dacuze asked: Hi there. The recent posts about the luxire OCBDs have me seriously considering ordering some for myself. Do you think submitting pictures led to a better product, and if so, how did you actually do that through the luxire website? Additionally, did you input all of your measurements for your shirts or did you rely on their sizing? I really appreciate everything you do with your blog and your taking the time to field my unnecessarily specific question. Best, Dan
I hope you don’t mind my answering this publicly, as I’ve received a few other questions asking about ordering from Luxire. If you do, message me and I can take this down.
I’ve always sent photos along with my Luxire orders when I wasn’t just having them duplicate something they’d already made for me, so I can’t speak to the down/upsides of not doing so. The Luxire affiliate thread on StyleForum will be an invaluable resource if you’re wanting more information than a person can reasonably handle about ordering from there (incl. a google spreadsheet of different collars that members have ordered that you can specify by order #). When I ordered my first shirt, I just followed the instructions about how to measure a well-fitting shirt I already owned. For my second order, I tweaked a few measurements based on the shirt they sent me (e.g., increasing the waist, widening the armhole, etc.) and am now very happy with the fit. I may, for my next order, alter a few things by 1/8”-1/4”, but am debating whether or not to mess with what I have now as it’s better fitting than any other shirt I own.
As for how to submit pictures, there’s a ‘notes’ section you can fill out when you order where you can input very specific instructions (e.g., collar point length, collar band height, tie space, etc.) including links to pictures for inspiration or replication.
Hope this helps!
Captoe Double Monks from Andrew Lock.
Saphir Renovateur Saturday. Wore the Ed Et Al. Adelaides whilst chaperoning prom this weekend…
New Pocket Square
My wife’s childhood best friend has been visiting us over the last few days. She’s a costume designer who works in LA, and she made this pocket square for me as a gift.
The silk is a remnant from a film she worked on awhile back, the 2004 Viggo Mortensen vehicle about famed American long-distance horse racer Frank Tompkins, who raced an American mustang named ‘Hidalgo’ across the Sahara against Bedouins atop Arabian purebreds in the last decade of the nineteenth century. I’ve never seen the film, but I assume the American mustang wins in the end against great odds. Whether this tale is apocryphal or not I can’t say, as it exceeds the boundaries of my historical knowledge.
What I can say, however, is that this pocket square is awesome. Apparently the silk is from a market in Morocco, where the film was shot. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s a wonderful pink silk with purple accents throughout. It looks to me like it could be Shibori dyed, but I’m not certain. The edges are finished with a nice handsewn hem. More pictures to come…