Now that the tryptophan has set in and/or you’ve alienated half of your family with a political “conversation” at the table (whichever comes first), it’s inevitably time to turn your attention to the bevy of attention-hungry commercials for Black Friday sales shouting at you from the television. Or—and there is another option—you could leave the tube clicked securely to the “off” position and calmly check our painstakingly(-ish) curated roundup of our favorite promos for Black Friday and beyond, which can be found below. Trust us— by the time Christmas rolls around, no one will even remember that dems versus republicans food fight that just transpired. Probably.
BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA: 25% off all orders over $25 through Tuesday, with code “HOLIDAY13”. BEEKMAN 1802: 30% off any item with the word “blaak” in the title, now through Tuesday with code “BLAAKFRIDAY”, plus automatic 30% off discount on select “Cy Berman Day” sale page items. BILLYKIRK: 20% off sitewide today only, no code needed, plus receive a special gift with purchases over a certain amount (see blog for full details). BLACKBIRD BALLARD: 25% off with through Monday with code “BLACKBIRD”. BUCKS & CO: 50% off today only with code “BLACKFRIDAY”. DALYS 1895: 20% off through Monday, with code “EL5E43AQ”. ERNEST ALEXANDER: 25% off with code “HOLIDAY25” through Monday. FRANK & OAK: Up to 50% off select items (no code necessary). FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB: 25% off everything in-store and with code “TURKEY 25”, through Monday. HICKOREE’S: 20% off all weekend and free shipping on every order with code “BLACKFRIDAY”. 20% off on Monday with code “CYBERSPACE”, plus a free astronaut ice cream with your order. INDIGO & COTTON: 20% off with code “STUFFING”, through Sunday. JOSHU + VELA: Take 20% off any order over $60, now through Monday with code “BOUND 2”. THE KNOTTERY: Spend $100 to get $25 off with code “BABYITSFREEZING”, now through Monday. MATERIALS + PROCESS: Receive 25% off all purchases with code “NEEDTOHAVE”, now through Tuesday. MOHAWK GENERAL STORE: Spend $150 to get a $25 gift card; spend $250 to get $50; spend $450 to get $100, in-store and online through Sunday. NEED SUPPLY: 25% off all sale items with code “BLACKWEEKEND” through Sunday. OAK: Get up to 25% off your entire purchase with a tiered spend-to-get, through Monday. PROSPECTOR CO.: 25% off with code “BLACKFRIDAY”, through Monday. RALEIGH WORKSHOP: 20% off everything in-store only, and some additional discounts up to 40%, 11am-7pm. 20% off online orders on Monday plus free domestic shipping with code “CM20YEAH”.
TAMWORTH LYCEUM: Spend $50 to get 10% off your order with code “WINTERFEST10”; spend $100 to get 20% off your oder with code “WINTERFEST 20”, plus receive free shipping on any order over $100 through 12.05.
TANNER GOODS: 15% off the Mountain Light Mckenzie on Monday only, and free shipping now through 12.13.
WILL LEATHER GOODS: Friday only, spend $100 to get $20 off; spend $250 to get $60 off; spend $500 to get $150 off. WITTMORE: 30% off everything in-store and online with code “TURKEY30”, plus free shipping on orders over $150. 30% off everything plus free domestic shipping on Monday with code “MONDAY30”.
It’s common knowledge that nobody wants to be the kid who gets socks for Christmas. Socks, as a Christmas gift, usually hit that not-so-sweet spot right at the nexus of “practical” and “boring”. And worst of all, when your friends invariably ask what you got in your haul, you’ll have nothing to do but stuff your hands in your pockets and shrug, mumbling something about how Christmas is “like, whatever, man” before deflecting the question back to them, whereupon they will rattle off the bevy of highly-sought-after things they unpacked over the holiday— probably at least one of which is “impossible to find in the U.S.” and/or this season’s hot new electronic device. Well, not this year, pal. Because what you see above is not merely a pair of socks. No, indeed. The above pieces by Henrik Vibskov are nearer to art than footwear. We checked them out in person at The Sock Hop recently and were blown away. Just check the rad, midcentury modernish motifs and perfectly juxtaposed colors. Now imagine how awesome they’d look peeking out of the bottom of trousers, cuffed jeans, really, anything. Now imagine who will be the one feeling high and mighty when the post-Christmas gift break-down conversation goes down: “Oh, yeah, they’re by this really cool Scandinavian designer. Practically impossible to find in the U.S.” Go ahead, embellish if you must. We won’t judge. Get them here.
Our friends at Hiut Denim put out this remarkable publication, the Year Book. Issue 2 is now available, and to spread the word about how cool it is, we’ve written about it over at Cool Hunting. Check it out here.
The holidays, for better or worse, require their own sort of dress code. If visions of “festive” headwear and thematic sweaters are beginning to feverishly dance in your head, along with perhaps a flashy, for-party-use-only blazer, take a deep breath and shut it down: yes, wearing all black to cheery family gatherings will elicit renditions of the Grinch theme song every time you enter the room, but in this season as well as all others, balance is key. The surefire way to hit that happy medium? This robust wool tie from our friends at Stalward Ltd. Charming yet restrained in large-scale glen plaid, it reminds us of something our grandfathers would’ve worn (in a good way). Pair it with your favorite collared shirt and slip on a sweater for a look that’s equal-parts “Can-I-Help-You-With-Your-Bags,-Aunt-Sheryl?” and “I’ve-Got-Some-Whiskey-Out-In-The-Garage”. In other words: seasonally appropriate. Get it here.
Nobody has to tell you that life is full of compromises. Between trying to buy American-made products (go, reinstitution of craft as industry!), trying to buy quality, trying not to go broke, and trying to avoid whatever this is, something’s bound to get tossed. You can’t have it all. This is the idea that the folks at Dyer & Jenkins had in the backs of their heads when they launched their Kickstarter campaign yesterday. You may take one look at their jeans and say “Whoa, yes, that’s all I need to know, take my money!”, but to be honest, the final product is only one-third of D&J’s merit. The fact is that the above jeans are honest-to-goodness, LA-made selvage denim clocking in at about $100 (to say nothing of the accompanying $50 knitwear and $12 tees)— so even if your first reaction was “Yeah, but I’m already eating plain noodles three times a day as penance for my last denim-buying binge”, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Oh, and did we mention it’s all made right here in the USA? We did? Sorry, excuse us. We’re a little excited. We just found out that you actually can have it all. Get in on the Kickstarter here.
We get it— you’re a purist. You like your denim raw and your leather full-grain and natural. You don’t do mixers, and you turn your nose up at ice. Flavored liquors? Don’t even joke. But even you, hardened as you are, can’t help but raise one hopeful eyebrow—skeptical, but intrigued—at Knob Creek’s new Smoked Maple bourbon. Not a bourbon for those who don’t like bourbon, the smoked maple offers a hint of smokey sweetness to round out the Knob Creek we love so well. And with high ratings coming in from bourbonites far and wide, it does indeed seem that it may win over someone as tough as you. So sure, take it for a spin. But skip the ice. What’re you, going soft in your old age? Get it here.
Like most folks with a predilection toward the exquisitely handmade, we tend to lament (loudly, after a few drinks) the general lack of DIY know-how these days. Lucky for us, the folks at MAKE TRIBE are on a mission that just might shut us up (quite a feat). Their latest can’t-miss venture features two of our favorite things: leather goods and craft cocktails. Hang out at Readyluck Studios and sip cocktails from Baltimore area artisanal hotspot RYE next Thursday, September 19 while learning to make your own hand-bound leather notebooks. Put another way: get tipsy enough to complain about the state of handmade arts, while picking up the skills to prove yourself wrong. We know, we know— we can’t believe how cool it is, either. Get more info here.
Maybe it’s the decades of “school year” mentality, but for some reason, September 1 always holds a certain ineffable promise. Growing up, for many of us it was autumn, not summer, that was full of possibility— the time to reinvent oneself, to become the person you sorta-almost became last year, to leap the final chasm. Back then we wanted to be rock stars, pioneers, local legends. Figures that exuded an effortless air of cool. It’s fitting, then, that Fall wardrobe-reinventions were such a requisite part of those fall resolutions. This year, though our goals have shifted somewhat, we’re finding ourselves drawn to these (perhaps) optimistic plans of reinvention yet again— and we’ve found just the perfect outfitter. Feast your eyes upon HOWE, a uniquely west-coast brand with its own penchant for pioneering reinvention. Our first recommendation? The richly nubby On The Bamm button down, as seen here, to put you through September and beyond as a better version of whatever Last Year You ended up being. Button yourself in and say those same words you used to say every September: Don’t worry, kid. This will be the year. Get it here.
People frequently walk around saying that the best things in life are free, which is true, mostly, but perhaps a better (and more widely applicable) phrase would be that the best things in life are simple. Exhibit A, a briefcase from Contango— or, more accurately, THE briefcase from Contango, because they only make one, and it’s all they make. It’s available in two colors, but both boast the meticulous attention to quality that you’d expect from a brand that stakes itself on one expertly-crafted item. English bridle leather handles, solid copper rivets, hard-wearing construction meant to last forever. Not much else. You needed a briefcase? This is a briefcase. It’s expertly made, but don’t go expecting it to be something else. The best things in life are simple. Get it here.
Now through September 30, Contango kindly offers Rye & Rivet readers $75 off their purchase with exclusive discount code RYEANDRIVET.
Guys, don’t wanna freak you out, but shackets are coming. Although you may currently feel safe and warm (okay, a little too warm) in your summerlong uniform of denim and perfectly rumpled button-downs, autumn is indeed on its way in. Scoff now, but pretty soon you’re going to be spending half of your morning burrowing into your closet trying to figure out where you stuffed that sweater back when your air conditioning broke in mid-July and you felt like you’d literally lost the ability to feel cold ever again. Rather than dwelling on how wrong you were, better instead to get a jump on your shacket (“shirt-jacket”, obviously) game before everyone else does. A stand-out shacket find to put you above the rest? This unexpected twill number by ZANEROBE (because Australians understand the “transitional weather” thing on a whole different plane). Aesthetically somewhere between a varsity jacket and a classic denim jacket, it’s the perfect thing to quell your horror that yes, indeed, the seasons are changing. Get it here.