Instead of Rent: October, 2011

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

Epaulet Daltrey Sportcoat
100% wool Donegal tweed
Goat suede elbow patches and undercollar
Woven in Ireland, cut and sewn in Massachusetts
Best Price: $650.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at Epaulet

Skinny Ties ECO-2 Cotton Knit Tie
Recycled cotton / acrylic blend
Made in USA
Best Price: $26.00 (SHIPPED) at Skinny Ties

Purely Paige Sterling Silver Tie Clip
Pure sterling silver
Hand-forged in Washington
Best Price: $30.00 (SHIPPED) at Purely Paige’s Etsy Shop

WHARF “The TWO” Bengal Stripe Button Down Club Collar Shirt
100% cotton
Sustainable Corozo buttons
Made in New England
Best Price: $139.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at WHARF

Unis Gio Pants
100% cotton
Woven in Italy, cut and sewn in Los Angeles
Best Price: $208.96 (SHIPPED) at Unis

Sole Survivor Cinch Belt
Genuine cowhide
Brass hardware
Made in USA
Best Price: $62.00 (SHIPPED) at Sole Survivor

Duluth Pack Market Tote
Domestically-sourced 15 oz. canvas
Domestically-sourced leather
Made in USA
Guaranteed for life
Best price: $97.95 (SHIPPED) at Duluth Pack

Donegal Socks
100% wool
Made in Ireland
Best Price: $21.94 (SHIPPED) at Biddy Murphy

Capps Shoe Co. Welt Chukka Dress Boot
Genuine leather upper
Vibram rubber sole
Drilex liner
Made in USA
Police, sheriff and armed forces approved
Best Price: $113.90 (SHIPPED) at Capps Shoe Co.

  • Conor

    Mate, you have a hell of an eye. That’s a great selection. Also – do you own the Gio? How would you compare them to Epaulet Rivets? I’m in the hunt for a good quality, slim, dress up/down number, and these are the two I’m weighing up.

    • Brad

      Mighty kind of you to say, thanks.

      I own both. The Gios are a bit dressier, while the Rivet Chinos are a bit more casual.

      Also, the Gios have way more going on in terms of their construction (the quality is unbelievable).

      All that said, Unis just came out with a new “skinny” fit Gio. If I had to recommend anything, it would probably be those.

      Hope that helps,


  • Conor

    Huge help – cheers for that!

  • PMN

    Nice find on the shoes. Are they true to size?

  • Jake

    I own a pair of capps air-lite “capital” model that I wear to the lab I work in and they are a bit tight, especially in the toe. I usually wear a size 10D in most brands (chippewa, danner, walkover) and I got these in a 10, but I wish I had gotten a larger size or width. Maybe the chukkas or welt construction changes the size as well. Also I would definitely suggest going for the welt model rather than the air-lite model as the sole doesn’t seem too durable on the air-lites.

  • CAPPS SHOE company

    Thanks for spreading the word on our AMERICAN MADE shoes! Our GOODYEAR WELT Chukkas and oxfords ARE more durable than the AIR-LITES. Air-Lites are meant more for dress uniform inspecitons for military. Our WELT has a sewn on sole and separate heel so they can be replaced, in turn adding to the life of the shoe. The Air-lites soles are cemented on and cannot be replaced. FIT: Our shoes are true to size. As stated above, the WELT does have a bit more toe room, but for the most part fit the same. Please visit our website! We have women’s shoes as well!

  • george

    Just found your website and this blog…Great stuff! I just bought a Donegal Tweed blazer from Banana Republic and was looking for inspiration how to wear it (besides the obvious…dark jeans). Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Nathan Kahn

    these boots have been in the back of my mind since you posted this. trying to find a new pair of boots was crazy stressful because my feet are gigantic and it was a relief to re-find extremely affordable usa-made boots in my size.