Introducing the Reds from Jack Donnelly

Great news, folks – the good folks at Jack Donnelly have released the next iteration of their outstanding Carter pants – the Reds.  We’ve talked about the Carters before…they quite possibly might be the greatest 3-season khakis ever made.  The addition of the Reds is an excellent move, and helps round out the color pallet.

My buddy Gregg sent over some ‘behind the scenes’ shots so you could see the development…

Picking the right shade:

The spool:

Quality Control:

Ready to rock:

Jack Donnelly khakis are available online.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Bull & Moose

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…one of the best parts about doing Red Clay Soul is finding, meeting, and talking about new brands.  I had heard about Bull & Moose from Caroline, and was intrigued.  Coincidently, Diego, one of the founders, reached out shortly thereafter.

Bull & Moose is a Veteran-owned start up neckwear business based in Alexandria, VA.  They offer excellent silk and seasonal material ties and bow ties – ALL OF WHICH ARE UNDER $75.  Thus begs the question – what’s the deal?

From Diego: Bull+Moose is a Veteran owned startup focused on creating luxury quality for your neck, at a fair price, while doing good. Since we launched in the summer of 2013 GQ has compared us to Warby Parker and we’ve been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, UrbanDaddy, the Palm Beach Illustrated, Fox Business News, Racked, Yahoo! Finance and several others. As a Veteran owned business we’re proud sponsors of the Got Your 6 campaign. Our goal is to provide excellent quality ties for great value for gentlemen who care about looking good without breaking the bank. We achieve this by primarily selling directly to customers via our website. This way we are able to keep prices low, while including free first class shipping. Our factories only use the highest quality silks and seasonal fabrics, and our ties are handmade. Our style is classic prep with an edge.

Their ties speak for themselves.  This is the Floral, which is absolutely stunning.  It is a cotton tie, so it’s great in the spring or summer, and is just the right width (3″).  It’s available in a bow tie (above) and a neck tie (below).  The construction is sturdy, and the colors are vibrant.  The value proposition here is very high…the price?  $29.  Yep.

And Red Clay Soul readers, Bull & Moose want to do something great for you – use the code REDCLAYSOUL on receive $5 off your order.  Tip ‘o the hat, boys – GREAT work.

Reverb: The Sid Mashburn Warehouse Sale – The Goods

In a follow-up to the first Sid Mashburn Warehouse Sale post, I wanted to show you the goods.  After it was all said and done, I didn’t realize the value of early entry into the sale.  When the doors opened at 10, the line was roughly around the building.  So here we go…please pardon the iPhone picture quality.

Entry:

For you Atlanta folks, this is the hallway that runs between the old Element space (where the Warehouse sale was held) and Ormsby’s.  It literally ran out the back of building almost to the railroad tracks:

Inside:

More inside:

Truth be told, I made two trips.  The first trip was very prosperous, and I got quite a bit of stuff for myself (you’ll see that below).  Considering the crowd, and the fact that my arms were full, I had to go drop off my stuff, and come back a few hours later, after the crowds had diminished a bit.  I promised the Feyonce that I would go look for her, which I did.  Of course, I did send her pictures of everything, to which she replied with a thumbs up or thumbs down emoji.  This is what I found for my better half:

Some summer scarves.  They each weigh about as much as a Kleenex..and she loves them:

Dress one:

Dress two:

I’ve been instructed to buy here white skinny jeans whenever I find them in her size.  Jackpot:

For me, I got a ton of basics at some outstanding prices.  I didn’t get anything trendy.  Just some great stuff that I’ll be able to wear forever.  Starting with some of the Sid Canvas shorts (green and white):

Some dress shirts (not pictured is another blue oxford with a point collar):

501s – is is possible to have too many?

Two pairs of Incotex pants (the white pair is ChinoLino…and will be coming South with me in a couple weeks):

And another pair of red Sid canvas shorts.  Football season is just a few weeks away, and I’m sure these will be put to good use.

Also not pictured:

Navy and Kelly Green paisley tie

I know a bunch of you readers made out like bandits…what did you find?

Honeymoon Packing – His Edition

I am beyond excited.  For those of you that follow Red Clay Soul on Instagram, you know that my future bride-to-be and I are heading south in a couple weeks to a remote island in the Caribbean to get married and enjoy our honeymoon.  Being the ultra-organized people we are, we have started to talk about packing.  Now, packing for a honeymoon is basically like packing for a beach trip, but the culture down there is pretty European, so we have to give it some thought.  Beyond some of the basics, here is some stuff I’m planning on hauling down with me:

From top left:

1. State Traditions Georgia Traditional Hat:  There will be lots of sun, so I’ll need a hat.  My goal is to fade the bright yellow out quite a bit so my bride-to-be can wear it to Tech games.
2. Jack Robie FEC Red Bengal Stripe Popover:  It’s funny how I don’t wear polos that much, instead opting for oxfords with rolled sleeves.  A popover is making the trip with me.  No doubt about it.
3. Persol 714 Sunglasses:  Got to have some great shades…especially some with polarized lenses.
4. Strong Boalt Hybrid Shorts:  These are workhorses.  Do some swimming, so some sunning, and do some exploring.  Check.
5. Sid Mashburn Flap Pocket Liberty Sport Shirt:  Got to have something nice for dinner.
6. Criquet White Player’s Shirt:  You can’t to the beach – any beach – without a white polo.  It goes with anything…let’s call this the utility player.
7. Otis + Eleanor Navy Bongo Speaker:  Even though we are remote, the hotel has free WiFi, so we’ll be Spotify-ing it up.  We’re looking forward to educating the travelers on some Saturday Night Gold.
8. Sid Mashburn Green Canvas Shorts:  More shorts…and these are bulletproof.  They’ll be dressy at the beginning of the week, and perfect for bumming around towards the end.
9. Martin Dingman Julian American Alligator Belt:  A belt that goes with anything…it’s nice to have a little bit of Louisiana anywhere you go.
10. Incotex White Chinolino Pants:  I don’t know what it is about white at the beach, but I like a lot of it.
11. A Good Book (or two): Catch up on some fiction, no matter what year it was published.  I’ve got a stack that I’m looking forward to reading.
12. Southern Proper White Club Shorts:  Again, I don’t know what it is about white at the beach…maybe it make me look more tan…or maybe the perfect inseam on the Southern Proper shorts is just what the doctor ordered…
13. Res Ipsa #23 Wool Loafers:  A little flare for the trip.  They only get better with age.
14. Boast Solid Pique Bright Blue Polo:  Something to go with all those white bottoms.
15. Chubbies Go Your Own Way Shorts:  There’s always room for Chubbies.
16. Havaianas Flip Flops:  Well, this should go without saying…customized…

In Pictures: The Sid Mashburn Warehouse Sale

A couple of weeks ago, Sid and Ann Mashburn held their now famous Warehouse Sale.  They were nice enough to invite me to come in a little early to take some shots of the merchandise before the mayhem began.  It truly was an awesome experience.  I have so much respect for Sid, not only for his positive influence on #menswear in general, but for being such a cool guy.  He has truly become one of Atlanta’s own, and will be the last to admit it.  I always look forward to chatting with Sid, as well as his staff.

The Warehouse sale was epic.  The deals were INSANE.  I had about 20 minutes to take pictures before they unlocked the doors, and I snapped as many as I could.  All the good stuff was there, and I knew exactly where I was going when the clock struck 10.

Now, these are all images of the goods prior to anyone touching them…I’ll post some more pictures of the shopping experience and some of the goods I scored for myself, as well as for my better half.  Get a napkin…you might drool:

 

Onward Reserve July 4th Sale – 30% off Everything

Another GREAT sale to add to the mix – Onward Reserve is having their after 4th sale, where they put EVERYTHING 30% off.  Get over now while the gettin’s good:

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.