Keeping Fashion at (e)Bay

Well, there’s a lesson to be learned here: stay away from eBay if you have any kind of a budget at all.

I recenlty bid, and WON, three auctions. Yikes. What happened to that “it’ll get bought out from under you at the last minute” caveat?

The good news. The package was well packed, dispatched promptly and the goods were as described. The clothes fit me so well that only the very smallest of tweaks will be needed to make me look as though the suits were made for me instead of … whomever. The labels read: Isaia; Dunhill (MTM at least if not bespoke); Gianluca Barbera (Sartoriale, not the top of their line, but nice… .) All of which means that I’ll be back as soon as I can.

That’s me above, in the Isaia sportcoat. I’m not sure that I’ve ever worn anything as comfortable as this coat. That may include pyjamas.

So, the verdict? At 1/10 of the cost of any one of the items…. wow!

Do your research so you know the labels. Caveat Emptor; buy from a reputable merchant (this guy was mentioned in the soon-to-be-late-and-lamented “Men’s Vogue.) Consider thrift stores, eBay and consignment stores. Just remember the basics. Classic style never goes out of fashion.
(N.B. the slacks are MTM. The shoes are the Cole Haan/Nike collaboration. While the soles turned out to be glued on — what do you expect from a sneaker company?– they are comfortable, decently designed, an OK colour and only make one small stylish faux-pax at a seam along the side. I’m hoping to make them my “city-strolling shoes.”)

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