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(Didja' ever run into one of those really expensive home front emergencies that steals all the extra cash?  I'm hoping for another UHF this year now when I'd budgeted for two.)

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Even though @neph93 so accurately describes the different characteristics of the denims and dyes, it has taken me awhile personally to figure what he has been saying---and what the IH crew makes so clear---and how to read the numbers.

Who knew that jeans could be such an interesting and delightful ordeal? 

But once you get the fit and the sizing worked out---add some wear (particularly softening)--- it's like having that baseball glove from back then.  It's not a glove, it's just your hand.  For me this process has been a bit costly---because I am apparently a slow learner and because I lost a ton of weight and needed a few new pair to make the adjustment.

I bought 888S-21s as tight in the waist as I could happily button because it really is going to stretch, just like they tell us.  And the 25oz less so in all respects.  On my old body the 888 is the most flattering fit, at least my wife thinks so.  But I like more old school everything and so personally prefer the straighter 634.  I've been lucky enough to try all the IH fits over time (except the Boss, I think I'm too short) and while that's an expensive experiment, it might be the only way to _really_ know what works best for you.  I think it's been worth every dime to find out.

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Buying and Selling / Re: The Flat Head FDJ001 Denim Jacket - 44 - BNWT
« on: October 05, 2020, 10:05:23 pm »
I have no skin in this game but I did find the sizing chart for this wonderful jacket.
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General Chat / Age Appropriate Too Vintage
« on: October 04, 2020, 09:13:07 pm »
Apologies.  A bit prolix.  That comes with my job.

I've been scouting out the FW2020 drops from lots of companies that we on this board tend to admire.  So a few thoughts about what's "cool" in what I would call an inclusive way.  Everyone should like what they like.  Feeling comfortable with yourself might be one of the most important things you can do for yourself even as you aim to do something good for others.

Disclaimer: my father was something of a clothes horse in the 1950s.  He had suits made for him, bespoke shoes imported from Loeb and delivered to our home.  He was an architect and he had fine style.  My elder brother was more hippy than greaser (as we put it) but think E Street Band 1970 and you get the picture.  That was more my paradigm.  But family fortunes changed and I wore hand-me-downs until I was 30 years old.  Literally.  When I started to make a living, I needed to look like a professor even though I was barely older than my students.  What the Japanese now call Ivy or Ametora was normal for me those many years ago: button downs, tweeds, sweater vest, even the occasional bow tie.  You will forgive me  J.Press was literally across the street.  The worst thing that happens to old guys, as I see it, is that they start not to care at all how they present themselves and that's a shame.  The key is always to feel good and look effortless.  That's where IH comes in.  I don't do Ivy anymore unless it's called for, like a college graduation scene.

As I see it Iron Heart is an effortless style rather than vintage style.  I like some brands a lot that are much more overtly vintage conscious---Trophy Clothing, Himel Bros, and even Dehon come to mind. They do some moto-culture Brando and McQueen but there's a lot that goes back further into Ametora.  Not all of what they do works as well (in my opinion) on an old guy like me as it does on younger gents.  Of course the whole Buzz Ricksons and Real McCoys are brilliant at what they do but at age 63 there is such a thing as too vintage. I will return to that.

And there is definitely too contemporary, too young.  I think it was @Giles who said that an old guy shouldn't be wearing skinny jeans and I would wholly agree though I'd say IH's 555 are not too skinny.  Most of what is considered contemporary fashion doesn't look very good on old guys and old guy fashion is often too square, too Dad-bod, just horrid---like J.Press or Brooks Bros., which has its own Japanese followings but makes you look like a cheap politician.

Too vintage includes all sorts of replica looks.  I wouldn't wear a Vietnam or WWII replica jacket---too close to worlds I came from.  Too much the 1930s iron worker on a sky scraper and you look like you are playing old man dress up.  But I also wouldn't wear a sweater with elbow patches because I already look far too much like a college professor (I am).  That same elbow patch sweater or baker boy cap looks very cool to me on you younger gents, but for me it's far too close to my actual stereotype.  So I don't do work wear that looks like it's 1950: that edge looks sharper on a younger man as I see it.  IH always seems to me the ground where any one of any age can stand. 

I have now had a lot of different looks for a guy who has had literally the same job for 35+ years.  Age appropriate reminds me sometimes to look but not to buy.

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Iron Heart Retailers / Re: Self Edge SF, NY, LA, PDX & MX
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:52:02 pm »
I don't wanna get all heavy (<---well unless it's with jeans or flannels) and I very much appreciate Bobby Lee's love and deconstruction of his less illumined interviewer but for me The Good Stuff---like all that Self Edge sells and IH in particular---is about using a bit of power (can I say our modest use of "wealth"?) to decide for fewer, better things that will take a small bite out of "fast fashion" and all that is wrong with it (social justice, sustainability, serious stuff that is wrong with it).  Less waste, more use, better for small businesses, just better. Okay, sermon over.

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Bottoms / Re: IH-555-01 - 21oz Selvedge Denim Super Slim Jeans - Indigo
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:48:55 pm »
I realized today that these 555-01 are listed at "Back In" under new arrivals---thank you for that, IH!  AND that they are pretty much racing out the door.  I would like to have another pair in XHS but 21oz, that is benchmark.  So I was saving for something else but had to spring for these today because, well, others are noticing the same "better do it now".  I also realized today that my car needs new tires and just spent the money on jeans.  Ha!

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Jackets / Re: IH-526J-22 - 22oz Selvedge Denim Type III Jacket - Indigo
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:17:10 pm »
Sam is the model in the website pics, @profdbrk

Now I think I know what all of you fellas look like.   Thanks for the help.  Now I gotta decide which one.  This slimming down thing has been expensive for me but I live in IH and a good fit is the story.

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Jackets / Re: IH-526J-22 - 22oz Selvedge Denim Type III Jacket - Indigo
« on: September 15, 2020, 06:43:45 pm »
Can we get a Sam sighting in this jacket?  Does he take a large?  (Sam's my personal new fit benchmark or one size smaller than Giles).  These numbers strike me as tight on the medium but MAYBE that is Sam's size if not the L?  TIA yo.

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Other Brands and Shops / Re: ROY
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:36:15 pm »
First, those look good on you.  No man over 40 needs to wear tight pants though there's plenty of room to break most any rules.  Next, I'd say as a certified old guy that it's good not to be hasty with stuff you likely can't replace.  Roys are in that category.  Keep'm.  And if they are 33 in the waist sell them to me. Ha!  I jest.

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Buying and Selling / IHSH-218 XXL and IHSH-33B XXXL
« on: September 09, 2020, 02:41:01 am »
I've slimmed down and these have been barely worn.  Washed but no signs of wear or fade.  Basically good as new.  I've included some photos for the P2P.  Shipping included in CONUS.  Postage elsewhere we can discuss.  Thanks for looking.

IHSH-218, XXL, the black Johnny Cash shirt.  This is so good I bought a new resize as soon as I could.  This one for $250.

IHSH-33B XXXL, the overdyed shirt that is likely my favorite from IH, and that says a lot.  This is a must imo.  I keep two, one for a tight fit and one as a layered. $225
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Accessories / Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« on: September 05, 2020, 02:08:52 pm »
I sold my Sub some years ago, no regrets.  I passed by a PP Calatrava 3796 in white gold a few months back---just too many rupees.  But finally scored something I have wanted since it first appeared: the manual Grand Seiko 231."IMG_3120 2.JPG""IMG_3117 2.JPG"

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Shirting / Re: IHSH-68-ind - 12oz Wabash Work Shirt - Indigo
« on: September 05, 2020, 09:24:44 am »
Since losing about 30lbs/13+kg with the intention of staying that old self, I find myself in shirts a bit too big.  I washed my wabash hot and got about 1cm shrinkage P2P.  Truth is, I needed more and so just sprang for this work shirt (in black) to size down.  Because IH shirts like this are so substantial I think a proper fit is even more important because of drape of the weightier shirt.  With rayon or light chambrays you can kinda' get away with the flow a bit more, at least imo.  It's gonna end up being expensive but worth it.  I live in these IH shirts now.

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Other Brands and Shops / Re: Himel Brothers Leather Co.
« on: August 28, 2020, 12:09:54 pm »
Unfortunately it's not heading this way! :'(

I'll post some fit pictures after it arrives---still no notification, but it's coming.  I'll pair up with IH. 

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Other Brands and Shops / Re: Himel Brothers Leather Co.
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:35:34 pm »
Soooo, I know the lucky fella about to receive that unlined horsehide Excelsior that Graeme picked off the IG feed.  But they still haven't sent me the DHL tracking number.

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Shirting / Re: IHSH-33-ind - 12oz Selvedge Denim Western Shirt - Indigo
« on: August 25, 2020, 02:46:41 pm »
Nothing warms my iron heart more than a good heresy.  If I cut my sleeves like that given my failing old man arms, I'd be laughed off the shuffleboard court in my gated retirement community. 

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