OK then. This was last night.
OK then. This was last night.
No promo code necessary. Expires today, December 8th, at midnight ET.
As part of their “5 Days of Giving” promotion, Brooks Brothers is discounting select outerwear and accessories by 40% today. Remarkably, that includes all the Filson merchandise currently on their website—a very rare discount.
This brings the ever-popular 256 original briefcase to just under $150. That’s a very good price, but unfortunately only the Brown colorway is still in stock, and it won’t ship until February.
The larger 257 computer briefcase is still in stock in all colors, however.
Use promo code SFBTD12113 for 30% off, no minimum. Shirts start as low as $70. Code expires tonight.
Sierra Trading Post just added a handful of shirts from New England Shirt Company, the Fall River, Massachusetts business that’s been making shirts for nearly eight decades in a 200-year-old factory. Over the past twenty years or so they’ve focused on the high-end market, producing shirts for familiar names like Sid Mashburn, Khaki’s of Carmel, Wharf, the Andover Shop, O’Connell’s, and J. Press.
They started selling their house brand in 2011, with shirts featuring great fabrics and single-needle stitching. If you zoom in on the pictures above from Sierra Trading Post, you can also make out a split-back yoke.
Of the shirts at Sierra Trading Post, I’m particularly intrigued by the “Borelli” model. A New England Shirt Co. representative let me know that they’re the company’s “Italian button-down collar” shirt. Compared to your traditional Brooks Brothers-style collar, the Borelli features a bit more tie space and a more angular shape.
The shirts at STP are alpha-sized, with S through XXL in stock. I’ve not been hands-on with the shirts, but I’d expect the fit to run a bit full. Not my personal preference, but given their reputation, I’m willing to give them a shot and try them out myself.
This morning, Lands’ End add this Oak Street Bootmakers crepe sole penny loafer to their “On The Counter” section. Made in America with Horween Chromexcel leather, this is clearly a shoe you’ll either love or hate. I imagine the crepe sole and soft leather are incredibly comfortable, but the shoe hardly has what you’d call an elegant profile.
The price is $236, but will reduce by 25% over the course of this next week, until it hits about $59 on Friday.
What new devilry is this?
Jeffery West Triple Monks.
But what’s this on the sole? Goodyear-welted in Northampton, England? Oh my.
OK, I don’t really recommend these, or any of the garish Jeffery West footwear on sale today at vente-privee. This isn’t exactly what I had i mind when I asked the major flash sales sites to offer quality footwear.
But this is as good a time as any to mention that vente-privee is offering a promotion for new members: if you join through a referral link, they’ll send you a promo code good for $20 off a $50 purchase.
The promotion expires on December 15th. Not sure if this means the promo code will no longer work, or if they’ll simply not be offering it anymore. In any case, doesn’t hurt to get yours now by signing up through my referral link.
It’s off season and on sale - Supergas for $23
I know summer feels about 10 years away at the moment and we just went through our first freeze here in Austin, but if you’re a forward thinker this might be a deal for you.
If you’re still a fan of the Italian canvas sneaker (like I am) there’s no excuse to not grab these. You can usually find these for $50-65 online in the US, which effectively makes this a 65% off sale. Shipping is normally $40 but it’s free through 12/15 with code FDP1113. Sizes between 41-46 EU are available (US 9.5 to 13)
If you haven’t purchased through Vestiaire Collective before, they are a Paris-based company that primarily acts as a consigner of designer clothing. They are well regarded by the ladies (and gentlemen, of course) of PurseForum, and their equity partner is Conde Nast so they are no fly-by-night charlatans.
This, guys. This is why I do this.
This is the kind of post I usually save for the morning and a stackable promo code so that you get an insane discount, but it’s only a matter of time before this gets out on /r/frugalmalefashion/ or Dappered, and then there will be a mad scramble and boots will sell out fast.
Update: Sierra Trading Post has a 40% off, no minimum coupon posted on their Facebook page. Expires tonight at midnight MST.
This is all you need to know: Iron Ranger boots for $165.
Even without promo codes, this is the best price I’ve ever seen for these.
These are seconds, like the Wolverine 1000 Mile boots I posted about a while back. Sometimes that means superficial scratches, sometimes it means fairly significant damage.
Gentlemen’s Footwear, a site I profiled earlier in this year, just launched their Thanksgiving sale, and the discounts are pretty nice.
All their Carmina shoes are on sale, starting at $375. There’s a wide range of sizes available across the models, including the hard-to-find small sizes that compelled owner Young Yoo to start the store. The models include everything from conservative black calf cap toe oxfords to navy shell cordovan jodhpur boots.
Also worth noting are the Finamore shirts, which are nearly 60% off and feature fabrics exclusive to Gentlemen’s Footwear.
Finally, they also have a nice selection of ties from Drake’s London and E.G. Cappelli on sale.
Bloomberg Businessweek cover story.
On Sale at J. Crew: 37% off select merchandise
That’s not a typo. Yes, J. Crew’s current promo code HOLIDAY offers 30% off select merchandise, including some Ludlow suits and some third-party merchandise.
And, if you start your visit to J. Crew from eBates, they’ll send you a 10% cashback check in mid-February. Stacked on top of the 30% off promo, that works out to 37% off. If you’re not yet a member, you can join eBates through my referral link here.
One caveat I should note here: you need a minimum cashback amount of $5.01 to get the check, so you’ll need to spend at least $50.10.
As always, you can really stretch promo codes if you use them on merchandise that’s already on sale. For example, the brown herringbone English wool Ludlow jacket and the grey herringbone Italian wool Ludlow jacket work out to $195.
Some third-party merchandise is also eligible for the code, including the Horween Chromexcel Walk-Overs I wrote about a while back. The wingtip is $199, and the plain-toe blucher is $188.
Finally, select J. Crew Ludlow suits also work. This has been a bit of rare occurence lately, as Ludlows are generally excluded from promotions. Some folks still recommend J. Crew’s suits for someone with a budget under $500, but in my experience, for the past year or so, it’s been really hard to get them for under $650. Two exceptions are the Prince of Wales check English wool suit and houndstooth Italian wool suit pictured above.
Again, 37% off only works if you start your visit from eBates.com and use promo code HOLIDAY. If you’re not yet a member, you can join eBates through my referral link here.
Jason Kidd shows you how to wear Isaia.
But will Craig Sager listen?
Thanksgiving Eve birthday dinner for my wife.
Wool-cashmere jacket by Caruso. Full canvas, 3-roll-2, natural shoulders, double vents, patch pockets. Pretty much everything I’ve been looking for in a brown sport coat ever since Derek convinced me I needed one.
The poor lighting and a low-placed camera phone don’t do it justice. The fabric is fuzzy and tweed-like, a deep reddish-chocolate brown with speckles of green and orange. Also, the lapel gorge isn’t nearly as high nor the jacket nearly as short as the picture suggests. Found through my Yoox searches for high-quality menswear.
For a while now, I’ve been wanting to try layering a lighter shawl-collar sweater like this under a sport coat. As I imagined, it’s kind of like a hybrid between a shallow v-neck and a rollneck. I like it.
I agonized a bit over the title of this post—do I call it a Barbour “homage”? Or a Barbour “clone”? I almost published with the word “knock-off”: not untrue, but maybe also not giving this coat its due.
The coat is called the Redford, and belongs to JC Penney’s Stafford Prep line, introduced by their now-departed Creative Director Nick Wooster. Part of Wooster’s attempt to revitalize JC Penney’s reputation for lackluster style, Stafford Prep features what Ivy Style calls “prep-inspired basics at rock-bottom prices” — and an updated, more modern fit. Wooster’s short-lived stint ended when JC Penney booted CEO Ron Johnson after a disastrous tenure that saw plunging sales. By many accounts, JCP seems intent on washing their hands of their former CEO’s legacy, so it’s no surprise that the entire Stafford Prep line is on clearance.
I was a bit hesitant to share this coat because typically I’d recommend forgoing copycats and going for the real thing. You’re generally better-served by a wardrobe made up of a few exceptional items rather than a closet full of mediocre garments. However, it’s easy to buy into the #menswear hype around certain “essentials”, drop a large sum of hard-earned money—and then find those items don’t really fit with your style. Clothes languishing in your closet because you don’t wear them are the most expensive purchases you can make.
It’s nice to have cheaper look-alikes that you can try out for a season or two to see if something is right for you. I did this myself with chocolate brown suede chukkas — I bought a cheap pair from Overstock, wore them hard, and came to appreciate their versatility and stylishness. After I wore through them, not only was I more comfortable spending a bit more for a longer-lasting pair, I also knew exactly what I wanted in that higher-quality pair, ultimately settling on the Loake Pimlico.
This is where I think there’s a place for the Redford coat, especially for those on tight budgets (talking to you, college students). Another alternative I should mention: checking eBay and local thrift stores for used Barbours. Either way, if it turns out that waxed field coats aren’t right for you, instead of the typical $380 retail price for new Barbour Bedales, you’re only out $50 —a much easier hit to take when you drop it off at a local coat drive.
The Stafford Prep Redford is $47 right now with promo code FALLAIR. Shipping is $8, or you can have it delivered in-store for free. It may also be cheaper in-store with the upcoming Black Friday madness. But there is no way I’m going to be anywhere close to a JC Penney over the next few days—I want to live.