16
Apr

Have you ever wanted to be king of the #menswear blog-o-sphere?

Imagine waking up to a text message from Nick Wooster asking if you want to get brunch. “Nah braj,” you think to yourself. You and Michael Bastian already have plans to hit up Clinton St. Bakery because the pancakes are bomb and having a third risks you having to wait an additional 30 minutes to get seated. Maybe you can schedule him later to get some pork buns at Ippudo.

You get out of bed and throw on your favorite pair of McNairy camo trousers and your worn out Brooks Brothers ESF OCBD to start the day.

All you need now is the perfect pair of shoes.

11
Jan
If you ask me, Derek (a.k.a., dieworkwear) has the best copywriting I’ve seen in a while for an item on eBay:

Imagine being the envy of your friends when they see you bring this bag to your local grocery co-op, where you fill the compartmental space with ethnical consumer choices such as energy-saving light bulbs, super-organic fruits, and extra-fair trade coffee. Or when you arrive at a dinner party and pull out a bottle of red wine nobody has heard of, or when you’re abroad and take out a stack of Lonely Planet travel guides (a sign that you’re not only exploring this country, but plan to stop at many more). Take photos of yourself at all these places, so your Facebook friends can see your exquisite taste and superior lifestyle. You can then laugh at them for being less than fashionable people carrying yesteryear’s timeless heritage totes, such as those made by Wm. J. Mills, LL Bean, and A Continuous Lean. 
Know that when you’re purchasing this item, you’re getting an authentic Canadian product from an authentic Canadian person (me), who genuinely bought this while he was in Canada. That gives this multiple layers of authenticity, sort of like a bean and cheese dip made with Lucerne’s “Mexican Four Cheese Blend.” 

You can buy his Hudson Bay Company tote bags for $30 each.

If you ask me, Derek (a.k.a., dieworkwear) has the best copywriting I’ve seen in a while for an item on eBay:

Imagine being the envy of your friends when they see you bring this bag to your local grocery co-op, where you fill the compartmental space with ethnical consumer choices such as energy-saving light bulbs, super-organic fruits, and extra-fair trade coffee. Or when you arrive at a dinner party and pull out a bottle of red wine nobody has heard of, or when you’re abroad and take out a stack of Lonely Planet travel guides (a sign that you’re not only exploring this country, but plan to stop at many more). Take photos of yourself at all these places, so your Facebook friends can see your exquisite taste and superior lifestyle. You can then laugh at them for being less than fashionable people carrying yesteryear’s timeless heritage totes, such as those made by Wm. J. Mills, LL Bean, and A Continuous Lean. 

Know that when you’re purchasing this item, you’re getting an authentic Canadian product from an authentic Canadian person (me), who genuinely bought this while he was in Canada. That gives this multiple layers of authenticity, sort of like a bean and cheese dip made with Lucerne’s “Mexican Four Cheese Blend.” 

You can buy his Hudson Bay Company tote bags for $30 each.

05
Oct
It’s on eBay: Polo Bear tartan necktie — For all the ‘Lo Heads out there, I’m looking out for you. It can be yours for $79.99, shipped free.

It’s on eBay: Polo Bear tartan necktie — For all the ‘Lo Heads out there, I’m looking out for you. It can be yours for $79.99, shipped free.

25
Sep
For all you ‘Lo Heads out there, this Polo Ralph Lauren bear knitted sweater (size men’s small) is at $63 with a week to go on eBay.

For all you ‘Lo Heads out there, this Polo Ralph Lauren bear knitted sweater (size men’s small) is at $63 with a week to go on eBay.

22
Jan
27
Oct

While looking on ebay for a heavy winter blazer I've come across a lot of options that end up selling for $10 or less. I am hesitant not because they are cheap, but because it is a brand I don't know anything about. If it is my size and that cheap and I know nothing about the brand but like the look, do you think I should just go for it and cross my fingers?

- Asked by brian-m

I usually do a few things when I come across something like that. First, I google the name and try to see if Ask Andy About Clothes, StyleForum, Fedora Lounge, etc., has a thread on the brand somewhere and if quality is known.

Some brands might very well be perfectly fine but defunct and no longer in business as retailing has changed in the past few decades. So, you could be looking at something well made, but just no longer a brand that was ever widely known and didn’t survive the consolidation of the industry.

The other thing I would do is ask a lot of questions of the seller. Getting information from them can help a lot. Not perfect, mind you, since they’re trying to hustle a product, but most eBay sellers really, really want to keep that 5-star rating and will be helpful.

Finally, I would just accept the risk. Sometimes you’ll strike out, that’s almost inevitable.

07
Oct
03
Oct
minimalmusings:

It’s on ebay. 
Grr. Wish it were it my size. John Lobb double monks - size 12.5 US. $370 OBO
Really great brown color perfect for fall.

Woah, Lobb dubmonks for under four bills? Please, someone buy these and then acquire all the reblogs worthy of a #menswear tag.

minimalmusings:

It’s on ebay. 

Grr. Wish it were it my size. John Lobb double monks - size 12.5 US. $370 OBO

Really great brown color perfect for fall.

Woah, Lobb dubmonks for under four bills? Please, someone buy these and then acquire all the reblogs worthy of a #menswear tag.

(via minimalmusings-deactivated20120)

27
Sep
Spreezybid.com: making it easy to be spreezy — I received an email not long ago from Paul Cline, who came up with this site as an easy, visual way to search eBay listings for great gear. Just hit up the search function and click on a brand. It’s still under development, so definitely hit him up if you have any suggestions or ideas on how it could be improved. Still, it’s a nifty search tool if you’re looking for a way to kill some time and steal some stuff cheap.

Spreezybid.com: making it easy to be spreezy — I received an email not long ago from Paul Cline, who came up with this site as an easy, visual way to search eBay listings for great gear. Just hit up the search function and click on a brand. It’s still under development, so definitely hit him up if you have any suggestions or ideas on how it could be improved. Still, it’s a nifty search tool if you’re looking for a way to kill some time and steal some stuff cheap.

27
Sep
Yeah, I’m pretty good at finding deals on eBay.

Yeah, I’m pretty good at finding deals on eBay.

21
Sep
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Sep
16
Sep

For the guy eBaying tweed: Jesse @ PTO gave me some great tips when I was looking for my first tweed jacket. A good sign of quality is a close-up of the fabric--it should look like it's made of lots of different colors. Also, unless you're going for a deliberately vintage look, avoid dated details, like super-wide 70s lapels or super-low 80s gorges.

- Asked by thisfits

Solid advice.

I’d also ask the seller to make sure there aren’t any moth holes, although a hole in tweed isn’t that big of a deal as it’s really hard to see — even up close.

Some other good advice from thingsthatpleaseme:

One note: a lot of the (older) tweeds will have very low button stances. This will make the jackets looks kind of dated. It may be worth looking through more jackets to find one that may be a bit more modern.
16
Sep

Hey, as it gets cooler, I'm looking to get a few Harris tweed jackets on eBay. Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for when sifting through them online? Seeing a lot of low prices, like $30 or so. Should that be a red flag? Or a bargain?

- Asked by peteraxtman

Sounds about right. I think tweed is kinda having a resurgence right now among #menswear bloggers (“now” being a relative term over the past 1-3 years, maybe more), but generally you see tons of tweed jackets sitting at most thrift store racks.

For a good long while, tweed wasn’t exactly “on trend” by any sort of means and I’m sure that’s why so many ended up in donation bins.

Lucky for you, this means you’ll be able to find a good assortment of them at a really good price. Some people might find a lot of the patterns of the tweed kind of ugly, but I think they’re great for the colder weather.

Finding a Harris Tweed jacket for $30 (or any price you would consider a “steal”) isn’t that uncommon on eBay. Even if you consider alteration costs, you’re still likely to be well south of $100 for a great jacket made from a beautifully woven cloth. Definitely a bargain.

I’ve collected several tweed jackets (some Harris, some not) over time and I think the most I ever paid for one was $20 shipped via eBay. The rest I found thrifting and had altered. They’re one of my favorite casual jackets to wear with denim, an OCBD, wool necktie and geometric printed silk pocket square. The colors in the fabric are really robust, so you can come away with some great combinations even with just one jacket.

Good hunting!

09
Sep

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