Author Archives: JRS

Blankenship: Let’s Party

The Party shirt has gotten a lot of play here at Red Clay Soul.  While we haven’t seen that many options released, the good folks at Blankenship Dry Goods have filled the niche with their version: The Ross.  They did a great job with the hues; rather than the typical pastels, they used red, white, […]

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Early Fall Goods

College football season is about a week away, which is the yearly signal that we are starting the transition from summer to fall.  It’s not cold yet, but the highs during the day will start to dip, and the night will cool off quite a bit.  It’s time to start thinking about your closet transition […]

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Alex J - August 21, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Hate to be “that guy” but what about number 10? I’ve been making an effort to up my denim game and would love to know more!

Thanks!

Alex J - August 21, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Haha, sorry, I missed it within 9.

Awesome write up, I always love reading you product recs!

ATLapse

Ahh Atlanta…such a beautiful city. The good folks at Tim Redman Photography did it right:

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Let’s Celebrate: Huckberry $100 Gift Card Giveaway

We are super pumped to announce a new partnership with Huckberry.  They are a significant slice of the Internet that really knows cool, curated style.  It seems to be a match made in Internet heaven.  We would like to share the celebration with you: Red Clay Soul has partnered with Huckberry to give away a […]

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Paul - August 18, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Dibs

Jordan - August 18, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Really excited about this new partnership. Think RCS can add a new style perspective to Huckberry. Very Excited.

John Lawton - August 18, 2014 - 8:16 AM

RCS and Huckberry, a great combination.

Graham J. - August 18, 2014 - 8:18 AM

This is great! Love Huckberry’s stuff. Mostly.

Chris Bissonette - August 18, 2014 - 8:21 AM

Awesome giveaway!

Tim F. - August 18, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Love Huckberry!

Travis - August 18, 2014 - 8:27 AM

Really looking forward to this. Huckberry is awesome!

Steven Bremer - August 18, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Thanks for the giveaway.

Nick - August 18, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Fire it up!

Justin Fox - August 18, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Love it!

Wes - August 18, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Check

Daniel - August 18, 2014 - 8:52 AM

I love Huckberry!

ron payne - August 18, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Great site–I could do some serious damage there.

John W - August 18, 2014 - 9:14 AM

This giveaway? So regal.

Will Collins - August 18, 2014 - 9:37 AM

Yes Please

Robin - August 18, 2014 - 9:37 AM

I love Huckberry stuff. Glad you guys are partnering up. Hope you get a chance to do a currated shop of some of your favorites.

Tim Koehler - August 18, 2014 - 9:42 AM

Huckberry X Red Clay Soul = perfect collaboration

Madison Roberts - August 18, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Huckberry is a great site – first introduced me to Criquet shirts about two years ago and I’ve been using Huckberry ever since.

DH - August 18, 2014 - 9:57 AM

Great giveaway. Thanks guys

HerschelWalker84 - August 18, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Great site and great partnership

Grant - August 18, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Worth a shot

Ben Clegg - August 18, 2014 - 10:03 AM

could use a new hammock!

James - August 18, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Love that site.

Chris R. - August 18, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Big money, now whammies…

Weber S - August 18, 2014 - 10:19 AM

Awesome giveaway

iamalighthouse - August 18, 2014 - 10:24 AM

I’d love to win this for my man!!

Easton - August 18, 2014 - 10:33 AM

After my weight loss (100lbs) this money would be amazing to help me rebuild my wardrobe

Christopher J - August 18, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Great site

Drew - August 18, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Thanks Huckberry.

Josh - August 18, 2014 - 10:47 AM

I love, love, love, Huckberry. Please, let me win!

Josh - August 18, 2014 - 10:48 AM

I love, love, love Huckberry! Please, let me win!

JTM - August 18, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Love Huckberry.

Tanner Knox - August 18, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Been a member there for over a year!

Morgan - August 18, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Great giveaway

Scott H - August 18, 2014 - 11:06 AM

$100 in Huckberry cash?? I’ll take it!!

Matt - August 18, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Huckberry has introduced me to some great brands. Looking forward to checking out RCC.

David S - August 18, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Huckberry is the best! They have the coolest stuff to buy.

Michael Douglas (not the actor) - August 18, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Two great companies!

Drew - August 18, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Great call on this partnership.

Daniel O - August 18, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Awesome giveaway. Fingers crossed!

Lorenzo - August 18, 2014 - 12:07 PM

great partnership!

Jared H - August 18, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Synergy!

Jeff - August 18, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Love Huckberry!

Chris Fahey - August 18, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Great website! A great selection of quality products. Glad to see the partnership!

Tyler Bankhead - August 18, 2014 - 12:41 PM

The explorer cap is fantastic. Would love to win this!

Pat - August 18, 2014 - 12:58 PM

I want everything. This relationship is perfect also.

Cordelia - August 18, 2014 - 1:05 PM

I’m in!

adam y - August 18, 2014 - 1:05 PM

dig it

Jared D - August 18, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Love the Huckberry X RCS partnership!

WWS - August 18, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Done and Done!

Joe - August 18, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Great website!

Chris P - August 18, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Done!

Fritz - August 18, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Six Sigma

Hugh Thompson - August 18, 2014 - 1:57 PM

Huckberry is one of the coolest ‘sites’ out there. Lots of mens items to be had….I wouldnt even know what to do with the 100 dollars!

Andrew - August 18, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Great giveaway!

Kameron - August 18, 2014 - 3:59 PM

A great giveaway from a great company! Love the partnership!

Kameron - August 18, 2014 - 3:59 PM

A great giveaway from a great company. Love the new partnership!

Stephen - August 18, 2014 - 4:11 PM

Boom!

Andy - August 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Done and done

Tanner - August 18, 2014 - 4:48 PM

YeeeHAW

Brian - August 18, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Sign me up!

Doug M - August 18, 2014 - 5:28 PM

Huckberry is the best.

Patrick Morris - August 18, 2014 - 6:20 PM

Huckberry has a great selection. It’d be great to get a gift card from them!

Michael - August 18, 2014 - 6:44 PM

Essential for any man.

Isaac Remboldt - August 18, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Dibs

Brendan - August 18, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Great choice for a new partnership!

devin - August 18, 2014 - 8:23 PM

YES PLZ

Justin - August 18, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Beep beep

David - August 18, 2014 - 8:25 PM

This is fantastic!

Tony Mason - August 18, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Huckberry is one of the coolest sites in the world. These guys have excellent taste.

Mike - August 18, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Huckberry is awesome

Paul - August 18, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Would love a chance. Thanks!

Alex lathrop - August 18, 2014 - 8:37 PM

Yes, please!

Mike P. - August 18, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Count me in, thanks for the chance!

Gardner - August 18, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Very exciting.

Tyler Rynne - August 18, 2014 - 8:57 PM

I Love Huckberry

Dave - August 18, 2014 - 8:59 PM

I’m your huckleberry, or huckberry, whatever

Ryan Krempin - August 18, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Sounds good to me

Michelle L. - August 18, 2014 - 9:03 PM

Huckleberry rocks! And, this giveaway is not half bad, either!

James - August 18, 2014 - 9:20 PM

right on!

Alex S. - August 18, 2014 - 9:25 PM

Wow, that’s awesome. Thanks

Adam West - August 18, 2014 - 9:46 PM

Please and thank you!

Alex U. - August 18, 2014 - 10:59 PM

I love Huckberry! They always have the coolest sales and their customer service group is second to none.

Chris Y. - August 18, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Huckberry or bust!

Michael Brown - August 19, 2014 - 12:25 AM

Huckberry went from great to greater.

JD - August 19, 2014 - 7:54 AM

Woot!

Christopher Stephens - August 19, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Huckberry’s great!

Adam Travis - August 19, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Huckberry has got to be my favorite site right now.

Nolan - August 19, 2014 - 9:40 AM

Great site

Benjamin - August 19, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Love Huckberry – sign me up!

Hudson W. - August 19, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Lets go.

Jordan - August 19, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Always stalking out Huckberry

shaunie - August 19, 2014 - 11:59 AM

I signed up as a member through as facebook.com/trabajardd . Would have to say that this is a great giveaway. the clothing is fabulous for sure

Ben Holeton - August 19, 2014 - 12:09 PM

I love Huckebrry! Hoping to win the cash

Paul - August 19, 2014 - 1:43 PM

be my huckberry

Adam V - August 19, 2014 - 4:41 PM

Fingers crossed!

Patrick B - August 19, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Hope I win!

Andrew - August 19, 2014 - 5:03 PM

Fingers crossed.

Colin Y. - August 19, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Need this to get a Vinyl Me Please subscription!

Matt - August 19, 2014 - 7:03 PM

Love huckberry’s stuff

Sean O'Donnell - August 19, 2014 - 11:48 PM

I check this site religiously. As a native of Atlanta with a growing passion for fine clothing and a love for the finer things, this website is gospel.

“The Bitterness of Low Quality Remains Long After The Sweetness of Low Price is Gone. All Clothing Looks Good When New. Fine Clothing Looks Good Even When Old.”
-F. Hamilton Kuhlke

BuffaloSailing - August 20, 2014 - 9:48 AM

Love Huckberry

Conor - August 20, 2014 - 1:36 PM

I hope to win…

Jake - August 20, 2014 - 2:33 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeeeet.

Tommy - August 20, 2014 - 3:06 PM

LOVE Huckberry. Great site.

Justin - August 20, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Huckberry is awesome!

MBB - August 20, 2014 - 3:21 PM

2 great brands come together!

Ashtin Meerpohl - August 20, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Love it!

Jack Charlton - August 20, 2014 - 3:30 PM

The best.

michele malone - August 20, 2014 - 3:45 PM

done! Thanks for the chance to win.

Josh - August 20, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Great new find!

Mike Dalton - August 20, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Thanks for the giveaway guys!! I’ve already picked out some goodies :)

James - August 20, 2014 - 10:16 PM

longtime huckberry member! longtime red clay reader!

JPD - August 21, 2014 - 12:33 AM

Love this combo!

Alex H. - August 21, 2014 - 12:35 AM

These giveaways are awesome.

Ryan B - August 21, 2014 - 6:18 AM

Thx for the intro to Huckberry!

Colin - August 21, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Here we go!

Terry - August 21, 2014 - 6:29 PM

Looks like a very nice site and giveaway !!!!

Reader Feedback: Navy Loafer Question

I love reader questions.  It’s really interesting to me to hear what’s on RCS readers’ minds.  Please keep sending them…as you know, I do my best to answer as quickly as I can…whether it’s about the quality of a brand, a good tailor, or the proper jacket length, I’m more than happy to help. I […]

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WWS - August 17, 2014 - 12:28 PM

I think I’d have to go with the Oak Street Navy Pennies, the Sids are nice but seem to be different shade of blue, not quite navy. Both look awesome and look better than the sea of browns and tans but I’m leaning toward Oak Street.

JPyle - August 17, 2014 - 12:44 PM

The Oak Street’s would be my choice in my jean and chino wardrobe, but as you noted – it’s really about what your style is. The Sid’s have a more polished look to them and are clearly exceptional. I do think in spite of their formality, you can dress up a nice pair of dark denim with these style and it would look a little more crisp. All in all, I like the versatility of the Oak Street.

ron payne - August 17, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Both would be best, of course. But I like the truer navy of the Oak Street pair.

Greg - August 17, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Great feedback guys

Last question. Are Oak Streets true to size or should you really go down 1/2 a size when going sock less?

Thanks

Robin - August 17, 2014 - 1:42 PM

I’d go down a full size if you want to wear the Oak Streets sockless, a half size for socks.

JPyle - August 18, 2014 - 8:44 PM

I wear a 10 in most shoes. I purchased a pair of 9.5. They are too big – a 9 would be perfect. It’s not the initial wear. Initially they were good but the leather is rugged but supple to the point that they do mold, stretch in some spots, etc. I feel their recommendation of 1 size less is dead on for sockless wear.

BMO'C - August 19, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Definitely Oak Street.

JJ - August 21, 2014 - 6:18 PM

First off these shoes are in totally different ballgames, the only things that are the same the “color “and style name.

Oak Street is a standard LOW vamp penny loafer, like your Bass Weejun or Alden loafer; riding the edge of frat Topsider. Clean leather bottom, like most shoes made in New England; sturdy but collegiate leather bottom still.

The Sid Mashburn loafer has a HIGH vamp, better for trousers and jeans than shorts and Chubbies. And the comfort level is much higher, these all have a studded rubber bottom; like a softer Dainite if you will.

The Oak Street looks good, but Rancourt, Quoddy and Sperry make a shoe like this. Sid Mashburn’s penny loafer if a full Italian grade and styled take on the American loafer, which is sober and actually kinda boring. You can polish and burnish all you want to the Mashburn loafer to create some fun dressier finishes, like an Edward Green or Saint Crispins shoe; the Oak Street; is still at the end of the day just a plain penny loafer in navy

Congratulations, Sid Mashburn!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Sid Mashburn was voted the 2014 Best Men’s Store in America by Esquire Magazine.  I couldn’t be more proud of my neighbor, and honestly it comes as no surprise.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better collection of menswear and a nicer group of folks that can top the Sid Mashburn experience. Here’s […]

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Curtis - August 15, 2014 - 1:32 PM

I’m a proud supporter of Sid Mashburn. Congratulations on your success!

Greg - August 15, 2014 - 4:36 PM

Sid is an absolute stud. If you haven’t been to his shop yet, you’re truly missing out.

Not only does he have killer clothes and a great time, he could be the coolest guy I’ve ever met.

Congrats Sid!

Greg

Atlanta - August 16, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Love the store – yet the service is horrible and the people that work there are arrogant… Before you slam me, I am the ‘Sid template’ and have shopper all over the world – their service is the worst. Just saying.

Custom Oak Street Bootmakers Camp Mocs

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Oak Street Bootmakers.  I have talked about their loafers at length (Natural and Navy).  The loafers have a great, sleek look, but they aren’t trendy.  They are the type of loafers that you can wear for the next thirty years.  It’s safe to say that you’ll […]

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Matt - August 14, 2014 - 9:25 AM

They need to make these available to the public. Any word on whether they would be willing to custom make these for others? I would pull the trigger on them today. Very nice!

BCM - August 14, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Looking sharp. I was considering the LL Bean camp mocs myself, but these look much nicer. Are these strictly worn with shorts? How do these pair with dark jeans, being a lighter color? Thanks, and congrats on the wedding.

Will - August 14, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Yup, I got a pair in Navy. Really like the contrast stiching and wear them far more often than my loafers due to the more comfortable camp sole

Otto - August 15, 2014 - 2:40 PM

I have a pair in the dark brown that I got a few months back. They work great with anything from shorts to a blazer and jeans for a nice dinner. They wear great and the extra money buys quality that isn’t found in the L.L Bean version or a Sperry topsider.

Greg - August 15, 2014 - 4:37 PM

Need your advice Jay.

Oak Street navy pennies or the Italian navy pennies at Sid’s?

Madison Roberts - August 18, 2014 - 9:47 AM

These are flat out bad ass. I want a pair – I NEED a pair . . . can you convince Oak Street to make these for the masses?
If not, will they custom make them for regular folks?

Madison Roberts - August 18, 2014 - 9:48 AM

These are flat out awesome! I want a pair – I NEED a pair! Can you convince Oak Street to make these for the masses? Or will they make these for regular folks?