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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.
- Piped Cotton/Spandex Performance Polo – $ 29.94 ($ 49.90)
- Cotton/Spandex Performance Polo – $ 23.94 ($ 39.90)
- Nubuck Dress Shoes – $ 64.80 ($ 108)
- Chambray Trim Low Top Sneakers – $ 41.94 ($ 69.90)
- Perforated Suede Sneakers – $ 41.94 ($ 69.90)
Heading into the warm weather season, EXPRESS seems to have, oddly enough, more than a few pieces inspired by classic (if not straight up retro) menswear. Avoid the logos kids. Stick with the unbranded stuff, as shown in the picks above. Those piped performance polos look darn near perfect. Efforting an in person soon. 40% off just about everything ends tomorrow, 3/29.
Massdrop: Orient Kamasu Automatic Dive Watch – $ 180 FINAL ($ 450)
Sometimes I wonder just what the hell is going on over at Massdrop. Continuity? The hell is that? Here, they’re insisting this is the “Mako III.” Which apparently it is very much not. It’s a new model called the Kamasu. Massdrop has also somehow mixed in some new “Kano” watches too (the ones without the triangle at 12 o’clock). Now, that said… hell of a price. Currently going for $ 100 more over at Orient if you want to buy direct. 41.8mm case diameter. Automatic movement of course. Day and date. Sapphire crystal. 200m water resistance. A pretty slick summertime (okay, year-round) companion. Estimated ship date is April 22nd.
Spier and Mackay: $ 10 off Dress Shirts, $ 35 – $ 55 ($ 45 – $ 65)
No bundling required this time. No code. Just click and get a shirt in your cart and ten bucks should get knocked off. Good through this Saturday. Oxford cloth button downs (with awfully nice collars) are now $ 38 instead of the usual $ 48.
- 100% Cashmere Ribbed Hoodie – $ 223.50 ($ 298)
- Coaches Jacket – $ 148.87 ($ 198.50)
- Filson Tote – $ 131.25 ($ 175)
- Filson Original Briefcase in Black – $ 243.75 ($ 325)
- Allen Edmonds Liverpool Suede Chelsea Boots – $ 371.25 ($ 495)
- Red Wing Weekender Chukkas – $ 172.49 ($ 229.99)
Looks like the exclusions are the same as they usually are: Just Birkenstock, Viberg, Woolrich, Zespa. So that means Filson and Allen Edmonds are a go? Same for their THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR cashmere hoodie? I know. I know. Silly. Still, wanted to include it just for kicks.
Gustin’s Made in the USA field jackets are back, only this time they’re cranking them out in a super soft, velvety (but not shiny) moleskin cotton fabric. Since it’s Gustin, it’s pre-order, and these things don’t ship until June. Which… kinda stinks because by June, it’s gonna be way too damn hot (for most of us) to wear one of these. Maybe an early fall present to oneself? Available in Navy, Olive, and Black.
These are NOT the Flint & Tinder 365 pants. They’re $ 60 less, 100% cotton (no 3% stretch here), and while the fabric is made in the USA, they’re made in the ambiguous land of “imported.” Just a slim fit here. No straight. So no, they aren’t the F&T, but they’re a lot less. And a lot of guys really like Jomers. Launched yesterday but they goofed and sent out the pricing as $ 58 in the original communications. Not so. They’re $ 38. Shipping is free, but you’re on the hook for returns.
I mean. It’s a velvet cape. Why they brought it back just in time for the warm weather, I have no idea. But still, cape on if you’re pro-cape. Huge thanks to Brandon D. for sending in the tip here.
Also worth a mention:
- J. Crew Factory: 50% off most new arrivals for spring (including this super 1998 Dad ensemble).
- H&M: Up to 60% off during their Spring Sale.
- Huckberry: Flint and Tinder Mill jackets are still 25% off.
- Banana Republic: Extra 30% off sale styles w/ BRSALE30
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The best retro football shirts don’t have to be a thing of the past. In fact, many are still available to buy today. From early nineties English teams to late eighties Italian strips, these are the ones to snap up.
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Notorious cold cases tend to splinter into competing narratives, each containing fragments of an elusive truth—and few have elicited theories as odd as those that surround the lurid 1947 murder of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, a.k.a. the Black Dahlia, in Los Angeles. Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie, mob boss Bugsy Siegel and LA Times publisher Norman Chandler were all floated as suspects at some point. New books still appear every few years, offering novel takes on the picked-over evidence.
One of the saddest and strangest of these tales, Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken, is the inspiration for TNT’s six-episode miniseries I Am the Night, which premieres on Jan. 28. Raised outside Reno, Nev. as Patricia Ann Greenway—a poor, light-skinned biracial girl with a black single mom—Hodel learned as a teen in the mid-1960s that her birth mother was really Tamar Hodel, a young woman from a prominent white Los Angeles family. Writer Sam Sheridan introduces 16-year-old Fauna (India Eisley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager) just before this discovery, when she’s simply trying survive the Civil Rights era as a racial outcast with a strict, alcoholic parent (Girlfriends’ Golden Brooks). We know she’s desperate to fit in because the show’s unsubtle script contrives to let her say so in the opening scene: “I just wanna be normal!”
After stumbling upon her birth certificate and tracking down her grandfather, gynecologist George Hodel (an appropriately creepy Jefferson Mays), Fauna’s search for an identity brings her to L.A. That’s where, following a few episodes’ worth of unnecessary suspense, her quest collides with that of Chris Pine’s hardboiled hero Jay Singletary, a dissipated tabloid crime journalist who got PTSD in Korea after bungling a prestigious LA Times gig in the late ’40s. (“Some stories you can’t tell,” his editor informs a cub reporter, by way of explaining Jay’s downfall. “Some stories will eat you alive.”) That debacle put him on the trail of George, an art connoisseur with friends in high places and possible ties to the Black Dahlia. Like Fauna, Jay is chasing a buried truth that only Tamar can help him unearth. Too bad Tamar is nowhere to be found.
Though it takes place half a century ago, I Am the Night—with its true-crime hook, interest in racial identity and fixation on violence against women—is a story made for the present. And it’s gratifying to see Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who directed three episodes, reunite with Pine for a TV project that leaves superheroes behind. Every scene looks gorgeous: Jenkins’ neo-noir LA comes alive in neon-lit nightscapes, while the muted hues of Fauna’s hometown recall Norman Rockwell’s less idyllic works. A proto-psychedelic art happening, with bodies writhing behind screens, makes a beguiling set piece. Pine and Brooks have hammy moments, but for the most part, their big performances feel appropriate to the retro context.
If only the writing played to these strengths. True story or not, I Am the Night too often resembles an oversimplified version of the 1974 classic Chinatown, another California noir about abuse of power that parallels family dysfunction with its institutional equivalent. I’ve never been great at predicting plot twists, but I saw many of Sheridan’s coming a few episodes away. And despite dialogue that can be transparent enough to make you suspect someone spiked their coffee with truth serum, the characters are inconsistent. Fauna is steely in one scene and timid in the next. Jay alternates between acts of death-defying heroism and moments of utter helplessness—fluctuations that seem governed more by plot needs than by his past trauma.
The pacing is off, too. Early episodes get bogged down in exposition and digressions. (A lingering flashback to one of George’s bacchanals, paired with a reading from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “A Dream Within a Dream,” had me groaning out loud.) Later installments move too quickly to devote adequate time to the ideas about race, gender, art and personal morality raised at the beginning. By the finale, the show isn’t depicting George’s fixation on women’s suffering so much as recreating it in gratuitous detail. This shift doesn’t just rob the story of thematic depth; it renders it impossible to draw a line between the exploitation I Am the Night depicts and the exploitation it practices.
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Every generation has a tendency to recycle trends and styles from the past. For some its rediscovering favorites of yesteryear, while for others it’s an introduction to something new. Whether it’s a case of nostalgia, improved technology, or a mix bit of both, these 10 items are making a comeback in homes all across the country.
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Retro T-shirts look great when you get them right and downright awful when you don’t. From band tees to classic football shirts, geek shirts to 90s sportswear, here’s how to make nostalgia look good
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What’s the difference between a woebegone, Seventies-era businessman and a spring 2019 hipster? Less than you might think. Designers are serving up retro-tinged tailoring and suburban-dad sportswear that’s so uncool, it’s cool.
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