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Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket

6th March 2014
Two weeks ago, I had the greatest opportunity to acquire the one jacket that I have always desired ever since the beginning of 2012. It has been in my wishlist ever since Fall Winter 2012, a long time ago when this blog has just started. I was quietly waiting with patience for the right moment and a quick decision to bargain with the seller based in New York who was selling it as brand new with tags! This is the 5th time I am wearing it with pride and grace for work while writing this post at nearby cafe. See the complete collection at Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Presentation.
The Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket is a rare piece from Olivier Rousteing’s second menswear collection. It’s was first offered online for pre-order earlier at Luisa Via Roma in limited quantities and was only available at a few selective retailers around the world. They have even made a more exclusive version with gold embroidered cuffs detailing earlier available at Harrods. I even had the chance to try it in person during the beginning of the autumn winter season, an unforgettable experience, the moment of sheer pleasure when I tried it over felt ever more desirable.

It’s me wearing my new Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket from the Balmain Fall Winter 2012, a ever-classic Armani Collezioni Mandrin Collar Cotton Shirt, paired with Balmain Black Waxed Skinny Biker Denim Jeans and Balmain Velcro Ribbed High-Top Leather Sneakers.

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Throughout the years, the Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket has maintained an elegant perpetual appeal because of it’s advance design that has made it’s fashion relevant till date. The jacket offers multiple characteristics — a hybrid cross between a futuristic and modern classic piece with it’s refined statement making satin lapel and glamourous heritage of the overlapping double breasted is an instant gentlemen’s quintessential style. The clever use of the distinctive Balmain’s signature peak shoulders cuts and chunky silver military six row buttons and cuffs takes elevates the details further. Selected from the finest wool fabrics assembled at the heart of the designer’s home country, it is one of a few menswear pieces that are still made in France. The fit is perfection that doesn’t require alteration for a body type of mine, though it fits a size smaller due to the nature of the closer cuts that are destined for slim-fits, I am wearing a size 50 here while i’m a 48.
It puts a smile on my face whenever I have a glimpse of it hanging among the set of my blazers and jackets collection. I still think it has a unique charm despite it’s age in the fashion world that would have considered it being obsolete by now. But you will be surprise when there are truly great fashion pieces out there that will last a lifetime with careful evaluation and wise decision making. The designer has even remake this jacket for the Balmain Spring Summer 2014 menswear collection, which now includes a few variants such as the more casual and seasonal skewed Balmain Double Breasted Cotton Jersey Jacket available at Luisa Via Roma, and the most identical recent added Balmain Black Double Breasted Blazer that could be found at SSENSE, also available in ivory which seems to be more popular.

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THE BALMAIN DOUBLE BREASTED WOOL GABARDINE JACKET

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Luisa Via Roma – Balmain Black Wool Gabardine Double Breasted Jacket. Slim satin shawl collar. Four buttons at cuffs. Double breasted front button closure. Two internal pockets. Fully lined. Made in France. Sample Size: 48. Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Menswear Collection.

Luisa Via Roma $3,026.00 — SOLD OUT

Luisa Via Roma – Balmain Navy Double Breasted Cotton Jersey Jacket. Shawl lapels. Double breasted button closure. Three buttons at cuff. Flap pockets. Vent at back. Made in France. Sample size: 48 100% Cotton.
Luisa Via Roma $1925.00 — BUY IT NOW

SSENSE – Balmain Black Double Breasted Blazer. Double breasted blazer in black. Black silk blend shawl collar and plackets. Six on three oversize pewter-tone heraldic crest buttons at front closure. Angled breast pocket and flap pockets at front. Vented at back hem. Three-button sleeve closure with additional button hole. Fully lined. Tonal stitching. Main: 100% wool. Trim: 57% cotton, 43% silk. Body & pocket lining: 100% cotton. Sleeve lining: 100% cupro. Dry clean. Made in France.

SSENSE $3,575.00 — BUY IT NOW

SSENSE – Balmain Ivory Double Breasted Blazer. Double breasted blazer in ivory. Black silk blend shawl collar and plackets. Three on six oversize pewter-tone heraldic crest buttons at front closure. Angled breast pocket and flap pockets at front. Vented at back hem. Three-button sleeve closure with additional button hole. Fully lined. Tonal stitching. Main: 100% wool. Trim: 57% cotton, 43% silk. Body & pocket lining: 100% cotton. Sleeve lining: 100% cupro. Dry clean. Made in France.

SSENSE $3,575.00 — BUY IT NOW

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Latest Post: Balmain Biker Jeans and Trousers Size Guide Spring Summer 2014

Latest Wishlist: Balmain Spring Summer 2014 Collection Wishlist

Limited Edition: Exclusive Balmain Tuxedo Jackets FW2012

Related Story: The Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Story – SENSE Magazine + Trends Taiwan + More

Earlier Wishlist: Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Wishlist

Complete Lookbook: Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Lookbook

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The Harrolds Sale Starts Tomorrow – Fall Winter 2012

19th February 2013
I’ll be there tomorrow first thing in the morning. Harrolds Australia year end sale starts tomorrow at 8am, the last time I was there during Spring Summer 2012 clearance, most of the good stuff has been bought because I was an hour late of the opening. Now that I know people actually queue up during a Wednesday morning just to catch the extra sale.
Harrolds is a unique Australian luxury department store for men that carrier a variety of tasteful leading and luxury designers such as Balmain, Givenchy, Thom Browne, Rick Owens, Brioni, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent (YSL) and much more. Tomorrow these brands are going 50% off, some items are really worthy as they are currently sold out online, and the last chance to buy them are at Harrolds. I suggest you do not miss this opportunity if you live in Sydney or Melbourne and take as much advantage of the semiannual sales. If you haven’t been there, do drop by as you won’t be disappointed with their selection.
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The MR PORTER Sale Ends This Coming Monday

24th January 2013
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MR PORTER INTERNATIONAL SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT MONDAY
The MR PORTER international sale ends this coming Monday midnight. This is your last chance to purchase items at final reductions! Be quick as there are up to 80% off this season’s key pieces, including designers such as Gucci, Burberry and Lanvin. Make sure you pick the best of the sale, I have specially selected some items and have listed quick photo links below here. Please take a look and consider my choices for you all, hope you will like my selection.
Good luck, and may the early bird get’s the right size!
Mr. Porter (UK)

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The Zara Military Jacket with Toggles and Metallic Buttons

1st January 2013
One of my recent purchase during boxing day, this ZARA Military Blazer that I was looking for since quite a while ago, but have not seen one in my size. This blazer is very popular, there was never a time where it was displayed in various sizes, not even more than one piece on display occasionally. I guess maybe the ZARA retail staff has probably bought most of them before they were even displayed. Fortunately I was able to buy one that went on sale, it was the only one left hidden somewhere in store where I was the able to find it. When I tried it in store, everyone noticed me wearing it and began questioning which part of the store it was from. I made a quick checkout before anyone could have it! IT’S MINE!
Source: ZARA.com – Lookbook, Man – August, Look 18 – Zara Military Jacket with Toggles and Metallic Buttons
Me wearing my new ZARA Military Blazer, Dolce & Gabbana Gold White Poplin Button Shirt, Versace Collection Black Aligator Skin Belt, Ksubi Chitch Black Night Jeans, and my new Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet High-Top Leather Sneakers.

ZARA – This ZARA Military Blazer features a classic mandrin collar with inner and external burgundy suede detailing, blue military buttons with gold housing text in-scripted, front black braided rope trims, two front pockets and three-internal pockets. BUY IT NOW
Mean while, I am waiting for the real deal. My other recent purchased Balmain Military Blazer Fall Winter 2011 from a New York consignment store which took me forever to find one in my size. I am so looking forward to receive it sometime next week. =P

 Source: Balmain.com, Vertice London, Trends Store Taiwan, eBay Australia
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

24th December 2012
Source: Thomas Kinkade, Victorian Memories Snow Globe Tree 
Seasons greetings my dear friends, the year 2012 is coming to an end. Can you believe this? The world did not end. We are now entering 2013 and not to forget the succulent sales season of Fall Winter 2012 has commenced on many websites, so as the extended sales on already discounted prices.
This year-end has been well for me; I have graduated and had received my official Bachelor degree scroll. Therefore I have decided to treat myself a nice gift, including one more for this Christmas.
I always wanted a pair of white sneakers to fill the gap of my current shoe collection. But so far I haven’t had any in mind except for the Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Leather and Suede Zipped High-Top Sneakers that I saw 2nd-Blog-Café had, I’m jealous. Not really complete in white, but I love the purple and red colour way, it is too perfect. However this was sold out much earlier during the early pre-order phase of Fall Winter 2012 collection on LUISA VIA ROMA. Therefore has resulted me to search on various retailers. Fortunately at Flannels Fashion in the UK has them in stock, and I had eventually bought one in a size 43.
Source: 2nd-Blog-Café, Giuseppe Zanotti A/W 2012-2013 “SNEAKERS”

The sneakers came in the mail today, I was excited. Nothing can match the feeling of opening up a parcel to find a fresh pair of shoes in it. I loved it instantly, but what surprises me is the size of those metal bracelets, or you may call them Velcro-bars. They look much bigger than in the photos, I tried them on and they fit really well. There are two side zips at the front and this gives relatively easy quick foot access, in or out. The back zip has no function; it is just a mere display of aesthetic to match the front design. I like it. I thought this would be another tough sneaker to get into, but I was wrong. This was my Christmas gift; I opened it too early, so I spoiled my own surprise. Oh well…
The second item that I bought was a blazer that I was looking for since Fall Winter 2011. This blazer is very special; you can’t find anything like it anymore since it was last produced. I have actually mentioned about this in a few posts that I was looking high and low for it ever since the day I tried it in Harrolds Melbourne. Well, after waiting for more than a year, I found it on eBay. Without any hesitation, I bought it, I know it was a good deal and I will never find it anywhere else in mint condition and a price tag less than 25% of its original retail price. It is the Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Blazer with Embroidered Cuffs. I will be receiving it by early January 2013. I can’t wait.
Source: Balmain Lookook Fall Winter 2011 via Balmain.com, Balmain Military Jacket via Farfetch.com
How has your Christmas been? Have you been shopping much? Boxing day is coming soon and I know we are all excited, the massive discount sales continues at this year event. I will be away until the 29th, Merry Christmas once again and happy shopping.
The Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Suede and Leather High-Top Sneakers
Fall Winter 2012, Purple Red and Black on White
Source: Giuseppe Zanotti Design
ALTERNATIVE SIMILAR ITEMS THAT I WOULD BUY IF THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE OUT OF STOCK OR SIZE.
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers Fall Winter 2012. High top velvet sneakers in navy with black patent leather contrasts. Round toe. Black lace up closure. Embroidered logo patch at padded tongue. Gold tone metal detail at velcro tabbed eyerow. Extended heel collar in metallic gold with exposed gold tone zipper closure. Gold tone exposed zipper detail at eyerow. Textured rubber foxing in black. Tone on tone stitching. Leather/textile upper, rubber sole. Made in Italy. BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers. High-top textured leather sneakers in black. Silver tone hardware. Round toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Tonal logo patch at bellows tongue. Logo embossed curved metal bar with Velcro closure at shoe face. Exposed zip closures at shoe sides and heel. Dark silver leather insert at heel. Padded collar. White rubber sole with textured foxing at toe and logo detail at heel. Tone on tone stitching. Upper: 100% leather. Sole: 100% rubber Made in Italy.  BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers

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Exclusive Balmain Tuxedo Jackets FW2012

11th December 2012
In one of my earlier articles I have mention about the Balmain Fall Winter 2012 menswear exclusive items that were only available in Japan. There was a reference in the end of the post that I have spotted someone on Instagram who has one of the Balmain Wool Gabardine Double Breast Tuxedo Jacket that has extra double layer gold embroidered applique cuffs.
I have been looking for this item ever since the day I saw it, however the owner claim that there is only 5 pieces worldwide, not too sure whether this is true. Nevertheless I was in doubt that it would be online due to its rarity. Wrong enough to presume, there were actually two exclusive Balmain tuxedo jackets available at Harrods online boutique. These are the ultimate delight for any Balmain enthusiast out there.
The exclusive Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Jackets comprise gold piping embroidered trims highlighting features on the wool-mix tuxedo jacket. These jacket reminds me of Christophe Decarnin’s last collection where he designed the Balmain Military Jacket that has a few similarities.
Harrolds – Balmain Tuxedo Jacket. Crafted from wool and complete with a satin shawl collar, Balmain’s double breasted tuxedo jacket is a superb formalwear choice. Perfect for occasionwear and black tie events, this shawl collar design is the perfect finishing touch to smarty tailor separates. BUY IT NOW

Harrolds – Balmain Tuxedo Jacket. Designed with a striped trim and satin peak lapels, Balmain’s tuxedo jacket is a stand-out formalwear choice. Perfect for occasion-wear and black tie events, this wear-forever piece is the finishing touch to smartly tailored separates. BUY IT NOW

‘Source: Harrolds, men’s online boutique – Balmain Exclusive’

Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Jacket by Christophe Decarnin. One of my favorite Balmain jacket of all time that is no longer available. L’ECLAIREUR – Black wool-mix military jacket from Balmain featuring peak lapels with red and gold trims, gold pipping at the cuffs and a single-silver tone buttons at the front. The jacket has two flap breast pockets, two front flap pockets and a vent at the back. SOLD OUT
Balmain Wool-Mix Military Jacket Fall Winter 2011 – $3,850

‘Source: L’ECLAIREUR, Men’s Balmain Design – FarFetch.com’

‘Source: Upscalehype – Kid Cudi wearing Balmain Military Jacket and Christian Louboutin Tartan Rollerboy Spike Slippers’