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  • John 26 May 2022 at 10:14 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserThe length looks great. Maybe the jackets just seem long in an age when the "bum freezer" look is prevalent.
  • Matt Spaiser 25 May 2022 at 19:59 on The Navy Blue Sharkskin Suit in SpectreI don’t know, but it’s probably about 9 9z.
  • JT 25 May 2022 at 11:47 on The Navy Blue Sharkskin Suit in SpectreHi Matt, Do we know the rough weight of the cloth? If not, what would you estimate? Thanks!
  • Giselle Gauthier 25 May 2022 at 00:48 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserRespectfully disagree about the pocket flaps, they look proportionate to the lapels.
  • Matt Spaiser 24 May 2022 at 13:03 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserThe button stance on these suits is higher than usual for the 1980s, which might be why the jackets look long to you. The jackets are longer than what is currently fashionable, but they are a standard length for any suit jackets made before the 2010s.
  • Saul Amezcua 24 May 2022 at 12:41 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserWords to live by 1. Id rather drive a used aston martin than a new nissan any day of the week. 2. Always first class, never full price... 3. Smile for the birdie you bastard
  • Daniele 24 May 2022 at 12:12 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserVery, very beautiful pieces, Matt! But I don't think they would fit you better with a lower button stance, at all. The opposite, perhaps. Stance is actually very low, and also the jackets are too long, in my opinion. But they reflect the 80's cut
  • Reid Stapleton 24 May 2022 at 09:16 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserLove the suits, you got so lucky finding them for a good price. My favorites the Birdseye Suit of course. I was surprised to see the prince of Wales check is navy and cream. From afar it looks like a typical black and white medium gray which reminds me of the navy and sand check suit from Goldeneye. A navy birdseye and a medium grey Glen check are the two non solid suits I hope to eventually get, although the check suit would be way more subtle like the Gold finger suit.
  • Brandon 24 May 2022 at 00:59 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserCongrats, Matt on these wonderful finds! I too had some luck recently with picking up some Bondian English RTW tailoring myself. I discovered that Dege&Skinner has a very reasonably priced small collection of RTW suits and blazers. The suits are in classic Bondian cloths like navy twill, navy birdseye, and a small/subtle mid-grey appearing Glen check. Basically, the same assortment as you picked up here. The jackets are cut very much in Dege's strongly British house style with a structured construction, strong roped shoulders, suppressed waist, flared skirt, tall double vents, bellied notch lapels and a medium low button stance. The trousers have a medium rise, forward pleats and side adjusters. I grabbed the navy twill and am over the moon. Apart from the more Brosnan-ian padded, roped shoulders (which I typically find more flattering on myself due to rather uneven shoulders from an old injury), the jacket silhouette reminds me a lot of Lazenby's button two suits from OHMSS with the benefit of Connery's pleated trousers, which are once again more flattering and comfortable on my more muscular legs. I like to think it was a very successful attempt at taking inspiration from Bond and adapting it for my particular physique and personal style.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 20:32 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserI remember a grey puppytooth check suit, but I can't remember the others. It was an easy decision to pass on the ones I didn't take.
  • Timothy 23 May 2022 at 19:07 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserTruly beautiful, the gentleman who owned these evidently had excellent taste. I love the large scales of both herringbone cloths. I'm curious, what were some examples of the suits you passed on?
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 14:39 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserIt's the camera lens and angle of the photo that is making the jacket look longer. It's the same as the others.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 23 May 2022 at 13:52 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserGreat cut,great suits and jackets! Oh,if only Timothy Dalton was gone to Chester Barrie (driven by a good wardrobe supervisor). Maybe the birdeye suit is a bit long...but is in line with the equestrian British style tradition.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 13:13 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserThank you! I used to be a 40R, and it was still difficult finding clothes at that size.
  • Jtkuga 23 May 2022 at 12:54 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserAll look good on you and what a nice price! Great finds there. I have been trying to find some vintage suits and sport coats to buy, and despite having a slightly more common size than you, 40R, I still have found it difficult.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 10:47 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserThe person had very elegant tastes for sure.
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 10:45 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserThe braces change was one that I made for the blue birdseye suit. Thank you for the corrections.
  • Aodhan 23 May 2022 at 10:24 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & Asser"The only thing I would change with these suits is that I’d rather have side adjusters on the trousers rather than belt loops, I would have preferred the jackets without a ticket pocket, and I would have liked the button stance on the jackets to have been slightly lower." The blue birdseye suit clearly has suspender/braces buttons and the trousers don't seem to have belt loops (it seems unlikely that they're spaced such that they can't be seen). Was this another change you had your alterations tailor make? (Incidentally, "rather" is used twice in the sentence quoted above and you wrote "the only thing" and then listed multiple things that you'd change.)
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 09:52 on The Tomorrow Never Dies Charcoal SuitI think it’s about 11 oz.
  • tredstone 23 May 2022 at 08:38 on The Tomorrow Never Dies Charcoal SuitApproximately what would have been the weight of this (lightweight) flannel cloth?
  • tredstone 23 May 2022 at 08:27 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserIncredible find. Did the person behind this estate sale have English tastes in other areas?
  • Ivan B. 23 May 2022 at 07:28 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserAmazing and well written post Matt! I must confess that I have lot to say with regards to this post but overall top marks! Firstly, I find it fascinating how all these pieces somehow have a connection to Bond from the Turnbull & Asser brand (as you alluded to, the jackets are similar to Lazenby's, the trousers to 1980's Moore, and the colour palette and style reminiscent of the suits worn by Connery, Lazenby and Brosnan's Bonds). I also find it fascinating on the predominance of blue as the primary colour palettes as it is very much a literary Bond staple and homage. They are all fairly conservative pieces in the the typical city colours perfect for your situations and for your cool complexion (I myself as someone with a cool winter complexion am personally inclined to these pieces as a result!) Secondly, I enjoy the variety of the pieces as it pretty much covers nearly any situation in a year. Some are perfect for formal or business in a year round context (the dark blue birdseye, navy herringbone, and charcoal sharkskin suits), one for warmer weather (navy tropical wool), one for more sporty and social suit wearing occasions (Prince of Wales check suit), as well as cool weather odd jackets (wool cavalry twill blazer and black-and-white herringbone cashmere jacket). Lastly, I like how timeless these pieces are cut and they fit your frame fairly well for something not custom made for you. The details aren't particularly dated and are generally well proportioned. Though they all look great, I would agree with the details you would change (side adjusters instead of belt loops, no ticket pockets, and a slightly lower button stance) and I would add that the pocket flaps could be narrowed to a more classic width instead of the slightly wide width present (though I don't think the wide width are bad, just a bit wider than the ideal, but that's a matter of preference). Overall, all I can say is that this is an impressive post you've written and is a great inspiration for someone like me who is slowly building the foundations of wardrobe that are inspired by James Bond as these pieces (with a few concessions to my tastes and personal circumstances) may be the very things I need for most of my tailored clothing needs and circumstances!
  • Matt Spaiser 23 May 2022 at 05:57 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserNo, it’s a Jules Jurgensen. It looks just as much like Sean Connery’s dress watch as the popular Gruen does. Hopefully one day we’ll know what Connery’s watch is!
  • George 23 May 2022 at 05:07 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserHi! What Watch do you wear in this Photos? It is not a Gruen Watch? Thanks, George
  • James+Bond+007 23 May 2022 at 02:49 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserVery interesting Matt! I think while this was James Bond's shirt maker in the films it is interesting to see them as suit creators as well. Thanks for sharing!
  • Mike+the+Tailor 23 May 2022 at 02:25 on Vintage James Bond Suit Style from Turnbull & AsserGreat finds! If you head to LouLou any time soon tell them Mike, since relocating to Cleveland, misses them. I think I remember you mentioning them before…
  • Timothy 22 May 2022 at 20:16 on Remington Steele’s Camel Hair Sports Coat: An American ClassicI think the construction is impeccable barring the narrow shoulders. Pierce has a very slight frame, that's well known, why emphasize it? Especially when he's got the '80s helmet do which makes him look top heavy. It's the opposite problem he has with his very-full-cut suits in Goldeneye, which he's swimming in, but at least they give him some presence.
  • Le Chiffre 21 May 2022 at 21:52 on Remington Steele’s Camel Hair Sports Coat: An American ClassicI agree. It’s an outfit that would work better on Roger Moore. Also not a big fan of the jacket’s cut. It emphasizes his narrow shoulders instead of build him/them up. The button stance could be half an inch lower, too.
  • Matt Spaiser 21 May 2022 at 20:51 on Quantum of Solace Midnight Blue SuitI understand it to be 45% cashmere, 55% mohair and 280g.
  • JT 21 May 2022 at 20:23 on Quantum of Solace Midnight Blue SuitHI Matt, Do we know the exact fabric composition and weight of the cloth? Thanks!