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PSA - Great stuff at Shop the Finest

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I went to see Ian at the Shop the Finest warehouse today and checked out his new inventory. He has a lot of stuff that's not online that should be of interest here:

-100 or so pairs of shoes - Borrelli, Sutor Mantellassi and Santoni, in many styles and colors, including some nice Norvegese monks and several chukka boots. There are also a bunch of loafers that I wasn't crazy about, but there's lots of good stuff. The Borrelli shoes are all made by Sutor.

Also some St. Crispin (all euro size 8F, about 7 pairs) - I looked at one pair, a mid-brown cap toe, then refused to look at the others because they were too pretty and not my size. The Italian shoes are all between $299 and $399, I think.

-As usual, he has hundreds of shirts and ties that aren't yet in the system. I barely looked at them as I got caught up in with the jackets and shoes.

-There's a rack full of Barba cotton dress trousers in a sort of light weight canvas twill, all flat front and slim fitting, in light khaki, taupe, dark khaki, dark brown and navy. Very nice - I got a pair in the light khaki - great fit and a nice compromise between a casual chino and a more dressy wool trouser. He seemed to have a full size run in each color. These are all $119 I believe.

-His usually giant selection of Borrelli and Attolini suits and jackets. It's really a Neapolitan clothing porn emporium. Check out this jacket for instance:

Completely unlined, 100% cashmere, fits like a snug cardigan. Not cheap at $950, but soooo decadent.

I ended up buying another cashmere Borrelli jacket, 3 roll 2, peak lapel in a muted burgandy and cream herringbone. Totally not what I need but I couldn't resist. I'll post pictures of it one of these days. It isn't on the website.

If you're in Southern California, you should go in there sometime. You can kill a whole day digging through his inventory. Anyone out of town interested in those shoes should give him a call before they go onto ebay. It may be worth your while.
post #2 of 8
im interested in the shoes he has. does Ian sell them at lower prices directly from his warehouse then compared to his ebay prices, or are all his stuff on consignment?
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I ended up buying another cashmere Borrelli jacket, 3 roll 2, peak lapel in a muted burgandy and cream herringbone. Totally not what I need but I couldn't resist. I'll post pictures of it one of these days. It isn't on the website.

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That sounds nuts I'd love to see pics.
post #4 of 8
We should arrange a field trip. I've been putting off going to Ian's until I achieve a couple of short-term economic goals and can more easily justify an orgy of self-indulgent spending.
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We should arrange a field trip. I've been putting off going to Ian's until I achieve a couple of short-term economic goals and can more easily justify an orgy of self-indulgent spending.
I always mean to do the same thing, but I went ahead spent some future earnings today anyways. There a many things I didn't buy that I'll be looking for an excuse to get later. I'd be down for a field trip sometime too. Shoe - his prices are in the warehouse are the same as his opening ebay bid price, but lower than the ebay BIN price.
post #6 of 8
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Here's a picture of the jacket I got. I said before that it was burgandy/cream, but I can see now in outdoor light that it's actually pale rose and brown. It's kind of a wild cut, with the peak lapels, but I love the way it fits me. I wouldn't have picked it out unless I got to see it in person.
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Here's a picture of the jacket I got. I said before that it was burgandy/cream, but I can see now in outdoor light that it's actually pale rose and brown. It's kind of a wild cut, with the peak lapels, but I love the way it fits me. I wouldn't have picked it out unless I got to see it in person.

Beautiful 30s vintage cut!
post #8 of 8
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^^^ The funny thing is, I ended up exchanging this and for a more casual tweed field jacket and a few other things. I love the sportcoat, but it's not something I would have worn very often.
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