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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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British bag and accessory designer Ally Capellino‘s SS 2011 collection was actually featured here a little while ago. But now that I’ve got my own shots from (capsule) NY, it’s time to take another peek.

I said on the last go around that Capellino really hit the mark with designing pieces that are “timeless, but never boring,” and I’m very pleased to note that this proved entirely true upon in-person inspection of the goods. I’m also happy to report that the veggie tanned leather line was very nice in person. Sturdy leather with a fantastic hand (dare I say “buttery” once more?), it’s the kind of stuff that will develop even more character and personality as it ages.

Picture time:

Natural leather accessories…

And a few more…

Some of the standbys on the right. Veggie tanned natural leather pieces on the right…

The updated Richard. Mentioned this last time, and I still like it…

I took a good few shots of the new veggie tanned natural leather line, especially. It’s a really solid set of pieces, and the leather is really damn nice. I just couldn’t help myself:

Still more pictures:

A special edition denim rucksack for (capsule)…

I was a big fan of this particular card case…

That about sums it up…

—Jonathan

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Yuketen’s S/S 11 preview from (capsule) NY was pretty damn solid, if not chock full o’ new stuff.  A couple of new designs, and whole fuck-ton of color, and a good deal of interesting detailing were really the name of the game with this collection.

For those unfamiliar: Yuketen, helmed by Yuki Matsuda, creates handcrafted shoes, luggage, and accessories from top-quality materials. The company has a strong, and well-adhered-to, commitment to creating pieces that are inspired by the more rugged side of American history.

In keeping with this philosophy, everything is made to exacting standards and the finished product is solid as hell.  Not surprisingly, it comes with a pretty hefty pricetag to match ($300+ for most of the shoes).

It’s the kind of thing where “investment piece” is actually an accurate term, though. As I understand it, these are the kind of shoes (and bags…and wallets, belts, etc…) that will last for nigh-on a lifetime.

Keeping that in mind, a thoughtful collection that stays pretty true to a core selection of styles–and does most of it’s adventuring in the realm of color and ornamentation–is probably a good thing. If it’s going to last for decades, a piece better damn well look good throughout those many years.

More shots from (capsule) NY:

Many, many variations on a few core models…

Country Loafer. Hells yes…

Studded loafers. I’ve got to admit, I like the brown version of these guys…

Really damn serious tooling and ornamentation on the leather on some offerings…

Detail shot…

A hardbottom option is always nice…

A brand new model showcased at (capsule) NY. Similar to the Ghillie Moc, but seriously decked out. Also the heaviest shoe that Yuketen currently makes. Apologies for the absolutely horrendous lighting here…

A better shot. I’m terrible at estimating weight, but I’m guessing this shoe weighed somewhere between 2 and 8,000 lbs. Probably closer to 2…

Final detail shot of this one. It’s a bit much for me, but I was definitely impressed by the construction and downright solidness of this model…

Straight up old skool Creeper steez. I don’t know how the hell one could actually wear this shoe, but it was fun to look at it…

This lacing detail on these canoe mocs was a really great touch…

More canoe mocs. Lots of color options…

I like this boot. I don’t know if it’d work in my wardrobe at all, but I dig  it nonetheless…

From the front…

And the all-important Vibram outsole. Long-wearing and lightweight…

It’s all about the olive drab this Fall. Reliable sources confirm it. According to Yuketen, it’s also all about bright, embossed kicks, too (bottom row)…

There was a whole table-full of accessories on display as well: Belts, wallets, card cases, key chains, and shoe horns…

A number of color options, including navy, green, and black…

And how’s about a little oxblood leather/logo fun to round out the set?

Well done to Yuki and the team.

—Jonathan

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Ok. Yes. It’s kind of a gimmick. But 32 oz. denim that can stand on its own all damn day is still pretty neat…

Naked & Famous is a brand that tends to inspire healthy debate amongst the type of people that would actually, you know, sit and debate denim. If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of ’em.

One the one side: I know that Naked & Famous doesn’t do it for some denim purists. It really has to do with their tendency to do things like 32 oz. denim. While neat, it’s not particularly practical and tends to come off as something they did because they can, not necessarily because they should.

On the flip side, there’s the people like me. I’m definitely pro-N&F, despite the fact that I’ll be the first to admit that some of their more…eccentric…denim options are things that I wouldn’t really wear (though I really do enjoy looking at them).

For a pair of modern jeans with a solid fit, and at a generally reasonable price point, I think they’re a great option. The denim tends to be quality stuff, and the fit, especially, is really on point. I’ve got a pair of Skinny Guys and a pair of Weird Guys, and I really enjoy wearing both of them. For me, fit is king when it comes to jeans, so the fact that N&F pretty much nailed it on that front means that they’ll always get love from me (barring any horrific turns on the fabric/construction fronts).

Another note on the denim: Naked & Famous consistently comes out with new and different options. At (capsule), aside from the 32 oz option and among a plethora of others, they showed an 8 oz cotton/linen blend that felt like it’ll be a godsend come next summer. Gotta give ’em credit for pushing out something to keep denim freaks from sweating themselves to death in mid-July.

To get down to the stuff from (capsule) NY, the Momotaro denim collab was a standout if you ask me. It had the best hand (in my opinion), and the minor tweaks like modified stitching on the back pockets and Canadian/Japanese flag-printed pocket bags elevated it to a whole other level.

Leather accessories, that linen blend denim, and an indigo warp/red weft option take honorable mention.

Time for more shots:

7mm thick natural and black leather belts. Pretty intense, but these looked solid, wearable, and altogether well done..

Red warp/ white weft. I can’t pull this off, but I like it…

Indigo warp with a red weft. Ever since the Julian Red Nikki Six (pink weft) came out, I’ve been into this sort of treatment…

Indigo print on a red leather patch to match the theme…

N&F’s Citrus denim. Same idea with the indigo warp/colored weft. Already in stores though…

Leather accessories: Wallets, card cases, and lighter cases. And yes, that’s an origami crane done in leather at the top of the photo…

Chino jeans. Dig it…

The Momotaro collaboration jeans. My favorite of the bunch…

The coin pocket has a very subtle selvage detail…

Momotaro stamped buttons…

A dual branded leather patch…

Slightly modified back pocket stitching. I really like this…

Classic red line selvage…

Country flag pocket bags round out the package…

More origami…

Button downs. In chambray…

Oxford cloth…

Gingham, and flannel…

Time for a couple of the more intense denim options. Wearable? Maybe. Maybe not. But definitely interesting.

Ok, let’s see if I get this. I’m pretty sure it’s is an uncorrected alternating twill. Not entirely sure if I got that right, but I’m pretty damn sure it’s 3 inch sections of alternating right hand and left hand twill. The weave also isn’t corrected to prevent twisting, so there’s gonna be some intense leg twist as it’s worn and washed…

I didn’t ask the story behind this bag, and I didn’t open it. But my completely uneducated guess? Denim cooler. Why not?

And just in case you were wondering whether you can score a raw denim yarmulke? Well…yeah. You can. That spool is the stainless steel from a style that I covered earlier

Altogether, a very nice collection of goods. A little bit of eccentricity, but a whole lot more sensible and solid wares. And I can’t stress enough, the fit on N&F’s jeans is impressive. I’m looking forward to this stuff hitting the shelves so I can start trying things on.

That’s that for Naked & Famous from (capsule) NY.

—Jonathan

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MAKR Carry Goods has a truly impressive collection of beautifully crafted wallets, card cases, and bags. Currently, though, they don’t have a bifold (which, as I’ve told you before, is pretty much my be-all-end-all for small, money-carrying devices).

This made me a little sad, but I had convinced myself that I really should expand my horizons and try a card case or something, just so I could get my hands on one of their pieces. That is, until I came across this preview shot on the MAKR news blog. As part of their Collection 004, we’re getting a bifold.

So much for expanded horizons…

Expect it to be available sometime in the next month or two. Not sure on the price, but my (largely uneducated) guess would put it somewhere around $80-$100.

—Jonathan

(Image courtesy of MAKR)

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The questionably-named outfit Cheddar Pocket, operating out of Sydney, has a very nice range of wallets and card cases that just came on the market recently. They’re done in premium, lined leather and available in a wide range of colors. And I mean a wide range.

You want a bright yellow card case? They got you. Blue, red, or green more your speed? You’re set there, too.

One feature on most of Cheddar Pocket’s models that I think is pretty damn clever is the “note pocket” on the front panel. I really like the idea of having a quick, go-to spot for stashing away important scribbles and scraps.  I’m prone to collecting just that sort of thing, putting it in my pocket, and briefly freaking the fuck out while I search for it thinking it’s lost.

So basically having a Cheddar Pocket wallet might reduce my stress level a bit. Always a good thing.

My favorite models are the Daryl and Dennis bifold wallets (the Daryl has 6 card slots, the Dennis has 4), and the Brian card case (1 larger card compartment with tab closure system).

Here’s some pictures of the massive range of colors for you, just because I get such a kick out of it.

First up: the Daryl ($69.95 AUD).

Next is the Dennis ($44.95 AUD).

And, finally: the Brian ($39.95 AUD).

You can hit up Cheddar Pocket’s online store to purchase any of the models shown above (as well as a whole slew of others).

If you’re feeling like you can’t deal with international commerce, Need Supply also has a selection. They carry the Daryl ($60 US), as well as a trifold option and another card case.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Cheddar Pocket)

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Patina!

This thing is freaking beautifully aged. It’s a Billykirk Card/Cash case after one year of constant use and global travels. I can’t wait to see how my bag looks a year from now (I also haven’t forgotten that I owe you all proper photos of that still).

Take a peek over at Getting Beat Like You Stole Something to see the progression from brand spanking new to the state you see above.

And if this inspired you to get one for yourself, hit up the Billykirk online shop and score one for $85. You can even get it monogrammed for a bit extra (a practice which I obviously support).

—Jonathan

(Image courtesy of Getting Beat Like You Stole Something)

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