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Autumn Inspiration from Paul Stuart

I enjoyed flipping through the Fall 2014 catalog that came in the mail this past weekend from Paul Stuart, the venerable New York-based clothing brand. Working with the Smithsonian Institution, the company juxtaposed many of the lookbook’s shots with paintings from the National Portrait Gallery, with striking results.

Paul Stuart’s menswear best distinguishes itself from other storied American brands through its embrace of color, with the company’s catalogs assembling bold and sometimes unexpected combinations that still somehow harmonize. To be honest, in the past I’ve often found it a bit brash and over the top for my tastes.

But I really like what’s in this Fall’s catalog—and not just in the ensembles that stick to a safe blue, grey, and brown palette. And while I appreciate the green Loden coat and the brightly-accessorized tweed suit, when looking for inspiration over the next months I’ll likely return most often to the quilted jackets, textured sweaters, and colorful cords of the more casual outfits.

You can see the whole catalog by visiting

On Sale at vente-privee: Paul Stuart and Phineas Cole

Sale starts today, April 5th, at 10am Eastern.

vente-privee is killing it these days, easily outstripping flash sale competitors like MyHabit and Ruelala in terms of desirability of goods on sale. They notch another win today with a sale featuring Paul Stuart, the venerable American menswear label best known for often colorful, high quality tailored clothing and sportswear. I own an older tweed jacket from Paul Stuart that I picked up from eBay—beautiful colors and full-canvas construction. I don’t know if the more recent offerings from Paul Stuart are up to the same standard, but they’re still very good, and this sale represents pretty steep discounts from the regular retail prices.

I’m able to share a bit of information about what will be available for this sale, with some samples pictured above: sport coats starting at $389, suits at $515, cotton trousers at $99, and wool trousers at $129. The sale also features sport coats and trousers from Phineas Cole, a slimmer-fitting, more aggressively-styled line Paul Stuart introduced in 2008. The Phineas Cole sport coats start at $389, but on average are a bit pricier than the Paul Stuart jackets. Trousers start at $135.

If you’re not yet a member of vente-privee, please consider joining through my referral link.