How Does Suddenlee Work?
After my post on Monday about Uniqlo’s sale, it seems many readers are confused about how Suddenlee works. Why did I link multiple websites? Will Suddenlee ship to any city? Why doesn’t Suddenlee list Uniqlo on their website? Why aren’t sale prices listed at Uniqlo? So on and so forth.
Suddenlee is pretty simple. It’s a proxy shopping service. You’re essentially paying someone to run around New York City, buy things for you, and ship you the merchandise. However, in order to do that, they have to know what you want. To tell them, you need to go to their website, drag their shopping button to your web browser’s bookmark bar (at the top of your browser, usually), and then go to whatever website you want to shop at. Once you find something you want, click the “add to Suddenlee” button you put on your bookmark bar, choose the size, color, and quantity, and Suddenlee’s team will go out and buy it for you. If there is a sale, you just need to tell them what’s the current sale price or they will adjust it down for you when completing your order (you’ll receive all the original receipts to verify all the correct prices were charged). Their front page has a video towards the bottom that better demonstrates how this works.
To answer your other questions: I listed multiple websites because Uniqlo has the annoying habit of not listing everything on their US website, even if it’s available in their NYC stores. That’s why I list the UK and Japanese sites as well. This will give you an idea of what the item looks like, and a way to communicate to Suddenlee what you want. Uniqlo also doesn’t list the sale prices on their website because they don’t have an e-commerce system. The prices are in-store only, but I’ve verified the prices with them, so you can manually key those in on your Suddenlee purchase. And yes, they’ll ship anywhere, but if you don’t live in the Northeast region of the US, you won’t get next day delivery.
Finally, as to why Suddenlee doesn’t list Uniqlo as one of the stores they service, it’s because they don’t officially service Uniqlo. However, since they’re a general proxy shopping service, they’ll shop anywhere in NYC for you, and that includes Uniqlo. Their service is perfect if you want to buy things at multiple stores and combine on shipping (thus saving money), if you need something quick (and you live in the Northeast), or if you want to buy something from a company that doesn’t have an ecommerce presence (like here with Uniqlo).
And that’s Suddenlee. 

How Does Suddenlee Work?

After my post on Monday about Uniqlo’s sale, it seems many readers are confused about how Suddenlee works. Why did I link multiple websites? Will Suddenlee ship to any city? Why doesn’t Suddenlee list Uniqlo on their website? Why aren’t sale prices listed at Uniqlo? So on and so forth.

Suddenlee is pretty simple. It’s a proxy shopping service. You’re essentially paying someone to run around New York City, buy things for you, and ship you the merchandise. However, in order to do that, they have to know what you want. To tell them, you need to go to their website, drag their shopping button to your web browser’s bookmark bar (at the top of your browser, usually), and then go to whatever website you want to shop at. Once you find something you want, click the “add to Suddenlee” button you put on your bookmark bar, choose the size, color, and quantity, and Suddenlee’s team will go out and buy it for you. If there is a sale, you just need to tell them what’s the current sale price or they will adjust it down for you when completing your order (you’ll receive all the original receipts to verify all the correct prices were charged). Their front page has a video towards the bottom that better demonstrates how this works.

To answer your other questions: I listed multiple websites because Uniqlo has the annoying habit of not listing everything on their US website, even if it’s available in their NYC stores. That’s why I list the UK and Japanese sites as well. This will give you an idea of what the item looks like, and a way to communicate to Suddenlee what you want. Uniqlo also doesn’t list the sale prices on their website because they don’t have an e-commerce system. The prices are in-store only, but I’ve verified the prices with them, so you can manually key those in on your Suddenlee purchase. And yes, they’ll ship anywhere, but if you don’t live in the Northeast region of the US, you won’t get next day delivery.

Finally, as to why Suddenlee doesn’t list Uniqlo as one of the stores they service, it’s because they don’t officially service Uniqlo. However, since they’re a general proxy shopping service, they’ll shop anywhere in NYC for you, and that includes Uniqlo. Their service is perfect if you want to buy things at multiple stores and combine on shipping (thus saving money), if you need something quick (and you live in the Northeast), or if you want to buy something from a company that doesn’t have an ecommerce presence (like here with Uniqlo).

And that’s Suddenlee

It’s On Sale: Uniqlo Chinos and Knits

Uniqlo is having a sale this week on their chinos and knits. I personally think their vintage flat front chinos are the best buy, but here is a full run down of what they have:

As we’ve mentioned before, Uniqlo’s US stores are only in New York, but you can order through Suddenlee and get the sale price by manually entering it in. Suddenlee will ship nationwide and internationally (just not next day delivery if you’re outside the Northeast region of the US). 

It’s On Sale

Uniqlo is having a different sale each week from now until April 1st. This will include:

  • $30 jeans. (The Made in Japan Denim Regular Fit is not included in the sale, however).
  • $15 oxford shirts and $20 dress shirts
  • $20 chinos. Note that Vintage Chino Flat Front Pants aren’t on the website, but they’re available in-store and will be part of the sale. 

You can read about it here

Uniqlo only has stores in NYC, but you can order through Suddenlee and get the sale price by manually entering it in. Suddenlee will ship nationwide (just not next day delivery if you’re outside the Northeast).

Conservatively Patterned Socks

There’s an old piece of wisdom that says men should match their socks to their trousers. Doing so elongates the leg line, which in turn supposedly makes the man look taller. I’ve never been quite sure of this rule (or the logic). It works fine for navy or charcoal trousers, but matching brown socks to similarly colored pants and shoes seems off to me. I also don’t care for light colored socks, so wheat and mid-grey trousers need a different colored hose. 

In the end, I’ve found that navy socks go with everything. It’s richer than black and complements any color next to it. Thus, most of my socks are a solid navy, with charcoal a close second. I also have a few pairs in odd colors such as dark bottle green and aubergine, which I wear whenever I want a bit of irreverence. Those are never worn to match trousers, of course, though sometimes they complement a secondary color in my tie. 

It can be a bit boring to only have solid colored socks, however, so you can mix in some conservative patterns. This takes a bit more focus in the morning, but can add real character to your ensemble. Time-honored combinations include a two-toned houndstooth with glen plaid flannels, fine herringbone with a chalk striped suiting, or well spaced pin-dot hose with windowpaned wools. The key here is to find a pattern that both complements and contrasts your trousers. If you stick to neutral colors and conservative, traditional patterns, this should be easy. 

Marcoliani and Bresciani makes some of the best patterned socks out there. Marcoliani can be found through Kabbaz & Kelly, Howard Yount, and O’Connell’s. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can also find them at The Hound Clothiers. Bresciani can be bought through A Suitable WardrobeBerg & Berg, and Mr. Porter. Both of these brands are expensive, but the construction is top-notch and the patterns are tasteful.

For more affordable options, keep an eye out for Pantherella socks on Sierra Trading Post. They have more synthetic fibers in their composition, which means they’re a bit less breathable and durable, but their patterns are equally tasteful and they can be had for as little as $5 a pair (just wait for the heavy markdowns). Uniqlo also has these dotted socks which you can buy through Suddenlee, but they’re cotton and not over-the-calf. I recommend waiting for the Pantherella sales instead, if you can wait. 

Photo credits: MostExerent, SpooPoker, and Pocket Square Guy.

+J Discounts at Uniqlo

Joe emails from New York to let us know there are deep discounts on Uniqlo’s +J collection at the moment. These are the prices he noted (not reflected online):

+J merino v-necks: $29.90
+J merino cardigans: $39.90
+J cashmere v-necks: $59.90
+J cashmere cardigans: $79.90

Prices are available in store, of course, but readers have also reported good results manually entering sale prices into Suddenlee. (Note that Suddenlee does deliver nationwide, just not in one day as they do in the Northeast.)

Sales Round Up

A quick sales round up:

  • Shipton & Heneage will take $30 off any order of $160 or more (use checkout code em1111b30) and $80 off any order of $500 or more (use checkout code em1111b80). Offer ends this Monday.
  • J Press’ Private Sale starts today and will last for two weeks. Receive up to 25% off with the promo code PSNOV11. 
  • Uniqlo’s sweaters are on sale. $79.90 for any of their cashmeres and $29.90 for any of their merinos. If you’re buying for a woman, cashmeres are $69.99 and merinos are $19.90. How it’s possible for women’s clothing to be cheaper than men’s, instead of the usual other way around, I don’t know. Shop either in-store or through Suddenlee. If you use Suddenlee, however, note that some items or colors are only listed on the UK site, but are available in US stores.

Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for our Inside Track. I send out sales round ups like this every week through our newsletter.

It’s On Sale

To celebrate their new store opening on 5th Avenue in New York City, Uniqlo is offering a pretty big discount on some of their most popular items. Cashmere sweaters are $59.90, Heattech long sleeve shirts are $12.90, and their Japanese denim jeans are $9.90. The prices online don’t all reflect these sale prices, but the offer is indeed going on. Note that I have no personal experience with any of these, but a few trusted friends of mine in NYC have said these items are pretty good. A search on StyleForum yields the same opinion. 

Uniqlo doesn’t have an e-commerce store, so if you’re outside of NYC, try using Suddenlee. You can see how their service works by watching this video. There has been some confusion as to whether they’ll ship outside of the Northeast, but I’ve confirmed with them that they indeed do. To get them to give you the Uniqlo discount, just enter the prices above and you’ll only be charged that amount. 

Uniqlo’s offer ends tomorrow. 

Shop Uniqlo Online (kind of)
A new website called Suddenlee just debuted. The service sells itself as a way to order from multiple stores online in a single transaction, and then have next day delivery for about $10 (up to two stores, and then $2.50 for each additional store). If you’re not in the Northeast area, it may take a few extra days, but it’s still faster than the regular delivery time than most stores offer. 
The exciting bit about this, however, is that it seems you can order from Uniqlo through their site. Just go to Suddenlee, drag the their shopping button to your web browser’s bookmark at the top of you screen, and then go to Uniqlo’s website. Pick the item you want and then click the “add to Suddenlee” button at the toolbar. Once you’ve chosen the size and color, you can then order the item online. Watch this video to see how it works. 
This basically seems to be a way to deploy an army of personal shoppers, and then have them pack and deliver items to you the next day. Even if you don’t shop at Uniqlo, this might be a service you’ll want to keep an eye on, as many companies still don’t have online stores (e.g. Club Monaco doesn’t have one, and RRL just got one). 

Shop Uniqlo Online (kind of)

A new website called Suddenlee just debuted. The service sells itself as a way to order from multiple stores online in a single transaction, and then have next day delivery for about $10 (up to two stores, and then $2.50 for each additional store). If you’re not in the Northeast area, it may take a few extra days, but it’s still faster than the regular delivery time than most stores offer. 

The exciting bit about this, however, is that it seems you can order from Uniqlo through their site. Just go to Suddenlee, drag the their shopping button to your web browser’s bookmark at the top of you screen, and then go to Uniqlo’s website. Pick the item you want and then click the “add to Suddenlee” button at the toolbar. Once you’ve chosen the size and color, you can then order the item online. Watch this video to see how it works. 

This basically seems to be a way to deploy an army of personal shoppers, and then have them pack and deliver items to you the next day. Even if you don’t shop at Uniqlo, this might be a service you’ll want to keep an eye on, as many companies still don’t have online stores (e.g. Club Monaco doesn’t have one, and RRL just got one).