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: Gap selvedge denim
If you’ve been looking for affordable selvedge denim, then Gap would be worth a look right now. Use code 24HOURS to receive 30% off your entire order at Gap, which includes their 1969 line of selvedge rigid denim in skinny, slim, straight and original fits. This brings the price down to $63 a pair.
It’s also worth noting the same coupon code works at Banana Republic and Old Navy. Deal expires at midnight tonight.
-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: Gap selvedge denim

If you’ve been looking for affordable selvedge denim, then Gap would be worth a look right now. Use code 24HOURS to receive 30% off your entire order at Gap, which includes their 1969 line of selvedge rigid denim in skinny, slim, straight and original fits. This brings the price down to $63 a pair.

It’s also worth noting the same coupon code works at Banana Republic and Old Navy. Deal expires at midnight tonight.

-Kiyoshi

Fourth of July Sales Events

A bunch of retailers are running Fourth of July sales. Note that even if you don’t care for the items I’ve highlighted below, you may want to browse each store’s selections, as many of them have discounts on a wide variety of items. 

  • Brooks Brothers: Brooks’ summer clearance event has begun. Up to 50% off select items. I’m particularly a fan of this sand colored jacket as a spring/ summer outerwear piece. 
  • Gap: Although I’m generally not that crazy about The Gap, I think their undershirts offer a good value. They’re priced at $15 for two, and you can take an additional 10% off with the code GAP4TH at checkout. 
  • Gant: Up to 50% off select items. There are some madras shirts in there you can check out. 
  • Jack Threads: Bass bucks and Supergas for about $50 each. 
  • Lands End Canvas: A ton of shirts on sale for pretty cheap. Their construction isn’t the most well done, and the cuts are sometimes all over the place, but they remain a good option for people on a tight budget. 
  • Levis: Take 20% off orders over $100 and 30% off orders over $150. Use the code SUMMER at checkout
  • Allen Edmonds: Clearance sale on select summer items. These chocolate brown unlined suede chukkas seem like a good deal at $125. 
  • Ovadia and Sons: Significant discounts on outerwear.
  • Far Fetch: A ton of sales going on right now. Just select an item category and mark the brands you’re interested in. 

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It’s On Sale
Gap Selvage Standard Fit Jeans
These are a one-wash jean, so there’s no need to soak, they’ve already been shrunk. I’m not nuts about the selvage coin pocket, but for $18, who’s to complain?
$18 from $88 (use code GAP40 or GAP30)

It’s On Sale

Gap Selvage Standard Fit Jeans

These are a one-wash jean, so there’s no need to soak, they’ve already been shrunk. I’m not nuts about the selvage coin pocket, but for $18, who’s to complain?

$18 from $88 (use code GAP40 or GAP30)

Business Week has a fascinating article about cost cutting in mass-market apparel. With cotton prices way up and manufacturing costs overall not declining for the first time in memory, low-price makers are cutting where they can. That means dropping details like watch pockets and non-plastic buttons and compromising elsewhere, too. An interesting peek behind the curtain.
(Thanks, Sean!)

Business Week has a fascinating article about cost cutting in mass-market apparel. With cotton prices way up and manufacturing costs overall not declining for the first time in memory, low-price makers are cutting where they can. That means dropping details like watch pockets and non-plastic buttons and compromising elsewhere, too. An interesting peek behind the curtain.

(Thanks, Sean!)

Love this jacket from the Spring-Summer 2011 Gap collection.  This type of simple, cotton tailored piece is a great way to turn a casual outfit into something that looks put-together.
(photo via GQ Eye)

Love this jacket from the Spring-Summer 2011 Gap collection.  This type of simple, cotton tailored piece is a great way to turn a casual outfit into something that looks put-together.

(photo via GQ Eye)

Gap Duffel Bags

stylehunting:

Are you looking for a cool new duffel bag for your weekend trips out of town but cant afford to pick up a Filson? These Gap duffels look great and are incredibly affordable at only $39.50. At that price you no longer have any excuses for carrying around that old high school kit bag.

- Jon

Love ‘em.

It’s On Sale
Gap Marled Crewneck Sweatshirt
I bought one of these a few months ago, and I’ve been wearing it all the time since.  It’s lightweight and goes with everything.  A favorite for me is jeans+oxford+this+bowtie.
$24.99 from $34.50 at Gap.com

It’s On Sale

Gap Marled Crewneck Sweatshirt

I bought one of these a few months ago, and I’ve been wearing it all the time since.  It’s lightweight and goes with everything.  A favorite for me is jeans+oxford+this+bowtie.

$24.99 from $34.50 at Gap.com

A Continuous Lean testifies on behalf of his Gap raw selvage jeans.

A Continuous Lean testifies on behalf of his Gap raw selvage jeans.

This is, in my book, what all of Gap’s clothing should be: well designed, simple, classic and cheap.  This year, with their new jeans and a few items like this, they’ve made some big strides in that direction.  This crew-neck sweatshirt is $35, and if you have blue eyes and you don’t buy it, you’re making a terrible mistake.  I got a gift card for Christmas, and I think it’ll go towards this in gray.  Lovely sweatshirt.

This is, in my book, what all of Gap’s clothing should be: well designed, simple, classic and cheap.  This year, with their new jeans and a few items like this, they’ve made some big strides in that direction.  This crew-neck sweatshirt is $35, and if you have blue eyes and you don’t buy it, you’re making a terrible mistake.  I got a gift card for Christmas, and I think it’ll go towards this in gray.  Lovely sweatshirt.