Sunday, August 30, 2015

Apolis on Nordstrom Rack (Including Chore Coats, Clearance Alpaca Wool Sweater)

A lot of new Apolis items just showed up on Nordstrom Rack, including three versions of the perennial favorite Chore Coat in cotton and linen blends, priced at $169.97 down from $298.  Chore coats rarely show up on substantial markdown, and this is one of the better prices I've seen on them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In Review: Naked and Famous Indigo Slub Stretch Selvedge Skinny Guy



I have to say, getting "casually interested" in denim is a bit like getting casually interested in crack. I'm sure I could quit if I wanted to.  I just don't have a problem.  After my first pair of Naked and Famous, I got a chance to pick up a nice pair of Skinny Guys in raw indigo slub stretch selvedge denim during a Barneyswarehouse sale.  An extra 20% off their sale price brought them to $55.20 with free shipping, and they arrived a few days ago.

Let's take a look.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Barneys Warehouse - Schott Perfecto, Crockett and Jones, Naked and Famous, APC and more

Barneys Warehouse recently restocked with a lot of products to chew through.  I've had my eye on a few things, but an extra 20-30% off on select items + someone posting the deal to reddit forced my hand a bit earlier than I would have liked.  BW will routinely put up extra 30-40% off, etc., with a recent 75% off clearance (nothing worthwhile there or I would have posted it).  Here are some highlights:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What's Wrong With J. Crew?

If you shop at J. Crew, you've probably noticed that sales over the last few months have been virtually continuous and unusually deep cutting, including some ridiculous pricing on perennial favorites such as Red Wings, selvedge denim, and the Alfred Sargents I picked up recently.  While it's been like Christmas in the short term for consumers, it has also signaled a perilous time for the one-time darling of the industry.

J. Crew has been caught in a downward spiral as of late, posting horrible sales with shrinking profits through 2014 and into this year.  Same store sales were down 10% and the company reported over a $600 million net loss.  In addition to struggling sales, due to a controversial leveraged buyout orchestrated in 2011 the company took on $1.5 billion in debt.  In June of 2015, they laid off 175 employees at their corporate location, including their women's head of design.

So what's going on with J. Crew, and who's to blame for its falling fortunes?

Monday, August 3, 2015

In Review: Alfred Sargent Grey Suede Double Monks (for J. Crew)

Now passed on to its fourth generation, Alfred Sargent has remained a family shoe business since first founded in 1899 out of Rushden, Northamptonshire.  Over time, the company has established a reputation for high quality, handcrafted, and goodyear welted English footwear. In the hierarchy of the shoe world, Alfred Sargent sits firmly above Allen Edmonds, probably the most well-known US-made shoe company alongside Alden.  Shoe aficionados generally rank them in line with Trickers or Alden and below Crockett and Jones or Carmina.  

In 2013, Alfred Sargent teamed up with J. Crew to produce a great looking lineup of exclusive shoes and boots.  Fast forward to 2015, when J. Crew put a few suede models on sale at $399 from MRSP $500's.  A lot of people took notice, especially when they got hit with an extra 40% off a few weeks back.  Then, near the end of July, J. Crew did something I've never seen before and dropped a bomb of a sale right at midnight with a ton of items at an extra 75% off.  That put the Alfred Sargents at $100 flat.  Ridiculous.

Luckily, there was a single pair of grey suede double monks left in my size (US 8D), and I completed checking out in world record time before anyone could get the chance to buy them out from under me.  Sales, man.  Sh*t gets real.

They arrived on my doorstep a few days ago, straight into my loving hands.  Come to daddy for some sexy picture time. *edit - too creepy