High quality accessories are popular with denim lovers. Our search for quality handcrafted products and heritage brands often leads us to the discovery of beautiful products made with true passion and dedication. Recently, I made such a discovery when I encountered the breath-taking handcrafted leather goods from Hollows Leather out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The man behind the name and the company is Nicholas Hollows who’s also quite the denimhunter himself. I asked him a few questions about his passion.
Founded by John H. Harvey in a log cabin in the eastern Wisconsin mountains in 1932, buried along with Harvey in 1979 and rediscovered in 2003 by a curious hiker, Clip & Rope has undergone quite some development since the brand was relaunched only some 18 months ago. For the spring 2013 season they take it even further with the introduction of rubber-soled sneakers and pre-treated leather boots. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
Need to carry all your favourite dry denim home for Christmas? This is the perfect bag for the job. Designed to carry plenty of cargo, this classic mid-sized Filson duffle bag is made of 18 oz. 100% Japanese selvage denim and the traditional natural coloured bridle leather straps. Plenty of pockets to keep all your belongings save. Like any other Filson bag it’s made in USA.
Last week, our Dutch friends at the Amsterdam Red Wing Shoes store announced this amazingly beautiful 11″ Engineer boot formerly exclusive to the Japanese Heritage collection – now available at European Red Wing Shoe stores. The styles is allotted 8268 and the leather is an oiled tanned extremely light Abilene Rough-Out in an almost white colour tone. Additionally, the 8268 has steel toecap and a heavy-weight Neoprene Cord sole just like the 2972 and the classic 2268. Have a closer look at it here.
Our good friends over at Norse Projects has captured the essence of what we’re all striving for when they say that, “the mark of true luxury is not in the grand gesture, but the simple things done well.” It’s an interpretation of other almost cliché-like sayings as “the devil’s in the details,” or “less is more.” But the fact is that it’s the truth. The Worker N.Y. bag brand is another example of the simple things done well. Created by native Italian, Christian Guernelli, who moved to the Big Apple and became inspired by the history, beauty, and energy of the city, Workers N.Y. is a contemporary translation old-world, high quality gear. Each bag is handmade in the US of durable, waxed cotton duck canvas sourced from New Jersey and high-quality leather sourced from California. We asked Christian a few questions.
Mackintosh is to raincoats what Levi’s is to jeans. Made of a rubberised fabric making the coat waterproof, the Mackintosh (often abbreviated as “the mack”) was first sold in 1824 and it’s basically still made in the same way today. The Mackintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh. ”Mackintosh” has become the generic name for its category, yet the original Mackintosh brand lives on. All linings and pockets are glue fixed, while backing tape is placed on all seams, which ensures that the coats are fully waterproof. Every piece of Mackintosh outerwear is made in Britain carrying tradition and stylish design as an implicit ingredient.
Few American work boots brands have reached the commercial success of Wolverine. The company was founded in 1883 in Rockford, Michigan as the Hirth-Krause Company by G.A. Krause, the son of Prussian emigrants and a third generation leather tanner and boot maker. The shoe that historically has set Wolverine apart from its competitors is the 1000 Mile boot, which was revived in 2009 based on a number of original styles from the company’s archive. The boots and every single component of them are made in America, including thread, interlining and eyelets. The leather is sourced from the Horween tannery in Chicago, one of the oldest and most prestigious leather manufacturers in the United States. Get the full story of the brand here.
In the world of fashion, which we are admittedly somehow part of, obsolescence is a very central driving force that constantly creates needs for something new. And when that ‘new’ has to be something that’s actually old it can get complicated and difficult to keep discovering brands. Thorogood boots has been supplying American workers with withstanding and innovative footwear for almost a century, the company producing the boots has been in business even longer. Now they’ve found their way onto the feet of the urban denim loving “worker” as well.
Since its establishment in 1950, the Japanese Midori brand has manufactured goods that combine both beauty and functionality. Especially their sophisticated stationery sub-brands Traveler’s Notebook and BRASS are worth looking into. We did.
Original American leather worker boots are the perfect accessory to your favourite pair of denims, but in Europe we are yet to discover many of the smaller brands. One such is Danner, a company founded 80 years in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin by Charles Danner in the midst of the Great Depression based on the belief that regardless of economy superior quality and craftsmanship matters.