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*eckō unltd.

Posted on 2010.04.29 at 07:45
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During the Great Dillards spree of 2010 in where I was in Wichita buying up every long-sleeved Ralph Loren Polo I could find on sale, something in another area caught my eye, which almost never happens. I mean, I've purchased Polo (for my shirts) almost exclusively the past 8-years because I don't like anything else. It was a hoodie, with a collar? I almost never leave the house without wearing a collared shirt, much like our old friend photogoot and I certainly always wear one in the office, which has the potential to restrict my wardrobe on days I might want to wear a hoodie, if that were ever the case, which it isn't since they don't have collars. This was...something new.

"Make a face like a rhino," I told him.
With fascinating perplexity I crossed the aisle and approached the rack. Sure enough, a white collar (complete with button) built-in to the pullover. The inside of the hood was lined with a gorgeous maroon & navy stripe. "Gryffendor" I thought. It was soft to the touch and had a beautiful embroidered crest on the chest. I LOVE embroidery *and* crests. When I pulled it off the rack and spun it on its hanger, I knew I wanted to take it home with me:
Then I wondered if it was too gaudy. As I looked around the other offerings of this brand I'd never heard of, I thought nearly aloud, "This is not marketed to my demographic." There were a lot of designs which featured messy graffiti and *ahem* metallic appliques. Definitely NOT me. But the others...bold deviations from solid classic designs. It was these which called to me. As it was on sale (cheap, I might add), I bought it. Then this past Tuesday I ran my wife to the outlet mall in Allen. I was surprised to find their storefront here and eagerly walked in. Once again, I was met with the overwhelming urge to leave the store. Metallic appliques...graffiti...and long, long shirts. Too long. The kind you don't tuck in. Then a beacon from the back of the store - was that...could it be...rugby-styled clothing? AND IT WAS ALL ON SALE. People, I mean to tell you I got a $70 jacket for $15. I went nuts.
Obviously, there are some looks I prefer more than others, but I'm giddy over finding a clothing line which I both adore their style AND they're a fraction of the cost of Ralph Laruen. Of course long-term wearability and fabric-life studies will have to be done (one of the reasons I pay for Ralph Lauren is the shirts last me decades) but I love the inclusion of patches on the sleeves and the bold colors as a twist on classic designs.

As long as they continue with this collegiate/rugby look I'm going to look past all the hip-hop and keep an eye on *eckō unltd. Europe meets South Africa is what plays out in my mind when I see these designs, then again, I often see things others don't.


quicksilvermad at 2010-04-29 13:10 (UTC) (Link)

I don't know if it's the booze, the face you're making in that picture, or the fact that I sold Ralph Lauren Polo, Eckō, Tommy Hilfiger, and all of the overpriced clothes labeled toward hip dudes (righteous, bro!) when I worked at Macy's. Or because I've been up all night writing.

Here in Virginia, we don't have Dillard;s. Which sucks. Because Dillard's has cool stuff.

I am so damn tired...
ehowton at 2010-04-29 13:40 (UTC) (Link)
D: All of the above.
ehowton at 2010-04-29 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
...overpriced clothes...

I would buy a shirt at Wal-Mart for $20 and wear it once before it started fraying, fading, or shrinking.

Instead, I started buying $100 shirts ON SALE FOR LESS THAN THE WAL-MART SHIRTS and it would last me ten years.

Win/Win, yes?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-29 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear!!!

So say we all!!!
ehowton at 2010-04-29 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
So say we all.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-29 22:28 (UTC) (Link)
That's the normal face he makes!!!
sacredyuja at 2010-04-29 17:11 (UTC) (Link)
I almost worked for Ecko!
ehowton at 2010-04-29 18:04 (UTC) (Link)
That would've been surreal - I want to work at the new Dillard's part time just so I'll know when all the good sales are going to be! Come to think of it, it might just be easier to befriend someone there :P
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-29 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
If you worked there you would get the employee discount.
ehowton at 2010-04-30 12:10 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but the "employee discount" is probably something like %10 off whereas I sometimes get my $145 R.L. Polo's for $12.75 - which is like 80%. Way better deal, innit? Hrm, I wonder if they'd apply an employee discount atop that???
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2010-04-29 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
Dammit. This post is going to cost me money. :<)
ehowton at 2010-04-29 18:37 (UTC) (Link)
Or, if you're like me, save you money in the long run ;)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-30 04:07 (UTC) (Link)
Those shirts are actually really cool. Let me know if they actually hold up.
ehowton at 2010-04-30 12:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. There hasn't been even a single person at work who hasn't approached me to comment on these new shirts.

heh- maybe I should change my avatar to this:

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-30 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
That would be awesome!!! There is a new Dr. Who alien that is a Rhino by the way. They are the Galactic police.
ehowton at 2010-04-30 13:21 (UTC) (Link)
I'm waiting for them to bring back Torchwood.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-30 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
It's gone. Gone FOREVER!!!
ehowton at 2010-05-02 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
Acutally, SyFy recently cancelled their plans to produce a "US" version of Torchwood. Not that it would've been as good as the BBC show...
thesweetestnote at 2010-05-02 09:06 (UTC) (Link)
Monster green!!!
ehowton at 2010-05-02 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
Ain't it just?
texas_tangent at 2010-05-08 03:07 (UTC) (Link)
My son has been wearing Ecko Shoes for the last two years, He loves them. Enlarged to show the shoe. His pose cracks me up.
ehowton at 2010-05-08 04:46 (UTC) (Link)
WHAT A GREAT PICTURE! No seriously, great pic. My wife and I both think its da bomb.
texas_tangent at 2010-05-08 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
My kids a little goofy that way!
ehowton at 2010-05-08 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
You're so cool.
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