Sometimes a little nip out to the store really pays off. Yesterday I had to run out to the store for some milk. Of course I ducked into the local thrift along the way and five minutes later was walking out with (1) Zegna for Wilkes Bashford sb jacket--brown and cream mini houndstooth with sky blue windowpane, 3 roll 2, double vents, just the slightest hint of padding at the shoulders; seems to be new, all pockets sewn shut ($11.99), (2) Brioni for Wilkes Bashford spread collar shirt--sky blue and white gingham with beaded navy blue overcheck ($7.99). Isn't it nice when someone picks out a great shirt/jacket combination for you? I did look around for the ties.
These two finds were really a reminder to me of what a nice store Wilkes Bashford is. I don't know to what extent goods are made specifically to WB specifications (the Oxxford suits and jackets are, I believe), but I can't help thinking that a Zegna jacket and Brioni shirt for, say, NM would show much less style, taste, and imagination.
Earlier in the day I had picked up a couple of pristine vintage pocket squares from Hardy Amies--one paisley, one geometric, both with hand-rolled contrasting edges ($1 each) and a vintage wool schoolboy scarf, blue with cream and red stripes, made in England for J. Press ($2.99).