Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday. A relaxed day filled with family, food and football is my idea of the perfect day. However, my idea of the worst day is having to leave the comfort of my couch and be crammed in with crazies going Black Friday shopping. But if you’re like me, you plan on eating yourself into a coma on Thursday and pretty much using all weekend to digest in your expensive sweatpants rather than leaving your residence to fight the Black Friday fools.
No worries on the on the shopping and saving front, as East Dane’s got your back with their holiday sale starting today. And if you’ve been looking to drop some dollars on items that rarely ever go on sale, now’s a great time as this sale has no brand exclusions. Just enter discount code “GOBIG14″ at checkout and spend $250 to get 15% off, $500 to get 20% off and $1000 to get 25% off storewide between November 25th-December 1st. Take a look at ten of my favorite brands below and click out on the titles for further details and purchase info and get that Christmas shopping done early or just get yourself some awesome attire with a desired discount.
Gitman Vintage has released their new custom shirt service, which is awesome on all levels. Their fabrics include an array of oxford, tartan, and chambray with unique patterns. From there they keep things simple and let you select the collar, sleeve, button-up or pop-over (yes, they have a pop-over option) and then neck and sleeve length. Done.
Too often the customized shirt experience can be all about gilding the lily and can easily lead a man to wrestling with a measuring tape or at worst, getting a product that doesn’t fit or feel all that custom. Thankfully GV is saving us from ourselves and offering the customization to the essentials and letting us trust GV’s classic design on the extensive options like placket, vents, back pleats and buttons.
Make your way over to Gitman Vintage to design your own.
Hickorees is starting the sale season off with a bang offering a site wide 20% off discount. Now’s the time for any and all Hill-Side goods you’ve been eyeing or the unique Japanese items they stock. I’ve picked a few of my favorites below to get the ball rolling for you. Click out on the images for further details and purchase info and use the code “BLAZINGFAST” upon checkout.
Hill-Side Brushed Jacquard Camo Shirt
Tender Dart Shoulder Jacket
Billy Kirk Briefcase
Might Mac Button Down Shirt
Hill-Side Loden Green Hat
Pistolero Suede Shoes
Burgus Plus/Hill-Side Selvedge Denim
Velva Sheen Sweatshirt
Hill-Side Blanket Stripe Tote
Howlin’ Shawl Collar Cardigan
Stantley & Sons Brass Tray
Orslow Denim Jacket
Hill-Side Chino Twill Tie
Hickorees Moto Jacket
We all know the higher the NB number the stronger the shoe. These 1500’s also have an M in front of them. That’s right, numbers and letters. Also of note, these are a triumvirate blend between Parisian-retailer Starcow and America’s New Balance made in England. That’s a lot of country collaboration.
From End, “Parisian-retailer Starcow have teamed up with Flimby’s finest New Balance to create a rendition of the ever-popular M1500 model. Comprising of two carefully considered colourways taking in hues of both grey and green, the M1500 is constructed in premium suede and classic mesh adding a unique yet timeless quality to the release. Focusing upon the trainer’s ‘Made in England’ provenance, the two neutral reworkings shot against the backdrop of the sportswear brand’s inner factory workings in Cumbria, UK, celebrating the meticulous process that goes into creating each piece of New Balance footwear.”
If you missed word a few weeks ago regarding the Filson Restoration Department, have no fear as the first batch of their refurbished products just dropped today. And make no mistake, they are as well worn as they are glorious. Each item boasts a weathered material newly reinforced with fresh fabric and distinctive stitching to resurrect each item and avoid any Filson funeral.
Make your way over to Filson to scout them out but be ready to pay a pretty penny for the patina, as each item runs significantly higher than its mint condition doppelgänger.
If you’re longing for some PTB’s but don’t have a half a grand for a pair of Alden’s, then these Officer Shoes from Pistolero are for you. First off, they look formidable. And better still, the brand name Pistolero is fun as hell to say and if my Spanish is correct, it translates over to English: larger than normal penis. Wait, I just double checked that and it actually means pistol. Hey, that’s pretty cool too. My only beef is another item out there called “Officer” something. I know brands want me to think military when they call products “Officer” fill in the blank, but I just end up thinking of a shitty cop’s uniform.
From H, “Available exclusively at Hickoree’s. Hand-crafted in a small, family-owned factory in Mexico. Burgundy cowhide leather and Goodyear welt construction allows for full resoling, extending the life of the shoes. Vibram V-Bar outsole, designed for maximum traction on a variety of terrains including wet surfaces. Natural, unstained leather welt with leather insole and lining, five eyelets and comes with one set of flat laces and one set of round laces. Made in Mexico (Guanajuato).”
More info and images at Hickorees.
A friend in graduate school recently ask me for some recommendations for affordable selvedge denim options that wouldn’t break his already broken bank. Remembering my own graduate school budgetary woes, I thought it would be a good idea to give more than a cursory reply and feature a post on the range of selvedge denim that can be had for under $150.
A few words before you go to buy, keep in mind many brands often offer site-wide discount promotions ad nauseum which will keep even more cash in your pocket. That being said, if you are in the market for denim and trying to be cost conscious it’s always good to keep in mind the cost per wear ratio of a pair of jeans versus many other pant purchases. Over time even the most pricey pair ends up being a reasonable investment when you factor in how often you wear them.
I’ve not had hands on experience with many of these brands but plenty seem to offer U.S. made construction and quality Japanese denim for a fraction of the cost you might pay elsewhere. And while I can’t personally vouch for all the brands below, when a man’s looking for a bargain some chances have to be taken.
The Assemblage stays below the $150 price tag and features (mostly) raw and all selvedge denim from big and small brands alike that are currently available to buy (no pre-order/pay up fronts). If anyone has any firsthand knowledge of other affordable options, feel free to post a comment to spread the wisdom. Click out on the images for further details and purchase info.
Uniqlo | $49.90 (currently $39.90 under promotion)
Combatant Gentlemen | $70
Gap | $108 (currently under promotion for $76)
Brave Star | $79
Unbranded | $82
Levi’s | $118 (currently $83 under promotion)
Topman | $90
Banana Republic | $118 (currently under promotion at $110)
Naked & Famous | $140
United Stock Dry Goods | $140
American Apparel | $140
Solid Denim | $142
Polo Ralph Lauren | $145
Williamsburg | $148