On Sale at Lands’ End: An Extra 30% Off Sale Merchandise
Use promo code PUMPKIN (PIN 1606) for 30% off your entire order. Expires Monday, September 1st.
Maybe I’m just imagining this, but it seems in the past year or so Lands’ End reduced the volume of promo codes they’ve put out. And when they do release a code, it rarely stacks on top of already-discounted sale merchandise. I wonder if they came across this blog post from a couple years ago, in which a former Lands’ End employee—by way of a letter to the company’s late founder Gary Comer—cautions that inflated “retail” prices and constant discounts threaten to erode the long-term viability of the business (maybe someone should send that letter to J. Crew).
All that to say, this Labor Day discount code is a bit of a rare promotion, as Lands’ End is offering an additional 30% off almost everything, including sale merchandise. That makes for pretty good prices on the sort of well-made basics that Lands’ End built its reputation on—that much hasn’t changed since Gary Comer’s heyday.
A few picks, all of which should be great for the cooler weather in the coming months:
Tailored Fit Harris Tweed Sportcoat, $126 ($348)
I’ve written about this jacket a few times (see here and here), and this is the lowest I’ve seen it go.
Tailored Fit Doeskin Blazer, $62.99 ($198)
I own a similar vintage blazer from Gant—doeskin flannel is soft, warm, and hard-wearing. This jacket looks like a great pickup for fall.
Tailored Fit Cotton Linen Blazer, $69.99 ($188)
I wrote about this jacket a few months ago, noting that the half Norfolk design makes it an ideal cycling or travel jacket.
Lambswool Crewneck Sweater, $27.99 ($69)
Not bad for an entry-level sweater, with the heathered lambswool adding some visual interest.
Canvas Lands’ End Washed Oxford, $17.49 ($39)
To be honest, I find myself less drawn to these kinds of shirts lately—I prefer a more substantial collar and a slightly fuller fit. But Canvas OCBDs were some of my first pick-ups when I first started learning to dress well, replacing my collection of Shirt.Woot graphic tees and gaudy striped “dress” shirts. So I have a soft spot for these oxfords, and they still see occasional weekend wear.
Tailored Fit Hyde Park Striped Oxford, $17.49 ($49)
Lands’ End’s Hyde Park OCBDs are still well-regarded for their substantial fabric, solid construction and decent collar roll, and Land’s End finally has them in their Tailored Fit. $17.49 is a fantastic price for these.
Elston 628 Straight Fit Chinos, select colors $17.49 to $24.49 ($58)
I’ve found Canvas’s Slim fit is way too skinny on me, while their straight fit is a much nicer slim straight—the leg opening on the 33 is just under
15”. Update: Oops, leg opening is actually 15.25”.
The extended tab closure is a great detail, and the colors on sale are surprisingly versatile, including khaki, olive, and grey.
Straight Fit 628 “Jeanos”, $17.49 ($58)
Curious that there are no reviews and lots of sizes still available, as they seem like sure-fire winner to me. Chino twill fabric cut like jeans in a slim straight fit. Maybe it’s the name?
"Made in USA" Jeans in Weathered Wash ($55.99) and Rinsed Wash ($41.99)
Even the cotton was grown in America. Original retail on these was $118 and $98, respectively.
To see all men’s sale merchandise at Lands’ End, click here.
Suitsupply Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign
They had me at “astronauts”.
Thanks to the folks at Suitsupply for passing along this preview of their upcoming fall campaign, which officially launches later this week.
And since folks are asking me, I asked if they have any news on the opening of their San Francisco store. The official word: it’s been “pushed back a little till Spring,” and they’ll let me know as soon as they can share more details.
On Sale at Macy’s: Tommy Hilfiger Trim Fit Blazer, $84.99 Shipped
Use promo code BTS for 15% off $99.99 sale price. Code expires Tuesday 8/26.
I’d prefer a slightly lower button stance, but other than that this jacket hits a lot of the things I like in a blazer: hopsack wool cloth, moderate-width notch lapels with a shoulder-height gorge, and side vents on the back. Some people find brass buttons a bit ostentatious, so it’s a good candidate for getting them swapped with brown horn buttons instead.
I’ve found the fit on Tommy Hilfiger’s “Trim” jackets is quite slim—should be true-to-size on thin and average guys, while bigger guys should consider sizing up.
Macy’s says this jacket retails for $350, so it seems like it’s 75% off, but in truth it’s usually on sale for about half retail, so it’s more like 50% off.
Still, that’s a steep discount for a pretty good first navy blazer—one of those garments that always makes it on “essential wardrobe” lists.
It’s clear why, too: Tommy Hilfiger just introduced a new blazer: made in Italy with wool sourced from Lanificio Cerruti, it’s got patch pockets, natural shoulders, 3-roll-2 buttoning, and (ugh) functional cuffs, all for under $400. Menswear blogger bait.
You better believe I’ve got a sale alert on standby for the new blazer. Until the price drops, though, the original trim fit blazer is great if you’re on a budget.
I love getting emails like this. Jed writes:
Just another thank you or your help with all of my questions on what to wear to my wedding last weekend. I took your advice and here’s a quick pic of my suit. It’s not the best picture but I was constantly told that it looked sharp and for me perfectly. Plus. The groomsmen looked awesome as well. Tailoring! All of your ideas for accessories were perfect. I tweaked a few here and there but your ideas were spot on. People really noticed.
To be honest, Jed had most of this figured out on his own: he’d already picked out the suit, decided on a white shirt, and selected silver glen plaid ties for himself and his groomsmen.
I just helped work out a few of the details regarding matching, collars, cuffs, and the appropriateness of a tie bar (go for it if you’re not wearing a vest).
A few things to note:
- Tailoring makes a big difference. Jed doesn’t know where his groomsmen purchased their suits, but they all had extra tailoring done to zero in the fit.
- It’s OK if you’re not perfectly matching. The groom and groomsmen aren’t wearing any accessories that match the bridesmaids’ dresses, but you can still tell they belong together.
- It’s OK if the groom isn’t too distinct from the groomsmen. I think Jed was planning on wearing a slightly different glen plaid tie, but I don’t know if that’s what he ended up doing. In any case, it’s I’m pretty sure everyone figured out that he was, in fact, the groom.
And the details on what he’s wearing …
Suit: Suitsupply; Shirt: Brooks Brothers; Tie and Tie Bar: TheTieBar.com, Pocket Square: Put This On.
On Sale at Club Monaco: An Extra 40% Off Already-Discounted Rancourt and Mark McNairy Footwear
Use promo code SUMMERSALE for an extra 40% off sale and clearance merchandise. Promo code expires Sunday, August 10th.
I think I dropped the ball on this one. I thought I’d been keeping a pretty close eye on Club Monaco footwear in their sale section over the past few months. They’ve been releasing great promo codes all summer for sale merchandise, but always seem to exclude all shoes from Maine’s Rancourt & Co. and most shoes from Mark McNairy, whose footwear is made by Sanders & Sanders in Northamptonshire, England.
Then I saw yesterday that Jason managed to pick up a pair of Rancourt loafers at an extra 40% off, when I could have sworn that they’d always been excluded from the code. And after checking the site this morning, I see all sale footwear is included in their latest promo code—but much of it is sold out. Argh!
For what it’s worth, I’m highlighting a few pairs that are still in stock in most sizes.
Mark McNairy Suede Cap Toe Boots
$215.40, from $425
Rancourt & Co. Brown Suede Chukka Boots
$167.40, from $345
Rancourt & Co. Navy Suede Beefroll Penny Loafers
$119.40, from $295
Rancourt & Co. Burgundy Suede Beefroll Penny Loafers
$119.40, from $295
You can see all the men’s footwear on sale at Club Monaco here.
On Sale at Sierra Trading Post: Bills Khakis M3 Corduroy Trousers
$165 retail, on sale for $59.95. Use promo code SFB73114 for 30% off, no minimum, to get one pair for $42.
Alternatively, buy two pairs for $39 each with promo code SITESAVER814 (35% off, $100 minimum).
Bills Khakis is most famous and well-regarded for their chinos—made in Pennsylvania, the construction, design, fabric, and materials is all meant as an homage and reproduction the quality Bill himself found in a pair of vintage WWII chinos from an army surplus store. That includes the fit, which is generally much fuller than is stylish at the moment. While the M3 fit is the slimmest, it’s generally recommended that you have the leg tapered by a tailor.
I haven’t read much about Bills Khakis corduroys (try saying that ten times fast…), but have no reason to believe that they aren’t made to the same high standards. Sierra Trading Post just stocked them in the M3 fit in olive and khaki, with most sizes available, for just $59.95.
Time to start stocking up for fall.
On Sale at Ralph Lauren: Italian Sport Coats, American Shoes, RRL
Use promo code BEACH for free shipping, no minimum!
Ralph Lauren’s running an “extra 50% off select items” promotion at the moment, but curiously, the things that most caught my eye while perusing their site aren’t included.
First up are their Singleton loafers in brown burnished calf. They’re made by Allen Edmonds in Winsconsin on their 222 last, which AE describes as having “an elongated toe with a slightly higher instep and a more narrow fit in the forefoot creating a sleek silhouette and rounded European look.” Hmmm, not how you’d typically describe an Allen Edmonds shoe, and they certainly look handsome. Also available in tan, most sizes are still in stock, and they’re going for just $199.99, about what you’d pay for Allen Edmonds seconds from their Shoe Bank. Sounds pretty good to me.
The RRL red chambray Bradley workshirt is also not included in the 50% extra sale, but further discounted from when I last wrote about it. $79.99 is still a lot for a casual shirt, but it’s nearly 70% off retail, and most sizes are still in stock.
This navy linen sport coat and this herringbone linen-blend sport coat, both made in Italy, are included in the 50% extra sale, bringing them down to $199.99 (from $595) and $224.99 (from $695), respectively. With 3-roll-2 buttoning and partial linings, both make for great casual jackets for the last few weeks of summer, and the herringbone should also transition well into early fall.
To see everything on sale at Ralph Lauren, click here.
iPhone camera in my three-year-old’s hands.
Think the pants need to be hemmed a half-inch shorter.
Lands’ End trousers, Meermin longwing brogues.
From the abstract of a paper entitled "The Science of Style: In Fashion, Colors Should Match Only Moderately":
Studies reveal a robust quadratic effect, such that that maximum fashionableness is attained when outfits are neither too coordinated nor too different. In other words, fashionable outfits are those that are moderately matched, not those that are ultra-matched (“matchy-matchy”) or zero-matched (“clashing”). This balance of extremes supports a broader hypothesis regarding aesthetic preferences–the Goldilocks principle–that seeks to balance simplicity and complexity.
On Sale Today Only at Ruelala: Ledbury Shirts from $30
This one’s a bit convoluted, so stay with me.
Ruelala has about two dozen shirts from Ledbury going for $55 to $65 in what they’re calling the Big Rue Sale—quite a discount from the $135+ retail price. It’s a bit much for me to describe how to find them, so here’s a direct link.
While that’s about the best price I’ve ever seen for Ledbury shirts, some of you can get them for even less. Ruelala is running a promotion where new customers who sign up through a referral link can get a $25 credit on their first purchase. The catch? The promotion ends today, and it’s limited to the first four people who sign up and make a purchase. In the interest of disclosure, I should note that I also get $25 credit for each of the first four referrals who make a purchase.
Some important details: you must sign up through a referral link today to get the credit, but you’ve got until Tuesday, August 5th to use it. That said, I’ve glanced through the batch of upcoming sales at Ruelala, and the Ledbury event is the only one that’s even remotely interesting.
As mentioned above, the credit gets the Ledbury shirts as low as $30. If you’re not yet a Ruelala member and want a shot at the $25, please join through my referral link.
On Sale at eHaberdasher: PT01, Stile Latino, MaCo, Lardini, Drumohr…
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of eHaberdasher’s house label suits and sport coats, but I wanted to take a moment and note some of the fantastic third-party inventory Ben’s added to the site in the past few months. Most of it is from the sort of high-end Italian labels that are difficult to find in the US and that you’re only familiar with through your Tumblr dashboard. Even better, eHaberdasher has much of it at remarkably attainable prices given the quality.
Pictured above are a few of my favorites.
The first two are Lardini jackets in some lovely fall/winter fabrics. I actually planned to pick up the grey-navy-brown check tweed for myself, but someone snapped it up in my size before I could. While it’s a brand that’s not that difficult to obtain, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better selection of fabrics, styles, and sizes for Lardini sport coats and jackets—with many starting under $300.
The third item is a suit from MaCo, one of over a hundred in stock at eHaberdasher—probably the highlight of the store’s current inventory. MaCo is a line produced by Caruso, one of the finest Italian makers of ready-to-wear tailored clothing, and a personal favorite. I think it’s worth noting Adriano Dirnelli’s thoughts on MaCo, especially as it relates to other Caruso brands.
"Clearly it’s with the Maco brand that Caruso is going all out on quality and cut, not with [Sartoria] Parma. Lovely lovely stuff."
It’s very nicely made, comfortable to wear, and very current it its styling. Fabric choices are beautiful. It’s just a shame that this brand is still confidential and not widely distributed.
Pros : Great value for money, great styling, quality of construct, and fabric choices.
Cons : Difficult to find outside Soragna (Parma).
Given that background, it’s surprising that Ben managed to get his hands on dozens of MaCo suits, and has most on sale for under $600, well below the $1,000+ recommended retail price. This puts them in direct competition with eHaberdasher’s own Benjamin line—if anything the MaCo suits are a better value, and certainly a much better buy than other suits in this range (looking at you, SuitSupply) if you find a style you like. The MaCo suits start about halfway down this combined Caruso/Maco page at eHaberdasher.
The fourth and final product I’ve featured above is a pair of fawn flannel trousers from Pantaloni Torino—makers of the famously slim PT01 trousers and somewhat lesser-known PT05 five-pocket pants. eHaberdasher has nearly 140 pairs of Pantaloni Torinos in stock at the moment for nearly two-thirds off retail.
And there’s much more that’s arrived in the past few months—Castangia/Battistoni sport coats and suits, Drumohr accessories, shirts and sweaters, and Stile Latino sport coats and suits, to name a few. It’s all really fantastic stuff, and all generally hard to find without flying over to Italy—which is precisely what Ben does. It’s come to the point where I get embarrassingly excited every time I receive a new email from eHaberdasher’s mailing list, eager to see what Ben’s managed to pick up from his latest sourcing trip.
To see everything he’s currently got in stock, visit www.ehaberdasher.com.