O'Connell's Visit 2021 . . .

WatchmanJimG

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Until this month it had been nearly two years since my last trip to NY to see the family. The lessening of COVID restrictions (at least for now) prompted me to make a brief visit, so inevitably a road trip to Buffalo was in order. As many of you are aware, I've purchased quite a number of O'Connell's more recent Empire-produced offerings but I wanted to scour the racks for any remaining old-stock merchandise from premier makers like Hilton, Oakloom, and Samuelsohn. Fortunately John and Ethan did not disappoint. Neither of the first two items depicted is featured on their website, which is probably the only reason they were still available for purchase. The earlier "O'Connell, Lucas, Chelf" labels are a giveaway to their vintage.

First up is a magnificent solid navy cashmere sport coat from Oakloom. This will see limited wear in our cooler months for sure:

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Next is a fantastic charcoal sharkskin 3/2 sack suit by Hilton. This one was a very pleasant surprise as I'd somehow overlooked it in prior visits. John was good enough to accommodate my request for surgeon's cuffs at their actual cost as this is considered "outside work" for them:

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I had initially left this houndstooth cashmere sport coat behind due to lingering concerns about my spending, but earlier today I had John box it up. We only live once, right?

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Overall I couldn't be more pleased to have scored these rare items that are unlikely to be encountered in unworn condition in any other store on the planet. I hope you all enjoy the photos!
 

WatchmanJimG

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Splendid purchases. I'm glad you were able to find these vintage items. Wear them all in good health!
Thanks for your kind words. It's almost bittersweet knowing that this opportunity will never be available again, but I'm hoping O'Connell's will continue to source quality new pieces seasonally.
 

WatchmanJimG

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Sorry I meant the houndstooth cashmere (I’ve had my eye on one for the fall). I assume Oakloom too
I’m pretty sure it’s also an Oakloom but the visible label only states the fiber content. I can confirm when it arrives tomorrow.
 
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