Originally Posted by steveoly
Pics or it didn't happen!!!
I have lived here through college and the good portion of my professional life and have never been compelled to say, "Wow. That's a well-dressed guy" upon passing or meeting any one in Omaha
Another fellow Omahan, Achilles, found some Stefano Ricci shirts once while thrifting IIRC. But I think you may have gotten lucky.
Yes there is a lot of money in Omaha, however if you're rich as balls you typically don't look it. (Tons of boomers and their BRK-A and tons of wealthy farmers. Most are Buffett idols and live their lives in the miserly ways of Warren himself.
For the youth of Omaha, I gather that names with marketing cache like Burberry and Boss are pretty popular. I see a lot of that Burberry check around town. I have a tie that garners a lot of compliments and the exchange goes like this.
-That is a great tie. Is it Burberry?
-Thanks. No. It's Tom Ford.
-Oh. What's that? Did you get it at Von Maur?
Not many Omahans have heard of names like Attolini, Partenopea and Isaia.
Fair points, though I'll add that even in well dressed areas (at least one's I've spent some time in: New York, Chicago, London) you aren't often blown away by well dressed men.
Also, that just wearing Brioni or RLPL doesn;t make someone well-dressed (in fact often the opposite is true).
You're right that it is a more reserved, less flashy town, and it doesn;t help that a lot of the good men's stores carry those overpriced brands like Tallia or whatever.
For it's size the city has a disproportionately large number fortune 500 companies. It has a really good art scene and a lot of very generous wealthy people, I've talked to people who run fundraisers and they say they usually raise far more at an Omaha event than one the same size in bigger cities (I sound like the Chamber of Commerce).
It's not like I find Brioni and Kiton every time I'v gone to a thrift store there, but I usually have found some good stuff (though my tastes are more Brooks Brothers and RL).