The Obtainer - 7/13/22, Wednesday

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The Obtainer

Wednesday,July 13th

Leon Hedgepeth

If you’re like me and not quite sure what to get, there’s nothing wrong with stocking up on basics like socks and toothbrushes. I’m probably a few months past the threshold to do so anyway.

- Leon Hedgepeth, Shopping Editor ⋯ @leonhedgepeth


What the Valet.  Team Is Actually Buying

Timex Expedition Scout 40 Watch

Are you sick of Amazon’s Prime Day yet? We’re knee-deep over here, but that’s just an occupational hazard, I guess—we’re a bunch of hyperaware consumers here at Valet. Yes, this sale seems to be everywhere, but there’s no denying that there are some genuinely great deals to be had. You just don’t want to buy something simply because it’s marked down. That’s not smart. There are, however, some essential items that we believe won’t result in any buyer’s remorse. That’s what we’re talking about today. Here’s what we’re really buying (or what we’ve already bought and tried), both from Amazon and at other retailers offering worthy discounts.

Levis 501 Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

No closet is complete without a classic pair of 501s. Buy them raw and break them in yourself. Especially when you can get them half off, there's no further explanation needed—these are just some really good jeans.

$79.50 / $39.88 by Levi's

Wellen Washed Hemp T-Shirt

This has become a go-to tee for the team. Wellen's hemp blend fabric makes a T-shirt that feels like a worn-in vintage find from the first time you pull it on. And as one of Huckberry's best-selling shirts, it's now 30% off.

$45 / $31 by Wellen

Kinto Travel Tumbler

The perfect tumbler to keep all your beverages cold or hot for up to six hours at a time. It's a lot more handsome than your typical mug and it fits into standard cupholders, too.

$38.99 / $32.19 by Kinto

Timex Expedition Scout 40 Watch

Who says a great timepiece has to be expensive? Timex nails it with this utilitarian field watch. The rugged brass case resists scratches and the whole thing is waterproof up to 165 feet. Strap it on for the summer and never worry about taking it off.

$60 / $40.75 by Timex

Drops to Watch For

Todd Snyder x John Derian

Todd Snyder and John Derian team up for their second collection together. The artist's collection of vintage aquatic prints have found their way onto shorts, shirts and even sneakers. They'd make great conversation starters at the pool, beach, or causal cocktail parties.

Launches Thursday, July 14th at 10 am ET

Throwing Fits x MR PORTER

From the wisecracking duo behind “the only podcast that matters,” the guys over at Throwing Fits are coming out with the only collaboration that matters with MR PORTER. They put it like this: “One best in class retailer, 13 of our favorite brands, 70+ collaborative pieces across all categories.”

Launches Friday, July 15th

Throwing Fits x MR PORTER
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The big Nordstom anniversary sale is already open to members, but it officially opens to the general public on Friday (and goes through the end of the month). Shop all your menswear favorites and grooming essentials at substantial discounts.

Opens Friday, July 15th

Worth a Read

The three best stories from around the web.

White plays a tattooed, tousle-haired chef who, when he’s not shouting orders in a frantic kitchen, is dexterously chopping vegetables, manhandling slabs of meat, or staring mournfully with heavy-lidded blue eyes.”



With the runway potentially in his rearview, what might be next for Ford? The answer could very well be filmmaking, an area in which he’s proved successful.”


Robb Report

Sid Mashburn vaguely remembers his first watch purchase: a well-built, seemingly indestructible Timex.”


Mood Board
Wish I could make millions putting a logo on things

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