It's slim pickings at the Freeman's Sporting Club sample sale right now, and in more ways than one: Just one day in and most of their inventory has been snatched up, while what's left would best suit the pencil-waisted man. Those determined in their never-ending quest to stay sartorially sharp shouldn't be discouraged though, as finely made pieces from the Lower East Side store's house label are still available for up to 70% off retail prices.
Step into the shop at 8 Rivington Street with sleeves rolled up, as bins abound full of dress shirts, trousers, tees, and more. Button-ups in a variety of plaids and understated prints are available in sizes 14.5 to 17 for $70.
Denim is just $40, ranging in size from a 29 waist to 36 and coming in dark and white varieties. Trousers, marked down further to $30, are available in sizes 29 to 36, though no size is as plentiful as 29. The styles on hand represent the brand's last three seasons, with the trousers sporting the spring-iest looks. Care to secure some pastel bottoms well before Easter? F.S.C. has you covered.
Tops are sorted into big bins as well, with casual shirts marked at $40—though those looking for mediums and extra larges have a combined three garments left to choose from. Collaborative tees with Deus x Machina are readily available at $10 each, as are Allen Edmonds shoes, in sizes 9 through 12, at just $50. Elsewhere, a bouquet of pocket squares are priced at $20, polka dotted socks are $10, ties are $20, and belts—the few that are on sale—are $30.
The real steals come in the way of high-end outerwear, such as a green rain jacket in size 44 for $350 (originally $1,440) or a camel overcoat for $550 (from $2,000). Also in the high-end category is a two-piece corduroy suit has been reduced to $400 from its original $1,365 price tag.
"It was a madhouse yesterday," an associate says to one customer, further explaining that the only items not on sale are the encased sunglasses and strung up belts. A handful of hunting jackets remain at $80, while the few puffer vests remaining ring up between $50 and $100.
A rack toward the back holds wool blazers, sized XS to L for $140, while less premium coats range between $100 and $125. Other items around the shotgun style shop include tan and navy chinos for $60, work shirts for $60, and the brand's signature "shackets" at $60 as well, here in every size but small.
While the best of the annual Freeman's Super Bowl sale, ending Sunday Feb. 1 at 7p.m. (when the big game kicks off), may have come to pass, the price points and stock for the denim and trousers are too good to pass up. And at ten bucks, the tees and socks practically pay for themselves.—Ted Simmons
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