Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cozy Cashmere Tuesday

Chicago vintage

vintage style

fall style

Chicago vintage

The goods:
• vintage cashmere sweater from Salvation Army
• Gap 1969 jeans from Gap
• beige flower slingbacks by Bandolino
• initial necklace from Stitch Chicago

When vintage shopping, I always check the garment labels for brand, material, and cleaning instructions, finding an occasional big name designer but mostly no-name treasures. I found this sweater for a mere $3 at Salvation Army in perfect condition. It's made from thick, ultra soft cashmere and the over-sized fit is so cozy! When I checked the label I was surprised to find an original Abercrombie & Fitch tag. I knew A&F used to be a legitimate outfitter — purveyor to the "sporting elite" from the early 1900s until the mid 60s, selling everything from fishing poles to guns, hiking boots to camping gear — but I had never seen a piece for myself. The quality is superior to anything I've purchased recently and this sweater has quickly become my staple for chilly fall days like today. 

Thanks to Mr. Abercrombie and Mr. Fitch for establishing such a fine brand (and thanks for nothing, The Limited Inc., for not continuing your legacy of quality and sophistication).

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