It’s On Sale: Gitman Ties at MyHabit

Among the many Marshall’s sale rack specials in MyHabit’s “Stripes and Beyond” tie sale (you can really feel the copywriters’ exhaustion in these titles) are a nice bunch of ties from American maker Gitman, better known for their shirts. The ties are mostly in the narrow width range of 2.75 to 3 inches, and in a number of good looking patterns and seasonal fabrics like cotton, linen, and cashmere/silk mixes. Most are priced from $35-$50, which is pretty much as good as you’ll see for U.S.-made ties in decent fabrics. (If you need an invite to MyHabit, use ours.)

-Pete

It’s On Sale: Oxxford on MyHabit
A surprise: today on the flash sale site MyHabit is the American luxury brand Oxxford. Oxxford’s known for making maybe the finest ready-to-wear men’s suits in the world. Their styling is very conservative American - think CEO, not Pitti Uomo.
There’s some really nice stuff here - maybe the best being the tuxedos, which are absolutely classic and a great deal at $1200. They also have some solid navy and gray suits from their less-expensive 1220 line (which is still pretty expensive at retail). And some cotton pants for $79. Good deals all around.
You can find the sale here. If you don’t already have a MyHabit account, sign up for one through our link here.

It’s On Sale: Oxxford on MyHabit

A surprise: today on the flash sale site MyHabit is the American luxury brand Oxxford. Oxxford’s known for making maybe the finest ready-to-wear men’s suits in the world. Their styling is very conservative American - think CEO, not Pitti Uomo.

There’s some really nice stuff here - maybe the best being the tuxedos, which are absolutely classic and a great deal at $1200. They also have some solid navy and gray suits from their less-expensive 1220 line (which is still pretty expensive at retail). And some cotton pants for $79. Good deals all around.

You can find the sale here. If you don’t already have a MyHabit account, sign up for one through our link here.

It’s On Sale: Florsheim Longwings
It’s rare that I can recommend a brand new dress shoe for under $100, but the Florsheim “Veblen” longwing is currently on sale at MyHabit for $89.
Jesse wrote in the past about the original Florsheim longwings and how they’re worth seeking out on eBay or vintage stores, but you can’t really say the same thing about most modern Florsheim shoes. However, there are a few exceptions and the “Veblen” model is a good budget shoe. 
They typical sell for around $200, which is rare to find for a Goodyear-welted shoe and is why I think they’re a good deal if you’re on a tight budget. I wrote about them after my roommate picked up a pair and was impressed. I recommended them to another friend and he’s enjoyed wearing them as well. 
MyHabit still has a full range of sizes available and their sale ends on Sunday. Worth a look and if you need an invite you can use our referral link. 
-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: Florsheim Longwings

It’s rare that I can recommend a brand new dress shoe for under $100, but the Florsheim “Veblen” longwing is currently on sale at MyHabit for $89.

Jesse wrote in the past about the original Florsheim longwings and how they’re worth seeking out on eBay or vintage stores, but you can’t really say the same thing about most modern Florsheim shoes. However, there are a few exceptions and the “Veblen” model is a good budget shoe. 

They typical sell for around $200, which is rare to find for a Goodyear-welted shoe and is why I think they’re a good deal if you’re on a tight budget. I wrote about them after my roommate picked up a pair and was impressed. I recommended them to another friend and he’s enjoyed wearing them as well. 

MyHabit still has a full range of sizes available and their sale ends on Sunday. Worth a look and if you need an invite you can use our referral link

-Kiyoshi

MyHabit.com, the flash sale site owned and operated by Amazon, has recently been in the business of kicking the tail of its competitors. They’ve had great brands, and they have Amazon-level logistics. Old Gilt fans will remember the days when you’d order something and it would show up the next day. MyHabit’s still on that. Rare are the orders that don’t show up within three or four business days. Plus: shipping and returns are free.
Right now they’re having a big inventory clearance. It started this morning so a lot of stuff is gone, but there’s still a lot left. I love the Facconable shirt-jacket above, which is about $200. This Gant by Michael Bastian down vest is awesome (in XL and XXL only). There are Facconable chinos in a number of sizes and colors still left. There’s a ton of Hickey Freeman outerwear at very reasonable prices. I love this C’N’C Costume Nacional field coat, which is a hundred bucks. There’s even a few Cucinelli cashmere pieces.
If you don’t already have an account, this is our referral link - we get a little kickback if you sign up.

MyHabit.com, the flash sale site owned and operated by Amazon, has recently been in the business of kicking the tail of its competitors. They’ve had great brands, and they have Amazon-level logistics. Old Gilt fans will remember the days when you’d order something and it would show up the next day. MyHabit’s still on that. Rare are the orders that don’t show up within three or four business days. Plus: shipping and returns are free.

Right now they’re having a big inventory clearance. It started this morning so a lot of stuff is gone, but there’s still a lot left. I love the Facconable shirt-jacket above, which is about $200. This Gant by Michael Bastian down vest is awesome (in XL and XXL only). There are Facconable chinos in a number of sizes and colors still left. There’s a ton of Hickey Freeman outerwear at very reasonable prices. I love this C’N’C Costume Nacional field coat, which is a hundred bucks. There’s even a few Cucinelli cashmere pieces.

If you don’t already have an account, this is our referral link - we get a little kickback if you sign up.

Merkur Razors on MyHabit
I’ve come to really like MyHabit, the flash sale site run by Amazon. Their shipment times are lightning fast, and while there are lots of sales that aren’t up my alley, they periodically offer really great brands, and often the discounts are surprisingly generous. The other day the women’s section had Rodarte. I was amazed.
One example for men: Merkur razors, which go on sale today at 9AM Pacific / Noon Eastern. The Merkur HD, in long or short handled models, is my go-to recommendation for new wet shavers, and what I use at home. It’s high quality, reasonably priced, and offers a very moderate shave - not too aggressive, not too passive.
I don’t know yet what the prices on razors will be, but the previews at MyHabit are showing both the razor alone and some nice kits for folks inspired by our episode on grooming.
(As usual, if you aren’t already a member of MyHabit, you can use our link to sign up.)

Merkur Razors on MyHabit

I’ve come to really like MyHabit, the flash sale site run by Amazon. Their shipment times are lightning fast, and while there are lots of sales that aren’t up my alley, they periodically offer really great brands, and often the discounts are surprisingly generous. The other day the women’s section had Rodarte. I was amazed.

One example for men: Merkur razors, which go on sale today at 9AM Pacific / Noon Eastern. The Merkur HD, in long or short handled models, is my go-to recommendation for new wet shavers, and what I use at home. It’s high quality, reasonably priced, and offers a very moderate shave - not too aggressive, not too passive.

I don’t know yet what the prices on razors will be, but the previews at MyHabit are showing both the razor alone and some nice kits for folks inspired by our episode on grooming.

(As usual, if you aren’t already a member of MyHabit, you can use our link to sign up.)

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)

A Few Notable Sales: MyHabit, Brooks Brothers, and Mr. Porter

There are a few notable sales going on today. First, Attolini, De Corato, and Finamore shirts are on sale at MyHabit for one day only. At $149 and up, they’re pretty expensive, At that price, I think you’re better off getting something custom made from a high-end, reputable maker such as Ascot Chang. However, if you have the money and like the fit, this is a good opportunity to get staple shirts such as solid whites and light blues.

Brooks Brothers also started their semi-annual sale today. Items across the board have been discounted up to 40%. I especially like this driving jacket in sand for $179. 

Finally, there’s the Mr. Porter sale, which I wrote about here. Select items have been discounted up to 70%, and they include great deals from brands such as Drake’s, John Smedley, and Ralph Lauren.

For more sales announcements, sign up for our Inside Track. We publish an edition every week on Monday, and they include an eBay roundup, just like the ones we write every Tuesday and Friday, as well as a review of that week’s sales. I think there were twelve announced in today’s edition. 

(Thanks to Cooper for tipping me to the MyHabit sale)

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.