It’s On Sale: More Filson at STP

Earlier this week, we posted about the new stuff flowing into Sierra Trading Post from Filson. A few new cool items have showed up, not least of which are the two natural-colored belts shown above. This color tends to darken with time, and will eventually become a sort of all-purpose brown. You can hasten the prospect with some conditioning oil - sort of like a baseball glove.

The belts are $36 and $40 for the 1” and 1 1/2” versions, respectively. The current Facebook code SFB9114 knocks 25% off and gives you free shipping. You won’t find these any cheaper, and sizes are disappearing fast.

There are also some great new bags - a bright red duffel, and an all all-green version of the shoulder bag they had in a few more complex colorways.

As always with STP, you can get the best coupons by signing up for their email list, and they also offer MyUpdates, which allows you to get announcements when they add products from brands you like.

It’s On Sale: Filson Stuff

Sierra Trading Post just received a large shipment of new Filson items. Included are some of Filson’s bags, which are pictured above. As usual, to get the best prices, you’ll want to use one of Sierra’s many discount codes. They mail a new one out every day to their DealFlyer newsletter subscribers and post them on their Facebook page (the codes are different, so it’s good to both sign up for their newsletter and check their Facebook page). With the code, you an expect to knock another 30-45% off. 

It’s on Sale: Fall/winter stuff at Steven Alan

With many retail stores already discounting spring/summer apparel (summer doesn’t even START until tomorrow), it’s a good time to find leftover, heavier clothing on deep discount. Steven Alan’s site has a number of fall/winter items marked down more than 50 percent. In addition to Alan’s reliable but unexciting house line, there’s some Howlin’ sweaters for around $100, a couple pieces from Alan’s Hart Schaffner and Marx-made tailored line, and an exceptional Wings + Horns fishtail in a subtle black-toned plaid. Alan also has a good amount of Filson stuff on sale, although the cuts are not as deep. All order ship free through 6/27, but discounted items are final sale.

-Pete

“keep-it-real-itis”

Coinage via Jon Caramanica, on the condition afflicting heritage brands as they clumsily try to hold on to the roots that make them interesting while pivoting to attract new customers. In this case, he’s talking about Filson. I suffer from chronic keep-it-real-itis myself.

-Pete

It’s On Sale: Filson Products

Filson has a 50% off sale going on right now. Their apparel typically fits a bit full, but they recently came out with a slimmed down “Seattle Fit.” Unfortunately, not everything is labeled - such as this pocket-heavy anorak I really like - so you might have to order things to try them out. If you want to avoid fit issues, you can always stick to their bags and accessories. This laptop sleeve is available right now for $70. 

Barbour Alternatives

Although they’ve become a bit trendy in the last few years, I think there are few better coats for fall than one of Barbour’s waxed cotton jackets. As I mentioned over the weekend, their two most popular models are the Beaufort and Bedale (the Bedale being the shorter of the two). Both have waxed cotton shells, corduroy collars, sewn-in throatlatches, and storm cuffs for added protection against the elements. These look at home in the countryside when you’re out for a stroll, or if you’re in the city going to a flea market. I also just like to wear mine over sweaters whenever the weather is a bit wet and cold.

The problem is that they’re a bit expensive. Full retail runs $375-400, and many people find they have to pay an additional $50-70 to lengthen the sleeves. You can find a second-hand one on eBay for between $150-250, depending on the condition, but sometimes these will come with a musty smell. They can be cleaned, but that service can run you another $75-100, all costs included.

On the upside, there are a number of more affordable alternatives. Here are a few that I found:

  • Orvis: Orvis has a few Barbour-ish looking pieces on sale, including this unwaxed Ventile field jacket, dry waxed canvas field coat, and waxed moto jacket. There are also these dry waxed “heritage” coats, Sandanona jackets, and barn coats (granted, the last one isn’t very Barbour-y, but it’s close enough). Note, Orvis’ outerwear tends to run big, so it might be good to either size down when ordering or stop by your local Orvis shop to try things on first.
  • LL Bean: Like Orvis, LL Bean is another good, classic outfitter for outdoorsmen. One of their most famous garments is their barn coat, and while it’s again not exactly Barbour-ish, it’s somewhat similar. These come in both waxed and unwaxed versions, with the unwaxed one being a bit slimmer fitting (I have one and like it, although I wish it were lined the sleeves). They also have something they call an Upland Field coat, which comes in two versions. This one with orange detailing is on sale.
  • Brooks Brothers: If you’re open to a bit more experimentation, Brooks Brothers has this waxed cotton coat with metal clips.
  • Lands End: Ever the stand-by for affordable clothing, Land’s End has a very Barbour-y looking coat for just under $100. In the past, these fit more like Barbour’s Beaufort than Bedale. 
  • Gap: Gap has a decent looking model this season for $128, though it might be a good idea to stop by one of their stores to first inspect the quality (sources say it’s not actually waxed). They do sales pretty often, so you can probably grab this at 25-50% off if you wait for a coupon code.
  • J Crew: J Crew has a waxed cotton field jacket and barn coat this season. The fabric on the barn coat isn’t as robust as the LL Beans, but on the upside, it fits slimmer than the originals from which it takes inspiration. 
  • Eddie Bauer: Eddie Bauer’s Kettle Mountain StormShed Jacket isn’t inexpensive at $300, but my guess is that you can probably get this at a deep discount if you wait long enough.
  • Filson: This cover cloth weekender coat is unlikely to be discounted much, but it looks nice and Filson’s quality is very good.
  • Debenhams: Savile Row’s Patrick Grant recently did a collaboration line with Debenhams. I haven’t handled any of these pieces, but the Dalston hunting jacket and Renbold quilted jacket (available in olive and navy) look pretty good for the price. Like the ones by Gap, J Crew, and Brooks Brothers, you can expect these to be slim-fitting interpretations of the more utilitarian designs by Barbour, LL Bean, and Orvis.
  • Campbell Cooper: Some of these designs admittedly look a bit iffy, but after some “antiquing,” one StyleForum member made his look pretty good.
  • John Partridge: An old British maker of hunting jackets, only theirs are always made in England (Barbours are sometimes made abroad). The quality is good, but the fit is full. On the upside, you can find these for pretty cheap on eBay. Here are some in navy and brown. You’ll want to get garment measurements before actually ordering. 
  • Hoggs of Fife: Another old British country outfitter. I’m unsure of the sizing, but you can browse some of their jackets at Ardmoor, Scot Web, and Fife Country
It’s On Sale: Ralph Lauren Canvas Briefcase
Lord & Taylor is offering 15% off regular and sale items, and 20% off clearance items, with the checkout code SAVINGS. One of the clearance items includes this Ralph Lauren canvas briefcase, which comes out to $99 with free shipping. Having handled it in person, I can say the leather quality could be a bit better, and the canvas material used isn’t as stiff and heavy as one might find on a Filson. The buckle strap detailing might also be slightly cumbersome if you always need easy access to the contents. Still, it’s decently built, looks pretty nice, and if you’re on a budget, not a bad buy for $99. 

It’s On Sale: Ralph Lauren Canvas Briefcase

Lord & Taylor is offering 15% off regular and sale items, and 20% off clearance items, with the checkout code SAVINGS. One of the clearance items includes this Ralph Lauren canvas briefcase, which comes out to $99 with free shipping. Having handled it in person, I can say the leather quality could be a bit better, and the canvas material used isn’t as stiff and heavy as one might find on a Filson. The buckle strap detailing might also be slightly cumbersome if you always need easy access to the contents. Still, it’s decently built, looks pretty nice, and if you’re on a budget, not a bad buy for $99. 

It’s On Sale: Filson Briefcases
Joe’s Sporting Goods is holding a sale. Until July 4th, you can take $10 off any purchase of at least $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150, or $40 off $200. Just use the code 4JULY13 at checkout. 
The code seems to work on Filson’s 256 and 257 briefcases, both of which I can highly recommend. Tan and green are nice if you want to show off the leather strap detailing. Tan will show dirt a bit more over time, while green will fade. Dark brown is good if you don’t want the look of the bag to change too much over time. I own both models in tan and they’ve been some of my favorite bags.
(Note, Brooks Brothers will sometimes have these for cheaper during their 25% off Friends and Family sale, but Filson is not always included. Their next Friends and Family sale should be sometime around late-October/ early-November if you want to take the gamble). 

It’s On Sale: Filson Briefcases

Joe’s Sporting Goods is holding a sale. Until July 4th, you can take $10 off any purchase of at least $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150, or $40 off $200. Just use the code 4JULY13 at checkout. 

The code seems to work on Filson’s 256 and 257 briefcases, both of which I can highly recommend. Tan and green are nice if you want to show off the leather strap detailing. Tan will show dirt a bit more over time, while green will fade. Dark brown is good if you don’t want the look of the bag to change too much over time. I own both models in tan and they’ve been some of my favorite bags.

(Note, Brooks Brothers will sometimes have these for cheaper during their 25% off Friends and Family sale, but Filson is not always included. Their next Friends and Family sale should be sometime around late-October/ early-November if you want to take the gamble). 

The Transitional Shirt Jacket

The weather’s still pretty chilly where I live, but in a month’s time, it’ll hit those cool temperatures that’ll remind us summer’s not too far away. If you have a very casual American sense of style, a good garment to rely on for such transitional periods is the shirt jacket. The term “shirt jacket” can be pretty nebulous. I’ve seen Italians use it to refer to things many would just consider outerwear. Here in the States, however, it commonly refers to shirts that fit like jackets, and have a certain outdoorsy, workwearish, lumberjack-y feel. They’re not for everyone, to be sure, but if you want something very casual to wear with jeans and boots, these can be fairly useful on casual nights while strolling through the neighborhood.

The most well known in this field is probably Pendleton’s board shirt, which from my experience fits kind of baggy, but you can have a tailor take in the sides a bit. Filson’s Jac-Shirt is somewhat similar, but is made from a more substantial cloth. For something a bit more “fashionable,” you can consider Apolis, Orlebar Brown, Barbour, and United. Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills can also usually be relied on for good options, although this season, I’ve only seen ones made from shinier fabrics (which may or may not suit your style). I also like Aspesi’s many takes on classic military designs. They’re slimmer fitting than what you’d typically find in military surplus store, and while they’re inspired by military garments, they won’t leave you looking like Robert De Niro from the film Taxi Driver.

All of these brands are a bit expensive, but they’ll come down 50% or more by the end of the season. If you’d like something more affordable now, there’s Club Monaco and Penfield. The second is particularly good to check in with every once in a while if you’re on a tight budget and in need of some outerwear.

Another option is to just use a moleskin or chamois shirt as a layering piece. LL Bean’s mainline has a very well priced one, and it fits surprisingly well. I’m a size 36 chest and fit nicely into their extra-small. My only complaint is the tonal buttons, but you can easily swap those out to something more agreeable if you’d like. Filson also seems to have a nice moleskins option, though I’ve never tried it. If you’d like something slimmer, you can try LL Bean Signature’s chamois shirt. The cloth isn’t as heavy or thick as their mainline chamois, and the cut is considerably shorter, but it could give a slightly more fashionable look to someone with a slim build. Epaulet also has a really nice looking moleskin jacket, though I admit I think people should at least give the LL Bean’s moleskin shirt a spin before they jump on a pricier option.

It’s On Sale: Filson Bags
Joe’s Sporting Goods is having a one-day 25% off sale all Filson products, with free shipping to boot on orders over $75. That puts the Filson 257 at $206.25 and the smaller Filson 256 at $168.75. I have the 257, and there’s ample room to stuff almost anything you might need in there. If you just have a laptop and a few books, the 256 may serve you better. 
(Thanks to tcmorris for the tip)

It’s On Sale: Filson Bags

Joe’s Sporting Goods is having a one-day 25% off sale all Filson products, with free shipping to boot on orders over $75. That puts the Filson 257 at $206.25 and the smaller Filson 256 at $168.75. I have the 257, and there’s ample room to stuff almost anything you might need in there. If you just have a laptop and a few books, the 256 may serve you better. 

(Thanks to tcmorris for the tip)