Our friends at Gabarro Straps have turned us on to yet another fantastic product. Made of Horween’s renown shell cordovan leather, it is the most handsome addition to a Submariner since, well, ever. Providing the necessary warmth to the classic tool watch is tough, especially if you’re not sporting a 5512, sans gilded hour markers.
Evoking that devil-may care, bound-for-adventure attitude, Horween leather NATO straps classes it up like none other. Providing that measured dose of character, it ages unlike any other similar material and improves with time. Contrary to ordinary leather straps, it darkens and replenishes itself with your own bodies oils. Better still, it is supple and remains so without ever taking on any odor. And to our surprise? It wears as slim, if not thinner than ballistic nylon NATOs.
Although it carries a hefty price tag relative to the short-lived lifespan of ordinary straps, it justifies itself in long-run, only to become something you can call uniquely your own.
For those of you needing an introduction, J.W. Hulme Co. is the purveyor of fine leather products out of St Paul, Minnesota. With an enduring history in curating the needs for adventure, the skilled hands at J.W. Hulme do not skimp when it comes to craftsmanship and use of quality materials. Up for your viewing pleasure with close ups of their well thought-out trimmings and finishing touches, is their Weekend Satchel.
Featuring their ultra rugged but supple Greystone canvas bolstered by a full leather bottom, this bag will take a beating. Weather you have 12 gauge shells strewn along the bottom or a respectable selection of ambassadors from your wardrobe for a weekend outing, it puts the “man” into gentlemanly.
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A NATO strap doesn’t always cut it, and sometimes that brush steel bracelet is just too sporty for the occasion. For all other scenarios there is the humble classic – the leather strap, a mark of understated elegance.
As a consequence of Timex’s successful scrimping efforts achieved by selling you three quarters of a watch (sans steel band) and the demand for more attainable vintage watches (sans factory band), an all around acceptance of non-factory bands materialized. (more…)
If you are familiar to TGT, by now you very well know that we are suckers for things that age well and accouterments with awesome hardware. Enter Filson, part deux. Earlier in the year we discussed the absolute perfection of Filson’s oversized version of their own original briefcase, which they unlovingly dubbed the padded computer bag. Well, here is the best companion a DSLR totting, who-is-carrying-the-ammo?, adventure-man can sling.
Dubbed their Medium Field Bag, it has the hallmarks of a well made Filson: heavy canvas twill, leather trim and rugged brass hardware. Its small enough while remaining perfectly functional, but large enough to carry everything but the laptop, for those days that you are feeling neo-luddite. Ranging from hunting friendly to city slicking, the bag is sure to please. Clearly, Filson has another winner.
Our favorite part? How quickly the personal wear sets in and affirms this is undoubtedly your-own. More shots after the jump.
The second installment of our denim journey by the hand of RRL Raw denim is at hand. Today we feature the same previously photographed jeans, however after 6 months of continuous wear. Crotch blow out imminent. Given that we plan on wearing these RRLs till they start falling off, we enlisted the support of NY based Denim Therapy for their reinforcement and rehabilitation. In the third installment of our denim journey, we will take a look at the work behind Denim Therapy that has brought its name into the public conscious, at least among individuals who invest serious coin in their jeans. More to come.
Being the denimheads that we are, we decided to try our luck on a different make of highly regarded denim. Procured from the establishment of Ralph Lauren’s RRL store, the denim at hand is a thicker more supple denim. Made in the good ole’ US of A, in comparison to its French and Japanese cohorts, the selvage denim comes unmercerized and unsanforized. This means the indigo is not painted on the cotton, and that it is not chemically treated to avoid shrinkage. The denim comes in its virgin state with its trademark racing stripe that is only visible with a turned up cuff, indicating its selvage denim DNA.
By now, many of you have realized we have an infatuation with all things Billykirk. Maybe it’s their obsession with craftsmanship, or our affinity for things made with painstaking care – but we dig their products, especially their belts. And so another one joins our little collection of Brothers Bray engineered goods, the No.117 Mechanics Belt.
Initially designed as a belt to protect the finely finished hulls of the cars we cherish, the mechanics belt uses a continuous strip of leather to conceal the belt buckle and metal hardware. Garnering a serious following by the guitar community, it saves that precious back of your ’52 Telecaster from the buckle rash from years of roadtrippin’ punishment. Needless to say, the Mechanics belt has taken on a life of its own, as a fine sartorial accessory to be worn in the most refined of situations, as well as its rusty and greasy birthplace it hailed from. Either a pair of khaki flatfronts, or a pair of distressed denim trousers would wear either of these beauties proud. Head on over to Billykirk, throw some measuring tape around that old beer belly of yours, and get strapped.
In 1937, Bausch & Lomb was the first manufacturer to be commissioned to create the aviator style sunglasses. Faced with the need to better equip pilot’s of the modern day against the prolonged exposure of the intense blue and white hues of the sky, Bausch and Lomb was asked to create protective eye-wear for the pilot’s eyes. They had the task of creating a lightweight pair of sunglasses that conformed to the contours of the wearer’s eye sockets, while allowing minimal light to enter during prolonged flight.
Starting out as a medical equipment manufacturer based in Rochester, New York, Bausch & Lomb would soon become the world renown makers of these iconic symbols of aviation and style. After 62 years, the creator of the Ray Ban Aviator G-15 Sunglasses found itself in a position of dwindling sales as the markets tastes shifted to prefer more modern sunglasses. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb was forced to sell Ray Ban to Italian sunglass giant Luxottica.
Here we have a pair of APCs with some considerable use. As many know, APC alongside a slew of new companies have been offering selvage denim yet again to the the masses. Traditionally, jeans were made of denim produced off of shuttle loom machines, however around the 1950s with the arrival of lower cost production and more efficient technology, the shuttle looms came to be replaced by the modern projectile-style looms. (more…)
Barbour’s outerwear by the hand of Tokihito Yashida breathes new life into a brand grounded in tradition and function. In To Ki To’s Beacon Range collaboration with Barbour, a sharp sense of design is instilled while still keeping their boots firmly grounded with the classic lines of the British clothier. Barbour & To Ki To’s Blousson recalls the form of World War II bomber jackets. With the use of their traditional waxed cotton, the jacket boasts a luminescence and edge that most overly conservative bomber jackets lack. Pick one up while you still can at the Bergdorff Goodman flagship store, as the Beacon Range is limited.