It’s On Sale: Drake’s Ties

A small selection of ties by Drake’s, Marinella and Richard James are on sale at Gilt today. I particularly like the two Tussah silk ties you see above. Tussah is similar to raw silk, but slightly looser woven and more “delicate” feeling. They’re available on Gilt for $82.50. 

I imagine most people are on Gilt at this point, but if you still need an invite, you can use ours here

(Many thanks to Josh for the tip)

It’s On Sale: Ledbury Shirts
Gilt City National has a promotion for Ledbury right now, where you can purchase $150 worth of store credit for $75. Customers have a limit of using one coupon per transaction, but may purchase up to two coupons.  
Note, Ledbury is an advertiser of ours, but I genuinely think they make nice, well-made shirts. The best part about them, in my opinion, is the slightly lower second button on the placket, where you’d button up the shirt. It allows you to wear the shirt a bit more casually without having to risk looking like a disco dancer. (Not that we have anything against disco dancers). 
If you’re not yet a member of Gilt, you can use our invite link here. 

It’s On Sale: Ledbury Shirts

Gilt City National has a promotion for Ledbury right now, where you can purchase $150 worth of store credit for $75. Customers have a limit of using one coupon per transaction, but may purchase up to two coupons.  

Note, Ledbury is an advertiser of ours, but I genuinely think they make nice, well-made shirts. The best part about them, in my opinion, is the slightly lower second button on the placket, where you’d button up the shirt. It allows you to wear the shirt a bit more casually without having to risk looking like a disco dancer. (Not that we have anything against disco dancers). 

If you’re not yet a member of Gilt, you can use our invite link here

It’s On Sale: Suprega Sneakers

Gilt has several canvas sneakers from Superga for $49 today, including two versions in white (plus another logo-less version for $65). Of course, other colors are available, too, but I don’t think they’re quite as versatile.

Admittedly, these aren’t the cheapest we’ve seen Supergas go for — in the past they went for as low as $20 at Overstock.com, but I can’t find any pairs for a similar price right now on the web. 

You can read what we’ve said about Superga sneakers in the past, but they will make a good casual summer shoe to wear with denim or chinos and a casual, button-down shirt for weekends. 

(And if you still don’t have a Gilt login, you can use our referral code here). 

-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: Martin Greenfield & Schott NYC

Lately, I’ve felt that Gilt’s rarely had exceptional sales worth noting, but today they’ve got two I think deserve some attention. Martin Greenfield’s hand-tailored suits are on sale at Gilt for about $1,000 and there are several other sport coats, too. Additionally, Schott NYC, which is probably best known for their pea coats and motorcycle jackets, has their duffle coat on sale for $150, which typically retails on their on site for $280. 

If you don’t have a Gilt invite yet, you can use ours here.

-Kiyoshi

50% off at North River Outfitter

North River Outfitter is running a 50% off promo through Gilt City Boston.
Options are $50 for a $100 gift certificate or $100 for $200 gift certificate. The promotion doesn’t apply to Alden, Omersa or Church’s, but they do have some nice things by Barbour, JW Hulme, Bill’s Khakis, and Tellason.

Note, I wasn’t able to confirm with them if this promotion applies to phone or web orders (they won’t pick up the phone!), so you may want to call at a later point and check. 

Update: It looks like this is indeed in-store only. Good news for people who live in Boston. Bugger for the rest of us. 

Pendleton Board Shirts and CPOs

I was clearing out my closet last month when I “rediscovered” an old Pendleton board shirt I bought many years ago. It was an impulse buy at a Black Friday sale, which I had woken up very early that day to check out. The sale was a bust, unfortunately, and only confirmed my now deeply held belief that all Black Friday sales are a waste of time. Not wanting to leave that sale empty handed, however, I bought this shirt-jacket for about $40, and it’s been sitting in my closet for the last three or four years.

Since finding it, I’ve had my tailor take in the sides a bit, so that it’d be a bit more flattering, and now wear it on weekends with a white OCBD, pair of jeans, and moc toe boots. Being wool, it’s a nice layering piece for cool weather - when you need something to wear over a shirt, but don’t want to put on a serious coat. I’ve been finding it quite useful for temperatures in the low 60s. To be sure, it does have a bit of “woodsman” look that’s been fashionably stale for a while now, but it’s also nice for casual activities such as taking the dog for a walk or going on a hike with friends. 

At full retail, these run $115. I’d hesitate to recommend people spend that amount, but you can easily find them for about $40 to $60 at Vintage Trends or eBay. You can also consider a CPO jacket, which can be worn in the same way. There are a ton of options for those, but the two most affordable I know of are Fidelity ($65) and Save Khaki (now $99 on Gilt). From what I’ve heard, the two are built equally well, and the thickness and quality of their materials are about the same. The Save Khaki version has hip pockets, however, and fits somewhat slimmer. The Fidelity is less of a trim fit, but you wouldn’t need to go as far as sizing down. You’ll want to have enough room to occasionally layer this over a light sweater anyway, and a tailor can take care of any excess fullness beyond that. 

MyHabit Comes Into Its Own
In the wake of the quick growth of the flash sale site Gilt, many competitors sprang up. Gilt had secured relationships with many great companies, and generally had a good sense of what brands to align themselves with, so the first year or so was rough for these other guys. There was a lot of Nautica sales, in other words.
Recently, though, I’ve noticed that Amazon’s offering, MyHabit, has started to offer some great discounts on great brands. Today, for example, they’re offering E. Tautz, Luciano Barbera, Pringle and Jil Sander. Of course, they’re also (literally) offering Nautica, so the range of quality is broad, but it’s absolutely worth taking note. In the same time period, Gilt’s strength has weakened - their discounts feel smaller, their brand quality less consistent, the proportion of their offerings that are re-listings increased dramatically.
Many of the items on MyHabit are on significant discount - in a sale called “The Gentleman’s Essentials,” they’ve got Incotex trousers for $49, and many of the Luciano Barbera items were as much as 80 or 90% off. Nothing to sneeze at.
If you haven’t tried MyHabit, it might be worth signing up to get their sale announcements. I’ve been grateful to The Silentist and This Fits for their posts about good sales, but I think I’ll pay more attention to my inbox going forward. Do the same, and you might catch a great brand at great prices.
(A quick note: when we link to these sites, we usually use referral links when we remember because hey, why not, but frankly the benefit for us is pretty marginal and doesn’t affect our editorial decisions.)

MyHabit Comes Into Its Own

In the wake of the quick growth of the flash sale site Gilt, many competitors sprang up. Gilt had secured relationships with many great companies, and generally had a good sense of what brands to align themselves with, so the first year or so was rough for these other guys. There was a lot of Nautica sales, in other words.

Recently, though, I’ve noticed that Amazon’s offering, MyHabit, has started to offer some great discounts on great brands. Today, for example, they’re offering E. Tautz, Luciano Barbera, Pringle and Jil Sander. Of course, they’re also (literally) offering Nautica, so the range of quality is broad, but it’s absolutely worth taking note. In the same time period, Gilt’s strength has weakened - their discounts feel smaller, their brand quality less consistent, the proportion of their offerings that are re-listings increased dramatically.

Many of the items on MyHabit are on significant discount - in a sale called “The Gentleman’s Essentials,” they’ve got Incotex trousers for $49, and many of the Luciano Barbera items were as much as 80 or 90% off. Nothing to sneeze at.

If you haven’t tried MyHabit, it might be worth signing up to get their sale announcements. I’ve been grateful to The Silentist and This Fits for their posts about good sales, but I think I’ll pay more attention to my inbox going forward. Do the same, and you might catch a great brand at great prices.

(A quick note: when we link to these sites, we usually use referral links when we remember because hey, why not, but frankly the benefit for us is pretty marginal and doesn’t affect our editorial decisions.)

Online Discount Shopping
Since writing at Put This On, I’ve made an effort to talk about how men can build wardrobes on tight budgets. My posts on strategic spending and affordable basics, for example, were written in that spirit. With so many blogs and magazines focusing on outrageously expensive items, I think it’s important to talk about more realistic acquisitions. Men can still look well dressed without spending thousands of dollars a year on clothes. 
If you want the most affordable deals, companies such as Land’s End and J. Crew are probably good places to start. J. Crew is a bit expensive at full retail, but much of their company branded inventory (i.e. non-third party stock) is discounted by 50% or so at the end of the season. 
For something a bit better, you’ll have to turn to online discount houses. This is where higher-end brands tend to be sold for 10-40% of their retail value. Granted, given that these items are extremely expensive in the first place, the sale prices can still be somewhat hefty. However, if you’re looking for high quality items at a better price, these are the places to search.
Flash sites: This model is perhaps the most well known - discounted items are offered at some site for a limited time only. The biggest flash site is Gilt Groupe, but there are many others. Check MyHabit, Jack Threads, Belle & Clive, Ru La La, Ideeli, and HauteLook. The stock at these places really range. There’s a lot of junk, but also everything from Jack Spade to Finamore. If you sign up for an account, some sites give you the option of receiving emails from them, which means you can more easily stay on top of their sales each week. 
Clearance houses: Things that couldn’t sell at retail are often sent here for clearance. Yoox and Three Different are two of the bigger online clearance houses. Again, there’s a lot of junk, and they apparently style their models blindly, but if you know your brands, you can pick up some very good deals. If you don’t, do a little research on StyleForum. 
Online discount boutiques: In addition to the big clearance houses, there are smaller boutiques that acquire their stock through a variety of different means. Malford of London, Virtual Clothes Horse, Shop the Finest, and eHaberdasher are very good ones. There’s also Exquisite Trimmings, which focuses on neckties, pocket squares, and scarves. The inventory at these places tend to be better selected than the big discount houses.
Discounted footwear: A Fine Pair of Shoes and eBay seller sausages234 are two very good sources for discounted shoes. Grapevinehill is mostly unremarkable, but they carry Ralph Lauren footwear, some of which is decent. Finally, there’s Classic Shoes for Men. The photos there aren’t as nice as the ones at the aforementioned sites, but the stock is just as good (if not better). The proprietor, Mr. Sevan Minasian, noted that he’ll throw in a free gift with your order if you mention our site. 
Us: Kind of goes without saying, but there’s also our eBay roundups and Inside Track newsletter. The first includes customized search links to help you find deals on eBay and the second has sales announcements every week. But you already knew that. 
Now, I’m sure few people will remember all those sites next time they’re shopping for something specific, so I suggest you bookmark them somewhere and save them for later. You could save yourself some considerable money if you do. 
(Photo above: An inside look at Gilt Groupe’s warehouse, taken by Notcot)

Online Discount Shopping

Since writing at Put This On, I’ve made an effort to talk about how men can build wardrobes on tight budgets. My posts on strategic spending and affordable basics, for example, were written in that spirit. With so many blogs and magazines focusing on outrageously expensive items, I think it’s important to talk about more realistic acquisitions. Men can still look well dressed without spending thousands of dollars a year on clothes. 

If you want the most affordable deals, companies such as Land’s End and J. Crew are probably good places to start. J. Crew is a bit expensive at full retail, but much of their company branded inventory (i.e. non-third party stock) is discounted by 50% or so at the end of the season. 

For something a bit better, you’ll have to turn to online discount houses. This is where higher-end brands tend to be sold for 10-40% of their retail value. Granted, given that these items are extremely expensive in the first place, the sale prices can still be somewhat hefty. However, if you’re looking for high quality items at a better price, these are the places to search.

  • Flash sites: This model is perhaps the most well known - discounted items are offered at some site for a limited time only. The biggest flash site is Gilt Groupe, but there are many others. Check MyHabitJack ThreadsBelle & CliveRu La LaIdeeli, and HauteLook. The stock at these places really range. There’s a lot of junk, but also everything from Jack Spade to Finamore. If you sign up for an account, some sites give you the option of receiving emails from them, which means you can more easily stay on top of their sales each week. 
  • Clearance houses: Things that couldn’t sell at retail are often sent here for clearance. Yoox and Three Different are two of the bigger online clearance houses. Again, there’s a lot of junk, and they apparently style their models blindly, but if you know your brands, you can pick up some very good deals. If you don’t, do a little research on StyleForum
  • Online discount boutiques: In addition to the big clearance houses, there are smaller boutiques that acquire their stock through a variety of different means. Malford of LondonVirtual Clothes HorseShop the Finest, and eHaberdasher are very good ones. There’s also Exquisite Trimmings, which focuses on neckties, pocket squares, and scarves. The inventory at these places tend to be better selected than the big discount houses.
  • Discounted footwear: A Fine Pair of Shoes and eBay seller sausages234 are two very good sources for discounted shoes. Grapevinehill is mostly unremarkable, but they carry Ralph Lauren footwear, some of which is decent. Finally, there’s Classic Shoes for Men. The photos there aren’t as nice as the ones at the aforementioned sites, but the stock is just as good (if not better). The proprietor, Mr. Sevan Minasian, noted that he’ll throw in a free gift with your order if you mention our site. 
  • Us: Kind of goes without saying, but there’s also our eBay roundups and Inside Track newsletter. The first includes customized search links to help you find deals on eBay and the second has sales announcements every week. But you already knew that. 

Now, I’m sure few people will remember all those sites next time they’re shopping for something specific, so I suggest you bookmark them somewhere and save them for later. You could save yourself some considerable money if you do. 

(Photo above: An inside look at Gilt Groupe’s warehouse, taken by Notcot)

NYT: Amazon Plans Its Next Conquest: Your Closet
Amazon’s getting serious about apparel, but it means stepping into a particularly dangerous minefield. Their focus has been price - offering commodity products for less than their competitors. The fashion business is distinctly uncomfortable with that prospect.They want fancy presentation and pricing that preserves their mystique (and margins).
Still, this is big news for consumers. I had no idea, for example, that if I type “Jack Spade” into the Amazon search bar, I’ll find hundreds of products. Their flash sale offering, MyHabit, is catching up to industry leader (and category creator) Gilt Groupe, as well. Today, for example, it’s offering sales on Gant Rugger and Luciano Barbera. We’ll see where it’s heading, but it’s tough to see it breaking bad for those of us who like to shop online.

NYT: Amazon Plans Its Next Conquest: Your Closet

Amazon’s getting serious about apparel, but it means stepping into a particularly dangerous minefield. Their focus has been price - offering commodity products for less than their competitors. The fashion business is distinctly uncomfortable with that prospect.They want fancy presentation and pricing that preserves their mystique (and margins).

Still, this is big news for consumers. I had no idea, for example, that if I type “Jack Spade” into the Amazon search bar, I’ll find hundreds of products. Their flash sale offering, MyHabit, is catching up to industry leader (and category creator) Gilt Groupe, as well. Today, for example, it’s offering sales on Gant Rugger and Luciano Barbera. We’ll see where it’s heading, but it’s tough to see it breaking bad for those of us who like to shop online.