A Goodwill Cherry: Kiton

Well, I struck gold yesterday at Goodwill.  It was a random Goodwill, that usually yields nothing.  I had a half hour to kill, so I stuck my head in the door.  As expected, I didn’t find anything until I was walking out, and there was a rolling rack that was filled with clothes and about to be put out.  I saw a really nice burgundy jacket, and grabbed it.  I’ve been looking for a burgundy jacket for a while, and this one looked good.  Then I noticed the tag:

I thought to myself ‘I really hope this fits…’.  And it does.  It does need some minor alterations, but I believe I can afford to invest in this jacket, considering I’m in for $7.83 so far, and the retail is a bit higher than that (roughly * 1000).  I’m planning on taking it down to Sid Mashburn this weekend and let them get to work…I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here are the pre-alteration images:

The jacket is in really good shape.  There are no real signs of wear.  It’s a 3-button jacket, but is worn as a 3/2 roll.  The fabric is a very nice 100% cashmere burgundy herringbone with a very faint blue and red windowpane.  The jacket is fully lined, has working button holes on the cuffs, and has soft shoulders.  It is not a dated jacket at all.

The work I need to get done is relatively simple.  I think the sleeves are OK, but letting them out 1/2″ wouldn’t hurt.  It needs to be brought in just a touch on the sides, and that’s really it.  I’m sure they’ll make a few more suggestions, which I’ll probably accept, and let them get to work.

I never thought I’d own a Kiton.  While this is cheating a bit to get there, they have such a high barrier to entry, it would be hard for me to justify.  Their jackets are beautiful.  Take a look at Neiman Marcus, YOOX, and Stanley Korshak.  Kiton is known for some of the finest tailoring in the world.  As seen here:


I’m really excited, folks.  I’ll let you know how the jacket turns out after a trip to the body shop.



  1. Landy
    09/28/2016 / 6:38 PM

    Nice score. Have been meaning to explore Goodwill and I think this is the motivation I needed to get me going

  2. Aimee Ballard
    09/29/2016 / 11:29 AM

    Omg I am a GW devotee. Most of my shopping I’d online at shopgoodwill.com
    But it’s a great place. My favourite buy was $1.69 for a brand new with tags pair of pajama pants from vineyard vines that cost $65 new. Congrats on the kiton!

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