Giuseppe from An Affordable Wardrobe found a stunning 1930s Chesterfield coat in a thrift. The collar was shredded - but he saw it as an opportunity for a little cosmetic surgery.
An Affordable Wardrobe Store
Somerville, Massachusetts has a new menswear store. Our friend Giuseppe, who runs that great blog An Affordable Wardrobe, just opened a new shop. He tells us that the idea was to not have another “down and dirty” thrift store, or another vintage shop full of hip clothing, but rather a genuinely classic men’s shop that’s the best of both worlds.
There’s a “soft opening” for the store tomorrow from 10am until 2pm. You can visit it at 249 Elm Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. It’s in the heart of Davis Square, just above the Burren pub on the second floor.
A New Indiegogo Campaign
Our friend Giuseppe has been writing one of our favorite blogs, An Affordable Wardrobe, for the last five years. About three years ago, he started organizing the Top Shelf Flea Market in Boston (which is still going strong) and opened a nice little webshop for his thrifting finds.
Yesterday, he launched an Indiegogo campaign for his next step: opening a new menswear haberdashery to be located in the Boston area. Like everything Giuseppe does, the store will be aimed at helping men of modest means buy affordable, classic clothing. He says the idea is to not have another down and dirty thrift store, or another vintage shop full of extremely hip clothing, but rather a genuinely classic men’s shop with the best of both those worlds. Think Alan Flusser’s shop in Manhattan, only crazy cheap and second hand.
I think Giuseppe’s idea is great and have already contributed myself. Go check out the campaign when you have a chance. And if you’re in Boston, get excited about the possibility of this opening.
Dating Brooks Brothers Shirts
I was cleaning up my very cluttered computer desktop yesterday when I came across a bunch of files I used for our Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt series. Before I delete everything, I thought I’d post these photos, in case some of our readers might be interested in knowing how to date vintage Brooks Brothers shirts.
These are garment labels from the vintage shirts I borrowed from our friends at O’Connell’s, An Affordable Wardrobe, and Typhoid Jones. I snapped these pictures and then sent them to Brooks Brothers’ media relations department, asking if they could help me date them. The process took a while – I assume because they had to search for someone who was familiar enough with the company’s history – but after a month or two, they submitted the following images back, with the dates you see above.
Note, these dates are a bit iffy. The two blue oxford shirts you see at the end (dated 1999 and 2001) are from O’Connell’s. Ethan there tells me that he’s absolutely certain that the shirts are from the early 1990s, as that’s when they last stocked those shirts at their store. I assume he’s right, especially since the garment label for 1992 seems to be the same as the one marked for 1999. Not sure why Brooks Brothers dated those two the way they did, but the possibility of those being a mistake made me doubt how reliable the other dates were. For what it’s worth, however, the pre-1940s tag is almost certain to be reliable, as that was the detachable collar shirt and my contact at Brooks Brothers had no information about these shirts’ styles. The 1949 tag is also probably correct since that was the only oxford cloth button down without a chest pocket (a detail they added sometime in the 1950s or so).
In any case, as iffy as these may be, here’s Brooks Brothers’ submission on how to date their shirts. This might be a potentially useful guide for folks who go thrifting often.
Friend of the blog Giuseppe of An Affordable Wardrobe is having a 20% off sale at his online shop, where he’s placed several vintage finds for you to buy at an extremely discounted price. Oh, he also has plush Polo bears for sale, too. Just use code WINTERSALE and receive your discount through the end of Sunday.
Top Shelf Flea Market: Sunday, October 21st
Our friend Giuseppe at An Affordable Wardrobe is hosting his Top Shelf Flea Market event this Sunday. Top Shelf Flea is a gathering of local Boston merchants dealing in high-quality vintage, re-styled, and otherwise second hand stuff. Go check it out this Sunday, October 21st, from noon until 5pm. The event will be held at 371 Summer Street in Somervile, Massachusetts. More details can be had at Top Shelf Flea’s blog and Facebook page.
(Photo: Giuseppe himself at a previous Top Shelf Flea Market event)
Love this picture of Giuseppe from An Affordable Wardrobe enjoying the autumn. Menswear dads!
Having better posture is the easiest, cheapest, most foolproof way you can improve how you look. Sit up and stand up straight; don’t let your shoulders hunch.
(image via An Affordable Wardrobe)
What better day to feature one of my favorite casual shirts of all time, courtesy of our friend Giuseppe?
I ran into one of these at the vintage textile show but it was too short for me. I was crushed.
Our friend Giuseppe from An Affordable Wardrobe is holding his fourth Top Shelf Flea in the Boston area. If you’re in said area, and you don’t go, you’re probably a chump.