Welcoming the Rain – Archer Adams Umbrellas

Not that I’m a sing-in-the-rain type, but it’s somewhat difficult to get excited about umbrellas. Most of the time they are unremarkable, utilitarian objects that live in the entry closet. However the quasi-gothic, heritage-inspired umbrella collection from Archer Adams is a totally different story.

Extended with Lion Head

Extended with Lion Head

Printed Nylon Canopy

Printed Nylon Canopy

Every piece in the series features a natural black lacquered birch stalk, a robust locking mechanism, and a 100% nylon tonal printed canopy. The best part however is the wide spectrum of silver-plated heads available.  In addition to the ones pictured, you can also find a serpent, skull, Swarovski crystal, eagle, leopard, Labrador, lizard skin, toucan, or frog to adorn the handle.

Horse Head

Horse Head

Take a gander at some detail shots in the gallery below. Also be sure to check out the other articles available at Archer Adams. You’ll find lots of exclusives and one-of-a-kind pieces in their online collection.

(Literal) Case Study: Carrying Your Glasses

It makes no sense to buy a nice pair of sunglasses only to let them get scratched up. If you’re shelling out for your shades, you might as well get a handcrafted leather carrying case to keep them safe. Below are my top two you need to consider before making the jump. While they approach the case from two very different perspectives, they are both premium examples of true American craftsmanship.

1) Tanner Goods Sunglass Case

Tanner Goods – Sunglass Case Back Profile in Russet

Hailing from the Tanner Goods studio in Portland, Oregon studio, this case is cut, sewn, and finished completely by hand. Crafted from 4/5 oz. Horween Chromexcel leather, this case has enough cushion to keep your glasses safe while remaining malleable enough to conform to a variety of different frames. It is pictured in the gallery below in Natural, Russet, & Black but is also available in Olive, Havana, Tan, & Oxblood. Any of the seven different colorways are sure to develop striking contrasts in hue thanks to the tried and true 100+ year old tanning formula developed at Horween Tannery in Chicago.

2) Barrett Alley “Dom” Sunglass Case

Barrett Alley – Dom Case in Russet

The goods at Barrett Alley are all completely benchmade with an extreme attention to detail. This case uses one piece of domestically tanned leather, whether it’s shell cordovan from Illinois or straight bovine from Pennsylvania. Each case is lined with one of three antique textiles from America, France, and Japan – or is left well enough alone exposing the soft underside of the leather. As always it will develop character with use and abuse, just mind your glasses.

As always, scroll through the gallery for detailed images and different colorways:

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