not elegant at all. He is not at that level.
  • Mauricio 16 July 2019 at 03:33 on Sean Connery’s Suits in Woman of Straw vs GoldfingerI never saw anybody that looks so good in a suit as Sean Connery. His elegance is natural, the suits are a mere complement. I do not know what happened in this world to accept Daniel Craig in this role. No suit of the universe saves him from mediocrity.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 July 2019 at 02:08 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThank you, Jay! I went with the extended front dart for the authenticity of it. I really wanted to be able to experience the same style the first three Bonds wore. It makes the skirt flare a little less.
  • Jay 16 July 2019 at 00:56 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsI may be a little late to the party but first, Congrats on your wedding Matt!! You also have two very tasteful dinner jackets. Very Bondian and very classy. Just out of curiosity, what made you go with the extended front dart, and how does it change the shape of the Jacket skirt? Does it flare more?
  • Matt Spaiser 15 July 2019 at 21:48 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThe pleats were my decision, but David Mason himself also likes them. I find the buckle side-adjusters to function better than the button type, but as I am going to be wearing these trousers with braces anyway I thought it would be a nice touch to get the Connery-style adjusters.
  • Eddy Anderson 15 July 2019 at 20:59 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsWonderful. Very tasteful. I particularly like the gauntlet cuffs, the roped shoulders (which seem softer than on some of Bond's jackets?) and the gentle lapel roll. Good call on the pleats, too! I would have been very wary of them but I can see how they work well! Did Mason & Sons encourage them, or was it very much your own decision? And are button-tab side-adjusters preferable to the buckle kind?
  • Christian 15 July 2019 at 19:11 on From Tailors with Love: Alternative James Bond WatchesTudor is an excellent watch, and the company is putting out some interesting product that occupies a space vacated by Rolex. Their new GMT is on my acquisition list and is, to me, far more appealing than the new Rolex Pepsi GMT as the aluminum bezel pops with color in a way the (admittedly nearly indestructible) ceramic bezel of the Rolex does not. Anyone who downgrades Tudor simply does not know watches and is letting price point snobbery dictate their trolling tweets. And I do have a Rolex on my wrist as I type this.
  • jdreyfuss 15 July 2019 at 15:55 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThat's a very nice looking tuxedo. I wish I could have afforded a bespoke tux for my wedding, but the closest I could come was a Ralph Lauren Blue Label tuxedo taken to a bespoke tailor for alterations. He basically recut it, so it's fitted well to me, but it doesn't have the little personal details or perfectly fitted and blocked canvassing that a bespoke suit does.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 July 2019 at 12:28 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsThe gold watch is a Jules Jurgensen. I was indeed inspired by the gold watch that Connery wears not only in Dr. No but in most of his other Bond films. I'm not sure we'll ever find out exactly which watch Connery wore because so many watches made in that era look the same from a distance, and sometimes even up close!
  • Brendan 15 July 2019 at 12:19 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsA quite stunning piece of tailoring. As a regular customer of Mason & Sons I cannot recommend them highly enough.
  • tredstone 15 July 2019 at 12:10 on From Tailors with Love: Alternative James Bond WatchesThere's definitely some serious collectors who also have Tudors. I think Tudor is trying to inherit the space that was vacated by Omega when they moved upmarket (along with higher prices) to try to compete more directly with Rolex. I'm pretty impressed with Omega lately and they probably offer some of the best bang for buck in the luxury segment. Master chronometer certification, co-axial escapement, and putting fully anti-magnetic movements across many of their ranges (which can withstand 15,000 gauss... guys that's a freaking 1.5 tesla MRI). They just need to make thinner watches...
  • tredstone 15 July 2019 at 11:54 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsGreat outfit Matt. Wonderfully executed. Tell us a bit about the gold watch - was it a bit of a nod to the watch Connery wore in Dr. No in the opening casino scene? (presumably an Elgin watch, though still debated in some circles)
  • Timothy 15 July 2019 at 07:05 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsGreat to see the whole outfit in more detail. I have to agree with what you perceive to be a perfect dinner suit, there's very little (if anything) I'd do differently were I to buy a bespoke suit. I particularly like the gauntlet cuffs, and I can't wait to get some like it someday.
  • SAUL 15 July 2019 at 05:57 on A Bespoke Anthony Sinclair Wedding Dinner Suit — Part 2: Cut and DetailsGentlemen, this is how we use Bond; As a foundation to be the best version of ourselves. We are not imitators, nor do we cosplay. Get it right .....