Sorry, brother, I don't know Pittsburgh, but if you ever get to Minnesota you'll want to pick up a copy of this:
Extremely helpful, thank you.
Varvatos can be nice, depends if you like the aesthetic (I'm not usually into the whole American rock-y vibe). That jacket looks alright if it fits you and you can pull it off. Quality-wise (since that's what so many people here care about), some of the stuff is made in Italy and is really good, some is made in Thailand or China and meh, and the JV*USA line is the worst.
don't understand how a peacoat in size THIRTY FOUR is even close to fitting me...
I am on the fence about keeping it though I feel like a j crew tool in it
peacoat thrifted, scarf found on ground in berkeley after a show, shirt lands end discount, jeans apc from barrel, shoes ae chukka from the bay
North Face isn't bad, quality does not equal price though. Unfortunately the same can be said for Patagonia.
Here is a list of outdoors/techwear brands that is way better, but I would be shocked if it showed up in a thrift, probably about the same odds as an Anna Matuozzo shirt showing up.
Triple Aught Design, Isaora, Rapha (more cycling), Outlier, Arcteryx Veilance, Aether, White Mountaineering and I think Rayxliu actually scooped some Acronym in SF, which blew my fucking mind.
The stuff that they sell at REI (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Sierra Designs etc) is all Chinese/3rd world country made at this point.
Out of the brands I mentioned - they are made in Canada/USA/Japan and Acronym is made in Germany.
You can still flip the made in China stuff, outdoorsy folks often don't have qualms about buying pre-owned gear and you can expect to recover a pretty good percentage of original msrp compared to classic menswear. unless you are spoo and you are selling tom ford ties.