We want to give a warm “welcome back” to Kiyoshi Martinez, who will now be contributing to our blog on a regular basis. Kiyoshi wrote our “Ramen Noodle Budget” series earlier this year, which focused on how men can dress better without spending a fortune. He’ll be writing posts here again in the same spirit, including a more regular coverage of notable menswear sales. This will be in addition to pumping up the sales roundup we do every week for The Inside Track. So, welcome back, Kiyoshi – we look forward to your posts.
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.)
I had an absolute blast at the StyleForum 10 meetup this weekend in San Francisco. Hopefully we’ll get some official photos from Fok & Co soon, but in the meantime, if you’ve got ‘em, share ‘em.
My personal dream was realized when I met (formerly) frequent StyleForum poster LabelKing, chatted about sub-genres of disco while he consumed a dinner recommended to him by Grace Jones - champagne and oysters on the half shell.
(Note the Polo sweater being rocked above, by the way. There was at least one ‘Lo Head at that party.)
More Styleforum Debauchery
Pocket squares being pulled, flies open, flagship burgers, hip hop flashbacks, Sherlock Holmes, Midwestern accents, an endless supply of drink tickets and new friends (shotouts to Ian and Mary). You really ought have been there.
Kiyoshi was in Austin ~5 days and here he is, throwing up the Horns.
A Big Welcome to Kiyoshi
We have a new guest writer here at Put This On. Kiyoshi, the man behind The Silentist, will be doing a special series for us titled “The Ramen Noodle Budget.” It will cover how you can put together a sharp wardrobe on a minimal budget.
I couldn’t be happier to have Kiyoshi on board. He’s a sharp guy who knows his stuff, and on more than a few occasions, led me to some great deals through our frequent email exchanges.
The first installment will be posted later today and the series will run through till the end of next week.
* Photo: Kiyoshi (left) and Suits+Boots (right) at the RedEye in Chicago.
Brooks Brothers Sale
- Buy four shirts and get 40% off ($47.70/shirt)
- Outerwear 30% off
- Footwear 25% off
- Casual outerwear 40% off
- Sweaters 40% off
- Luggage 30% off
- Blazers andsport coats 30% off
- Suits 30% off
“Get a well-fitting suit, a fitted shirt, a solid pair of leather-soled shoes and a nice necktie — and never worry again about needing something nice to wear on short notice.” - The Silentist
The Silentist just did a round up of nearly every slim card-holder on the market, and it reminded me of the Seinfeld clip above. Most men I see carry way too much around in their wallets; it’s almost like they’re lugging around mini-briefcases in their back pockets. All you really need are a few cards, which you can put in a slim card holder, and some cash, which can held with a money clip. By carrying less, you’ll be able to keep a nicer silhouette throughout the day.
I personally keep my cards in a Chester Mox card-holder, and I absolutely love it. The company uses Horween leathers and will personalize your wallet for $10 (I got my name engraved in the same font that Chester Mox used for their logo). Of the ones The Silentist blogged about, I think they offer the best quality-to-price ratio.
The Silentist found that these Charles Tyrwhitt boots are on sale for $160, shipped. I have these boots and definitely recommend them. They’re not so great for the summer, but come fall, they go very nicely with dark brown corduroys, moleskins, or any heavy wool trousers.
Use the code DELIVERY at check out to get free shipping.
Also, happy 4th of July to everyone! I’m about to prepare some mean snacks and chill some white wine for tonight.
Addendum: Please note these are UK sizes, so act accordingly. I’m a 9D in the US, but 8F in these boots.