It’s (always?) On Sale: Yoox
My favorite place to order Italian, Yoox, has cut prices further on a lot of items, putting a lot of really nice pieces at half retail or less (even considering Yoox’s occasionally inflated “retail” prices). Check out bargains on tailoring and outerwear from L.B.M. 1911, bicycle culture casual from Pedaled, soft Italian tailoring from Boglioli, unusual, texture-heavy fabrics from Barena, Drake’s scarves, Cote et Ciel accessories (I recommended their backpack awhile back), hard-to-find Filson Italy gear, Incotex group shirts from the regrettably named Glanshirt, good value shirts from Guy Rover, oddball Japanese old timiness from Haversack, very good prices on slim Incotex trousers, a single but very nice Nigel Cabourn jacket, more soft Italian tailoring from Piombo, Sartoria Partenopea's traditional Italian tailoring, a small selection of Tricker’s British shoes (I’d avoid their sneaker-styled models), Valstarino blousons, unusual Yuketen moccs and boots, and understated Zanone knitwear.
Pictured: Yoox’s giant Italian warehouse.
-Pete

It’s (always?) On Sale: Yoox

My favorite place to order Italian, Yoox, has cut prices further on a lot of items, putting a lot of really nice pieces at half retail or less (even considering Yoox’s occasionally inflated “retail” prices). Check out bargains on tailoring and outerwear from L.B.M. 1911, bicycle culture casual from Pedaled, soft Italian tailoring from Boglioli, unusual, texture-heavy fabrics from Barena, Drake’s scarves, Cote et Ciel accessories (I recommended their backpack awhile back), hard-to-find Filson Italy gear, Incotex group shirts from the regrettably named Glanshirt, good value shirts from Guy Rover, oddball Japanese old timiness from Haversack, very good prices on slim Incotex trousers, a single but very nice Nigel Cabourn jacket, more soft Italian tailoring from Piombo, Sartoria Partenopea's traditional Italian tailoring, a small selection of Tricker’s British shoes (I’d avoid their sneaker-styled models), Valstarino blousons, unusual Yuketen moccs and boots, and understated Zanone knitwear.

Pictured: Yoox’s giant Italian warehouse.

-Pete

Where To Look First for a Suit (Part Two)

Finding the right suit can be really difficult if you’re not familiar with the terrain. And even when you are, it can still be hard. So I’ve put together a loosey-goosey guide on where one might want to look first for a good suit, given certain budgets. Yesterday, I covered stuff under $1,000. Today, I’ll talk about brands at the four-digit mark (either on sale or at full-retail prices). Again, many thanks to my friends listed at the end of this post for helping me put this together.

For a budget between ~$1,000 and ~$2,500

  • Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren’s Polo line (also known as their “Blue Label” line) has safe, but flattering cuts. They’re made in Italy and constructed from great fabrics.
  • Brooks Brothers Black Fleece: Brooks Brothers’ premium line, designed by Thom Browne. The jackets run a bit short (some being a bit more extreme than others), but if you’re a man of slightly shorter stature, these can be a nice buy. Like with most things at Brooks Brothers, you can reliably count on their 25% off sales. Black Fleece often gets discounted even further, especially at the end of the season. 
  • Sartoria Formosa: A famous bespoke tailoring house in Naples that is now offering a small ready-to-wear line. Style is very Neapolitan with soft shoulders and wide lapels, and construction quality is very high (e.g. lots of handwork).
  • Ring Jacket: A Japanese line with a bit of Italian styling. They’re not easy to find outside of Japan, but The Armoury and Khakis of Carmel are two stockists. Cuts are slightly fashionable, but not in a way that would look out of place in an office environment. 
  • Eidos Napoli: An interesting new line designed by Antonio Ciongoli, who formally designed for Michael Bastian and Ralph Lauren. Very Italian in style, and comes in at a very competitive price point, given the quality offered. You can find a list of stockists here.
  • Sid Mashburn: Slightly fashion forward suits with a lower rise trouser and shorter coat. If you’re going for a slightly trendier look, these can be a good option. Many have also said good things about Sid Mashburn’s made-to-measure service.
  • Lots of Italian brands: There are a ton of high-end Italian brands here that can be had on discount if you wait for end-of-season sales. Try looking for Zegna (their Milano and Roma cuts are nice), Canali, Caruso, Corneliani, Belvest, Boglioli, and Sartoria Partenopea. The retail prices of some of these will be high, but you can find them on sale through boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, and Shop the Finest. You can also check each brand’s stores, as some will have their own shops. Again, the key is waiting for sales.

For a budget above ~$2,500

  • Ready to wear: The world of nice suits in this range is perhaps too big to cover. Just to start, however, you can find really great ready-to-wear models from companies such as Isaia, Kiton, BrioniAttolini, and Oxxford. All those will have good made-to-measure options too if you need something customized. If you don’t want to play the sales game, you’ll also find many of the Italian labels listed in the last category being offered here at full retail.  
  • Bespoke: In this price range, you’ll start to find some very good bespoke options. Again, that’s a topic that’s too big to cover in this post, but you can begin by checking out some of the bespoke tailoring houses talked about at StyleForum. Popular ones include WW Chan, Steed Bespoke, English Cut, Napoli Su Misura, and Rubinacci. The upside to these operations is that they regularly travel to different cities around the world, which makes it easier to get really high-end bespoke tailoring if you’re not able to regularly visit England, Italy, or Hong Kong (where these tailors are based). Savile Row tailors are also excellent, and many travel. You can find a partial list of the tailors there at the Savile Row Bespoke Association. Lastly, don’t forget to search your own local area for good tailors, as it’s not only good to support local craftsmanship, but it can be helpful to work with someone nearby. 

Ending Note

It’s worth stressing that this list isn’t meant to cover every worthwhile suit in each price tier. It’s a list of suggestions of where you might want to look first if you’re in the market to buy a suit or sport coat. As usual, fit is going to be most important, so while a $2,500 suit might be better built than a $750 one, it’s best to try on as much as you can. A perfectly fitting suit that’s fused will look a hundred times better than something fully-canvassed, but ill-fitting. Use our guides on fit and style when shopping around. Once you develop your eye, you’ll soon find what works best for you. 

(Special thanks to La Casuarina, A Bit of Color, This Fits, Ivory Tower Style, Réginald-Jérôme de Mans, and Breathnaigh for their help with this article. Also, credit to Ralph Lauren and Voxsartoria for the photos above. The Ralph Lauren photo is of a Polo suit, while Voxsartoria is wearing a bespoke 4x1 double breasted jacket by Steed, and bespoke trousers by Napoli Su Misura).

It’s on Sale: Yoox sample sale
Like a giant online euro-TJ Maxx, Yoox gets last season (or older) merchandise from retailers and clears it out at (allegedly) deep discount. But Yoox doesn’t sell through its entire stock even at its discount price. So a couple of times a year it runs a “sample sale” (these are in no way samples, i.e., the prototype garments brands manufacture and sometimes sell cheap), cutting prices to what I’d consider legitimate clearance levels. The selection is slim and often strange by this point, as what’s left has been passed over many times—at original retail, at sale, at Yoox, and at previous Yoox sales. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some nice pieces at the very bottom of the pile. The current sale is primarily spring/summer weight clothing. Sort through the whole range of designers if you have some time to kill, or see my picks:
Aspesi for Italian, tech-y, military-influenced outerwear
Barena for very slim jackets in generally interesting fabrics
Boglioli for casual Italian tailoring
C.P. Company for tech-fabric Italian sportswear
Glanshirt, part of the Slowear empire of trim Italian clothing
Haversack for exceedingly well-made Japanese eccentricity
Herno for minimal Italian outerwear
Incotex Red, very trim, casual cotton pants
JNCO because it apparently still exists
Lardini for more Italian tailoring
The Luigi Bianchi brands for yet more Italian tailoring
MHL Margaret Howell for austere British casual wear
Oliver Spencer for workwear-inspired British stuff
Piombo for colorful Italian clothing
Ts(s) for quirky Japanese clothing with great fabrics
Woolrich Woolen Mills for U.S. heritagewear
Enter code SAMPLE10 for an additional 10% off.
-Pete

It’s on Sale: Yoox sample sale

Like a giant online euro-TJ Maxx, Yoox gets last season (or older) merchandise from retailers and clears it out at (allegedly) deep discount. But Yoox doesn’t sell through its entire stock even at its discount price. So a couple of times a year it runs a “sample sale” (these are in no way samples, i.e., the prototype garments brands manufacture and sometimes sell cheap), cutting prices to what I’d consider legitimate clearance levels. The selection is slim and often strange by this point, as what’s left has been passed over many times—at original retail, at sale, at Yoox, and at previous Yoox sales. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some nice pieces at the very bottom of the pile. The current sale is primarily spring/summer weight clothing. Sort through the whole range of designers if you have some time to kill, or see my picks:

Aspesi for Italian, tech-y, military-influenced outerwear

Barena for very slim jackets in generally interesting fabrics

Boglioli for casual Italian tailoring

C.P. Company for tech-fabric Italian sportswear

Glanshirt, part of the Slowear empire of trim Italian clothing

Haversack for exceedingly well-made Japanese eccentricity

Herno for minimal Italian outerwear

Incotex Red, very trim, casual cotton pants

JNCO because it apparently still exists

Lardini for more Italian tailoring

The Luigi Bianchi brands for yet more Italian tailoring

MHL Margaret Howell for austere British casual wear

Oliver Spencer for workwear-inspired British stuff

Piombo for colorful Italian clothing

Ts(s) for quirky Japanese clothing with great fabrics

Woolrich Woolen Mills for U.S. heritagewear

Enter code SAMPLE10 for an additional 10% off.

-Pete

Six Sales I Like

As many readers may know, I put together the sales roundups for our Inside Track. Lately, each week’s post has contained 25-50 sales announcements, and the whole thing takes me hours to put together. On the upside, it means that I get to shop at sales a lot. Not a bad benefit for a guy who enjoys clothing. Here are six sales going on right now that I particularly like, along with a selection of items I’ve been eyeing.  

Roden Gray: These guys just did another price drop yesterday. I really like this Aspesi M65 jacket, which I think would look great with a pair of jeans or chinos. Union in Los Angeles has the same jacket on sale, and there are more colors and sizes available, but the discount is less tempting (they do have nicer pictures though). Also, if you don’t mind the price, this Nanamica jacket is pretty awesome. I picked it up two months ago from Barney’s (who has it on even deeper discount). The quality and fit are hard to tell from online photos, but it’s a wonderfully made piece with a great silhouette. Take another 10% off at checkout with the discount code getgray

UshowU: Both Jesse and I really like Nigel Cabourn, but his stuff is very expensive. The only way I find myself owning his designs is to wait until they go on deep discount, like right now at UshowU. Of the more affordable pieces available, I really like the “granddad henleys.” I own a few and wear them on occasion with leather jackets and jeans. They come in white, green, and British tan

Exquisite Trimmings: Exquisite Trimmings has a bunch of men’s accessories on sale, including some Drake’s ties and pocket squares.  With the right brown sport coat, I think this textured green boucle tie could make for an excellent look this fall. I also like some of the batik pocket squares still kicking around. You can expect another 20% discount at checkout if you don’t have to pay European taxes, and the discount code SF10 will knock another 10% off as well. 

Emmett Shirts: Emmett specializes in shirts, but they also make some pretty nice ties. Some of them are on sale right now at half off, with another 20% taken at checkout if you’re outside of the EU. I like some of the basic blue designs, like this simple pin dot. You’d be hard pressed to find a sport coat or suit that won’t go with this tie. 

Trunk Clothiers: Sizes are limited, but there are some Boglioli suits and sport coatsCommon Projects low tops, and a Nanamica jacket on discount. Boglioli, for those who aren’t familiar, makes a pretty good version of the softly tailored, unstructured sport coat that’s been so popular. As with many of the aforementioned stores, non-EU customers can take another 20% off at checkout.  

Carson Street Clothiers: Carson Street Clothiers just put much of their stock at 50% off. I’ve always liked chukkas for casual wear, and of all the chukkas in the world, I think Loake makes one of the best looking, affordable options. It’s on sale right now at Carson for $200, which is slightly less than what they go for at Pediwear.

It’s On Sale
Jil Sander Linen Scarf
$55 from $89 at Yoox
Yoox is having their Spring-Summer sale. Not the bonanza it has sometimes been in the past, but some interesting stuff. This Black Fleece shirt, which I own and love, for example. Or this Aquacscutum raincoat, these Incotex pants, this Engineered Garments casual jacket, or this Loro Piana coat. Plus tons of Boglioli sportcoats in the $150-200 range.
To help, I clicked off the more PTO-approved brands in the sale - use this link to reach them.

It’s On Sale

Jil Sander Linen Scarf

$55 from $89 at Yoox

Yoox is having their Spring-Summer sale. Not the bonanza it has sometimes been in the past, but some interesting stuff. This Black Fleece shirt, which I own and love, for example. Or this Aquacscutum raincoat, these Incotex pants, this Engineered Garments casual jacket, or this Loro Piana coat. Plus tons of Boglioli sportcoats in the $150-200 range.

To help, I clicked off the more PTO-approved brands in the sale - use this link to reach them.