Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holiday to friends & fans of Richards Fabulous Finds!

Here's to a great 2013, and a phenomenal 2014!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fresh inventory, just in time for the Holiday!

Just in time for the holiday.....

Several new suits, jackets, and more....

To be posted to Etsy this week... just click here--->

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What to wear for that holiday soiree or family get together? Here is a guide!

Quick & easy guide for what to wear for the holidays:

Stay tuned for a formal guide next week.... be warned, I love a plaid trouser with a tuxedo jacket....

Happy Holiday!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Over 100 vendors (including ME) this weekend at the Randolph Street "Holiday Market"!


Join me and over 100 vendors as we present the "Holiday Market" at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago, 1340 W. Washington Street (at Randolph/Ogden)

Saturday & Sunday from 10-6.  

Give the gift of vintage!  

I am bringing my entire coat collection, plus some amazing 1930's cravats, vintage shoes, and jewelry.

Get your discounted tickets early here:

                           Randolph Street Market

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Great style is more that just clothing... it is also about FIT! Find a good tailor- NOW!

Get a tailor!

The one thing I tell many of my clients over and over- find a good tailor and stick with them!

You can have on a $5,000 suit, but if the pants have 3 inches of break, or the sleeves are to the knuckles.... it will look like a cheap suit- period.

I know it takes a little time and money, but believe me it is SO worth it!  Isn't it funny how some will readily pay $8 bucks for a fancy cup of coffee, but won't spend $10 to have the hem of their pants fixed?

JUST DO IT... you won't regret it!

Another rule:  New or vintage, alterations should always be expected to get a proper fit!

Here is a great chart to gauge the correct proportions.........

Monday, November 4, 2013

Come see me November 16 & 17 at the Holiday Market with Vintage Garage Chicago

Confirmed today....

I am showing my wares at the Holiday Market with Vintage Garage Chicago! 

November 16 & 17  at the corner of Granville/Broadway in Edgewater, Chicago.

11-6 both days.

I will be bringing my formal collection for those that are in need of holiday finery.  Tuxedos, bow ties, cummerbunds, great shoes, jewelry, & MORE!

Click my Etsy store link on the right to get a preview, and if you see something online and would like to check it out in person, email me and I will bring it!

See you there!

Friday, November 1, 2013

NEW COATS just in at Richards Fabulous FInds


Amazing new coat collection.  Many are already starting to sell fast, so head over to my online shop on Etsy and get one.... they are so fab, I had to keep one for myself!  

Sneak Peek these new pieces below....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BIG party & full weekend of vintage fashion with Richards Fabulous Finds!

SO excited for this weekend!

Come see an "All Fashion" vintage show at the Randolph Street Market!

I will be in the Men's Quarter showing lots of great coats, tweed jackets, wool ties, and more!

Friday is a VIP fashion show & early shopping night, 6-8 ... Saturday & Sunday are 10-5

Get all the details here:

                             Modern Vintage Market

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Collections at the Randolph Street Market this weekend!

Fall is here, and if you come see me this weekend, you can snag yourself some great vintage finds & shop, shop, shop!

Get your tickets here:

                          Randolph Fall Market

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sunday POP UP shop at Atmosphere Bar in Chicago

Just a reminder -in case you are not a follower on my Facebook page, I am doing a one day pop up sale at Atmosphere Bar in Andersonville THIS SUNDAY... 3-8 p.m.

Address:  5355 N. Clark Street, Chicago

My buddy Phil will be making gorgeous cocktails that afternoon, so stop by and browse the fall collection and treat yourself to a martini!  He makes the BEST dirties in town!

RSVP here if you can attend.... and make sure you peek at my Etsy store... if you see something online and want to check it out in person,  just email me!

        RFF Sunday Pop Up sale at @mosphere Bar

Monday, September 9, 2013

FULL FRONTAL FALL FASHION..... update coming soon!


                    FULL FRONTAL FALL FASHION!

It has been warm here in the Windy City, so I have delayed in putting my fall men's delivery online... but wanted you to know that I am working on it daily, and when it hits the internet, be prepared to get your wallets out!   

Wool ties, amazing tweed jackets, plaid suits, fedoras in an array of fall colors, plus SHOES!

PLEASE make sure you sign up here to get my updates... and of course, follow me on Facebook- it's the best way to see where I will be showing my collection in & around Chicago.....

            Richards Fabulous Finds Facebook Page

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SALE SALE SALE: Richards Fabulous Finds "Day After" sale, 20% off entire store!

It doesn't happen often, but to clear out some summer inventory & give a little push to the new fall pieces, I am having a 20% off sale in my Etsy store!

MANY items include FREE shipping!

All day Tuesday & Wednesday.......

Coupon code for checkout:  DayAfter20

Click here to go to the store-->

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Want instant vintage appeal? Put on a club collar shirt!

Looking for instant vintage appeal without having to wear someone else's shirt?

Try a club collar shirt!  Better yet, pick one up with a white collar/cuff to really stand out.

My dream is to see the double button club collar come back... it sits wide on the neck and is reminiscent of the 1800's...

Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and various labels will carry this style in small numbers every season.  They look specially nice with a narrow tie.  *I avoid doing a bow tie as it covers the round edge, which is truly what makes the club collar unique!

Still curious?  here is an example:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WHAT A FIND! Bold plaid for fall, & Richards Fabulous Finds has it!


Check out the newest suit I have just added to my collection...

Some lucky gentleman that knows all about European fashion is going to snatch this up!

To be posted to my Etsy & eBay shop on Tuesday afternoon... see my menu list to the right for links to both sites...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Another NEW crop of vintage bow ties, now at Richards Fabulous Finds


Just got in another amazing assortment of vintage bow ties!  Many are already listed in my Etsy store.  Make sure you check the out a.s.a.p. as the sell fast!

Here are few that I found unique:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

North Shore Flea Sunday 8/11/2013 9-5 in Highwood, Illinois, come see my booth!


North Shore Flea in Highwood, Il. 9-5

NEW product and summer sale ... come check it out!


                                      North Shore Flea

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

NEW items coming to the shop soon !

NEW items, to be listed soon!

Just had to share the newest pieces I scored this weekend.  I will have them in my Etsy shop hopefully by Monday.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

And now for a little something FUNKY ! at Richards Fabulous Finds

FUNKY.... and I think I am beginning to like it.

As a vintage vendor, my tastes have been shifting a bit and have started to embrace the wilder side of men's fashion.  Normally I would never even consider putting polyester in my shop- but when the cut and designs are so cool, sometimes I just can't help it!

Check out these new jackets just added to my collection.  Larger sizes too (44R & 46 R in the prints and plaid) and extra long!  The leather jacket is for the smaller frame, at a size 36R.

See them in my store on Etsy, or come check them out this weekend as I am showing at the Chicago Flea MKT in Wicker Park.  Sunday 10-5

Details here :

                               Chicago Flea MKT

Friday, July 26, 2013

NEW PIECES! Just in time for Randolph Market this weekend: 7/27 & 7/28. See link for info...

NEW PIECES.... just in time for the Randolph Street Market this weekend!

How so I get so lucky?  I'll never know, but I have come into some amazing and timeless men's pieces lately... here is just a few that I am bringing this weekend, and they are NOT on Etsy yet... so come on down and try these on!  My changing tent is set up and ready!

Tickets and info for Randolph here:

                          Randolph Street Market

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HOW COOL! Just got quoted: Market Watch via The Wall Street Journal "The $25,000 Panama Hat"


My good friend Melissa Sands contacted me for my thoughts on the classic Panama hats for summer... she submitted it to The Wall Street Journal, and I got quoted!  Thanks M for the press !

Classic Fedora, by Panama Hat Company of the Pacific
The pitch:
When is a straw hat more like a work of museum-quality art? According to Hawaii-based haberdasher Brent Black (yes, that is his real name), it is when he’s selling it. Through his Panama Hat Company of the Pacific, the ad executive-turned-headwear guru offers handmade hats from Montecristi, the town in Ecuador that is the true home of the classic “Panama” (the hats became associated with the country of canal fame because it is where they were initially shipped). And, yes, they can go for as much as $25,000 (or in one instance, even $100,000). Black says that while there is demand for his high-priced models, he sells them with great reluctance, “like an art collector parting with a Picasso” or “a symphony violinist selling a Stradivarius.”
What makes these versions of the classic summer hat so special? Black says it all begins with the straw, which comes from a plant “cut at just the right time of development.” From there, the weaving begins — in general, the finer the weave, the better the Panama. Black sources many of his top-tier hats from Simon Espinal, a famed weaver from Montecristi who can put hundreds of hours into each hat he produces. But the process isn’t complete until the hat is delivered to Black, who then puts in up to another 50 hours of labor in the “blocking,” meaning the actual shaping of the hat into any of a number of popular styles, from the familiar Fedora to a “Downing Street” (good for the kind of man who wears “spats to the club,” Black explains).
Black insists he’s not getting terribly rich off his hats, saying much of the money goes back to the weavers themselves. Black also supports a foundation that provides medical care in Montecristi and backs a local weaving school to keep the hat-making tradition alive. As for his clients, Black says he has a few wealthy buyers lining up for his $25,000 hats each year. Among the most notorious: the controversial actor/womanizer Charlie Sheen, who purchased one in 2008 as a gift for himself when he wed socialite Brooke Mueller; the couple divorced two years later. Or as Black likes to say: “The hat has lasted longer than the marriage.”
The reality:
A $25,000 hat may be quite a statement in style, but it is overkill, say many fashion pros. Sharp-looking and high-quality Panama hats can be found for under $500 and even under $100, although such examples may not be genuine Montecristi hats (“Panamas” are also made elsewhere in Ecuador and in other parts of the world).

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Either way, the weave is key. “Make sure the Panama hat has a tight weave because this indicates that the hat will last,” says Jackie Morgan, a fashion pro who runs a New York-based wardrobe-consulting service/online store, Sell It Now NY. Morgan also advises to be on the lookout for synthetic straw — a no-no since it has “a tendency to fall apart.”
But a good Panama is about more than durability: The look is important, too: Morgan advises hat-wearers to “go neutral” with brown, black or beige hats, since they’ll stay in fashion no matter how tastes change. Other Panama advocates say to stick with white. And the shape? “When in doubt, go for the classic fedora,” says Richard W. Biasi, a Chicago-based fashion pro who specializes in all things vintage. It is “crisp, clean and polished, even when bought on the cheap,” Biasi adds.
Brent Black doesn’t dispute the notion that $25,000 is a lot of money for a chapeau, especially since hats are one of those items that often get lost or accidentally left behind. And that is why he offers genuine Montecristi hats for much less; he estimates that “90% of my sales are hats between $500 to $1,500.” But he cautions that if a buyer goes too low, they’re missing the point. “At around the $800 to $1,000 level, that is really where the art starts to show,” he says. 

Wall Street Journal