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Boy, it got cold overnight, didn’t it? Suddenly we’re rummaging through basements and storage bins for sweaters, scarves, gloves, winter jackets, wool socks and even boots. And did we not wake up with snow falling on Philadelphia yesterday? Hey, winter—guess you’re here for real.
If you’re like me, and I bet lots of you are, you’re loathe to drag out that dingy old winter jacket you bought three years ago and have been trying to squeeze as many seasons out of as possible. Also, if you’re like me, you’re on the hunt for a good reason to go shopping and make a good investment.
So, for some gentlemen out there, I’d like to give you a few heads up on prices, styles, stores and recommendations on styles for the inevitable onslaught of freezing temperatures on their way. Shop these five spots for some style inspiration, at least:
1. City Sports, 1608 Walnut St., 215.985.5860. citysports.com
This isn’t where you’re gonna go for a peacoat, a bomber jacket or leather. But you will find some of the city’s finest selections of North Face, Patagonia, and Burton jackets. Their cold weather accessory game is also bananas (try to find anything with the “Smartwool” trademark), with a vast selection of gloves, hats, ear warmers and warm scarves.
Favorite: Those Burton Poacher jackets that come in heathered grey are sick ($169.95).
2. Ps & Qs, 820 South St., 215.592.0888. psandqs.com
Stumbled in there the other day, curious to see what one of our city’s best menswear boutiques pulled together for November, and wasn’t disappointed. In addition to a vast and cozy collection of charmingly color-combined Patagonia fleeces ($119), a truly stylish selection of knit winter hats and their always-tight New Balance game (and now they’ve got Tretorns!), their jacket curation is on point.
Favorite(s): That Shades of Grey Baseball jacket ($253), those deceptively warm Patagonia quilted down “sweaters” ($219) or those leather-shouldered Penfield Stapleton down jackets ($300).
3. H&M, 1530 Chestnut St., 855.466.7467. hm.com/us
These may not be jackets out of which you’ll get more than one season’s wear. And, in fact, if you wanted to have three mediocre jackets for the price of one ritzy piece, and you mix and match colors and textures, this really isn’t a bad option. A double-breasted peacoat’s only $99; a duffel coat with toggle buttons is $99; great parkas in versatile colors range from $50-100, and a no-one-will-know-it’s-from-H&M-unless-you-tell-them Lumber jacket in buffalo plaid’s only $99, too. Oh, and don’t mess with that Walnut Street spot; it’s not even in the same league as the bigger brother down the street and around the corner.
Favorite: Anything with the word “biker” in it, and you’re probably good, like the asymmetrical zipper ($79.95) or the fuller length trench, on sale for $99 from $199 right now.
4. Zara, 1715 Walnut St., 215.557.0911. zara.com/us
Listen, Zara’s better in SoHo or midtown Manhattan, but we’ll take what we can get from the international retailer while the gettin’s good—and one thing Zara does well for men is blazers and outerwear. They’re great for biker/moto jackets, and they’ve got a couple winter-weight ones worth trying on, but I snagged a knitted coat with a high-neck collar for $189 (in black) that I am extremely happy with this week. All of their leather, faux or legit, is priced pretty reasonably. Also, bonus tip: If you can, thick-enough blazers with a warm sweater underneath always looks classy.
Favorite: Didn’t work for me, but that navy wool coat with a detachable waistcoat ($299) is nicely done, with brown leather details that look real sophisticated.
5. Theory, 1616 Walnut St., 215.735.1034. theory.com
This one’s for the high-rollers or for those who just got a winter bonus and want to drop a crisp K on one garment. But if you’re going to do it, this has got to be the best place to do so. Perhaps not deep-winter appropriate, but they’ve got the most stunning play on a baseball jacket in the city, with their Volter LS Coat in Kinlough Wool Cashmere Blend ($795), a navy wool number with black leather sleeves.
Favorite: Really wish we could spring for that Yver Coat in Belgrade Cotton Blend ($895), a real warm keeper in black, with a removable puff layer in a deep blue.
Joan Shepp: For once, you might actually be able to afford something inside this chic Rittenhouse shop. Now through Saturday, shoppers will receive up to 70 percent off ALL fall merchandise, including designer labels like Balenciaga, Yohji Yamamato, Rick Owens and Givenchy. (1616 Walnut St.)
Hope Chest: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the store is offering 20 percent off any one piece of their sexy lingerie at full price. The sale also applies to their not-so sexy, everyday garments. You have until Feb. 28 to advantage of the deal. (1937 Chestnut St.)
Nicole Miller: All sale styles are now 70 percent off so perhaps it’s time to stock up on cute spring dresses. Their Semi-Annual Sale ends Jan. 31. (Bellevue: 200 S. Broad St. Manayunk: 4249 Main St.)
Arcadia Boutique: For the remainder of this month you can receive an extra 30 percent off all sale merchandise as well as 40-60 percent off all fall and winter favorites. (No Libs: 819 N. Second St. Rittenhouse: 265 S. 20th St.)
H&M: Though the retailer seems to be having an awful lot of sales lately, this “Holiday Weekend Sale” is especially enticing. All this weekend, select garments will be up to a whopping 80 percent off while already reduced accessories will be an additional 50 percent off. Boy, I guess H&M really likes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Check out all the items you can save on.
Club Monaco: Starting today, the shop is offering 30 percent off all reduced merchandise. If you’re a student, just bring your ID and you will also save 20 percent off on full priced items including items apart of Club Monaco’s new January Collection. (1503 Walnut St.)
That’s right–there’s great gifts out there for the ladies that don’t cost an arm and a leg. If you haven’t already, check out PW’s 2012 Giving Guide and return to this here blog next week as I shall be unleashing plenty more gift ideas.
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Rather than trying to compete with all the Black Friday whoopla, more and more retailers are opting to offer pre-Thanksgiving or extended holiday sales. So for those of you who have no intention of leaving your home come Friday, here’s a few deals you may want to consider taking advantage of now…
Aoki Boutique: Spend $100 and get 10 percent or spend $150 and receive 15 percent off all month long. (115 S. 22nd St.)
Lacoste: Bring an unwrapped toy to any Lacoste store now through Nov. 25 and receive 20 percent off you next purchase as part of their “Don’t Let Sandy Steal Christmas” campaign with Toys For Tots.
H&M: Select sweaters, dresses, outerwear and pants will be marked down with prices starting at just $7 dollars. (Nov. 19-21)
Knit Wit: Stop by anytime before the end of November and you’ll score 20 percent off any one item. (1729 Chestnut St.)
Victoria’s Secret: Now through Dec. 3, purchase any sweater and you’ll get a free scarf in your choice of one of three colors. Online shoppers can redeem deal with the checkout code “SCARF.”
A Pea in the Pod: Receive a free Britax Carrier with a purchase of $300 or more tomorrow only (Wednesday) while supplies last.
Destination Maternity: Receive a $75 Restaurant.com gift certificate when you spend $125 or more both in stores and online. (Nov. 21-Dec. 24)
Motherhood Maternity: Receive a $50 gift certificate to Restaurant.com when you spend $75 or more. (Nov. 21-Dec. 24)
Target: The retailer has just launched a new “Beat The Rush Sale” going on now through Wednesday. The various storewide deals includes up to 50 percent off select electronics and up to 30 percent off select home and kitchen items.
Urban Outfitters: While select UO stores will be opening as early as midnight for Black Friday, all week long, the retailer is slashing prices on hundreds of items both in stores and online.
South Moon Under: Take 20 percent off online orders over $150 using the code HOLIDAY20.
Check back tomorrow for a roundup of the various deals local retailers will be offering for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!
Personally, I think it’s disgusting that we devote an entire day to honor Christopher Columbus. But since there’s nothing we can really do about it, you might as well take advantage of the holiday sales. You know, just like how Columbus took advantage of the original inhabitors of this country.
H&M: Get 20 percent off one item of your choice using this coupon. If you subscribe to their emails, check your inbox for their Columbus Day email, then print out to receive an extra 50 percent off already reduced items.
Nicole Miller: Take 20 percent off pre-fall styles both online and in stores.
Urban Outfitters: Take an additional 30 percent off clearance items, which there’s quite a bit of both online and in-store since their “Drop It Like It’s Fall Sale” is going on now.
Express: Save 30 percent on all outerwear as well accessories for men and women.
Macy’s: Get 20-75 percent off storewide on regular priced items. Use your Macy’s card to score an additional 15 or 20 percent off or cut/print their “Wow! Pass” to receive an extra 15 percent off all sale and clearance items (see weekly ads).
New York & Company: Buy one get one 50 percent off on everything.
Victoria’s Secret: Receive a free cheekster panty with any PINK purchase.
Lord & Taylor: Save 30 percent on coats, 25 percent on sweaters and up to 30 percent off of women’s boots.
BCBGMAXAZRIA: Save 30 percent off sweaters, outerwear, leggings, boots and sweater dresses.
Michael’s: Print online coupon to save 50 percent off a regular-priced item.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Take up to an extra 40 percent off merch sitewide.
Amazon.com: Save an additional 30 percent on jewelry, 60 percent off select styles for women, men and kids, and up to 50 percent off select outerwear, denim, sweaters and more.
Puma: Save 30 percent on your entire purchase both online and in-store.
Kohl’s: Receive 15 percent off your purchase with coupon or online with code “BUYMORE15.”
For those of you who didn’t attend elementary school, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions of American workers. So while everyone else in this city is on or around the Parkway, why not spend some time celebrating good ole American consumerism?
Oh, and be sure to be extra nice to any salespeople you come across. After all, they’re the ones stuck working on their own damn holiday.
Arcadia: Although their stores are closed for the holiday, online they’re taking 20 percent off EVERYTHING with the code LABORDAY20. (Ends Monday)
GAP: Find select styles now up to 40 percent off at all GAP locations as part of their “Red, Bright & Blue” event. (Ends Monday)
Steve Madden: Get 20 percent off all orders with code BOOT20 as well as free shipping on orders over $75. (Thru Tues/4)
KHOL’s: Get $10 KOHL’s Cash for every $50 you spend either online or in-store. There’s also various deals storewide including, 30-45 percent off select dress and casual shoes for the family. Enter code GB2P8LM online to save an additional 25 percent off. (Thru Tues/4)
7 for All Mankind: Receive up to 50 percent off denim, sportswear, footwear and accessories, plus free shipping on all orders. (Ends Monday)
Nine West: Get an extra 25 percent off select sale styles & free shipping over $50. Discount applies at checkout. (Ends Monday)
Old Navy: Save up to 75 percent off of clearance items both online and in-store.In stores, buy a regular-priced NFL apparel item and get $10 Supercash (up to $30) to be redeemed at a later date. (Ends Monday)
Bloomingdale’s: As part of the department store’s “Big Brown Bag Sale,” shoppers can save up to 40 percent both online and in stores with select home items and jewelry up to 50 percent off. (Ends Monday)
Urban Outfitters: Both in stores and online, prices have been slashed on a plethora of items, including a “2 for $24” deal on select basic women’s tees and tanks. (Ends Monday)
Claire’s: Clearance items now up to 75 percent off. There’s also a special “10 for $10” deal on select items storewide. (Ends Monday)
Nicole Miller: take 20 percent off sale styles with promo code LABOR20 (Ends Monday)
Adorn by Sarah Lewis: Receive 30 percent off EVERYTHING using the online checkout code: LABORDAY or mentioning this offer in store. (Thru Mon/3)
Macy’s: various deals on select items throughout the store including women’s dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, bedding, furniture and cookware. Online, you can also receive an extra 25 percent off clearance items. (Thru Mon/3)
Bath & Body Works: Take 20 percent off your online order with code: ADBBWAUG OR get 30 percent off $30 or more with code: F126497. (Thru Tues/4)
Three Sirens Boutique: All summer styles now 50 percent off including clothes, scarfs, hats, bags and jewelry. There will also be a $20 clearance been featuring additional markdowns. (Fri/31-Mon/3)
American Eagle: Receive 15 percent off everything with code: 86277041. (Thru Fri/31)
Omoi Zakka Shop: Peruse a whole bunch of new fall merch and take 15 percent off all 2013 planners in store only. For online shoppers, they’ll be offering free shipping throughout the weekend. (Thru Tue/4)
Target: Monday only, enjoy big savings on outdoor items like grills, grill accessories, heating and lighting. There’s also a few sales running through the weekend on patio furniture, bedding, bath and home décor. The best sale: buy one, get one 50 percent off all boots. (Thru Mon/3)
H&M: Print online Labor Day coupon to get 20 percent off an item of your choice. (Thru Mon/3)
ModCloth.com: The online retailer is bidding summer adieu by taking 70 percent off hundreds of amazing women’s fashions, accessories and home décor.
Lord & Taylor: Get 20 percent off regular-priced items and 25 percent off clearance items with code: LDAY) Use code: DAYPLUS for an additional 10 percent off the above discount. (Thru Tues/4)
Ikea: Let’s face it–when you go in Ikea, you’re in there for half the day. That’s why this weekend they’re going to make sure you get some food in ya, deducting your restaurant receipt total from any home furnishing purchase of $100 or more. (Sat/1-Mon/3)
Armani Exchange: get an extra 40 percent off all sale items as well as free shipping on orders $100 or more.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Enjoy an additional 50-60 percent off summer apparel and accessories Aug. 29-Sept. 3 OR an additional 30 percent off everything else (sales cannot be combined). (Thru Mon/3)
HBO Store: A special “buy more, save more” deal with code LABORDAY. (Fri/31-Tues/4)
Best Buy: Take 10-25 percent off all major appliances. (Monday only)
Franklin Mills: Several stores will be offering even bigger discounts (just look for a “Super Sale” sign in their window). Participating retailers include Banana Republic Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Last Call, Ann Taylor Factory Store and Kenneth Cole Company Store. (Thru Mon/3)
NOTE: Before you go and deplete your bank account on any of the sales mentioned below, keep in mind that Labor Day is just around the corner.
BUS STOP: For their 2nd Annual Summer Warehouse Sale, the boutique is offering some serious savings on their selection of hard-to-find designer shoes for ladies and blokes. We’re talking up to 75 percent off styles from international designers like Jeffery Campbell, Farylrobin, Toms, Irregular Choice and Matiko. The sale runs three days only (Aug. 24-26) and with prices starting as low as $25, this is one you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on.
Kembrel: From Thursday-Sunday, the Philly-based retailer will be holding a “Back-To-School” pop-up sale, offering 50 percent off select merchandise both in store (1822 Chestnut St.) and online (checkout code: KEMBRELSCHOOL).
H&M: If you’re currently enrolled in one of Philly’s many fine institutions of higher learning and in need of some new duds for the fall, be sure to head to any one of the million H&M locations around town between now and Sunday. Just flash your valid student ID (with photo) at checkout and you’ll receive 15 percent off your ENTIRE purchase. It’s times like these that I’m glad I held onto my ID and that Temple never put an expiration date on it.
Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon: All retail products will be 20 percent off Aug. 24-26 including, Aveda products, Coola Sunscreen, Rapidlash, various styling tools and much, much more. The upscale salon and spa is located on the third floor of the ever-so fancy Rittenhouse Hotel at 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.
Urban Outfitters: As most of you probably know, Urban Outfitters has tons of awesome online only merch. So if there’s anything that you’ve been eyeing on their site, go ahead and purchase it before midnight on Thursday and you’ll receive free shipping. There’s no minimum or checkout code. You may also want to consider checking out one of their two city locations as they’ve got a few pretty decent, random sales going on.
Fire & Ice: Stop in anytime now until Sept. 2 and you can score a buy one, get one 50 percent off deal on all sterling silver. Just in case you’ve never been, the tiny shop upstairs at the Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) has a really unique selection of gems and jewels–one worth perusing at some point.