Topper is one wild dude from Connecticut who now lives in New York and runs a well respected women’s online second hand goods store (show this to your gal for major style credit). Don’t worry, he will be working on a men’s site soon. Here he talks about his company and his personal style.
I started Niftythrifty.com in 2012 by selling used neck ties on eBay. Then I realized the real business is in vintage women’s clothing. I’m trying to make it a giant web department store for secondhand goods and so far so good. We will be launching men’s down the line, but focusing on women’s for now.
As for my own personal fashion, one of the most influential factors in creating the style I have today was a girlfriend I had when I was young who was more turned on by my not giving a fiddlers fart how I dressed. From then on I started really getting shlubby. It’s leveled out over the years since I couldn’t go into every situation wearing Umbros, Crocs and a flannel shirt but that is still basically my uniform.
Pants: I’m rarely not wearing denim.
Suits: if I have to wear a suit I rock a vintage Oxxford that I bought at an estate sale. It makes me feel like Prince Charles.
Accessories: I usually sport a Bob Hope charity golf tourney Timex, a G-Shock or a Blancpain Léman. I’ve been wearing the fancy one more often after I spotted Vladimir Putin wearing it! I love my Bamboo rolling papers baseball hat that I had to send 100 empty packages in to redeem. Sometimes I rock blue glass beads that everyone thinks are religious. I just wear them to make myself look like more of a nut.
Outerwear: I’m pretty Normcore so lots of Patagonia but this past winter I rocked a vintage Barbour and a vintage Bogner. Being in the vintage business ensures that lots of amazing gear passes through my doors. I try to never get high on my own supply but occasionally I take a bump if you will.
Your favorite App: This is gross and I hate myself for admitting this because I’m kind of over it but I use Instagram the most of all my apps.
Favorite piece of technology: Elance.com has changed my life. It’s allowed me to outsource my entire existence. I actually outsourced this interview and these responses are actually from a boy in Bangladesh.
Next tech purchase: I’ve ripped through so many iPod minis because I lose them so I am buying another one of those today. But my next big purchase is going to be an early 90s Ferrari. Not really techy except I picture Larry Ellison burning rubber out of some West Coast dealership in the early 90s and that is certainly a steeze I want to endorse and emulate.
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