Friday, August 8, 2014

The best of the new Lands' End

If you are like this correspondent then you receive a lot of catalogues in the mail.

Lands’ End, Restoration Hardware, J. Crew, J. Press, Sierra Trading Post and Brooks Brothers. Heck, even an occasional Jos. A. Bank mailer arrives. For many, this is junk mail. For others, catalogues are style porn.

And the newest catalogue from Lands’ End didn’t fail to satisfy to one’s cravings for style porn.

In fact, it stood out as a radical departure from Lands’ End traditional — some might even say ho-hum — offerings of the past.

This is more J. Crew-meets-Banana Republic than the Lands’ End clothes worn by your father. You know those pleated super-short shorts of the 1980s worn by Clark Griswold in the cult classic film “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” 

Among the new offerings that caught’s attention:

PHOTOS courtesy of Lands' End.

At $198 (available here), the sport jacket pictured above, available in both herringbone and Glen plaid, is priced right for those who cannot afford bespoke or made-to-measure but don’t want to sacrifice style. The price gets even better because Lands’ End runs frequent promotions of 25% or 30%, meaning the $198 price should drop even further by the time the temperature drops enough to make wearing it practical.

Sure, the jacket’s cloth could be improved, as the wool and nylon blend is a bit disappointing from a quality perspective. However, at under $200 you aren’t going to get cloth with a lot of  provenance from a well-established Scottish or Italian mill.

While you can still get a heck of deal on made in America jeans from Canvas, the more youth-oriented Lands’ End brand, the new slim-fit jeans ($59; available here) come in what Lands’ End calls “deep sea blue,” “rough seas” and “night seas.”

Best of all you can personalize the leather patch on the waistband. Enough with advertising the brand of the jeans you are wearing, unless of course a big-name brand is paying you to do so. Just about anything, including your initials, can be etched onto the patch — making these jeans truly yours and yours alone — for only $6.

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