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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. schwedhart

    schwedhart Active Member

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    Didn't pick up, but saw two pairs of RPBL pants 36w one Black Corduroy the other Chacoal Gray Flannel, both in very good condition (courds look near new) marked $75 each at the world's most overpriced stop. If anyone interested PM me i can pick them up on my way home from work.

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  2. aglose

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    Single vent zero padding in the shoulders (which means natural right?) these are the only two labels of any kind in the pockets other than the previous posted Southwick label. 46xl makes this thing massive.

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  3. vexco

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    that's a newer union tag. vintage would probably denote this tag or earlier:

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    Duly noted. Going to take the month of July off of work now!
     
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    Well it was snowing today so I'll get use out of yet another flannel N/A

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    That's surprising. I'm from NE Ohio and have lived in Columbus as well. The Saks 5th Avenues I have been to in Cleveland and Columbus had mostly junk. I didn't think you could even find the grail brands in those cities at full retail, for the most part. I've never thrifted in either place, though.
     
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    yep. I've seen him pop in and out a few times over the last couple of months.

    I've only worn the suit to the one event, but its hanging in a dust bag in my closet. It was an excellent pickup and showed me another value of this thread.
     
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    my condolences… Cleveland is a black hole of anything even remotely stylish.
     
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    Found this from a few weeks ago at school. Size L if anyone is interested.

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  11. highvoltorb

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    I found an LP raincoat in Columbus. LP jeans in Ashland once. Momotaro in Columbus was probably my best find.
     
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    That isn't even close to being NWOT. I hope you aren't trying to sell as such. The tag is worn and frayed from a couple of laundry trips.


    Don't give up hope. If you keep at it, great pieces do show up. I'm a casual thrifter (compared to most on this board) and come across great pieces occasionally that are not from my town; there are no retailers of the brands anywhere close. People move around for business all the time or order stuff in; so it does show up occasionally.
     
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    I thought the Bills died long ago ...
     
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    I'm not 100%, but I believe the Filo A' Mano and the Sartoria were the full canvas options in their Italian fit lines. I think they were made by English American.

    I love the Filo A' Mano, but every oxxford I've actually seen was a higher quality level than the Tom James lines. IA expanded the Oxxford footprint by letting the Tom James sales reps sell Oxxford bespoke suits a few years ago.

    I think Oxxford and Adrian Jules are the only remaining grade 6 suit makers in the USA.

    I've noticed that IA has subtly changed their visibility model as the holding company. last year, you could follow links to all their holdings from any of their companies, not any more.

    As Far as I remember, they still make H. Freeman, Tom James, Coppley, Oxxford, Holland and Sherry, Gittman Brothers, a Suit factory in Chili, a couple of m2m shirt companies. and I'm sure I'm leaving someone out.

    Long answer to say I don't think Oxxford made your FAM.
     
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    A.p.c. New standard size 31 on top, Luciano Barbera plaid L? , white Wingtip nwt Borelli size 18 but with stain near the neck, hand stitching, best quality I've dealt with, tori Richard L, brioni French cuff, and green Paisley Stefano ricci.

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    Basted shut pockets, looks like a 48r, or 50r
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    Comme des GARCONS pour homme small, second cdg piece in two weeks. :slayer:
     
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  16. thefastlife

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    i didnt know suit makers were graded on a numerical basis. i have much to learn. i have a recent, mint oxxford blazer just gathering dust in my closet. its SUPER nice.
     
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    I've got a trio of Adrian Jules suit for my basics (navy worsted and charcoal and navy flannels), and they are very very nice suits. Glad to see my impressions confirmed.
     
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    I didn't either until I started having my suits made. As I understand it (and I would bet Orgetorix would know the full history here) is that the union created designations for factories based on the skills that were required to make the clothes in that factory. It wasn't until later that the makers started advertising based on the union designation of their factory.

    A really nice M2m, full canvas, has a shot at being a grade 5, though it could be a grade 3 or 4, depending on who makes it, and other choices, amount of handwork etc. I would consider a golden fleece as a grade 5 when made by MG, not sure today. I would put the 1818 line at 3+ or 4.

    When I was shopping around, they typically referred to Grade 6 guys as "bench-grade" suits with almost all the finishing done by hand. And when I checked, everyone was outsourcing to either Oxxford or (most common) Adrian Jules. I don't know where the Corneliani, Canali, Brioni etc m2m's would rate quality wise but I would guess 5 equivalent. Canali is taking over the m2m business from Joseph Aboud since Men's wearhouse bought them. Full Canvas. Nice product that almost anyone on this forum would happy to have in a 10 suit work rotation, but I'm guessing the price point they want is sub $1500, which means a few compromises, so I'm guessing Grade 4. Still damn good and a great work horse suit in a rotation. If, like me, you went to Nordstroms, Dillards, Belk, Macy's and bought the HSM, RRL, Joseph Aboud or Hickey Freeman, you were likely buying a grade 3 suit and were thrilled to have it. Now, you won't pay $15 for one of those in like new condition at goodwill.

    Would be interesting to find what went into the criteria chosen for the different grades. Wonder if Jeffreyd has ever discussed.

    Waiting to hear of one of my guy's occasional 20% off sales because I want to have a 1/4 lined A Jules blazer made for the summer.

    Even at that, a top tailor (like Despos) who makes a pattern for you, uses the best fabrics, hand fits you a couple of times in the process will be vastly superior to that, but at 2x or even 3x the price.

    If I was younger and better looking, It might be worth it.

    naaaaah.
     
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  19. Timmah

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    Not a bad end to a mediocre day teaching.

    I know they aren't new but I see very little if any wear on them. Soles are pristine.
    If only they were 10E instead of 11.5E



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  20. TheWGP

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    Nice!

    I found an LP cashmere tie in Columbus, Malo cashmere tie, I've found a RLPL cashmere sc, shawl-collar cashmere sweater, several shirts, some ties, Brioni shirts, Borrelli shirts, an Alexander McQueen shirt, and most proudly of all, four Kiton shirts (probably from Jay L. Schottenstein judging from the monogram). There would occasionally be some saweet stuff at Filene's when they were still open - sadly, the area TJMaxx's tend to mark up higher in the rare occasion they get anything good. The memories of those $30 Tom Ford, Kiton and RLPL ties still makes me sigh. ;)

    Suits and sport coats can be a very mixed lot. The most common finds in the long run are Canali and maybe Zegna, as that is a lot of what Godfry's sells. They also sell a bit of Luciano Barbera, but I've yet to see one of those at thrift. I do know Godfry's specifically refers their customers to one particular consignment shop. The owner's really nice, if you want to stop by he'll often work with you on price, though it is definitely consignment. PM me if you want a reference and the deets.

    Sadly, for me, shoes seem to be very rare at thrift here. I've found a couple pair of Aldens, one of which even fit (!) and several vintage shell pairs from various brands, but never anything amazing. This is probably because you literally cannot buy any good shoe here - even Alden the closest sales are in Cleveland and Cincy. I found far more in Cleveland.

    Oh, and the Saks suck, agreed. I saw ONE Brioni pocket square there once and it was the highest-end thing in the whole place. I'm not very hopeful for the Off Fifth opening here as I assume it will mostly be dreck from the Columbus store. Might get some cheap Robert Grahams to flip, I guess, on their coupon/sale combos, though.

    You guys are giving me the itch, I'm going to hit a store or two on the way home. Save me the time, anyone been to Gahanna GW today? ;p
     
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