Thursday, February 26

10E2431: Universal Works Bakers Jacket

"The inspiration for the [first, 2008] collection was not about high fashion or excessive design but the working clothes and simple, stylish, weekend garments I watched my father and uncles dress in when I was a  kid.  They were not rich but liked to wear good clothes, a nice bit of tweed and polished shoes, on a weekend, but it was the every day garments of their working lives that influenced that first collection.  In reality what they were wearing was probably dated by the time I saw them, as they were still dressed in fifties and early sixties clothes in the seventies!

I  began with a simple everyday “Work Jacket”.  Back then everybody’s idea of a work jacket was either the French over dyed indigo blue version or the US  Chore Jacket or Engineers Jacket.  The one I designed was in that same mould but  I remembered the curved sleeves of my dad’s from years of wear so I added darted sleeves to achieve this more ergonomic shape. Essentially it was the same simple work jacket I’d had in my head all those years except with a few more considered touches.

Once the jacket was taking shape, the pattern made, samples in work, I needed to give it a name. The WORK jacket would have been the obvious choice, but I wanted it to be a nod towards my old man, and not only did he work really hard he also had a skilled job; he was a Baker.  So that was it, the BAKERS JACKET was born.  It is a hard working simple jacket, much like my Dad was a hard working simple guy, what you saw was what you got." David Keyte, Universal Works.
There have been several iterations of the Baker Jacket. #allverynoice

 Hillside x Universal Works.

Wednesday, February 25

10E2430: Proper Sledding

Nothing is more boring than other people's holiday photos...

BUT did get introduced to a proper sledding hill the last time in Vermont. The key is to find a snowmobile trail - so it is all packed down. Second trick is to bring a camp stove (left below) to cook dogs. Essential if small children around. Snowmobiles came by every 10 minutes or so - we could have sold them dogs and juice boxes for $10 a hit...

Start up here, helmet is a decent idea.

Then slide down - very fast. Up to 2 kids on your back...

See if you can steer to the jump built off to the right. Don't worry - soft landing.

Wednesday, February 18

10E2429: Grifter Rangers - Gloves

From PapaWolf Supply Co. in New Hampshire.

The Ranger glove is made in the USA. Vintage'd Bison skin palm with 12oz American Cone White Selvedge Denim back. $69.

Tuesday, February 17

10E2428: Grip Swany Gloves

Japanese glove makers Grip Suwanee Inc. have been making this particular style of glove since 1986, adapting traditional western USA Pioneer style leather work by using double stitched Kevlar thread (5 times stronger and more durable than cotton), chrome tanning and waterproofing treatments... they wear in, not out. 
Boom - from the inbox. Thx Chris. Belay glove with suede palm, £69.99 via UK distributor Kinoko.

Monday, February 9

10E2427: Boston Bag

One of our stealth finds of the century (a Charleston, MA industrial that made canvas bags as a sideline) has created a full retail site; Boston Bag. Their original rivetted version above now on sale for Valentine's Day at $52 - the thing is immense - carry-hockey-skates-big, everything-you-need-for-the-beach-big.   
"We began manufacturing our industrial canvas bags in 1928 to serve the needs of  utility workers in Boston. Soon we began shipping our bags all over the country as power lines were being built and maintained from coast to coast. Although originally intended as a purely industrial item, these rugged bags soon became indispensable to regular folks, whether they needed them for sports equipment, boating gear,  woodworking tools, or just the day-to-day... Proudly made in the USA."

If you want a few more bells and whistles they have a 'maple whiskey' version as below; $148. That means waxed canvas bottom, leather handles and longer straps. Both are unbreakable 22oz canvas.

10E2426: The Pop Up Generator

"Charred Slider Roof Terrace Workshop".... and many more. File under you're never more than 6ft away from a dj...  via OMIL

Friday, January 30

10E2425: Vermont Originals

My older Vermont Originals hat, sewn in East Hardwick, VT. 
"Vermont Originals was founded in 1971 by a business professor from Cornell and one of his students as a case study on cottage industry for the Cornell Business School.
 The main products are 100% wool hats knit in the traditional handcrafted manner by knitters in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Today Vermont Originals, as part of Turtle Fur, continues this fine tradition of made in Vermont, USA."
There is a lot of aesthetic crossover between the Moriarty Hats story, Stowe Woolens, Bar-W, CB Sports employing home knitters in Vermont and the Vermont Originals brand. Long/short they are stone cold classics and you know them when you see them - college or ski mountain name repeated round the sides... those. Or the ones with the braided earflaps. Big too.

Sidenote, the brand and name Turtle Fur (perhaps best known for their fleece neck'ups or neck-warmers) was synonymous with the word 'fleece' for a time in 70s Vermont - perhaps even New England.

VO hats are still made in VT, with cozy fleece added round the inside too - design your own custom version at Vermont Originals or get patriotic... via the revamped Turtle Fur (or cheeky sale here).

Tuesday, January 27

10E2424: That Snow Day 2015 Look

Not quuuite #snowmageddon in Boston, though getting there - a foot at this point I bet. It is not the foot of snow in your way - it is 'where do you put it' that causes the problems. Hat tip to all the DPW and crews out there.

It is blowing hard. But you have to dig out at some point before it gets heavy...

Longjohns: Poler ninjasuit.
Gloves: find of the year - Astis gloves. Treated leather, beadwork and leather handsewn in the USA. Lined with Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft insulation.
Wool shirt: Edgevale fleece lined wool shirt.
Jacket: Topo Designs
Thermal socks: Darn Tuff
Boots: Schnee Extreme. Made in Montana.
Lined pants.
Hope you have a good shovel.