Houndstooth Blazer

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I haven’t had the urge to do any serious shopping, lately.  However, I did find myself in the vicinity of my favorite vintage clothing shop in Charlotte, Hong Kong Vintage Clothing located at 2005 Central Avenue.  While I was browsing inside the store, I came across this piece.  It’s a vintage chocolate and cream houndstooth blazer with wide lapels, slanted pockets, and double vents.  In other words, VINTAGE DOPE!!

I you are like me and into pieces such as this and you are unable to make it to Hong Kong Vintage Clothing in Charlotte, please visit the online menswear boutique by clicking on the link in the menu header.  The two houndstooth blazers below are now available for just $38.50:

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Please visit the online menswear boutique at your earliest convenience.

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Vintage Double-Breasted Coats

Today’s big thrifting finds were a pair of vintage double-breasted over coats.

The first one is a glen plaid double-breasted long coat.  The tag suggest that the coat is a size 42 but it fits my 38 chest very well.  There is absolutely no need to have it taken in around the torso area.  However, I may do some slight alteration work to change the buttons and reduce the length of the back center vent, which is extremely high.

Here is a close up of the pattern and the buttons on the coat.  The color combination is a dark red, black, gold, and cream. 

The second find is a tweed double-breasted herringbone, window pane over coat with a touch of speckled pattern.  The size is listed as a 40 but this one fits fine, also.  I doubt if I change any aspect of this coat.

Close up of the pattern and buttons.  Color combination consists of brown, tan, orange (window pane), and red speckles.

I found each coat for the low low price of $14 a piece.  Please join me and give a warm welcome to the two latest additions to me eclectic closet.

 

saw these two on Andre 3000 and John Legend…

…but they are close enough.  Nevertheless, the hunt continues!!

Vintage Shopping in Atlanta

This weekend, the wife and I took a mini-vacation to Atlanta, GA just to get away.  I decided to visit my favorite vintage stores in Little Five Points Atlanta.  I could not remember the name of the stores, previously…but I took pictures this time. 

The first store I visited was Ambrose Vintage:

My fondest memory of this store is meeting India Arie in this store.  It was during one of my random shopping trips, my wife (my girlfriend at the time) was sitting down watching me browse through all of the vintage dope that the store had to offer.  And then, she walks in…her beautiful brown skin and big smile hypnotized me for a moment.  Miss Arie looked so much better in person than she does on television. 

With that gorgeous smile, India looked directly at me and said “Hi”.  I was a little flustered and blushing as I replied, “Hey, how are you?”  That was the only verbal exchange that we shared, as my wife sulked in her chair with utter hatred.  But in that very moment, our eyes had so much more to say.  But, out of respect for my wife, I will not disclose that conversation. 

On this weekend, during this trip, I did not have another encounter with India Arie.  However, I did pillage through some more vintage dope.  And I will share with you the “standout piece” or the “big fish that I caught” at this store visit:

This double-breasted shearling long coat!  It’s similar to the double-breasted shearling worn by Sean “Diddy” Combs in one of my previous vintage dope posts.  And once I get these piece fitted to my frame, I will do this coat the same justice as Diddy!

Classic Vintage Clothing Warehouse was the second shop in Little Five Points that I visited.  There were many great finds in this store.  They have a great selection of vintage trousers, cardigans, and neckties.  I will share with you two of the neckties that I found:

A vintage striped Brooks Brothers tie and a vintage burgundy tie with light blue paisley print. 

Next time you are in Atlanta, make sure you visit these vintage stores in Little Five Points on the corner of Euclid and Moreland.

Brown Leather/Mesh Spectator Dress Shoes

Let’s time travel back to the 1950s and take a look at today’s Vintage Dope.  These are plain toe 1950s inspired ET Wright Arch Preservers ventilated spectator mens dress shoes that I came across on etsy.com. 

“This particular pair of hand made Wright Arch Preserver’s is in excellent vintage condition. The uppers, a brown with reddish tint leather complimented by brown mesh, make a near perfect spectator combination.”   For more vintage dress shoes such as these, please go to etsy.com and check out vendor:
 
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Vintage Shopping In Greensboro

This weekend, I took a trip back to my hometown of Greensboro, NC to drive my niece through her high school homecoming parade.  May I add that I am the proud uncle of Dudley High School’s 2012 Homecoming Queen!!  Yes I am!!

After the homecoming festivities, I decided to do some shopping at my favorite vintage clothing store in Greensboro, Design Archives!

They are located at 342-344 South Elm Street, downtown Greensboro.  Or you can visit them online at www.shopdesignarchives.com.  For those of you that may be familiar, this is the same vintage shop that was located on Tate Street on UNC Greensboro’s campus.

This weekend, I had a chance to talk to the store owner, Julie.  She was extremely nice and very knowledgable about vintage clothing.  The one thing I admired most is that she is very passionate about her pieces.  Julie introduced me to a lot of interesting people (employees and regulars) while I was in the store.  She also gave me a list of some of her favorite vintage stores throughout North Carolina.

But, here are some of the dope vintage pieces that I found this weekend at Design Archives:

 Vintage striped Givenchy necktie for $5.

This vintage yellow blazer was just $24.  It’s true vintage with original gold buttons, wide notch lapel, and center vent.  Once I get this blazer tailored, it’s going to look amazing on me.  I’m confident! LOL

This vintage terra-cotta colored, wide notch lapel, double vented suit jacket was a part of a 3-piece suit for $36.  The blazer and the vest fit me like a glove…no tailoring needed.  The pants flare out a little too much for my taste.  I doubt that I ever where the pants.  But, I was really only interested in the jacket, but the vest may get a little love, as well.

These vintage, wool, plaid Brooks Brothers trousers were only $14.  The inseam was an inch or so too short, but nothing a little altering can’t fix.

This piece right here!!!  This is a vintage Christian Dior, wool, wide peaked lapels, center vent, double-breasted navy blazer with original grey buttons!!  For $69!

Next time you are in Greensboro, make sure you stop by Design Archives and tell Julie the Vintage Dope Dealer sent you!!

Vintage Plaid Trousers

These are my latest pair of plaid tweed herringbone trousers that I found at a local vintage clothing shop here in Charlotte, Hong Kong Vintage Clothing.  I absolutely love these pants and the fit is amazing.  The price was even better at $22.

The trousers are true vintage and the restoration effort on the slacks is noticeable.  I can actually see where they stitched up the holes that once existed around the hip and thigh area.  The pants did have a hole or busted seam down the side, which was left untreated.  I actually had to break out the needle and thread and repair the hole, myself.  Actually, my wife fixed it…but I could have did the repairs myself, if I wanted to.  And I was kind of massaging her feet while she worked.  So, technically I did help with the repair effort.