This buckle is what originally drew me to the ML Brown & Co. booth…
To wrap up the (capsule) NY coverage, a few shots from ML Brown & Co.
Mathieu Brown, AKA the “ML Brown” of the company name, is a fellow Brooklyn resident and all around very nice guy that makes a line of belts, wallets, and accessories that are certainly well-deserving of some recognition.
The belts are all done in veggie-tanned cowhide, and finished with aged brass hardware. Some of the detailing tweaks that Mathieu included–like a three-piece keeper (below), and an unusual, asymmetrical ring closure (above)–were great touches to liven things up while keeping it smart and subtle.
One of the coolest things at the ML Brown & Co. booth was actually a one-off production that Mathieu and a friend of his finished off the evening before (capsule) NY. The utility bag below was created because they figured they should have something special for the event. I’m glad they decided to go for it.
Canvas and leather utility bag…
The leather strap system, combined with the laundry-bag-style cord closure at the opening, allows for an enormous amount of variety in carrying configurations. Short carry handles (as shown), over the shoulder, and cross body can all be done easily. Just adjust the length of the main strap at the D-rings up top and then decide if you want to feed it through one, both, or neither of the smaller perpendicular straps.
And because everything’s already secured by the simple cord system, you could probably get pretty inventive if the desire struck. Personally, though, I’d stick with the configuration here or let the main strap free and just sling it over my shoulder.
The body of the bag is heavyweight cotton canvas. Going by what I know about the belts, I’m thinking that the strap system is veggie tanned cowhide with brass hardware.
ML Brown is stocked at Freeman’s Sporting Club and Ernest Sewn, among a number of other spots. You can also get the main collection stuff (bags, wallets, and small accessories) online. Just hit up the site and click around.
Ed’s Note: I didn’t actually see the wallets personally. But judging from the quality of the belts and bag, I’m gonna go ahead and take a leap of faith in endorsing them, too.
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