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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

VIntage bow ties for the masses!

NEW to the shop:  Vintage bow ties!

If you are bored and blue from the standard butterfly bow that has saturated the tie world, have not fear!

I just received many skinny straight and diamond point bows- in unusual patterns and colors... just check them out on my Etsy store ------>

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Richards Fabulous Finds, ON LOCATION!

Richards Fabulous Finds... ON LOCATION!

A friend of mine suggested I post some photos of my shop.   When I do markets, I go beyond the "throw it on a table" schtick.....  a boutique feel is what I wanted to achieve- not a garage sale!

new merchandise comes in all the time...  see me at one of the events in and around Chicago and snatch up some great Men's ONLY vintage!         

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tweed in July??? yes, and YES!

Tweed in July?  When they look this good, I say YES!

I recently scored some amazing tweed pieces while out and about and just couldn't wait until the weather cooled to show them to you.

They are quite fabulous, and two are from famed Marshall Fields, so it's vintage & has bits of retail history!

The teal and tan one is my absolute favorite... and all of them are right on target with what they are showing on all the men's designer runways for the fall season....

Just click on my Etsy store link to get sizing, etc. ---------->

Not ready for fall goods yet?  No worries- I still have plenty of summer suits & ties in stock....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What is "IN" for men's Fall "13 collections? Bold plaid and tweed suiting! My FAVORITE!

What is in for men's collections this fall?

MY FAVORITE:  bold plaid & tweed suiting!

Everyone knows I go mad for plaid, crazy for paisley, and have a need for tweed.... well, per GQ Magazine, I will be right on the mark for the upcoming fall season....

I am noting a slim body *(perfect for all those 70's suits I have been collecting) and a narrow tie... and I have both in mass....

GQ article here:   Men's Fall Trends

Come shop with me and get the vintage version of these looks....

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nifty 50's suits, NOW ONLINE!


Nifty 50's vintage men's suit!  Sharkskin silk, shantung, flecked wovens, and more!

Most are size 42-44... double check the sizing as I take all measurements with the garment laying flat.  I never rely upon a vendor tag, as with most men's garments that are vintage, either they had them custom made (bespoke) or had them tailored.

Shop them on my Etsy store... just click here ---->

Friday, July 5, 2013

1950's clip bow ties, now in stock!

NEAT 1950's clip on bow ties, now in stock at Richards Fabulous Finds!

I know, I know... I said I would never stock "pre-tied" bow ties, but this is a little different.  Plus I have had many requests by customers when doing markets for these styles, so here they are!

Lots of prints and patterns to choose from, and more to be listed soon...

Get them here:  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

                              Happy 4th of July!

              Enjoy your day, and please be safe!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Richards Fabulous Finds @ Chicago Flea Market THIS SUNDAY!

The Chicago Flea Market takes place this Sunday!

Come see Richards Fabulous Finds and snag some of my men's only vintage pieces, AND I am bringing my pop up dressing room, so you can try on!

New to the store:  1940's Swing ties, 1950's clip bow ties, formal jackets & tuxedos, plus lots of vintage jewelry.... JUST FOR MEN!

Get a sneak preview at ... if you see a piece in my store that you would like to try, email me so I can make sure and bring it for you.

See you there!