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September 2015 Summary

I’ve suspected it all along but now I know that I’ve become a label looker. That is, I find myself ignoring the item when pushing through the waves of cotton and wool in favor of finding certain manufacturer’s labels. It’s that rush of adrenaline that hits you when you find labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, or even Louis Vuitton. Well, I had such an experience several times this month. When you compare the price for many of these items you are lucky enough to find at Goodwill as to what you would pay for the item new, it becomes a treasure hunt that when bitten, you have a hard time ignoring.

September 2015 earlierTake this past week as a good example of great items found all at once. One of my favorite brands is Ermenegildo Zegna. Great quality at a price I would not ordinarily be able to afford even at a discount store like Off Fifth Avenue. On a last minute decision, I hit one of my favorite Goodwills and as I began to give up, there they were, seven Zegna sweaters hanging on the rack amidst the colored shirts. On a hunch, I went back the next day thinking that since they were all the same size that there may be more items from Zegna such as shirts or pants. No luck there but I did find a black second Burberry trench coat and a pair of brown Salvatore Ferragamo loafers that fit perfectly. Did I mention the initial find of a Burberry Sateen trench coat and Burberry Commodore overcoat I found earlier in the month. Just my size, of course! This month was also a banner month for finding some top end shirts including not only Zegna but also Armani, Burberry, Christian Dior, Eton, Valentino, Versace  and a hard to find Dolce & Gabbana. Check out the prices I paid vs the price they go for new in the spreadsheet following. Links provided give you a location where I found the prices for the item or one very much like the one I found.

September 2015 laterA friend at work turned me on to a new brand of shoes I was earlier unaware of. He buys his shoes at Allen Edmonds which has a store not far from one of my favorite Goodwill stores. This is one of the last if not the last major shoe company that still makes their product totally in the United States. I plan to visit the store but will have to wait until the next pay day as this month’s “allowance” has already been spent. So far, I have been fortunate enough to run across several pair in the Goodwill my size for less than seven dollars each and am now considering having a new pair custom made while they have their annual sale. In my opinion, they are that much better of quality than many of the “higher end” shoes I thought I had to have. Not only do I receive more compliments on this brand than my Salvatore Ferragamo or Gucci shoes costing twice as much but they are also consistently much more comfortable at the end of a long day of work. What has been your experience with this brand?

I spent a bit more than I usually do this month but there were a number of items I just couldn’t leave behind as you can see below. Here are some but not all of this month’s haul that I plan to either update my current wardrobe, give as birthday gifts or sell outright to recoup my expenses. My younger daughter has a birthday coming up and I’ve been keeping her in mind as I look through the better items on the rack that would fit her both physically as well as her current taste in clothes. Wish me luck!

 

September 2015 Take

$529.49 $714.34 $47,420.98 89.6x
Company Description Paid Tagged Retail Color Origin
Suits
3,395.00 Ermenegildo Zegna Neiman Marcus 19.99 24.99 3,395.00 Tan Switzerland
Coats
9,702.58 Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 4.99 9.99 995.00 Charcoal Italy
Armani, Giorgio MANI 7.98 9.99 149.00 Brown Canada
Canali James 1.00 9.99 1,295.00 Blue Italy
Corneliani Vogue 7.48 9.99 1,296.59 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 1,495.00 Black Switzerland
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 7.98 9.99 1,495.00 Brown Italy
Jack Victor Select 4.99 9.99 799.99 Gray Canada
John Varvatos 285044 7.98 9.99 1,498.00 Black China
Valentino 1.00 9.99 679.00 Black
Overcoats
7,910.00 Burberry Cotton Garbardine Trench Coat 6.38 7.99 2,295.00 Black England
Burberry’s Commodore 39.94 49.99 2,795.00 Brown England
Burberry’s Cotton Sateen Trench Coat 15.97 19.99 2,295.00 Tan England
Christian Dior 4.99 9.99 525.00 Green, dark USA
Shirts
10,931.50 Armani, Giorgio A|X 6.38 7.99 59.50 Blue China
Armani, Giorgio A|X 11.98 14.99 89.50 White
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 325.00 Gray Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 10.39 12.99 475.00 Brown Italy
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 7.98 9.99 475.00 Cream Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Collezioni 4.79 5.99 475.00 Gray Tunisia
Armani, Giorgio Le Collezioni 4.79 5.99 475.00 Black Italy
Barney’s New York 6.47 6.47 250.00 Black
Burberry London 6.38 7.99 425.00 Yellow England
Burberry London Classic Fit 11.98 14.99 425.00 White Turkey
Charles Tyrwhitt 4.79 5.99 199.00 White England
Christian Dior Chemises 7.48 14.99 630.00 White Hong Kong
Christian Dior 3.99 4.99 651.00 White
Dolce & Gabbana 23.96 29.99 845.00 Black
Duchamp 4.79 5.99 245.00 Blue England
Ermenegildo Zegna Sport 3.99 4.99 385.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 4.79 5.99 375.00 Gray Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 9.73 12.99 450.00 White Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 4.79 5.99 445.00
Eton French cuff/button 4.79 5.99 255.00 White England
John Varvatos Slim fit 4.79 5.99 148.00 Gray Indonesia
John Varvatos 4.79 5.99 148.00 White Indonesia
Michael Kors Michael 4.49 8.99 125.00 White Thailand
Michael Kors plaid 4.79 5.99 225.00 White
Michael Kors 4.49 8.99 125.00 Blue China
Neiman Marcus Exclusive 2.99 5.99 145.00 Black China
Nike pullover 7.98 9.99 60.00 Black Vietnam
Perry Ellis 4.79 5.99 69.50 White Indonesia
Ted Baker London 10.38 12.99 155.00 Purple Italy
Valentino Roma 4.49 5.99 277.00 Brown Italy
Versace Classic 4.79 5.99 750.00 Black
Sweaters
8,557.50 Ermenegildo Zegna 201 4.79 5.99 1,295.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 386 4.79 5.99 595.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 386 4.79 5.99 595.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 387 4.79 5.99 895.00 Tan Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 4.79 5.99 1,095.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 4.79 5.99 1,295.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 4.79 5.99 1,295.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 4.79 5.99 1,295.00 Charcoal Italy
Lindbergh Chic 4.79 5.99 197.50 Brown China
Pants
2,270.00 Canali Proposta 5.59 6.99 345.00 Brown Italy
Canali Proposta 5.59 6.99 345.00 Black Italy
Ermengildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 550.00 Black Italy
Ermengildo Zegna 5.59 6.99 475.00 Tan Italy
Neiman Marcus Super 120s wool 5.24 6.99 495.00 Brown Canada
Unknown 5.59 6.99 60.00 Black
Ties
2,112.95 AAAA Peru 1.59 1.99 24.95 Gray Peru
Andre Claude Canova Georges Dubceuf 3.99 4.99 96.00 Orange France
Armani, Giorgio Cravatte 0.49 0.99 150.00 Blue Italy
Armani, Giorgio 1.59 1.99 150.00 Gold Italy
Armani, Giorgio 3.99 4.99 150.00 Gold Italy
Barney’s of New York 0.99 1.99 155.00 Red Italy
Barney’s of New York 0.99 1.99 155.00 Blue Italy
Burberry’s of London 1.59 1.99 150.00 Brown USA
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 1.59 1.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Disegno Esclusivo 2.99 3.99 205.00 Brown Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna Z 3.99 4.99 205.00 Blue Italy
Ermenegildo Zegna 1.59 1.99 205.00 Red Italy
FR Tripler & Co. bow tie 1.59 1.99 19.00 Red
Gucci 1.99 1.99 190.00 Red Italy
bow tie 1.59 1.99 19.00 Red
bow tie 1.59 1.99 19.00 Green
4.79 5.99 15.00
Shoes
1,444.95 Allen Edmonds Park Avenue 4.79 5.99 385.00 Black USA
Allen Edmonds Peyton 4.79 5.99 249.95 Brown USA
Bostonian Shoe 6.38 7.99 90.00 Black
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Moccasin 7.98 9.99 640.00 Brown Italy
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Shoe tree 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Hangers
3.50 Lindbergh Coat 0.34 0.69 1.75
Natural Coat/pants cuff 0.74 0.99 1.75
Pocket Squares
30.00 Blue Dark 0.99 0.99 15.00
Tan 0.34 0.69 15.00
Accessories
1,063.00 Armani, Giorgio Belt 6.38 7.99 122.00 Black Italy
Bill Blass Cumberbund 3.19 3.99 45.00 Black USA
Burl Walnut Wood bowl 1.99 3.99 10.00 Walnut USA
Chanel Cuflinks 6.38 7.99 606.00 Silver
Coach Belt 3.19 3.99 150.00 Brown
Dooney & Bourke Wallet 9.98 19.99 58.00 Brown
belt 4.79 5.99 25.00 Brown China
wood block 1.59 1.99 10.00 Cedar
Socks 1.12 1.49 12.00 Blue
Figurine 2.24 2.99 5.00 Brown China
Cufflinks 2.39 2.99 20.00 Gold

 

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