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post #63061 of 117872
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

Remind
Remind them that, by law, they have to give you the marked price unless they can prove you altered the price tag.

what a dick thing to do. we look through old clothes for a hobby, but surely there's enough of pride or shame left in us that we wouldn't do that.
post #63062 of 117872
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Originally Posted by Digmenow View Post

Do we like John Varvatos? I can never remember.

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.

post #63063 of 117872
That Varvatos is the tits. I used to have a pigskin by none other than Varvatos just like it until it got destroyed by my carelessness.
post #63064 of 117872

don't understand how a peacoat in size THIRTY FOUR is even close to fitting me...

 

AppleMark

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


Edited by IRKSM - 2/13/13 at 10:17pm
post #63065 of 117872
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

Remind
Remind them that, by law, they have to give you the marked price unless they can prove you altered the price tag.

is that a cali thing?
post #63066 of 117872
Might be... I worked as an assistant manager at Walgreens for a while. I remember it from the training.
post #63067 of 117872
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

don't understand how a peacoat in size THIRTY FOUR is even close to fitting me...

 

AppleMark

I am on the fence about keeping it though I feel like a j crew tool in it

that is an amazing fit, I would keep it.

post #63068 of 117872
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Originally Posted by SeaJen View Post


I don't know about that. I take my advice on outdoor wear from the guy on the right. He lives at 9k ft, fought with the SF in the Afghan mountains, and swears by TNF. They have several ranges on stuff much of his is silver-reflective lined, which differs from the stuff you can pick up from the mall, but it's definitely North Face.
 

 

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.

post #63069 of 117872
TNF went through an incredibly shitty phase in the early to mid 90s. No one that knew their stuff would touch it. I'm biased against them because I was working in the industry at the time. Patagonia was the bees knees back then, so I'm biased towards them.

All these companies make decent stuff, it's just the pricing that suffers. I flipped a TNF Denali fleece in order to buy a Patagonia R3. My cost was $10 more for the R3, but it's way more me(and only $41 at the outlet sale).
post #63070 of 117872
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

don't understand how a peacoat in size THIRTY FOUR is even close to fitting me...

AppleMark

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

Pea coats measure like overcoats. Typically 6-8" larger than chest size. A 34 would measure out near the size of a 38-40 sport coat. Remember, they were originally meant to be worn over a full military uniform. I am a size 44-45 sport coat, but a 40 overcoat/pea coat fits just fine with just a shirt underneath.
post #63071 of 117872
Concealed's and Fueco's post are very helpful, thanks guys. In general, are most of the brands mentioned made in countries we would look for in an article of MC clothing (England, Italy, US, etc.) or has the production been shipped elsewhere (China for example)?

And ATLjon, suit looks good, could definitely wear it for Valentines, but as Grendel said the sleeves eventually need to be let out a touch. Glad it worked out for you.
post #63072 of 117872

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.

post #63073 of 117872
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Originally Posted by nolanmjj View Post

BS today...went to Marshall's...found a 40L Ralph Lauren Rugby (yes, the Rugby brand that is no longer here) Made In Italy...2 roll 3 herringbone grey...perfect fit. $50. I go up and then they look at the price and decide it was a mistake and the manager says "well, it's supposed to be $159.99 but I'll give you a $10 discount for $150".

"No".

sigh.

FYI the Made in Italy Rugby suiting is done by Caruso, who makes RLBL, although with less handwork on Rugby. Very very good stuff for the price. 

post #63074 of 117872
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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

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.

 

 Mostly, it's about us dirtbags not having any qualms about buying secondhand clothing. Thrifting and dumpster diving is almost de rigueur in the outdoors sports world (or at least the parts I've been a part of, having come of age sleeping in the backs of trucks or squalid dusty campgrounds for pennies to save a few bucks to buy more climbing gear). That being said, most of my outdoors clothing is either thrifted, from a discount rack, old rental gear or very old (or two of the three). The Patagonia fleece I'm currently wearing is Made in the USA and was purchased from the discount rack in 2002. The only reason I bought a replacement is that the patches and embroidery from a long ago trip to Nepal are starting to fade. I want to preserve that memory.

 

 Made in the third world doesn't always mean shitty quality and poor labor conditions. I've yet to have any issues with any of my mountain gear, even the newer stuff. 

 

That being said, Feathered Friends is still made in Seattle, and Western Mountaineering is still made in my hometown- San Jose... And I forgot that Bibler was bought out by Black Diamond... If you find older Bibler stuff (I think all they made was tents), it was made in the USA.


Edited by Fueco - 2/14/13 at 12:27am
post #63075 of 117872

Alright ya'll....just a couple of things from today. I have a shitload more but im way toooooo lazy right now to post pics.

 

2 pairs of The West is Dead NWT for me. Raw Selvage and Coal Dust Selvage. I already own the Work Rise in Raw Selvage in a size 34 and they were horribly big. But these are nice and slim on the legs but around the waist it fits weird. They gap up on the waist at the back. Maybe my ass is too big? I tried one size down from these and they were pretty damn tight, but im assuming theyre gonna stretch right? Where my elite SW&D heads at?

 

 

Ok. As a few of you know, I wasnt big on shoes before. But since my John Lobb find last year, ive stepped up my efforts and have looked more. Today I found these. They popped my cherry. First "....for Brooks Brothers" shoes. I knew they were Cordovan right off the bat. I've trained myself well and can now tell them just by looking at pics. Woot Woot.

 

 Im having problems identifying the maker. Ive looked at many listings on the 'bay and none them have the V-Cleat. Rares or Garbage?

 

Brooks English by Brooks Brother's Cordovan Leather Wingtip Balmorals with V-Cleat...

 

 

 

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