The End. Experience – Barbour Action

As I mentioned earlier, I recently came to know End. Clothing‘s corner of the Interwebs.  Tons of great brands that I already know, as well as some new ones that I’m excited to get to know.

Beyond a general familiarity with Barbour’s general catalog, End features a ton of collaborations that Barbour does with other brands, and has a healthy dose in stock for our enjoyment.  Some of the work they’ve done includes Dept. (B), Land Rover, Adidas, Deux Ex, Norton & Sons, and Pantone, a lot of which are currently available on serious sale.  I pulled the trigger on a black Polartone quilted jacket that Barbour did in collaboration with Pantone…it has since sold out, but I got a couple questions about the experience, so here goes:

I placed the order (On sale for$115 + $11.95 shipping from England) and it arrived four business days later.  No complaints there, especially around the holiday season.  All in all, the End. experience was five stars.

Now for the jacket…I was looking for a dark quilted jacket that I could add to the rotation with my olive Penfield Monooka, and believe it or not, black was the preferred color.  Something that would fit the ‘NASA’ look (black and white).  This jacket really fell into my lap.

I really like that it has the Moto collar, rather than the typical corduroy folded job that is synonymous with Barbour.  It has a slimmer fit, like an under-layer should.  The armholes are high, and the sleeves are long enough (something that some Barbours cut a little short).  The black quilt almost has a matte finish; it isn’t shiny.

I see this getting a ton of wear in all sorts of scenarios – it’s nice enough to wear over a sweater with grey trousers and black oxfords, and cool enough to wear with jeans and chelsea boots.  And you can’t beat the price…

Black and White Ball

Being that it’s New Year’s Eve, I celebrate for a couple reasons: first, you get to reflect on all the good stuff from the past year, and carry the good memories with you.  Second, you get to drink a little too much and stay up late, which leads me to number three: you can recover on the couch all day on New Year’s Day and watch football.

I hope all of you readers have something fun planned tonight to celebrate 2015.

As for some visual inspiration, these seem very appropriate for New Year’s Eve:  Images from Truman Copote’s 1966 Black and White Ball.  I’d bet it was a rowdy evening…

Images: Google Image Search

Massive Sale at East Dane

Continuing with the holiday tradition, the after-Christmas sales are now in full swing.  Joining the ranks for a quick, but massive sale is East Dane.  they are offering an extra 25% off items that are already on sale.  Yes – that means up to 77% off.

What does that mean?  Well – here are some examples:

Gitman Vintage Japanese Denim Shirt for $107
Incotex Chinolino Trousers for $75
Steven Alan Norse Pullover Sweater for $144
Imogene + Willie Barton Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans for $131
Billy Reid Tuscumbia Sport Shirt for $73

Get over there quick…the sale ends at 11:59 on 1/1/15

This Is The End. (Clothing)

Last weekend, I lost a couple hours digging through the End. Clothing website.  Some of you know about End., and now I feel like I’m a part of the club.  Here are the details:

Founded in 2005, based in England, and a straight forward, almost utilitarian perspective of high-end menswear and some street wear.  What is great, is that End. is a source for great brands like Barbour, A.P.C, Filson, Gant Rugger, Aspesi, Grenson, Montclair, RRL, New Balance, etc, but not just the standard lines…they have a VERY extensive line, including collaborations and seasonal highlights.  Here in the US, we are only exposed to their online store, but they ship everything to the US via FedEx at a flat rate of $11.95.

What’s even better is their sale section.  It is INSANE.  I pulled the trigger on a Barbour X Pantone quilted jacket (since sold out) for $110, and the Aspesi vest (below).  Here is an example of the goods you find…oh – and all of these (except the Grensons…) are marked at a deep discount:

From Top Left:

1. Barbour X Pantone Ashtone Waxed Cotton Jacket: A great alternative to your Bedale…and you won’t believe the price.  Get Indigo, since you already have Olive.
2. Aspesi Agile Wool Down Shetland Gilet:  Very European of you…the Shetland wool gives it a really cool texture.  Not rain friendly…but whatever.
3. Gitman Vintage Indigo Plaid Shirt:  At this price, a great way to introduce or stock up on Gitman Vintage.  Awesome shirts in a GREAT cut.  Even better: they are religiously against ‘non-iron’.
4. New Balance 1300TR ‘National Parks’ Running Shoes:  I’ve got a couple pairs of 1300s that I wear quite a bit.  I’m not big on the neons, but I do like the neutrals.
5. Gant Rugger Winter Jersey Unconstructed Blazer:  A little easier wear that something wool.  A great layer.
6. Penfield Outback Down Vest:  We all know Penfield is outstanding.  Their Outback vests are incredible…how about one in camo?  Too much?
7. RRL Once Washed Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans:  I’m a big proponent of having a couple pairs of slim fit Selvedge jeans, and the iconic RRLs at 50% off is not a deal to be missed…
8. Grenson Scott Tassel Loafers:  Tassel loafers.  I can’t believe I haven’t bought these yet.

Anybody else have experience with End.?  What do you like?

 

AT-AT Day Afternoon

I may be a little late, but I just came across this video…for those of you that like dogs AND Star Wars, this is for you…

Source: Vimeo

The After Christmas Sale Roundup

It’s time for some after Christmas shopping.  If you feel like I do this morning (see above), some online shopping for the Mrs. and me might be a good way to recover after our food comas.  Lots of good stuff going on, folks, and I’ve tried to capture as much as I can.  Did I miss anything?  Leave a comment with other sales of note and I’ll update accordingly.

Here we go:

Mr. Porter is having their annual 50% off sale.  There is so much stuff…almost overwhelming.  Check out this Boglioli unstructured cashmere blend blazer – absolutely awesome.

East Dane is doing their big after Christmas sale – up to 70% off TONS of stuff.  Want a good deal?  Check out these Naked & Famous Selvedge Khaki Twill jeans for $108.

J. Crew is 30% off all new items, and 40% off sale.  How about this great winter Lambswool Snowflake sweater for $48?  Lookin’ good.

Steven Alan just added an extra 25% off all of their sale items.  Awesome stuff – including Barbour, New Balance, Levi’s, among a TON of others.

Banana Republic is 50% off EVERYTHING.  Don’t laugh – they have been killing it this year.

Brooks Brothers is having their semi-annual up to 50% off sale, and an extra 15% off through December 27th.  Oh – and they are also doing their 3 for $189 dress shirt sale…now is the time to stock up!  My pick: these Rancourt Gentleman’s Loafers in brown suede.  You won’t believe the price.  Awesome.

Billy Reid just loaded up their sale section.  There is a ton of really great stuff, but check out these Chestnut Crosby’s for under three bills…

Ledbury just loaded up their sale section…serious shirts/jackets/sweaters/ties at some serious discounts (50-60%).  My favorite: the Billings Check jacket at more than 50% off.

Orvis just started their 60% off Winter sale.  They just marked my Puff Daddy jacket 30% off…go get some!

Jack Spade just added another 25% off their sale items.  Check out the waxed twill cargo duffle for $171…a really good deal.

Levi’s is having their end-of-season 25% off sale.  Lots of 501s to check out

Lumina Clothing‘s sale section is getting some serious action.

Nordstrom Rack has added an extra 25% off clearance items.  Want a good deal?  How about this Peter Millar Oxford Check tie for $13?  Beat that…

Nordstrom just started their clearance sale – save up to 50%.  Great spot to find some staples and the like.

Bloomingdales is having their After Christmas Sale and Clearance sale – up to 75% off items.  Go quick: Bloomingdales cashmere sweaters for  $109.  With or without elbow patches.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal than that…

Neiman Marcus Last Call is having their one-day After Christmas sale – an EXTRA 30-60% off EVERYTHING . 108 pages of Mens sale stuff.  Good luck!

Most stuff at The Gap is already up to 60% off, and today they are doing an extra 35% off…seriously.

****Updates:

Atlantic Drift is doing their After Christmas Sale – 25% off everything with the code WINTER

Southern Proper is offering 25% off your entire purchase from the entire site.

Up to 60% off at the Belstaff sale…seriously awesome stuff.  Can you say tartan waxed cotton?

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So what did I miss?  Leave a comment below and I’ll update the list accordingly…

Merry Christmas from Red Clay Soul-land

Merry Christmas, Red Clay Soul readers.  I’m very grateful for all of you.  Y’all are number one in my book…