Strong and dominant in his own nature, and while he disliked it in the learning of it, unknown to himself he was learning to like it.Jack London, White Fang
Finally! I am marked as a person of taste and a judge of values. It’s been a long time coming.
I have a soft spot for cuff links. I usually only have 2 or 3 times a year when I actually have a chance to wear them, but I still keep buying them anyway.
These two sets above, just don’t fit in the drawer. They are available below.
Jack Daniels no 1 limited edition.
Pinar Del Rio Oscuro
My personal best thrift find, - 2/21/14
Picked up this 1960’s classic double breasted blazer last Friday. I actually noticed it initially for it’s buttons. I am always on the lookout for interesting blazer buttons. A nice set of blazer buttons can run you a couple hundred bucks, and if you are lucky, you might find a set of Ben Silver gold plated buttons in a thrift store, fairly cheap.
Well, this is no Ben Silver story.
The buttons caught my eye because they had, what I thought were, engravings of Julius Caesar on them. Research turns out they were probably the Greek god of wine, Dionysus.
But….this is no wine drunk tale of Greek gods or Roman generals
The blazer itself was made by A. Sulka and Company. Quality construction, despite having actually been made in the US. It has all the usual signs of quality, hand stitched lapels and buttonholes, full canvas construction, etc.
This, is not an ode to fine tailoring.
This post is all about the buttons. I saw the buttons first. I liked the buttons from the beginning, before I even knew the jacket was made by Sulka, before I identified the engraving on the front, and before I checked to see if the were Ben Silver or some other known buttonmonger. Heck, I didn’t even expect them to be anything but hollow brass, or possibly two piece gilt buttons. I certainly didn’t expect them to be so darn heavy in my hand….like they were made of lead or some other weighty metal.
Could it be? I flipped one over, to see who made it. The backs were smooth, and coated with 50 years of dust. I didn’t see any back marks at all. Just a small neat round shank and what seemed like an unusually generous amount of thread attaching it to the breast of the jacket. Just as I flipped the button back over to look at the front again, I saw it….just a little reflection variation on the other side of the shank. I spun the button around 180 degrees, and read the three small characters under my breath. 14K.
Solid 14K gold, all 12 buttons, 6 large for the front and 3 smaller ones on each cuff. I’m not sure how long I stood there in awe. No one came down the aisle, and I may have been there 5 minutes, speechless, unblinking, possibly not even breathing. I wasn’t even looking for gold buttons, just something that looked cool enough to make a few bucks on…..but hey, it pays to look.
Monday morning I was the first customer in the door at the local jeweler. I had the buttons tested and appraised. The jeweler was enthralled by my story, amazed that anyone would have such a “gold mine” sewn onto their blazer. He paid me $1057 for the buttons. I was ecstatic!
"Easiest grand I ever made" I said, as he handed me the check.
"Well, you have to subtract what you paid for the jacket" the jeweler replied.
"Six bucks" I said with a smile.
"I gotta shake your hand" he said, while simultaneously reaching his hand forward. I shook it firmly, turned and walked out the door to a beautiful Monday morning.
Had a big week this week! 445 live listings are happening right now!
So much good stuff, like 9 pairs of Shell Cordovan Shoes, a small Duffel Coat collection and even some crazy Faux Fur Coats.
It was very hard to pick just 10….but here you go.
- Rare Florsheim Shell Cordovan Shortwings
- Maryland Leather Co. Perfecto Style Moto Jacket
- Blanket Duffel
- Schott A-2 Bomber with Shearling Collar
- Bally Butter Soft Boat Loafers
- Santoni Bluchers
- Vintage Allen Edmonds “Fairway” golf shoes in Calf and Yak
- Borrelli Navy Striped Tie
- Charvet Diamond Plate Tie
- Grenadine of Insanity!
Side by side, before and after look at some freshly spiffed shell cordovan. Available soon.
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- Allen Edmonds Bradley
- Alden for Brooks Brothers LHS
- Florsheim Shortwings
- Hanover PTB
- Hanover Beefrolls
Fresh batch of shell cordovan, cleaned, brushed and buffed. Coming soon.
See more Cordovan by Capn HERE…
Quick before and after gallery from a client shell cordovan polish I did today.
Beautiful Brooks Brothers x Alden Short Wings.
See more HERE
Wish I could have done a top 11 there…
These Alligator Cap Toe Oxfords should have been near the top. So, instead, I bring you a Special Shoe Showcase!
The weekly top ten…..
- Alden/Brooks Brothers Shell Cordovan Full Strap Loafers NEW
- Abstract Smoking Jacket
- Vintage Unstructured Arrow Jac w/ MOP Buttons
- Red Corduroy Smoking Jacket
- Zegna Quindici Paisley NEW
- NEW Trafalgar Tartan Braces
- Zegna Quindici Floral Squares NEW
- Leather Bomber Jacket
- Horse Hide Biker Jacket
- Hand Rolled Silk Pocket Square
See all of them and about 400 more at www.theSEAMstore.com
Gentleman, please, I beg you….take care of your shell cordovan. If you don’t know how, or just don’t have time, find someone who can do it for you. If you are reading this…..you already know someone who can. Cordovan by Cap’n
The Alden loafers above, have seen years of mistreatment, resulting in unfortunate cracking along the strap. While this damage does not affect the integrity of the shoe, it is sadly irreparable. Buffing these shoes to a nice gloss made them a wearable casual beater shoe again, but they can never again be more than that.
Had another project piece sent to me by my friend over at LuxeSwap. This Bally briefcase has seen some tough times in the daily grind. Gave it a little TLC this afternoon, and maybe a new outlook on life. A good soaping and some buffing brought out a beautiful patina.
Top pic and two bottom pics are all finished shots, the middle six pics are some before and after shots of some of the rough spots.