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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.
- Two pairs of Stretch Washed Chinos – $ 147 ($ 196) normally $ 98 per, now $ 73.50 per
- Unconstructed Italian Cotton Knit Blazer – $ 245 ($ 350) multiple colors
- The Tech Wool Field Jacket – $ 385 ($ 550)
- Jetsetter Stretch Velvet Blazer – $ 350 ($ 500)
- Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Blazer – $ 315 – $ 350 ($ 450 – $ 500) multiple colors / patterns / plaids
- Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $ 280 ($ 400)
Tiers. High tiers. But you guys know the drill, it’s Bonobos so it’s not tough to trip those tiers. New Year’s is just around the corner, so if you’re in the market for a velvet jacket for that evening, now’s the time to get it and any tailoring done that might need to happen.
- Camel Wool/Cashmere Double Breasted Overcoat – $ 398 ($ 498)
- Green Wool/Cashmere Double Breasted Overcoat – $ 398 ($ 498)
- Matte Navy Suit – $ 294.50 + Medium Gray Texture – $ 294.50 = $ 589 (normally $ 696)
- Guabello Blue Check – $ 344.50 + Charcoal Sharkskin – $ 274.50 = $ 619 (normally $ 726)
Suit bundles are back and it looks like Spier & Mackay want to move some of their outerwear as well. Tons of suits available, but size and fit selection is all over the place. Best to just head there, hit the “refine” button, and sort by your size and fit. No code needed for the suit bundles. Just add them to your cart and the discount should show up once the 2nd suit is added.
- Cotton Cable Knit Mock Neck Baseball Cardigan – $ 52.80 ($ 88)
- Recycled Wool Military Topcoat – $ 178.80 ($ 298)
- Merino Blend Crew – $ 41.94 ($ 69.90) tons of colors
- Double Breasted Topcoat $ 178.80 ($ 298)
- Leather Chukka Boot – $ 82.80 ($ 138)
- Twill Sportcoat – $ 88.80 ($ 148)
- Camel Recycled Wool-Blend Topcoat – $ 178.80 ($ 298)
- Leather And Wool Quilted Gloves – $ 35.94 ($ 59.90)
Check the fiber content of the goods. It can be hit or miss. Cotton is great, but cotton isn’t wool. And wool is great, but wool isn’t wool blend (which when done right, can be great, but when done wrong, feels like a trash bag). Just know what you’re potentially paying for.
Not as good as Black Friday, but… that’s why Black Friday is Black Friday. Still, any savings from Ledbury is super appreciated. No promo code required. Runs through December 14th in honor of their 9th anniversary. Should work on more than just shirts… but their shirts? Holy crap are they something.
What the bloody hell has gotten into Dave over at Saddleback? Dude never does deals. Seems like he’s been all about the fun promos lately (I think this might be killing him inside, but… ah well). Anyway, you spend $ 300+ or $ 500+ and they’ll email you an e-gift card for $ 50 (if you spent $ 300+) or $ 100 (if you’re a big spender and went higher than $ 500). Shown above is the new and improved Saddleback thin brief. Full review here.
Ah yes. The most unnecessary but totally absurdly cool home accessory. Good God that’s a lot of money ($ 240!!) for what amounts to a small lamp. But…
What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon Mary.
If you use the Levi Moon and It’s a Wonderful Life to propose this holiday season? You don’t have to cite your source. I swear. Get after it young fella.
Also worth a mention:
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NOTE: Ryan N. is 5’9”, 155 and is wearing a slim fit 36R in this post. These sportcoats / blazers are available in either a slim or contemporary fit.
You know the old joke. How do you get to good fall outerwear? Texture, texture, texture.
Okay, that’s enough of that. But if texture is what you’re looking for, meet your new best friend. The Luigi Botto Waffle Texture Blazer (so named for the luxury fabric’s source) is Spier & Mackay’s first triple-patch-pocket sportcoat, and boy, is it a heck of a first swing. To quote the item’s description, “the texture creates great visual depth while the deep navy colour allows it to remain versatile with both denim and trousers.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, but why not expand on everything noted?
Under the Hood
While many fall-ready sportcoats end up a bit weighty, Spier & Mackay went for a three-season 320gsm weight that’s 99% merino wool with a 1% stretch. A 1/4-butterfly, Cupro lining pairs up with the usual list of great features comprising a Spier sportcoat: half-canvas construction, genuine horn buttons (as well as the always appreciated tailoring-ready sleeve buttons), and the unpadded Spalla Camicia “shirt-style” shoulders, which this reviewer found very comfortable. As a result, it feels light but far from flimsy when you put it on, and drapes wonderfully. They really like to nail the details.
Partially lined in the back. Half canvas construction. Natural shoulders.
Oooooh, That Texture
Can’t really say enough about it – this texture oozes autumn (I’m pretty sure “texture” is kind of the dapper version of “basic”) and feels great to the touch. Lots of visual interest, but without being loud and in-your-face. It’s chunky without being heavy, and they aren’t kidding when they say the navy color goes with denim as well as trousers.
99% Merino Wool/1% Stretch waffle fabric. Chunky and textured without being heavy.
Pairing It Up
Thankfully, it’s starting to look a bit more like fall around here, and I donned a few different styles for the shoot. Up top of the post is a mashup of more casual blues, and below is a more formal collar/sweater getup, as well one of my favorite pink button-down polos. This can handle a light layer like it’s nothing, while still feeling just fine with a thin polo.
Well, you don’t see this every day… these are some of the most flush-sewn patch pockets I’ve ever worn. I mean, usually patch pockets are popping off the jacket, making their presence very known. A subtle transition from pocket to jacket is a breath of fresh air, and an especially well-thought-out choice when dealing with an already chunky texture. It makes the jacket drape that much nicer. Kudos!
Fit, Feel, and Final Notes
No negatives to really speak of here. I mean, there’s the chance those little nooks and crannies can catch some crumbs, but maybe hold over your plate, eh?
Shoulders hug nicely, button stance is perfect, the 3.5” lapels are nice and balanced, and no collar gap – my biggest qualm with off-the-rack suiting. Waist tapers nicely with room for a light layer underneath, but doesn’t feel floaty without one, either. Arms were ever-so-slightly long on me, but the non-functional sleeve buttons make that an easy fix. Three inner pockets (one on each side, plus a pen pocket) join the three sewn-shut patch pockets on the outside.
Being new to Spier, I had obviously heard a lot of good things, but couldn’t know for sure until I had one in my hands. Once you have a feel for your size, you can often know whether a jacket will be too big, too small, or just right as soon as you put your first arm in. My first thought was, “Well, I know where I’m getting my next suit.”
About the Author: Ryan N. is a professional web developer for (and alum from) the University of Delaware, who keeps a close shave as to not be confused with his strongly-bearded twin brother. He plays guitar and drums, loves going to concerts with his wife, and loves being a dad.
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