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  • Matt Spaiser 13 June 2021 at 23:08 on James Bond and the Solid Black NecktieRepp ties are all-purpose ties. There's nothing more basic and versatile, so you can't go wrong with one. In real life, the grenadine texture doesn't have the chunky look of a knitted tie. I find that it reads as an elegantly textured solid tie.
  • Johan 13 June 2021 at 14:35 on James Bond and the Solid Black NecktieI agree with you, about the knitted tie probably drawing too much attention for a funeral. On the other hand, a grenadine has a pattern too, that may draw attention. (I don't own a grenadine, and I don't quite feel the attraction. They are expensive too, the genuine ones . They have a very complex weave, enormously elegant.) I may simply get a silk repp tie for funeral. They are neutral and seem proper.
  • Matt Spaiser 13 June 2021 at 09:06 on James Bond and the Solid Black NecktieI don't find the knitted tie to be a good choice for a funeral, as it can draw attention and not look somber enough. The grenadine is a much better choice for funerals. In these times, people wear a suit to dress up, so I find that knitted ties are more difficult to wear because they're more appropriate when trying to dress down a suit.
  • Johan 13 June 2021 at 00:48 on James Bond and the Solid Black NecktieI don't own a black tie yet, but am trying to figure which one is overall most usable. The silk repp tie is a very heavy dense black, and I think it would be difficult for me to wear (unless to look really somber at a funeral). I gather a black silk knitted tie (the classic Bond) would be much easier to wear, on various social occasions, even acceptable at a funeral (Bond used a silk grenadine, so I guess a silk knitted tie could work passably as well, at least in these modern times)? I also have my mind set on a more casual licorice (paler) black wool knitted tie, of thick texture, for the colder months.
  • Matt Spaiser 12 June 2021 at 19:24 on From Tailors with Love: The Book Is Now Available!Thanks, Stephen!
  • Stephen Phillip Gardener 12 June 2021 at 07:52 on From Tailors with Love: The Book Is Now Available!Just ordered my hard cover copy can't wait to get it. if you come to Sydney Australia I would love you to sign it. I love everything James Bond.
  • Saul Amezcua 12 June 2021 at 01:42 on The Tomorrow Never Dies Charcoal SuitAnyone know the model name of the churcn oxfords he wore with this suit?
  • Matt Spaiser 10 June 2021 at 09:40 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThanks, Bob. Kamakura used to have a store on Madison Ave near J. Press, but it closed last years.
  • Bob Taulty 10 June 2021 at 03:13 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteIn all the years speaking with you I never saw you in a button-down collar shirt. I like the material and will check out Kamakura. I think the braces would look nicer with an unfused collar shirt. Bob
  • Alik Klein 9 June 2021 at 15:12 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. Whitethank you
  • Jake Blizzard 8 June 2021 at 15:47 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThese are nice. Like the NTTD blue Wooly Pully, I’d also love the Matera outfit.
  • Matt Spaiser 8 June 2021 at 10:11 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThe Chetwynd is a great shoe. It's good with blue and grey suits, but I'd say it's better with a jacket and grey trousers.
  • Bill Tanner 8 June 2021 at 07:36 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteI forgot to mention the shoes would be black. Sorry for the typo above as well.
  • Bill Tanner 8 June 2021 at 07:33 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteNice review Matt! I was always a fan of Mallory's fleur-de-lis motif braces. I have no problem with belt loop trousers with braces, but I much prefer the plain front look. These braces look nice, and works perfect with your ensemble. Over the course of this pandemic, I had pick a new hobby (amongst other hobbies), and that hobby is sewing. I made it my effort to sew buttons for braces in a Charcoal double breasted suit's trousers I had purchased recently. I hope NTTD will bring the usage of braces in fashion. If Craig can bring back the cardigan, then there can be hope for braces. Great review Matt, and keep up with the great work! Ps. I was thinking about buying a pair of Church's Chetwynd shoes. I was wonderong if you think that this shoe would be a great choice, and what do you think would suit pair well with these shoes?
  • Sinclair 8 June 2021 at 05:56 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThis look reminds me of Jaws in Moonraker, wearing braces with cavalry twills sans jacket.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 22:52 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteIt is completely appropriate. Braces are not inherently formal. They're a functional means of supporting your trousers and come in different levels of formality. There are braces for white tie and there are braces for workwear. These are in-between. The white moire braces that Bond wears in a few films are more formal braces that would be inappropriate with anything less formal than black tie. These braces, on the other hand, cannot be worn any more formally than with suits, and I wouldn't wear them with the dressiest of suits. The textured ends make this a little less formal than smooth leather ends, but I think they're fine with any suit that you can wear brown shoes with. I think the textured ends make them ideal with sportier suits (like the Bond wears them with) or with sports coats. My trousers, paired with a tweed jacket like in Goldfinger, are more formal than the corduroy suit in No Time to Die. It's fabric that determines formality more than pocket styles. Frogmouth pockets were originally intended for horseback riding, and people wear braces for that.
  • Ryan Hall (Iconic Film Style Instagram) 7 June 2021 at 22:37 on The From Tailors with Love Book on The Bond ExperienceGreat, I have seen I can get it through Amazon AU. So Hopefully put an order in today. I'm very much looking forward to reading it.
  • Matthew Jaycox 7 June 2021 at 22:11 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteMatt – this may be a stupid question given your pictures up above. But, is it appropriate to wear braces with frogmouth pocket slacks? I am well aware that I may be wrong about this, but something about the formality levels between the two seems to clash.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 20:15 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteI noticed that H.N. White has a selection of braces with braided ends. I don't see them often outside of evening braces, so they stood out to me.
  • Eddy 7 June 2021 at 18:32 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteSince coming to live in Japan I’ve come to prefer clip-on Thurston braces (though I completely understand why there are those who detest the look). But I’ll buy up any braces I find with braided / woven paddles, rather than leather, as I prefer the ‘softer’ look. I may one day graduate to leather ends, but since I came around to that way of thinking, I notice that Thurston now produce leather ends tipped with clips, a combination which in my mind looks outlandish and awful. At least clip-on braces don’t attempt that ‘best of both worlds’ experiment - they’ll never be ‘formal’, so to try to imbue them with prestige by places them onto the ends of the paddles is just ridiculous in my eyes.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 13:22 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThe shoes are the Crockett & Jones Tetbury chukka boots in brown. So it's the Skyfall boot, but in brown instead of black.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 13:21 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteI love white ends on braces too. I feel that my trousers here are just a bit lower than ideal for braces, but they still work well.
  • Hal9k 7 June 2021 at 12:52 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteI have no issue with suspenders on belt-looped pants. I prefer suspenders to belts, and all of my pants have belt loops (most have suspender buttons inside the waistband). When I do wear suspenders, I have a waistcoat, sweater, and/or jacket that covers them (and the belt loops) anyway. Traditionally, they were viewed as underwear that is not to be seen, and I mostly stick to that tradition. When I'm going to skip all those coverings, I put a belt on instead. These look very nice. I may have to track some down.
  • Alik Klein 7 June 2021 at 12:49 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteMay I ask what shoes you are wearing with your trousers? Love the braces
  • Lyndon Chaney 7 June 2021 at 12:09 on The (00)7 Most Iconic Sean Connery Bond Wardrobe PiecesSean Connery wore all his clothes well, Daniel Craig wears his clothes to tight for my liking
  • Jtkuga 7 June 2021 at 11:42 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteI have two pairs of Thurston braces, navy and burgundy, both with white goatskin ends which I feel allows me to wear both black and brown shoes with them. I don't wear them often, as I prefer side adjusters only. However I have lost a couple inches in the waist recently, and one of my pair of pants is too loose with the DAKS style adjusters that I may start wearing them with braces to get use out of them, plus I like looser fitting pants when I wear braces. I feel the braces themselves are more comfortable with looser fitting pants. I really like the rise of your pants there, its about perfect. Not too high as to look old fashioned.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 10:43 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteThanks you! I love these trousers, though they're winter weight, so I'll have to find something else to wear with these braces for the summer.
  • Matt Spaiser 7 June 2021 at 10:40 on The From Tailors with Love Book on The Bond ExperienceThanks, Ryan! I know a few others have been able to get theirs to Australia.
  • tredstone 7 June 2021 at 08:07 on Cocktail (Turnback) CuffsI found the ones from Udeshi too affected for my tastes. This was back in the dark ages of cocktail cuff offerings so I was pretty much willing to give any company a shot. They would've had my return business if they could've just offered a "normal" version in addition to the one with the red stitching, colored gauntlet, oversized collar, etc. The options are so much better now. T&A and M&S are some top shelf choices.
  • HG 7 June 2021 at 02:37 on The No Time to Die Dove Grey Albert Thurston Braces from H.N. WhiteGreat. Your version improves over the source of inspiration imho. I don't like corduroy. Those trousers by Mason and Sons are very very nice. Regards