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SALE: The Midwestyle for Huckberry

Just about every week, we find something to drool over at Huckberry, an online shop that wrangles storied products at members-only prices. Over the past year since we became aware of the what Richard, Andy and Alex are up to, they’ve exploded onto the market as sensible purveyors of American-made goods.
So, we couldn’t have been happier when they asked us to team up with them and curate a week-long flash sale of some of our favorite brands. That sale starts today. We’re pretty pumped about the lineup—so take a look, and if something catches your eye, get clickin’.
Chore coats from Buckshot Sonnny’s

On Seth: Herringbone chore coat from Buckshot Sonny’s—one of my favorite layering staples.

Holy shirts and pants from Nonnie Threads

On Jeff: trousers from Nonnie Threads.

Bow ties and a pocket square from AnnaRuna

On Jeff: bow tie by AnnaRuna.

Handmade prints from Grant Heinlein

Above: the man, the myth, the legend—Grant Heinlein himself.

Notecards from Terrapin Stationers

Badass bandana-lined envelopes and cards from Ted Harrington.

Courier satchels, iPad cases and card-carriers from Defy Bags
Courier satchel from Defy Bags.

What are you waiting for? These prices only last for eight days, so shop now.

Weekender: Pass Go and Save $2,000


At work.

AROUND THE ‘NET:
  • On Tuesday, I put together a look-for-less spring guide for MadeMan.com. Check it out if you need to upgrade your style but don’t have the scrilla.
  • In their second annual “How To” edition, Business Week asks Michael Kors how to dress for work.

SALE INTEL:

  • Go Green (Jesus is Doing it Pt. 37): We can’t get over these handwoven hammocks from Yellow Leave (take 30%). There are also craft syrups, vinegars, teas, soaps and scents on the site (up to 50%). This is for the beauty of the earth, y’all. (At Huckberry.)
  • Yo, 30% is the new 20%. Lands’ End Canvas is having a sale. (Get on it.)
  • Spring sale at Original Penguin. (25% off.)
  • Mid-season sale at ASOS. (Up to 50%.)
  • We put this together in a hurry. Know of a sale that we don’t? Post in the comments.

PREVIEW: Early next week, we’ll have a Q&A with Troy Tarantino and J Henley, men’s design director for Lands End. He says some exciting things are brewing with the Canvas line, and we can confirm. Stay tuned.
Now, then. To the weekend!

Weekender: Guilt and Your Authoritative Guide to Suits

Jeff has declared that this is his new summer blazer. Would you wear it?

Look, we’re feeling guilty that we haven’t posted in two full weeks. It’s one part being busy with real life, but it’s two parts working on awesome stuff to come in the next fortnight or so. Stuff like an online shopping hitlist, shirt reviews, a giveaway, and more.
Don’t miss it.
But in the meantime, here’s a quick scan of relevant news and sales across the Interwebs. Knock yourselves out!
  • One of our favorite editors, Shani Silver, asked us to put together a spring do/don’t guide for Chicago dudes. It’s up today. (Refinery 29)
  • A week too late to be of any help for my suit-buying excursion, GQ came out with the most comprehensive guide to buying a suit we’ve seen in a while. During an informal poll, 100 percent of our lady friends agreed that this is the most important thing men need to know about dressing these days. Repeat: No more baggy suits! (GQ.com)
SALES! Tally-ho!
  • Up to 50% off at the J.Crew Factory. (J.Crew) UPDATE: Extra 30% off with code SHOPNOW. (Thanks, Tyler.)
  • A bevy of awesome gear at Huckberry, including bullet-shaped headphones (take 30%), swim trunks (take 40%), running sandals (?!) (take 20%) and stainless steel combs from Chicago (take 20%). Go get ‘em! (Huckberry)
  • Lands’ End Canvas is having a spring sale. Take an extra 20% off items already on sale. (Lands’ End Canvas)
Speaking of Lands’ End, they’re hosting an event in Chicago this coming Thursday. We’ll be there talking shop with J Henley (the men’s design director), and we’d love to see you. Here are the details:
When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 316 Barber Spa (by the Board of Trade)
Alright. Weekend. Go hang around or something:

Weekender: Crotches, Beckham, Peacocking, and Tomahawks

We’ve got links galore. Seeing as the work week is pretty much over, make it look like you’re being productive with this “research.” Oh, and there’s even some sale intel at the end. Ch-ch-check it.
  • An Aussie’s read on the dilemma of American pants: The nation needs to tighten up the crotch a bit.  [Park & Bond]
  • Turns out, David Beckham is a pretty down to earth guy. Talented athlete, stand-up husband, caring father and…underwear designer. Mr. Blasberg sheds some light on these skivvies. [Mr. Blasberg]

  • “I look like an apple left in the back of the van for all of July.” Also, does the fist-to-elbow really work for people? Some relatively insightful thoughts on age, personal style and what goes with that. (Raises glass) To Peacocking! [via Selectism]
  • Do you know the key to recovery after bawling your eyes out so it looks like you never did? Let someone your younger sister’s age tell you the facts, friends. I mean, not that you’re crying or anything. [RookieMag]
  • Savannah Kvist asked Swedish college students to cram everything they own in a pile. The sculptures were fascinating and brings a question to mind, “Could I do that?” Yes, I do actually. Just look in my room right now. [Inhabit]
Psst: Sale! The dudes at Huckberry are at it again (as they are every week). Here’s what’s up now:
  • KNIVES. These are dope. The designer at Big Rock Forge designs and smelts these babies himself. Get ‘em. 
  • TOMAHAWKS. From Base Camp X. For 10% off. I mean, come on.
  • CAMPING GEAR. Are you sensing a theme yet? This time 24–40% off from Alite Designs. Get some.
This stuff ends on Tuesday, April 3. Move fast.

The Boys Are Back In Town: True/False

The men of the Midwestyle can hardly contain our excitement at 1) being all back together and 2) the bittersweet return to our old college town for the third largest documentary film festival in the world. Every year during the first weekend of March, thousands of people descend on Columbia, Mo., to have their minds blown by movies that offer little slivers of knowledge about what life is like for others across the world.
There are buskers. There are costumes. There is food and drink. There are women who ask their boyfriends to marry them.

True/False makes people do wondrous things. If you enter the weekend (a.k.a. Camp Brainwash) feeling rosy and positive about the world, you will leave it with a new, deeper understanding that not everything is as it seems.

Here’s a taste:

So. Stay tuned. We’ve got lots of exciting content coming up about this weekend. And if you missed out, maybe it’ll give you a few reasons to go next year.


Quick! Deals:


Be sure to get over to Huckberry for a rad new sale curated by menswear wunderkind Marisa Zupan of The Significant Other. Here’s what you can get your greedy little paws on:
  • Boots from Brooklyn Bootworks at 50% off.
  • Skincare from the Motley at 30% off. 
  • NYC-made ties from Graham Withers, at 35% off. 
  • New Jersey-made oxford and chambray shirts from Individualized at 40% off. 
  • And handcrafted bags from Skinny Vinny at 25% – 30% off. 

This all ends Tuesday, March 6. Don’t miss it.

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