Hey Tumblr people in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, I need your help!
If you see a car like this (‘97-00’ Mercedes C-Class C220, C230 or C280) with a smashed up front right (passenger side) corner with broken headlight glass, please please please grab the license plate number and message me with it! Partial plate or even the location where you saw it would help.
Long story short, someone driving a car like this destroyed my car that was parked on Fullerton in Logan at about 2:45 this morning. They didn’t leave a note but they did leave some broken headlight glass and a portion of a fender liner.
I will gladly signal-boost for the man who taught me how to soak STF 501s.
As far as usefulness, this might be the best blog around. Really appreciate the emphasis you place on quality menswear at affordable prices. After reading the day's posts from Put This On, This Fits is often the next click.
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On Sale at J. Crew: A Dressier Alternative to the Clarks Desert Boot
$114, from $248. Use promo code YAYSALE for 50% off select sale items.
I’m often asked if I can suggest alternatives to Clarks Desert Boots. Typically, the guys who inquire already own CDBs and want an upgrade to something dressier that can work in a business casual office. My go-to recommendation is the Loake Pimlico, but I recognize that making the jump from a $100 boot to a near-$300 boot can be hard for some guys to stomach.
So I was happy to discover the Bennett chukka boot in the sale section over at J. Crew. The Bennett is clearly sleeker than CDBs and features sturdier Goodyear-welt construction. The Bennett comes in tan and navy suede—perfect colors for the warmer weather coming our way. I’m by nature wary of leather quality in sub-$250 footwear, but there’s generally not as much difference between high and low-end suede as there is for other types of leather.
Best of all, right now they’re not much more than you’d pay for a pair of CDBs—the Bennett is on sale for $114 through Thursday.
On Sale at Brooks Brothers: 70% Off Red Fleece Slim Fit Chinos
Slim Fit Chinos, $26.85 (from $89.50)
Plain-Front Vintage Chinos, $29.55 (from $98.50)
As you probably know, Red Fleece is a youth-oriented collection Brooks Brothers introduced a year or two ago. That means a slimmer fit and lower rise on these Red Fleece chinos. Quality is also a step down from mainline Brooks Brothers, though the consensus seems to be that it’s better than J. Crew.
That makes the under-$30 price for these chinos compelling. There are two styles available—the “Slim Fit Chino” at left is a bit cheaper and the more casual of the two, whereas the “Plain-Front Vintage Chino” is dressier, with a split waistband, extended tab closure, and one of those little belt keeper loops at the fly.
Both varieties seem well-stocked, with lots of colors and sizes still available. If you’re interested, now may be the time to buy—I found the chinos through a Brooks Brothers email announcing a weekend clearance event, so the price could go back up on Monday.
My work is launching our new website shortly, and for the “About Us” section, we were asked to bring a selection of objects for a photograph representing our personalities. Not a true EDC shot since, well, I don’t carry wooden toy blocks around with me, but a fun opportunity to include some of my favorite #menswear things.
For those of you who’ve been asking how the shell cordovan on my Meermin longwings has been holding up, here you go—this is what they look like after an application of Saphir Renovateur and a few minutes of brushing.
Shoe Horn: Abbeyhorn, courtesy of Gentlemen’s Footwear
Belt Buckle: Tiffany & Co., eBay (cool details here)
Wallet: Chester Mox
iPhone Skin: Valentine Goods
Sunglasses: American Optical
Canali up to 60% off on vente-privee: tomorrow (2/28) at 7AM ET
Sorry for the short notice, but I figured this is worth a post since Canali’s quality is excellent across the board (see Derek’s introductory post on the brand back in 2011), and because I’ve been given a little information about what to expect in terms of stock and pricing.
The sale includes outerwear (starting under $500), suits ($729 and up), sport coats ($559 and up), knitwear ($119 and up), shirts ($79 and up), trousers ($119 and up), and ties ($50 and up). There’s also miscellaneous sportswear like vests and Canali’s take on the baseball jacket. Prices aren’t fantastic if you’re used to the insane discounts at Yoox, but inventory over there is decimated, with not much Canali merchandise left.
As you’ll learn from Derek’s post, Canali tightly controls production to ensure a high standard, exclusively using their own factories in Italy. They produce several lines, with “Exclusive” using the highest quality materials, and “Proposta” marketed toward younger men. Curiously, there’s some debate in the online fora over whether there’s any appreciable decrease in quality from mainline Canali to Proposta. It seems the main difference is cut, with Proposta featuring a slimmer fit.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what lines are included in the vente-privee sale, nor do I have any information on what sizes are available. That said, hopefully this post gives you enough to help plan for when the sale starts tomorrow morning. Personally, I’m most interested in the knitwear and sport coats. And although I’m not in the market, I also think the suits are a good deal—the $700 range is very fair for a full-canvas, “Made in Italy” suit of Canali’s caliber.
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On Sale at Lands’ End: “Made in Italy” Knit Ties
Churchill Dot Silk Knit Tie ($19, from $70)
Donegal Wool Knit Tie ($22.50, from $60)
Use promo code FRIENDLY (PIN 2025) for 25% off most merchandise. Code expires Tuesday, February 25th.
Already some of the best values around when on sale, a few Lands’ End knit ties drop even further in price with this weekend’s Friends & Family promotion. Made in Italy to a standard that’s hard to distinguish from much more expensive ties, they have the crunchiness often desired in knit ties, and a more or less perfect 2.75” width. With the knit ties I own, I’ve found 2.5” is about as narrow as I’d want to go, and 3” is generally too wide, so right down the middle seems like a happy medium.
The more versatile tie on sale is obviously the navy Churchill dot, but the more intriguing option is the Donegal wool knit. Very much a seasonal tie, its chunkiness and small speckles of color make it a great casual option in fall and winter.
“Courtesy Of” is a series on This Fits in which I write about products that have been gifted to me for review. While I strive to be objective, I think it’s fairer to you, the readers, if I disclose when I’ve received merchandise for free.
When I was approached about reviewing a wallet for Chester Mox a couple months ago, I happily took up the offer as I’m already a satisfied customer. In fact, I’m a satisfied customer three times over.
I first purchased from Chester Mox two years ago after reading Derek’s positive reviews of the company. I’ve been so happy with wallet, over the course of the past year and a half I’ve bought two more as gifts for my brother and my mother.
Chester Mox was started three years ago as a small leather goods maker by the Salcedos, a husband-and-wife team based here in California. They source their leather from some of the finest tanneries in the world, including Ilcea, Horween, Wickett & Craig, and Tanneries Roux, and also offer custom orders in exotic skins like American alligator. Every wallet is made entirely by hand, including stitching, painting, burnishing, and buffing. Everything is made-to-order, and they welcome special requests beyond what’s offered through their site. For example, you can request any wallet model to be made up in any leather on their site—you’re not limited to the options on any given product page.
While each model has a prescribed spot to place a laser-etched personalization for an additional fee, you can also request a second personalization in place of the Chester Mox logo. This allows for a wallet that’s completely unbranded and doubly unique to the owner. That said, every time I order from Chester Mox I hesitate to exercise the option, since someone may want to know the origin and maker of the wallet long after the packaging’s gone. You also figure a smaller operation like Chester Mox could use all the publicity they can get. That said, I’ve always gone with the double personalization for all four wallets that I’ve ordered from Chester Mox.
My experience with Chester Mox over the past two years is uniformly positive. For my first purchase, the internets had convinced me of the merits of switching to a slim wallet, so I went with their dual side wallet in a burgundy calfskin. I typically carry nine cards in it—probably more than it was intended to hold, and kind of going against the “carry less” principle that slim wallets force you into. Nonetheless, the wallet is still holding up splendidly after two years of daily use. The stitching is still strong and unfrayed, and there’s no sign of imminent splits along the hand-painted edges. Furthermore, it somehow still maintains a slim profile, and the supple leather means I can even slip in a note or a few bills when needed.
On Sale at MyHabit: Scott James Gert Cord Trousers, $59 (from $175)
I’ve written in the past about how hard it is to find corduroy pants for under $100 that are cut like trousers instead of five-pocket pants. In my ongoing search, the product photos and description for these cords from Scott James intrigued me enough to take a chance on them. It’s always a bit risky trying a brand you’re no familiar with, but I’m glad I did.
The pictures make it obvious that these fit the bill for corduroy trousers, with some nice details to boot, like the extended tab closure, front coin pocket, and split waistband.
But they’re also representative of another rare kind of casual pant—slim-fitting 8-wale corduroys. Wide-wale cords tend to be more casual, but when fuller-fitting they can look kind of frumpy. The Scott James trousers are anything but—they actually look too slim in the product photo, judging by how they fit the model. In person, however, I found the trousers fit rather well, keeping in mind one caveat: they are mercilessly true-to-size. If you get a pair, opt for your true waist size and not the “vanity” size sold in department stores. Sized correctly, you’ll get a great-looking and great-fitting pair of mid-rise cords that skim the thighs and gently taper below the knee to a not-too-narrow leg opening— about 7.75” for the size 34 I wear.
I should note that the wales only appear on the outside of the fabric, so you won’t be able to cuff these trousers. I figure that also means they don’t insulate as well, but I found them quite warm.
I picked up a pair in the camel color pictured above, but these are also available in navy, grey, and olive—the latter of which I’m thinking of picking up for myself. There are still quite a few sizes available, but stock is low, so get them while you can.
On Sale at J. Crew: Drake’s London Pocket Squares
Use promo code EXTRA50 for half off sale items.
$35 each, from $85 retail. A rare discount on squares from one of the finest menswear brands in the world.
Navajo Print and Bird Print.
On Sale at Yoox: Reporter Quick Jacket, $290
Reporter is a mid-tier Italian brand best known for this sport coat, the Quick Jacket. Made up in a wrinkle-resistant wool, the Quick Jacket is designed for travel, a feature Reporter emphasizes by packaging it in a clear-plastic carry case. In addition, this particular jacket features unpadded shoulders, quarter-lining, and what Yoox calls “cool wool” — an open weave that’s probably best for Spring and Summer.
I’ve handled a Reporter sport coat in the past—though not a Quick Jacket—and found the fit and fabric is decent. I’ve read in a few places that the construction is good and features a fair amount of handwork, but I wasn’t looking out for that and wouldn’t be that great in identifying it anyways.
The jacket retails for upwards of $500 in high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, making the current price of $290 at Yoox pretty decent, with almost all sizes from 38 up to 48 are available. It will probably drop closer to $200 in the next couple months, but stock is limited, so it might sell out sooner than that.
If you need a sport coat that can handle a busy travel schedule this summer, the Quick Jacket might be worth a look right now.
On Sale at STP: “Made in USA” Sunglasses by Randolph Engineering
Starting at $80, but Sierra Trading Post’s frequent promo codes can bring these to $50 to $60. Original retail price: $130 to $210.
With a factory in Massachusetts, Randolph Engineering has been making military-spec sunglasses for the Department of Defense since 1982. The aviator-style glasses they’re most famous for are legitimately classic and almost universally flattering.
Sierra Trading Post recently stocked about two dozen models, including two from their collaboration with Michael Bastian. Prices are nearly 40% off retail, and they can be discounted further if you hold out for a promo code.
Check out all the models here.