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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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MB Endorses: Vanities Fur Bow Tie

MB Endorses: Vanities Fur Bow Tie

As our archives can tell you, we don't necessarily think bow ties should be illegal or even heavily regulated. But we do think you should wear them only in certain situations, namely summer weddings and black tie.

That said, we love this beaver fur bow tie from Vanities. In general, bow ties aim to convey the wearer's unique sense of style in a playful, unexpected, and attention-getting way, usually by using bright colors and/or vivid patterns. This fur bow tie, however, is simultaneously over-the-top and engagingly understated.

Also, as we have counseled in the past, artful dishevelment is a must when it comes to bow ties. And this one has the artful dishevelment built right in.

Even on sale at Barney's Warehouse, it's a little pricey. But don't think of it as a $169 bow tie. Think of it as the only bow tie in the world that can credibly double as a luxury shaving brush.

EARLIER:
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Magnificent Bastard Tie Sale

Magnificent Bastard Tie Sale

If there's one hard and fast rule that defines the menswear industry, it's this: What starts on the streets of Pulaski eventually trickles up to the runways of Manhattan. And so it was at New York Fashion Week this year — where we spotted a Michael Bastian tie (and blazer) that is not-quite the identical twin of our beloved Buscemi, but certainly a brother from the same mother. Same pattern, same nubbiness, from the same mill in Biella, Italy. The colorway we chose has a bit more blue, which gives it that playfulness that makes it work on boardwalks as well as boardrooms.

Also, our model is better looking.

In any case, if it was ever in any doubt, it is now confirmed: Michael Bastian has great taste in ties. And he seems to have fallen in love with this particular fabric — using it for a bow tie as well as the aforementioned tie and blazer.

But if you don't want to wait until Fall 2014 to get his tie, you can get the Fall 2013 Buscemi now.

And because we know Mr. Bastian has had trouble affording his own clothes in the past, we've decided to make it easy for him — and anyone else — to pick one up. Starting now, the Buscemi, the Leotardo (whose fabric comes from the same Italian mill as the Buscemi), the Kakutani, and the Buckley, are all on sale, for just $45 each. Yes, with free shipping included, this almost qualifies as a humanitarian gesture. But what can we say? We're artists, not businessmen.

Ask the MB: How to Live on $4 a Day

Ask the MB: How to Live on $4 a Day
Q: What can you advise for those seeking magnificence without a great deal of financial means? I'm talking below the poverty line here: I'm a graduate student, and after rent, transportation, and tax, I have less than $120 to spend a month for food, drink, laundry, and so forth. So in what ways can a guy get the most bang for bastard buck?
—Evan


A: Have you ever thought about learning to play the guitar or building a time machine? The only way we know to live on $4 a day and still attain a degree of magnificence involve imminent rockstardom (and the helpful female benefactors that come with that) or inhabiting the 18th century.

Our best advice for you circa 2011 if you don't think you have it in you to be the next Axl Rose? Spend $15 a week on food. (That should get you a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, a jar of peanut butter, a giant sack of rice, and maybe some butter.)

Devote $10 a week toward your entertainment fund, by which we mean a monthly 1.75L bottle of Bulleit. Also, get a library card. We sound like a public service announcement here, but reading is one of those rare pleasures that can be enjoyed as much by a pauper as a king.

Devote $5 a week toward your wardrobe and pay close attention to the "Classifieds" sales that Landsendcanvas.com has fairly regularly. (A new sale just started this weekend.) If you're lucky, you can pick up a polo shirt for as little as a $1.50.

It won't be as nice as a $150 polo shirt, but you will have at least one advantage on your side: The flattering silhouette of a man surviving on 2 bucks worth of food every day.

If you find that extreme hunger is making you dizzier than the bourbon is, adjust your budget accordingly — i.e., forgo the wardrobe budget for a month or two and spend more money on food. Don't ever compromise on the bourbon — that's your recreation, your health plan, and your heating bill all combined into one convenient package.

On Sale: TST Sneakers

On Sale: TST Sneakers
Late last summer we crowned TST our all-time favorite sneakers, and the intervening 9 months have done nothing to curb our enthusiasm for these hand-sketched, hand-finished shoes by designer Seishi Tanaka (pictured). We now own two pairs of the sneakers, two pairs of the boots, and are putting our Chucks on injured reserve.

These are the best Japanese export since the Walkman.

YOOX has a bunch of models on sale now, and while the discount on most pairs isn't super-deep at the moment, shipping is free.

MB Endorses: MAKR Ox Blood Skateboard

MAKR Ox Blood Skateboard via makr.com, $68.00
MAKR Ox Blood Skateboard via makr.com. $68.00.
Most skateboards look like they were designed by graffiti artists who ran out of buildings to deface or flunkies from the local art school. Or both.

In stark contrast is the MAKR ox blood deck, custom shaped of white walnut, hand stained, with individually numbered leather risers. Normally $80, it's 15% off — like everything else at makr.com — while owner/designer Jason Gregory is vacationing in Europe*. At just $68 for something that looks like it should cost at least a couple of hundred bucks, this is one of the best values on the whole internet.

* He left March 22, so this sale will likely be ending soon. (An MB correspondent tells us that while Mr. Gregory is on vacation, orders still ship quickly. His key chain arrived just a few days after the order was placed.)

5 Incredible Deals You Should Do Everything to Avoid

5 Incredible Deals You Should Do Everything to Avoid
Native Son Notch Lapel Stripe Blazer
Original Price: $1495.00
Sale Price: $598.99
Savings You Should Not Realize: $896.01
Don't Buy Now
Pendleton-Opening Ceremony Collaboration Cardigan
Original Price: $576.00
Sale Price: $288.00
Savings You Should Not Realize: $288.00
Don't Buy Now
Pleasure Principle Musical Cats Tee
Original Price: $106.00
Sale Price: $74.99
Savings You Should Not Realize: $31.01
Don't Buy Now
Comme Des Carcons Wool Tartan Combo Blazer
Original Price: 865.00
Sale Price: $606.00
Savings You Should Not Realize: $259.00
Don't Buy Now
Opening Ceremony Fair Aisle (sic) Dip Dye Pant
Original Price: 490.00
Sale Price: $245.00
Savings You Should Not Realize: $245.00
Don't Buy Now

Ask the MB: Polo Shirt Wear

Not quite there, J. Crew
Not quite there, J. Crew
Q: I have a couple of polo shirts that have gotten lines in the collars from lots of wear. I iron them, but it doesn't seem to remove the whole line. Is there any way remove/prevent this from happening?
--Tom

A: Tom, do you realize J. Crew has an entire division of fabric engineers dedicated to creating ersatz collar lines, and they still have not duplicated what you've achieved naturally via hundreds of wash cycles? Accept and embrace these lines, and most importantly, like tax returns, leave all ironing to professionals.

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Contact the MB: Yoox Sale

Contact the MB: Yoox Sale
I know you guys are fans of Yoox. I just thought you'd like to know they are having a great sale rignt now, and I was able to find a coupon (green@yoox) for an extra 5% off. Got these Prada loafers for $185! Thanks for making me aware of the site.
--Matthew


You're welcome. That sale is pretty damn good (though everything is final sale). All hail the recession!

Ask the MB

Ask the MB
Q: What's a guy to do when his taste runs to magnificence (Barney's, etc.) but his wallet is keyed more to the Gap?
—Andrew


A: Simple one, Andrew: Get a bigger wallet.

But seriously, the less bread you gots, the harder you gots to work to discover magnificence. Use the "sale" links on the right-hand side of our home page, and regularly. Every season great values are to be had, and it's actually fun as shit to find that great-looking deal. It's the thrill of the hunt, like you're big-game hunting on the African cape.

Barney's Blowout a Benefit to MBs

John Varvatos Side Zip Boot via Barney's, $299.00
John Varvatos Side Zip Boot via Barney's. $299.00.
Barney's has decided to put a shitload of stuff on sale and we suggest diggin' in. Don't miss the chance to get into a pair of John Varvatos boots for less than $300. Black boots are an MB closet staple, and this side-zip model is an excellent choice.

The Barney's sale is also an opportunity to get ball-warming, 5-pocket pair of bootcut moleskin pants from Tony Melillo.

Finally, Saks is having a nice early fall sale with free shipping on every order.

My Manor Mashup

My Manor Mashup
Ben Sherman speaks for fall 2007:
"My Manor" is all about the British gentry meeting the small time gangster attitude. Key men's pieces include the thin lapel blazer, retro sports tops, city worker inspired tops and slim leg trousers.
Sounds somewhat interesting. What we're most excited about, though, is his take on women:
Womenswear interprets the theme by placing herself into this mans world. She is ruthless, respected and admired and this is her "Manor."
Sounds delish. Ain't nothin' better than a ruthless woman. Think Catherine Keener in almost everything she's done.

Also: Bloody hell! 60% off sale items with code EXTENDEDSALE.

BG Summer Blowout

Etro Linen Trousers via Bergdorf Goodman, $103.00
Etro Linen Trousers via Bergdorf Goodman. $103.00.
Bergdorf Goodman is having their "Final Sale of the Season", and there's free shipping with code BGJULY7.

While there's some good stuff, be sure to avoid these Etro Linen Trousers. Sure, they might look nice on the model now, but literally seconds after that picture was taken they looked like shit. Don't believe us? Check out the time-lapse photography from a new MB feature: Linen. It sucks.

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