Vintage Menswear: 25 Tips & Tricks for Thrift Store Shopping


SRS: Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
In today’s video, we are.. PS: At Lula Vintage in St. Paul. SRS: Yeah, we
thought we’d mix it up and go to a real vintage store. SRS: Are you a vintage shopper, Preston? PS: I
shop vintage from time to time. I have had good luck in the past finding a few
pieces but it’s not something I do terribly often. SRS: Okay yeah, I’m a big
vintage shopper. I like the fabrics, their weight, and
everything, and in this video, I want to show you
my thought process of what I do when I’m in a store
and the prep work that you do beforehand, how I select garments, what I
look at because not everything can be altered and sometimes, it can be quite costly, right?
But if you, you know, spent maybe just thirty dollars on something but then
two hundred dollars in altering it, it’s not so cost effective anymore, after all.
A lot of people buy vintage because they can find something unique
but also because it’s less expensive. I probably only ever spent
a hundred dollars max on a single piece simply because I make sure that I don’t
need that many alterations to begin with. PS: Makes sense. SRS: Yeah, so before I go to
vintage store, I usually prep in a couple ways. First of all, I
make sure I’m wearing loafers simply because I can
quickly get in and out of the shoes and it’s much faster. If you have boots,
it’s a big pain. PS: Right! You don’t want to spend time fiddling with laces. SRS:
Exactly! Then I’ll get a pair of pants that I can quickly take on and off
and I usually skip the belt just because it’s just one more thing to keep track
of and I don’t want that. What do you wear? Do you wear a shirt or
what do you usually wear when you go? PS: Typically, yeah. Just a shirt and trousers.
I don’t want to have to mess around with extra layers that I’m putting on, taking
off, worrying about where I’ve set them down, you know that kind of a thing. So
simple as it can be, that just saves you time. SRS: Exactly!
I try to avoid sweaters simply because it’s just cumbersome to get them off.
If it’s cold, maybe a cardigan, it’s easy to take off and
I always wear a tie because I like having
the same look I will have when I wear something and
I have very long arms so I always get a striped shirt
because on the cuff, it gives me a quick visual indicator.
If the sleeve can be lengthened enough or not
and if it’s something I want to further investigate or just leave behind. PS:
Seems like a good idea to me. SRS: Yeah, I mean you have a checked one, that works too.
I think I like the stripe more because it’s really bolder and more visual. I’ve even sometimes seen people coming
into a vintage store with flip-flops, not a good idea, right?
PS: Right! Especially if you want to try on shoes, you should at least have some
socks handy. SRS: Exactly! I also find it very important to
know your measurements. especially some key
measurements like your chest, your shoulder width, the length of the
jacket in the back, and the waist measurement of your pants,
and the inseam. Right? PS: Yep! SRS: That way, you can make sure you
can quickly identify something that fits if you’re on your own, especially, you
don’t have to go to a dressing room and try it on first. You can just be a little
quicker and get stuff done faster. I also bring
a shoehorn usually, usually a travel shoe horn but I
couldn’t find it today so I brought this one.
Especially when i try on shoes, it’s just easier to get in and out of shoes
and speeds up the whole process. Usually, I recommend a travel shoehorn.
PS: Makes sense! Well and while it’s also useful to know those key measurements,
it never hurts to bring a measuring tape along too just so you can do a couple
spot measurements if you need to here and there. SRS: It’s also a good idea
to come together because when Preston’s, for example, trying on some suits,
I can bring some more to him, I can help him and support him or the other way
around. That way, it’s a lot more fun to shop and
it’s a lot quicker. PS: Right! Having that outside perspective is
helpful too because you’re not going to be able, even
with a mirror, to necessarily see every angle of a garment on yourself. So
having another set of eyes never hurts. SRS: Exactly and you always want to check
yourself in the mirror. You want to try it on, you don’t just want to measure
but oftentimes, they just have a single mirror. In an ideal world, you have like a
three-way mirror, a tailor’s mirror. Why is it
preferable? PS: Well, because you want to see things from
multiple angles; something may look good from one angle but you may see, for
example, that you’ve got, you know, a gapping vent in the back of
your jacket that you’d have to turn all the way around and a single mirror
to look at might not be able to see well. SRS: Exactly, in a single mirror, you have to
turn your head and look into the mirror and then you get wrinkles that you don’t
get with the three-way mirror so that’s the big advantage.
Cool! So yeah, first let’s talk about shirts. Do you ever buy shirts vintage? PS:
Not often! I think I have maybe just once or twice. SRS: Yes! I am also not the biggest fan of buying
shirts vintage because it’s usually something you wear directly next to your
body so issues I found are deodorant stains
often and just wear on the collar. I’d say if I find new shirts, maybe, the problem I have, I have these
long arms and most off the rack shirts are just not
long enough so that’s always a pain point for me. PS: Right! I also have similar problem to that, I’ve got slightly long arms for my
build as well. SRS: I mean when it comes to the shirts, I typically just
visually check what I’m interested in, right? A
shirt like this, probably not. This bright yellow,
not really. This could be a fun shirt, right? Winchester white, I quickly looked
at the label, Outrage Contemporary Menswear, made in
Portugal. I see the size here, six and a half,
42 centimeters, it doesn’t give me the length but it tells me it’s a little
too wide because typically, I’m a 40 centimeter or 15 and a half
so an inch is just too much, can’t do anything there.
If you find something that you’re interested in, I think checking the label here it says like polyester cotton. Yeah, why do you say that? PS: Well, you know, you don’t necessarily want to have
too much polyester in anything really because it’s not very breathable and
could just be uncomfortable over time. SRS: Exactly! I agree, I don’t like that either
but let’s say I find a shirt where I potentially think it could be
interesting, right? I would start out looking at the cuffs,
is there any wear? This is a rounded cuff so it’s easier,
there’s going to be less wear. If there’s some pointed tips like on the
collar, for example, you can see because that’s usually where
it wears first then up here, this shirt is pretty kind of clean and
good so I’d say yeah, this is something you
can definitely, you know, wear. There are no deodorant stains of any kind, this looks like it’s pretty much
unworn so if it’s the right size and you like the style,
it’s definitely a good option. Often, I mean, what do they usually cost?
What would you say? PS: Not too much, I mean
comparatively to some other more structured garments, shirts are usually a
little bit less expensive. SRS: Yeah and it depends on the store. I’ve
seen anywhere from, like you know, five to 20 bucks or so. It’s pretty good! Once you
shop a lot vintage and you know a lot of brands,
it’s pretty easy to figure out what’s good quality, right? PS: Right, I would say so. SRS: But if you don’t know the brands, right,
and something you can always look at are the buttons
and the buttonholes and sometimes I found like a Charvet shirt
at a vintage store, right, or Turnbull and Asser which are expensive shirts
and you can usually identify them by looking at
the buttons and the buttonholes. A good buttonhole is always
cut first and then sewn with the highest stitch density. Some shirts have like
handmade buttonholes which if you see that you know it’s a high quality shirt
because you don’t get it on a cheap shirt. In terms of buttons, what do
you look for when you go for shirts? PS: Well, mother of pearl is always something you
want compared to just regular plastic. SRS: Yeah, so how do you know
something is mother of pearl or plastic? PS: Well, you can do the tooth test, actually.
Bring it up, make contact with your teeth and if it makes sort of a particular
sound, how would you characterize it, really?
The sound that it makes against your tooth? SRS: It’s kind of like
tinny or so. You have to try it, maybe with your iron sometimes, touch it and
then you kind of do it. You can alternatively also just
dip your tongue on it and just see what’s going on, it may
be a little weird to be the guy licking the buttons at the store.
This is a plastic button, for sure, mother of pearl is cold, plastic is more
like warmer room temperature. Then
there’s a next step, what you can also do is you can look at how a button is sewn
on. If it has a shank, it’s more likely a
higher quality shirt. If there’s no shank, it’s probably not
that much quality. You can also look at the top, most
buttons are sewn on with an x or cross stitch. Some cheaper
shirts usually have like a parallel stitch
and Italian shirts often have this kind of what they call the chicken foot
stitch which usually means that it’s of a
higher quality. I think in recent years, it’s also changed a little bit but these
are little hallmarks that you can utilize to quickly determine if a shirt
has a good quality. There’s also others such as the stitch
density and you can learn more about that
in our video. PS: Next up, we’re going to take a look at jackets,
suits, and overcoats. SRS: Yeah, so what’s the first thing you usually do when you
walk the store? PS: Well, one thing you can check on a jacket
is buttons, whether or not the button holes are actually working, whether the
jacket has surgeon’s cuffs. These days, on a lot of
jackets, you’re just going to see that as a more common feature
but back in the day, it was not as common. So if you see
surgeon’s cuffs on a vintage garment, that typically means that the build quality
will be a little higher. SRS: Yeah totally! It’s probably a tailored
garment of some kind and I start with the sleeves because
that’s where you can often see it. Now in in this store here, all vintage
garments and most of the jackets actually don’t even
have buttonholes and that’s a good thing in the sense
that you can then shorten or lengthen the sleeve from the
bottom which is great for alterations because
with a surgeon cuff, you have to actually have the alterations from the top of the
shoulder which is a lot more expensive and it
requires more skill on the part of the alterations tailor.
So just because there are no working
buttonholes, doesn’t mean you won’t find anything that’s
good quality, right? So that’s the first step where I
look. Second step is I check underneath the
collar. If there is a zigzag stitch, then it’s a
machine stitch and it’s more of an industrially made
product. If there is a hand stitch, it just means it’s a higher quality
product and usually, I want to look for the highest quality I can find
so that’s what i want. So what would you check on next? PS: Well, you could
also check to see if the lapel buttonhole is
functional or not. SRS: Exactly! Like a lapel buttonhole typically, unlike
a regular buttonhole which has this kind of keyhole shape,
is usually straight. Cheaper jackets sometimes
don’t get that right and they have this kind of buttonhole with a keyhole on top
so you know it’s not a nice look and it’s hard to cover up unless you wear
a boutonniere. Sometimes, you find jackets that are completely
without a button. The thing was popular in the
70s, probably. PS: I think so, yeah. SRS: 80s, I mean it’s still
okay, you don’t always need a buttonhole. I think it’s just traditional because it
comes from the time when you kind of buttoned everything then when you
unbuttoned it, the top buttonhole was still there
and today, in most jackets, it doesn’t serve any function but it’s still there,
historically. So if you look at cheaper buttonholes, they’re usually
sometimes just sewn in and not even cut right so they
lay flat. I don’t like that and if I see that, I
know that I probably don’t like the jacket.
So looking at that buttonhole quickly tells me if
that is something I like. So, for example, here, if we
look at this jacket here, it’s really nice. I can push through
my finger and I see it was cut first and then sewn.
If i go to the back side, I see a regular stitching which tells me it’s a handmade
buttonhole, has a nice gimp thread and it’s very
nice and continues here with the other buttonholes. Looking at
that, I’m like “oh nice” then I’ll look at the fabric and say “hey
this is great” Now, I can look at the label and see “oh it’s
J Press” which is a nice ivy league haberdasher and they have cool stuff so
that I can just try it on or I look at the size tag
here. What does it say? PS: This one says 40,
regular. SRS: Okay, how much is it? PS: This is 35 dollars. SRS:
I mean yeah, this is a great tweed jacket for 35 dollars. Putting it on here and 40-regular,
usually, if it’s properly marked will not fit me and sure
enough, it’s too tight. I mean,
I like, it’s super soft, moving, it’s very comfortable.
I wish it was a 42-regular then I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, that way, gotta leave it behind. It’s just overall, too tight in the
sleeves, it’s too tight in the front and it could
maybe fixed but it’s hard. Let’s say you found a garment that you like the look of
and it seems to fit, what’s the next step? PS: Well, if the fit is good, next, you want to
check for imperfections. Let’s say tears, or
moth holes, big stains, loose threads, anything like that. SRS:
Yeah, because you want to make sure that you don’t have to invest too much money
in maybe replacing the lining of a coat, right? Because that may cost
more than the coat itself. PS: So using this jacket here, if we kind of walk through
it, we can see, first of all, on the inside of
the collar where it meets the lapel here.. SRS: There’s a little imperfection here, it’s
kind of a hole. I mean when you wear it, you know, put it on,
see if it’s even visible or not but I would definitely like
mend it or so that it doesn’t just go further,
if you like the jacket. I mean the tweed is beautiful, right? PS: Yes, absolutely!
Here on the inside of this pocket, we can see some tearing. SRS: Oh yeah,
it’s just like worn out, right, so someone wore this a lot, that’s how you got this
and oftentimes, when I look at other things, for example, the
sleeves, right? Are they worn? In this case, they’re
pretty good here. I had it where this was completely
like disintegrated basically and you can see here the sleeve lining too, right,
discoloration from the dirt, it’s worn through, I mean, something to
keep in mind. I think here if you look right, there’s a
loose thread in the tweed. I’ll try to kind of pull it back but it
it’s not doing that so I’m like nah that’s
not something I really want because I want more of a pristine garment because
sometimes, you can find garments that have
hardly ever been worn and you can find others that are just
worn out. Alright, sometimes I’m in the store and I just find one thing
then i’ll just try it on right there not with a shirt but with a jacket or
overcoat. What did you find a lot a lot more stuff?
PS: Well, if you’ve got a really big pile, that’s when,
again, it comes in handy to have a helper. You’ll probably want to go back to the
changing area, you can try things on one at a time, get
that outside perspective, and have your helper
bring more things over, take more things away, just so you’re not in a big
pile of clothes. SRS: And that way, you just get to try on a lot more and don’t
spend your time with walking back and forth hanging things up.
Cool! So yeah, dressing room, right? I mean it’s important to
look at yourself and see what you got so I found this great suit
here so you know I tried it on and it was
just a suit from 1980, the tags says 70s but
inside, you know, when we looked at it because it pays to look inside the
pockets because oftentimes, you find union labels
and it fit quite well on the jacket, pants what did you think? PS: Not so much.
There was definitely some tightness in the thighs which I think, in your case, is
is often something you find with vintage garments. SRS: Yeah, I mean, I have big thighs and vintage garments are often better
because they’re cut fuller like 40s and 30s
but I have big issues with thighs. I have big thighs and so pants are
oftentimes a problem. So in this case, it was not salvageable, there wasn’t
enough of a fabric reserve to make it work. PS: And as you might not be
surprised to hear, the opposite was true for me, in terms of
trousers. There were several where the jacket fit
to some extent but the trousers were just
way too large, almost comically large in the waist. SRS: Yeah, I mean sometimes, the shoulder was quite big, there was a lot of shoulder
padding, right? But most of the time, you have quite
square shoulders so that kind of worked out
but then, like the one jacket and you’re a slim guy but the
the vent gapped in the back. I mean that’s just a no-go. Others we had there was the kind of not enough room in the
sleeve to let it out and the lapel was kind of a funny,
what would you say.. PS: A little too slim for my taste. It just didn’t have
any sort of attractive shape or belly to it. Kind of plain and nondescript. SRS: Yeah it was peak lapel but it was slim,
more like a modern jacket, I think and then, you had this like
70s multi-colored chalk stripe on. That was something, right? PS: Yeah. I have
never worn trousers with that much of a bell-bottom look to
them. SRS: Yeah and also, I mean, you have the issue,
what’s your waist size? PS: My waist size is a 30 which means I’ve
got an 8 inch drop between my jacket and my
waist size. SRS: Which is a lot but I mean, you see when
Preston tries on pants, it’s just not something you can alter.
You could think “oh yeah I can take it in” but if it’s too much,
the proportions are off, right? It’s just like, I don’t know, when you buy a jacket
and it’s too long or too short, the buttoning point,
the pants, everything is positioned in a way that it makes sense. If you
change that balance, it’s off and it’s just not
worth spending all that money to get a look that is just weird. So sometimes, you can find great vintage ties or
pocket squares such as these ones. Here, you know, you have these kind of
what do you call these, diamonds? PS: Yeah! SRS: Kind of irregular angles,
something you don’t see that much these days. Look at these ones, really oversized,
the color is unusual with a white edge and stuff, it’s just cool, right?
Not something you typically find these days. Maybe at Fort Belvedere. Probably one of my favorite vintage sections is
the overcoat section because they’re cut a little more roomy,
the length is variable and so it doesn’t matter so much because
the pockets and the buttoning points are always in the same spot
and vintage fabrics are just very different from today’s, right? PS: They’re going to be heavier most of the time, which in overcoats is a good thing
because it means you’ll stay warmer. I also like double breasted overcoats
because it’s a double layer of fabric rather than single breasted and I
like the patterns, you know, they’re just different, they’re
unique, they’re just not your run-of-the-mill designs in black,
and charcoal, navy that you get from the mall. This is
a really cool vintage officer’s coat. You can see it has
nice details with darts, has these gold brass buttons which are really cool. It’s
a size 36 which is something that, you know, could work for you.
65 dollars, I mean, it’s a bargain. If you turn around,
there’s like this belted back so you can even
adjust it so it’s tighter in the front, It’s just heavy, it’s warm, really
cool details, I mean for Preston, overall, I think
there’s just too much fabric here but it still looks neat because the
pleats are just arranged that way. So cool stuff! Yeah for me, I think
something I found here was this Polo coat. It’s actually
original Polo coat 1980s, has camel hair fabric, and it
has a disadvantage that it wears rather quickly here along the edge, you
can see it but it’s just part of the material.
It’s quite warm, I like this one because it had long sleeves, what
would you say, otherwise, fit wise? PS: I think it looks good.
You’ve got maybe just a little bit of excess here but certainly
nothing that couldn’t be managed. SRS: Yeah and also, I’m wearing this with a
regular dress shirt right now, if i had a jacket.. PS: That would obviously take up more room.. SRS: And you want that, like, pull a little bit,
you want a little bit of room, has these nice patch pockets, that outer
seam, I mean, how much is this here? 120 dollars, I mean
a lot less than what you pay otherwise, to me, that’s a keeper, that’s
great! Has a good length, nice color, no stains, nice lining. Another one here they had was in really tough shape, right, the
lining was worn out and stuff, so this one is in much better shape.
PS: Another one for the collection, perhaps. SRS: Exactly! Make sure to check out the video of my overcoat collection here. Vintage shopping can be a lot of fun.
Sometimes, you find lots of things but other times, you find nothing at all
and that’s okay. I’m always happy if I just find one thing
and even if I don’t, I think it’s important
to build a relationship with a vendor, right?
Be friendly when you walk in, say hi ,have a conversation,
and sometimes, you know, they don’t even have price tags and if you come in and
you ask for something, they’re much more
likely to give you a favorable price if you’re nice, it’s just like
one-on-one of being friendly and a good human.
PS: So if you’d like to see more on the topic of vintage, we’ve also done
videos on the pros and cons of vintage shopping and
our best vintage buys, you can find both of those videos
here. SRS: And if you ever find yourself in Minneapolis or St
Paul, check out Lula’s Vintage at 1587 Selby Avenue in St. Paul, has been around
since 1992 and it’s going strong, vintage only,
quality stuff. I got my midnight blue double-breasted
tuxedo from the 1940s here for 100 bucks. I love it, it’s unique,
it’s very classy but not something that anyone else would have.
For our second stop, we just went to our neighborhood. There is this
cool store that is a little thrifty, a little vintage,
a little green, Speakeasy, Mpls. They’re located at 24th and Dupont in
Minneapolis and I walk past there everyday when I
drop off my daughter at daycare. PS: So here, they’ve got a little bit of
everything, in addition to different kinds of clothes, jackets, I
tried on a suit but they’ve also got home goods, green
goods, lots of different stuff. SRS: Personally, I’ve
gotten many things here. Everything from vases or a little ice
bucket but I wanted to come here because they
have really cool clothes and accessories. Okay, let’s look at
ties here. First up, we have this J.Z Richards tie, it’s like from a store
in Wayzata which is like a local suburb, right? And I mean,
cost? PS: Yeah, not not very much at all. Looks like
six dollars for this one. SRS: Yeah, retail price 65. So you can get quite cool stuff or I mean, look at this one here, has this kind of faint pink undertone a Bert Pulitzer, eight dollars, kind
of a summer tie, kind of a cottony lineny silky feel.
Otherwise, what we got here more like of a check tie,
here is a black tie with brown paisley, for example, in a satin. I think that’s what they have on the rack that would interest me like jacquard
ties like this but let’s look at this rack here. There’s quite a few things, I really like
this pattern here, very kind of English looking but it
always pays to inspect your ties, right Preston? PS: Yep, I would agree! You’ve got a little bit of
seems like some pulled threads right here. SRS: Yeah, like fraying you almost see a hole which is pretty much dead center so I
would suggest not to get that. So yeah, I mean not not every tie you
find vintage is going to be great but look at this silver tie here,
works perfectly with a business suit, right?
Robert Talbott Nordstrom’s ‘Best of Class’ I mean these were expensive ties.
They retail for more than a hundred dollars,
you can have them for six dollars, I mean just you know a great simple tie that you can wear with a business suit or
for the office, maybe not with your sport coat but there are plenty of other ties
here that would be great for the sport coat. Look at this one here, kind of a bronzish tone, Brooks Brothers, all silk, really nice. The second reason I wanted to come here was because of their
clothes maintenance accessories, right? I mean, you can buy these lint rollers
that you have to replenish over and over again, just goes to a landfill. I mean, go green, get a horsehair brush
right? Four dollars, handmade, lasts for a long time. Look
at this nice Woodlore hanger, four dollars, what will you
use that for? PS: This looks like it could be used for
belts, perhaps. SRS: Yeah absolutely yeah, or even like ties, if you’d had to, right,
clothes organization is pretty cool. PS: Woodlore, I think a subsidiary of Allen
Edmonds, if I am not mistaken. SRS: They are. I actually went to the factory and they make lots of shoehorns and stuff. I mean cedar and whatnot but yeah,
quality product. Same with this here, I mean look at this. It
says Oxford made in USA, regular sterilized 100% horsehair, yeah,
exactly what you want for your clothes brush so when you brush it, the dust comes out. The other cool thing we found here were
valet stands, right? PS: That’s right! SRS: Do you have one at home? PS: I do not but I wish I did. SRS: Okay well, great opportunity here. I mean
this is a piece from, what does it say? Reguitti which is an Italian brand. They specialize in valet stands and you can find them on
eBay for 75 or up to 200, 500 bucks. Here, it’s like
40 bucks, you know, great piece. You can use it, I think, I’ll take that for our studio so you’ll see it in future videos. It comes with another, you know, like clothes brush, short bristles,
it’s kind of a little stronger so for like a heavy wool overcoat or so,
perfect accompaniment. Here’s the second one, so yeah, Preston wants another one. Here, I think you can hang
ties. It’s just a little little hanger or
bow ties or whatever, pretty cool stuff. Next up, let’s
look at some clothes. They don’t have many of them but PS: As we said
before, all you really need is one good piece to make a trip worthwhile.
SRS: Alright, what do we got here? PS: We have one here that I think might work for you. This is Norm Thompson, originally out of
Portland, Oregon but the jacket itself was made
in Great Britain. SRS: Yeah look at that! A little more contemporary,
in a classic herringbone harris tweed. Has this kind of zipper fly.. PS: Kind of a short turn down collar, we’ve
got this ribbed bottom here, raglan sleeves,
nice sort of tweed pattern, kind of patch pockets with flaps and buttons.
SRS: Yeah it’s a little more modern but I mean, great alternative.
80 bucks, right, you’ll never get quality piece like this new and this
feels like it’s entirely new. Alright, what do we got next, Preston?
PS: Okay, next up we have the original imported teller coat, it
says trumpeter here. This one is made in Austria. SRS: How cool is that?
I mean, very nice pattern, there’s not many windowpane coats, let’s see here. Thank you, Preston. Yeah I mean, nice pattern right? PS: Yeah absolutely!
SRS: I mean look at that, there’s about two inches here,
the bottom of the sleeve, there’s really no wear to it so it’s very easy to make
the sleeve a little longer. I think right now,
wearing it with a regular shirt, it’s fine
but if I have maybe a sweater or a jacket, it pulls up a little more
so I definitely want that extra length in there but it’s going to be an easy alteration, 15 20 bucks. Yeah, otherwise, the back is belted, full belt. Let me button it here then yeah, I can just belt it or I can
tie it, probably just belt it like this. Yeah, this thing here sixty dollars, right?
I mean it reminds me of an old apparel arts drawing where they also have this
windowpane overcoats. You know these angled pockets,
very easy to warm your hands. I mean raglan sleeves are cool. I mean you can
see there’s little bumps up here right now,
you see those? PS: Yes. SRS: That comes when you actually use a
thin hanger such as this one, for example, so what
happens is it pushes up in the shoulder.
Now, to get rid of this, you use a wider hanger
such as the ones from Butler luxury, for example, and then you try to
iron it out. I also like this little detail here,
has kind of a like a storm flap right, it’s kind of from a trench coat
and you can either wear it buttoned but the idea is that you actually take
it then button all the way up and it looks like this. PS: Probably good for an especially heavy snowfall. SRS: Beautiful overcoat, nice color depth, basically in like
new condition, hardly worn, I’d call this piece mint.
There’s not much you could get wrong. 60 dollar price tag, amazing value.
Now, most vintage stores are very cluttered, Speakeasy, on the other hand, is different.
PS: Yes, I think it’s very well appointed. You can get around
easily and everything is very visible. It’s all kind of got its own
space and its own little display. SRS: It’s nicely grouped together, you know, they
leave stuff behind in the back office but look at these here like salt
and pepper shakers in marble set, twelve dollars, right? A little like
you know candelabras, fourteen dollars.
A little kind of, what is this, asian inspired… PS: Could be sort of a
drink muddler? SRS: Exactly! Set of six, ten dollars. Here’s a set of backgammon, right, cool game, like 16 dollars.
I mean how cool is that on your next gentleman evening, for example?
Or maybe you need some decanters for your brandy, this is like 12 bucks. Look at this here, ice cooler right
quite like mid-century modern, 18 bucks. Here we got here some low ball
glasses as well. For a little scotch right. The other thing they do is they actually
have stuff in their drawers, pretty cool, right?
That way, it’s not all cluttered on top but you can explore yourself.
I thought it was quite smart. PS: Looks like we’ve got some
napkin rings in there. Something to serve different dishes over here. SRS: Yeah
and then they have bookends and all kinds of household
things which are not necessarily clothing related
but if you’re into the gentleman lifestyle, chances are you’ll find
things that will work for you that are unique
and not just a cookie cutter or run of the mill, right?

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