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  • sal_orlando
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    I need to go thrifting more because I probably could find a lot of these brands around where I live.


    This is a great thread, thanks for the info guys.

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  • jason_carreira
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    LOL Do you know how to test for mother of pearl buttons? They feel colder... the best way is to put them up to your lip and they'll feel cold. Just try not to let people see you

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  • jose_jackson
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    The weirdest part about the feel test is that I have never relied so much on that sense before. It's like the guy on the baseball team who sucks but is better than anyone else at bunting.

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  • ZachL
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    To be honest, you'll probably never find 95% of those listed unless you live in a big city with people who spend a lot of money on imported clothes, but I wish you the best of luck and sure hope you do.

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  • jason_carreira
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    LOL Just feel the items and you'll feel quality... Add an ebay app for you phone and look them up if you don't recognize the brand

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  • grasking
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    That list needs to go in my phone.

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  • ZachL
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    Jason, did you mean RRL when you said RLRL? If so, RRL stuff is great quality as well, and should definitely be picked up if it fits.


    Lauren by Ralph Lauren (usually a green label) is extremely cheap stuff that was sued by Ralph Lauren for copyright infringement and somehow won the ability to keep selling using Ralph Lauren's name, even though they are not associated at all.


    You can find some Made in Italy Polo Ralph Lauren stuff that is absolutely immaculate, I recently grabbed a 100% cashmere tie that is stunning.


    I just grabbed this list from a thrifting guide, but generally if it fits well, is made of good materials, is without damage, and will often have Mother of Pearl buttons, you got yourself a real keeper.


    The following is nearly every big name for suits and generally shirts you can possibly see and be extremely excited for if you stumble across:


    Attolini

    Barbera (Luciano) Collezioni Sartoriale

    Battistoni

    Belvest

    Bijan

    Luigi Borrelli

    Brioni

    D’Avenza

    Thom Browne

    Tom Ford

    Castangia

    Cheshire Clothing (Chester Barrie)

    Cifonelli

    Dior homme

    Isaia

    Kiton

    Oxxford

    Ralph Lauren Purple Label (both the Saint Andrews and the Chester Barrie)

    Sartoria Attolini

    St. Andrews

    Sartoria Castangia

    Sartoria Partenopea

    Stuart’s Choice (Isiah until 06, St Andrews post 06)

    Zegna Napoli


    Alfred Dunhill London

    Armani Collezioni

    Armani Classico and Black Label (made by Vestimenta)

    Boss Baldessarini (made by Caruso)

    Boglioli

    Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

    Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece

    Canali and Canali Exclusive

    Canali Proposta

    Cantarelli

    Caruso

    Corneliani Linea Sartoria

    Corneliani

    Corneliani Trend and CC

    Ermenegildo Zegna Couture (& mainline to a lesser extent - Z Zegna is low-end line)

    Faconnable Tailleur (made by Canali and Cantarelli)

    Hickey Freeman

    Lanvin (not necessarily true for vintage)

    Martin Greenman

    Paul Smith (Mainline, not Paul Smith London)

    Polo Blue Label (made in Italy)

    Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Label (currently made by Canali, older by Corneliani)

    Nervesa

    Paul Stuart

    Ravazzolo

    Samuelsohn - Canada

    Vestimenta

    Zileri sartoriale line

    Zileri Gruppo Forall

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  • jason_carreira
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    Exactly. A few washings or dry cleanings and they're toast. Ironing or steaming does bad things to most artificial fibers.

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  • michael_sprague
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    Good to know about what to look out for when it comes to ralph lauren pieces. Why do i want to avoid shirts that contain polyster or are comprised of other materials at the thrift store do clothes that contain spandex or other blends not last as long?

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  • jose_jackson
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    I saw a plain blue RLPL crew neck t-shirt in TJ Maxx for like $60 several weeks ago. It had this ridiculous tag about luxury Chinese cotton made in Austrian mills or something like that. I lol'd.

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  • jason_carreira
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    Chaps is crap that's owned by Kohl's now. It used to be okay / good when owned by RL.


    Lauren RL is just meh and I wouldn't bother at the thrifts.


    Polo RL is pretty good and on the edge of being okay at the thrifts... depends on the shirt.


    RLRL is good and worth getting, but not that common.


    If you see anything RL with a purple label... Well... it's terrible, but you should pick it up and I'll give you a little something for it Seriously, RLPL is some of the best stuff out there in shirts, ties, suits, etc. The suits at least are mostly made in Italy by Caruso or Corneliani and are amazing (supposedly, still haven't found one myself). Not at ALL common and I've heard they've stopped making RLPL for ready-to-wear and it's all MTM or bespoke.

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  • MaxMan
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    To chime in on this awesome convo, I completely agree with where this thread is going. If you thrifting quality of brand comes first and then i look at the place made and the materials the garment is composed of, i stay away from anything artificial, ie polyester, then i worry about fit if the two above criterion were met since those will be my long lasting pieces. @losRockets, it depends on the age and the version of the ralph lauren, i read that back in the day when chaps was owned by RL they were of quality becasue they were made in the same factories in the US, then they shipped out the manufacturing. So now chaps is crap, and that brand Lauren is also crap as well IMO. But if you find Polo RL in Custom Fit, your good to go. If you see purple label and beleive the black label purchase it, you will love the piece.

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  • LosRockets
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    What do y'all think about thrifting (or buying from consignment stores) Ralph Lauren dress shirts? My local consignment store has a lot of BB and RL for 15-20(along with a bunch of smaller brands) in my size, all of the Kiton, Zegna, and other high-end shirts are all gigantic on me (and sell for $50-90).

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  • YackoYak
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    Good list. I haven't been able to find any of those brands while thrifting so if you need something for "now" (especially for $1), just look for 100% cotton shirts. IMO, don't get shirts with blends (poly, spandex, etc). If you feel the fabric between your fingers you will get a hang what is cheap just by feel. At that point you can just run your fingers down the rack and stop when something feels nice.

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  • jason_carreira
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    Brooks Brothers, Canali, Thomas Pink, Hickey Freeman, Charles Tyrwhitt, Ike Behar, Robert Talbott, Zegna, Marks & Spencer (some)... That's a good starter list


    BB and HF are the most common around here.

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