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September 10, 2009

A Green Plaid Grasshopper + Zip-front Dr. Marten's

Thank goodness for the first-world and the retail opportunities it offers which have previously been unavailable to me back home.
1. fancy vintage stores
The treasure trove of thrift shops in Manila, more commonly known as ukay-ukays, is quite extensive, but I just never had mustered the courage to rummage through those authentically dingy clothing racks. But package the thrift shops a little more nicely, charge a premium if you must, and I’m all over it! I scored a delightful deal at the vintage store today:
a small navy, green and yellow tartan-plaid vintage suitcase by Grasshopper
It’s in great condition, handle, zipper, and even the locking zipper pull all in tip-top shape.
close-up of the label
The monogrammed initials sealed the deal for me.
I plan on using it as a briefcase, much like my own re-creation of this extremely drool-worthy combo of vintage bag + Dr. Martens posted on Jak and Jil a few weeks back,
which brings me to the second reason why I’m thankful I’m in the United States now:
2. online shopping
No where is online shopping as convenient, diverse, and affordable (free shipping all around!) as it is in the US. I remember so vividly: April this year, on Oxford Street, London, I was complimenting this dapper Japanese fellow who worked sales at Uniqlo on his sublime pointed zip-front Dr. Martens boots:
the second half of my re-creation of the Jak and Jil look
I asked him where I could get them, he replied they had been in store a few seasons back, and were most likely out of stock now. He was right. Fast forward to today; after a few clicks around google, I tracked down one of the few last pairs, entered my card details, and voila, they’re mine.
See you in three to five business days!
P.S. Oh and The Dandy Project just turned one year old last September 2. Thank you, readers, for all your love and support. Congratulate me!


  • Style & Beyond
    September 10th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    winner find!! how big is it?? ooh and i could totally see you pull off the DM's =)

    congrats with the purchase again!


  • khaz of beautiful things
    September 10th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    eez very nice eezy

  • -h
    September 11th, 2009 at 3:48 am

    yah!!!! i love the online shopping too! :)

  • Mat
    September 11th, 2009 at 5:01 am

    happy belated birthday the dandy project!

    great find, i can see you pulling this off very well.

  • Pascal Grob
    September 11th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    glad you're back blogging and congrats!! sorry about the interview, i'm like the worst interviewee ever :(

  • Isabel
    September 11th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Supersick! I can't wait until you wear the Docs in an outfit post. It's going to be legendary.

  • fuchsiaboy
    September 12th, 2009 at 3:56 am

    i remember yohji yamamoto did a collab with dr. marten's, also. you should check ebay for it. it'l be nice addition to your sartorial armory. ;)

  • Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
    September 12th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    congrats on your anniversary and for scoring those sick boots.

    i'm forever pining for a vintage suitcase like that one by grasshopper and that doctor satchel on jak & jill. the hunt continues.

  • toxic disco boy
    September 16th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    congrats! i've been a silent reader here. love ur blog. and that DMs are amazing!

    love, kisses and such

  • Natalie
    September 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations on your 1-year! Nice job tracking down those DMs. I see you've made some good shoe purchases as of late :)
    -Natalie from Shop It To Me

  • borly
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    great find! are any DM low-cut pointed lace-ups?

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