When Black Friday comes / I’ll stand down by the door / And catch the grey men when they / Dive from the fourteenth floor / When Black Friday comes / I’ll collect everything I’m owed / And before my friends find out / I’ll be on the road / When Black Friday falls you know it’s got to be / Don’t let it fall on me. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Read on for details on some great Black Friday deals from a few of my favorite shops, including ASOS, Brooks Brothers, Mr. Porter, J.Crew, and Reiss.
When the word ‘black’ is placed in front of a day of the week, it has historically been to denote something terrible or catastrophic happening, such as a stock market selloff or subsequent crash. Though we now think of Black Friday as being positive for the great deals on offer, the term was first used in the early 1960s by police in Philadelphia because of the terrible traffic they’d have to manage as holiday shoppers rushed out in droves the day after Thanksgiving. Unhappy with the connotation, retailers eventually spun the term to mean that it was the day their books went from red to black. Talk about a rebrand. Check out some Black Friday deals you don’t want to miss below.