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Ring Jacket MTO

Ring Jacket’s made-to-order program is pretty awesome.  If you fit into one of our 5 stock Ring Jacket fits, you can tweak the sleeve length, jacket length, and body directly from the factory.  Additionally, just like you would in a made-to-measure program, you get the added benefit of picking your own fabric and details like buttons, lining, and pockets.

My MTO above is in vintage Carlo Barbera silk from Ring Jacket’s summer trunk show.  This weekend they’ll be bringing another selection of winter-weight vintage Barbera cloths which we’ll be able to offer for MTO and MTM commissions.

Gross facial hair not included.

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Ciccio, Saint Crispins.
Ciccio trunk show at the Armoury Hong Kong October 3 & 4

Ciccio Trunk Show at The Armoury HK - Oct 3 + 4

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Ciccio, Saint Crispins.

Ciccio trunk show at the Armoury Hong Kong October 3 & 4

Ciccio Trunk Show at The Armoury HK - Oct 3 + 4

jhilla:

Ring Jacket Scotch Flannel Chalkstripe 3-piece.
Fukushima-san, Sasamoto-san, and Tani-san will be visiting the NYC store again this Friday and Saturday for MTO and MTM fittings.
One of the most exciting things about their visits is the small collection of vintage Carlo Barbera cloths that they bring with them, usually in such small lengths that it’s only enough for a single jacket or suit.  As pretentious and nerdy as it may sound, it’s a pretty cool feeling to have a piece of tailored clothing that’s really only yours.
For appointments email nyc (at) thearmoury (dot) com or call 646.613.7613.

jhilla:

Ring Jacket Scotch Flannel Chalkstripe 3-piece.

Fukushima-san, Sasamoto-san, and Tani-san will be visiting the NYC store again this Friday and Saturday for MTO and MTM fittings.

One of the most exciting things about their visits is the small collection of vintage Carlo Barbera cloths that they bring with them, usually in such small lengths that it’s only enough for a single jacket or suit.  As pretentious and nerdy as it may sound, it’s a pretty cool feeling to have a piece of tailored clothing that’s really only yours.

For appointments email nyc (at) thearmoury (dot) com or call 646.613.7613.

Grand Seiko at The Armoury

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I have been collecting watches since 2001. My first piece was on Omega Chronostop, followed by an IWC cal. 8541 based piece and eventually swirled out of control to include 30’s era Omegas and JLC’s, a healthy collection of vintage Patek and Vacheron, and last but not least, Grand Seiko, which seems to take up a disproportionate amount of time on my wrist.

Grand Seiko is so fascinating for me not just because I love their watches but because they feel like an engineering company in the best sense of the word. Meeting engineering challenges is their identity. The history and scale of Seiko is not immediately obvious to most people. Very briefly, it was started by Kintaro Hattori in 1881 as a clock repair shop, grew into a clockmaker and eventually came to include precision manufacturing (Seiko Instruments Corp.) and semiconductor manufacturing (Epson). They pioneered the use of quartz and because of their expertise in timing accuracy, they played a huge part in the computer revolution, particularly with printers. Epson actually stands for “Son of Electronic Printer”.

While there are a huge number of Seiko products deserving of respect, there are a few I want to highlight. Firstly, the original Grand Seiko, released in 1960. Japan in the 60’s was far being competitive with Western precision manufacturing. The original Grand Seiko was the first Japanese watch to rise to the challenge of being on par with the great Swiss makers of the time in terms of fit, finish and reliability. Just 8 years later, there came the 61GS VFA. VFA stands for “Very Fine Adjustment” and the model was used as Seiko’s entry into swiss timekeeping accuracy competitions. It cleaned up, showing Seiko was capable of not just imitating its Swiss peers but even surpassing them.

In the early 70’s Seiko was deep into development of the quartz movement, eventually making it a viable commercial product and significantly changing the landscape of timekeeping devices. While the age of quartz is bittersweet, as it saw the demise of many mechanical watch manufacturers, it also brought about the Spring Drive.

The Spring Drive is a hybrid mechanism that combines both a quartz and mechanical movement without the use of a battery. Its development time was extremely long, starting in the late 70’s and never reaching commercial fruition until the 90’s. The technology is of course amazing, but what impresses me even more is the culmination of factors that enabled its birth.

We live in an age now where product development timelines are shorter and shorter, commercial viability and short-term obligations to shareholders are of paramount importance. 20 years for a long shot is not something most modern companies would be willing to place any bets on. Furthermore, Spring Drive is not just reliant on cutting edge precision manufacturing for its mechanical components, it is also reliant on semiconductors. Spring Drive required the development of an ultra low power IC, something that only Epson could do for the project, and thus something that only Seiko as a whole could do. For a company of engineers, it is however almost an obligation to rise to challenges such as this.

One of the founding tenets of The Armoury is respecting craftsmanship and the human beings behind it all. Our love for tailoring and shoemaking is not just about the aesthetics, it is about the sheer human effort and dedication behind it. People often forget that the striking, cutting, sewing, pressing and finishing of a garment is also engineering, maybe by the techniques of a bygone era, but engineering nonetheless. So in the spirit of outstanding engineering, I am immensely pleased to be able to announce Grand Seiko now officially available at The Armoury NYC.

- Mark Cho 

23/9/2014

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Saint Crispin’s Trunk show
23rd - 24th September 2014
Phillip from Saint Crispin’s returns to conduct made-to-measure fittings at the newest Armoury Landmark store.
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#SaintCrispins #theArmoury

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Saint Crispin’s Trunk show

23rd - 24th September 2014

Phillip from Saint Crispin’s returns to conduct made-to-measure fittings at the newest Armoury Landmark store.

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#SaintCrispins #theArmoury

fromsqualortoballer:

Out & About: A visit to The Armoury NYC
In the same way that our online personas are rarely identical to the way we live “IRL”, I have found that stores usually offer very different experiences between their online presence and physical locations. On the one hand, there are great stores that have existed for decades and are just now beginning to realize the power of e-commerce. On the other, you have stores that dominate the internet but have a physical presence that doesn’t do the product justice. There are many degrees of this, but one thing is consistent: a store may have a great web presence or a great physical presence, but it is very rare to have both.
The Armoury seems to be the exception to this rule, as their new store in New York is a flawless extension of the brand’s powerful presence abroad and online. 
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Thanks for the great write-up, I’m sorry I missed you! (Mark)

fromsqualortoballer:

Out & About: A visit to The Armoury NYC

In the same way that our online personas are rarely identical to the way we live “IRL”, I have found that stores usually offer very different experiences between their online presence and physical locations. On the one hand, there are great stores that have existed for decades and are just now beginning to realize the power of e-commerce. On the other, you have stores that dominate the internet but have a physical presence that doesn’t do the product justice. There are many degrees of this, but one thing is consistent: a store may have a great web presence or a great physical presence, but it is very rare to have both.

The Armoury seems to be the exception to this rule, as their new store in New York is a flawless extension of the brand’s powerful presence abroad and online. 

Read More

Thanks for the great write-up, I’m sorry I missed you! (Mark)

(via jhilla)

gothamred:

The newly arrived, Goodyear welted, 80421 on the Robert last from Carmina Shoemaker — at The Armoury in New York.

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The newly arrived, Goodyear welted, 80421 on the Robert last from Carmina Shoemaker — at The Armoury in New York.

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Saint Crispin’s Trunk show

23rd - 24th September 2014

Phillip from Saint Crispin’s returns to conduct made-to-measure fittings at the newest Armoury Landmark store.

Yowza. Here comes Saint Crispins - trunkshow tomorrow and day after (23 and 24 September)

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The Queens in Inca calf — Saint Crispin’s trunk show at The Armoury’s new location in Hong Kong’s Landmark on September 23 and 24 —contact for information and appointments.

Saint Crispin’s trunk show in HK, Sept 23 + 24

gothamred:

The Queens in Inca calf — Saint Crispin’s trunk show at The Armoury’s new location in Hong Kong’s Landmark on September 23 and 24 —contact for information and appointments.

Saint Crispin’s trunk show in HK, Sept 23 + 24

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Ueki-sans precision and fine attention to detail is a constant throughout the process of fittings and his finished garments.  

There is a correction to every fault at the fitting stages with careful pinning and readjustment of pattern on spot.  Notes on the customers every odd curve or line is jotted down in Ueki-sans black book.  

If it is the famous sprezzatura - the beautiful fault that you are looking for from Neapolitan tailors, it will have to come from within yourself. From the bold and finely stitched lapped seams to the simple beads of stitching throughout the garment - you can see that every pick and pull of Ueki-sans needle and thread is to chase down a Neapolitan version of the perfect jacket and suit.  

We are proud to have Ueki-san of Ciccio back in our store in Hong Kong on the 3rd and 4th of October.  Please email us at info@thearmoury.com for a spot

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Nagaoka san and Sasamoto san from Ring Jacket
now at the Armoury HK for trunk show.

Last day for Ring Jacket Trunk Show Hong Kong!

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Nagaoka san and Sasamoto san from Ring Jacket

now at the Armoury HK for trunk show.

Last day for Ring Jacket Trunk Show Hong Kong!

gothamred:

Even more new Drake’s of London and Grand Seiko arrivals for Fall at The Armoury in New York.

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Even more new Drake’s of London and Grand Seiko arrivals for Fall at The Armoury in New York.

We are having a private event to celebrate the arrival of Grand Seiko at The Armoury NYC. The event is taking place next Tuesday, Sept 23rd, from 6.30pm to 8pm. There will be a large selection of models available to view and purchase and we will have both our collection and Seiko’s NY boutiques collection together for the evening. For our blog readers, there are a few spots available so if any of you would like to join us, please send us an e-mail at nyc@thearmoury.com!

We are having a private event to celebrate the arrival of Grand Seiko at The Armoury NYC. The event is taking place next Tuesday, Sept 23rd, from 6.30pm to 8pm. There will be a large selection of models available to view and purchase and we will have both our collection and Seiko’s NY boutiques collection together for the evening. For our blog readers, there are a few spots available so if any of you would like to join us, please send us an e-mail at nyc@thearmoury.com!

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More new arrivals for Fall from Drake’s of London and Grand Seiko — at The Armoury New York.

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More new arrivals for Fall from Drake’s of London and Grand Seiko — at The Armoury New York.

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