Hey great fits on you, question.. how long would you say your dress shirts last.. for.. in terms.. of # of washes.. or wears?
I also notice you like to have no break or very little and cuffs.. how do you wear your jeans?? any break on those? and if so how much?
Hello & thank you.
I have 5 white & 5 light blue shirts that I wear Mon - Fri.
Each shirt is worn once, then laundered - as I’m a clean freak & nothing like wearing a fresh shirt.
All my shirts are sent to a commercial laundry for a hot wash & dryer. I never understand why some dry-clean their daily shirts as the chemicals involved are worse.
I have been a long time follower of your blog and and would like to say i enjoyed it alot. I've been invited to a corporate function and the short notice provided (2 days before the event) has made me panicked, and thus, i'd hope you'd give me some pointers. I've only own a pair of suit and it's horrible, but the jacket is decent (understatement, the pants are a disaster). I am thinking of wearing my striped charcoal suit jacket, with a dark navy tailored pants. Do you think it is okay to do so? I also happen to live in malaysia, where OTR jackets are mostly horrible.
Thank you very much and keep up the good work!
Hmm - maybe just wear the suit as I would never wear a striped jacket part of a suit as a separate & pairing with navy will just make it worse.
Also I’d would just grin & bare it but take this as a cue to look for a well fitted navy suit for the future.
The question you have to ask as well - will anyone else notice. Sad but true.
“A man should own as many shirts as he wishes - the more the better. I personally have so many shirts that I sometimes walk into my closet, pull one out, and think to myself, “Now where did that come from?” Having lots of shirts will allow you to surprise yourself with your own good taste.”—
Many ask me why Leica? This is a tongue in cheek article, enjoy..
To the Leica man, only the best shall suffice. Second best is an oxymoron to the Leica man. It is not in his vocabulary. Second place is worse than losing, because it might be noticed.
To the Leica man, a silver medal would be an unfathomable embarrassment.
The Leica man concerns himself only with excellence, supremacy and being number one.
The Leica man exudes quiet confidence in his every step. The Leica man is always the best at everything he cares to do.
The Leica man doesn’t care, or even know, the trifling price of his cameras. This is not relevant. Just like a Porsche, no one buys a Leica because he needs it. He acquires the Leica because he is who he is.
To the Leica man, the only expense on his acutely discerning radar is the insurmountable price of being second-best. This is never acceptable, much less even considered.
Don’t fret price when discussing photography issues with a Leica man. He doesn’t know or care price; the only thing that concerns him is being the best.
The Leica man rarely takes his own pictures. He has others to bother with that for him if he is on holiday. If the Leica man requires art, he has it purchased for him.
This is why Leica men don’t care about a Leica’s picture-taking ability, and get so oddly freaked out if you mention cameras that are better for a fraction of the price. “Better for what?” asks the Leica man. Taking pictures? Who uses cameras to take pictures? Rarely the Leica man. You are personally insulting him and his vastly superior taste should you broach this topic.
When seen in brochures, the Leica man almost always is seen shooting out of the open top of a convertible. You’ll see the Leica man wearing a suit shooting nature from his convertible in the 1954 Leica M3 instruction manual, and see him, much younger and less well dressed, doing the same in the Leica 2009 product catalog.
In every case, all that the Leica man need do to effect a photo is to wave his Leica out the open top of his car. This shall be sufficient.
The Leica man does not compromise. The Leica man is not interested in anything made elsewhere, like Japan. That is not Leica. The Leica man knows his brand: all because something has a red dot with LEICA or LEITZ on it doesn’t make it a Leica.
The Leica man doesn’t trouble himself with the twittering of lesser men who might expend effort trying to argue an M8 or Oriental pocket camera into Leicahood.
Canada is OK. We all love polar bears, baby seals, igloos, Eskimos, beer, rare Canadian penguins, Santa Claus, reindeer, Reichman, hockey, maple syrup, free health care, celebrating the Christmas spirit year round, snow men and bacon.
Canada and Noctilux are OK in the Leica Man’s book, not that he would ever go there except to look at polar bears from a warm, privately chartered and catered tundra buggy. The Leica man visits Churchill in August, when it’s nice, and has his polar bears flown in for his pleasure. The Leica man doesn’t rub elbows with the common man — there are germs.
The Leica man is not a collector. He is not the weak man wandering aimlessly in search of someone else’s old camera. The Leica man exudes confidence and leads by example. The Leica man doesn’t care if his Leicas (or anything) become worn or soiled in the course of having a good time; if so, he simply has them replaced.
We all benefit from the Leica man’s unending quest for excellence. It is the Leica man we thank for the abundance of like-new Leica cameras available used. The Leica man acquires what he needs new, and disposes of it when done. Why would he clutter his home with month-old cameras from his last luxury trip when better to buy new for his next adventure? “Never sit on an asset” says the Leica man. It is in this way that he is assured of always having the newest and best.
The Leica man doesn’t trouble himself with products with which Leica itself can’t be bothered. If a product is no longer in production, it is not the best and the Leica man has no use for it either. The Leica man knows that products made in limited quantities are those which were bought in limited quantities — because few people wanted them. If no one else wanted them, why would the Leicaman?
The Leicaman only acquires new items. Why should he care about another man’s cast-offs?
Only the best shall suffice. There is no substitute.
Question about your multiple suit fittings - you say you need around 4 fittings and that you even went up to 8 for your early Chan suit(s)? What happened in these fittings? Obviously the first fitting was basted, but then what stage was the jacket at for the rest of the fittings? I've usually done max. 3 fittings, where the first is basted, the second is more complete but has no button holes drilled, and the third has the holes drilled. My understanding is that the tailor really can't change much of anything once front buttons are drilled. Is your experience different?
Thank you. Awesome posts as usual. It's great to see you posting about yourself and your own style again!
What happened? The notorious “CHAN shoulder divot” as we call it here amongst my friends. As well as various balance issues.
They actually re-made the shoulder & body once each as the instructions were lost in translation
I usually ask any tailor to not cut any holes to all is good.
The common problem in Asia is instructions being lost in translation - sure the tailor takes his own notes, but then this is either transcribed verbally or written in chalk all over the cloth.
Though WWC is different in that they do most of the pattern & sewing in-house unlike a lot of the others that send away.
The other common issue that a lot encounter in HKG is the concept of 3D not 2D tailoring.
Back to the chicken dance or even better try & re-create the video I posted last week where Bruce Lee is being tested for a film.. Lots of waving or arms & kicking.