The Obtainer - 6/26/24, Wednesday

The Obtainer

June 26th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

One of my all-time favorite ways to shop is to just get lost in a vintage shop. Scour the racks and dig through the piles. You never know what you'll find and you'll almost always be happy about the price.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief \0x22EF @coryohlendorf


The Vintage Pieces You Want This Summer

You could say that vintage clothing has never been cooler than it is right now. The one-off nature of these older, pre-loved pieces not only gives your look some hard-earned patina, but also provides a certain cachet. This is not a piece that anyone can just pick up at their closest shopping center or order from their phone to be delivered straight to their home. It's unique and probably pretty rare, meaning few other fashion bros will have one just like it.

But that's not to say that vintage clothes are difficult to find. Of course, there are plenty of local spots you should check out in your area, but you can easily peruse online with sites as varied as Grailed and Depop to indie Instagram accounts. You can also set your alerts on sites like eBay to help you score the perfect pre-owned grail, in your size and on the cheap.

Rounding out your wardrobe with vintage pieces is not only stylish and savvy, it's sustainable, too. It's an ethical way to keep adding to your closet while pulling inspiration from eternally stylish dudes like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. As for what you might want to pick up for Summer 2024, we've asked some of our most stylish friends and polled the Valet. staff about what they're currently shopping for. Here's the hit list of the old items you should consider buying for yourself.

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Abercrombie Cargo Short

Style writer Jake Woolf is going all-in with some Y2K cargo shorts from A&F, which he calls “unapologetically long” and says that the authentic military-inspired details—from the twill fabric to the reinforced waistband—are what really make these oversized shorts worthy of a comeback.

$40 at Depop

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Oxford Button-Down

A new oxford cloth shirt can be a tad crisp. The shirting equivalent of some raw denim. Opt for comfort by picking up a pre-owned version. It's softer and easy to layer over a tee or tank top—especially if you size up. This is also an ideal way to grab a high-quality shirt, from a brand like Ralph Lauren, for a fraction of the retail price. Or if you want a proper OCBD from the 1980s with all the bells and whistles that was made in the USA, you can find those, too.

$175 at Wooden Sleepers

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Nylon Short

The nice thing about Patagonia's legendary Baggies is that the shorts' design hasn't really changed much over the years. And a well-worn pair has a rugged, badass quality that makes them look even cooler. One Valet. writer is making it his mission to collect as many colors as he can, since he wears them around the house, to workout and at weekend dinners.

$35 at Grailed

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3sixteen and Crocs have joined forces for a one-of-a-kind clog, a partnership that the founders, Andrew Chen and Johan Lam, say has been a decade in the making. The two met Tony Pace, who now oversees Crocs' clog division, back when he was with Oak Street Bootmakers. They stayed in touch and when Pace showed off his latest addition to Crocs' lineup, the modern Dylan Clog, Chen and Lam offered to reimagine the easy slide in a fresh, 3sixteen kind of way. The result is this modern, monochromatic faux woven pattern, that calls to mind Mexican huaraches.

Available Thursday, 6/27 at 12 pm ET

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Crafted from soft cotton corduroy and featuring a built-in branded belt, these vintage-inspired shorts have a relaxed fit and a cozy summer vibe.

$199 / $119
by Brain Dead


Need a rugged yet handsome watch for the summer? This Timex Expedition is what you're looking for--at an extremely affordable price for a titanium timepiece.

$349 / $209.47
by Timex


These are incredibly comfortable workout shorts with a really key feature: the expandable back waistband pocket keeps your phone secure, with no bouncing.

$50 / $25.97
by Under Armour


This breezy camp collar shirt is made of linen from the famed Baird McNutt's mill, the finest in Ireland. It will keep you looking and feeling cool, plus now it's marked down.

$98 / $64.50
by J.Crew


This simple stainless steel chain has an understated curb link chain design, finished with a secure lobster clasp. If you want something to shine under shirts this summer, this is it.

$15 / $10
by UO


The original 550 debuted in 1989 and made its mark on basketball courts from coast to coast. In 2024, it's back in style and right now, it's on sale.

$109.99 / $84.99
by New Balance


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