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Despite having acquired a number of bracelets, watchbands, and other pieces of wrist-ular ephemera over the last few years, I never moved far past my “NATO and those beads I got at Capsule that one time” phase. Nothing much behind it; just never found anything that stuck. Well, luckily enough, round 2 of the Sartorial et Al. worked out pretty well for me. Shawn from Form Function Form hooked me up with a couple of expertly executed, hand crafted pieces that I can safely say I’ll keep in rotation for a good long while.

First up, the bow shackle bracelet. Mine is made from Horween’s natural Essex veggie tanned leather, and finished off with royal blue cord, but you can also go for natural Chromexcel, plus a ton of other cord colors. As for the closure, well, that one’s pretty self-explanatory. (It’s a bow shackle.) It’s drawn its fair share of comments in the last few weeks—with good reason.

And part two? A shell cordovan watchband. “Oh, but that’s been done before,” you declare. Well, not exactly. Cut exactly to size and finished with a one-hole button stud closure, it’s a refreshingly understated take on the style. It’s also fucking awesome. Seriously. I want a backup, just in case some wristwear-obsessed criminal manages to abscond with it at some undetermined point in the future. Or, you know, just to have another color option (the current one’s natural).

Take a leap over to the site to see Form Function Form’s other styles, and hit up A Headlong Dive to check the rest of the coverage by the other guys from the Sartorial et Al. A massive thanks to Jeremiah for putting this all together, and to Shawn for supplying such fine product to work with.

—Jonathan

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These are a fantastic take on the saddle shoe. Gotta love that Color 8 cordovan upper and the way the brown alpine grain leather provides the perfect counterpoint. Complete with a flex welt sole, and done up on the Barrie last (one of the most comfortable lasts I’ve ever worn).

They hit at Leffot very recently, but nevertheless have sold out in everything but 7.5 and 11.5. If you’re relatively small- or large-footed, rejoice! If not, I guess you’ll have to be content to just stare at them (like me).

They’ll run you $550, if you’re one of the lucky ones that can fit into the remaining sizes.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Leffot)

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These guys are so damn killer I can’t even get my shit together to write a series of coherent sentences about them.

Whiskey cordovan…Contrasting tan midsole…18 pairs…Double leather sole…Stupid good looking…

Want.

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Available exclusively at Epaulet ($650).

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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Want some shell cordovan from Alden in your life but can’t drop the nearly 600 bones it’d take to get a pair of shoes or boots? Then you may want to take a look at the couple of card cases the New England bootmakers have on offer in this famous grandaddy of leathers.

Some brief background: Shell cordovan is horsehide (cut from the rump, actually) that’s gone through a full six months of vegetable tannage and hand finishing. It’s relatively supple from the get go, but it’s also tough as nails, and it develops an especially rich patina over the years. At the moment, Horween is the sole tannery producing it.

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So yeah. It’s horse’s ass. But it’s really nice horse’s ass.

Though it’s mainly used for shoes, Alden had the good sense to bring it into a couple of handsome card cases. Consider it a gateway drug into the cordovan footwear world, or just a great supplemental piece if you’re already chasing that dragon.

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There are two styles currently available at Blackbird: one folds, one doesn’t, and both are emblazoned with the Alden crest for good measure. And with an $83 or $84 price tag (respectively), they’re not going to put you in the poorhouse if you want to grab an extra as a stocking stuffer for the Alden fiend in your life.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Blackbird)

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