We couldn’t be more appreciative of our sponsors. As an independent menswear site, they’re the reason we’re able to keep the lights on. So, twice a month, we like to give them a special shoutout to recognize them for their support. Doing so also allows us to update our readers on our sponsors’ latest happenings.
Proper Cloth built their reputation on remote made, custom tailored dress shirts. Their system is pretty simple: on thier website, you can punch in the measurements of your body or best fitting shirt, select a shirt fabric and desired details, and get a custom made shirt delivered straight to your door a few weeks later. Over the years, Proper Cloth has expanded this expertise into made-to-order suits, sport coats, and trousers. And this week, they’ve debuted their first-ever five-pocket jeans. Made from Japanese stretch denim, available in either black or white, Proper Cloth allows you to customize things such as the pocket style, fly, and waistband detailing. They can also make five-pocket pants in cotton corduroy and chino.
For Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Proper Cloth has select items discounted by as much as 40% off. Included are some country plaids (one of the company’s specialties is making casual custom-tailored shirts), textured sport coats, and even their Everyday Mask. If this is your first time ordering from Proper Cloth, they also offer a free remake on all custom-made shirts so that you can dial in on the fit.
Longtime readers know we love grenadine ties. Grenadine is a type of Italian silk that comes in a variety of weaves, but generally takes on a honeycomb-like texture. In solid colors, such as what you see above, they’re great in that they’ll go with almost anything. When paired against solid-colored suits and sport coats, their texture lends visual interest. At the same time, they’re simple enough to combine with patterned shirts and jackets without having anything clash. If you’re getting your first one, stick to navy or black — those are the most useful colors.
You can get a grenadine from any number of reputable brands, but none will be as affordable as Chipp’s. Chipp is the online accessories arm of Winston Tailor’s, which was founded in the 1940s by a former J. Press employee named Sidney Winston. The original Winston was famous for making patchwork madras and tweed sport coats, as well as dressing luminaries such as President JFK, Andy Warhol, and Joe DiMaggio (Sidney’s son, Paul, now run the family company). Chipp’s grenadines are made in New York City using the same Italian silks you’ll find at other top-end shops, except their grenadines only cost $60. They also come in almost every color imaginable. If you need a custom length or width, just email the company. Since they have their own in-house tailors, everything is easily customizable for a small fee.
For Cyber Monday, Dapper Classics is offering a 30% discount on all of their socks. Just use the checkout code 30CYBER. The promotion applies to their staple designs, such as solid navy and over-the-calf socks, which can be worn with tailored trousers of any variety (solid navy socks go with everything). You can also use the code on already discounted items. These holiday themed, mistletoe socks come down to just under $10 with the checkout code. Wear them with a grey suit and black loafers this holiday season for a bit of seasonal cheer.
Rowing Blazers is also having a big Cyber Monday blowout. Until midnight tonight (Eastern Standard Time), you can take 40% off select items. That includes their V-neck golf sweaters, twill shorts and trousers, American-made candy-striped shirts, the Slim Aarons collaboration, and select blazers and rugby shirts. Pictured above are this season’s patchwork tweed trousers (made from real patchwork tweed, not printed). Are they ridiculous? Well, yes. But they would also be fun to wear with a Shetland sweater, oxford cloth button-down shirt, and some brown suede penny loafers.
Our sponsor LuxeSwap isn’t having a Black Friday sale, per se, but they’ve listed the best of their inventory on eBay. Among their listings at the moment, you can find hand-tailored suits and sport coats from Sartoria Formosa, the famous tailoring company that sits just across the courtyard from EG Cappelli. Mario Formosa, the company’s late founder, was famous for his double-breasted suits and counted many of Naples’ best-dressed men among his clients. LuxeSwap is also auctioning off G. Inglese dress shirts, a Sage de Cret field jacket, some Inis Meain knitwear, an Evan Kinori Casentino jacket, and an Eddie Bauer x Nigel Cabourn down parka. Auctions end this Sunday.