It (Will Be) On Sale: Viberg Boots
The second half of Viberg’s online sample sale is going up this Monday at 12 noon, Pacific Standard Time. If you’re interested in anything, it’s probably a good idea to acquaint yourself with the company’s lasts and sizing now, so that you can get what you want before things disappear. The better deals typically don’t last longer than a few minutes on their site. You can learn more about Viberg’s sizing at StyleForum (just use the “search this thread” feature). 
For what it’s worth, in their 2030 last, which is what most of their flagship service boots are built on, I find that I have to size down a full size (so if you normally take a 9D, I’d recommend an 8D). Many people on StyleForum, however, recommend only going down half a size (so 8.5D). 

It (Will Be) On Sale: Viberg Boots

The second half of Viberg’s online sample sale is going up this Monday at 12 noon, Pacific Standard Time. If you’re interested in anything, it’s probably a good idea to acquaint yourself with the company’s lasts and sizing now, so that you can get what you want before things disappear. The better deals typically don’t last longer than a few minutes on their site. You can learn more about Viberg’s sizing at StyleForum (just use the “search this thread” feature). 

For what it’s worth, in their 2030 last, which is what most of their flagship service boots are built on, I find that I have to size down a full size (so if you normally take a 9D, I’d recommend an 8D). Many people on StyleForum, however, recommend only going down half a size (so 8.5D). 

It’s On Sale: Viberg Sample Sale
Viberg is holding a sample sale tomorrow. Viberg, for those unfamiliar, is a Canadian workboot manufacturer with a long, long history. Recently, they made a small spin-off from their regular line, which consists of more “fashionable” workboots for the style-conscious crowd. Lots of service boots, mainly, although they also have a range of other styles (hiking boots, Engineer boots, etc). 
Full retail on these is expensive, with most starting around $750 for calf and suede, and $1,100 for shell cordovan (the shell service boots you see above sold out in 45 seconds after they were released). No details yet on what the sample prices might be, but last time they did this, shoes were as low as $350. The sample sale will be held in three parts, with the first part starting tomorrow, 12 noon PST, at Viberg’s site. 
Before buying, you might want to acquaint yourself with Viberg’s sizing and lasts. You can use this StyleForum thread as a resource (the search feature is helpful). I find that in their 2030 last, I need to size down a full size (so instead of a 9, I take an 8). There’s some debate, however, as lots of people prefer sizing down only half a size. For what it’s worth, I’m a medium/ D-width fitting. 

It’s On Sale: Viberg Sample Sale

Viberg is holding a sample sale tomorrow. Viberg, for those unfamiliar, is a Canadian workboot manufacturer with a long, long history. Recently, they made a small spin-off from their regular line, which consists of more “fashionable” workboots for the style-conscious crowd. Lots of service boots, mainly, although they also have a range of other styles (hiking boots, Engineer boots, etc). 

Full retail on these is expensive, with most starting around $750 for calf and suede, and $1,100 for shell cordovan (the shell service boots you see above sold out in 45 seconds after they were released). No details yet on what the sample prices might be, but last time they did this, shoes were as low as $350. The sample sale will be held in three parts, with the first part starting tomorrow, 12 noon PST, at Viberg’s site

Before buying, you might want to acquaint yourself with Viberg’s sizing and lasts. You can use this StyleForum thread as a resource (the search feature is helpful). I find that in their 2030 last, I need to size down a full size (so instead of a 9, I take an 8). There’s some debate, however, as lots of people prefer sizing down only half a size. For what it’s worth, I’m a medium/ D-width fitting. 

Real People: Wearing Short Jackets
If there’s one thing that peeves traditionalists, it’s the trend for short jackets, which has been going strong for over a decade now. The rule of thumb is that a jacket should cover your butt, although this somewhat varies by region. Traditionally cut jackets in Southern Italy will be a little shorter; ones from England will be a bit longer. Personally, I think a better rule to follow is to have your jacket’s hem hit about halfway between your jacket’s collar and the floor, but truthfully speaking, the “cover your butt” guideline - give or take - isn’t a bad one to follow.
If you want a traditional look anyway. If you don’t, then there are short jackets, or what traditionalists like to mock as “bum freezers.” Although I’m not crazy about trends in the “suit and tie” look, I also don’t mind more fashionable cuts in casualwear or streetwear. Take Ben from Richmond, for example. He’s seen above wearing a sport coat from Barena, an Italian brand known for their soft, relaxed style. Their jackets are often made from knitted fabrics instead of wovens. The difference? Knitted textiles are what you find on sweaters (hence “knitwear”) and wovens are what you typically see on shirts and pants. Knitted textiles tend to be stretchier. When used for a sport coat, you get something that wears like a cardigan, especially when it doesn’t have a canvas or chest piece inside (which Barena often goes without). 
With a jacket like this, I think a fashion-forward cut can look great. Even here, where Ben is mixing it with more “traditional” items: the button-down collar shirt is from Kamakura, the quick release belt from Equus, the pants from Oliver Spencer, and the workboots from Viberg. 
Short jackets are also easier to wear with jeans or - as Pete suggested - fatigues. Jeans with sport coats are much harder to pull off than most people give credit for, and it’s very easy to look discombobulated with a dressy half up top and an oddly casual look down bottom. However, with a more fashionably cut jacket - like the ones made by Barena, Engineered Garments, and Oliver Spencer - it’s easier to look a bit more cohesive. Plus, if you’re ever going to turn your collar up on a sport coat, it should be something from one of these brands, where it looks more natural, rather than something you’d pick up from J. Press or Brooks Brothers. 
Is it a classic look? No. Is it something you can wear to traditional offices or weddings? Probably not. But it’s casualwear, and given the right context, this stuff can look pretty great. As evidenced by Ben above, or even our very own Pete, who can be seen here in a pair of jeans and an Engineered Garments jacket. 

Real People: Wearing Short Jackets

If there’s one thing that peeves traditionalists, it’s the trend for short jackets, which has been going strong for over a decade now. The rule of thumb is that a jacket should cover your butt, although this somewhat varies by region. Traditionally cut jackets in Southern Italy will be a little shorter; ones from England will be a bit longer. Personally, I think a better rule to follow is to have your jacket’s hem hit about halfway between your jacket’s collar and the floor, but truthfully speaking, the “cover your butt” guideline - give or take - isn’t a bad one to follow.

If you want a traditional look anyway. If you don’t, then there are short jackets, or what traditionalists like to mock as “bum freezers.” Although I’m not crazy about trends in the “suit and tie” look, I also don’t mind more fashionable cuts in casualwear or streetwear. Take Ben from Richmond, for example. He’s seen above wearing a sport coat from Barena, an Italian brand known for their soft, relaxed style. Their jackets are often made from knitted fabrics instead of wovens. The difference? Knitted textiles are what you find on sweaters (hence “knitwear”) and wovens are what you typically see on shirts and pants. Knitted textiles tend to be stretchier. When used for a sport coat, you get something that wears like a cardigan, especially when it doesn’t have a canvas or chest piece inside (which Barena often goes without). 

With a jacket like this, I think a fashion-forward cut can look great. Even here, where Ben is mixing it with more “traditional” items: the button-down collar shirt is from Kamakura, the quick release belt from Equus, the pants from Oliver Spencer, and the workboots from Viberg

Short jackets are also easier to wear with jeans or - as Pete suggested - fatigues. Jeans with sport coats are much harder to pull off than most people give credit for, and it’s very easy to look discombobulated with a dressy half up top and an oddly casual look down bottom. However, with a more fashionably cut jacket - like the ones made by Barena, Engineered Garments, and Oliver Spencer - it’s easier to look a bit more cohesive. Plus, if you’re ever going to turn your collar up on a sport coat, it should be something from one of these brands, where it looks more natural, rather than something you’d pick up from J. Press or Brooks Brothers

Is it a classic look? No. Is it something you can wear to traditional offices or weddings? Probably not. But it’s casualwear, and given the right context, this stuff can look pretty great. As evidenced by Ben above, or even our very own Pete, who can be seen here in a pair of jeans and an Engineered Garments jacket. 

It’s on Sale: Barney’s

Barney’s has added more items to its sale and dropped prices on stuff already on sale, discounting some things to 60% off. Although items like this Perfecto by Schott leather jacket or these Viberg boots are still far from inexpensive, they’re exceedingly well-made and handsome pieces in normal colors that don’t often last at deep discount. Also worth a look: Ovadia & Sons shirts, Zimmerli underwear, Drake’s accessories, Crockett and Jones shoes, and a surprisingly large selection of Engineered Garments.

-Pete

Viberg Sample Sale

Viberg’s first ever sample sale will be held at StyleForum this month. First batch of products goes up tomorrow, and the sale will include collab pieces, sample leathers/ soles, handcut patterns, cordovan, etc. Prices will start at $300 and more details can be found here.

(Pictured above: Andrew Chen and Mister Crew’s Viberg boots)