Most of the vintage Rolex trade specializes in ’60s-era divers, but there’s plenty of good wrist candy to be found in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, too—and some prime examples are coming up for auction at Bonhams next week.
This ’50s-era Oyster is a prime example—the wrist-wear equivalent of a gray flannel suit—but there’s plenty more, like this ’40s manual-wind or a 9-karat gold Oyster from 1936. They don’t quite have the James Bond vibe you’d get from a GMT, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw one of these on M.
The graphic handkerchief has had a bit of a comeback in recent years, thanks in no small part to Drake’s, but they’ve been filling the pockets of the dandied class for upwards of a century.
And it just so happens a batch of vintage Hermès handkerchiefs is arriving on the auction block this Friday (hat tip), the perfect chance to sample the old ways for yourself.
The vintage versions are more intricate than what you’d see in the modern day, with large-scale prints of military landscapes or equestrian scenes, but the effect when one’s stuffed into the front pocket of your blazer is just a blur of patterned color.
Think of it as a victory lap once you’ve mastered white linen.
Beloved Atlanta outfitter Sid Mashburn kicked off a sale today with some of the best dress shirts on the market, along with his distinctive take on wool trousers and ring belts. The markdowns aren’t amazing here, but you won’t find better goods.
Billy Reid’s winter sale just cranked up another notch, which means you can pick up long-sleeve polos for under $50, shawl-collar sweatshirts for under $100 and an impressive array of sub-$50 dress shirts. Note the mother-of-pearl buttons and the loose Southern charm.
The UK’s Garbstore just unveiled a nicely stocked winter sale for anyone who still needs some winter essentials. Our picks: a pair of Norse Projects leather gloves, house-brand sweatshirts and Gitman button-downs that should be wearable through summer. Monitaly also weighs in with the craziest cardigan we’ve ever seen—the meek need not apply.
The Quebecois shop Rooney dipped into a second round of sale-ing this week, with 40% to 60% off a flock of shawl cardigans, a sharp quilted jacket and an unstructured blazer in undyed linen. And since it’s all in Canadian dollars, the dollar signs barely even count. Have at it, folks.
In sales, as in life, timing is everything. So 24 hours after one of the coldest days of the year, Unionmade has put up the best winter sale we’ve seen all year. That means $100 sweaters from Howlin’ and Scott & Charters, along with winter coats from Perfecto Brand, Patagonia and Mt. Rainier. If you’ve got any leftover lucre from the holidays, now’s the time to stock up.
Hickoree’s is currently in the midst of their winter sale, offering a blanket 40% off a wide range of cold-weather gear. Sadly, they didn’t see fit to include any ties in the mix, but this hand-dyed Tender henley caught our eye, along with these Dana Lee cords and this ikat work shirt. Heads up, gentlemen.
The Unis Gio gets a lot of love from the style press, and for good reason: it’s one of the best-cut pants on the market, made with great fabrics in smart colors, all stitched together in New York city limits.
The only problem is, because of all that wonderful fabric, it usually comes in at almost $300… which is why it pays to wait for a day like today, when Unis puts their whole stock of Gios on offer for half the usual price.
Make no mistake, it’s still pricey—but you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth.
Another day, another post-holiday sale. This one comes from Billy Reid, who’s knocked 50% off a set of fall/winter gear for an impressive collection of $400 blazers and $50 ties. (The Quail Jacket should be especially useful once March rolls around.) Good browsing, gentlemen.
We’re still recovering from New Year’s, so we won’t be back in full force until tomorrow—but if you’re in the mood for a little post-holiday browsing, you may want to check out Steven Alan’s first sale of 2012. You’ll get 25% off any sale price along with free shipping when you use the code “25OFFSALE.” Our picks so far are these Bakers pants, his loose take on the shawl cardigan and a classic Scottish knit.
In case you came away from the holidays with a few nagging desires, Superdenim is having a late December blowout with more than a few objects of desire. And as always, anyone ordering from outside the UK will be paying the tax-free price.
If you’re good with on-the-spot sizing, you might even find a few belated gifts in there.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the best watch deals all come from auction houses. So we were thrilled to see a new batch coming to Rockefeller Center later this month. Our favorites so far are this square Patek Philippe (circa 1929), a Longines military watch made just after the close of WWII and this 1965 Rolex GMT-Master. You’ve got two weeks to raise the funds.
As countless spam emails have no doubt informed you, it’s Cyber Monday—the day e-commerce shops offer their deepest discounts of the year. (It’s also Randy Newman’s birthday, so you may want to get him something.) And since you don’t have time to scour every last one, we’ve pulled together the best of the lot, from Fair Isle scarves to Donegal tweed pants. Have a look after the jump.
As anyone with a serious vintage watch habit can testify, the really good stuff is all at auction. The latest example is a Christie’s auction coming up this Monday in Geneva, featuring three of our favorite post-Submariner watches for some extremely friendly prices. (Don’t worry, you can bid remotely.) There’s the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso, the Cartier Tank and an unusually art deco Patek Phillipe.
That last one also comes in a million-dollar version, if you want to do your part for the Eurozone.
Over the weekend, Context unveiled a pretty spectacular three-day sale. The only bad news is, it finishes up at the end of today, but if you’re sure of your size, there’s plenty here worth picking up.
Our favorite so far is this Dunderdon army shirt (a shacket candidate if we ever saw one), but there are also a few synthetic winter coats, a houndstooth tie, a nautical sweater and one of the cooler shirts we’ve seen all year.
And judging by the winds outside, it got here just in time.
Yoox kicked off their semi-annual sale this week, and it’s definitely worth a look. But in case you aren’t in the mood to sift through a thousand-plus specimens of avant-Italian menswear, we’ve put together a little guide on the names to look for. You may want to bookmark this one…
If you’re anywhere on the east coast, you’re going to see quite a bit of rain this weekend. And you’re going to want to be equipped.
Our comprehensive guide can be found here, but for a more recent option, check out Nau’s Palm Pullover. It’s a synthetic take on the hoodie that’s light enough to be folded up in the bottom of a briefcase, or a desk drawer, or a glove compartment. When the inevitable happens, you’ll be able to keep your powder dry—along with your phone and, most importantly, your hair.
And since it happens to be on sale, now’s the time to pick it up. As for what you’ll do once you get inside…we’ll get to that in a minute.
The avant preppies at Gargyle are clearing house this weekend, with a three-day clearance bash running through Saturday. If you’re in New York, you can stop by their Orchard Street shop to see the goods in person—but if you’re anywhere else, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the best of the bunch.
We’ve got two bits of good sale news. First, Drakes has some achingly handsome cashmere ties on sale here. And once you’re done there, you may want to investigate the more involved summer sale going on at Brooklyn mainstay C’H’C’M’. In fact, there’s so much, we’ve put together a little guide of what to buy, what to sell and what to hold.
The master cobblers at Leffot have finally succumbed to the pull of summer sale season and started discounting their stock. That means, among other things, you can get these navy suede chukkas for under $400, and a pair of white deerskin captoes for $325. Gentlemen, commence perusing.
If the 4th of July weekend has reminded you just how few red-white-and-blue sweaters you own, we’ve got good news: Thom Browne’s Black Fleece is on sale through the 5th, with as much as 40% off in places. These are two of our favorites so far, but if you felt a sudden urge for a patriotic linen scarf, they could probably hook you up.
Blackbird just kicked off their semi-annual sale, so we thought we’d guide you through the stock in the language of the market. Here’s what to buy, what to sell, and what to hold.
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