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  • Matt Spaiser 25 March 2019 at 03:31 on The Famous North By Northwest SuitYou're not the first person who has mistaken this welt breast pocket for a jetted pocket. It has a regular welt breast pocket, not a double or single jetted breasted pocket. The glen check helps the pocket welt to blend in with the suit so it is difficult to see. The welt is also not cut at the same angle as the chest, which is what gives it that gaping look. The front is dramatically darted, further making the pocket look gaping.
  • Le Canadien 25 March 2019 at 03:29 on Young Q: “Expensive Student” StyleKnitted tie and faint grey stripe on double cuffed shirt remind anyone else of Goldfinger? I notice some distinct Connery cues in this Q scene. Some times the old ways are best.
  • jo 25 March 2019 at 01:54 on The Famous North By Northwest SuitThanks for the article Matt. I think this suit is one of the most influential of the twentieth century. It is SB, three button etc. but the cut and colour move away from flannel and predict a tonal pallette that lasted decades (seventies earth colours notwithstanding). I also think it had an influence on JFK's attire and style through the '60 to '63 period. One of the most important features of the jacket was the breast pocket. I think it is jetted (like a waist pocket) vs. a single welt which leaves it slightly gaping. From a distance it makes it almost invisible, this does two things: lengthens and leans the torso whilst also broadening the chest by promoting a less distracted silhouette; secondly by removing the traditional pocket hank it modernises the visage by removing, for a modern eye, the 50's anachronism. The overall effect of the clean, sleek cut (by combining all of the features you point to) also presages the less formal form of suit silhouettes introduced by Armani in the eighties and again in the nineties.
  • Matt Spaiser 24 March 2019 at 18:18 on Poll: Should Bond have worn a tweed jacket for Skyfall’s climax?Yes, but that is a topcoat rather than a jacket.
  • 007 For All Mankind 24 March 2019 at 17:53 on Poll: Should Bond have worn a tweed jacket for Skyfall’s climax?I'm sorry if this is my misunderstanding... but doesn't Daniel Craig's Bond wear tweed at M's apartment with the black cashmere polo and the prince of wales check trousers in Casino Royale?
  • Ron Pruitt 23 March 2019 at 19:37 on Dark Navy Grenadine: The Most Versatile Tie Ever?Aquascutum was the original maker of the iconic trench coat worn by Humphrey Bogart. I read that around 2016, they began making the Bogart trench coat again for $1,500 US.
  • Agent 00Soul 22 March 2019 at 14:34 on From Tailors with Love: SPYSCAPE SpecialI noticed a similar thing when I visited Portmierion, Wales - the unique town that "The Prisoner" was filmed in. When I was first there in the 1980s, the locals, while sort of polite, also essentially greeted us fans with eyerolls and shrugged shoulders. I was back again in September and I noticed everything had changed. Prisoner fans were actively welcomed. They had even built a monument to Patrick McGoohan. The head of Public Programs, who was giving a tour, told me that the staff were amazed that a 17 episode spy show from 50 years ago is now, whether they liked and understood it or not, what the town was going to be known for.
  • Matt Spaiser 19 March 2019 at 20:18 on (00)7 Essentials in James Bond’s Coat ClosetI think it can be.
  • Eddy 19 March 2019 at 20:01 on (00)7 Essentials in James Bond’s Coat ClosetThanks, Matt! For the raincoat, do you think a (navy) trenchcoat would be appropriate?
  • Matt Spaiser 19 March 2019 at 18:38 on Sean Connery’s Dinner Jacket Sold at AuctionIt is explained why it’s not that in the article.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 19 March 2019 at 17:41 on Sean Connery’s Dinner Jacket Sold at AuctionIf were the dinner jacket from the pre-title sequenceof "From Russia with love"?
  • Matt Spaiser 19 March 2019 at 15:09 on The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): The 3-Piece Glen Plaid SuitI think it could be the same collar from Tomorrow Never Dies. You can see a good photo of Brosnan's patterns from my trip to Bury Street: https://www.bondsuits.com/turnbull-asser-shirt-patterns/
  • tredstone 19 March 2019 at 14:35 on The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): The 3-Piece Glen Plaid SuitMatt, do you think this collar is the same one as worn in TND? It doesn't quite look like the TWINE one to my eyes. Although going by the recent T&A Bond experience video, he does have 4 different collar types amongst his pattern. https://ibb.co/mbJj2k4 (For those curious, the innermost collar outline is the TWINE one)
  • Old School 19 March 2019 at 14:05 on The Advantages of BracesMatt , l bought Moire Braces from Albert Thurston recently. They stopped using silk to make the Moire , and now use a cotton nylon blend ( under their own line , that is ) . I was also told by their staff that Albert Thurston used to make their Barathea ( under their own line ) using silk in the past, but " over the years " they replaced it with a nylon cotton blend. Would you happen to have any idea , what year or decade Albert Thurston started using Nylon in their Braces ? You previously mentioned that Nylon was introduced to Braces in the late 1940s. You were right because l found a catalog of an American Company called " Paris Suspenders " which claims that they introduced nylon to braces in a February , 1950 Advertisment , but these were All elastic American models . I found a 1956 London Ad about a company called Baxen braces which used Nylon thread in their stitching , but these were for Artificial silk Elastic braces ( Basically polyester stretchy braces ) .I would suspect that Albert Thurston , a British heritage brand , would adopt Nylon in their rigid Barrathea braces much more later ?
  • Old School 19 March 2019 at 13:59 on Sean Connery’s Dinner Jacket Sold at AuctionMaybe it was used in a scene that later got deleted ? Like Daniel Craig's cream silk suit in Quantom of Solace ?
  • Danny Le 18 March 2019 at 17:34 on Sean Connery’s Dinner Jacket Sold at AuctionPerhaps the dinner jacket is from Connery’s appearance on the Sammy Davis Jr Variety Show in 1966?
  • Frank 17 March 2019 at 18:53 on The New York City Bond ExperienceThank you, that is great to hear.
  • Old School 17 March 2019 at 17:08 on Trouser AdjustersThanks , both of you .
  • Tredstone 17 March 2019 at 16:23 on From Tailors with Love: SPYSCAPE SpecialThe bit about T&A coming around with their Bond association is interesting. They used to be much more discreet about their association, and at times a bit snooty with Bond fans, particularly at their UK location (ask some folks at ajb007 about their circa 2000 experiences). Along with their increased online presence (social media, online sales), they seem to have decided the Bond association is a good thing. I also think some of the younger Bond fans who grew up watching Brosnan and knowing of the T&A link are coming of age so to speak, and now have the disposable income to afford $500 bespoke shirts lol. So they are wise to make those fans feel like welcome customers.
  • Daniel Johnson 17 March 2019 at 15:53 on Trouser AdjustersJust tell David you don’t want side adjusters.
  • Matt Spaiser 17 March 2019 at 15:34 on The New York City Bond ExperienceYes, they said they can do it.
  • Frank 17 March 2019 at 13:28 on The New York City Bond ExperienceDo T&A now offer to make the actual Connery cocktail cuff in their bespoke orders? I recall they used to not offer this in the past.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 March 2019 at 01:18 on Trouser AdjustersYes, side adjusters can be removed. And that suit will not show any marks from the stitching.
  • Old School 16 March 2019 at 00:36 on Trouser Adjustershttps://www.masonandsons.com/products/unstructured-baby-alpaca-windowpane-suit-green Matt , l have plans to purchase this Mason and Sons suit , but l would like the side adjusters removed , since l wear all my trousers with braces and have no use for the side adjusters. Is it possible for a competent tailor to remove the side adjusters somehow ?
  • Jovan Gauthier-Vincent 15 March 2019 at 20:57 on Two- and Three-Eyelet DerbyMichael, I have to do that with some of my shoes/shoelaces but reluctantly so. It just doesn't look as nice.
  • Michael Poplawski 15 March 2019 at 17:30 on Two- and Three-Eyelet DerbyDouble knot them.
  • tredstone 15 March 2019 at 15:24 on Pick-and-Pick Suit in The World Is Not EnoughMaybe once there's a 4k UHD release of the Bond movies we'll be able to tell. Right now on iTunes they have 4k versions for streaming, although in my opinion it's a compressed version that doesn't even meet Blu-ray quality in some areas.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 March 2019 at 15:12 on Pick-and-Pick Suit in The World Is Not EnoughI am unable to tell because white doesn't show the fine texture of royal oxford very well. It could be royal oxford, as many of of Brosnan's white shirts are that. If not, it's poplin.
  • tredstone 15 March 2019 at 13:53 on Pick-and-Pick Suit in The World Is Not EnoughHi Matt, Can you expand a little bit on the T&A shirt worn here? Is it poplin, royal oxford, etc?
  • saul 15 March 2019 at 04:32 on The New York City Bond ExperienceCould you a please give me the link at your convenience?