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MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 07:57 AM
Looks a lot more interesting than their S/S thankfully. The duffel coats are dope, I just hope duffels don't explode this year like pea coats did last year. I'm not normally one to avoid things I really like because they're popular but seeing literally every dude a every party in a cheap ass shitty looking pea coat last year kind of soured them for me.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apc-autumn-2009-01.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apc-autumn-2009-02.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apc-autumn-2009-03.jpg

Aww, the model with brown hair looks like he's all dressed up for his first day of middle school.

socratic
5th July 09, 08:02 AM
It's very, uh, conservative. Like, british children. I've seen school uniforms identical to middle-right.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 08:09 AM
APC launched 20 years ago but was running the same basic line of jeans fits for the first 17 or so before finally updating the line a few years back. The brand is all about sober, classic styling, you can head over to the Julius thread if you're feeling a little more avant garde or you really really love Egypt.

I wouldn't deck myself head to toe in APC cause it would be pretty boring but you could build a superb wardrobe using APC as the base and branching out with more wild and expensive designs for flavor.

socratic
5th July 09, 08:20 AM
APC launched 20 years ago but was running the same basic line of jeans fits for the first 17 or so before finally updating the line a few years back. The brand is all about sober, classic styling, you can head over to the Julius thread if you're feeling a little more avant garde or you really really love Egypt.

I wouldn't deck myself head to toe in APC cause it would be pretty boring but you could build a superb wardrobe using APC as the base and branching out with more wild and expensive designs for flavor.

The jeans aren't bad but once again pretty much everything except for maybe a few of the jackets aren't really 'being seen' clothes. I did post on that thread, I voted 'designer with a hardon for Egypt and neocon islamic fashion culture'

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 08:28 AM
APC nailed it with their jeans, especially the New Standard. It can run the gamut from pretty slim:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apcfitkv8.jpg

to a sort of classic 501 fit:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/14mzvwh.jpg

Everything else is more eye catching in person, especially when you get a great fit out of it. I think Jean Toitou's goal is to mix good fits and good looking material with affordability and classic styling to offer fairly fashionable clothes that no one could fault you for. Compare those jeans with these Somets:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/l_3db5d8f88eb249c18f55bf8fc2c9350b.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/IMG_8223.jpg

Which are both more fashion forward and more likely to make you look like an idiot.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 08:29 AM
Basically the brand vision is simply to be well-dressed, not a fucking fashion queen.

socratic
5th July 09, 08:45 AM
Fair enough. Those other two pics were some good threads, reminds me that I need some new denim. The irony that the 80 dollar jeans died before my 10 dollar Chinese forgery....

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 08:53 AM
Before you break at least a bill you're usually compromising on quality, fit, or detailing, though it's perfectly possible to cop great designer stuff for pretty much the same prices as the shitty duds they sell at Nordstrom or H&M if you have the patience.

Dickies is/was (I don't keep up to date on brands like this) solidly constructed but all the clothes look like shit. H&M has good fits but I could put a hole in the clothes with a long hard stare.

socratic
5th July 09, 09:01 AM
Before you break at least a bill you're usually compromising on quality, fit, or detailing, though it's perfectly possible to cop great designer stuff for pretty much the same prices as the shitty duds they sell at Nordstrom or H&M if you have the patience.

Dickies is/was (I don't keep up to date on brands like this) solidly constructed but all the clothes look like shit. H&M has good fits but I could put a hole in the clothes with a long hard stare.

I picked up a halfway decent pair [not at all particularly flash; regular cut with these fake-as-hell crinkles over the pockets, use 'em mostly for work] for a few bucks op-shopping but by and large I haven't bought by brand that often, although I really should simply so they don't all fall apart on me. I picked up a pair of made-in-Beijing Armanis for like 10 bucks that look real and seem to be able to take a beating, despite being fake shit.

Australian fashion is just weird. We don't get half the American or international brands unless they're big business.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 09:14 AM
For cheap jeans I normally recommend Levi's 501 STF but I know the price of mainline Levi's is absolutely FUCKED in most other countries, like $100+ for jeans that cost $40 in America. You don't have a whole lot of options in the cheap denim bracket cause most of it is either low quality and fashion forward (Cheap Monday) or decently built but you might as well change your name to Farmer John (Wrangler). This tends to apply to coats, sweaters, pretty much anything but t-shirts and sneakers.

For affordable fashionable jeans I recommend APC, Naked & Famous, or 3sixteen. APC has the best detailing but Naked & Famous is pretty close in fits and has a lot of really interesting options like cashmere denim, streaky denim, and very affordable natural indigo and heavy weight ball roasting denim. Both of these companies have physical locations in Sydney and Melborne IIRC so you can try on in person. I don't like the detailing on 3sixteen, with its extra belt loops and a leather patch that's designed to thread OVER a belt cause it's just so important to let everyone know what jeans you're wearing, but the quality and fit seems good. Price is $120 - $150.

For local options you have Ande Whall, on the other side of the ditch in NZ, who does absolutely fucking decadent jeans for $225 USD. Everything is A+, I'm considering these for my next pair.

socratic
5th July 09, 07:19 PM
Do you buy your international stuff off the webs and get it shipped or do you have local access to international retailers?

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
5th July 09, 11:38 PM
Depends. I bought my APCs at the physical store in Hollywood. I bought my Pure Blue Japans from Blue in Green in Soho online by comparing the measurements to jeans I already owned. I'm going to buy one pair of black jeans, for which I may order from Blue in Green again or I might go back to Hollywood to look for in-store sales on some brands available there. I still haven't settled on what I'm going to get for my black jeans.

My advice would be to get your hands on something you can try on, or at least try on something you know the measurements for and compare to what you really want to buy.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
23rd July 09, 07:26 PM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apcautomnehomme2010.jpg

i like overall EXCEPT FOR THOSE FUCKING UGGALIKE BOOTS what the hell is the deal with those
p.s. the green windbreaker sucks too jean touitou please go back to hating green
p.p.s. the sergeant pepper's jacket seems a little out of date

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
25th July 09, 05:13 AM
I just got a new pair of APC jeans for cheap. It's been nearly eight months since I had a brand new pair of APC jeans and fuck, I'd forgotten what it feels like. This shit is like a suit of armor, I think APC goes overboard on the starchiness of their denim. And it all just washes out too, my older APCs feel like tissue after wearing these.

I prefer the higher end Japanese denims which are just stiff by virtue of being heavy and sturdy, though APC is good for what it is and the fits are A+.

socratic
25th July 09, 06:05 AM
I just got a new pair of APC jeans for cheap. It's been nearly eight months since I had a brand new pair of APC jeans and fuck, I'd forgotten what it feels like. This shit is like a suit of armor, I think APC goes overboard on the starchiness of their denim. And it all just washes out too, my older APCs feel like tissue after wearing these.

I prefer the higher end Japanese denims which are just stiff by virtue of being heavy and sturdy, though APC is good for what it is and the fits are A+.

I'm so tempted to get one of those really heavy jeans, the 20 ounce ones or whatever you posted. It's winter so my balls need the insulation.

socratic
25th July 09, 06:10 AM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t67/BullshidoTrail/apcautomnehomme2010.jpg

i like overall EXCEPT FOR THOSE FUCKING UGGALIKE BOOTS what the hell is the deal with those
p.s. the green windbreaker sucks too jean touitou please go back to hating green
p.p.s. the sergeant pepper's jacket seems a little out of date The problem with all these things you post up is the stupid artistic designer puts in one or two items that make outfits seem silly. The boots, the hats, the combination of boots and shorts, etc. Top-left and second from right-most on bottom row are pretty good though; you'd have to be either gay or kinda rough-looking to pull off the hat I think for latter.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
25th July 09, 06:42 PM
I'm so tempted to get one of those really heavy jeans, the 20 ounce ones or whatever you posted. It's winter so my balls need the insulation.

http://blueingreensoho.com/site/index.php
http://www.selfedge.com/shop/

Do your research on sizing and shrinkage before you buy. I found http://www.superfuture.com/supertalk/forumdisplay.php?f=15 to be worth its server's weight in gold when I was studying for a high end denim purchase, though some of those guys take it kind of far....
Just look around for guys built like you wearing jeans you like the fit of.

Brands to scope for heavyweight denim:

Samurai
Iron Heart
Pure Blue Japan
Oni

Most other brands cap it at about 14 - 16 oz but the above go at least 19 and even beyond. Keep in mind that heavyweight denim will be ridiculously stiff until you beat your pants into submission. These Japanese brands are stiff just by virtue of their construction so washing them will only go so far, you really have to wear them to get them broken in.


The problem with all these things you post up is the stupid artistic designer puts in one or two items that make outfits seem silly.

The thing about designer collections is that it all borrows from one designer and they're usually trying to show off a lot of clothes in one outfit. Watching this stuff can be good for stylistic inspiration but I would not ever recommend copying the outfits verbatim.