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Starting the week off bold…setting the tone for the remainder of the week:

shoes      Wingtip dress shoes by Adam Derrick To Boot New York.


Socks by Ralph Lauren.


Flat front cranberry trousers by Saks Fifth Avenue.


Light blue spread collar dress shirt by Banana Republic.


Givenchy necktie is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is by Banana Republic.

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Blue two button sport coat with notch lapels, side vents, and flap pockets is a thrifting find.


Silk cranberry pocket square is a thrifting find.

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Final Look!!


New Pieces Added to The Menswear Boutique

Three new sport coats have been added to the online Menswear Boutique.


The first piece is a navy corduroy sport coat with notch lapels, rear center vent, two buttons, patch pockets, and full interior lining.  Excellent condition!  Perfect for this cold weather and can be worn for work or for play. Size 42R and priced at $38.50.

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The next piece is a very stylish glen plaid black and white sport coat with notch lapels, rear center vent, two buttons, flap pockets, and fully interior lining.  Excellent condition!  This is one of those pieces listed in the boutique in which I will happily keep for myself if noone buys it…after some minor tailoring, this sport coat would look great on me!!  Size is a 40L and the price is $38.50.

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And then there is this vintage navy pinstripe sport coat by Givenchy!  Amazing quality and excellent condition.  It has notch lapels, rear center vent, two buttons, flap pockets, and full Givenchy monogram interior lining.  It’s a size 40 and priced at $48.50. 

All three of these great pieces and more are available at the Menswear Boutique.  Just click on the link in the header above!

I Earned My Stripes This Week

I think I made it official, today…I have earned my stripes with today’s look…which consists of…you guessed it…more stripes!

My brown dress shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Blue striped socks from The Gap.

Dark blue flat front dress pants are also from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Light blue spread collar dress shirt made by Ralph Lauren.

Vintage striped necktie by Givenchy from Design Archives.  Silver tie bar is by Banana Republic.

Blue and white pinstriped sports jacket with notch lapel and center vent by Banana Republic.


Classic white cotton pocket square.

Final Look!!

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!!