Originally Posted by osadolor619
Can you give us some info about the items?
Sure. The Bomber jacket was a piece I picked up at the RRL in NYC when it was located on Bleeker st. They had a limited run of them. Believe they made 24 or 36. Not exactly sure, all I know is they made 12 mediums and 12 smalls. Each were sent to Brooklyn and hand painted by an artist. So each is different (slightly). Price on all of my leather items makes everyone cringe, and people on Style Forum are nasty when they realize you can spend some dough, so I'll leave that part a mystery.
The 79K is a vintage 1940's motorcycle jacket that has been to hell and back. I like vintage items to be truly beaten and worn. Some people don't, I do. This thing is absolutely a one of kind show stopper. It fits really snug, and may be a tad short, but that's the style.
The military shirt came out when the bomber jacket did. Painted by the same artist, it was another very limited run. It's awesome. I got this one, luckily on eBay slightly used. I think new they wanted something crazy like $800-$1200. I still paid a lot for it, but again, items like this are so rare and when you wear them, I mean, it puts all of the other RRL stuff to shame.
That's my issue with RRL. They charge so much money for the mass produced stuff, and if you wait, you see it on eBay a year later for 80% off. But the truly unique items, the limited runs and the Vintage stuff (which never goes on sale) is always the better buy. Not only will it hold its value more (as if we even plan on reselling), but it's the only way to justify the cost.
Take this Vintage Ralph Lauren Rugby Coat for example. I see Rugby charging like $500 now for sport coats and club jackets, all of which are made of crappy quality and have no real personality. This bad boy was part of the "store display" and they refused to sell it for almost a year. This was when the Rugby store first opened up in NYC. I hounded them until they finally agreed to sell it. Now they no longer create this wonderful vintage items with this level of attention and quality.