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post #1 of 13
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Some people seem to think that vintage clothing is disgusting, since it's been previously worn. Personally, I think it's difficult to match the craftsmanship and styling of some vintage pieces, especially with the junk being mass-produced in today's world.

So what is your position on vintage? This encompasses everything...suits, shoes, shirts, trousers, etc.
post #2 of 13
I'm for it, especially if it's cheap and fits me.

I just picked up a 50 year old Oxxford overcoat, and it's great.

Everyone ought to have some vintage cufflinks. They literally don't make 'em that way anymore, and you can get them dirt cheap.

I also think that working in older and vintage pieces gives your wardrobe more character rather than having everything new off the shelf. It's one of the same reasons why I like old and used books.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Connemara
So what is your position on vintage? This encompasses everything...suits, shoes, shirts, trousers, etc.

I think it's hard to find the high-quality pieces, but you know it when you do, and they are worth buying. Most of the stuff I see is junk, though. Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's good.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Connemara
So what is your position on vintage?

Oh, I kinda like it.
post #5 of 13
Suits, jackets, trousers, and outerwear are all fine by me, and even preferred in many instances. There is a subset of same I am even starting to think of myself as a collector thereof. I purchase and own mostly antique, old, or otherwise handmade items generally (excepting only technno gadgetry), so it fits in my metier. I do, however, draw quite a distinct line at shoes and any sort of undergarment. Yeah, no chance there. Regards, Huntsman
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Huntsman
I do, however, draw quite a distinct line at shoes and any sort of undergarment. Yeah, no chance there.

Actually, it's not out of the realm of possibility to find NWT (or deadstock) vintage undergarments. At a local antique shop, I even found a pair of never worn shoes from the 30s.
post #7 of 13
The shoes I could definitely do in that circumstance, though I if I did wear them, I'd imagine it would be with the care and rarity that would befit their survival. As I wear a size thirteen, I think my chances are poor. I don't know why, but even deadstock undergarments would creep me out a little -- one of my many senseless peccadiloes, doubtless. Regards, Huntsman
post #8 of 13
I like vintage and have a lot of it. Most of my wardrobe is vintage and/or secondhand.

The market on ebay for vintage luxury men's clothing is very poor, so outside of a few famous brand names you can buy excellent things for very little. The challenge is deducing what make a great garment when you can't feel it or try it on, and the maker now may be obscure.
post #9 of 13
Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.
post #10 of 13
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Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.

Yes, that's what I mean by a famous name. But a Sulka-quality item without the name will go for much less. So many great brands and stores have bitten the dust over the decades that bargain-hunting in vintage is not so hard for the quality-minded sartorialist who shops carefully.

Some surviving brands sell poorly as well -- Hickey-Freeman, for example. They make a good suit and perhaps used to make an even better one, but on ebay, few care.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.
Sulka is the best, my friend
Nothing compares
Love the Lewin shirt, too
And ties--great deal for many of us
Far better than overpriced Franco, what have you
Stick with the Sulka, and the Lewin
And my Birkenstocks! LOL
Good day, Mr. King
post #12 of 13
I'm guessing it's not Trad to say LOL. I wish Jimmy posted here, too.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.

And for good reason. I have a vintage 30s Sulka canary yellow silk dressing gown, and it's a truly wonderful thing.
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