Memorial Day Sales

Ahh…a long weekend.  There are a bunch of you who are probably on the road now heading to the beach, or in line at the airport heading someplace warm(er)…  Use this downtime to rest and relax, but also take advantage of some excellent Memorial Day sales.  I’ve started a roundup here, and will continue to add as more are announced.

Here we go:

J. Crew is offering 30% off your entire purchase for the entire weekend.  It’s a good time to stock up.  I’ve talked about these lightweight oxfords…they added a flap pocket and 30% off…load up.

Steven Alan is offering 30% off their site for Memorial Day weekend.  Check out these Willard sunglasses…classic style and a great price.

Ledbury is offering serious discounts on multiple purchases ($50 off 2 items, $150 off 4, $250 off 6).  Add that up…it’ll add up quickly.  I really like the McKinley oxford – it’s a nice cotton and linen blend with a spread collar.  Perfect for this time of year.

Moosejaw is offering 20% off one item throughout the weekend.  Get a pair of Patagonia Stand Up short for $44…The Catalyst Blue ain’t too shabby.

Orvis is running a really cool sale – buy two polos, get one free.  This is a great way to stock up, and get one for your old man.  They have a new series of red, white, and blue polos (pictured) that are great for Memorial Day, as well as the forth.

Levi’s just announced that they are doing 30% off site wide.  Now is as good a time as any to get your pair (or your second pair) of white 501s.

Allen Edmonds put their Sea Island loafers on sale for the weekend…a GREAT pair for under $200.  Check out that beef roll…it’s what’s for dinner.

State Traditions is offering free shipping on ALL orders over Memorial Day Weekend.  Now’s as good a time as any to start breaking in that new hat for College Football Season.

Classic Carolinas is offering 25% off all weekend…use code USA.  Check out this new shirt they just added to the lineup…

East Dane just added a ton of goods to their sale section.  I didn’t realize it, but they’ve got a good selection of Lacoste polos…Get’cha some purple.

Havaianas is doing 20% off their entire site.  They are already a great price point, now it’s even better…check out the Brazil series.

The #WIWT Hoof Pick Belt

I posted this #WIWT picture on Red Clay Soul’s Instagram this morning, and got some questions about the belt:

This is a hoof pick belt from Tory Leather in Oak Bark color, with a nickel buckle.  You can find it here…you will be VERY happy with the price

Zorro Gill - May 26, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Was hesitant to buy because it says it was a ladies belt, however it looks great. How is sizing?

Roger Russell - May 27, 2016 - 3:54 AM

I own 3 of these belts. I purchased my first one about 10 years ago from Orvis and paid $58.00 for it. It was most likely made for Orvis by Tory. I liked the belt so much I decided to start making them. The hook is available at Tack supply shops or Equestrian supply stores. The hooks retail for about $2.75. I purchased a Pelican hook from a Marina supply store for about $3.00 ,but never got around to making a belt.
A hoof pick is used to clean out the frog area of a horses hoof. That can be a very rancid area. There is nothing feminine about it. The guys that actually wore these belts for utilitarian purposes are some of the most rugged guys you could ever meet.

Roger Russell - May 27, 2016 - 4:14 AM

The sizing can be tricky. My initial belt is marked as large. I measure a 33 in the waist and would probably have done better with a medium because the belt stretched out over time. In a perfect scenario I would try it on and get the best fit.

Mark Your Territory: Monogramming for Father’s Day (Or for You)

Judging by the blog-world’s temperature, it seems that there has been a softening in the monogram mentality.  These days, it looks like most of the monogramming is happening on Yeti coolers and tumblers.  Given that everything is cyclical, especially in #menswear, I’m sure monogramming will be back in good graces soon.

I’m here to do my part.  I really like monograms, but only if they are done the right way.  Always go small, and always go traditional.  You wouldn’t want the style of a monogram to date whatever it is that’s monogrammed.  Most monograms are either just that, a monogram that is first initial-last initial (bigger)-middle initial.  Otherwise it is initials (first-middle-last), which isn’t actually a monogram, but that seems to be the common accepted nomenclature.

 Seriously, how great do these look?:

Now is as good a time as ever to start pushing the monogram buttons again.  For masculine monograms, Father’s Day is a great time to get moving on this.  Note: I am not touching monograms for the ladies.  They still monogram everything.  Someone needs to pull in the reigns.  It’s fair to say that when fishing shirts are adorned with a tramp-stamp-esque salad-plate sized twirly mid-back tonal monogram, the preverbal shark has been jumped.

Guys: there’s still hope.  As with everything in #menswear, let’s not take ourselves too seriously.  Let’s have fun.  Initials are a great standard for monograms and initials, but there are others ideas that work for us guys:

DAD or POP – Father’s Day
GDP or ROI – Financial guys
404 or 843 (Area Code) – Hometown love
EAT – For the chef
ACE or GIR – For the golfer
WSP for the music lover
OBX, SGI, or SSI for the vacationer
BMF, COL or CEO – For the boss

WTF, OMG, LOL or BAE – NEVER.  These might get you punched in the neck.

Here is a round up of excellent gifts that can be monogrammed, either for Father’s Day (get your order in quick…), for a groom or groomsman, or for any other event where a guy needs a thoughtful gift:

From top Left:

1. Engraved Brass Collar Stays from Owen and Fred:  Sure, most point collar dress shirts come with their own collar stays, but the plastic options do nothing more than the minimum.  Up the game with these brass bad boys, and you are good to go.  These offer more room than just a three letter monogram, so a date, a nickname, or a James Bond reference, per the Owen and Fred option.
2. Tiffany & Co. Oval Cufflinks:  The go-to of monogrammed gifts.  Tiffany & Co cufflinks immediately become an heirloom piece that will be passed down.  Think about that: if you give these to Dad, you may get them back…  Don’t be afraid to go with a decorative script monogram (they go an a French Cuff shirt), or a very simple block letter font.  Either way, elect for hand engraving.  It makes a difference.
3. Orvis Rose Gold Chronograph Watch:  I’ve seen this in person, and it is really nice.  Orvis allows engraving on the backside of the watch, and for this price point, it’s hard to argue.
4. Colonel Littleton No. 6 Key Ring:  A great quick hitter.  I like the loop of this key ring, as it makes it easy to hang.  The leather is great, as it dulls the ‘clink’ of keys in your pocket.
5. Irish Linen Handkerchief Set:  A Gentleman always carries a handkerchief.  Add a personalized monogram and you are at Sinatra level.
6. Straight English Pewter Mug with Antler Handle from Vagabond House:  I have friends that took these out in Highlands, NC after getting them as groomsmen gifts and used them as beer vessels all night.  A very strong viking-esque play that made for some outstanding images.  Get a couple of these monogrammed with your initials of ‘BMF’ (“Pulp Fiction” reference…) and you are ready to go.  Extra credit: To bring beer to the proper temperature for drinking (European style); chill the tankard for about 30 minutes before serving, pour room temperature beer into the mug, in less than 3 minutes, the beer is perfect for serving.
7. Tiffany & Co. Chrome Retractable Ballpoint Pen:  Actually a really good executive gift.  Spending more than $1 on a pen creates an amazing mentality: somehow you don’t lose it.
8. Waterford Elegance Short Engraved Decanter:  Decanters are a good gift, but the majority of them are simple glass.  Go way above and get your old man an engraved crystal decanter.  Waterford is the go-to for anything and all crystal, as seen my 90% of wedding registries you’ve ever perused.  Stick with a timeless traditional block letter font and this will last a lifetime.
9. Waterford Irish Lace Engraved DOF Crystal Glasses:  Most engraving on glasses is a bad idea.  Especially wine glasses.  The only acceptable engraved wine glasses should come from an actual winery, and are only to be used when rowdy friends come over.  Here’s how to engrave glasses the right way: one letter, and really small.  Get your dad’s last name’s initial engraved as small as possible.  This way it’s a special momento, and not a name tag.
10. Marble Shave Set from Mark & Graham:  What a great gift for dad, more than likely the dude that taught you how to shave.  Great price point.  This could also be a great gift for a guy who’s beard needs some work.  Ladies – take note.
11. Brooks Brothers Original Polo Button-Down Oxford Dress Shirt:  Brooks Brothers finally released their iconic must-iron oxford.  Oxford Cloth Button Down (one of my favorite blogs) did a great review.  These are a great gift for any man.  Get the style that fits him best (traditional/slim/extra slim, or whatever they call them now), and add a fifth button OR cuff monogram.  Given that Father’s day is in the summer, go with pink.  White or navy monogram.
12. Gransfors Wildlife Hatchet:  This is for the dad that has everything.  As soon as he opens this, he’ll realize that he’s been falling short of ‘everything’ until that very moment.  I saw these at Sid’s when they arrived, and love the idea.  Ask them nicely and they’ll get it monogrammed for you.
13. Williams Sonoma Monogrammed BBQ Tools Set:  The reason this is such a great gift is that guys wouldn’t buy a nice BBQ tool set like this for themselves.  And add a monogram?  It won’t help him grill any better, but he’ll look great trying…
14. Colonel Littleton No. 1 Grip:  I am lucky enough to have one of these bad boys (full review coming soon), and can say this is one of the nicest bags I own.  It isn’t a 3-4 day duffle bag, instead a perfect weekender, or the nicest gym bag on the market.  Col. Littleton knows leather, and this is as good as it gets.
15. Brooks Brothers Correspondence Cards:  Never forget that a hand-written note is, and will always be, the most thoughtful gesture.  Whether a thank you letter or a personal message, having personalized correspondence cards makes it that much more official.
16. Orvis Battenkill Shotgun Case:  If you have a handsome (and expensive) Silver Pigeon shotgun, the case should keep up.  Orvis’ Battenkill line is out of this world, and their shotgun case includes a leather patch for initials.  Not a bad price point, either.
18: Personalized Titleist Vokey Wedge:  Wedges fall just short of putters in the golf/religions discussion.  Cleveland vs. Titleist.  The debate is as old as time.  Well, Titleist is releasing a new program that will allow wedge customization, including special paint fill, engraving, and other good stuff like that.  That’s tour-level stuff, there.

What am I missing?  Any other good monogram ideas?

Alexandra Bee Blog - May 25, 2016 - 12:22 AM

Amen to this post! I have been a long time monogram lover, but hate how overdone and trendy they have become! A well-placed, classic monogram makes such a bold, yet elegant statement. I hate the fact that has been somewhat lost with the need to monogram EVERYTHING!

Nem - May 25, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Monogram a shirt cuff or hem, and your slide belt buckle. That’s it. Everything else is just a graduation gift or groomsman’s token and not recommended.

On the List: The Allen Edmonds Green Northland Camp Moc

A quick hitter this Saturday morning… Allen Edmonds just released new colors of their Northland Camp Mocs.  Brown, Navy, and Red are good, but these Green mocs are GREAT.  I’m soft on driving shoes right now, electing for camp mocs instead.  I think they look great, they wear great, and adding some color is a great way to go.

Remember two things when wearing these: They are perfect with khakis or jeans as is.  Wear them out.  Second, get a tan if you are going to wear these with shorts.  Given that they are a darker shade, they will produce a noticeable contrast if your legs are a tasty shade of mayonnaise.

Get ’em here.

Roger Russell - May 22, 2016 - 3:44 AM

I have had my eye on these a very long time. I know it has to be a quality product,
but I hate that uneven color on the outside of the sole.

Orvis Father’s Day Sweepstakes to Pursell Farms

Have y’all seen this?  The good folks at Orvis, who I am proud to say is a partner of Red Clay Soul, is giving away an amazing trip for Father’s Day.

From Orvis: Win a trip for two to Pursell Farms – a premier, 3,000-acre family farm resort one hour southeast of Birmingham, Alabama with gracious hospitality, award-winning golf, and the Orvis Shooting Grounds. This two-day, three-night trip includes airfare, car rental, room accommodations, and a one-day Orvis Fly Fishing School for two and a one-day Orvis Wingshooting School for two.

This is big, folks.  As you all know, Orvis does it right.  Get entered here.

Holland & Holland: Factory Craftsmanship (Video)

Holland & Holland shotguns are like nothing I’ve ever seen.  The company was founded in 1835 in London by Harris Holland.  They have four showrooms around the world; one of which is in New York.  I will be making a stop next time I’m in the city.  My first, real experience with Holland & Holland was at the opening party for the Atlanta Charity Clays weekend a few years ago, where they had some of the most beautiful examples of their craftsmanship on display, all at $150K plus:

I came across this H&H video on the YouTubes, and it enthralled me for nineteen solid minutes.  Watching these masters at work building some of the finest shotguns in the world is a sight to see.  I can’t imagine what it takes to get to that level of expertise.  Now, I absolutely love this sort of stuff – seeing how the preverbal sausage is made.  I hope you do too:

 

Anyone have personal shooting experience with H&H? I’d love to hear it.

Quick Hitter: Breakfast Slippers

Maybe it’s an age thing, but I find myself wearing slippers a lot these days.  I have a great pair of LL Bean fleeced lined slippers that I got for Christmas and wear all the time.  The problem is they aren’t really great to wear this time of year.  Fleece lined doesn’t work in Spring-Summer-Fall below the Mason Dixon line.  To supplement during the warmer months, I’ve been wearing Havaianas.

I came across these Soludos and honestly started to chuckle…check out these bad boys: bacon and eggs, folks.  For a pair of utility slippers that are going to be around-the-house beaters, these could be a GREAT slipper option for the warmer months.  Soludos have a good price point, and should get you a couple years with normal to moderate wear.

East Dane has an awesome selection of Soludos, but get them quick…they tend to sell out.