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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. mainy

    mainy Well-Known Member

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    Vintage Christian Dior trench coat in my size for $5.

    This was either very well cared for or hardly worn. I don't know the quality of old Dior menswear (it's not Dior Monsieur at least) but the lining is nice. I need to dry clean the thrift store funk out of it and it's a keeper.

    Even some of the Dior Monsieur stuff isn't TOO bad - mainly the made in Hong Kong pieces. Have to remember it was all licensed out AFAIK, so the quality levels were all over the map.
     
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday's acquisitions:

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    • Dunhill tie
    • RL Polo braces--ca. 1980s, I suspect; pigskin tabs?
    • unlabeled ribbon belt
    • The Elegant Man, by Villarosa & Angeli--this is a great book. It doesn't get much play on the fora, but I highly recommend it.
     
  3. tonylumpkin

    tonylumpkin Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday's acquisitions: [​IMG]
    • Dunhill tie
    • RL Polo braces--ca. 1980s, I suspect; pigskin tabs?
    • unlabeled ribbon belt
    • The Elegant Man, by Villarosa & Angeli--this is a great book. It doesn't get much play on the fora, but I highly recommend it.

    Very nice. Really like the tie. BTW, are you taking photography lessons? I note a marked upgrade in the layout and lighting. Not that your stuff looked bad before.
     
  4. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    On the photography, I am working on doing better. Thanks for noticing. I've switched to our better camera, which gives me higher resolution. I've also moved my shots to a very large window we have that provides excellent all natural lighting. Everything is no flash and handheld on a point and shoot. I certainly think it's made an improvement on my tie sales.
     
  5. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    I think I have browsed that book at B&N - its a good one.

    Your photography does look like it has improved - natural lighting is the best.
     
  6. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    ^Thanks, VMan. Your first rate photos put mine to shame. You inspired me to do better.
     
  7. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    ^Thanks, VMan. Your first rate photos put mine to shame. You inspired me to do better.

    I have been using my fancy artificial lighting for a while, but I recently set up a studio in a room with great natural lighting. Now, I find myself trying to time my shooting sessions so that I can catch that perfect light, rather than using my other lights.
     
  8. rnoldh

    rnoldh Well-Known Member

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    I have been using my fancy artificial lighting for a while, but I recently set up a studio in a room with great natural lighting. Now, I find myself trying to time my shooting sessions so that I can catch that perfect light, rather than using my other lights.

    Vman,
    Your artificial light photos are so good, what benefit do you see in taking natural light photos?
     
  9. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Vman,
    Your artificial light photos are so good, what benefit do you see in taking natural light photos?


    The artificial lights are good for a bright, even light source.

    However, I feel sunlight is very pure, and also can give some nice contrast effects.

    My lights are 3200K which is a yellowish light, daylight is 4400K to 5400K which is white/blue. You can adjust the white balance to compensate for this but it doesn't always look the same.

    Sunlight:


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    Artificial light:

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  10. usaa

    usaa Active Member

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    They just put the coats out, so I picked up an awesome Aquascutum Aqua 5 Raincoat, identical to this one - http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MENS-AQUASCU...QQcmdZViewItem, and also an Abboud made in Italy grey wool overcoat.

    Does one wear such a coat in normal fall weather or is it only to be used on overcast days?

    Four ties as well - Land's End, Abboud, Polo, and, oddly enough, a Borsalino (the hatmaker I assume) that still has the tags on.
     
  11. Minkous

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    Here's my contribution: $4.00 USD
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    Leather is pretty worked, but I love the broken in aesthetic(sp)
     
  12. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Well-Known Member

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    Here's my contribution: $4.00 USD
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    Leather is pretty worked, but I love the broken in aesthetic(sp)


    what brand? nice find.
     
  13. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Well-Known Member

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    The artificial lights are good for a bright, even light source.

    However, I feel sunlight is very pure, and also can give some nice contrast effects.

    My lights are 3200K which is a yellowish light, daylight is 4400K to 5400K which is white/blue. You can adjust the white balance to compensate for this but it doesn't always look the same.

    Sunlight:


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    Artificial light:

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    You, sir, are an artist with that camera of yours... [​IMG]
     
  14. Minkous

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    what brand? nice find.

    They are vintage Florshiem's!.... i recently bought another pair of newer black florshiem shoes (really comfy to work in)
     
  15. tonylumpkin

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    The artificial lights are good for a bright, even light source.

    However, I feel sunlight is very pure, and also can give some nice contrast effects.

    My lights are 3200K which is a yellowish light, daylight is 4400K to 5400K which is white/blue. You can adjust the white balance to compensate for this but it doesn't always look the same.

    Sunlight:


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    Artificial light:

    [​IMG]

    VMan...you're working with more than just sunlight there. You must be softening it somehow. The shadow and edges between shadow and light are too soft for direct sunlight alone. Give it up. What's your secret?[​IMG]
     
  16. VMan

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    VMan...you're working with more than just sunlight there. You must be softening it somehow. The shadow and edges between shadow and light are too soft for direct sunlight alone. Give it up. What's your secret?[​IMG]
    No, for the sunlight, i set up the shooting area directly in front of the window (3' wide, 5.5' high). I adjust the mini blinds to control how much light gets through, and to prevent direct bright spots. But usually I just have them wide-open. When I use artificial lights however, I bounce them off umbrellas.
     
  17. EL72

    EL72 Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday's acquisitions:

    [*]unlabeled ribbon belt


    Alan: I can't be 100% sure of the ID without seeing more of it but it looks an awful lot like a Robert Talbott ribbon belt I got recently (it has a simple D ring fastener). If it is, retail was ~$60. They are great belts and I regret not getting more colors when I had the chance.
     
  18. tonylumpkin

    tonylumpkin Well-Known Member

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    No, for the sunlight, i set up the shooting area directly in front of the window (3' wide, 5.5' high). I adjust the mini blinds to control how much light gets through, and to prevent direct bright spots. But usually I just have them wide-open.

    When I use artificial lights however, I bounce them off umbrellas.


    In that case, you have very nice light where you live.[​IMG]
     
  19. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Went thrifting the other day:

    - recent Brooks Brothers heavy wool full-length charcoal overcoat, brand new (still has store tag stub on it)
    - Cool Armani seersucker-type jacket
    - Few pairs of Zanella trousers
    - Ferragamo tie
    - Brooks Brothers brown laceup blutchers
    - A few Armani suits
    - Corneliani navy blazer with neat buttons, double vents, etc
    - A few Hugo Boss suits
    - Hugo Boss heavy wool peacoat/outer coat
    - Two pairs of mint Theory jeans
    - A few mint Armani Collezioni shirts
    - Mint Loro Piana dress shirt
    - Mint Canali dress shirt
    - Mint John Varvatos shirt
    - Mint CK Collection (black label) shirt
    - Derek Rose for Bullock & Jones cotton flannel pyjamas
    - NWOT recent Hugo Boss navy jacket (really nice actually)
    - Mint Etro striped shirt
    - Thomas Pink shirt
    - Kate Spade shoes for the GF, if she wants them
    - Couple bags of other ties and shirts
     
  20. Nataku

    Nataku Well-Known Member

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    Went thrifting the other day:

    - recent Brooks Brothers heavy wool full-length charcoal overcoat, brand new (still has store tag stub on it)
    - Cool Armani seersucker-type jacket
    - Few pairs of Zanella trousers
    - Ferragamo tie
    - Brooks Brothers brown laceup blutchers
    - A few Armani suits
    - Corneliani navy blazer with neat buttons, double vents, etc
    - A few Hugo Boss suits
    - Hugo Boss heavy wool peacoat/outer coat
    - Two pairs of mint Theory jeans
    - A few mint Armani Collezioni shirts
    - Mint Loro Piana dress shirt
    - Mint Canali dress shirt
    - Mint John Varvatos shirt
    - Mint CK Collection (black label) shirt
    - Derek Rose for Bullock & Jones cotton flannel pyjamas
    - NWOT recent Hugo Boss navy jacket (really nice actually)
    - Mint Etro striped shirt
    - Thomas Pink shirt
    - Kate Spade shoes for the GF, if she wants them
    - Couple bags of other ties and shirts




    Damn, you hit it pretty good. I haven't found very miuch of anything in months....
     
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