It’s On Sale: Vans Authentics
The opposite of $750 Edward Greens, I present to you: $30 Vans Authentics. On sale at Shoebuy.com today only, with the the checkout code EMLSB042014. Get the shoes that Pete once called “unimpeachable summer sneakers” (a characterization I agree with). 

It’s On Sale: Vans Authentics

The opposite of $750 Edward Greens, I present to you: $30 Vans Authentics. On sale at Shoebuy.com today only, with the the checkout code EMLSB042014. Get the shoes that Pete once called “unimpeachable summer sneakers” (a characterization I agree with). 

It’s On Sale: Edward Green Shoes

Edward Green is my favorite shoe brand, but they are very expensive. At Brooks Brothers, for example, they go for about $1,300-1,500 a pair. Are they worth it? Well, they won’t last you any longer than the ~$250-350 shoes you might buy from Allen Edmonds, Paul Evans, or Meermin, but they do look very, very beautiful. They use great materials and have exceptionally nice finishing techniques. What that effectively means is: the interior will feel slightly nicer, and the uppers will be colored in a way that gives them some visual depth. 

Unfortunately, they’re rarely discounted, which makes Ashton Marks’ sale on them notable. Included is a very useful black cap toe (in two widths), some brown wingtips, and a couple of loafers. Shipping is free, and with the discount, you’re looking at about $750 a pair. Not cheap, but about half the price of what they go for in the US. 

If you haven’t ordered Edward Greens before, know that the general rule of thumb is to go a half size down from your Brannock size. That is, if you normally wear a 10D, then you’re probably a 9.5 in most of Edward Green’s shoes. The only exception is maybe the 888 last, which is tighter at the toe box, so some people take their regular US size. 

Put This On’s Inside Track for the week of April 20th - April 26th

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, click through, and log in with your Member.ly username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month - you’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and your membership supports Put This On. 

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eBay Roundup
Here’s an eBay roundup to end your week with. Included is a black grenadine that’s about to end at an unusually low price. 
As usual, you can also use our customized search links to find more auctions. We’ve made them for high-end suits, good suits, high-quality shirts and fine footwear. 
Suits, sport coats, and blazers

Seersucker double breasted suit, 39
Ralph Lauren houndstooth checked sport coat, 40
Houndstooth checked sport coat, 40
Cream colored sport coat, 40L
Medium blue suit, 42L


Outerwear

Barbour motorcycle jacket, S
J Press tweed Harrington, S
Navy Patrik Ervell jacket, M
Indigo work jacket, M
Eastman A1, 40
Margiela five zip leather jacket, 40
Barbour motorcycle jacket, XL
Blue Cucinelli field jacket, XXL
Canali raincoat, 48


Sweaters and knits

Beige cardigan, S
Indigo long sleeved shirt, S
Breton styled sweatshirt, S
Black cashmere cardigan, M
Henley, M (1, 2, 3, 4)
Striped cabled sweater, L
Tan crewneck sweater, XL

Shirts and pants

Patagonia red flannel, S
Denim shirt, S
Striped Levis Vintage Clothing shirt, M
Brooks Black Fleece plaid shirt, L
Gray Ralph Lauren flannels, 30 (1, 2)
Rising Sun jeans, 32

Shoes

Brioni bluchers, size?
Saint Laurent high top sneakers, 6
John Lobb tassel loafers, 7
Maison Martin Margiela GATs, 7.5
Ralph Lauren single monkstraps, 7.5
Brooks Brothers tassel loafers, 8
Alfred Sargent penny loafers, 8.5
Alfred Sargent suede tassel loafers, 9
Ralph Lauren shell cordovan shortwings, 9.5 (pictured above)
Alden semi-brogues, 10
Alden tassel loafers, 10
Alden shell cordovan tassel loafers, 10
Alden oxford punch caps, 10
Edward Green suede shortwings, 10
Crockett & Jones suede chukkas, 10.5
Tricker’s suede penny loafers, 10.5
Carroll & Company suede shortwings, 12
Ties


Black grenadine
Dotted Drake’s tie
Blue Tussah silk tie
Blue striped tie
Grey knit tie
Red Arnys tie


Bags, briefcases, and wallets

Navy Filson bag
Red Moon wallet (will age like this)

Misc.
Folio
Paperweight
Buffalo check blanket
Drake’s Fair Isle scarf
Loro Piana baby cashmere scarf
Wallet chain (1, 2, 3)
If you want access to an extra roundup every week, exclusive to members, join Put This On’s Inside Track for just five bucks a month.

eBay Roundup

Here’s an eBay roundup to end your week with. Included is a black grenadine that’s about to end at an unusually low price. 

As usual, you can also use our customized search links to find more auctions. We’ve made them for high-end suitsgood suitshigh-quality shirts and fine footwear

Suits, sport coats, and blazers
Sweaters and knits
Shirts and pants
Shoes
Bags, briefcases, and wallets
Misc.

If you want access to an extra roundup every week, exclusive to members, join Put This On’s Inside Track for just five bucks a month.

It’s on Sale: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Brooks Brothers’ Thom Browne-designed Black Fleece line is on flash sale. Discounts vary but some are quite deep. Black Fleece’s house style is sort of trad caricature, and its narrow lapels and cropped cuts seem to be aging quickly right now, but these remain very, very nice clothes. Button-down oxfords at around $60 (from $200) and at least one suit at under $300 are highlights to me. Ties are quite nice, too; unfortunately, I didn’t see any of Black Fleece’s excellent dress shoes.

-Pete

Pictures are starting to roll in of this month’s Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares. Navy blue with a floral theme - perfect for spring.
Incidentally, I’m north of Los Angeles now, where I just went on an epic fabric spending spree with a favorite vintage dealer. I’m coming home with almost a hundred yards of rayon from the 1940s and 50s. Should be a beautiful round coming up.
If you’d like to join the club (or sign up a special someone as a gift), you can get on board here.

Pictures are starting to roll in of this month’s Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares. Navy blue with a floral theme - perfect for spring.

Incidentally, I’m north of Los Angeles now, where I just went on an epic fabric spending spree with a favorite vintage dealer. I’m coming home with almost a hundred yards of rayon from the 1940s and 50s. Should be a beautiful round coming up.

If you’d like to join the club (or sign up a special someone as a gift), you can get on board here.

Five Great Things That Come With A Leather Jacket
I wear sport coats most days of the week, but for the last two years or so, I’ve been breaking it up a bit with leather jackets. In that time, I’ve found leather jackets to have some nice advantages over tailored clothing. 
Shirts
Paul Newman looks great above in his button-up shirt, but for me, a leather jacket really calls for a t-shirt. The good news is that t-shirts can be had for not too much money. Jesse sells Alternative Apparel ones every summer at a wholesale price. They’re soft, finely knitted, and somewhat stretchy. I wear Hanes Beefy Tees myself, which are more stout. I’ve also heard good things about Uniqlo’s t-shirts, although I’ve never tried them.
All of these can be had for less than ten bucks a piece, which means you can get a whole week’s worth for less than the price of a good dress shirt.
Pants
Similarly, jeans can be had for much less than wool trousers. Unbranded and our advertiser Gustin get regularly recommended in the denim community, and they sell raw, selvedge denim options for about $85 a pair. APC New Standards retail for $185, but can sometimes be found on sale. 
The upside to jeans isn’t just their price, however. It’s the material. Denim is an exceptionally tough fabric and can take a lot of abuse. Some guys wear their jeans every day for two years before retiring them. Do that to a pair of grey flannel trousers and they’ll disintegrate in a few months.
Shoes
Shoes are a bit more tricky. With a heavy horsehide or cowhide jacket, you might need something like a chunky boot. With a lighter lambskin or goatskin jacket, however, you can wear canvas sneakers. I often wear this jacket, for example, with white Chuck Taylor high tops, which I bought for $50. There’s no good dress shoe that retails for $50.
Fit
There are few things that can smarten you up more than a sport coat or suit, but they are admittedly difficult to fit. This might be because of their construction: the shoulder pads, wadding, canvassing, haircloth, etc. Add to that the stylistic details (width of the lapel, shape of the quarters, pitch of the arm, height of the gorge, etc.), and you can see how complicated a tailored jacket can get.
On the other hand, leather jackets (and everything that goes with them) have a lot more wiggle room. It’s OK if your jacket doesn’t look like it was perfectly tailored and if your jeans aren’t hemmed to a perfect shivering break. In fact, they shouldn’t look like that anyway. 
Care
Finally, it’s nice to not have to iron a shirt before you go out, worry about whether a dry cleaner will ruin your jacket, or care if some food drips onto your clothes. Everything above – the t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and jacket – is meant to be worn and beat up. Some items (such as the jeans and sneakers) look better after they’ve been worn in. Others (such as the t-shirt) are cheap enough to easily replace.
Granted, the leather jacket itself can be pretty expensive. You’re either going to spend a lot of money for a new one, or a lot of time searching for something used. On the upside, once you find one you like, there are five great things that come with it. 

Five Great Things That Come With A Leather Jacket

I wear sport coats most days of the week, but for the last two years or so, I’ve been breaking it up a bit with leather jackets. In that time, I’ve found leather jackets to have some nice advantages over tailored clothing. 

Shirts

Paul Newman looks great above in his button-up shirt, but for me, a leather jacket really calls for a t-shirt. The good news is that t-shirts can be had for not too much money. Jesse sells Alternative Apparel ones every summer at a wholesale price. They’re soft, finely knitted, and somewhat stretchy. I wear Hanes Beefy Tees myself, which are more stout. I’ve also heard good things about Uniqlo’s t-shirts, although I’ve never tried them.

All of these can be had for less than ten bucks a piece, which means you can get a whole week’s worth for less than the price of a good dress shirt.

Pants

Similarly, jeans can be had for much less than wool trousers. Unbranded and our advertiser Gustin get regularly recommended in the denim community, and they sell raw, selvedge denim options for about $85 a pair. APC New Standards retail for $185, but can sometimes be found on sale. 

The upside to jeans isn’t just their price, however. It’s the material. Denim is an exceptionally tough fabric and can take a lot of abuse. Some guys wear their jeans every day for two years before retiring them. Do that to a pair of grey flannel trousers and they’ll disintegrate in a few months.

Shoes

Shoes are a bit more tricky. With a heavy horsehide or cowhide jacket, you might need something like a chunky boot. With a lighter lambskin or goatskin jacket, however, you can wear canvas sneakers. I often wear this jacket, for example, with white Chuck Taylor high tops, which I bought for $50. There’s no good dress shoe that retails for $50.

Fit

There are few things that can smarten you up more than a sport coat or suit, but they are admittedly difficult to fit. This might be because of their construction: the shoulder pads, wadding, canvassing, haircloth, etc. Add to that the stylistic details (width of the lapel, shape of the quarters, pitch of the arm, height of the gorge, etc.), and you can see how complicated a tailored jacket can get.

On the other hand, leather jackets (and everything that goes with them) have a lot more wiggle room. It’s OK if your jacket doesn’t look like it was perfectly tailored and if your jeans aren’t hemmed to a perfect shivering break. In fact, they shouldn’t look like that anyway. 

Care

Finally, it’s nice to not have to iron a shirt before you go out, worry about whether a dry cleaner will ruin your jacket, or care if some food drips onto your clothes. Everything above – the t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and jacket – is meant to be worn and beat up. Some items (such as the jeans and sneakers) look better after they’ve been worn in. Others (such as the t-shirt) are cheap enough to easily replace.

Granted, the leather jacket itself can be pretty expensive. You’re either going to spend a lot of money for a new one, or a lot of time searching for something used. On the upside, once you find one you like, there are five great things that come with it. 

Bad News, Beards
From The Guardian:

Hirsute men have been warned their attractiveness to potential partners may fade as facial hair becomes more prevalent, in a scenario researchers have called “peak beard”.
Research conducted by the University of NSW finds that, when people are confronted by a succession of bearded men, clean-shaven men become more attractive to them.

Photo: Brian Wilson, musician; beard and novelty t-shirt aficionado.
-Pete (currently bearded)

Bad News, Beards

From The Guardian:

Hirsute men have been warned their attractiveness to potential partners may fade as facial hair becomes more prevalent, in a scenario researchers have called “peak beard”.

Research conducted by the University of NSW finds that, when people are confronted by a succession of bearded men, clean-shaven men become more attractive to them.

Photo: Brian Wilson, musician; beard and novelty t-shirt aficionado.

-Pete (currently bearded)

From the New Yorker.

Ivory Tower Style goes through some of StyleFourm’s best threads, and gives some pretty funny commentary on each. 

Most useful thread? My vote goes to "Get Foofed." Most interesting? "Sartorial Mythbusting." Funniest? "Critique My Jantzen," obviously.