Originally Posted by capnwes
Yeah, so this was not found at a thrift store or discount store, but it was on sale and is quite possibly the oldest piece of Brooks Brothers posted on the thread, so fuck it.
Super Vintage Brooks Brothers Traditional Fox Hunt Master's Pinque Coat. About a size 36...Needs a little love.
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Wes, that is unbelievably awesome! I'd honestly love to find something like that just to keep!
Originally Posted by Orgetorix
Any of you guys expert enough in IDing high-end brands that you could do so without any makers' tags?
I know that sounds ridiculous, but there's a VERY nice handmade suit in a consignment near me that has had all the tags removed from the jacket. Handwork everywhere, fully canvassed, really nice fabric, etc.
The odd thing is there's one lone tag in the pants that has the customer's name written in, and I swear the brand/store name says "Louie's Boston." NOT Louis Boston, which would make sense, that's a high-end department store. I'm 95% sure it says Louie's Boston.
I stood there in the shop for 15 minutes poring over the stupid thing, trying to figure it out. I felt like I was being trolled by a consignor.
That's hard, but I'd suggest taking a look at the buttonholes. While each tailor will be different (obviously), certain houses are trained in certain ways. I'd just guess that it's unlikely that you can say it is a certain label with 100% certainty, but if it's just for your own knowledge, you could get an idea.
I'd take a look at:
- Tag placement. I'm assuming you can see the outline of them and where they were, so if you could get the size and placement, that would help.
- Hardware. Look at the hooks and check the brand. If you have enough suits around that you know who generally uses what hardware (brand name and style), you could have a clue.
- Stitching. Look at the collar and how it's attached. Check to see if the underside of the pocket flaps have hand stitching. A lot of high end brands still won't have hand stitches in these areas.
That's just a start. The problem is that without knowing the age, it will make it harder. Brands have used different methods and different tailors on different lines, etc.