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  • Nick 21 October 2018 at 04:34 on Shoes or No Shoes in the House for James Bond?Here in Canada (or at least where I live), taking off your shoes is the standard. Some people leave their shoes on in their house, but most take them off, which probably goes back to the snowy weather here. But you are expected to take your shoes off when entering someone else's house. I personally would never walk into someone's house with my shoes on unless I was told I could or I asked first and was given an okay. It would kinda feel like you think you own the place if you just walked right into someone's house with your shoes on. Thats just how people see it in my area.
  • Travers Alvirez 21 October 2018 at 04:20 on Suede Shooting Vest and Brown ShirtI have an M1A and an M16A4 rifle, and I had only wore my Anthony Sinclair suits when I was firing them. Definitely no need for pleats anywhere, even for a jacket. My take, though, is some people fancy extra designs on their garments.
  • Old School 21 October 2018 at 02:29 on Suede Shooting Vest and Brown ShirtMatt , the shoulder pleats are a necessity for those traditional shooting vests. I do duck hunting twice a year with a shotgun and l own a very similar vintage shooting vest . The idea is that these vests were designed in an era when side by side double barrel Shotguns were still the standard hunting shotguns among the English ( the kind of gun used by Hugo Drax in the Pheasant hunt in Moon Raker ). These guns were notorious for their recoil and weren't very accurate. You couldn't aim a side by side shotgun the way you aim a normal gun . There was a specific technique called " snap shooting " that applied to these guns. It required the hunter to swing the gun up instinctively , when game was flying over him and discharge the gun into the flock of quail or pheasant in the sky. The shoulder pleats were instrumental in helping the Hunter manipulate his shoulder joints to swing the gun up fast enough ( you typically have only a couple of seconds to score a successful hit on them ). On a related note , the shooting vests also had a rubber pad sewn inside the shoulders , to stop the guy's monstrous recoil from hurting the shooter Nowadays , you won't find many shooting vests with this feature , because Side by Side Shotguns are obsolete ( except in 8 or 4 bore calibers ) . You can still see traditional Shooting Vests like these in the Holland and Holland Gun store in Bond Street in London . Hope this helps.
  • Matt Spaiser 21 October 2018 at 01:37 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreThey cost 200 GBP, with a minimum first order of 6. The cost per shirt is less than other English bespoke, but others have lowered their minimum first order.
  • Paul 20 October 2018 at 13:47 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreLovely shirts Matt.Do you mind if I ask what is the current cost of Frank Foster shirts?Thank you.
  • Scott Lewis 20 October 2018 at 04:41 on Suede Shooting Vest and Brown ShirtI know your comment if over six years old Matt, but if I may throw in my two cents as a man who is in his very early twenties, I personally wear my trousers at the height Moore's are in this article. To me, it feels more comfortable than this low rise mess that make you feel like your going to have a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Matt Spaiser 20 October 2018 at 03:19 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreI think that our clothes should serve a purpose in our wardrobe. There are some clothes that I like the looks of but do not fit my needs. I don't think I will ever need an evening tailcoat.
  • Matt Spaiser 20 October 2018 at 03:15 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreThe poplin shirt can be worn exactly the same way as a shirt with a regular button placket. With a tie, like Moore's shirts you'll never know that it has a fly front. Without a tie it looks a bit more fashion forward, but it does not need to be worn differently than a shirt with an ordinary front.
  • Andrew (Dirty Punker AJB/Bond and Beyond YouTube) 20 October 2018 at 01:16 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger Moore^^^^^^ I don't get why people ask why a suit or a shirt must have a purpose in a wardrobe. Does your t-shirt have a purpose in yours other than to be worn? So why pose the question of occasion? Of course, a dinner suit must be worn at a special occasion but come on.
  • Vittorio 19 October 2018 at 18:22 on The Glen Check Suit with a Blue Overcheck in On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceLazenby's wardrobe is one of the best of the whole series. When it comes to '60 style you always get something timeless, as opposed to '70s and '80s, and Craig's Tom Ford "leggins ' style" suits... Even the (according to my personal taste) fantastic Brosnan's Brioni suits (I think that the Blue one in DAD is one of the best of the whole series too) are still beautiful today but not 100% "timeless" as '60s ones. This said, Matt, I'm a big fan of your site and you do a fantastic job (I'm the one who recently pointed the white two button Moore's tuxedo on instagram, and we both thinked it wasn't so great), I would like to ask if you can do a post of comparison of "English/American/Italian" cuts, of How Savile Row cut differs from the general English cut, of "Neapolitan/Roman/Milanese/Florence" cuts. This said (2), I'd like to fully understand "clean", "lean", "full", "straight" when refers to chest cut, and if "straight" refers to padded/structured, when refers to shoulders. It'd be fantastic if was possible to do with (Bond) suit images/sketch. Thanks in advance! Vittorio
  • David Marlborough 19 October 2018 at 07:47 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreThat kind of atmosphere needs the right kind of person and the recent Bond movies didn't have that same collection of people,
  • David Marlborough 19 October 2018 at 07:40 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger Moore"You were wise not to try and replicate the collars worn by Roger Moore, which I feel were too large even for him." In fact, Moore's Bond shirt collars varied. In his first two Bond movies they were shorter than what was currently fashionable, in the following two they were about average and in the last 3 movies a touch longer, but still within classic bespoke shirt range.
  • David Marlborough 19 October 2018 at 07:35 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreOr just for dressing in a way that one personally enjoys??
  • Matt Spaiser 19 October 2018 at 00:07 on Grey Flannel TrousersThis may also mean that his flannel trousers with the blazer in Thunderball could also be from his grey flannel suit.
  • Old School 19 October 2018 at 00:02 on Grey Flannel TrousersThat makes sense , Matt , because All of Connery's Non Suit trousers had darted fronts and frog mouth pockets.
  • Matt J 18 October 2018 at 20:30 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreBy double layered I meant the areas of the shirt where you see more than just a single layer of cloth, such as the cuffs, collar and darts. The colour always appears more saturated in these areas and I see it as a pitfall of lighter weight shirt material.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 October 2018 at 18:24 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreMoore's shirt is not double-layered. It's his tanned chest that's making the body of the shirt look darker. The placket is what it looks like when double-layered. My shirt may looks a bit more like Moore's in certain lighting. Harsh studio lighting shows how sheer it is.
  • Matt J 18 October 2018 at 18:20 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreBoth shirts look great and I like the cocktail cuffs. I'm not quite sold on the Lapidus cuffs, but they're interesting none the less. You were wise not to try and replicate the collars worn by Roger Moore, which I feel were too large even for him. Looking at the photos of Moore in the voile shirt, I notice that the blue looks quite sheer, with the material looking darker where it is double layered. It's not a look I really like, but you appear to have avoided that with your choice of cloth.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 October 2018 at 11:34 on Grey Flannel TrousersYes, they could be the same trousers. I wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you have extra trousers for the suit.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 October 2018 at 11:33 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreThe voile shirt irons nicely. I take care of the shirts myself.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 October 2018 at 11:32 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreTed Lapidus first madetbis cuff. Anto of Beverly Hills makes these cuffs too.
  • Ryan Hall 18 October 2018 at 10:03 on Grey Flannel TrousersMatt is it possible Bond used the dark grey trousers from his flannel suit to pair with the navy blazer in Dr. No. if so, it does add some realism to his dressing as he would have had limited space in his luggage especially considering he brought two other suits with him on the trip, plus the one he wore on the plane.
  • Ryan Hall 18 October 2018 at 09:12 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreHow is the voile shirt to iron? Do you get your Frank Foster shirts professionally laundred?
  • Gregory Swenson 18 October 2018 at 06:56 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreJust a note on tab cuff. Mannix and Johnny Carson both wore those cuffs. Do you know any other tailors who make this cuff. Thsnks
  • Matt Spaiser 18 October 2018 at 00:30 on Comparison: Suit Trousers in the First Two Bond FilmsThey sat just above the navel.
  • Kyle Cunningham 18 October 2018 at 00:24 on Comparison: Suit Trousers in the First Two Bond FilmsWhere do you think the From Russia With Love trousers sat on his waist? Slightly below the waist, around the height of navel roughly?
  • Dan Ippolito 17 October 2018 at 13:34 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreI agree with Renard about the fit of the Corfu blazer, but for some reason I find the Corfu scene especially delightful - the sea, the mediterranean light, the open necked shirt with the blazer, Carol Bouquet in traditional garb- that's the kind of lovingly glamorous atmosphere recent Bond movies have been unable to replicate.
  • Renard 16 October 2018 at 14:33 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger Moore"A double breasted navy blazer would look great with these shirts. Like Roger Moore wore in Cofu. " -A single-breasted as well. But if it has to double-breasted, I would not refer to Moore's Corfu one because the fit is not the best. With regard to that, the TMWTGG blazer is much in better.
  • Ryan Hall 16 October 2018 at 09:42 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreA double breasted navy blazer would look great with these shirts. Like Roger Moore wore in Cofu.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 October 2018 at 21:29 on Two Blue Shirts from Frank Foster in Honour of Roger MooreI like both cuffs. They each have their charms.