Thursday, November 26, 2015

Allen Edmonds Shoebank: Brooks Brothers 2nds Models $99

Brooks Brothers 5th Ave

Allen Edmonds has dropped the price of all of their Brooks Brothers models to $99 on their Shoebank. AE makes many of their classic shoes for BB with a few differences - namely the inclusion of a combination tap sole and a poron insole (a bit more cushion) standard. Otherwise, they're the same shoes - these include the Park Ave, 5th Ave, Macneil, McAllister, Strand, etc. with various availability depending on your size.

I don't recall ever seeing prices this low - you will need to call the store to order (you can email as well, but I wouldn't risk missing out), and I would do so first thing in the morning when stores open if you're interested.

Note these are seconds quality, meaning they will usually have small cosmetic defects. I've bought shoes there that I couldn't even tell what was wrong with them before, though. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 16, 2015

In Review: Chester Mox #53 Chromexcel Compact Bifold

Chester Mox is a small leather goods company founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Bellanie and Brandon Salcedo out of Monterey Park, California. Originally Voodoo Studios, the brand was renamed in 2011 as Chester Mox - Chester, for a family name, and Mox, for the plutonium and depleted uranium mixed oxide (MOX) nuclear fuel Brandon did a paper on in high school physics class. Honestly, the name's just got cachet up the yin-yang (regardless of its origins), and after completing an apprenticeship with a renowned leather master craftsman, Bellanie has been regularly pumping out gorgeous pieces of leather porn to lust after.

I've had my eye on their products ever since I saw them featured on ThisFits and PutThisOn, and a little while ago I posted about a Massdrop deal I was able to get in on offering the Chester Mox #53 Compact Bifold on surprisingly deep discount. After a long month of pining over progress pictures as my wallet was being made, I received the wallet a few days ago - and oh, was it worth the wait.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Something to Keep Your Eye On: Red Wing Beckman at Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Trading Post hasn't updated their Red Wing stock for a long, long time, but recently restocked on some Iron Rangers and Beckmans in various colors and sizes (seconds quality - meaning usually a minor cosmetic blemish). The Iron Rangers qualified for the usual further discount code, which promptly sold them out in a few hours at ~$139. The Beckmans, however, briefly checked out with the coupon codes but then were taken off of additional promotion, leaving the current price ~$200.

The Beckman model is the slightly more refined brother to the Iron Ranger, built on the same Red Wing "8" last with a 6 inch round toe, 270 degree goodyear welt, and finished with a Vibram Roccia sole vs. the nitrile cork sole of the IR. For inclement weather, a rubber sole is really the only way to go and is something I've been looking for more in the footwear I plan on wearing heavily. General consensus is to size down from your Brannock size by half to a full size (the last is also bit narrow). 

If you're not familiar with STP and their DealFlyer email codes, read this intro first. The best strategy at this time would be to wait unless you can't live without them. Otherwise, if you don't mind paying for firsts, some people have had success price matching with Nordstrom's online service. If/once an applicable 30-40% additional code is released for Sierra Trading Post, have your size and color picked out prior and check out immediately. Once it drops, the sale likely won't last the day.

You know what they say - early bird gets the Beckmans. Ben Franklin, I think it was.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Gap + GQ: Best New Menswear Designers in America - 2015 Collection Impressions and Select Items Review

A few years ago, Gap started an annual partnership with GQ to showcase "the best new menswear designers in America." This year that included The Hill-Side, NSF, Stampd, and David Hart with the collections being released in select Gap stores around the nation at the end of September. When they first dropped, I stopped by my local Gap to take a look.  I liked the design on a few pieces (mostly in the Hill-side and David Hart lines), but passed originally due to the price point and the large proportion of synthetic blends.

Less than a month after release, though, Gap surprised many by placing the Gap + GQ collections on deep discount. After reading some feedback online, I decided to take a second look in store and ended up leaving with a good deal of the David Hart collection and a side of Hill-Side. Some thoughts on those pieces and the collection on the whole after the jump.