Sunday, October 28, 2012

New shirtings from Tip-Top Fabrics

Tip Top shirtings

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cappelleria Vitali

Earlier this year I strolled by Cappelleria Vitali, a hat store in the resort town of Rimini.

Cappelleria Vitali storefront

Cappelleria Vitali window display

Cappelleria Vitali mens hats

Cappelleria Vitali mens hats

Cappelleria Vitali umbrellas

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Herring shoes: Kirkdale boots

I recently received a pair of Chelsea boots from UK-based Herring Shoes. These are called the Kirkdale boots and are made by Cheaney on the 175 last featuring Dainite soles and veldtschoen construction.

Herring Kirkdale boots

Herring Kirkdale boots

As used in English shoemaking, "veldtschoen" construction means the upper leather is turned outward and stitched onto the midsole rather than turned underneath the insole. In theory, this "would direct unwanted debris and water, dependent on materials used, away from the foot instead of inside the shoe".

Naturally, I intend to put this theory to the test this autumn and winter!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Henry Tomkins customized grip bag

I recently received a customized version of the Henry Tomkins grip bag. Mr. Tomkins is an English leather goods craftsman based in Devon, England. The original grip bag is shown below:

The version I ordered is slightly downsized to fit underneath an airline seat and uses the #2 leather (see below):

Henry Tomkins custom grip bag

Henry Tomkins leather swatch

Henry Tomkins leather swatch