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Entries in handmade (5)

Wednesday
Nov192014

gustin grabs.

In a previous article we talked about how Gustin works. Essentially, they make good quality stuff on limited runs of production based on predetermined demand. It's like Kickstarter for menswear. Once an item reaches a certain number of backers, they go into production and as soon as it's finished, those backers receive the product at a better price than a normal retail environment.

That being said, here are some of the current items up for grabs from Gustin.

cone w/ peach selvedge denim

 

navy american chino

 

italian double black selvedge denim

 

Japan slate blue twill shirt

 

moss red flannel shirt

 

USA hickory stripe work shirt

 

waxed dark oak trucker jacket

 

the handmade heavyweight belt

 

indigo selvedge apron

 

brown waxed dopp kit

 

saddle brown brass belt

 

classic belt

 

Click here to stop by Gustin's website and pickup some discounted gear.

 

- james

Wednesday
Aug272014

larsen & ross.

want a bag that will last decades? yes, decades. seriously, these things will most likely not need to be replaced from wear. larsen and ross make hardcore leather goods built to handle your wear and tear, as well as the wear and tear of a small army. Plus they look good. can't beat that. 

weekend bag.

single pocket briefcase.

"the workhorse" briefcase.

messenger bag.

ipad case.

accessories.

although this video isn't super exciting, it does show the products well and explains a little more about the company itself. 

 

stop by their site here to learn more and pick up some baggage.

Tuesday
May062014

ellsworth & clyde review.

And then I tried this clip, now I'm a believer. Our friends at Ellsworth & Clyde hooked me up with a gorgeous wood and leather tie bar to try out for myself, and I must say, I'm impressed.

One of the things I noticed and respected about the company right off the bat was the attention to detail. Even the packaging shows extensive time and thought being put into their craft, and for me, that says a lot about a company. 

The way I see it, any company could start crapping out cheap tie bars and packaging them in little tiny ziplock bags to save on production costs and get every single cent out of customers. For a company to spend extra time, extra money, and extra care on the packaging and overall quality of a product...i dig that.

Ellsworth & clyde offer three main color and styling combinations: teak and brown leather, ebony and black leather, and rosewood and black leather. I went with the rosewood because I felt that it blended formal and casual looks without leaning too far in either direction. 

The idea behind these tie bars is actually super simple: two pieces of wood, one strip of leather, and four brass pins, all treated and assembled by hand by a 98 year old man in an antique work shed (okay the part about the old man isn't true, but they really are handcrafted). Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I've heard that the best things in life are free, but I've also learned that you get what you pay for, so let's just agree that the whole "free" concept isn't really a good idea when it comes to menswear.

After wearing the e&c clip a few times, it was apparent that the functionality on this thing is on a whole other level. a strong magnet pulls the wood together, holding your tie against your shirt. The magnet strength is spot-on too--not too strong to where the tie is pinched tight, but also strong enough to stop your tie from flapping around in the wind.

the other brilliant feature is the adjustability. The clip features two pieces of wood of different lengths. No, it's not an oversight; this just means that you can wear it on ties of various widths without a problem. It fit my 3" ties like a glove, and my 2.5" ties like a different, but equally perfect, glove.

I've had the clip for a few weeks now, and i've worn it on numerous occasions. It hasn't worn down at all. Nothing is falling a part or fading or breaking. I guess it just goes to show you, making stuff with your bare hands, when done correctly, adds a bit of longevity to product lifespan. Translation: this thing is going to last forever. 

I really can't say enough positive things about this tie bar, which probably means I should stop while I'm ahead. I'll just say this: these tie bars are awesome and I highly recommend you stop by their website and pick one up right here

 

 - james

 

Thursday
Jan102013

u.s. alteration x levi’s haus trucker jacket.

Spotted this over on HypeBeast and thought it was sick. It's your classic Levi's denim trucker jacket with a little extra handmade love. Gotta love that denim.

- Taylor

Tuesday
Dec202011

Handmade Buttons by Jake Osburn

Christmas has come early my friends and all because of a good friend. If you have never met Jake you are missing out. If you never met Jake when he had his lion hair and was known as swoosh hair Jake you are really missing out. Unfortunately for us, Jake now resides in Georgia. We no longer get to see as much as we'd like. Not only is Jake a mega rad guy, but he handmade those buttons you see pictured above. I was on the wonderful book of faces one day and I see a post by him saying, "Does anyone wanna trade for buttons?" I thought this was the coolest thing ever. Naturally, I had to get in on it. At the moment my package of goodies are on their way to him. Be excited Jake, you're gonna love it. The post office is a mad house right now and I recommend you stay as far away from that place as possible. It definitely made my day when I walked out to the mail box and saw that envelope with my name of it. Also it made me start thinking that Drip Cult might need to get on the button game. Thanks for the inspiration Jake! I really like the idea of trading stuff with people too. I want to do more trading! Plus I want more buttons! Who wants to trade?

- Taylor