Apparently Australia is brimming with great companies. First it was Bellroy wallets, Feit shoes, and now Tailfeather leather goods. In addition to looking amazing, this travel wallet is a great tool for travelers to maintain cards and devices on the go. I’d be curious to see how it would wear in as Kangaroo leather tends to mould itself tightly around your goods for added security. While it is a beautiful design, my one gripe is the use of lasers to cut edges and etch the logo. Call me old fashioned, but I’d pay more for a completely handmade version with added character to supplement an already wonderful piece.
A throwback to last spring (or maybe even earlier). Regardless, this shirt from ts(s) has survived on my desktop for a long time. Being a fan of selvage denim, this one hits close to home with the almost understated detailing in the contrasting red stripes down the front, around the cuffs, and across the chest pocket. The look is almost worth embroidering contrast stitching down every striped shirt you own, but the beauty of it all lies in the thought behind the material in the first place.
Having been recently underwhelmed by photography, it was a pleasant surprise to come across some images which resonated. Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s work tends to fly into disparate areas, but I admire the patience in observation that comes through in his process. These photos are very calculated, yet passive – or better yet – quiet.
When working on a project, it pays to fully contemplate the durability of the materials. Think of a shoe for example. The more pieces of leather you use, the more opportunities you offer for Murphy’s Law to attack your stitches and seams. Conversely, making something out of one piece of leather ensures not only the stability of your product if you sew properly, but simple and clean lines to boot. Here are my two favorites:
1) Schuh-Bertl’s “Bavarian Oxford”
Not many know about Schuh-Bertl, but they run a very small workshop in Munich on Kohlstrasse where they produce a great variety of handmade shoes, leather goods, and the nicest pairs of lederhosen I’ve ever seen. (Oddly enough, they make a killer fresh-pressed orange juice too). Focusing on their footwear, Herr Bertl specializes in “rahmengenähten” stitching, in which the seam surrounding the bottom of the shoe is hidden on the inside. This method of construction is typical for a great number of their shoes and boots. As for Bavarian Oxford in particular, it is made from one piece of black leather that is painstakingly moulded by hand. Because leather conforms to your foot, this gives each pair a unique ability to truly adapt to its owner. Truly, they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever worn.
2) Feit’s “Low Nero”
These shoes from FEIT also remain true to the same design principles. They are made holistically from one piece of italian vegetable tanned leather. The few stitches that are visible are not only utilitarian (the moccasin stitching to join the leather around the back of the shoe), but are minimal. In short, these are solid shoes that are built from start to finish by one master shoemaker. Everything is cut and sewn by hand to ensure the durability and wearability that one would expect from a handmade shoe. With Goodyear Welt construction, the soles are easily replaceable if they encounter too much wear – though there is no such thing in my opinion. A final feature of these shoes lies in the choice of materials. With an all natural leather sole, vegetable tanned buffalo leather sole inserts, natural cork cushions, and vachetta leather, these shoes are solidly built without chemicals, exploited labor, nor an egregious environmental footprint.
If you’re going to use a natural resource like leather, you had better know what you’re doing with it. That said, I’ve been trying to put myself in a somewhat awkward position for a while now… and I’m still pretty ambivalent about it all. If I were a cow and I knew my hide were going to this, would I be upset? I’d want to turn into something beautiful, but also into something that would be useful. I think this is somewhere in between:
This film basically wrote the treatise on evocative cinematography. I describe it as a moving Dali painting with better colors and less dementia. Looking holistically, it is a story about the power of stories. I don’t tend to enjoy meta-anything, but this is a screaming exception. Not only does it epitomize the dying art of storytelling, but it reveals a vibrant beauty of the imagination. The score isn’t too shabby either, borrowing from the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra’s unparalleled recording of Symphony no. 7 in A Minor, op 92.
A repost from Spoon & Tamago. The house is pretty yucky from the exterior, but has some amazing spaces inside. There is a literal flow throughout the space where the boundaries between outside and inside are not only blurred, but fused. All in all, there’s not a bad place in this house to sit and play some guitar.
An unlikely pairing… but definitely a unique one. Both have an aura of fairy tale gone literal (which is to say they are terrifying). The Book of Lost Things reads as a coming of age story as taught through the fantasy of real-life decision making. Conversely, Vildhjarta’s “Måsstaden” is a concept album about a dark, secluded town in… well Sweden I imagine.