...and long story short, walks out with a Ralph Lauren Polo glenplaid suit for $40.
But let's rewind.
I took a stroll around Fifth Avenue in the 50's, looking for inspiration - and as usual in New York - it dropped into my lap.
5th Avenue Presbyterian Bazaar? Sign me up. Even if I walked away with some baked goods I knew I would find something cool. (Only had my cell phone with me, so all the pics are from the cell).
The scene outside. Balloons = Presbyterian Party inside
The scene inside. This was just a fraction of the overall goods available.
Naturally, I made my way towards the men's clothing. Given area uptown, I sort of expected to bump into The Trad
It's no secret that you can find high quality clothing at thrift shops and goodwill stores in affluent areas. I figured I had a high probability of hitting paydirt.
Bingo. This was a Brioni double-breasted suit. The price you ask? $50. Had I not found a Ralph Lauren glenplaid suit (photos forthcoming in a later post), I would have snagged the Brioni.
Those guys knew what they were doing when they put Bob in charge of the men's fashion boutique. Dude knew how to dress. The message the Presbyterians wanted to send? Buy some of our stuff and you might look as good as Bob. Maybe.
Tough to tell, but his shoes were phenomenal. Also - totally cool with having his picture taken for the blog. Awesome.
Dug this vintage EMS sweater. $15.
Christian Dior for about $10.
In the end, I gladly parted with $40 and gave it to Bob and the Presbyterian Church. So it's a win-win: Bob & Team replenish their coffers, and I build up my wardrobe. Good deal.
Suit in the process of being altered by my tailor (LNC Custom Tailor in Chinatown). Will post pictures later on.