Roundup: Labor Day Sales

This weekend is the intersection of some serious ‘Wrinkle in Time’ stuff: College Football season kicks off, a three day weekend, and the Labor Day sales that go with it.  Labor Day is observed in honor of all the workers, so take advantage of all three this big weekend.

There is a serious dollar-value shift in the consumers favor this weekend, and we here at Red Clay Soul want to help.  Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Brooks Brothers – Up to 60% off Labor Day Event.  Seriously good stuff going on.  My pick: Oxford Fun Shirt

Onward Reserve – They just added Lucchese to their sale section.  You won’t believe the discounts.  My pick: Lucchese Ultra Belly Caiman Boots for $1000 (regularly $1700).  Now is the time…

Smart Turnout – 40% off Document Holders for all you back to schoolers and business folk in the know.  My pick: Royal Signals

Jack Spade – Extra 25% off Sale Items…and they just added a TON.  My pick: Navy Waxed Twill Cargo Duffle

Ledbury – Up to 40% off in their shirt clearance section, which they just restocked.  My pick: The Russell Plaid.  Green and blue goodness…

J. Crew Factory – up to 60% off EVERYTHING.  Huge.  My pick: Colorblock Sweatshirt.

J. Crew – Extra 40% off final sale styles.  Over 800 items in the men’s section alone…  My pick: Japanese Chambray Ludlow suit pants

Neiman Marcus Last Call – Up to 75% off EVERYTHING.  Save this one to your bookmarks.  My pick: Cole Haan Double Monks for $134(!)

Banana Republic
– 40% off your entire purchase.  Before you roll your eyes, check out what BR has been doing lately.  My pick: Quilted Jacket

Martin Dingman
– up to 50% off selected merchandise – insanely good deals.  Too many to pick from, but I really like the Rudyard Waxed Canvas Duffle (for $199(!))

Lumina Clothing
– Killing it up in North Carolina…  Check out the new additions to the sale section.  My pick: The Banks Sweater
– Huge Labor Day Sale – up to an additional 30% off all sale items.  Lots to choose from. My pick: The Patagonia Better Sweater

– Free shipping on Labor Day Weekend…and they have an INCREDIBLE sale offer for my pick: Imogene + Willie Denim for HIM AND HER.

– Extra 15% off all sale items, and there are a TON.  My pick: Mason’s Khakis

– Extra 25% on everything in the online sale Outlet.  My pick: The Bullhide and Canvas Rolling Carry-on Suitcase 

What did I miss?  Who else is having a big Labor Day sale?

My Birthday List

I’ve got a birthday coming up.  After 21, they don’t really matter, but I always get the question from my loved ones: “What do you want for your birthday?”.  To be honest, I have too much stuff.  I’ve moved to the opinion that space in my place is like real estate – with a high value per square foot.  What takes up space better be worth it…no squatters.

I don’t really like asking for stuff…but I do have my eye on a few things:

Clockwise from top left:

1. Antique Box: I’ve got a bunch of stuff – watches, collar stays, cufflinks, etc., and I need a place to keep them.  Something like this has to be found over at an antique market.  The search is the best part.
2. Laguiole 7mm Knife: I like to think of this as the ‘business man’s special’.  I have been carrying a knife on my keychain, but it’s too tough to use.  I want this one to act on it’s own.
3.  Col. Littleton No. 18 Portfolio: Even though we work in a highly technical world, not everything can be carried on a Macbook.  Sometimes I have to go old school and carry documents and make/take notes.  I want this one to be my caddie.
4. Lucchese Powell Boots: Something new from cool are these?  I like the double monk touch, but I really like the dressy look with rubber soles.  Wear these all day long…
5. 2015 Ford Bronco: Because it’s 100% badass.

New Collegiate Yeti Coolers

For all you Yeti Cooler fans out there:

Yeti has just released a series of college logo’ed coolers just in time for college football season.  They offer them in three sizes: the Roadie 20, the Tundra 45, and the Tundra 65.  Same features as their non-logo’ed coolers, and only available in white.  They currently have 28 colleges and universities available.  Not a bad move from Yeti…now you can keep your beer on the same ice two weeks in a row…

1000 Words: The Southern Proper Pop Up at Onward Reserve Buckhead

The wonderful ladies of Southern Proper have moved in to Onward Reserve’s Buckhead store to show off their fall collection.  And fine goods they are (more on that tomorrow…).  If you are around the Atlanta area, be sure to stop in at Onward Reserve and take a look…and don’t forget to grab a moon pie:

Onward Reserve Buckhead is located at 3072 Early Street NW in Atlanta.


2014 College Football Kickoff Giveaway from State Traditions

…and non-College Football season is finally over.  It’s here, folks.  Toe meets rubber this week.  We can barely contain ourselves here at Red Clay Soul.  Our friends at State Traditions are in the same boat.  To celebrate, we want to hook one Red Clay Soul reader up with an awesome heap of State Traditions good from a school of your choice…how does a hat, a visor, a polo, and a belt sound?  Good, huh?

Leave a comment to this post with your pick to win the National Championship to enter.

For additional entries:

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  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘Toe meets leather! I entered to win the @statetraditions X @redclaysoul College Football Giveaway. Go here to enter:’

Entries must be in by midnight ET on Monday, September 1st.  I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, September 2nd around lunchtime, who gets all the State Traditions goods from the school of their choice.

Special thanks to State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway…

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, and blue.  Great price point, too:

Get it while the gettin’s good…


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 as well.  Now is the time to put away the pastels and start to incorporate some darker fall hues.  Remember – this is a transition, so slow roll into your fall goods.  Here are some great examples of early fall goods:

From top left:

1. Randolph Engineering Corsair Sunglasses:  A good looking pair of sunglasses.  These from Randolph Engineering have a more mature look than your typical Maverick options.
2. Ledbury Burgundy Carrigan Shirt:  Burgundy might be the perfect fall color.  This plaid is a great option for a transitional shirt…and you can keep wearing it all fall and all winter.
3. J. Crew Cotton Workwear Sportcoat:  See a theme?  The burgundy jacket is a great departure from the blues and tans you’ve been wearing.  Put this over the Ledbury shirt above and a dark pair of jeans or a pair of tan 501s and you are in business.
4. Lumina Carolina Collection Turquoise Jersey Polo:  There will still be a few days in the 90s, so keep comfortable.  Jersey knit is your friend.  And turquoise is awesome.
5. Canali Tan Blazer:  A good tan blazer is a must.  A good tan wool blazer is were it’s at this time of year.
6. Martin Dingman Matte Alligator Credit Card Case:  Hopefully by now, everyone has gotten used to using a front pocket wallet.  Now upgrade to a luxury card case that will last you for years.
7. Alexander Olch Dutch Striped Belt:  This is really a texture play…the wool look will dress up a pair of jeans or khakis.  Just choose the appropriate shoes.
8. Jack Donnelly Light Gray Carter Slim Fit Pants:  Go with the light gray this time of year.  It’s not as rich as khaki, and not as bold as blue.
9. Sailormade Standard Belt:  Yet another leather belt option with a cool buckle.  The heavier leather is very season-appropriate, so get this one ready for the lineup. 10. Jack Spade Slim Fit Jeans in Raw Indigo:  Remember: dark jeans in the fall and winter.  Stock up.
11. Filson Original Briefcase:  You’ve seen that Filson announced and released the black versions of their popular pieces.  RCS endorses…and here’s why: the black will actually lighten up, and fade to gray.
12. Sid Mashburn Chocolate Suede Chelsea Boots:  Excellent option for a dressy date night or a party.  Pair these with those Jack Spade jeans, that Ledbury shirt, and that J. Crew sportcoat.  Unstoppable.
13. 2014 Rolex Datejust:  An awesome face…check out those numbers.
14. Allen Edmonds Addison Loafers:  Great leather loafers for fall.  Waxy leather that will patina very nicely, and rubber soles so you can wear them nonstop.  These will handle a football weekend in Athens…