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Northern Grade Heads to Austin

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Attention all Texans: Northern Grade, the roving bazaar of all things good and American, is popping up in Austin this weekend.

There will be the usual doses of Horween leather, artisanal grooming products and American-made gear, plus a few Austinian twists from hometown hosts: the sausage and menswear kings of Austin, respectively, Frank (who we’ve gushed about before) and Central Texas’s bastion of rugged dapperness, Stag. They’ll be taking over a row of galvanized-steel Quonset huts known as Fair Market—pictured above—so you can’t miss it. Just follow the scent of grilled bison, smoked black pepper chèvre, basil and sweet kolache bread. (Then ask for the Northern Grade Dog.)

More info after the jump.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

Sales

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 Luxe Steals: Todd Snyder just upped the ante on his summer sale with up to 75% off his spring gear. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Alabaman Handsomeness: Billy Reid just kicked off his summer sale season with up to 60% off his Southern fineries. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Rugged Menswear: A fresh new batch of markdowns from 20% to 50% off have just hit the webshop at Hickoree’s Hard Goods. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A- Selection: A-

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Stag, Ralph Lauren and more after the jump.»

Measuring Up Your Swimwear Options

Swimwear

The beach prep’s almost complete.

You’ve already determined your stance on tank tops, bought a beach blanket and assessed what it takes to don a Hawaiian shirt. And that’s all a great start. But the true be-all and end-all of summer readiness is deciding exactly how much pre-knee skin you’re willing to show. It’s a choice that’s left many a man blushing and befuddled, and that’s where we come in.

Now, you’ve probably seen the articles on swimwear selection that lump suits into classes like “the European,” “the confident man” and “the grandfather.” But we don’t believe in that sort of unnecessary categorization. Instead, we’d like to put on display the whole host of diverse beachwear selection. And show you that with a little strut in your step, any length will do just fine.

Accompany us after the jump, where we’ve organized all of your finest choices in swimsuiting by length of inseam—from boardshort to banana-hammock...»

Considering the Unlined Blazer

Unlined Blazer

The trick to spring-summer dressing is pretty much the opposite of fall-winter: the less layers, the better.

And one way to remove a layer while still pulling off a tailored look is to opt for an unlined blazer—preferably in the airiest weave you can find.

The giveaway of a good unlined blazer is the taped seams (our bearded friend here is doing a good job of demonstrating this, by showing the neon-taped interior of his blazer). Most blazers don’t have finished seams because they’ll never see the light of day once the lining has been sewn in. It’s a neat trick—the taped seams—but mostly a good sign of what you should be looking for in a lightweight blazer.

And we have taken the liberty of rounding up the eight finest unlined blazers on the market right now.»

Your Weekend Sale Report Card

Sales

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

For the Larger Sizes: Austin men’s shop Stag is slashing their sale prices by another 50% with the code 50EXTRA. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B- Selection: B

For Springing Forward: Gant has knocked 30% off their “pre-spring” gear for the weekend. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For the Odds and Ends: Arrow and Arrow is clearing out some leftovers from the season—from Billykirk bags to Saturdays shirts—for up to 50% off. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B Selection: C+

For Cleaning Up on the Off-Season: Rooney is clearing the racks from last season with a decent amount of markdowns. Discount: A- Sizes Available: B- Selection: A

For a Shirt Thing: Here’s a good chance to stock up on Hamilton shirting—they’ve knocked 30% off their renowned sport shirts. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

Your New Source for Texan Sundries

Today, our comrades over at UrbanDaddy hipped us to the launch of Stag’s webshop. For some time now, the Austin shop has been a staple for rough-and-tumble Texan dandies—trading in everything from chinos to blazers to one-off vintage finds. For the launch, they’ve focused on the clothes, but we’ve got it on high authority that the turquoise belt buckles and rattlesnake skins are not far behind. So keep your eyes peeled. And in the meantime...

Let’s take a look at what Stag’s webshop has to offer.»