Buy affordable art at the eagerly anticipated 2019 Art Yard Sale

Our eagerly anticipated Art Yard Sale will return again on 2nd June 2019 in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines – Jubilee Square. Now in its fourth year, this spectacular event draws huge crowds, keen to meet their favourite artist from the artrepublic gallery. A fantastic opportunity to buy affordable, exclusive artworks from leading, contemporary artists – this event is one for your diary.

Art Yard Sale 2019

Expect an array of artworks for sale from both emerging and established artists alike. Discover brand new print releases whilst taking part in impromptu workshops with artists at their stalls. The day is full of inspiring opportunities.

We are pleased to welcome the following artists for Art Yard Sale 2019:

Anders Coolnnice, Aroe, Art & Believe, Bonnie and Clyde, Chloe Rox, CJP, Clive Sefton, Cosmo Sarson, Dan Hillier, Dave Buonaguidi, Dirty Hans, Eddy Bennett, Eelus, Euan Roberts, Jayson Lilley, Joe Webb, Louise Mcnaught, Lucy Bryant, Magnus Gjoen, Maria Rivans, Mike Edwards, Pure Evil, Rebecca Strickson, Richard Berner, Ryan Callanan, Sara Pope, Sarah Arnett, Sinna1, Soozy Lipsey

On the day artists will only accept artrepublic Money, you can exchange your cash at the artrepublic stall that will be at the entrance of Jubilee Square.

To avoid the queues, the artrepublic gallery on Bond Street will be open 2 hours earlier so you cans swap your cash for artrepublic money between 9am and 11am only.

Created with the objective of bringing together our gallery’s artists with their fan base in one spectacular art-filled place; our event runs alongside Brighton’s creative festival season – the Brighton Fringe. artrepublic has been the official sponsor of the Visual Arts Programme at the Brighton Fringe for many years now – and our Art Yard Sale fits perfectly with the local and creative ethos of the festival.

Founder and curator Lindsay Alkin shares: “It’s a really fun day, where everyone can meet their favorite artists, learn about their creative process and watch them hand finish exclusive works. It’s best to get down early as a lot of the releases sell out as they are at special prices for the day and no one likes to miss out. We have a really wide selection this year from photography to ceramics from exciting new artists.”

For more information head over to our dedicated Art Yard Sale website.


For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page

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Lenovo introduces affordable new ThinkBook line of laptops

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At Lenovo’s annual “Transform 3.0 at Accelerate” event today in Orlando, the Hong Kong-based electronics giant introduced a new line of laptops that combines an affordable price tag with some of the most-loved features of the company’s ThinkPad laptop line.

The result is an all-new ThinkBook collection of Windows 10 laptops aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses. The new line launches with the ThinkBook 13s and 14s, 13- and 14-inch models that will both be available starting later this month.

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Affordable hotels in the Hamptons

The Hamptons is home to Beyonce and Jay-Z, Neil Patrick Harris and Robert Downey Jr, so it’s no wonder it is such a fantastic and sought-after vacation spot! You’re just 90 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, but you might as well be on another planet. Think stunning beaches with breathtaking dunes, quirky boutique stores, and the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse. Thankfully you don’t have to have the budget of a celebrity to be able to afford to stay here if you know where to look! Here are some fantastic but affordable hotels in the Hamptons.

Ocean Surf Resort Inn

Rated number one budget hotel in the Hamptons, this is a fantastic pick for families who want a cheap but cozy hotel right on the beach. It’s clean with friendly staff and you are only a five-minute walk from various restaurants and a family fun center, or you can choose to save even more by using the kitchenette in your room which features a microwave oven, toaster, refrigerator, and stove. You can enjoy the private balcony with your room, and the heated pool is perfect for cooling down in.

Ocean Surf Resort Inn

Hotel Indigo East End

If you’re looking for a more boutique option, this hotel has been remodeled from a Best Western and offers a fitness suite, a spa, a bar and restaurant, and an outdoor lounge area. You are close by to the Hampton Bays, a local waterpark and a few wineries too! The rooms are stylish and chic, with flat-screen TVs, and coffee makers, as standard but without a hefty price tag! This is an excellent choice of hotel that balances luxury and style with cost, so you can treat yourself without ending up mazing out that credit card!

Harborside Resort Motel

As the name suggests, this accommodation is ideal for those who like to fish or explore the water. You’re situated right by the marinas and fishing charters, and for boat lovers, the motel offers a wash-down service and use of the boat launch. If you’re more of a fan of contained water, the pool is perfect for enjoying a paddle or relax on a lounger. The rooms are basic but come with everything you need, and the staff is friendly.

Harborside Resort Motel

Hyatt Place Long Island East End

This hotel chain is another family-favorite with free breakfast, both indoor and outdoor pools and spacious, comfortable rooms. You’re just a stone’s throw from the Long Island Aquarium and Splish Splash Water Park which are ideal for days out or stay at the hotel and hire sporting equipment too. Enjoy the view of the Peconic River as you are ideally placed on the Fork to head to either The Hamptons or Long Island if you wish.

So now you know that a trip to the Hamptons doesn’t have to mean your credit card gets a battering, what are you waiting for?! Live like a celebrity for a long weekend, especially if you have saved enough on your room to splash out a little in other areas!

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Spring / Summer Temptation: New Affordable Men’s Style Arrivals for 2019

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Spring/Summer 2019 – The Best Looking New Arrivals in Men’s Style

Those piles of parking lot snow should be starting to whither. Winter clearance events for retail are coming to an end. That means new, warm-weather arrivals are starting to show up in store, and online. Spring/Summer 2019 seems to feature more color, more patterns, more… more. But since this website bangs the drum for less is more, we’ll try and keep from getting too far out of control. Know that for many of these items, prices are sure to come down with sales & promos once the snow starts to melt.


Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers – $ 320 – $ 360 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 400 – $ 450)

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers

Up there in price for sure, but Bonobos knows what they’re doing when it comes to these minimally lined, lightweight, wear it in everything from 10 degrees to 110 degrees sportcoats. Plenty of colors and patterns to pick from. Totally unlined in the back. Hopsack, looser weave wool is nice and airy. Super easy to dress up or down. Available in slim or standard fits.


Target Goodfellow & Co. Short Sleeve Henley Shirt – $ 12.99

In Review: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Spring 2019 |

Well made, soft cotton, and plenty of colors to pick from. Part of our round up of what Target’s Goodfellow & Co line has to offer for the warmer weather. The cotton is lightweight but doesn’t feel cheap, and the color options are all pretty nice.


Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch – $ 99

Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch

Nautical, seashore style without the “would you like to see my beach house?” price. 100m water resistance. Functional top bezel. (Yay!) Brass case so there should be some decent heft to it.


EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo – $ 49.90

EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo

The stretchy, super comfy, mostly cotton EXPRESS performance polos have gotten the piped treatment for Spring 2019. Not bad at all. Spendy from the jump, but… this is EXPRESS. There’s always another 40% off train a comin’.


Nodus Retrospect II Diver – $ 400 – $ 450*

Nodus Retrospect II Diver

Good gracious, that’s something. Designed and assembled in Los Angeles. Has a Miyota heart beating inside. More than a couple dial colors to pick from. Inward sloping bezel. I’m a big fan of my own personal Avalon (that cushion case speaks to me) but this? This is a heck of a do-anything, all purpose, classic but not boring dive watch. *Note that they are currently taking $ 200, non refundable deposits for pre-orders. Remaining balance will be charged right before shipping, which is expected to be early April.


Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats – $ 399 – $ 499

Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats

The Havana fit in linen or a linen blend is perfect for this time of year. Not ridiculously close to the body, but still tailored looking. There’s just enough room for ventilation and to breathe. Ships and returns for free since it’s Suitsupply.


Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks – $ 345

Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks

I really like the “Nomad” line. I know the new ownership at AE has NOT done everything right. Far from it. But these are still Goodyear welted, still made in Port Washington WI, and they’re darn comfortable. Full review of their chukkas from this line can be found here.


Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo – $ 49.50

Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo

Nordstrom is making a button down collar polo these days? Excellent. A little on the spendy side though. Slub fabric. From one of their younger leaning house brands, 1901. Ships and returns for free since it’s Nordstrom.


Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits

Excited about these, but they do have a drawback: The jackets are fully lined. So if you’re a super sweater of a man, then you might want to steer clear. Lined in Bemberg though, so it’ll breathe noticeably better than stuffy polyester lined suits. Lighter weight tropical wool does help too in the warmer months. And hey, thankfully they’re selling the pants as separate stand-alones if you just need some trousers.


GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis – $ 41.97 w/ STYLE ($ 69.95)

GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis

Why GAP insists on calling these just “linen” khakis, when they’re 63% cotton and 37% linen, and most colors aren’t khaki, is beyond me. But I’m just some schmuck on the internet. Nice pants though.


Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford – $ 94.80 w/ STYLE ($ 158)

Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford

Gray suede bucks. Perfect for warm weather, but you can even wear them in cooler temps with jeans. Does go up for 40% off codes with some regularity.


Relwen Utility Trap Blazer – $ 328

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer

Y’know how a lot of fall/winter sportcoats can deftly walk that line between blazer and outerwear? That doesn’t happen all that often in spring. Until now. Also available in navy or gray. Ships and sold by Huckberry.


Goodthreads  7″ Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short – $ 29.19

Goodthreads  7" Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short

Oxford cloth is certainly a favorite warm weather fabric. Especially for shorts and pants. Thirty bucks doesn’t seem too bad, especially considering they ship fast and free thanks to the Prime service.


Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos – $ 29.70 w/ STYLE ($ 49.50)

Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos

There are two kinds of people in this world. First, those that love Banana Republic’s smooth as glass, cotton, luxe touch fabric. And second, those who seem to shrink these damn things in the wash/dryer, and thus, HATE Banana Republic’s luxe touch fabric. If you are in the latter camp, don’t buy these.


J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket – $ 168

J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket

Not all of J. Crew’s new spring arrivals look like they’ve fallen out of a norm-core lookbook. This jacket is loud but not tinnitus inducing. The top half of one of their newest “un-suits.” So unconstructed and unlined. Wearing it WITH the matching pants might cause some ringing in the ears.


Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker – $ 150

Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker

Spendy, but purposefully built with “Grand.OS” technology that specifically helps deliver arch support. Arch support. In a retro styled sneaker. Imagine that. Currently efforting an in person and maybe a giveaway.


Target Goodfellow & Co Hennepin Slim Fit Chino Pants – $ 22.99

In Review: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Spring 2019 |

A true slim. Gonna be too slim for some. If you can go to Target and try several pairs on, you’ll probably be good to go. Size shown above is a 32×32.


Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph – $ 2195

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph

Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! But man. That price. Should come down quite a bit once it hits gray market dealers. IF it ever hits gray market dealers. And hey, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?


B.R. Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo – $ 47.70 w/ STYLE ($ 79.50)

BR Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo

These can be super dressed up or down. Worn with jeans when it’s cool to cold, with golf pants or even those performance wool trousers when it warms up a little. Come to think of it, those wool pants + one of these sweater polos would make a really smart (but maybe a little too retro) golfing outfit.


Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers – $ 179

Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers

Whoooo spendy. But hey, if you’re out looking for some gray colorblock sneakers, here they be. Ships and returns free since it’s Suitsupply.


J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee – $ 15ish

J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee

Cheap. True slim fit. Four colors to pick from and that pocket breaks up the large swatch of chest fabric just enough. Cotton/poly gives it some softness and a bit of a marled look.


Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses – $ 68

Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses

Really nice. Not polarized, but the feel and finish is really quite impressive. Hits that rare mid-price-point between gas station garbage shades and super luxury sunglasses. Full review here.


Banana Republic Core Temp Chinos – $ 58.80 w/ STYLE ($ 98)

BR Core Temp Chinos

So good. Lightweight, breathable, and absurdly comfortable. Full review here. Currently only offered in their Aiden Slim fit. Which leaves some of us in the athletic booty camp feeling a bit squeezed. But they’re stretchy enough that even if you are on team caboose, you still might find these to be a favorite.


Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot – $ 89.95

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot

Spring/Summer and boots don’t often go together. These do. Sandy suede color. Cheap. Ships and returns for free.


Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo – $ 20

Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo

Serious potential here. Tons of colors, cheap, lightweight and slubbed. Casual due to that lightweight, slub fabric, but some of us dig that. Ships and returns free with Prime.


J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton – $ 60ish

J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton

Will look great with chinos or shorts, and a t-shirt or short sleeve henley on a cool summer evening. Something to pack for those trips to the beach / lake.


Jack Erwin Driving Loafer – $ 115

Jack Erwin Driving Loafer

Still handcrafted in Portugal. Not bad for $ 115. TONS of colors to pick from, and that familiar, low profile and nubby sole (and heel) of a true driving loafer.


Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats – $ 228 – $ 298

Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats

From cotton chino to linen silk blends, Spier does warm weather seasonality really well. Of course, they do cold weather seasonality really well too, but, wear one of their tweed numbers in the summer heat and you might end up in a puddle of your own sweat. Anyway, back to the warm weather sportcoats. Lots of fabric options. Lots of colors. Lots of patterns and textures too.


B.R. Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater – $ 59.10 w/ STYLE ($ 98.50)

BR Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater

The buttons are inspired by fisherman’s/sailor sweaters from the past. They used to have higher necks on them, and the buttons would help guys at sea button them all the way up to keep the sea spray out, but could be unbuttoned later for on/off. Price above reflects a pretty standard 40% off discount.


Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel – $ 399

Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel

Travel season is coming up fast. And honestly, not a bad price for an all nubuck leather duffel.


UNIQLO – AIRism Button Down Collar Polo Shirts – $ 29.90

A favorite. Shown above is last year’s shirt-collar version, but you get the idea. A deep-ish, three button placket, and button down collar points = a polo collar that’s smart and in control. Not one that’s curling and flopping about as the day wears on.


Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers – $ 169

Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers

A total splurge, and twice as expensive as Stan Smiths, but Gustin knows what they’re doing when it comes to making quality products for a fair price. The catch? It’s a pre-order system, so you’ll have to be patient. Italian Nappa leather. Cream Margom Sole. Lined in Calfskin.


J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants in Slim or Straight Fit – $ 35ish

J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants

Again, oxford cloth shorts and pants are quite appreciated when it heats up. Yes, since they’re all cotton they tend to soak up and hold onto moisture. But they’re just so light and airy that unless you sweat like a beast, you should be okay. Depending on the temp and humidity of course.


Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos – $ 30

Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos

For those who prefer their polos 100% cotton with great buttons and a collar that won’t stray. More than a few color options to pick from.


Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants – $ 98

Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants

Because jeans are about to get kinda hot. These? Not so much. Perfectly weighted and stretch infused cotton 5-pockets designed specifically for year round wear. Full review here in case you missed it.


Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit – $ 676

Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit

Made in Canada, Italian cotton fine cord with a touch of stretch. An investment, but it has a lot of things going for it.


Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers – $ 128

Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers

Side tabs! Feel free to ditch that heavy leather belt (or heck, even a lightweight belt) in favor of side tabs. 55% Cotton / 45% linen blend fabric. Sharp as hell. Lots of colors.


J. Crew Unstructured Blazer & Pants in Stretch Cotton – $ 266

Available in either stretch cotton (as shown above) or a cotton/linen blend. Nice to see that despite all the turmoil, J. Crew is still making these popular “un-suits” for the spring and summer months. Multiple colors available too. Full review here.


TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties – $ 25

TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties

Love the knit tie thing but don’t like the “it’s hip to be square” blunted end of most? Then TheTieBars limited run of tip-knit ties are your jam. Still just twenty five bucks. Knit silk, and finished with a more pleasing to the eye (to some) point.


B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot – $ 106.80 w/ STYLE ($ 178)

B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot

Yes you can wear boots in warmer weather. Just favor less clunk, and more suede. And that applies here. Full review can be found this way.


Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits

98% wool and 2% lycra in a couple of spring-appropriate shades. Still half canvas. Still one of the best values in the suiting business.


WP Standard Boxcar Duffel – $ 400

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel

More travel gear here. WP Standard is the real deal. And while $ 400 is no small amount of money, the look and feel of their leather, not to mention the smart construction, really is something else.


Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat – $ 499

Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat

A lightweight, almost suiting-fabric 3-season raincoat is pretty much ideal. It ain’t cheap, but ideal rarely is. 80% wool and 20% poly. Fabric is from Italy. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply.


Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants – $ 78.40 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 98)

Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants

A Bonobos tech pant that doesn’t start north of $ 150? Be still. My heart. Anyway, still a splurge, but try the code ECLIPSE20 at checkout for 20% off. All poly/nylon blend here. So don’t be shocked if they “swish swish” when you walk.


J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan – $ 140

J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan

The heavier sweaters from winter might be stashed in cedar for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a sweater or two around the house for when it unexpectedly cools off. Should go on sale with the frequent codes and promos that J. Crew runs.


Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby – $ 124.95

Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby

From their affordable, but still pretty nice house brand. Should look quite good with all manners of lightweight suiting.


Banana Republic Heritage Slim Linen Suit Jacket & Pant = $ 275 w/ STYLE ($ 458)

BR Heritage Slim Linen Suit

Price above reflects a 40% off discount, but do know that these suit separates get excluded quite a bit. Once upon a time BR would take an otherwise nice, airy, 100% linen suit like this… and fully line the jacket. But not anymore! Someone got in the ear of whoever was in charge of suit construction and said “hey, it sorta defeats the purpose of an airy, breathable summer suit, to fully line the jacket.” Sweat city people. But not here. This is the way to do it. Just butterfly lined in the back. True slim fit.


J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino – $ 130ish

J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino

I mean… it’s possible of course. But. Well. YOU FIRST.

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Alert! Erika Jayne’s New Shoe Line Is Sexy *and* Affordable

Because you just never know what kind of mood you’ll be in when you get dressed, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne has teamed up with ShoeDazzle on two collections of affordable heels and sandals that have a style for every taste and occasion. And the multi-hyphenate is exclusively telling Us all about the collaboration.

“As a woman who dresses from heel to head, I wanted to work with a brand who gets my shoe obsession. ShoeDazzle not only understands the mind of the shoe obsessed, but they are a customer driven company whose goal is optimal shopper satisfaction,” Jayne says. “The main reason I chose ShoeDazzle as my premier footwear partner is that with their price points I can offer my fans the chance to look and feel like me without the high price tag.”

For the uninitiated, ShoeDazzle is the online purveyor of trendy and wallet-friendly footwear that offers customers a personalized shopping experience based on their taste. For as little as $ 39.95 a month, users have the option to join the VIP Membership program that gives them exclusive access to perks and deals.

Jayne’s designs seek to offer something for everyone with their innovative personality-driven approach. “In my collections you’ll find styles like booties, heels and platform mules, made even more on-trend with the use of sporty stretch mesh, neon, vibrant takes on animal prints, graffiti and plenty of glam,” she shares.

The “Erika Girardi” capsule is for the woman who is looking for heels to take her from work to happy hour with ease. The six-piece range includes everything from platform sandals to ankle-strap stilettos in a pastel suedes, reptile-inspired prints and metallics.

The “Erika Jayne” line, meanwhile, plays to the blonde beauty’s pop star-persona with peep-toe booties, animal-print pumps, “Pretty Mess”-emblazoned pool slides and more. The nine styles are available in bold colors (think: neon pinks and yellows) and textures (i.e. mesh, crystal and the like).

“I was very involved in my partnership with ShoeDazzle and was an integral player in the step-by-step design process,” she says. “From prototypes to the finished product, I wanted to make sure each shoe was carefully designed and beautifully crafted for the Jayne and Girardi girl dying to come out of us all.”

The entire Erika Jayne x ShoeDazzle collection launches Friday, March 1, on Keep scrolling to watch the behind-the-design campaign video and to see all the sexy pics of Jayne modeling some of her favorite footwear from line!

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But at $ 20.99 per month for a single app or $ 52.99 monthly for the entire suite, subscriptions to these Adobe products often test the budgetary limits of your average illustrator or comic book artist. (Hey, the starving artist stereotype exists for a reason.) Luckily, you’ve got a wallet-friendly alternative in the form of Clip Studio Paint PRO, an award-winning digital art software program, the price of which was just slashed in half. Read more…

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Report: Queen Latifah Plans to Build Affordable Housing in Newark is reporting that rapper-turned-movie-star Queen Latifah (born Dana Owens) is planning a $ 14 million dollar project to build affordable housing in her hometown of Newark.


Latifah, a co-president of BlueSugar Corporation, is working with GonSosa Development on the project, which is anchored outside of the city’s downtown, spanning the West and South wards.

The project includes 20 three-family town homes and a three-story mixed-used building with an additional 16 units. Plans for the building include a fitness center and 1,900 square feet of commercial space that will be rented to nonprofits. The 60 units in the townhouses will be market rate; the 16 units in the building will be affordable.

The hip-hop icon, has dedicated much of her time and resources to philanthropic efforts. Last year, she helped women crack the glass ceiling in Hollywood by funding and producing two independent projects created by women, reported The Shadow League.

She has become a bona fide movie star, after appearing in the acclaimed TV show Living Single in the 1990s, with such roles as Matron Mama Morton in the musical Chicago, and was nominated to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her outstanding performance. She has also starred in Hairspray (2007), Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Mad Money (2008), and acted alongside critically acclaimed actors such as Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes, Ice Cube, Will Ferrell, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, and many more.

Queen Latifah is also a sought-after spokesperson and ambassador for several leading corporate brands. She served as the face of Cover Girl’s makeup for women of color with the company’s Queen Collection of cosmetics.

In 2016, she partnered with Ahold USA, one of the world’s largest food retail groups, to create a collection of hand-picked, sustainably-sourced floral arrangements.

And recently, Owens was honored in AT&T’s “Dream In Black” Black Future Month — a celebration of people who are making history, now, while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.


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Best Posts of 2018 – Fall, Back to School, and Affordable Watches

Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2018, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2018. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.


The Style-Centric Grown up’s Back to School Shopping List

As stated in the opening paragraph of the post, this really was just a shameless rationalization for shopping, but why should kids have all the fun during the back to school window? With a translation of common back to school items into what would equate for the stylish adult man, this made for a tempting shopping list that may or may not have shorted a few college fund contributions.


How to up your style in college without looking like you’re trying too hard

And speaking of back to school, this post truly was for the guy heading back to campus. With valuable information on how to upgrade the normal attire for a college environment, perhaps this post inspired a few guys to step up their game on the first day back in class.


Autumnal Temptation – The Best Looking New Fall Style Arrivals for Men

Although not back to school specific, there was plenty featured in the 2018 Autumnal Temptation round up that could work for a guy going back to school. It was also tempting for just about everyone else as well. Autumn truly is the most tempting time to spruce up one’s wardrobe, as so many more layers can be incorporated.


Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2018

Whether on campus, out and about town, to and from work, or just being exposed to cold air, being able to comfortably once again utilize outerwear is a bonus in the colder months. The 2018 crop of Best Looking Affordable Outerwear featured peacoats, topcoats, bombers, Macs, waxed truckers, quilted, shrimp kabob, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo


10 Alternatives to the J. Crew Nike Killshot Sneaker

Sneaker are an essential not only for back to school, but for the guy that is on his feet and walking a good amount during his day. One of the most prized sneakers in the men’s style arena is the Nike Killshot. It’s been no secret from day one that this site didn’t really get the hype. That inspired a post that featured 10 alternatives to the Killshot. If you experienced a bit of déjà vu, you weren’t going crazy. The post originally ran in 2017, but was so popular we updated it with new picks.


The 10 Best Looking Watches under $ 100

Finally, if you’re heading back to school, you’re likely on a budget, seeing how insane school debt is right now in the good ol’ US of A. So when there are quality style pieces that can be had for a smaller amount of cash, it’s likely appreciated. This post offered 10 watches, all at the time under the $ 100 mark.

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Best Affordable Style of 2018 – The Watch

The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards. No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year. And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to


Orient Bambino Small Seconds – $ 150 (when on Massdrop)$ 169

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Shown above with the oft-desired champagne dial.

How do you improve upon a legend? You slap a perfectly proportioned, subtly textured small seconds hand on the dial, keep the rest simple, and stick with the mid to classically sized diameter and domed crystal.

The Orient Bambino Sub Seconds quickly became a hit. So much so that it’s really pretty hard to find some of the color combinations (like the champagne dial shown above). But play your cards right, and you can get one of these insta-classics for around $ 150 during a mega sale or a drop on Massdrop. Full review of the small seconds can be found here.

Also Receiving Votes: The Seiko Samurai Automatic, The Timex Hand Wound & Automatic Marlins, the dependable Seiko SKX line, the Citizen Nighthawk, Hamilton’s Khaki Field Automatic.

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Best Affordable Style of 2018 – The Blazer / Sportcoat

The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to


The Rise of the Knit Sportcoat

There is no specific winner this year. But a certain style of blazer/sportcoat absolutely took center stage this year. And that style was the knit sportcoat.

Dressing down a sportcoat gets real easy when it’s knit.

From high end brands to bargain big box stores, seemingly everyone did a knit sportcoat this year. And when executed well, these things are hugely versatile. Polished enough to wear with an OCBD and chinos, or dress it down with a t-shirt or henley and jeans.

Knit Sportcoats

Some are made of sweatshirt material. Some are made of fancy Italian wool. Some are made of a wool/cotton blend. This past year knit sportcoats came in just about every color and fabric combination imaginable. And we’ll kick off 2019 (once we’re back from a break) with a round up of the best of the best that you can get your hands on. So stay tuned for that.

Also Receiving Votes: The spendy, but incredibly nice, unconstructed Italian wool blazers from Bonobos. Spier & Mackay’s navy wool hopsack blazer. Lands’ End’s Half-Canvas Wool Blazer. Brooks Brothers on sale Regent Fit, wool or wool blend Sportcoats. J. Crew’s Legacy Wool BlazersSuitsupply’s Havana Fit Sportcoats in whatever fabric that fits your needs. 

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Judge says Affordable Care Act will remain in effect during appeal

The federal judge who declared the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate unconstitutional earlier this month issued an order on Sunday saying despite his previous ruling the law can remain in effect pending appeal. – RSS Channel – Politics

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News


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Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act

A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law must also fall. – RSS Channel – Politics

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An affordable winter sports break in Oslo, of all places

Despite its pricey reputation, Norway’s capital may be the world’s most accessible snow sports hub, with an Olympic bobsleigh run and cross-country skiing a short schuss from the centre

I’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their sledges. They have clearly just toboganned down the hill.

“Stay on the train until the last stop,” a 12-year-old tells me. “You rent a sledge and helmet. The run ends at Midtstuen.”

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What Women’s Election Day Victories Mean for the Affordable Care Act

Women’s economic security and access to health care have been under threat since long before President Trump took office, but his election acted as a catalyst—accelerating attacks on our bodily autonomy, health and basic rights. Trump and his allies have undermined the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in every branch of our government—pushing policies that destabilized the insurance market, caused premiums to skyrocket and expanded short-term junk insurance policies that don’t cover basic services like maternity care.

The midterm results were a direct reproach to that agenda. More women ran for and won elected office than ever before, often building platforms around protecting the ACA and pre-existing conditions—and health care was cited time and again as the top issue for women voters, who carried them to victory.

Feminists demonstrated at the Supreme Court in support of the Affordable Care Act in 2016 during oral arguments in a case seeking to weaken its contraceptive coverage mandate. (Victoria Pickering / Creative Commons)

None of this should come as a surprise. Women, especially women of color, have benefitted exponentially from the ACA. Since its implementation, 9.5 million women have gained health insurance and 55 million women are now guaranteed essential benefits like maternity care and birth control coverage, which were often excluded from policies previously. Before the ACA, insurers also routinely charged women up to 1.5 times more than men for the same policy because of common health issues like endometriosis, depression or even pregnancy, and nearly 80 percent of women become mothers but giving birth or having been pregnant was considered a pre-existing condition. Experts estimate that over half of all women and girls—67 million people—have pre-existing conditions.Thanks to the ACA, we’re now protected against that kind of gender discrimination.

The election of more than 100 women to Congress also served as a lightning rod of resistance against the scaled-up attacks on women’s reproductive health and rights that we’ve seen over the past two years, issues that go right to the core of women’s equality and economic security, and made clear a national demand for representation in Congress that reflects the current demographics and values of our country. Polls show that support for legal abortion is at historic highs among Democratic women voters, and growing among Republicans. (More than half of Republican women want Roe v. Wade kept intact.)

That’s also no surprise: One in four U.S. women will have an abortion before she’s 45, and those women are Democrats and Republicans. If we lose Roe, women everywhere will suffer—and women across party lines and state lines know that the right to our autonomy is the right to our destiny. Women know that the ability to choose if, when and how to have kids is inextricably linked to their economic success, health and wellbeing. Restricting or denying abortion access does irrevocable harm to our careers, families and economic security; research shows that women who are denied abortions and forced to carry pregnancies to term are four times more likely to experience poverty. Unwanted births also result in negative outcomes for children compared with planned pregnancies.

Make no mistake: the anti-abortion movement definitely had some wins this year, including the passage of personhood measures in Alabama and West Virginia and the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But the wave of feminists taking seats in the House come January will surely stymy some of the persistent efforts to shame, pressure and punish women for the decisions they make about their own lives that we’ve seen growing under Trump’s administration.

The majority of women voters cast their ballots for Democrats because they know women cannot be equal without reliable access to affordable health care and the ability to make choices about their bodies. In November, 41 percent of voters cited health care as the issue driving them to the polls. Women make up half of the population, the workforce and the electorate. Recognition for our voting power across party lines is long overdue, and guaranteeing women the right to plan their own families, and futures, is a fundamental part of that.

The historic wins for women on Election Day were also victories for the Affordable Care Act and the people who rely on its benefits—and that’s no coincidence. In Washington, the new feminists in Congress will have the great responsibility of echoing the message voters sent them in the midterms: respect women’s rights and protect our health care.

Margarida Jorge is the executive director of Health Care for America Now, the national grassroots coalition that ran a $ 60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect and promote the Affordable Care Act and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.

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Affordable mobile internet is driving e-commerce and ride-hailing in Southeast Asia, report finds

The six Southeast Asian countries that the report focused on have about 350 million internet users today compared to only 260 million in 2015, Rajan Anandan, vice president for India and Southeast Asia at Google, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.


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GUIDE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Affordable Care’s Still There

Was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed? Dismantled? What about pre-existing conditions?

As a federal court weighs the constitutionality of the ACA, it’s the cost of health care, and the uncertainty of protections, that’s weighing on most Americans’ minds.

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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 1. Here’s How to Sign Up

When it comes to electing health care coverage, deadlines matter. Miss one, and you could find yourself facing thousands of dollars in medical bills down the road.

Starting Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 15 (in most states), uninsured Americans can sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act or renew the coverage they already have.

If you want coverage in 2019, you must enroll during these 45 days unless you later have a qualifying life event, such as getting married or divorced.

Some younger and healthier people may not think coverage is worth the monthly premiums.

But think again, says Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy and management at UCLA.

“There’s the idea that ‘I take care of myself, I live a healthy lifestyle, I eat well, I don’t smoke — I’m going to be healthy and live forever,’” he says. “Nobody knows what the future holds. People with perfectly healthy lifestyles get sick every day.”

What’s New This Year Under the Affordable Care Act

For the first time since the Health Insurance Marketplace — a federally run service where people can shop for and enroll in private insurance — opened five years ago, Americans will not have to pay a financial penalty for failing to obtain insurance. But experts say it’s still critical to buy coverage.

It costs up to $ 7,500 to fix a broken leg, about $ 30,000 for three days in the hospital and into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat cancer, says. The average visit to an emergency room in 2016 cost $ 1,917, according to the Health Care Cost Institute.

Most working people can’t cover that kind of expense with their salaries or savings, says Kominski — who, three decades ago as a graduate student, needed an appendectomy that cost $ 15,000. Because he had a student policy, he says, his share was less than $ 100.

In addition, health insurance plans that provide free or low-cost preventive services and promote the early identification of problems reduce the likelihood that more expensive and extensive treatment will be needed later, said Jay Wolfson, professor of public health, medicine and pharmacy at the University of South Florida. Thus, they benefit even people who are healthy — or appear to be.

And when healthier people buy insurance, it costs less for everyone, he said.

How To Shop For an Insurance Plan in the Marketplace

Start by going to and clicking “get ready to apply” if you plan to enroll for the first time or “get ready to keep/change” if you had a 2018 plan through the Marketplace, also known as the “exchange.”

Some states operate their own exchanges. If you live in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington or the District of Columbia, you must apply through your state.

Application deadlines are slightly later in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island, so be sure to call or check your state exchange’s website. In general, coverage begins Jan. 1, 2019.

Online, you’ll learn how to estimate your 2019 income for the application and find a checklist of information you’ll need, such a such as household size, the Social Security numbers and birthdates of your family members, W-2 forms or pay stubs and policy numbers of any current health insurance. Coverage is available only to U.S. citizens and legal residents.

With insurance through the Marketplace, you’ll pay a deductible and coinsurance — a percentage of a covered health service — of 10% to 40%, depending on which plan you choose. You’ll have to pay only up to an out-of-pocket maximum, and there are no yearly or lifetime dollar limits.

You’ll also get the benefit of discounts that insurance companies negotiate with health care providers. People without insurance pay almost two times as much for care, according to

How to Apply, What’s Covered and What Help Is Available

You can apply by phone, in person with help from a navigator — a person specially trained to walk you through the process — through an agent or broker or by mail with a paper application. Volunteers certified by the Marketplace also may be available through nonprofit organizations such as community health centers or hospitals.

Coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is intended for those not covered by insurance at work or by government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare (for members of the military, veterans and their families) or CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.

Plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, cannot discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. They also must cover birth control and breastfeeding equipment and counseling, plus 10 “essential” services:

  • Outpatient care.
  • Emergency services.
  • Hospitalization.
  • Pregnancy, maternity and newborn care.
  • Mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Prescription drugs.
  • Mental and physical rehabilitation for people with injuries, disabilities or chronic conditions.
  • Laboratory services.
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management.
  • Pediatric treatment, including dental and vision care.

You’ll pay different premiums and out-of-pocket costs depending on the plan you choose. The government will subsidize your premiums if your income is between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.

Currently, that’s $ 12,140 to $ 48,560 for a single person and $ 25,1000 to $ 100,400 for a family of four. Income eligibility levels are expected to rise slightly for 2019; the new figures won’t be available until Nov. 1, 2018.

The lower your income, the higher the premium tax credit you’re eligible for (i.e. the help you’ll receive).

What Kind of Plans Are Available?

Insurers sell plans in four categories: Bronze (the least coverage and the lowest premiums), Silver, Gold and Platinum (the most coverage and the highest premiums). Depending on where you live, you may find several types of plans at each level.

You’ll want to make sure your doctors are in the plan you choose and that your prescription medications are covered.

You may have a choice of:

  • An exclusive provider organization (EPO), which covers services provided only by doctors and hospitals in a network, except in an emergency. You aren’t required to choose a primary care provider.
  • A health maintenance organization (HMO), which requires you to obtain care from doctors who work for or contract with the HMO, except in an emergency. You may have to live or work in the HMO service area.
  • A point of service plan (POS), which charges less if you use health care providers that belong to a network and requires you to get a referral from your primary care doctor to see a specialist.
  • A preferred provider organization (PPO), in which you pay less for in-network providers, but you can go to out-of-network providers for an additional fee. You don’t need a referral to go to a specialist.

Average unsubsidized premiums vary widely from state to state. The price of the Silver plan for a 27-year-old single nonsmoker ranges from a low of $ 278 per month in Indiana to $ 709 per month in Wyoming, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The figures apply only to the 39 states that use the platform. About 9 million people have coverage through those exchanges, according to the federal government.

Catastrophic Insurance

Catastrophic insurance is another alternative available to people younger than 30 and those who can claim a hardship exemption, such as homelessness, domestic violence or bankruptcy. You must apply for the exemption.

On the upside, catastrophic plans cover the 10 essential health benefits, offer specific preventive services for free and cover at least three visits to a doctor annually before the deductible is met. They also cost about one-third as much as more comprehensive plans.

The large downside is that the deductible — the amount the patient has to pay before the insurance company starts sharing the cost — is $ 7,900. Additionally, these policyholders aren’t eligible for a premium tax credit.

Kominski of UCLA suggests that consumers compare the coverage and cost of a lower-tier plan in the Marketplace before choosing a catastrophic plan.

Coverage That Doesn’t Meet Affordable Care Act Standards

As of Oct. 1, 2018, low-cost health policies became available for a one-year term, renewable for up to three years. Previously, they were sold for a three-month period of coverage only, and were considered stopgap insurance plans for people between jobs or otherwise temporarily without insurance.

It’s important to be aware that these policies don’t comply with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, meaning they don’t have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or pay for any of the services the act deems essential.

Kominski warns that low-cost policies may seem attractive — until you need medical care. He compares them to a car that’s cheap, but only because it doesn’t have airbags or comply with air-quality standards.

“If you’re shopping for price, you’re going to get what you pay for,” he said. “If you want to expose yourself to risk, we can make health care really affordable.”

Susan Jacobson is an editor at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes about health and wellness. Follow her @SusanJacobson44.

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Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2018

One of the best things about fall and winter is that you get to wear your favorite coat almost every day. A good coat is like a good suit. Put it on and you feel almost invincible. The following options should help most of us get that feeling for a relatively affordable price (some are more affordable than others). Sizes are noted below in any in-person shots. Head here to get an idea as to the height/weight of the fella (hi) in those shots. 


Spier & Mackay Topcoat in Camel, Charcoal, or Navy – $ 398

Spier & Mackay Topcoat

Redesigned this year, and they’ve made some nice improvements. Pockets have moved to the side for the much, much more functional hand-warmer style variety. Sizing is made to fit over a suit, but still be fitted and not box like. 85% wool and 15% cashmere. 3/2 roll button front, with functioning top button. 3.5″ lapel. Doesn’t get more classic than this.


C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoats in Charcoal or Navy – $ 499

C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoat

Charles Tyrwhitt isn’t just for shirts. Their outerwear is really quite nice. Shown above is their 6 button front wool / cashmere Epsom topcoats. Looks like they’ve taken down the gray option in favor of a 4 button front, but the navy is still there. Regardless, Italian wool/cashmere fabric is super nice. Warm but not stiff. Will be tough to get on sale, but they do run 20% off codes every so often. Size shown above left is a 42R.


Lands’ End Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $ 89.40 w/ CORN & 3026 ($ 149)

Lands' End Primaloft Quilted Jacket

One of the better, casual jacket deals out there. An annual, really quite affordable favorite. Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Corduroy collar, brass-tone snaps, raglan sleeves, and a vent in the rear for ease of movement. Could drop even further this upcoming weekend?


Target Goodfellow & Co Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 79.99

One of the best of the bunch from this season. No, the 64% wool, 31% poly, 5% “other” fabric isn’t the most luxurious stuff. But I’ve certainly felt worse at a much higher price. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. All polyester lining. Made in Vietnam. Does go on sale too. Size shown above is a large. Warmer feeling than the UNIQLO wool/cashmere topcoat, but not super insulated. You’ll still need to layer up in bitter, bitter cold. Shown at the top of this post. Also available in a charcoal plaid, but the wool blend is a bit different on that plaid coat, so it might feel and drape a little differently.


Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket – $ 220

Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket

Made in the USA out of some seriously well considered materials. And don’t be worried about it being an early fall jacket. This thing is WARM thanks to the blanket stripe flannel lining. Full review here.


J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate – $ 223.50 w/ BUNDLEUP ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate

Yes, you could easily get the real deal at your local Army / Navy surplus for less, but J. Crew gets a LOT right about their Dock Peacoat. A touch longer than most peacoats (good for protecting your blazer or suit jacket tail), plus those chest high hand warmer pockets are extremely convenient. More of a straight fit. Some super slim guys might find them to be a bit boxy. Goes on sale plenty.


UNIQLO 90% Wool / 10% Cashmere “Chesterfield” – $ 149.90

UNIQLO Chesterfield Topcoat

An ultra light. Very soft fabric, but also extremely light in weight. Not gonna be that warm. So be prepared to layer. Or? The perfect lightweight but still super handsome topcoat for those that live in warmer climates. Note that the shot on the left is last year’s model. They relocated the pockets this year (just like Spier & Mackay) to make them more functional, side-slash, hand warmer style. You might want to consider sizing down this year (or, ordering two sizes and sending one back). UNIQLO has really made their fits more generous for the American market.


Filson USA Made Cover Cloth Mile Marker – $ 199.99$ 350

Filson Made in the USA Cover Cloth Mile Marker

Leans heavily casual, but this is one rugged lifer of a coat. Made from their cover-cloth/waxed/oiled cotton material. Nice and substantial. Incredible construction and attention to detail. Super heavy duty hardware. Moleskin collar that stands up just fine against the wind. Interior draw string can be cinched to keep the wind out/create a little more shape. The one drawback? It collects lint and fuzz and pet hair like crazy.


Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat – $ 99.90 ($ 350)

Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat

A classic of the shorter, mid-butt variety. Cuts it too close if you like to wear sportcoats and blazers, BUT, if you’re looking for a peacoat that’s NOT a mid thigh length? These are always kicking about at Nordstrom (or here at Nordstrom rack, for a hell of a lot less). 62% wool, 28% polyester, 10% other fibers.


B.R. Kevin Love DB Topcoat – $ 398 | Single Breasted Topcoat – $ 378

Banana Republic Topcoats

I don’t usually go for the celebrity collaborative stuff, but the Kevin Love collection at Banana Republic this year really is something else. The one issue? This collection is almost always excluded from sales. Both are made from Italian 80% wool / 20% nylon material.


J. Crew Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 332.50 when 30% off ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it (yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. I have a weird feeling that this is gonna end up in the sale section and on mega discount come spring. Often excluded. But it has gone on sale in the past. Size shown above is a 42R.


JCP Stafford Signature Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 100ish

JCP Stafford Wool Blend Topcoat

JC Penney hasn’t changed these much, if at all, over the last few years. The shoulders have a little bit of structure but aren’t too boxy, and the slash pockets at the waist are well placed. Wool/Poly blend. Just about knee length. They have tended to run a bit larger than other topcoats. Always on sale.


Suitsupply Wool Bomber Jacket in Grey or Camel – $ 399

Suitsupply Wool Bomber

A huge splurge, but man are they something. A warning. THESE RUN SMALL. Like real small. I could barely get into a large. And at 5’10” / 195-200, I usually wear a medium or a large.


UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac – $ 89.90 ($ 129.90)

UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac

Meanwhile, THESE RUN LARGE. Real large. The size above? That’s a Medium. And it’s very boxy, especially with your hands out of the pockets. Nice coat though. All cotton exterior that looks a little like wool, and the interior is engineered to keep water out while allowing your body heat (and moisture) to still evaporate. Sizes are all over the place this year depending on brand. I’m an XL in Suitsupply, but a Small in UNIQLO? Beats me fellas.


Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $ 188

Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket

Not cheap, but you’re getting F&T’s USA Made quality, super soft moleskin, and a well designed shirt jacket. A nice in-between layer, or, something extra to throw under an overcoat or parka. Huge fan of the vertical hand warmer pockets.


Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoats in Green or Camel – $ 498

Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoat

Those are some statement coats right there. 85% wool / 15% cashmere. 5″ wide peak lapels (measurement taken on a size 40). Button vent in the rear.


Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $ 226.80 when 40% off ($ 378)

Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat

One of the best, again, this year. I don’t think they’ve changed this coat much since last year? Terrific fabric, despite the mix being a pretty standard 80% wool / 20% the rest. Soft and smooth. A good depth to it for warmth, but still flexible. Big fan of the slanted hand pockets. Size shown above is a large on 195-200lbs. 80% wool / 17% poly / 3% other.


J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket – $ 58.80 w/ PRESTO ($ 98)

J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket

Lighter in weight than some other quilted jackets, but the design stands out for all the right reasons. Has cotton in there as the base to eliminate that shine that all poly/synthetic can bring. Dead simple. Zipper front this year instead of the snaps that last year’s olive color version had.


Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer’s Coat – $ 420

Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer's Coat

A departure from their classic Peacoat styles. Called a “slender” fit, but still layerable. Made in the USA from an 80% wool / 20% nylon blend. Walks the line between tough and refined. An investment, but something you’re gonna have for a very, very long time.


Relwen Trap Blazer in Navy Or Loden – $ 348

Relwen Trap Blazer

Yes it’s a sportcoat, but it’s a true “sporting” coat that’ll do plenty fine as outerwear. Unstructured but made from hearty wool blend tweed. Lots of functionality like extra pockets, a 4-button front with throat tab, and a game pocket in the rear. Ships and returns for free via Huckberry.


Suitsupply 2/3 Roll Wool Topcoat in Navy or Charcoal – $ 499

Suitsupply Topcoat

From their “Essentials” line. Soft wool, classic shape, and plenty of width to those lapels. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply. Bummed that the price has gone up by $ 100 in the last year, but, materials and labor are getting more expensive every day.


The Reminder:  Go check out your local Army/Navy Surplus store

Army/Navy Surplus Options

The annual nudge to go check out your local surplus store if you’ve got one nearby. There were a lot of peacoats & topcoats from wheelhouse retailers that were tried on and could have made this list, but most cost more than an Army/Navy surplus coat,without delivering equal quality or better looks. Most surplus stores carry high quality, usually made-in-the-USA outerwear. Feel free to swap out buttons if they’re too showy (like on the bridge coat on the right). Both of the coats shown here were found for the low $ 100s.

And that’s just the first crop. Remember, sometimes it takes a little bit for seasonal stuff to go on sale, so while the above prices might feel a little steep on some of the items, a little patience can pay off. Got a tip on a coat or jacket for this fall or winter? Send those into

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