Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.
Good idea. I vote ChetBaker for editor of the weekly digest!
Cleaned out all of the incotexs around me... Not going to rape people in price and will unload them for $60 shipped. Will make listings tomorrow.
Nope. I've still got 'em.
Has anybody had any luck in british stores? Any good results? Especially round London. I just seem to find crappy stuff in our charity (thrift) shops but haven't taken scouring them too seriously just yet.
Love any advice/suggestions
I think I know which angle you are hitting, you are implying that brand name impairs sense of judgement - i.e. a fellow would not normally wear a Southwick orphan, but moment it is a Hermes orphan, oh well thats suddenly OK then and he excuses it.
I agree with that level of argument, but reality suggests if you pick up an orphan for $5 but it can sell for $100 on the Bay, then who cares about the aesthetics? That item will turn into cold hard cash. That equates it is worth picking up and flipping.
From an aesthetic viewpoint, lets be frank here, most people cannot afford these big brands, not even at eBay prices. Brand curious people want to collect a variety of brands, and if it means that Ralph Lauren Purple Label or Hermes is up for grabs, even if it is a piece of shit, as long as it is cheap, they will jump on it (mainly to appease the inner sanctum which says you have to get this brand to complete the set etc). Case in point, I saw the ugliest Hermes jacket on eBay, pink, with a hole in the lapel, and there were bids going over $200. I dont remember what it sold for, but it would be a cold day in hell before you would see me or anyone with any taste buying a beat up 1980's era ugly Hermes jacket that had a mahoosive hole in the lapel.
As for orphaned suit jackets, I wear them sometimes. Solid colors or patterns, particularly plaids/checks/windowpanes work fine. I would not buy an orphan, but numerous suits I have became orphans when the pants stopped working out - usually my belly gets too big for pants. I dont mind wearing the jackets - only diff with a sport coat is material is finer on a suit jacket.
I was out of state for the month of Feb and was Jonesn to get back to my thrifting grounds. Here are a few of my finds when I returned.
way to small for me
Slew of designer sunglasses for under $2 each
A vintage new projector with all its orginal packaging and accessories for $12
Two pair of Florsheim Cleat in my size
and this 50% off winter wear carcoat which was extremely wrinkled and cost me $12. I wish I had taken a before pic of this coat b/c Im sure thats why no one was interested in it, but after just one steaming the wrinkles are falling out nicely. I must say Ive never knew they made coats outta of goat.
and a whole bunch of other stuff
Today, found a Gitman Bros. shirt, 16/34, seemed to be in like new condition without tags (or just pressed really well). Barrel cuffs, split yoke, yadda yadda.
I'd totally wear this, as I like the cloth and construction and it feels pretty good in the body, but I can't button the damn throat. Trade?
Also found a pair of brown (or burgundy? I don't see shades of red very well) Allen Edmonds Chester wingtips in size 12! Width B. I am gonna evaluate once more tomorrow … but I think they are going up on the block. Too bad, the next shoes on my checklist are brown wingtips.
Other stuff: Brooks Bros. 346 polo with that "herringbone knitting" on the shoulder seams, like on a wool sweater, in a really nice cotton; Zanella pants with one rear-facing and one box pleat, brown with a tiny discreet weave/pattern, 38/about 31 (on second thought, don't like 'em as much as I initially did; anyone interested?); a pair of custom-made trousers that are the twins of a pair I got a couple weeks ago, in a darker khaki this time; beater khakis for a long trip I have coming up; short-sleeve Faconnable madras shirt, really lightweight; long-sleeve Polo plaid in a cool pattern; black White Sox jersey for my dad.
Passed: Plaid Polo shirts that fit me like a tent and weren't worth $14; Brooks Brothers wool turtleneck, made in England, charcoal, moth holes in neck.
I had this feeling that someone from StyleForum must have cleaned the rack before I came Did you put the demaged RLPL shirt back on the end of the shirt rack
BTW, those 12D J. Fenestrier black shoes are nice, and according to SF, they are definitely nice quality shoes. The price are $20 to $30 each pair. There is also a nice pair of brown Giorgio Armani mainline shoes in 12D, marked $50 I think. But the store is kind of far for me, and considering the competition, I don't think I am going to visit the store any time soon.
Those ties are nice, but I didn't even bother checking the tie rack, and this makes me feel better.
Holy shit! Yeah, that was totally me. I found that RLPL and got really excited... then I saw the wear =(
Actually, I'm gonna hit you with a pm...
que, that Armani leather should bring you a nice penny, good job.
OK - thought I had something worth bragging about... Florsheim shell v-cleat longings in good condition
- cleaned and polished them up when I got them
- wore lightly for a couple hours the day I picked them up
- then wore to the office a few days later and bam - huge tear in the leather (bone dry)...
- lesson learned about conditioning the hell out of the shoes before wearing...
I realize these won't make a complete recovery and return to greatness - any suggestions on how to salvage them for weakend beater wear (rest of the shoes are fine)? Can the be stitched, shoe goo-ed, other?
I'd suggest that put your question with pics on the thread I linked below. Man Of Lint is a beast when it comes to footwear resurrection knowledge. They look blown out to me but I don't know squat!
The official "Ask Man of Lint" resurrection thread.
Man it's quiet in here today!
Actually, I just shipped a Brioni sport coat with a small hole on a sleeve (which I missed in my excitement of scoring Brioni for five bucks) to my guy who sells the stuff I find for a split--I don't have the patience to take the pictures and deal with buyers/flakes. If you're truly interested, let me know and I can put you in touch with the man who has the goods, and we can make something work for all three of us.
I'm going to say that, judging from responses from folks with more experience flipping than myself, I was mistaken. If there are really folks out there who'd pay $100-plus for an orphan with an obvious hole, then someone should fill the need.
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