As winter draws to a close, many stores are trying to clear their shelves and make room for spring deliveries. As such, now is probably the best time to shop if you’re looking for a deal. There aren’t that many sizes left right now, but prices will probably never be lower. Here are four sale sections that I think are notable:
Junior’s: Select Items On Sale At 40% Off
Junior’s specializes in classic American dress, including made-to-measure tailoring, sportswear, and accessories. Founder Glenn Au got his start in the clothing industry by working as a sales associate at O’Connell’s and H. Stockton. At his brand today, he offers a slightly new take on trad. The clothes are undeniably classic, as he offers things such as ancient madder ties, oxford button-downs, flat-front chinos, and stout rugbys. At the same time, the colors feel new and old at the same time. Much of his range focuses on colder hues, such as mossy greens and greyish browns. I like that the line feels young but not preppy; classic without seeming old.
Currently, Junior’s is offering a 40% discount on select items, such as knitted caps, rugbys, chinos, and pocket squares. I particularly like the Shetland sweaters, which come in attractive colors such as blue-green and walnut brown. With the checkout code, these come down from $195 to $116 — a price that’s hard to beat for authentic Scottish knits. For trad purists, these also have a saddle shoulder. Just use the checkout code SAVE40 to enjoy the discount, but be aware that things are final sale.
No Man Walks Alone: Up to 40% Off Seasonal Items
The chunky shawl collar cardigan might be the perfect at-home garment. You can layer it over nearly anything — t-shirts, flannels, oxford button-downs, and even a thin merino turtleneck when it’s drafty. During more normal times, a chunky shawl collar knit can be used in place of a sport coat for at-home holiday parties.
Some of my favorites come from Scott & Charters, one of the few Scottish knitwear mills still in operation. Theirs has a slightly elongated silhouette (for that reason, I recommend sizing down). The collar also drapes like a thick, heavy roll of dough. At the moment, No Man Walks Alone has a couple of them left in their winter sale. The price isn’t cheap at $396 (on sale), but it’s supremely cozy and something you can wear while working from home.
No Man Walks Alone has some other great knitwear, including a fully handknitted, ivory wool Chamula sweater decorated with a simplified version of the American flag (size up). I have a black version of that knit, and like wearing it with topcoats, trucker jackets, or just about any Americana styled outerwear. Additionally, Jamieson’s Fair Isle sweaters come in great color combinations — classic, but not fusty, and not overly modernized to lose all its original charm. This specific sweater was inspired by something the Duke of Windsor once wore for a portrait. Additionally, check out the Kanata Cowichans. Those are decidedly not soft or spongey like Scott & Charters’ shawl collar knits; they wear more like outerwear. I like wearing soft shawl collar cardigans when at home, but then a hardier Cowichan when I’m going outside, like our friend Kunal in Washington, DC.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the store’s fantastic range of tailored clothing, which includes beautifully finished shirts from G. Inglese, trousers from Rota, and suits and sport coats from Sartoria Formosa and Carrara. The Formosa line has been mostly replaced by the new in-house tailoring line No Man Walks Alone developed with Carrara. Both are great, but I think the Formosa line is especially impressive. The cut is full through the chest and has an extended shoulder line. It’s soft but not shapeless and has a genuinely classic Italian silhouette (unlike many contemporary Italian lines, which fit all too slim and short). Formosa is a bespoke tailoring workshop in Naples, tucked into the same courtyard as tiemaker EG Cappelli. While these are ready-to-wear garments, they’re made to the same standards as the company’s bespoke service (meaning, they’re benchmade). I once saw this sport coat made from a Fox Brothers fabric, and I thought it was stunning. It would go wonderfully with these Rota trousers in tan cavalry twill, grey whipcord, or grey flannel. (If you don’t have whipcord trousers, which are admittedly hard to find in flattering cuts, this is an excellent time to pick some up. I like the material better than flannel.) Note that all discounted items are final sale.
Division Road: Winter and Archive Sale
Private White VC is one of the few remaining clothing factories in Manchester, England. About a hundred years ago, steam-powered mills here produced so much of the world’s cotton, the city was colloquially known as Cottonpolis. Like many manufacturing trades in post-industrial economies, those jobs have mostly moved offshore. In response, many British clothing factories have had to develop their own lines — sold through stores and directly to consumers — to survive. Private White VC is one of those factory-bassed brands.
The company specializes in classic, casual outerwear — bombers, field jackets, motorcycle jackets, and the like. Their clothes are made from premium fabrics, such as Ventile, a breathable, stealth fabric that swells up when wet, closing the pores and making the material water-resistant. They also use upgraded trims, such as their signature rose-gold colored RiRi zippers, a joy to use. The designs are somewhat basic, as is almost always the case with classic outerwear, but they’re a good option for guys who want to look well-dressed without standing out from the crowd, and want something better than J. Crew without spending Cucinelli money.
You can find some of their outerwear on sale at the moment at Division Road. Included are the navy doeskin bomber (doeskin is like flannel, but has less nap), Ventile Harrington, cotton sateen field jacket, and waxed cotton version of Private White VC’s flagship product, the twin-track jacket. The twin-track jacket has a removable zippered placket, which you can use to adjust the fit. If you’re planning to wear the coat closed and have heavy layers underneath, you can zip in the placket and use it to achieve a roomier fit. With the placket out, it fits a little trimmer. Ian, pictured above, has a review of it on his site From Squalor to Baller.
Division Road has some other great pieces on sale, including Gitman Vintage shirts, Andersen-Andersen fisherman knits, and a Corridor sweater in the perfect taupe color. Like with Junior’s and No Man Walks Alone, all discounted items here are final sale.
The Armoury: 20% Off Tailoring and Outerwear
Most readers should know by now that The Armoury has discounted their Ring Jacket tailoring by 20%. I particularly love their exclusive Model 3 cut — soft through the shoulder with no padding, just the canvas and haircloth wrapped over the shoulder. These coats have an extended shoulder line, a slightly fuller chest, and a very soft silhouette. They perfectly ride that line between smart and casual, and are exceptionally well priced for fully Japanese-made garments.
I particularly like the brown checked Loro Piana sport coat this season, along with the micro-herringbone suit (made for The Armoury’s 10th anniversary), light blue sport coat (so good with a navy polo), and olive wool-mohair suit. Mohair has a slight sheen that looks amazing under artificial light. The material makes for a wonderful evening suit when bars and restaurants open up again.
If you’ve been following The Armoury for a while now, you probably already know about that promotion. What you may have missed, however, is that they’ve also put a broad selection of their outerwear on sale. The only things that aren’t included are the workwear pieces from The Real McCoy’s. Otherwise, you can find dress outerwear styles, such as their tan double-breasted overcoat and Coherence “Corb” coat. For icy weather, The Armoury made a shearling coat inspired by something Alain Delon wore in the 1965 film Once a Thief. I also love this Coherence “Fou Fou” trenchcoat for its dramatic A-line silhouette. You can see Armoury co-founder Mark Cho describe it in the video above (along with many of the company’s other outerwear styles if you search their YouTube channel).
Notably, The Armoury will take returns on sale items.