What Well Spent's Brad Bennett Would Rather Open His Wallet for Instead of Rent

bennett_headshot_blog.jpg These dozen moderately and (very) immoderately priced goods will run you about the same as my apartment in Chicago's Ukrainian Village—and they're what I'd rather be spending on this month.


American Optical Original Pilot Sunglasses
•Steel-alloy frames
•True-color glass lenses
•Made in Southbridge, Massachusetts
•Multiple size/frame-color/lens-color/arm-style combinations available
•Best Price: $42 and up at Optics Planet

Royal Apparel Organic L/S Thermal
•100 percent American-grown organic cotton
•Low-impact dyes
•Based in Hauppauge, New York
•Best Price: $16 at Royal Apparel

Gitman Vintage Cotton Yarn Dyed Sheeting Tartan Shirt
•100 percent cotton
•Woven in Japan, cut and sewn in Ashland, Pennsylvania
•Best Price: $182 at Park & Bond

Pierrepont Hicks Woolly Booger Tie
•Woven in England, cut and sewn in New York City
•Best Price: $120 at Pierrepont Hicks

Cecile Raley Designs Brushed Sterling Tie Bar
•Sterling silver
•Handcrafted in Jersey City
•Best Price: $33 at Cecile Raley Designs' Etsy

Outlier Soft Core Wool Vest
•150-gram New Zealand merino-wool inner layer
•Military-grade 120-gram Primaloft Infinity insulation mid-layer
•280-gram pure virgin wool flannel outer layer
•Made in San Francisco
•Best Price: $225 at Outlier

Left Field NYC Sunburst Selvedge Slim-Straight Jeans
•12.5-ounce, 100 percent cotton Kaihara Mills sunburst selvedge denim
•U.S.-made Scovill tack buttons
•U.S.-made Universal rivets and burs
•U.S.-made 100 percent cotton bandanna pocket bags
•Woven in Japan, cut and sewn in Los Angeles
•Best Price: $180 at Left Field NYC

Danner Stumptown Mountain Light Boots
•Full-grain leather upper
•Gore-Tex liner
•Vibram Kletterlift outsole
•Made in Portland, Oregon
•Best Price: $330 at Danner

Stanley & Sons Waxed Canvas Tote
•U.S.-made waxed-canvas body
•Vegetable-tanned leather straps
•Made in Brooklyn
•Best Price: $207 at Stanley & Sons

Cause & Effect River Belt
•Hammered and sun-tanned Horween horsehide
•Handcrafted copper buckle
•Made in a mountain stream in Eastern Tennessee (seriously)
•Best Price: $150 at WHARF

The Hill-Side Reversible Camo Print Herringbone Twill Pocket Square
•8-ounce, 100 percent cotton herringbone twill
•Woven in Japan, made in New York City
•Best Price: $44 at Hickorees

Merino Wool Socks
•17 percent acrylic/10 percent polyester/2 percent spandex
•Made in the USA
•Best Price: three for $10 at The Hart's Desire

Brad does a roundup like this every month over at Well Spent. Dive into the archives.

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