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  • Matt Spaiser 25 May 2019 at 14:32 on Brioni Shirts in Die Another DayIt’s about 6 inches.
  • Piero Cirino 25 May 2019 at 06:58 on Brioni Shirts in Die Another DayHi Matt, what do you think is the distance between the tips in these Brioni shirts?
  • E.O. 24 May 2019 at 21:08 on Navy Linen Suit in Casino RoyaleI’d always associated the material of the shirt to be a light-colored chambray, or a blend of it with linen or cotton. Undeniably a white and blue end on end weave though.
  • Welshboy78 24 May 2019 at 20:04 on Orlebar Brown’s 007 CollaborationRegardless of opinion and cost - this collection is selling out fast!!!! Lovely article
  • Renard 24 May 2019 at 12:28 on M: The Double-Breasted, Shawl Collar Dinner JacketSee https://www.moviestore.com/bernard-lee-100373/ Could it be that he is wearing a cummerbund (bunching of the shirt)? Would be a little odd since it it is not needed with a double-breasted dj.
  • Renard 24 May 2019 at 07:51 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tMatt, considering all those recent articles on white dinner jackets - could it be that you are planning to have one made for you (?) Best, Renard
  • Renard 24 May 2019 at 07:20 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’t"...,but just doesn’t look that sharp in terms of the way it seems to fit on Connery" -May I ask what is wrong with its fit? I can't make out that. It is cut in exactly the same style as all his other suits in the early classic Bond movies: In comparison to the DAF one, the cut is a bit more drapey (but tall man like Connery can wear that) and the quarters are more open. But that's it and then, the DAF dj has (slanted!) flap pockets (gimmicky) which are completely out of place on a white dj which is formal and no casual wear. The GF one has jetted pockets and no vents, and that's comme il faut. Moore's white dj from TMWTGG is what I would consider curious - due to its overwide lapels it appears as if Moore is wearing a jacket which is far too large for him (the photoshop montage above clearly illustrates that).
  • E.O. 23 May 2019 at 20:52 on From Tailors with Love: Orlebar Brown SpecialI loved the podcast! Just as Matt says, not everyone intends to wear it when they buy it, like the onesie, they just want the childhood memory piece in their wardrobe and hang to stare at it. Ironic how the DAF terry shirt, the bashed one, is one of the only waitlist products now along with the onesie! Glad I got hold of it.
  • tredstone 23 May 2019 at 19:35 on From Tailors with Love: Orlebar Brown SpecialIn some areas Brioni and Tom Ford off-the-rack can be more expensive than bespoke, and that is certainly true for dress shirts. I would consider Charvet and T&A at the pinnacle of shirtmaking and even their bespoke shirts don't cost as much as a TF off the rack shirt.
  • Sam Tucker 23 May 2019 at 18:55 on From Tailors with Love: Orlebar Brown SpecialI hope I'm not being impolite by asking, but where do you get your bespoke suits? How does the price compare to high-end ready-to-wear brands like Brioni and Tom Ford?
  • Sam Tucker 23 May 2019 at 18:49 on The Tan Basketweave Sports Coat in Live and Let DieMoore and some of the other actors actually commented on this. It was not comfortable! Apparently the heat was nearly unbearable even with nothing but swim trunks on it was so bad. Moore did comment that his clothes were a lot more comfortable than Villechaize's heavy black morning dress, so it was probably very lightweight, though no one was anywhere near actual comfort while filming that scene.
  • A. NYMBERG 23 May 2019 at 16:38 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tI live in Scandinavia and wear black tie regularly (4-5 occasions/year). I've only wore my white dinner jacket four times ever: in Macau, the Bahamas, Monaco and Tangier. The correct location and setting is key to this garment, in my opinion.
  • tredstone 23 May 2019 at 16:22 on Anatomy of a Turnbull & Asser ShirtIt seems collars which work just as well open and fastened are trendier nowadays, which I can say the TWINE collar is not. You absolutely cannot wear it under a sweater sans tie (believe me I tried lol).
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2019 at 15:38 on Anatomy of a Turnbull & Asser ShirtI think it's an excellent idea. The only thing that may prevent them from doing that is that Brosnan's collar is unfashionable at the moment. They have recently released a shirt with a shorter collar, since that's probably where they feel the demand is. But if they sell the shirt as a Brosnan shirt it may still do well. There is certainly demand for it around these parts.
  • tredstone 23 May 2019 at 15:34 on Anatomy of a Turnbull & Asser ShirtI don't mean this as an unprofitable pie-in-the-sky idea, but I realistically think T&A should offer some of the shirts from the Brosnan era, similar to what they do with the "Dr. No" shirts. Release some poplin and royal oxford double cuff shirts using the same colors and cotton as worn in TND and TWINE with the high-banded collar worn by Pierce. I think they could be a pretty popular offering without having to do a whole lot of R&D lol.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2019 at 12:29 on Anatomy of a Turnbull & Asser ShirtThe collar points in The Thomas Crown Affair are about 3 inches long.
  • Piero Cirino 23 May 2019 at 12:16 on Anatomy of a Turnbull & Asser ShirtHi Matt, I see that it is difficult to reconstruct the measurements of the neck of the shirt in TCA. I'm trying, I just miss the length of the spikes. Looking at the neck it could be 3 inches. Do you have news about it?
  • Renard 23 May 2019 at 07:34 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tThe fit of the GF jacket is by no means inferior to the OP one - it is simply a different style of tailoring. And yes - as Christian stated, the fact that it is the most iconic among all of Bond's white dinner jackets is of course due to Connery's way of wearing it. It looks undoubtedly more stylish on him than the rest - including Connery's DAF version. And indeed it needs some audacity / boldness / chuzpah to pull it off. That Moore looks more pedestrian in it is for the simple reason that his Bond portrayal lacks those qualities - in comparison to Connery, Moore's type is much more on the average side.
  • Jason Quinones 23 May 2019 at 04:24 on From Tailors with Love: Orlebar Brown SpecialI buy bespoke suits and even I had sticker price shock. Surprisingly, many items are already out of stock so I guess a substantial number of other people did not. I wonder how the toweling polo feels.
  • Christian 23 May 2019 at 02:20 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tI agree with you all over the Goldfinger jacket in terms of (its curious) fit. But the use of a white dinner jacket at that moment in the film, and Connery's swaggering entrance, are perfect.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2019 at 00:22 on The Saint in Full Evening DressI don’t know of shops that offer made to measure tailcoats, but they may exist. Bespoke makes quite a difference with the fit of a tailcoat.
  • Sam Tucker 23 May 2019 at 00:11 on The Saint in Full Evening DressIs it possible to achieve a proper white tie fit like that with made-to-measure? Or would you have to g full bespoke? Does anyone know if any tailors in London offer made-to-measure white tie?
  • Matt Spaiser 22 May 2019 at 22:20 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tYes, it is always appropriate in the tropics, which are always warm and have no seasons. It's appropriate much of the year in the subtropics as well.
  • Sam Tucker 22 May 2019 at 21:13 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tSo would a white dinner jacket be appropriate year round, for all black tie occasions, in the tropics?
  • Matt Spaiser 22 May 2019 at 14:46 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tLos Angeles in January can feel like summer to a New Yorker like me, and that gives him a pass.
  • David Starzyk 22 May 2019 at 14:23 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tHey: If Ryan Gosling can wear one in the winter, and OWN it, then it's fair game, and all-year round to boot! Being a clothes-horse myself, am attempting to get my youngest son to wear one of mine to his girlfriend's senior prom; have a vintage BB, hand-made, LOVELY ivory dinner jacket, hoping he makes the plunge, as last year he wore my midnight blue, 1956 tux, that is one BEAUTIFUL work of art....makes one feel a bit like Mr. Bond.
  • FS 22 May 2019 at 13:38 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tI am in 100% agreement with this. Especially the praise for the Octopussy DJ and the sentiment that the Goldfinger jacket is overrated.
  • Matt Spaiser 22 May 2019 at 13:13 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tWell said, David. I feel exactly the same way about the six Bond dinner jackets.
  • tredstone 22 May 2019 at 12:08 on James Cook at Turnbull & Asser BespokeJames Cook is now the new general manager at the Jermyn Street store! (previously had a stint as manager of the nearby Mayfair branch)
  • david marlborough 22 May 2019 at 07:42 on When Bond Could Have Worn an Ivory Dinner Jacket But Didn’tThe Octopussy version is clearly the best executed of all of these jackets followed by the MWTGG jacket which has novelty of being he only double breasted white dinner jacket in the series and like all the clothing in that movie, it’s exemplery. I personally find the reverence for the Goldfinger jacket overblown. Ok, it was the first example of this outfit in the Bond series however, personally I find Connery’s second in DAF to be far more polished looking. The remaining three are all ok. Just ok. Because they all have some issues. The Goldfinger example is fine but just doesn’t look that sharp in terms of the way it seems to fit on Connery, the AVTAK jacket is beautifilly cut but a little pedestrian (nothing to mark it out as being a dinner jacket specifically) and the Spectre one (while it was nice to see it return) had the ineptitude and lack of flair of Temime and Craig written all over it.