Roundup: 4th of July Sales

Loosen up those wallets, folks – this is the time of year stores dump their Spring and Summer merchandise to make room for Fall and back to school.  There are tons of great deals to be found…here is a roundup:

Banana Republic – 40% off everything (including Sale section)

Barney’s – Up to 60% off everything

Billy Reid – Huge July 4th sale.

Brooks Brothers – Semi-annual 50% off Sale

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece – Up to 50% off

Cole Haan – Extra 30% off sale items

Criquet Shirts – $10 off one shirt (Code: RED), $25 off two shirts (Code: WHITE), and $50 off three shirts (Code: BLUE)

Gap – Up to 60% off.  I know…’be better than the Gap’, but there are some awesome basics to be had.

J. Crew – Additional 40% off final sale items.  Tons of good stuff.

J. Crew Factory – 40-60% off everything

Jack Spade – Take an additional 25% off sale items…get over there quick…

Levi’s – Semi-Annual 40% off sale…some awesome jeans available at low prices…

Martin Dingman – Huge 50% off sale.  Check out the driving loafers…geez.

Need Supply – 20% off sale items

Neiman Marcus Last Call – 60% off the entire site.  Seriously…

Southern Proper – Continually adding stuff to their sale section…good stuff.

Yoox – 60% off Summer Sales.  You could get lost on this site for an hour.  So much good stuff.

Zappos – Up to 80% off.  Zappos is incredible.


Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July, folks.  Let’s all celebrate American today, while remembering all the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom and independence.  God bless America!

Off-season Ebay Find: Barbour

As many of you know, I’m a pretty avid Ebay-er.  I don’t buy much, but I do like the hunt.  When I do buy, it’s usually some sort of gem that I find for a ridiculous price.  My closet space is like NYC real estate – the value per square foot is continually on the rise, and I like to keep good tenants as occupants.

One of the tricks of good Ebay-ing is using the seasons to your advantage.  There aren’t that many Patagonia Stand Ups available in the colder months, but those that are sell for roughly half of what they would sell for now.  Same goes for Barbours…oh, and I snagged this beauty yesterday.

Vintage Barbour Bedale in what appears to be the elusive Sage color – excellent condition – for under $100 (includes shipping).  Needless to say, I’m pumped.

Check out those chest pockets:

Those are the Ebay images…I’ll give a full report once it arrives…

A Chat With Strong Boalt

By now you are familiar with Strong Boalt, the men’s luxury swimwear line that has made an appearance on this blog, as well as quite a few others that are in the know.  Strong Boalt is the brain child of Amanda Boalt, who has a highlight-filled history in fashion.  Strong Boalt was nice enough to give us a little insight about her and into her company:

What is the history of Strong Boalt?  Strong Boalt was founded in 2009 by Amanda Strong Boalt. She was working in New York as a buyer for Ralph Lauren and left her job to start this brand and moved back to Florida for some warm weather inspiration…
Describe Strong Boalt in one word:  Tropical
What makes your swimsuits special?  The quality, the prints and the colors.
What is it about Palm Beach that is the perfect headquarters for Strong Boalt?  It’s the lifestyle that inspires us. The turquoise blue water nearby in the Bahamas helps too.
What kind of guy is a Strong Boalt customer?  The man who savors the exhilaration of escape and spends all of his time on the coast.
Where is your favorite beach to vacation?  Lyford Cay in the Bahamas
What music is playing on your iPhone/iPod?  We are currently listening to the Steel Pulse channel on Pandora
What’s next from Strong Boalt?  Lots! We have a full men’s line coming out this year. We have boys swim, 5 new shirt styles including terry cloth, cotton and pique and chino shorts!

Strong Boalt produces some of the nicest swimwear on the market.  I like to think of it as American Luxury, but with European flare.  Their designs remind me of a vintage Hermes tie.  Very unique, but not cheeky.  They currently have two cuts: the board shorts (pictured), which have a straight cut, with an 8.5″ inseam (size 32 waist), and swim trunks, which have an elastic waist and a 5.5-6″ inseam.  The cuts are spot on, and the numerically sized waists allow for the proper fit.

Beyond the trunks, they have released the new hybrid shorts, that will take you from the golf course to the pool…seriously – jump right in.  These shorts are outstanding; such a good concept for summer attire.  they are made of the same fabric as the swimwear, but feature a tab and button closure, and instead of a drawstring, they feature side tabs to adjust the waist.  They come in four colors, all of which are very appropriate for the water, and for dry land.

Those of you that have already gotten on board with Strong Boalt can attest – they make outstanding swimwear.  You won’t find anything like it on the market – either in cut, designs, or quality.  In a situation like this, you get what you pay for.  I’ve been a long time Strong Boalt customer, and just like everything else that is good – these colors don’t fade.

Quick Hitter: State Traditions College World Series Giveaway

Tonight is a BIG night for college baseball.  Our friends at State Traditions are always asking ‘What’s your tradition?’…the good folks at Vandy and Virginia can tell you what they are thinking about tonight…winning the third game of a three-game series.

To celebrate such a good State Tradition, we’ve teamed with the Birmingham boys for a QUICK giveaway…  Leave a comment to this post to enter with your prediction of the score of tonight’s CWS game to enter.  For additional entries:

The winner gets loaded up with State Traditions America stuff – a hat, a koozie, and a t-shirt…just in time for the 4th.

Like I said, this is a QUICK HITTER giveaway, so have your entries in by midnight tonight!  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow around lunch.

Thanks to my friends at State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway.

American Style

Recently, it seems like they put an American flag on nearly everything, and it’s safe to say that is gets a little ‘common’.  There is nothing common about American pride. I’m a huge red, white, and blue guy, but I prefer a ‘less is more’ approach.  Too much makes you look like a professional wrestler.  With the 4th coming up, here are a few American flag themed pieces that work just fine:

From top left:

1. Onward Reserve Penley Flag Tee:  You will need a tee over the 4th, as hopefully you are at around some sort of body of water.  Get the right t-shirt from famed Georgia artist Steve Penley.
2. State Traditions America Tour Visor:  It’s great that tour visors have become the norm again, and State Traditions was out front helping to lead the charge.  Not only to they offer state stuff, but America stuff as well.
3. Knot Belt Co. Stars and Stripes Shades Straps:  Eventually we grow out of sunglasses straps, but it’s always smart to have some when you are around the water.  Sunglasses don’t float…so prepare accordingly.
4. Tervis American Flag Tumbler:  Don’t sweat it.
5. Belted Cow Historical American Flags Belt:  This is one of the best American flag belts out there…tasteful…it shows that we’ve been around for a while.
6. Chubbies ‘Mericas:  Why not?  These shorts are awesome – for all the right reasons.  Short inseam, good fit, and adorned with Old Glory.  Pair these with a white polo and drivers and you are ready to rock.
7. Smart Turnout Grosgrain Watch Band:  Not too obvious, and very functional.
8. Social Primer Broad Stripes Bright Stars Tie:  Even though a lot of 4th parties are ‘no tie required’, this one could make you think differently…
9. Smathers & Branson Old Glory Belt:  Excellent take on the stars and bars from S&B.  Not too obvious, and classic enough to wear year-round.
10. Stubbs & Wooten Commodore Velvet Loafers:  For those seeking independence from boring footwear…and yes, they are velvet.

What are you sporting this 4th?

Super Sale Sunday

Sunday is here…and so are some serious sales.  The good thing – a lot of these sales include spring stuff, which is very temperature appropriate.  I’ve put together a little list with some of the highlights:

Ledbury: Sign up for their email list, AND get $25 off your first purchase.  Seriously good deal for some seriously good shirts.

Brooks Brothers: 50% off Semi-Annual Sale - Check out all the .  Also, they’ve got their slim and extra slim fit dress shirts for 3/$179.  As good a deal as you are going to get on the staples.

Williams Sonoma: You may raise your eyebrows at this, but check out all the grilling stuff that’s ~60% off.

J. Crew Factory: The ultimate staple shop is giving an extra 30% off EVERYTHING.

Mr. Porter: Their biggest sale of the year…up to 70% off.  This is epic.

Steven Alan just added a TON of stuff to their 50% off sale.  Get there quick…it goes fast.

Southern Proper: They have a great sale section with some really good deals.  Don’t forget to give them a look…

Orvis finally added back their Saltwater Bum caps…as cool as it gets.