Instead of Rent: March, 2011

The moderately and (very) immoderately priced goods that I’d rather spend it on this month.

Warby Parker Preston Eyeglasses
100% polycarbonate plastic
Made in China
For every pair purchased, a second pair is donated to a person in need
Best Price: $95.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at Warby Parker

Albam Japanese Workwear Shirt
80% cotton, 20% wool
Corozo buttons
Woven, cut and sewn in Japan
Best Price: $160.00* (SHIPPED) at Albam

*Price is listed in Pounds, so the exact cost will be dependent on the day’s exchange rates.

Anvil Organic Ring Spun Tee
100% organic cotton
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified dyes and whiteners
Tube construction (no side-seams)
Grown and certified in the USA, responsibly cut and sewn in Nicaragua
Best Price: $11.13 (SHIPPED) at Amazon

Thorogood Contractor’s Oxfords
Vegetable tanned leather upper
Goodyear storm welt
US-made Vibram wedge sole
Made in Wisconsin
Best Price: Select sizes for $119.95 (FREE SHIPPING) at Arhartt, additional sizes for $155.45 (SHIPPED) at Duluth Trading

Columbiaknit Bulky Knit Hat
100% cotton
Made in Oregon
Best Price: $14.00 (SHIPPED) at Archival Clothing

Norse Projects x Lavenham Sune Shirt
Nylon shell
Poly-fill insulation
Cotton corduroy collar and trim
Made in England
Best Price: $280.00 (SHIPPED) at Norse Projects

Epaulet EP’s Heavyweight Stone Rivet Chino
12 oz. 100% cotton twill
Woven in Japan, cut and sewn in Los Angeles
Best Price: $165.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at Epaulet

Folk Young Belt
Braided Italian fabric
Vegetable tanned leather
Handmade in England
Best Price: $100.00* (SHIPPED) at Folk

*Price is listed in Pounds, so the exact cost will be dependent on the day’s exchange rates.

Howies Hand Me Down Shopping Tote
Cotton canvas body and straps
Sustainably and humanely harvested wool bottom
Handmade in England
Best Price: $240.00* (SHIPPED) at Howies

*Price is listed in Pounds, so the exact cost will be dependent on the day’s exchange rates.

  • ryan

    once again, your choice of product is amazing. i’ve been wanting those contractor oxfords for along time.

    • Brad

      Many thanks Ryan. I share your want – BIG TIME.

  • ryan

    we should both buy them, at the same time. if that ebay store had them in a 10 1/2 it would be done.

  • iain

    really great to see the instead of rent feature back up and running
    funny how i might see an item in a shop or online and then you post them,good taste

    • Brad

      Thanks much Iain, I appreciate the kind words.


  • Adam

    didn’t you post those same columbiaknit hats a while ago? they’re still $3.99 or $25 for ten on the manufacturer’s website (which seems a lot cheaper than the link you just posted).

    • Brad

      Hey Adam,

      Good eye. The C-knit site charges a whopping $11 for shipping for one hat, so by buying from Archival Clothing, you’re actually saving a $1. When I first posted the C-knit hats, there weren’t any stockists, that’s why I linked direct to the co. Now you can get them from AC, Hickorees, and Woodland Supply. Of those three, AC had the best total shipped price.



  • iain beattie

    check out the albam indigo ring snap shirt,the website photos dont do it justice really worth getting