Ernest Alexander, named one of the best new men's designers in America by GQ in 2013, is holding a sample sale through Friday, offering up to 75% off bags, accessories, and apparel. In a 28th street building that also houses the brand's showroom, items from Spring/Summer '14 and Fall/Winter '14 are laid out cleanly, with a few one-off and one of a kind pieces sprinkled in. Those particularly attracted to the exclusive and limited, should gravitate towards the camo prints, which appear on belts ($49-$59), as well as a single shave kit ($59) and a single tote bag($219).
Other bag designs reflect a modem business aesthetic that is at once simple, sleek, and sharp. Tote bags (ranging from $159 to $219) come in greens, grays, and blues, while messenger bags ($169 to $249) and briefcases ($99 to $299) are done up in darker slates, and duffles ($299 to $399) can be found in navy and beige.
More vibrant colors are just a few steps away, with Alexander's tablet and laptop carriers, listed here as small and large folios ($29 and $39, respectively). Oranges abound, with yellow, black, and navy on hand as well, some accented with leather fasteners. Other accessories like the shave kits ($59) and flasks ($19) come in decent color variety while the zip wallets ($99), iphone sleeves ($49), and Dover Folios ($59) are limited to traditional black and brown leather.
As far as apparel goes, there is a diverse selection of neck and bow ties ($49 to $59), a nice assortment of pocket squares ($19), and several large stacks of button down shirts ($59). Much of the outerwear, blazers and vests (from $50 to $225) run small (36 to 40) and while some items display sizes, others don't. A fitting would be required for the average-to-slim man, though one item in particular, a color-blocked "Jasper" bomber jacket ($149) is here in number, in each size in the above range.
Similarly, the shorts and trousers are only available in sizes 30 to 32. Button down shirts, however, range from XS to XL, coming in many colors, patterns, and prints, some more conservative, others slightly outrageous. There is a wild floral theme present, also found within the lining of some blazers.
Another brand, Craft Atlantic, was also offering discounted samples in the rear of the room, with travel-inspired items ranging from $40 to $225.
Of Alexander's selection, what seemed most readily available and heavily discounted were the bags and accessories. Those unfamiliar with the brand can see the sample sale—running till 8p.m. Friday, credit only—as an opportunity to own high quality travel and everyday items that they won't see everywhere else.—Ted Simmons