July 4th Sale Roundup

While all of you are out celebrating America’s birthday, I’d like to bring your attention to quite a few sales….and by ‘a few’, I mean a ton.  Enjoy:

Onward Reserve has 30% off all Spring and Summer merchandise.  Not to be missed, folks.  Stuff from Peter Millar, Southern Proper, Southern Point, Johnny-O, and OR stuff.

Billy Reid just added a ton of great stuff to their sale section.  Check out these double-monks…you won’t believe the price.  Oh – and use code CELEBRATE25 for an EXTRA 25% off.

Neiman Marcus Last Call is doing 30%-60% off everything.  Here is a GREAT opportunity to stock up on some basics.

East Dane is loading up their sale section…up to 70% off a TON of good stuff.  Rag & Bone, Raleigh Denim, Grenson shoes, and Arc’Teryx to name a few…

Levi’s is offering an additional 30% off sale items.  How about a pair of Selvedge 501s for $45?  Yeah, here you go.

J. Crew is doing 40-60% off all final sale items, and there is a TON of stuff available.  How about this Chambray popover for $24

Ledbury is having a HUGE sale – up to 30% off.  Be sure to check out all the goodies…

Brooks Brothers just kicked off their Summer Clearance sale – up to 50% off.  How about a slim-fit gingham dress shirt for $39?  Yeah…stock up.

Orvis is offering an additional 25% off in their sale section.  Serious business – get ready for Fall now.

Jack Spade is offering an extra 25% off their already reduced items.

Penfield is having their Summer sale, which is great, but they are throwing in an additional 10% off for the 4th.  How about a Pac Jac for under $100?

Bonobos is doing an extra 25% off their sale items.  How about some Ikat shorts for $50?

J.McGlaughlin is doing up to 70% off their Summer sale…excellent dress shirts for a fraction of their normal price…

Todd Snyder is doing a summer sale that offers discounts up to 60% off.

I’ll keep adding as I find more…

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day from the Red Clay Soul family!

Enjoy the image (we are physically in Atlanta, but our souls are in Chicago).  Some words borrowed from the Grateful Dead that are 100% appropriate for today, and quite frankly every day:


from “U.S. Blues”

Independence Day | Night Action

Tomorrow is the big one.  America’s birthday.  It’s a day-to-night event that starts on a body of water, either chlorinated, salty, or fresh, followed by some variety of meat cooking and an ultimate pyro-level celebration of our great nation.  The theme is red, white, and blue.  Simple.  Here’s how to do it right, with a little extra credit:

Day Action:

1. Atlantic Drift Mahi Visor:  Be bold.  Expect this to get dunked quite a few times.  Try to keep it on your head while you slalom.
2. Ray Ban Classic Wayfarers:  It doesn’t get any more classic than a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers.  Think JFK.
3. Birdwell Limited Edition “Old Glory” Beach Britches:  The coolest trunks that no one talks about.  And these bad boys are a special edition just for the 4th.
4. Onward Reserve Penley Colonial Flag T-shirt:  An awesome America shirt.  And Penley to boot… all good in our hood… if this flag offends you, quit reading this blog, immediately.
5. Hari Mark Flip Flops:  Better than Rainbows.
6. Hudson Sutler Montauk Cooler Bag:  Never show up to a party empty-handed.  This new bag from Hudson Sutler holds a 12 pack, and has a front pocket for your koozie, sunscreen, and backup koozie.

Extra Credit:
To drink: Budweiser.  Come at me.
To eat: Hot dogs and hamburgers.  Easy and easy.  Extra mustard.  And AMERICAN cheese.
Tunes: “The Big Chill” soundtrack.  Try it.  No good music has been made since 1999, so stick with the classics.

Night Action:

7. Sid Mashburn Polo Shirt:  Best to go dark so you don’t see all the spills that are sure to happen.
8. Orvis Americana Hat:  I’m not a big hat-at-night guy, but this one makes the cut. Especially on Independence Day.
9. Smathers & Branson Flags of our Fathers Belt:  A history lesson for your waist.
10: Southern Proper Red, White, and Blue Seersucker Shorts:  The red, white, and blue is a really nice up-do to the traditional seersucker, and the inseam is pretty aggressive.  Just like you.
11: Cole Haan Howland Penny Driving Loafers:  Somebody’s mom and dad will show up, so try to spruce up your look, just a touch.  These are the denominator of driving loafers.  Everyone’s got them, everyone has worn a pair out and/or watched their dog tear one apart.

Extra Credit:
To drink: Budweiser.  Keep it real.  Bring out the good bourbon after the fireworks.
To eat: Ribs and slaw.  Does it get any better?
Tunes: Stream the Dead50 show from Chicago.  Shed a tear cause you aren’t there.

“If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight…”

“Ready When You Are” Grizzard T-Shirts

I truly miss Lewis Grizzard.  I have all of his books and refer to them frequently.  He was an icon of the South, and I hate that there are generations that have missed the Grizzard experience.  Tip of the hat to Classic Georgia and Peach State Pride for doing their part in keeping his legacy going.  They just released the “Ready When You Are” t-shirt…the full quote:

“First, we really don’t care how you did it in Chicago. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are.”

The shirt is available in red, blue, and green.  What do you think?


Lust: The Ike Behar Knit Blazer

This might be the perfect summer blazer. The Tessilgrosso Jersey Knit is a nice change from the typical linen or cotton; it fits the body much better. It’s not a bad price point for an Italian-made blazer ($525).  Available in navy blue, heathered khaki, and heathered grey (in order, below):

Want one?  Call my friend Taylor (taylor@ikebehar.comat the Ike Behar shop in Charleston (843-737-5373).  He’ll get you all set to jet with the right size and color.

Happy Carolina Day

Today is Carolina Day, a distinctly Charlestonian holiday commemorating the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. On June 28, 1776, an assault by combined British naval and military forces was made to seize Charles Town, at the time the fourth largest city in British North America. They were repelled against all odds, and that victory is celebrated every year with parties and parades.

In light of everything that’s happened in Charleston, let’s all show our Carolina pride this weekend: wear your Palmetto gear as a show of solidarity and compassion for a great city and a great state that are going through the healing process.

Summertime Business Casual

It’s hot.  Really hot.  The kind of hot whose warm, humid air takes your breath away at 7AM when you step outside to go to work.  Hot is tough, but I’ll take it over cold weather every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Since most of us live in a business casual world, the monotony of khakis gets old.  I don’t care how great the lifestyle representation of *insert khaki brand*’s Instagram seems, wearing them five days a week can start to mess with your head.  Add in the summer heat, and expect rage.

What’s good?  Well, a lot of companies are starting to get this, and are beginning to produce clothing that fits the new business casual rules.  Not only will these new cuts and fits meet your company’s HR policies, but they will keep you cool during the Summer months:

From top left:

1. Finamore Napoli White Dress Shirt:  This might be the most important part of a summer wardrobe.  A good white shirt goes with everything, reflects heat, and fits well.  Think of this as the workhorse of your summer wardrobe.
2. Sid Mashburn Garment-Dyed Patch Pocket Sport Jacket:  Wool is pretty tough in the summertime; it’s hot.  Opt instead for a linen/cotton blend in a dark color for a professional look.  It’ll break in well.
3. Ledbury Hadley Check Dress Shirt:  Everyone loves a linen shirt, but most of them look like a huge Tommy Bahama-off-the-sale-rack option that only gets worn around the pool.  Companies like Ledbury have heard the call, and started producing linen and linen blend shirts in their signature cuts, still including higher arm holes, more formal collars, and plaids, which don’t show wrinkles like solids do…
4. Brooklyn Tailors Indigo Denim Dress Shirt:  When most people think about a denim shirt, they think about something ill-fitting, thick, bulletproof.  Think again, readers.  Today’s denim shirts are thin denim, which hold their shape better than chambray, but will break in and become as soft in no time.
5. Patrick Ervell Twill Jeans:  Jeans that aren’t jeans.  This is one of the best tricks in today’s business casual.  5-pocket style is GREAT in the summertime.  They aren’t as stiff as khakis, but still meet the dress code.  The key is to give them a quick iron before wearing them – NO CREASE (iron them flat).
6. Anderson’s Woven Belt:  A belt with a little flare…not too much; you get it.
7. J.Brand Kane Slim Straight Garment Dyed Jeans:  “Garment Dyed” is a great giveaway that the pants are not denim.
8. Southern Proper Linen & Wool Gentleman’s Jacket:  Some meetings need a jacket.  100% wool isn’t ideal, so blend it with linen and you are in business.  The Southern Proper girls know what’s up.
9. Naked & Famous Weird Guy Selvedge Chinos:  Pair these Naked & Famous chinos with #11 below, the Ledbury shirt and the Southern Proper jacket, and you will be dressed better than 90% of the khaki army.
10. Allen Edmonds Concord Bit Loafers:  No suede in summer?  Whatever.  I don’t like that rule, and you shouldn’t either.
11. Grenson Scott Tassel Loafers:  More suede, but in a darker shade.  Bring the big guns…

I’d love to hear your thoughts…how do you cheat in the Summer?