(Which is partly why I think you should shop with a plan, and work towards building a wardrobe over five years, not one)

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop into Wingtip on Wednesday. We’ll have a couple hundred handmade pocket squares for sale at crazy prices, plus Wingtip will be kicking off their annual sale. Should be a lot of fun, and a great place to spend that Christmas check from grandma. And it’s just a couple blocks from Montgomery BART, in the shade of the Transamerica Pyramid. No guarantee that 80s Willie Brown will be there, but we’d love it if he showed.

Four Worthwhile Sales

Four sales worth mentioning: 

  • Ralph Lauren is having their “Giving in Style” sale from September 27th until October 8th. 25% off non-Purple Label merchandise with the code RLGIVING12. 
  • Allen Edmonds’ Shoe Bank (where they sell factory seconds) is having a 15-30% off sale from now until  October 8th. Select styles, including their Strand, are now available for between $150 and $200. You can order from them by calling their store at (262) 785-6666. Just make sure you take a look at their main website first, so you can figure out what styles you’re interested in, and then ask their Shoe Bank store if it’s available in your size.
  • Amazon is also having a sale on Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Save an additional $50 on orders over $200 with code 2012FALL (select styles only). 
  • Finally, Rue La La has a bunch of Brooks Brothers merchandise discounted about 40-50% today. Shetland sweaters available for about $60; suits for about $500. 

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For those who might be interested in more sales, Brooks Brothers’ semi-annual sale starts on Monday, June 20th, and will go until Tuesday, July 5th. Discounts will go up to 40%. If you open a Brooks corporate account card (anyone can open one), you’ll also get an additional 15% off. 
Also on Monday, Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece line will go on sale at Gilt at 12pm EST. Black Fleece, for those unfamiliar, is designed by Thom Browne and represents Brooks higher end, slightly more contemporary line. As with most of Browne’s designs, things fit slightly cropped. It’s unclear on what will be at the Gilt sale, but you can take a look at their website to see what designs have been made for this season. Of course, Gilt could also sell Black Fleece’s previous seasons too. If you’re not already a member of Gilt, you can use my invite link. I suspect the discounts at Gilt will be bigger than the ones at Brooks Brothers since they usually sell things at over a 50-60% discount. 
Lastly, Lands End Canvas’ summer sale is going on right now. I don’t see much there that I like, but I do think their line of Heritage shirts make for decent basics if you’re on a very tight budget. Use the code CANVASDEALS (pin: 6266) for free shipping on orders over $50. 

For those who might be interested in more sales, Brooks Brothers’ semi-annual sale starts on Monday, June 20th, and will go until Tuesday, July 5th. Discounts will go up to 40%. If you open a Brooks corporate account card (anyone can open one), you’ll also get an additional 15% off. 

Also on Monday, Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece line will go on sale at Gilt at 12pm EST. Black Fleece, for those unfamiliar, is designed by Thom Browne and represents Brooks higher end, slightly more contemporary line. As with most of Browne’s designs, things fit slightly cropped. It’s unclear on what will be at the Gilt sale, but you can take a look at their website to see what designs have been made for this season. Of course, Gilt could also sell Black Fleece’s previous seasons too. If you’re not already a member of Gilt, you can use my invite link. I suspect the discounts at Gilt will be bigger than the ones at Brooks Brothers since they usually sell things at over a 50-60% discount. 

Lastly, Lands End Canvas’ summer sale is going on right now. I don’t see much there that I like, but I do think their line of Heritage shirts make for decent basics if you’re on a very tight budget. Use the code CANVASDEALS (pin: 6266) for free shipping on orders over $50. 

Jules B in the UK is having a pretty interesting sale right now. Of particular note are their selection of items by Gant, Anderson’s, and Barbour. I particularly like this Anderson’s suede belt (which also comes in navy) for $56; quilted Barbour jacket for $107; and cashmere Gant blazer with suede elbow patches for $267. All seem like great items for this coming fall season. 

Mr. Porter, one of my favorite online stores, just did a second round of reductions in their sale section. There’s some nice stuff by Ralph Lauren, John Smedley, Incotex, and Turnbull & Asser left, though most of the really great stuff got cleared out in their first round of deductions (two Drakes ties for yours truly). Take a browse if you have time

(hat tip to Doc Hu for the notice)

J Press Sale

J Press is having a sale right now, with discounts of up to 40% off. 

I think there are some good deals to be had. If you’re on the market for ties, I think their garza fina grenadines and knits, as well regimentals, would make for good buys. I also like their navy attache, wine surcingle belt, and collection of pocket squares. Additionally, if you think you might get the itch to buy a university scarf this fall, you might want to do it now while they’re on sale. 

For things that haven’t been marked down, punch in the code PSJUN11 at checkout to score some savings. 

Sale ends on the 16th. 

Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and Yoox Sales

A while ago, I wrote about Brooks Brothers’ upcoming sale. Turns out it actually starts tomorrow, May 4th, not May 5th like I originally wrote. For those planning to order online, use the promo code 04FRIEND for a 25% discount. 

Also, Ralph Lauren is having their Private Sale from May 5th until May 9th. Not particularly spectacular, unfortunately - they’re just offering a 15% kicker off any already marked down items. Use the promo code MAY0511 for that one. 

Oh, and Yoox is having their sample sale right now. 90% off select items. 

Correction: Um, the Ralph Lauren sale is awesome. Their madras shirtPreston chinos, and shell cordovan Darlton penny loafer, for example, will be 30% off plus the 15% kicker. You can actually hit the pre-sale event online today by clicking here and using this promo code: EPRE828573.

Double correction: I originally gave a presale promo code in my last update, but it apparently can only be used once. You can get your own, however, by just calling their customer service at (888-475-7674). At least that’s how I got mine. 

Brooks Brothers “Friends and Family” sale starts in just two weeks, on May 5th. It’s unclear what the discounts will be, but you should expect them to range between 25% and 40%. If you open a Brooks Brothers corporate card, you’ll also get an additional 15% discount. Thus, there will be some good deals to be had. 

In searching for items for myself, I thought I’d write a bit about some items you might also want to consider. In addition to these linen shirts I covered last week, they also have other summer staples, such as a mariner striped sweater, cotton blazer, and some slim fit chinos. I also really like these glen plaid trousers, their pink OCBD, and this Gregory trench coat

I think chukka boots make for great year round wear, but I especially like them in the summer and fall seasons. Brooks has some that are a bit less blobby looking than Clarks desert boots, and I think at steep discount, they’re quite a steal. You can get them in calf leather, suede, or canvas

Lastly, I recommend taking a look at some of their accessories. This leather watchband is quite handsome, as is their engined-turned tie bar and plaid umbrellas. I also think every man should have an engine turned slide buckle. My father gave me his, and it has his initials engraved on it; it’s one of the nicest things you can pass on. They also have some of the best summer belts - a braidedsurcingle, and woven-surcingle. I have the braided one and couldn’t be happier with it. 

Stop by a Brooks when you have time and see if anything strikes your fancy. If you do find something, ask a sales associate if they’ll hold it for you until the sale starts. I’ve had reasonably good luck with that strategy, and it’s a great way to make sure you get the items you want, at a price that’s affordable.