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Old 21st October 2013, 08:48   #46
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I have not used them but their intent is honest and infrastructure I am told is first class. They are promoted by 'trustworthy' people of a certain 'standing'.
I have been to their store at near Safina plaza, Bangalore. They don't have much stocks of ready made shirts, but plenty of demo shirts and catalog with fabric samples.

I bought a beige shirt size 42 for myself.
Quality of stitching is top-notch so do the fit and finish.
Quality of fabric is not so good. It crumples quickly inspite of using starch while ironing.
I am a bit disappointed.
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I have been to their store at near Safina plaza, Bangalore. They don't have much stocks of ready made shirts, but plenty of demo shirts and catalog with fabric samples.

I bought a beige shirt size 42 for myself.
Quality of stitching is top-notch so do the fit and finish.
Quality of fabric is not so good. It crumples quickly inspite of using starch while ironing.
I am a bit disappointed.
The finest two ply cotton shirts from pretty much any brand, do tend to crumple in our climatic conditions.

What I do is to wash them separately with a very mild detergent and a tiny quantum of starch in the washing machine.

They are dried inside out on my terrace and brought in within two to three hours of drying. Typically they are ironed the same evening and stored.

So far, I m finding that my shirts remain relatively un-crumpled.

On wearing them, however, by the second half of the day they do tend to crumple, more so if I am travelling about in other cities between meetings, regardless of however comfortable an AC car I might be sitting in.
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I love this thread. As long we are on the topic of clothes, can we talk about jeans too?
Which brand jeans do you guys wear. I've tried a lot of brands available in India and levi's 531 seems to be the only saving grace with others being either too baggy or too slim.
Can anyone suggest some good brand and fit(available in India or otherwise)for an average sized guy.
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Jeans, that's another universe. The earliest jeans that I remember wearing were 'bespoke' . A bunch of friends would ride the DTC bus network and go to Mohan Singh Palace, a market full of tailors and drapers of all descriptions. Located on Baba Kharak Singh marg in Connaught Place, it had shops specialising in everything to do with denim. For kids growing up it still remains an option.

Flying Machine was next and then Wrangler came to our shores. Bought Levi and Lee once I started travelling. I have not seen Lee for a long long time now. Earlier too I found these only in Hong Kong.

The brands that I remember fondly are Carrera & Silver Dollar. The denim used by Carrera was in a class of it's own, smooth as velvet, tough as nails and beautifully designed and finished. Silver Dollar again were very good looking working jeans. I discovered them nearly two decades back in Dillard's, these however too seem to have disappeared.

You can get a fair selection of Levi's @ Dillards.com. They have jeans/cargos/trousers and belts up to 60" waist with 30" inseams and deliver direct to our shores. Courier charges and custom duty can be prepaid.

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I love this thread. As long we are on the topic of clothes, can we talk about jeans too?
Which brand jeans do you guys wear. I've tried a lot of brands available in India and levi's 531 seems to be the only saving grace with others being either too baggy or too slim.
Can anyone suggest some good brand and fit(available in India or otherwise)for an average sized guy.
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I love this thread. As long we are on the topic of clothes,
Can anyone suggest some good brand and fit(available in India or otherwise)for an average sized guy.
I am a 6'1" , 190 lbs and the only brand that I am comfortable is gap , not sure if it is available here. I did try lee, Levi's but somehow never liked the fit.
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I love this thread. As long we are on the topic of clothes, can we talk about jeans too?
Which brand jeans do you guys wear. I've tried a lot of brands available in India and levi's 531 seems to be the only saving grace with others being either too baggy or too slim.
Can anyone suggest some good brand and fit(available in India or otherwise)for an average sized guy.
Levi's 511 are the perfect fit for me, in a 32" W/ 34" L size. It's mid-rise and tapered, yes, but not skinny at all. Go perfectly with all my shoes and sandals.

Edit: And btw, I'm 5'9" and weigh 74 kg, so not exactly the "slim" type.

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You can get a fair selection of Levi's @ Dillards.com. They have jeans/cargos/trousers and belts up to 60" waist with 30" inseams and deliver direct to our shores. Courier charges and custom duty can be prepaid.
Thanks I will surely try dillards.com. They do have a large inventory.

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I am a 6'1" , 190 lbs and the only brand that I am comfortable is gap , not sure if it is available here. I did try lee, Levi's but somehow never liked the fit.
I can't agree more. Gap jeans really have a very good fit. I used to own a pair but yes they are not available here in India and i wonder why.

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Levi's 511 are the perfect fit for me, in a 32" W/ 34" L size. It's mid-rise and tapered, yes, but not skinny at all. Go perfectly with all my shoes and sandals.

Edit: And btw, I'm 5'9" and weigh 74 kg, so not exactly the "slim" type.
Well mate, U and I have similar built. I used to wear 511 but now shifted to 531. U should give it a try.
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While I was in the US, I bought a few side-pocket jeans. I've always hated the front-pocket style in pants (they were the rage in the '70s when I was a kid). Some may say front pockets define jeans, but comfort is more important to me!

I am unable to find side-pocket jeans in India. I believe a division of Raymond's made some for a while and discontinued them because of poor sales (I'm not surprised). The last time I checked at a Raymond's shop, they didn't have denim material to have some tailored.

Any suggestions will be appreciated!
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Hi!

I think I spotted few Color Plus denims @ Raymond with side pockets. You may have a look.

On the same note, I haven't heard of the brands you guys speak of and at best, buy & wear the regular Levi, Woodland, Color Plus & others (VH, LP) shirts.

Color Plus is the only one which has generous cuts & the others are slowly moving to their slim fit vendetta

My work doesn't demand formal shirts, hence I can rest easy, but sizing is a big issue.

I wasn't rude with any store outlets but made my disappointment clear, but it seems to no avail.

Don't the designers step out & see we are a country of, ummm well-fed persons. Your pot belly signifies your wealth & prosperity

Any Indian brand whose shirt is cut generously? Color Plus seems one.

BTW, my waist varies between 34 & 36. So, I buy Lycra denims in 34 & regular ones in 36. Wear as what fits me

In Navratras, it went back to 34, thanks to bakreid, its closing on 36 rapidly.
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Thanks Sheel. The last time I went to Raymond's they didn't have the ones you mention. Maybe it's a regional thing.

I hear you loud and clear. There needs to be a line of easy-cut / relaxed fit clothing that I am sure many people would appreciate.

I have broad shoulders and a slight prosperity bulge. Color Plus 44 and Louis Phillipe 44 are the ones that fit me well. Any other brand is a risk without trying it on.
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Most brands seem to equate 'fit' with 'skin-tight' these days. One would be hard pressed to find a decent fit that wouldn't send buttons/hooks flying. I'm 5'8" and of lean build, and still find some of the stuff fits atrociously. I can only sympathize with my prosperous mates.

Lucky for me, I developed an aversion to ready-made formals early in life (I especially detest those one-size-fits-all sleeves on ready-made shirts).

I have only worn tailored shirts/trousers since I left high-school. Not to mention, stuck to the same trusty tailor since then too. Even today whenever I go home, I buy some fabric from Raymond's and drop it off to stitch. Collect whenever possible, or get it couriered later. Costs add up a bit, but then what use is expensive ready-made crap that doesn't fit, and in most cases isn't good quality either.
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Gap again has a tie up with a freight/courier company and ships to India, I am not aware of their import duty payment options. I have found their cut across all of their brands to be on the leaner side, save for casual/free wear shirts from Old Navy.

http://www.gap.com/browse/subDivisio...siteID=GGGAPUS

Currently they are scouting locations and trying to open retail stores over the next 3 years.

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Thanks I will surely try dillards.com. They do have a large inventory.



I can't agree more. Gap jeans really have a very good fit. I used to own a pair but yes they are not available here in India and i wonder why.



Well mate, U and I have similar built. I used to wear 511 but now shifted to 531. U should give it a try.
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Gap again has a tie up with a freight/courier company and ships to India, I am not aware of their import duty payment options. I have found their cut across all of their brands to be on the leaner side, save for casual/free wear shirts from Old Navy.

http://www.gap.com/browse/subDivisio...siteID=GGGAPUS

Currently they are scouting locations and trying to open retail stores over the next 3 years.
Thanks for the info. I do feel they have quite a large market in India. Similar brands like tommy hilfiger, US Polo( although cheaper) are doing quite well.
As of now, online shopping from gap is not worth it as it pushes up the price too much.
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I am a 6'1" , 190 lbs and the only brand that I am comfortable is gap , not sure if it is available here. I did try lee, Levi's but somehow never liked the fit.
I am 6.2 and weigh exactly 100kg. Big built.
Love Gap Easy fit and standard fit and grab a pair usually when I travel. Levi's 501 38/34 fits beautifully too.
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Was at Changi earlier today passing through. Nice collection of TM Lewin at Terminal 2 and the usual deal. 35-40% off when you buy three shirts etc.

Did not buy any, thinking I would do so on the return leg.

Glad I didn't because when we got to Jakarta and were doing some mall hopping this afternoon, we noted that there was a super deal on for select shirts at TML in Pacific Place!

I got two beautiful designs and my colleague got one. Average price is Rs. 1980/- each!

I don't think that any better class Indian brand can even come close to delivering this kind of fit, experience and overall value!

GAP Standard Fit Jeans priced around 4600Rs with a flat 50% off on the second pair of equal or lesser value. This at Senayan City. Grabbed a pair of course! No need to grab a second pair though!

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