As we head into the middle of summer, stores are starting to clear their shelves and make way for fall arrivals. As such, they’re also holding some deep sales. From tailored clothing to casualwear to even a great deal on a suede tote, here are six sale sections that I think are notable.
For something a little more tailored, Rota’s trousers and G. Inglese’s shirts are among the best values in their category. They’re not cheap, even when on sale. But Rota’s trousers have a rare slim leg line paired with a respectable mid-rise (sometimes bordering on a higher rise). They also have generous inlays that allow for easier alterations. As a color, this brownish shade of grey goes better with dark brown jackets than your usual steel grays (although, the second is more versatile). The Italian shirtmaker G. Inglese also has a knack for making handsome collars. For some reason, I haven’t been able to get my regular shirtmaker to replicate it. There’s something about their lining and cut that just results in very attractive shapes.
J. Peterman: Americana and Adventure Gear on Sale
Despite the company’s solid reputation, I’ve always dismissed J. Peterman as a charming footnote about catalog clothiers and Seinfeld. But since I’m on their email list, I get their notifications about new products. A few months ago, I was surprised to see them advertise a handsome fishing jacket they call their Freestone. From what I can tell, the Freestone is an authentic fishing jacket. Made with dozens of flappy pockets and a short body, it’s designed to get you in and out of a stream. But it also looks like something you might find at Engineered Garments or Kaptain Sunshine, two Japanese labels known for remixing Americana and outdoorsy gear. I think it would look great with raw denim jeans, a chunky Aran, and some work boots. It’s also on sale for $248.
Division Road is moving from Seattle, Washington to Charlottesville, Virginia. To save themselves some freight costs, they’ve discounted a wide range of things on their site by upwards of 60%. Included are some things that rarely see deep discounts, such as Iron Heart’s shirts (size up) and Viberg boots. Viberg’s service boots are modeled after something US troops wore in the Second World War. They’re to workwear what boat shoes are to prep, which is to say they go with everything in their genre.
Sid Mashburn’s five-pocket pants are a great alternative to blue jeans and tan chinos. They sit in that narrow space between the slimness of J. Crew and the dad-style of Ben Silver. The only problem is the sizing (as outlined in this post). But you can always call one of their stores and have a sales rep measure a pair of pants for you.
Vanson is one of the last American manufacturers of leather jackets. They’re located in Fall River, Massachusetts, just a couple of miles away from Frank Clegg Leatherworks. While they’ve made jackets for fashion brands such as Junya Watanabe and Eidos, they primarily specialize in outerwear designed for actual motorcycle riders. They’re similar to Schott, in some regards. They offer tough-as-nails construction for a very reasonable price (jackets are often around $650). And while much of their work is focused on durability, they’re also carried by stores that value function and style.
I recently noticed that they also make bags, including this suede leather tote. This is a simple, unlined bag with double-stitched and riveted handles (probably as tough as their jackets). To be sure, there are some obvious downsides to using a suede tote: it’s heavier than canvas and will pick up dirt marks easily. And unlike cotton canvas totes, this isn’t something you can throw into the wash. However, I like how it looks with workwear and Americana styled outfits. Kentaro in Japan has a bunch of inspiring fits on Instagram. The tote is currently on sale at 15% off, making it just $126.
Marrkt: Viberg Archive Sale and Generally Good Things
The British menswear shop Marrkt doesn’t really hold sales. They’re an online discount site for deadstock, sample pieces, and second-hand goods. Sometimes they do price drops on things that have been hanging around their site for too long, but the prices are mostly consistent because they’re already heavily marked down from retail.
Every season, I check in with them because they carry some of my favorite brands, such as RRL, Nigel Cabourn, Drake’s, Engineered Garments, and Edward Green. The styles here tend to lean heavily toward workwear, but they have dressier labels, too (Simon at Permanent Style sometimes offloads his clothes here). I recently scored a Drake’s Balmacaan coat here for just $450. I suspect it’s a sample piece.