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Alright first off: I’m back. At least, I’m trying. The day job, she’s been keeping me real busy as of late. So that’s that. Moving on…

I recently got an email from a gentleman named Derek Shaw from Waskerd inquiring about whether I might want to get my mitts on one of his handcrafted card cases in exchange for posting up my thoughts on it for all the Interweb to see. I’m normally a wallet guy, but he caught me at a good time. Thoughts of paring down the back pocket arsenal had already been kicking around my head, and I was looking to try something new. So I took him up on the offer, and ordered up a Studio 2-pocket card case in a rich, rusty hue dubbed “Hereford Red.”


I’ve been using it for a little more than a month, and have been holding off on posting until I put it through a little abuse. Well, abuse it’s taken, and I can honestly say this thing’s a great pickup. The leather is soft but sturdy, the design minimal but functional, and it feels like it’s going to last for ages. There’s a whole range of options available over at the Waskerd site, ranging from the slim to the don’t-fuck-with-me style hefty. He’s even got one, the Broadsheet, designed specifically for use with a topcoat.  I’d recommend any, though with the note that if you opt for the seriously beefy ones, you should be ready for a sincerely thick hunk of leather in your pocket.

Oh, and did I mention that when dude says handcrafted, he means done entirely with hand tools and without the use of electricity? Sounds exhausting, but still pretty awesome.

If you’re at all like me, you’ve put off almost all of your holiday shopping until now. And I’m just puttin’ it out there, but this’d probably make a good present. Derek offers custom branded monograms, too, so you can get all personalized with it.

Many thanks to Derek, and hopefully it’ll be a whole lot less than seven months before my next post.

—Jonathan

Waskerd urban tour photos by me.

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This is a great option for anyone who’s looking for a ring belt. Or, really, just a good belt in general.

I haven’t had hands-on experience with the belts themselves, but I have dealt with the webbing before. It serves as the straps on my Archival tote bag (an Xmas gift from my lovely lady), and let me tell you: This stuff is no joke. It’s British military-spec, and it’s tough as nails. Luckily, despite its general fortitude, it’s not uncomfortable to deal with—the hand is great, and it’s actually quite pliable. It also softens up with use, but doesn’t lose its general feeling of “don’t fuck with me” sturdiness. Not bad.

Top it off with solid brass rings, a Horween leather tab, a versatile 1″ width, and Archival Clothing’s signature bar-tack (in either red or tan), and you’ve got yourself a damn fine specimen.

I’m going to pick up the tan and the navy—both with the red bar-tack—once the navy comes back in stock in my size (Medium). That will hopefully be around mid-July, according to the fine folks at Archival.

If you’re interested in securing something now, though, just head over to Archival’s online shop (unless you’re looking for the navy/red or the tan/tan version in Medium).

Oh, and did I mention these are all made in the States (Springfield, Oregon), and cost a mere $24 a pop? No? Well…they are, and they do.

Get on it.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Archival Clothing)

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These hit the MAKR online store recently. The Utility Bag is shown in the first shot, and the Flap Rucksack in the second. Both models look fantastic. Made with heavy cotton duck and Horween leather (brown Latigo on the natural versions, black Manitoba on the black), and topped off with YKK Excella zippers. Everything is designed and produced in the USA.

I think the Utility Bag would be my personal choice for the day-to-day. I’m especially fond of the fact that you can carry it three different ways: by hand (tote handles), shoulder/cross-body (large strap), and as a backpack. The final method requires only a simple reconfiguration of the strap, as shown here:

It’s not a method I’d use regularly, in all likelihood. But on those days where the bag is just too damn heavy for comfort, something like this would come in very handy.

The really tough question, then, is whether to go for black or natural canvas? Both are great, so that one isn’t getting answered immediately. Though right off the bat, I’ll admit I’m leaning towards the natural version…

A few more detail shots of both models are below, plus prices. Click the text for each model to hop over to MAKR and grab one for yourself.

Utility Bag – Natural – $320:

Utility Bag – Black – $275:

Flap Rucksack – Natural -$410:

Flap Rucksack – Black – $410:

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if each and every one of these sells out. If you’re into any of the models, I’d start thinking about pulling that trigger soon. I know I am.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of MAKR Carry Goods)

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These shots from Left Field NYC’s recently released AW 11 lookbook made their way around the blogoverse already, but I’m putting up a few of my favorites nonetheless–just because I like ’em. Call me a sucker for sturdy looking textiles and proper photography, but the detail pictures of the garments just did me in.

Some brief context: The AW collection is (like all of Left Field’s collections) made entirely in the US. Fabrics are sourced from the States and Japan, and the lookbook was shot in an old motorcycle parts warehouse in Ohio.

And with that, the rest of my favorite photos:

While the collection showcased here won’t be available for a few months, be sure to hit up Left Field NYC’s online shop now to take a look at the current offerings. If you like what you see for fall, I assure you you’ll dig the spring stuff as well.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Left Field NYC)

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Quiet:

Earnest – $92 – Available mid-March

100% Italian Linen, made in NY

Loud:

Briggs – $82 – Available mid-March

100% Cotton, made in NY

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Pierrepont Hicks)

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Just in time for the freaking nicest day of the year (in NYC at least)!  This morning Epaulet announced the drop of the most recent run of their in-house EP’s jeans line.

Aside from introducing a new and slightly looser fit (the Hoyt) the Brooklyn shop is now offering the spot-on, slim-straight Smith fit in a 12.5 oz. Natural Line Selvage indigo denim from Cone Mills‘ White Oak plant in NC. It’s very similar to an APC New Standard fit, but you don’t have to worry about insane stretching issues (bonus!).

The denim is considerably lighter than the first run of the Indigo Smiths (which was 14 oz.), so it’s a good bet for Spring.  This new run is also the first time that the EP’s Smith has featured classic contrast stitching. So for everyone out there that didn’t want to pull the trigger on the original monochrome versions, here’s your chance to get at these jeans.

Some additional details (consistent with the last run, but still great): Gunmetal donut buttons, button fly, riveted front pockets and bartacked back pockets, hickory stripe pocket bags, and a stamped cowhide “EP’s” patch on the back waistband. All made in downtown LA.

More looks:

As a proud owner of a pair from the first run, I can assure you that $145 is a freaking steal for these jeans.

Click over to Epaulet’s online shop to score a pair now if you’re good with a 34″ inseam. Otherwise, contact them to put your pair with a 35″ inseam on hold. That run is arriving around 5/25.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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Duffle in Heritage leather – $770

I started out this blog with a promise to cover leather goods as well as jackets, but I haven’t put as much emphasis on that side of things so far. Lucky for all of us, there’s a new line for you to check out today: J.W. Hulme Co.’s collection of leather bags.

JW Hulme Co. is a small company (only 25 employees!), based in St. Paul, Minnesota. They started out in 1905, making canvas tents for WWI. Now, they make high-end bags, luggage, as well as some serious sporting/hunting accessories (like freaking scoped rifle cases). Goes without saying, but all of their products are made in the USA.

People are going crazy on these bags at the moment since Steven Alan decided to bring them into his showroom recently, and they’ll be coming into Barney’s in the summer (check Valet and Fashionista for some coverage). The takeaway: the prices are probably gonna jump. So get on it now, while they’re still reasonably priced.  Keep in mind: good leather bags are never gonna come cheap.

A few more items that caught my eye (click the captions on each photo to link over to their site and pick one up):

Document Case in Cognac Leather – $490

Briefcase in Century Walnut Leather – $590

Portfolio in Heritage Leather – $430

Shell Bag in Cognac Leather – $230

X-Large Excursion Tote in Century Walnut – $490

If you’re looking to make an investment on some luggage or just on a classy day-to-day bag, these guys seem like a solid bet.

—Jonathan

(All images courtesy J.W. Hulme Co.)

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