Vintage Clothing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Connemara, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Connemara

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    Some people seem to think that vintage clothing is disgusting, since it's been previously worn. Personally, I think it's difficult to match the craftsmanship and styling of some vintage pieces, especially with the junk being mass-produced in today's world.

    So what is your position on vintage? This encompasses everything...suits, shoes, shirts, trousers, etc.
     


  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I'm for it, especially if it's cheap and fits me.

    I just picked up a 50 year old Oxxford overcoat, and it's great.

    Everyone ought to have some vintage cufflinks. They literally don't make 'em that way anymore, and you can get them dirt cheap.

    I also think that working in older and vintage pieces gives your wardrobe more character rather than having everything new off the shelf. It's one of the same reasons why I like old and used books.
     


  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    So what is your position on vintage? This encompasses everything...suits, shoes, shirts, trousers, etc.

    I think it's hard to find the high-quality pieces, but you know it when you do, and they are worth buying. Most of the stuff I see is junk, though. Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's good.
     


  4. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    So what is your position on vintage?

    Oh, I kinda like it. [​IMG]
     


  5. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Suits, jackets, trousers, and outerwear are all fine by me, and even preferred in many instances. There is a subset of same I am even starting to think of myself as a collector thereof. I purchase and own mostly antique, old, or otherwise handmade items generally (excepting only technno gadgetry), so it fits in my metier.

    I do, however, draw quite a distinct line at shoes and any sort of undergarment. Yeah, no chance there.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     


  6. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    I do, however, draw quite a distinct line at shoes and any sort of undergarment. Yeah, no chance there.

    Actually, it's not out of the realm of possibility to find NWT (or deadstock) vintage undergarments. At a local antique shop, I even found a pair of never worn shoes from the 30s.
     


  7. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    The shoes I could definitely do in that circumstance, though I if I did wear them, I'd imagine it would be with the care and rarity that would befit their survival. As I wear a size thirteen, I think my chances are poor.

    I don't know why, but even deadstock undergarments would creep me out a little -- one of my many senseless peccadiloes, doubtless.

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  8. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I like vintage and have a lot of it. Most of my wardrobe is vintage and/or secondhand.

    The market on ebay for vintage luxury men's clothing is very poor, so outside of a few famous brand names you can buy excellent things for very little. The challenge is deducing what make a great garment when you can't feel it or try it on, and the maker now may be obscure.
     


  9. LabelKing

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    Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.
     


  10. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Yes, that's what I mean by a famous name. But a Sulka-quality item without the name will go for much less. So many great brands and stores have bitten the dust over the decades that bargain-hunting in vintage is not so hard for the quality-minded sartorialist who shops carefully.

    Some surviving brands sell poorly as well -- Hickey-Freeman, for example. They make a good suit and perhaps used to make an even better one, but on ebay, few care.
     


  11. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.
    Sulka is the best, my friend
    Nothing compares
    Love the Lewin shirt, too
    And ties--great deal for many of us
    Far better than overpriced Franco, what have you
    Stick with the Sulka, and the Lewin
    And my Birkenstocks! LOL
    Good day, Mr. King
     


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    I'm guessing it's not Trad to say LOL.

    I wish Jimmy posted here, too.
     


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    Sulka seems to attract a fair amount of bidders.

    And for good reason. I have a vintage 30s Sulka canary yellow silk dressing gown, and it's a truly wonderful thing.
     


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