No Man Walks Alone is an advertiser on this site, but also one of my favorite stores. Greg, the company’s founder (who can be seen pictured above), simply has great taste in both tailored clothing and casualwear. Guys who are used to wearing suits during the workweek can find themselves at a loss on how to dress casually. Similarly, men who know how to dress casually can sometimes be confused on where to pick up a good suit. No Man Walks Alone is one of those rare stores that can serve both types of people.
This weekend also marks their fourth year in business, so they’re celebrating with a five-day sale. Take 20% off anything with the checkout code FOURTH. Unlike No Man Walks Alone’s end-of-season sales, these mid-season promotions allow for returns, which makes it safer to take a chance on something. Here are ten things I think are particularly worth a closer look:
Sartoria Formosa Brown Glen Plaid Sport Coat: Formosa offers one of the best values in ready-to-wear tailoring at the moment. Everything is made in Naples to the same standards as the company’s bespoke offerings, and the fit and silhouette are both flattering and forgiving. The chest is a touch full; the shoulder line a bit wider. I like how this brown glen plaid jacket would look with grey and tan trousers, which ought to make up the bulk of anyone’s trouser wardrobe.
Drake’s Lion Print Pocket Square: It’s been said Drake’s offers English taste the way the French or Italians might imagine it. The designs are classic, but intended to be worn with a sense of humor. This quirky lion print pocket square is a great example. The burgundy background, along with the hints of green and orange, would nicely complement jackets in blue and brown, such as the one above.
Scott & Charters Shawl Collar Cardigans: Scott & Charters’ cardigans would be great in lieu of a jacket. They’re chunky and oversized, so they work more like a piece of outerwear than a sweater. They come in a range of colors (the one linked is navy) and go well with denim, chinos, and tailored flannels. They’re intended to fit a bit full, but I still recommend going a size down.
Stephen Schneider Morning Turtleneck: Turtlenecks can be challenging to wear, but they look great on cold days with tailored topcoats or bomber jackets. This one from Stephen Schneider features a two-colored, birdseye knit that gives the sweater some visual depth. The alpaca-wool blended yarns also makes this quite soft against the skin (useful, as turtlenecks can wear warm).
Eidos Chunky Herringbone Tweed Topcoat: Speaking of topcoats, Eidos does them really well. The designer, Antonio, is leaving after next season and rumor is the brand may scale back to just tailoring alone. It’s unfortunate because Antonio is exceptionally talented at making pieces that ride the line between formal and casual. This softly constructed topcoat, for example, can be worn over a sport coat, but also works well with sweaters and jeans.
Inis Meain Flecked Donegal Style Sweater: Inis Meain makes classic Aran knitwear to a higher standard than any of the other island producers. Their knits are among my favorites, so it’s hard to choose just one, but I love this flecked Donegal style crewneck. I find subtly patterned or textured sweaters to be much more useful than plain, smooth merinos, which can look great under tailored jackets, but can be too boring for casualwear.
Camoshita Cavalry Twill Robe Coat: I’m all about robe coats right now. Do they look like bathrobes? Yes, kind of. Are they great? Absolutely. They’re slouchy, relaxed, and pair well with either slim trousers or jeans. I have one from Document that I love wearing over textured sweaters. The style looks good worn open with the belt loosely hanging at the back. See StyleForum editor, Jasper, wearing one here.
Rota Higher Rise Grey Wool Trousers: There’s no getting around the fact that Rota’s trousers are painfully expensive, but it’s hard to find this sort of fit and finish anywhere else. Off-the-rack trousers either have a higher rise or slimmer leg – rarely both. Rota combines the two, which is what makes them so great. Mid-grey here will be your most useful color.
Heschung Suede Thuya Walking Shoes: Among the many ugly shoes I love, Heschung’s Thuya are near the top of the list. These take after a classic Tyrolean style that people used to wear while walking across the Alps. Made with grippy soles, Norwegian welts, and heavy-duty leather uppers, they’re designed to be both comfortable and weatherproof. I mostly just like how they add a touch of humor (and style) to slightly more off-beat takes on workwear. They’d also do well with oversized topcoats.
Robert Geller Thomas Wool Bomber: Everyone looks good in a bomber jacket. This one from Robert Geller comes in olive, which reference the military while still feeling like contemporary casualwear. The faux-fur collar is removable, although you should definitely keep it on. This would look great with jeans and boots, or even wool trousers for something semi-dressy.