I wear vintage clothing if for no other reason than we don't make them like we used to. Hell, in most cases, "we" [Americans] don't even make them anymore. There is good news though—vintage can be had on the cheap. The very best bargains are found in the stores where you have to roll up your sleeves. Bobby From Boston—my favorite vintage men's shop in New England— offers just that, an overwhelming thrill of discovery every time you duck in.
Back in October, I popped in for 15 minutes while in Boston and dug in. It paid off. Made in the USA from authentic Harris Tweed, this Stanley Blacker jacket was in surprisingly good condition. I had already resolved to Cinderella my way into it...but luckily it didn't come to that. The handwoven tweed framed my shoulders perfectly. The button stance sat right above my navel. The single vent covered my bum just so. But finding it (for $45 no less) was just the beginning.
I had my tailor let out the sleeves, sew on leather elbow patches, and add a fourth knotted leather button for an updated look ($80). While I was at The Head of the Charles, I met an Amsterdam rowing club that passed their rowing blazers down through the ranks as each athlete moved on. They kept a record of this by hand stitching their initials under the right lapel. I took a leaf out of their book and thought it appropriate for this vintage sport-coat.
• Lookmatic tort shell eyeglasses
• Vintage Stanly Blacker sport-coat
• Paisley handkerchief
• Vintage Gant foulard tie
• Brass collar pin
• Ralph Lauren tartan dress shirt
• Vintage Omega Seamaster wrist watch
• J.Press leather belt and monogrammed brass engine turn buckle
• Rugby selvedge denim
• Rugby socks
• Cole Haan saddle oxfords
• Wentworth pewter flask