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Put This On has an awesome list of sales for Black Friday

Mark Kwak

One thing I don't have much patience for is curating Black Friday sales. I mean where do you start, there are just so many!

The good news is that the gentlemen over at Put This On have done the work for us already. Some pretty decent stuff on their list, ranging from local sample sales (Ovadia & Sons, Union, etc.) all the way to department store-wide sales (Barneys, Saks).

Check it out here. And happy shopping!

A warning about Black Friday

Mark Kwak

Unlike a lot of folks, I'm a huge fan of Black Friday. Thanksgiving has just passed, the air is crisp, the malls are bustling with interesting people... If anything, it's a wonderful time to people-watch and hang with some friends in a busy environment.

This may also seem like the best time of the year to buy clothing, especially when every single store has a seemingly ridiculous sale going on at the same time. That's why I'll see a line out the front door at Macy's, or an ensuing fight between two middle-aged ladies clutching at a single purse in the Bloomingdale's line.

However, I do have one warning for you all: Black Friday is usually not the best sale you'll find all year, or even all season. So before you go to your favorite mall and wait in line for two hours, do some research, and utilize that nifty thing called your computer, to make things a bit easier for you.

Here are my observations around Black Friday:

1. Oftentimes, better sales happen around Black Friday, rather than on it. Shops like Macy's have actually told me that they have higher discounted pricing on weeks prior to Black Friday than Black Friday itself. Not sure what the strategy around that is, but it seems to be shared across a ton of other retail stores as well.

2. Look at sites like,,, etc. to find better deals than you can find on your own. These sites are amazing, and (warning) addicting as well. They curate some of the best deals on the web at any given time, and the deals during Black Friday are generally pretty ridiculous.

3. Electronics, toys, and other items are more heavily discounted than clothing. Contrary to popular belief, clothing is usually discounted only marginally during Black Friday. Most of the bigger discounts you'll find are related to other things like iPads, TVs, games, etc. Not always true, but just take a look for yourself!

4. Check blogs like Dappered & PutThisOn. Some menswear blogs post up sales during these times of the year. I would suggest you check them out for some of the deals that are ACTUALLY decent.

All this to say that there are smarter ways to spend your time shopping this Black Friday. I wouldn't recommend waking up incredibly early, waiting in line, fighting the crowds, and ultimately getting a deal that's inferior to one you could get weeks later, when you could go online and figure all that mess out beforehand. Just sayin'.

Either way, have a safe and homey Thanksgiving, fellas. I'll probably post before Thanksgiving again, but thought I'd put it out there for now.

Thanksgiving weekend sales galore

Mark Kwak

So as you all know Black Friday just passed. I personally went out to Union Square, San Francisco with some friends... and actually came home empty-handed. Why? Because there are so many better sales happening online! LA Guy, an admin on, posted up an epic sales thread outlining many of the online clothing sales happening this weekend (some may have already passed). You should definitely check them out! Credit to him for compiling all these sales into one place. Go crazy, and good luck:

-- 3Sixteen 10% off with code BF2012 Antic Boutik 11/23 only 30% off: BLACKFRIDAY2012 Arrow and Arrow 20% off Bench & Loom 15% off (no code needed) Boyleston Trading Co 25% off BLACKFRIDAY12 Brooks Brothers 20% off if you have a Mastercard - all other fools get 15% off. C.H.C.M. 20% off with code THANKS Brigade 25-40% off BLACKFRIDAY12 Club Monaco extra 30% off sale items Context 15% off entire shop today (Saturday) Corter Leather 20% off with code BLKFRDY; begins Friday, ends Monday Country Club Prep: 25% off; begins Friday, ends Monday Charles Tyrwhitt Buy 1 shirt, get 2 free; going on now, ends Monday Defy Bags on 35% discount all purchases Dockers 30% off orders $100 or more with code TURKEY30; going on now, ends Sunday End Clothing 25% off all orders. No code needed. Freeman's 20% off with code STUFFING Fine&Dandy Free shipping with code HOLIDAY2012 on orders $50+ Four Horsemen 20% off with code BLACK20 Gant Up to 40% off Hickoree's 20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY Hypebeast Store 30% off with HBGIVING12 Independence Chicago 20% off a selection Indigo and Cotton STUFFING Indochino 30% off all orders over $700 with code BLACKFRIDAY12 J.Crew 25% off with code COLOR25 Jil Sander 40% off with PRIVATEWINTER12 J.Press 25% off with code PSNOV12 KillSpencer on 20% discount over $300 with code BLACKFRI2012 Krane 25% outerwear with code MIYAGISAN LandsEnd 30% off with code WONDERLAND Neiman Marcus Last Call 40% off; going on now, ends Thursday LL Bean 10% off with code THANKS10; going on now, ends Tuesday Luisa via Roma 30% off with code BFCM3012U May not work for everyone Maas&Stacks 20% with code thanks Malford of London 20% off Edward Green shoes with code SHOESSF Mohawk General Store 20% with code BLACKNOIR Neiman Marcus extra 20% off sale items; going on now, ends Saturday morning]Neighbour 15% off with code THANKSNEIGHBOUR Oi Polloi 50 gbp off 250 gbp or more. Free Shipping Code OZZY Ok-ni with 20% off code BLACKFRIDAY20 Opumo 30% off with code WELLSPENTBLACKFRI Ovadia&Sons Up to 30% off + free shipping with code TURKEY Pierreponthicks 20% off with code JABBERWOCKY Rag&Bone 20% off with code STAYWARM Ralph Lauren 25% off sales items Revolver SF 15% off with code THANKSGIVING Rogue Territory 30% off orders $250 or more with code RGTBLKFRI30 Rugby Ralph Lauren 30% off Shipley&Halmos 50% off a selection Acrimony 11/23 - 11/25 30% off: GIVINGTHANKS Sir and Madame 25% off plus $10 credit for every $100 spent; Friday only - call in and mention Styleforum Tanner Goods free gifts code BLACK The Corner 30% off with code THANKYOU The Knottery 25% off with code GOBBLE Unionmade free shipping COLORFUL Whitmore 30% off with code STUFFING30 Woodlandshop 15% off with coupon code: black WrongWeather 30% off most brands Y-3 30% off Yoox Extra 15% off YOOXTHANKS

-- Enjoy, and Happy Salesgiving!