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On Sale Again at J. Crew: Drake’s Pocket Squares, starting at $53

Use promo code HEYSPRING for 25% off. Code expires Tuesday 3/25.

Jason’s kind acknowledgement earlier today is especially timely, as J. Crew has just restocked and expanded the selection of Drake’s London pocket squares in their sale section. This is great news, as the first batch sold out quickly when word got out that J. Crew had them on sale, and the first restock only saw the return of the purple bird print square.

Most are $69.99, from a retail price of $85, thus dropping to $52.50 with the current 25% off promo code. Not bad for Drake’s, but also not as low as they were earlier. It might be worth holding out for a better promo code before picking these up.

Second Chance at J. Crew: $42 Drake’s London Pocket Square
Use promo code YAYSALE for 40% off sale items. Expires March 6th at midnight ET.
When I posted two weeks ago about Drake’s squares on sale for $35 at J. Crew, several of you lamented that that they sold out before you could pick them up.
Well, today you’re in luck. While the Navajo print square is still out of stock, the purple bird print is back on the site, on sale, and eligible for a further 40% discount. $42 isn’t as good as the last price, but still good for Drake’s.

Second Chance at J. Crew: $42 Drake’s London Pocket Square

Use promo code YAYSALE for 40% off sale items. Expires March 6th at midnight ET.

When I posted two weeks ago about Drake’s squares on sale for $35 at J. Crew, several of you lamented that that they sold out before you could pick them up.

Well, today you’re in luck. While the Navajo print square is still out of stock, the purple bird print is back on the site, on sale, and eligible for a further 40% discount. $42 isn’t as good as the last price, but still good for Drake’s.

WIWY: On Style, Off Style

Every other week, I help usher morning and evening services at my church. There’s no prescribed dress code, but I like to wear a suit, which I think helps convey reverence for God, respect for others, and the seriousness with which I approach the job.

With one of my boys sick, my day yesterday was shuffled a bit, so I bowed out of my morning ushering duties. I wore what I’d call an off-week outfit: still “dressed up” if you will, but a bit more relaxed. In this case, a tweed jacket, wool-silk tie, colorful silk square, and navy trousers. 

The pants are actually part of my Benjamin “Napoli” suit from eHaberdasher. I’ve been wanting to try navy trousers with a brown jacket for a bit, but I don’t own navy odd trousers as they’re generally considered less versatile than their grey counterparts. I was going for the "hard/soft" approach to dressing, as you can probably tell from the silk square and wool tie, but maybe the Benjamin’s super 140’s wool was a bit too sleek for the tweed jacket. Still mulling over that decision.

Since I was back on ushering duties for the evening, I figured I’d keep the same shirt and pants and swap in the matching suit jacket. The tie is the Brooks Brothers repp stripe I picked up from Ruelala—great pattern and nice silk, but I was underwhelmed by the interlining, which is thin but stiff. Had the darnedest time trying to get it to dimple.

Linen pocket square is from Solosso.With plump hand-rolled edges and a monogram, the square was included as a surprise with a shirt I recently received from them (review forthcoming). Nice gesture.

I’m attending a wedding today, and with a high of 96° F, I expect to wear pretty much the same outfit I’m wearing above, chatting with my then-pregnant wife as captured by the photographer at the last wedding I attended. The suit is a cotton-linen one from Lands’ End, the shirt is Ralph Lauren Purple Label, the tie is a silver grenadine from Drake’s, and the square is from Kent Wang.
As it happens, this morning Lands’ End added the suit back to their website after a long absence. It’s in their “On the Counter” section, which gradually reduces the price of an already on-sale item over the course of the week until it’s 75% off on Friday. That would make this jacket just $33 if there are any left by the end of next week.
You can see in the picture my one qualm with the suit: the low armholes make for an awkward and inelegant bump in the shoulder line when you raise your arm. Good clothes should fit when you move. That said, the suit has served me well over the course of two hot summers, and I otherwise am quite happy with it. The fit is slim, the shoulders snug and unpadded, and it really does keep you relatively cool in hot, hot weather. I’d recommend it at the current price, and certainly at a further-discounted price.
As I noted earlier in the week, the accompanying trousers are also steeply discounted ($29), but the navy is sold out online so you’ll need to call in and ask about their “pre-hemmed stock.”
"On the Counter" merchandise generally has limited sizing and sells out really fast, so I’d check now to see if the jacket is available in your size.

I’m attending a wedding today, and with a high of 96° F, I expect to wear pretty much the same outfit I’m wearing above, chatting with my then-pregnant wife as captured by the photographer at the last wedding I attended. The suit is a cotton-linen one from Lands’ End, the shirt is Ralph Lauren Purple Label, the tie is a silver grenadine from Drake’s, and the square is from Kent Wang.

As it happens, this morning Lands’ End added the suit back to their website after a long absence. It’s in their “On the Counter” section, which gradually reduces the price of an already on-sale item over the course of the week until it’s 75% off on Friday. That would make this jacket just $33 if there are any left by the end of next week.

You can see in the picture my one qualm with the suit: the low armholes make for an awkward and inelegant bump in the shoulder line when you raise your arm. Good clothes should fit when you moveThat said, the suit has served me well over the course of two hot summers, and I otherwise am quite happy with it. The fit is slim, the shoulders snug and unpadded, and it really does keep you relatively cool in hot, hot weather. I’d recommend it at the current price, and certainly at a further-discounted price.

As I noted earlier in the week, the accompanying trousers are also steeply discounted ($29), but the navy is sold out online so you’ll need to call in and ask about their “pre-hemmed stock.”

"On the Counter" merchandise generally has limited sizing and sells out really fast, so I’d check now to see if the jacket is available in your size.

On Sale at J. Crew: 20% Off Drake’s London Accessories
John D. sent in the following note by email:

Aliotsy,You are officially the men’s fashion hero of my wedding. Grabbed a Lands End SuperNatural Wool suit via your site a couple months ago and just snagged a pair of those linen - cotton trousers for our rehearsal dinner. Any chance you can point me to some decent but affordable braces while we’re at it? 
Cheers,John D

Haha … you’re too kind.
I don’t know much about braces, but J. Crew has some from Drake’s London for $70.
The WIT20 promo code hasn’t expired yet, so you can get an additional 20% off. That makes the braces about $65 shipped (before tax) — that’s a good $30 savings off what you’d pay buying direct from Drake’s (even after discounting for VAT).
Worth noting: WIT20 does not appear to be a “glitch” code, since it’s still working just fine on third-party merchandise that J. Crew usually excludes from promo codes (including Drake’s accessories, like pocket squares and the braces pictured above). The code expires tonight at midnight Eastern time, so if you still want to get in on discounted Alden or Alfred Sargent footwear, now’s the time to do it.

On Sale at J. Crew: 20% Off Drake’s London Accessories

John D. sent in the following note by email:

Aliotsy,
You are officially the men’s fashion hero of my wedding. Grabbed a Lands End SuperNatural Wool suit via your site a couple months ago and just snagged a pair of those linen - cotton trousers for our rehearsal dinner. Any chance you can point me to some decent but affordable braces while we’re at it? 

Cheers,
John D

Haha … you’re too kind.

I don’t know much about braces, but J. Crew has some from Drake’s London for $70.

The WIT20 promo code hasn’t expired yet, so you can get an additional 20% off. That makes the braces about $65 shipped (before tax) — that’s a good $30 savings off what you’d pay buying direct from Drake’s (even after discounting for VAT).

Worth noting: WIT20 does not appear to be a “glitch” code, since it’s still working just fine on third-party merchandise that J. Crew usually excludes from promo codes (including Drake’s accessories, like pocket squares and the braces pictured above). The code expires tonight at midnight Eastern time, so if you still want to get in on discounted Alden or Alfred Sargent footwear, now’s the time to do it.

Not coherent.
Sunday’s outfit came together a little haphazardly.
I started, as I usually do, by looking at the weather forecast, noting that the temperature was expected to top 90°F (32°C). Thus, I opted for a new cotton-linen shirt, courtesy of Emmett London (review coming soon). 
My initial instinct was to go with a Pitti-friendly uniform of a lightweight navy blazer and off-white linen trousers, but for whatever reason my mood was more somber. I instead went with a bit of a unicorn in my closet: a linen-hemp sportcoat in a charcoal glen plaid with a rust check. It’s an exquisite jacket from Maco, a house line by Caruso—lightweight, unlined, with soft unpadded shoulders and a 3-roll-2. It would be the perfect jacket for summer if it weren’t for the color, which seems more appropriate for more dour days in fall and winter.
That ended up dictating the rest of what I wore. I thought a lightweight navy tie would be appropriate, so I decided to try an untipped Drake’s wool-silk herringbone tie from Gentlemen’s Footwear that I’d originally planned to save for the coming fall. Thinking that I needed a bit of color, I chose a Drake’s wool-silk kelim print square.
Finding pants that go with a charcoal jacket isn’t easy. I picked the trousers from my brown plaid Lands’ End suit. Plaid on plaid is a questionable choice, but I figured the pattern on the pants is subdued enough to pass as a solid. For shoes I went with my Meermin longwings.
What I ended up with is a bit of a mess. Jacket, shirt, and trouser materials are appropriate for warm weather—tropical-weight wool and linen blends. Tie and square, in contrast, have texture and material more associated with fall. Visually, I think the whole thing comes together and actually looks fairly elegant. Seasonally, the overall palette seems out of place for a warm mid-July day.
I won’t pretend this is the product of conscious rule-breaking begotten by advanced sartorial knowledge. Nor is it a complete disaster. It’s merely incoherent.

Not coherent.

Sunday’s outfit came together a little haphazardly.

I started, as I usually do, by looking at the weather forecast, noting that the temperature was expected to top 90°F (32°C). Thus, I opted for a new cotton-linen shirt, courtesy of Emmett London (review coming soon).

My initial instinct was to go with a Pitti-friendly uniform of a lightweight navy blazer and off-white linen trousers, but for whatever reason my mood was more somber. I instead went with a bit of a unicorn in my closet: a linen-hemp sportcoat in a charcoal glen plaid with a rust check. It’s an exquisite jacket from Maco, a house line by Caruso—lightweight, unlined, with soft unpadded shoulders and a 3-roll-2. It would be the perfect jacket for summer if it weren’t for the color, which seems more appropriate for more dour days in fall and winter.

That ended up dictating the rest of what I wore. I thought a lightweight navy tie would be appropriate, so I decided to try an untipped Drake’s wool-silk herringbone tie from Gentlemen’s Footwear that I’d originally planned to save for the coming fall. Thinking that I needed a bit of color, I chose a Drake’s wool-silk kelim print square.

Finding pants that go with a charcoal jacket isn’t easy. I picked the trousers from my brown plaid Lands’ End suit. Plaid on plaid is a questionable choice, but I figured the pattern on the pants is subdued enough to pass as a solid. For shoes I went with my Meermin longwings.

What I ended up with is a bit of a mess. Jacket, shirt, and trouser materials are appropriate for warm weather—tropical-weight wool and linen blends. Tie and square, in contrast, have texture and material more associated with fall. Visually, I think the whole thing comes together and actually looks fairly elegant. Seasonally, the overall palette seems out of place for a warm mid-July day.

I won’t pretend this is the product of conscious rule-breaking begotten by advanced sartorial knowledge. Nor is it a complete disaster. It’s merely incoherent.

Another Wedding.

Once again in a semi-official capacity, but the weather is much nicer today, so no linen shirt necessary. Opted to skew more toward formal wedding attire—navy suit, silver tie, white shirt. French cuffs, too, a bit of a rarity for me.

My job this morning does involve trudging around in wet grass, so instead of black cap-toe oxfords I went with dark brown suede chukkas with a Dainite sole. And since my staple navy wool suit is out of comission, I went with cotton-linen instead.

Suit—Lands’ End Shirt—Ralph Lauren Purple Label (StyleForum B&S) Tie—Drake’s London Square—Kent Wang

Another Wedding.

Once again in a semi-official capacity, but the weather is much nicer today, so no linen shirt necessary. Opted to skew more toward formal wedding attire—navy suit, silver tie, white shirt. French cuffs, too, a bit of a rarity for me.

My job this morning does involve trudging around in wet grass, so instead of black cap-toe oxfords I went with dark brown suede chukkas with a Dainite sole. And since my staple navy wool suit is out of comission, I went with cotton-linen instead.

Suit—Lands’ End
Shirt—Ralph Lauren Purple Label (StyleForum B&S)
Tie—Drake’s London
Square—Kent Wang

On sale at Opumo: Drake’s Prince of Wales Check Tie
Opumo, a This Fits’ advertiser, just started their summer sale. They’re a London-based online shop that specializes in quality menswear accessories, and the sale includes the likes of Mismo, Wood Wood, and the Herschel Supply Co., with discounts of up to 60% off.
My favorite item on sale is this Drake’s Prince of Wales check tie. The glen plaid is rendered in navy instead of the more traditional black or silver. It’s a slightly more contemporary take on the traditional wedding tie, but is still perfectly appropriate whether you’re the groom, a groomsman, or a guest. You can see what appears to be the same tie included in this wedding outfit by Australia’s Patrick Johnson Tailors.

The tie is on sale at Opumo for 40 GBP, with free shipping to addresses in the UK. If you’re in the United States like me, you’ll have to pay shipping but will also get a 20% VAT discount, which brings the tie out to just over $61 shipped.
That’s an incredible value given the original retail price ($145) and how hard it is to find discounts on Drake’s ties. In fact, I think that’s the best price I’ve ever seen for a new Drake’s tie, period.

On sale at Opumo: Drake’s Prince of Wales Check Tie

Opumo, a This Fits’ advertiser, just started their summer sale. They’re a London-based online shop that specializes in quality menswear accessories, and the sale includes the likes of Mismo, Wood Wood, and the Herschel Supply Co., with discounts of up to 60% off.

My favorite item on sale is this Drake’s Prince of Wales check tie. The glen plaid is rendered in navy instead of the more traditional black or silver. It’s a slightly more contemporary take on the traditional wedding tie, but is still perfectly appropriate whether you’re the groom, a groomsman, or a guest. You can see what appears to be the same tie included in this wedding outfit by Australia’s Patrick Johnson Tailors.

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The tie is on sale at Opumo for 40 GBP, with free shipping to addresses in the UK. If you’re in the United States like me, you’ll have to pay shipping but will also get a 20% VAT discount, which brings the tie out to just over $61 shipped.

That’s an incredible value given the original retail price ($145) and how hard it is to find discounts on Drake’s ties. In fact, I think that’s the best price I’ve ever seen for a new Drake’s tie, period.

Gentlemen’s Footwear: An Introduction

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Carmina shoes. EG Cappelli and Drake’s London ties. Finamore shirts.

When Young Yoo first contacted me a few months ago to tell me about the online store he was opening, his planned lineup read like a grail status short list of classic menswear brands. Just as compelling as the planned inventory was Young’s motivation: at 5’6” with 5.5 UK feet, he specifically wanted to expand the options for high-quality menswear available to short men in the US.

And while there’s much for men under 5’9” to get excited about with today’s launch of GentlemensFootwear.com, Young still has plenty in store to intrigue those who are taller, larger-footed, or—with free worldwide shipping—outside the US.

Take those Carminas, for example. Gentlemen’s Footwear has about a half-dozen competitively-priced stock models, ranging from a conservative brown half-brogue to a more daring, yet no less tasteful, navy double monk strap.  Sizing in the first run ranges from 5.5 UK (6.5 US) to 9 UK (10 US), but in a few weeks Young will put in another order that will include sizes up to 12 UK. If you see something you’re interested in and don’t see your size available, be sure to shoot Young an email at info@gentlemensfootwear.com to have your size included in the next order.

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In the midst of launching his business, the Los Angeles-based Young was kind enough to answer a few questions from me about his goals and motivation. I’ve edited our back-and-forth for clarity.

In the interest of full disclosure, Young offered me a care package of a tie, Saphir shoe care products, and an Abbeyhorn shoe horn as a token of appreciation for the work I do at This Fits. He asked for absolutely nothing in exchange, not even hinting at a request for a post. I volunteered to cover the launch of his store, as I’m excited about what he’s doing and, well, he seems like a genuinely good guy.

Aliotsy: You first reach out to me because I write quite often about dressing shorter men, and Gentlemen’s Footwear was born out of your frustration with finding clothes and shoes in your size. Can you share that story?

Young: Being 5’6” and wearing a UK 5.5 in footwear, it has always been an arduous and frustrating process finding US retailers that carried my size. I was aware of a few international shops that stocked smaller sizes, but I didn’t want to risk ordering from overseas, either. Finding quality size 14.5 dress shirts was an even more disappointing task. After multiple frustrating attempts, I began thinking about the extremely limited choices that smaller men like myself are constrained to, and took it upon myself to think of a solution – cue the inception of Gentlemen’s Footwear!

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Young’s a dapper guy in his own right. Here he is with his dog Cookie.

Aliotsy: Your stock list for launch includes some highly-regarded names in menswear. Can you share what you’ll be offering?

I’m very excited to offer Carmina Shoemaker from Mallorca, Spain. As many of the readers may already know, Carmina offers Goodyear-welted shoes that incorporate leathers from select tanneries, such as the storied Horween Tannery in Chicago. Carmina Shoemaker offers, in my humble opinion, top quality for its value and I am a huge fan myself. Gentlemen’s Footwear will also be offering Saphir shoe care products, Finamore Napoli dress shirts from Italy, Drake’s London ties and pocket squares, and last but not least, E.G. Cappelli neckwear from Italy.

The rest of the interview after the jump, plus pictures of Young’s stock Carminas and a few MTO shoes…

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