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

Each week, Chicago-based style blogger Brad Bennett of Well Spent recommends the can't-miss quality items that won't put a strain on your wallet.



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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