“You can put suspenders on a salamander, but it still won't make waffles.” Dave Barry

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Allen Edmonds doesn't exactly advertise the fact that they have a handful of outlet stores, and that the styles available at these store may be viewed on their outlet website, the appropriately titled, Shoe Bank. The styles shown on the site cannot at present time be purchased online. What you can do, however is search for styles in your size, find out where there are available, and call that store (or your preferred location) and order them. It seems a little antiquated; this method of actually having to make a phone call to purchase your shoes, but if you give it a chance, you will see that it is worth it.

Shoe Bank has a mixed selection of close-out and current styles offered at discounted prices. They will often run sales, so unless you absolutely need to have something now, I do recommend that you keep an eye on that style you want, and make the purchase when they mark it down.

The black loafer pictured above is just one of many I am watching - hoping it will go on sale soon. Plenty more to see after the break.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Coveting | J.Crew Ludlow Italian Cotton Sportcoat

Every season I do what any sensible guy would do; I clean out my closet pitching or selling items I haven't worn in a year (more on that in a future post), and making room for newer, better things.

For this spring, I am coveting the J.Crew Ludlow cotton sportcoat shown here. Sure, I could go into spring wearing the same sportcoats I've been wearing all winter, but what fun is that? I've been looking for a good cotton blazer alternative for a few years now. Up until recently anything affordable didn't look or fit great, and anything that did was well out of my price range. Not to say I have any money to spend on clothes right now, but the moment I do this is what I will probably buy. 

It is described on JCrew.com as follows:

This version of the Ludlow sportcoat is made from a special cotton we developed with the Larusmiani mill in Milan, Italy (it's lightweight with a clean finish). The body is completely unconstructed, which means that it's made without any of the internal canvasing and padding that give your suit jackets their precise silhouettes. It also makes it a little more casual and ideal for warm weather. Think of it as the kind of jacket that you throw over an armchair rather than put on a hanger, but it still looks polished. 
Ludlow fit. Italian cotton. Notch collar. Chest pocket, patch pockets. Nonfunctional buttons at cuffs. Double vent. Unlined. Dry clean. Import.

One of the things I really like about it is that it is sized numerically rather than small, medium, large, etc. This way I know I am getting the same great fit I get from my other Ludlow jackets. It is also light enough to welcome the warmer sunny afternoons, but not as light as my linen blend options that I save for the dog days of summer. Plus the blue is fantastic! I would wear this with everything from blue denim jeans to white jeans, khaki, light blue, or grey chinos, or even lighter colored wool trousers. Throw on a pair of penny or tassel loafers, and we're good to go. Finally, you'd be hard pressed to beat the $228 price tag for a jacket of this caliber.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL presents Jude Law in 'The Gentleman's Wager'

You may watch this now and think, "Sam, this was published last year. You're a little late to the party." Perhaps. Or perhaps that after a few days of sitting at home with my eyes focused on LinkedIn and Indeed I needed a little respite. YouTube is a great little escape, if you know what you're looking for.

I love Johnnie Walker scotches. Blue Label is a rare treat; much like this video. It has everything you could possibly want in a 6 minute clip - beautiful scenery, a boat, great clothes, talented actors, beautiful dancers, amazing music, and of course the scotch, itself.

I typically stick to Black Label or Double Black. I like the smokiness of the latter. Sure, I enjoy my share of single malts, but I still love my JW.

Johnnie Walker teamed up with menswear site Mr. Porter on a collaboration based on the clothes in the video, and many of the items (sorry, no scotch) are still available for purchase.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Burgers & Ties

Every man needs a third place. And for that matter, sometimes we even need a fourth and fifth place as well. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, I'll break it down for you:

Your first place is typically home. It's where you sleep, dress, and spend time with family. Your second place is your place of business - most likely the place you spend most of your time away from home. For many, a third place could be a club of some sort, an athletic activity, or a hobby. For me, it's running. I try to get out for a run three mornings or nights each week. It keeps me healthy, and sane. 

Then, once a month or so I like to get together with friends for a burger and a few drinks. Each month someone else will pick a place where we may or may not have gone before. It's a good way to see the guys, and to enjoy a tasty burger.

A few months ago I wore a tie to one such outing. The next time a couple more of the guys were in ties. By the time we were planning our next outing we had named the "club" Burgers & Ties.

I figured this was a good first post for my new blog, Jack of Clubs. It's been a while since I have blogged regularly, and I missed it. I'm going to write about the things I enjoy most - food, clothes, baseball, music, books, a certain political drama currently in its third season on Netflix. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Isaac is a winner in a plaid bow tie
The classic Burger Joint burger
Mike & Josh rock classic straight ties
Laurence & Isaac - bow-tied, but out of beer
Your fearless author (left) and his bow-tied burger buddy