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Discussion in 'Shop Till You Drop' started by Ponies Need It, May 2, 2010.
Also, could you put in a request at a good vintage shop? I believe you have some in NYC ...
Can someone help me find this dress?
The sneakers in this photo I screen-capped. Thanks!
Hello, I am looking for an old Benetton coat, mine underwent a bad dry cleaning and lost its shape + texture, but I would love to buy the same. Does anyone recognise the season? Any clues how to locate this item?
Check labels, they can provide a wealth of information such as fabric content, country of origin to narrow down your search online. Sizing is also a good indicator of age of garments. Even sized clothes are usually newer while odd sizes 1,3,5,7,9 tend to be older or vintage designs. I prefer vintage, odd sized clothes; the cut and the styles work better on me. Some companies like GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic etc will include what season the garment was produced such as Holiday '12. I haven't owned Benetton stuff in years altho I have gone to their stores off and on since I was a teen. I don't think they designate the seasons on their labels.
Also if you're familiar with current label designs one can easily ID vintage vs newer garments such as 90s Express, Esprit, H&M. Old H&M labels look different and cooler imo which to me also indicates better quality with their older stuff. I have found tons of great vintage GAP or Old Navy stuff from 10 plus years ago by using their useful labeling system. As far as replacing or matching, I often see stuff in thriftstores I love but aren't my size and my go to is eBay for tracking them down in my size.
Most sellers on eBay, or secondhand stores for instance are clueless as far as what's high end designer vs overpriced mall fodder. Goodwill's "designer department" racks are filled with Express or some other mall none sense. (I'm not elitist when it comes to mall clothes or otherwise; just don't charge me twice as much for outdated, used stuff). Knowing the seasonal origins on the part of the seller is even slimmer unless the person bought the item directly from the source ie not secondhand.
I'd email Benetton directly and ask them if they recognize it and if they currently sell anything similar. I've had good experiences contacting companies directly like Diane Von Furstenberg and Eileen Fisher .