It’s On Sale: Borrelli Shirts at Vente Privee
Italian-made Borrelli shirts are on sale at Vente Privee, the American Express flash sale site. Borrelli shirts are known for a lot of painstaking handwork, although it’s not 100% clear what parts of their shirts are hand-stitched these days. Still, they are very well-made shirts in fine fabrics that retail at $300 and up; for around $100, not bad—there are some crazy patterns in the VP selection but classic blues and whites as well. Note that the sale includes both “Luxury Vintage” and “Classic” shirts. Check the product photos—it appears the Luxury Vintage shirts are darted for a slimmer fit. If you don’t have a Vente Privee account, feel free to use our link to sign up. Read more about Borrelli at Die! Workwear.
-Pete

It’s On Sale: Borrelli Shirts at Vente Privee

Italian-made Borrelli shirts are on sale at Vente Privee, the American Express flash sale site. Borrelli shirts are known for a lot of painstaking handwork, although it’s not 100% clear what parts of their shirts are hand-stitched these days. Still, they are very well-made shirts in fine fabrics that retail at $300 and up; for around $100, not bad—there are some crazy patterns in the VP selection but classic blues and whites as well. Note that the sale includes both “Luxury Vintage” and “Classic” shirts. Check the product photos—it appears the Luxury Vintage shirts are darted for a slimmer fit. If you don’t have a Vente Privee account, feel free to use our link to sign up. Read more about Borrelli at Die! Workwear.

-Pete

It’s On Sale: Shoe Accessories at Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Trading Post has some good deals on shoe accessories. The first are cedar shoe trees from Woodlore, which — as I’m sure everyone reading this knows — are useful for helping your shoes keep their shape. Just insert a pair into your shoes whenever you’re not wearing them. Note, these are factory seconds, so sometimes you’ll get a pair with a slight blemish or something. I’ve bought dozens of these, however, and have never received a pair that didn’t work like it was supposed to. 

There are also some shoe racks available for sale. This model looks rather tidy, but if you have a ton of boots, this model might be more useful. It’s not only expandable, thus allowing you to fill the whole width of your closet, but you can also just install the metal bars on the second and forth tiers. This will allow you to fill the rack with everything from ankle-high chukkas to tall LL Bean boots. I use the same model to organize my boots. 

As usual with Sierra Trading Post, you’ll want to apply one of their coupons to get the best deals. If you sign up for their DealFlyer newsletter, you’ll get 30-40% off coupons pretty regularly. Otherwise, you can check their Facebook page, where coupon codes are regularly released. With a ~35% off coupon, you’re looking at about $12.30 for shoe trees and $16.20 for that shoe rack.

It’s On Sale: Ralph Lauren Fishing Bag
I really like this bag. It’s admittedly a fashion label’s interpretation of a traditional fishing bag - which can be found at companies such as Brady, Hardy, and Chapman - but if you want something that has the sporty look of a fishing bag, without go “full sport,” this is a good option. The regular retail price of $350 always struck me as a bit expensive for the build quality (the leather could be better, and canvas a bit thicker), but Macy’s has it on sale right now for $260. I like it as a casual bag to use with waxed cotton Barbour jackets and other sporty items I’ll never use for their original intended purposes. 

It’s On Sale: Ralph Lauren Fishing Bag

I really like this bag. It’s admittedly a fashion label’s interpretation of a traditional fishing bag - which can be found at companies such as Brady, Hardy, and Chapman - but if you want something that has the sporty look of a fishing bag, without go “full sport,” this is a good option. The regular retail price of $350 always struck me as a bit expensive for the build quality (the leather could be better, and canvas a bit thicker), but Macy’s has it on sale right now for $260. I like it as a casual bag to use with waxed cotton Barbour jackets and other sporty items I’ll never use for their original intended purposes. 

It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets

Barbour’s Beaufort and Bedale jackets are on sale right now at Nordstroms. They’re marked down 33%, bringing the price down to about $260. The description says these are “relaxed fit,” but I only know of two cuts in these models: the traditional one they sell in the US and Western Europe, and a slimmed down version made for the East Asian market. I assume by “relaxed fit,” they just mean this is the traditional model. If that’s true, I recommend ordering your regular coat size if you plan to wear a sport coat with your jacket. Otherwise, size down one (so if you regularly wear a 38, take a 36). 

The difference between the two models? They’re essentially the same, but the Beaufort is a bit longer. It might be a better buy if you plan to wear a sport coat underneath, as it’ll be long enough to ensure that your tailored jacket isn’t peeking out. Otherwise, I think the Bedale looks better. Note, however, the Bedale is notorious for having very short sleeves. You can get them lengthened by bringing your jacket into an Orvis or Barbour store, or just sending it directly to Barbour. I think the charge something like $50 for the modification (they just sew on more fabric). 

It’s On Sale: Eastland Made in Maine Shoes

If you can find two styles you like (or otherwise find a way to put your order over $250), Eastland Made in Maine shoes can be had at East Dane right now for as little as $124 a pair. Eastland rolled out their “Made in Maine” line a couple of years ago to jump on the Americana heritage bandwagon. The shoes are actually pretty good - much better than their mainline - and are made from nice, full grain leathers. For whatever reason, the line hasn’t done that well with consumers, however, so you often see them being offered at steep discounts. This one happens to be steeper than most. 

Use the coupon code BIGEVENT14 to save 20-30% on your order (the code works on sale items). I think the dark brown Seneca boot and tan Yarmouth camp mocs seen above look pretty good. Those come out to $136 and $124 with the discount.

It’s (Sort of) On Sale: The Knottery’s Raw Silks
Speaking of raw silk ties, The Knottery now has a selection of them on their website. The regular retail price is $50, but they’re doing pre-orders for $38. The navy dotted one looks pretty versatile, and much better designed than the ones offered by Lands End last year. 
The other sources for raw silk neckwear (that I know of) are Drake’s, Vanda Fine Clothing, Panta, Marshall Anthony, J. Press, Ovadia & Sons, vintage Ralph Lauren, and vintage Bijan. There may be a couple others out there, but the market isn’t big.
Drake’s, Vanda, and Panta are the nicest, but they retail between $120 and $150. Marshall Anthony’s are also excellent, and I find they sometimes knot better than my Drake’s. They use cheaper wool/ cotton blend interlinings, but since those interlinings are lighter in weight, they help balance out the thick fabric of the raw silk. 
J. Press’ raw silks are good, but often carry more sheen than I like, and not enough slub for my taste. Ovadia & Sons’ selections always look handsome, but I don’t have any first hand experience with them. Then there are vintage pieces from Ralph Lauren and Bijan, which are fantastic, but difficult to find. I come across maybe two or three a year, and I’m always on the lookout. 
The difference between those and the Knottery’s ties, assuming they’re like the grenadine I sampled, is that the Knottery’s are machine made and will probably be slightly beefier. On the other hand, they’re also much more affordable (about $100 less than most of the aforementioned companies). If you’re looking for an affordable raw silk tie, there’s probably nothing better than this. 
Update: Jay from The Knottery emailed to tell me they’ve switched factories and are now offering mostly handmade ties. A nice plus. 
(Sale found via Pete’s Twitter)

It’s (Sort of) On Sale: The Knottery’s Raw Silks

Speaking of raw silk ties, The Knottery now has a selection of them on their website. The regular retail price is $50, but they’re doing pre-orders for $38. The navy dotted one looks pretty versatile, and much better designed than the ones offered by Lands End last year. 

The other sources for raw silk neckwear (that I know of) are Drake’s, Vanda Fine ClothingPanta, Marshall Anthony, J. Press, Ovadia & Sons, vintage Ralph Lauren, and vintage Bijan. There may be a couple others out there, but the market isn’t big.

Drake’s, Vanda, and Panta are the nicest, but they retail between $120 and $150. Marshall Anthony’s are also excellent, and I find they sometimes knot better than my Drake’s. They use cheaper wool/ cotton blend interlinings, but since those interlinings are lighter in weight, they help balance out the thick fabric of the raw silk. 

J. Press’ raw silks are good, but often carry more sheen than I like, and not enough slub for my taste. Ovadia & Sons’ selections always look handsome, but I don’t have any first hand experience with them. Then there are vintage pieces from Ralph Lauren and Bijan, which are fantastic, but difficult to find. I come across maybe two or three a year, and I’m always on the lookout. 

The difference between those and the Knottery’s ties, assuming they’re like the grenadine I sampled, is that the Knottery’s are machine made and will probably be slightly beefier. On the other hand, they’re also much more affordable (about $100 less than most of the aforementioned companies). If you’re looking for an affordable raw silk tie, there’s probably nothing better than this. 

Update: Jay from The Knottery emailed to tell me they’ve switched factories and are now offering mostly handmade ties. A nice plus. 

(Sale found via Pete’s Twitter)

It’s On Sale: Select items at The Andover Shop

StyleForum member Crimson Sox just alerted me to a pretty good sale over at The Andover Shop (a pillar in the traditional American clothing community). For the time being, select items - such as ties, jackets, and shirts - are available at 30% off. Since it’s been really cold where I live, I’ve been admiring their sweater selection, which includes plain knit Shetlands, cable knit Shetlands, shawl collar cardigans, and cashmere cable knits.

I don’t have any first hand experience with The Andover Shop’s sweaters, but I’ve heard from reliable sources that their Shetlands are just as good as O’Connell’s, which I’ve found to be some of the best around.  I wear plain knit Shetlands, but in this scene from Scent of a Woman, you can see how good a cabled design can look with a button down collar shirt and a warm winter coat - even when you’re pissing in your pants. 

Note: A reader emailed in to say that people might want to size down, as The Andover Shop’s sweaters fit very full. As I mentioned, I have no experience with their sweaters, so can’t say either way. I’m sure if you call them, however, you can get sizing advice. 

Ben Silver Warehouse Sale

Ben Silver’s Warehouse Sale starts today and will last for two weeks. The discounts aren’t as deep as one might hope, but they do have some nice things. 

These country grain Coniston and Brecon boots, for example, are some of the most used shoes in my closet (both models are made by Crockett & Jones in England). I also like these tiger and Kelim pocket squares from Drake’s, although sometimes find them to be a bit too flashy and colorful in the pocket when worn (your taste may vary, of course). In addition, there are some nice belts on sale, such as these slide buckles, and one of the best prices I’ve seen on SWIMS overshoe galoshes (good for the coming rainy season, if you’re not able to wear more casual shoes to work). There are a ton of Alden shoes on sale too if you want to browse around.

It’s On Sale: Select Items at Superdenim

Superdenim is giving an extra 20% off their sale items with the code EXTRATWENTY. Included is a bunch of stuff from Engineered Garments, Nigel Cabourn, Yuketen, and my favorite knitwear brand, Inis Meain. I bought this simple brown crewneck before this recent price drop, and love how beautiful the color is. Note, US customers can expect an additional 20% off at checkout for not having to pay European taxes. 

There’s also a “dip dyed woad hackle feather cockade," but woad you woad do with that I woad not know. 

OK, I’ll stop. 

Ten Sales Here and There

In addition to Pete’s recent post on Hickoree’s sale, I thought I’d list ten end-of-the-season sales I’ve been looking at. Much of the stock has been sold, but there are still some nice items here and there. 

  • Haven: Haven is a Canadian shop with a strong streetwear focus. At the moment, they have a bunch of stuff from Yuketen, Levis Vintage Clothing, Common Projects, and Engineered Garments on discount. I’d like to think I can look as cool as Takahiro Kinoshita in this varsity, but that’s definitely not happening.
  • Totokaelo: Totokaelo mostly stocks “edgy” designer labels, but they also have a lot of casual footwear that I think would appeal to men with classic tastes. Although the discounts aren’t that deep, these APC Ranger boots and Common Projects track sneakers look great. 
  • Bodega: A buddy of mine recently picked up these sneakers by Converse and Nigel Cabourn. They look a bit funky, but work well with the right kind of clothing. Bodega has them for $60, albeit in very limited sizes. Nigel Cabourn and End have them in a wider range of sizes, but not in white. 
  • Roden Gray: Another Canadian operation. They have some Randolph Engineering aviators on sale right now for $107. 
  • French Garment Cleaners: Lots of nice stuff from Engineered Garments and Oak Street Bootmakers. I like this chambray and these boots.
  • Berg & Berg: Lots of accessories at half off. Included are some neckties, scarves, and leather laptop sleeves, the last of which I reviewed a few months ago. 
  • Soto: These guys have a Barbour Bedale made from a very unique grey wool (it usually comes in a waxed green cotton). You might want to check with the store about sizing before you buy, as many people size down on the Bedale, but also have to take it to Barbour to have the sleeves lengthened. I can’t say for sure if Barbour can lengthen the sleeves on this model. 
  • Gentry: Lots of stuff on sale, including a very well-priced pair of chukkas from Eastland’s Made in Maine collection. Eastland’s Made in Maine is … well … made in Maine, and produced from much better materials than what Eastland uses for their mainline.
  • UnionmadeTake another 20% off sale prices with the discount code PLUS20. You can check this old post to see what I thought was particularly nice the first day the sale went up. 
  • J Crew: The official line is that “final sale items” can be discounted by an additional 40% with the checkout code BYEWINTER, but the code also seems to apply to things that aren’t marked as final sale. Such as these tan workboots by Chippewa, which get dropped down to $156 with the code.