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post #151 of 115038
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Today's finds: Edward Green for Nordstrom tan wingtip bals on 202 last, 8D - $5.99 Also, a North Face red & black Gore-tex parka from the 80s or early 90s. The Gore-tex has come unlaminated from the main shell fabric. Little did the donor know (apparently) that The North Face has a lifetime repair/replacement warranty on all their products. I will send it in to them and they probably will give me a brand new ($300+) jacket because it's not worth fixing. $12.99 A pretty good day.
post #152 of 115038
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A pretty good day.
That's a bit of an understatement. Nice finds.
post #153 of 115038
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Today's finds: Some old Brooks Bros. "Brooks English" shoes with old adjustable Brooks Brothers shoe trees in them. These fit me perfectly. Anyone know their origins? I'm not selling them, since I will definitely use them, but I'm interested to know. They are in almost perfect shape. Next find: Church's Custom Grade captoe Bals - marked 9F 7D inside. I just noticed both are worn through the sole under the big toe area. Strange. However, the uppers are in excellent condition. Came with Littler shoe trees (Littler was a high end men's store in Seattle - closed in the 70s or 80s as far as I can tell). These fit me very snugly - I wouldn't be able to wear them. 9F is their English size. Next - Church's Custom Grade black brogued plaintoe derbys - marked 12D. Almost perfect. Total cash outlay today was under $15. Another excellent haul. I am going to open the Seattle English Shoe Museum in my apartment.
post #154 of 115038
J, you must be stopped. I picked up a very nice Zegna tie today, $3. Quite pleased with it. Wednesday I got a couple of no label pocket squares way cheap ($.39 each or so). I did see some Allen Edmonds McNeils, but not in my size and too expensive to fool with otherwise. According to an earlier thread, those "Brooks English" might be made by Church's. Others will probably have some more expert commentary on them. Great job.   Edit: Here's the Zegna, which as you see came from the local high-end men's shop Shaia's.
post #155 of 115038
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J, you must be stopped.
Agreed. J, you're killing us. It's too much. How is it that all the good stuff is in Seattle? Did all those Suits get displaced by Casual Millionaires during the internet boom. AlanC: those Brooks English do look like Church's -- I was thinking that myself. I stopped by a Salvation Army today: not much to report. Some frayed Brooks buttondowns not my size; a beautiful old Polo linen/silk sportcoat, not my size; and an ugly LL Bean flannel (USA make) that was my size but not my taste. Ugh.
post #156 of 115038
Gentleman, I am envious. I live in northern Ontario where one cannot buy anything of quality either new or otherwise.
post #157 of 115038
Before the list of finds, a story. I'm a fairly regular donor to my local thrift store. I had donated some clothes, including a Banana Republic wool/rayon long sleeve plaid shirt cut in a 1950s style--one of my favorite shirts because of the styling, but that had seen better days. About a month later I'm walking through the thrift store and I see my shirt on the end of a rack. I walk over to look at it, because I'm interested to see the condition of the shirt which would give me some idea of the cleaning process it went through before being sold. I then started looking through the suit/jacket rack, which runs perpendicular to the rack where my old shirt was. Directly, and I mean directly, across from my old shirt was a Gianluca Isaia jacket from Louis, Boston in my size, in brand new condition, with working buttonholes on the sleeves. At this particular store all jackets are $4.99. I pick it up, try it on, and fits perfectly in the body. The sleeves were a little short which was easy enough to fix. I walked up to the register and the cashier rang up the jacket for $1. I asked why, and she said "All blue tag items are $1 today." I suppose there is something about casting one's bread upon the waters to be learned here. Here is the Isaia jacket: I've also found a Turnbull and Asser (Chester Barrie) pinstripe suit ($10), a bespoke Chipp jacket from 1968 ($1) single breasted two button, peak lapels, ticket pocket, working buttonholes, and a crazy yellow paisley silk lining. a few Huntsman jackets for $5 including, note: sleeves now altered back to proper length/balance a $5 bespoke jacket by an NYC tailor with a ticket pocket, Holland and Sherry buttons, and working buttonholes in a plaid cashmere that would make Les Nessman jump for joy. My favorite is the c. 1968 bespoke overcoat by Bernard Weatherill with a ticket pocket and working sleeve buttons in a gray nailhead. It was fifteen bucks. The key to good luck at a thrift store is to look at everything. I've found some interesting items that I wouldn't have noticed at first glance--a polo shirt by Bowring Arundel, some great 1960s sweater vests made in Scotland, 1950s viyella fabric shirts. I've also been known to buy $1 shirts just for the buttons. Regards, Charles
post #158 of 115038
Oddly, I found a pretty much as-new Louis Boston suit at the Salvation Army in Birmingham, AL. I'm still curious how it got there. My brother-in-law has it now. Those are great finds, Charles. I have a 'Les Nessman' plaid jacket from J Press that I found at thrift.
post #159 of 115038
Just bought this Finamore for 75 euros on sale, retail is 300 euros.
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criminy...300 E's is about a gajillion US dollars. sounds like a european Kabbaz. (no offense to Alex. i'm just sayin'...)
post #161 of 115038
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criminy...300 E's is about a gajillion US dollars. sounds like a european Kabbaz. (no offense to Alex. i'm just sayin'...)
There are a few brands with a similar retail price here, Barbera, Finamore, Buonamassa, they're all positioned above Borrelli even. But to be perfectly honest, I think they're too expensive so I only get these on sale. Alex might be expensive, but you're getting bespoke instead of RTW. World of difference.
post #162 of 115038
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criminy...300 E's is about a gajillion US dollars. sounds like a european Kabbaz. (no offense to Alex. i'm just sayin'...)
300 Euros is only about US$360....well below Alex's (justifiable) prices.
post #163 of 115038
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(faustian bargain @ July 09 2005,23:26) criminy...300 E's is about a gajillion US dollars. sounds like a european Kabbaz. (no offense to Alex. i'm just sayin'...)
300 Euros is only about US$360....well below Alex's (justifiable) prices.
Yup, but this is RTW. I won't pay the 300 euros for a RTW shirt. MTM or Bespoke is a different story altogether.
post #164 of 115038
Yesterday, after the Helmut Lang final sale, was still in buying mood, went to SA. A couple of Zegna shirts, one RLPL, a couple of Hawes & Curtis (are these any good? I just liked the stripes), and one BR that I'd ignore except that I like its stripes, which are red and pink without any white ground. Also, two PS suits, though not sure if they can be made to fit. One brown wool suit about 50 years old from Roos, forerunner of Roos Atkins, in California. Lastly, one pair of pinstriped cotton Gap pants such as I like for knocking around. Total take: less than $110.
post #165 of 115038
today i saw a brown hickey freeman sportcoat. wasn't my size so i didn't buy it. i briefly thought about flipping it. but i'm lazy.
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