Pricing the Blackbird Sale
Blackbird just kicked off their semi-annual sale, so we thought weâ€™d guide you through the stock in the language of the market. Hereâ€™s what to buy, what to sell, and what to hold.
Robert Geller Flight Jacket
This is tough, because we really love this jacketâ€”weâ€™re thinking the 23rd century equivalent of Chuck Yeagerâ€”but it just wonâ€™t wash. Our baseline for this type of light outerwear is the Baracuta G9, which you can pick up for $250 at the maximum markup. This is a nicer item, sure, but itâ€™s also on final discount, and we have to think itâ€™ll drop below $400 at some point. Weâ€™ll hold out for the sample sale.
The Verdict: Sell
Yuketen Guide Boots
This hinges on whether you see any backwoods adventuring in your futureâ€¦but these are a pretty handsome pair of boots if you do. By the same logic used above, a pair of Red Wings will set you back $250, and these are worth the extra hundred. This is the best price youâ€™ll see on a pair of Yuketens for quite a while.
The Verdict: Buy
Blackbird Floral Bow Tie
This bow tie achieves the impossible: dark, mysteriousâ€¦yet still a bowtie. The bad news: itâ€™s still a bowtie, so we understand if you want to let this one go by.
The Verdict: Hold
Blackbird Naturally Dyed Oxford Shirt (alt size)
This oneâ€™s a house favorite around these parts, so weâ€™ll restrain our gushingâ€”except to say that itâ€™s a one-of-a-kind item and more versatile than you think. And while theyâ€™ve been through plenty of sales, weâ€™ve never seen them dip any lower than they are now.
The Verdict: Weak Buy
Insight Denim Jacket
For $76, this jacket does a lot of things right. Thereâ€™s the broken-in denim, the gently forward-thinking design, and the general feeling that it wouldnâ€™t look out of place on a motorcycle. But weâ€™re still going to have to warn you off. If youâ€™re in the market for a distressed denim jacket, you should be looking on the vintage market, not in boutiques. Youâ€™ll find a cooler item on eBay or your local vintage shop for a lot less money. Unless of course, youâ€™re suddenly struck with love for those rivets.
The Verdict: Hold
- — Russell Brandom