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The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff

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We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Rugger in You: Gant gets in the Friends and Family game, saving you 25% on all full-price merchandise with the code FAMIGLIA. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A+ Selection: A

For Your Immediate Gratification: Ending tonight, Providence-based menswear shop Wharf is offering $20 off every $100 you spend, so stop dawdling and get to it. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

For a Look All Your Own: The gents over at J. Press are knocking 15% off their made-to-measure experience, only available in stores. Discount: B Sizes Available: A++ Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale, after the jump.»

The Best of Cyber Monday

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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.

See the best deals Cyber Monday has to offer»

The Return of Specklewear

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New York’s Fjallraven shop just completed a transformation into a full-on camping store, and amid the sardine tins, scout harmonicas and reindeer pelts, we stumbled onto a surprising slice of Americana. Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the wonder that is Specklewear.

It’s been a U.S. camping staple since the 1880s—the kind of thing you find in your grandfather’s attic—but finding it in a Swedish outerwear shop in Soho is a sign of the times if we ever heard one. Score one more for Americana.

Erin Heatherton is Always Summery

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Frame by Frame: Impossible Cool’s Sean Sullivan nails down the brilliance of Antonioni’s L’Avventura in six frames. And one of them’s the title card. [Complex]

Take a Hike: For their 50th birthday, Fjallraven takes a 50-mile hike through the Swedish Laplands. Can’t they just buy a convertible like everyone else? [GQ]

The Crafty Swedes: Speaking of which, Sweden is outpacing us in per GDP pop hits. We must not allow a club jam gap! [Foreign Policy]

To the Moon, Alice: Are the next generation of tech entrepreneurs headed into space? [TechCrunch]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Re-Waxing

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As you may have noticed recently, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it can’t start pouring rain at any moment.

And now that the first crop of trend-inspired waxed cotton jackets and bags are getting a bit weathered—and, consequently, a little less waterproof—it might be time to look into re-upping your wax coating. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you might think.

First, you'll need some wax...»

Putting it on Wax

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The beloved Swedes at Fjällräven launched their eCommerce site last night, which means those ubiquitous backpacks are one step closer, and we finally got a chance to peruse some of their more functional items, like this Oban parka.

It’s the same waxed cotton that keeps the packs sealed up, but with a fuzzy inner shell warm enough to get you through a Scandanavian winter. It’s a lot more low-tech than it looks, which might be its biggest strength. After years of seeing Barbour on the backs of outdoorsy scenesters for so long, it’ll be nice to see a fresh Swedish version.

Think Big

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Fjällräven made a splash in New York last week thanks to a brand new retail outpost—including a wall-mounted rainbow of waxed cotton mini-backpacks—but their best item may still be under the radar. The cropped city pack is fine, but if we had to pick one, we’d go for something a little chunkier…

This retro twenty-liter pack has enough strapped pockets to stand in for your weekender bag on any interstate voyages you may be taking this week, but unlike almost every other pack that fits the bill, it’s sharp enough to bring into first class. Pick one up at the store and they’ll throw some Greenland wax in with the bargain, in case it gets banged up enough to need rewaxing.