American Made: Blue Claw Co. Schiphol Utility Bag on sale for $200
I was just surfing some of my favorite sites on the web to see what was new, and saw that Blue Claw Co. is clearing out their Schiphol bags for $200, down from $285. This is a great bag for that price (I wrote a review of the bag back in August here). A little web search showed that Gilt had these on sale a while back for $199 but they’re now sold out. Blue Claw Co. still has the black and olive in stock, both of which I find quite handsome.
Good deals can be found outside of the thrift shop as well…
Shirt: Uniqlo OCBD (older model), sale $19.90
Sweater: J. Crew Lambswool Fair Isle, clearance ~$40
Scarf: Moon of England Limited Edition Cashmere Houndstooth Scarf, STP ~$30 (these are not as nice, in my opinion, as the Johnston’s of Elgin ones often available at STP for about the same price)
Vest: Lands’ End Wool Blend Down Vest, clearance $50
I’ve been wanting this Fair Isle sweater from J. Crew since it was available in a slightly different colorway last winter. Unfortunately, the retail price of $118 was a little too high to justify in my book for a decent-but-not-great lambswool sweater from the Crew (the Lands’ End ‘first clip’ lambswool sweaters are of much better quality in my opinion). The other day, however, it was an additional 40% off $69, so I jumped. Can’t say that I’m disappointed.
Uniqlo’s OCBD is on sale for $19.90
Uniqlo’s OCBD is currently on sale for a hair under $20. They’re not the best, and they’re not the worst, and at $20 I think they’re well worth it if: 1) you don’t plan on wearing it with a tie as the collar points are a bit short, and the roll isn’t that great (bow ties are ok in my book, since they cover up a bit of the roll); 2) you fit well into their S, M, L, XL sizing—for what it’s worth the L fits someone who’s a 16/34 quite well, and comes in a bit slimmer and shorter than Brooks Brothers’ Slim Fit OCBD. The latter is a bonus if you ever plan on wearing yours untucked.
I own several of these OCBDs from over the years (they used to be a fuller cut) and they hold up really well to hard wear and frequent washing (no loose threads or buttons yet). They’re a great affordable, casual beat-around shirt.
I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve not always felt like having a tie tied around my neck. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been enjoying the look of an OCBD under a crewneck sweater with or without a tweed sport coat over it all. The other day, I thought I might continue the no tie look, but have something a bit less bulky and perhaps a little more urbane looking, and opted instead for a lightweight merino cardigan and a navy jacket that is a part of a suit. I think it went over pretty well. The addition of a pocket square that had red hues within it to complement the stripes in the shirt made the whole thing look a bit more put together to my eye, rather than like the outfit of a guy who forgot to wear a tie when he probably should have.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year’s Eve Everyone!