Originally Posted by SpooPoker
Something that old cant really be considered "the good", even though its well made.
To be frank, the only real "good" Lanvin pieces - speaking to flip, I mean - are the ones that look like they belong in SWD instead of CM.
And, because Im tired and cranky, Ill rant for a sec - while label hunting is worthwhile obviously, some of you need to start looking more at quality and construction and shopping with taste. Finding a 3x2" label on an ugly garment that says Rubinacci is one thing - but finding no label on a 100% cashmere, hand applied collar, tailored full canvas sport coat could be even better than that.
Its much harder to thrift this way, because its not the math of learning encyclopedic knowledge of what a label looks like. Just saying. Ive found some stellar pieces that are made by nobodies, that sell for more than the "good" Lanvin. And almost certainly, Id wear something that fits and looks nice and is anon - as opposed to wearing a 20 year old "good" Canali.
(note, Im not by any means knocking the post above me - just something to open some narrow eyes a bit and teach you what I have learned)
This is an outstanding point, and I'd like to think I'm getting there. I'm certainly there when it comes to "spotting" good pieces in the sweater, shoe and outerwear sections... I practically run through the sweaters, feeling every single piece for merino wool and cashmere. I even "spotted" a cashmere sweater blended with merino and rabbit fur this way (that and the light pink color made it stand out as a women's sweater, but that's another story). With jackets, I'm partially looking at style, because I can spot a Patagonia or Arc'teryx piece from a mile away, and have the skill to not even look at Columbia and Hilfiger pieces. Footwear isn't quite as easy. I look for certain styles (wholecuts, wingtips, captoes first), then I pick up any shoe that looks interesting. If it is substantial (ie. heavy), I look further. The one time I found a pair of Edward Greens, I couldn't even see the label until I got outside into the sunlight. The shoes just freakin' oozed quality!
I'm guilty often of looking for labels because I haven't fondled enough high-quality pieces to easily recognize the dividing line between run-of-the-mill Hickey Freeman and grail pieces (though the few Oxxford pieces I've found certainly stood out from the Haggar shite!. I'm getting there, and do plan on being the most efficient motha out there doing what I do. Yeah, Spoo, I'm coming for you... Not in a bad way, I'm just aiming to turn my small business into a thriving empire.
The other advice I'll give to folks here is to expand your horizons. Don't be stuck looking only in certain parts of the store. I've found awesome pieces in everything from the book section (I once found a friend's senior year high school year book at a GW! She was quite shocked when I took a picture of her portrait and sent it to her through FB) to the small appliances section (I thrifted a CCrane Radio+ in perfect condition for something like 1/30th of retail price).