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  • Jtkuga 28 May 2020 at 23:42 on James Bond’s Love of MohairI’ve never found the sheen to be overwhelming in the pictures you post Matt, or when I watch Bond on film in mohair, although I’m aware pictures and movies with their artificial lighting can be deceiving as to what something would look like in person under natural light. My main concern was that with your blog, and the other articles I have read about it in, the sheen is always mentioned when talking about mohair. I figured it had to be significant since it is always talked about. The other properties, good for hot weather, hard wearing, are very appealing to me.
  • Matt Spaiser 28 May 2020 at 19:37 on James Bond’s Love of MohairThanks for sharing. I especially like the grey suit(s), which reminds me of the grey suit in Thunderball. What a shame about the jacket with the low button stance. I do prefer a low button stance, but the higher stance looks very good on you. Chopping off the bottom of the jacket doesn't mess up the buttons as much as it messes up the pockets, but it does look good with the flaps tucked in.
  • Matt Spaiser 28 May 2020 at 19:26 on James Bond’s Love of MohairThe sheen is nothing like a gangster's shiny silk suit. It's subtle.
  • Rod The Mod 28 May 2020 at 18:52 on James Bond’s Love of MohairAnother good entry Matt, I love mohair and it’s usually used to great effect for Bond as you have shown here. I’m glad you mentioned the Mod connection, Dormeuil’s ‘Tonik’ was a Mohair blend much sought after by the top Mod stylists of the early sixties - at least by those who could afford it! I had a suit made by Thick As Thieves in powder blue-grey wool and kid mohair which has a slight sheen but not too flashy: https://rodsmodblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/rods-togs-the-thick-as-thieves-suit/ Also I got married in a bespoke silver-grey 80-20 wool and kid mohair suit which was a bit more metallic. The bespoke process was extremely frustrating: https://rodsmodblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/bespoke-weeding-suit-a-cautionary-tale/ I also have an off-the-rack electric blue mohair suit by Suitsupply: in 84% wool 16 % mohair: https://rodsmodblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/a-tale-of-two-kiddies/ Thought the pics may be of interest but if Matt or anyone else thinks that linking to my blog is poor form just let me know and I’ll cease and desist!
  • Jtkuga 28 May 2020 at 18:29 on James Bond’s Love of MohairMy opposition to shine has nothing to do with anyone else's opinion or attitude. I've never liked the gangster look with their shiny suits. I'm not saying it can't be done tasteful, and like I said I'm considering a pair of odd summer trousers with mohair to check it out. Where I live it is regularly 100 degrees in the summer so mohair should be a fabric I would like. And perhaps the shine I don't like is from the higher Supper 150s and up suits, I'm not sure since I have never had either. As for it being rough, that doesn't really bother me at all. I think your dress should reflect who you are if you are being realistic with yourself. I think a suit with a lot of sheen doesn't fit me, but it may be something that you would pull off well.
  • Joseph Dreyfuss 28 May 2020 at 11:56 on James Bond’s Love of MohairIt's more of a subtle highlight under certain lights than a true shine. It doesn't look like your suit is wearing out or anything. If you want a picture of what it looks like, think about three point lighting in film. For example, in Dr. No, where it pans up from Connery's hands to his face at the baccarat table, he's in a strong three point setup, where the backlight gives him a shine that subtly separates him from the background and tells you he's important, even though there isn't much depth of field in the shot. That's what mohair blends look like under artificial lighting at night. Otherwise they mostly just look like regular wool.
  • Travers Alvirez 27 May 2020 at 18:00 on James Bond’s Love of MohairThe whole attitude against a bit of shine on suits seem to be a little too outdated, no? Some traditions are better gone, to be honest. Embrace some of the shine. Mohair shines differently from the high S count fabrics, and certainly not at all like that of synthetics, despite the lore. This I'll give to you, though, mohair does have a tendency to be rough, especially when the count is higher, like 60/40.
  • Jtkuga 27 May 2020 at 14:53 on James Bond’s Love of MohairI’m not sure I will like the sheen of mohair. I may try it in some odd trousers with a low percentage of mohair in the blend. I generally don’t like sheen in a suit.
  • Timothy 27 May 2020 at 00:01 on James Bond’s Love of MohairThat sounds beautiful! I hope for your sake that you'll be able to wear it at some point, I swear this lockdown will have us all replacing our wardrobes. I've had to purchase three new pairs of woolen trousers for the coming winter to accommodate my ballooning waistline.
  • Jovan Gauthier-Vincent 26 May 2020 at 23:53 on How Does James Bond Dress After Leaving the Service?Worth full price?
  • Le Chiffre 26 May 2020 at 19:24 on A Glen Urquhart Check Suit for Spring in From Russia with LoveInteresting, can you share the picture ?
  • Matt Spaiser 26 May 2020 at 18:40 on A Glen Urquhart Check Suit for Spring in From Russia with LoveThis one is a warmer grey, just like the check in Dr. No as the 'white' in this check is really cream since wool is never pure white. You can see how it is warmer than Kerim's grey suit. Cooler glen checks can be black and light or mid grey, which Bond has worn a lot. Whether the check has cream or light grey, it can be more flattering on warm and cool complexions, respectively, but overall it doesn't make a big difference.
  • Jtkuga 26 May 2020 at 18:20 on A Glen Urquhart Check Suit for Spring in From Russia with LoveMatt, I’ve noticed reading your blog that even within colors that are cool like blue, you have cooler blues and warmer blues. Would the same go for a suit with a grey effect like this black and white glen check? Would this be a cooler grey than for example, the black and cream glen check in Dr. No, cream being warmer than white? Or am I off base here? I’ve noticed a lot of grey suits, since they are rarely made with just one color thread, appear to warmer or cooler to me depending on on what some of the thread colors are. Taking it a step further, if I am right, does that mean that a cooler glen check would look better with other cool colors and people with cool skin tones, while a warmer glen check would look better with say a cream shirt and someone with warmer skin tones? Or I am just way off?
  • Agent00Soul 26 May 2020 at 14:20 on James Bond’s Love of MohairThe QoS dinner suit is a series highlight! Actually, the entire wardrobe from that one is the best of the Craig series IMHO.
  • jdreyfuss 26 May 2020 at 11:31 on James Bond’s Love of MohairI picked up a beautiful 80/20 wool and mohair hopsack suit in ink blue with a tan windowpane for my sister's wedding. Of course, at this point her wedding was rescheduled until October so I may need a warmer suit anyway and I need to lose the 15-20 pounds I've gained while under the local stay at home order in order to fit in it anyway.
  • Mike the tailor 26 May 2020 at 11:00 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesI would do it for fun on New Years Eve or at work on Halloween. The theater is a guarantee. But even in Brooklyn I’ll still wear a suit to get something from the store. I suppose Bond is also a “last century man” in some ways
  • Bill Tanner 26 May 2020 at 08:58 on Kamal Khan’s Beige Herringbone SuitThank you, sir.
  • Bill Tanner 26 May 2020 at 08:53 on James Bond’s Love of MohairWell researched! I love the look of mohair. It certainly brings an elegant look for the warm weather. I have the pleasure of owning a nice charcoal herringbone suit with a mohair blend. You surpassed yourself on this article Matt.
  • James Bond 007 26 May 2020 at 07:18 on A Blue Striped Dressing Gown of Shirting in OctopussyInteresting to see that this dressing gown could have came from Turnbull & Asser! It would not be shocking given the fact that they look alike. I would say that the turnback cuffs on this item is just one of the things that makes it so nice. I agree this is something nice enough that James Bond would own.
  • Rod The Mod 25 May 2020 at 18:57 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesExactly! Been saying for ages that we expect Bond to be well dressed, which used to mean suited up, but more and more these days being suited up will make you stand out in the crowd not blend in, so it poses a problem for a SECRET agent. This may be why even if you don’t like life Craig as Bond, you have to give him some credit for bringing some decent casual threads into the role - in his fifties! Even moreso they have to find some reason to shoe-horn a tuxedo into the story and that’s proving ever more difficult film by film. The last time being among the most forced. Who ever heard of getting a tux on for dinner on the train?
  • Andi 25 May 2020 at 18:53 on James Bond’s Love of MohairHey Matt, very interesting topic as always. I love my Tom Ford grey pinstripe suit from Spectre. It feels so soft and you can feel the mohair, silk and wool Best wishes from Germany, Andi Helmerich
  • Travers Alvirez 25 May 2020 at 17:08 on James Bond’s Love of MohairI have two lengths of 60% mohair 40% wool suitings that I'll turn into some of Bond's most iconic suits. The hand does feel rough, but it shines like polished blued steel.
  • tredstone 25 May 2020 at 12:57 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesThere does seem to be a renewed appreciation of Brosnan’s style of late.
  • Matt Spaiser 25 May 2020 at 12:53 on Kamal Khan’s Beige Herringbone SuitA belt is most likely.
  • Bill Tanner 25 May 2020 at 12:47 on Kamal Khan’s Beige Herringbone SuitDo you believe that the trousers are helped up by a belt or side adjusters?
  • Mike the tailor 25 May 2020 at 10:06 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesThat’s a good point- Bond shouldn’t stand out in a crowd
  • Mike the tailor 25 May 2020 at 09:54 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesLTK was disappointing with most of the casual clothes but a great film. TLD was great in style and as a film in my opinion
  • I.T. 25 May 2020 at 07:37 on James Bond’s Love of MohairHi Matt! Are you planning to cover more of the current Q's outfits? They're quite stylish and unusual. Thank you!
  • Iconic Film Style 24 May 2020 at 23:12 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesI think no making Bond's clothes too trendy and of the moment always works. Especially the casual wear. The best suits and casual wear is the kind you could wear in virtually any era of the films and not look outdated. Whenever Bond gets too trendy he moves away from how Fleming saw the character.
  • Rod The Mod 23 May 2020 at 15:22 on (00)7 Ways We Judge James Bond’s ClothesDo you mean LTK was a disappointment from a style perspective or the entire film? It gets a bad rap on the whole but I like it myself. TLD was written with Roger Moore in mind but LTK went in a new direction. OK the clothes may not have been exemplary but the film and in particular the colourful Caribbean setting was fine by me.