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The Standard Relay: Hammarhead Duomatic, Blue Highway Denim, General Quarters, Tenue De Nimes Big John, Disneyland 1957, and more.

Posted on February 13, 2012

Hammarhead Industries Duomatic

Rad Bikes from Philly

Hammarhead Industries is a custom motorcycle outfit based out of Philly. I’ve talked about them before, a few of my friends work for the company, and they churn out bikes that are nothing short of impressive. Speaking of bikes as in bicycles, Hammarhead has now put out their first one called the Duomatic. Below is a photo of my good friend Maxine riding the sucker into oblivion. My understanding is that they’re very much sold out but maybe you can get in touch and still try and snag one (via Cycle EXIF).

Tenue de Nimes Big John

Natural Indigo Selvedge Denim

I dig the faded indigo, I did the yellow selvedge line, and I dig the fit. Check it. They’re real slick. (pictured with my favorite boots, the Red Wing Iron Ranger).

Blue Highway Denim

Straight Outta’ Sweden

These dudes look batshit crazy but their denim looks great. All the way from Sweden. This is worth a look, I promise (via Cool Hunting).

General Quarters

Los Angeles

Mr. Williams at A Continuous Lean did a nice profile on General Quarters, a slick shop in Los Angeles. I tried to do a writeup on these guys while I was out there this past summer but they’re very busy and very difficult to get in touch with. Nice photos and it looks like the selection at the shop has bloomed quite nicely (via A Continuous Lean).


The Wooden Record Player

I don’t remember where I saw this so I apologize for not giving credit where credit is due. This is a video of a record player that plays rings of wood and translates it to music. My hunch is that it takes a special plate of wood to do this but it’s awesome and incredibly haunting. Check it out.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/30501143]

Disneyland 1957

Vintage Video from Just After Opening

This is seriously worth a look. Awesome vintage video of the park right after it opened (via Devour).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOIBjQoCXLk]

Prime Burger NYC

Get Your Diner-Lust On

Cool video on Prime Burger, a very vintage diner-esque joint in NYC (via Devour).

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35965635]

Standard Relay: Red Wing 4563, Denham Steamer Trunk, Vice Guide to North Korea, Post Overalls Engineer Jacket, Artisanal Pencil Sharpening, and more.

Posted on December 27, 2011

Red Wing Heritage 4563 Boot:

Available at Select Nordstrom’s Department Stores

I’ve seen this on a few different sites now but it’s worth a mention anyway. If you live near one of the lucky Nordstrom stores graced with this special boot’s presence, go check ’em out and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear all about it and I’m sure your wardrobe could benefit from a pair (mine certainly could). This boot was built specifically for farmers because of it’s high durability but lasting comfort all based upon a hybrid construction. You can find the boots at the following Nordstrom stores:

  • WA:  Seattle and Bellevue Square
  • CA:  San Francisco, South Coast Plaza, Topanga, The Grove, Santa Monica & Fashion Valley
  • UT:  Fashion Place
  • CO:  Cherry Creek
  • MN:  Mall of America
  • MI:  Michigan Ave
  • OH:  Eastern Town Center
  • PA:  King of Prussia
  • NJ:  Garden State Plaza
  • VA:  The Fashion Center at Pentagon

Interview w/ Rye & Rivet:

Yours Truly Interviewing for Mt. Vernon Book Co.

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Rye & Rivet about a project I run called Mount Vernon Book Co. We make card cases and hefty leather journals by hand using thick beeswaxed thread. I like her approach to interviewing and I think it turned out well. Take a look and let me know what you think! For reference, we are out of stock of everything until mid-January as we’re outfitting the Natural Process denim show on Jan. 13th. While we’re currently not taking orders, you can shoot me an e-mail and I can put you on the list to let you know when we’re back in action if you’re interested.

Denham Steamer Trunk:

Created by Method Design From Scotland

This thing was actually created for Denham (a jeans maker from Amsterdam) by Method Design from Scotland. It’s a trunk meant for carting around denim and it’s various compatible products which you might think is entirely useless and clunky especially for traveling, and really who’s given one garment it’s own case since hat boxes were cool? I think the trunk would be a very cool item to use for companies doing trade shows or pop-up shops. I would love to see a company roll around with a few of these showcasing their pairs, maybe some of the ingredients into their goods, and sell them right out of the trunk. Just like it used to be (via Selectism).

Vice Guide to North Korea:

Excellent Videos to Keep You Entertained & Informed

In light of recent events, I thought it’d be very appropriate to post these videos that came out quite a while ago yet no one I know has actually seen them. Vice Magazine does a bang-up job of putting out these “travel guide” videos which really aren’t travel guide videos at all and especially in the case of this 3-part series, helps you understand the craziness of the places they visit. For North Korea, that’s really all I wanted to hear about so this fit perfectly. Cut up into 3 twenty-minute segments, they’ll work perfectly for even you with the shortest attention span on earth. I would have embedded these but it’s better quality from their page.

Vice’s North Korea pt. 1

Vice’s North Korea pt. 2

Vice’s North Korea pt. 3

Post Overalls Hooded Engineer Jacket:

Sharp Looks, Excellent Functionality

I don’t know why I like this thing, maybe it’s because orange is my favorite color and the weather’s finally turning for the worst or that I just learned of the term “foul weather” and I like that whole lot. Either way this jacket looks sharp and looks incredibly well made. You can pick one up here for an arm and a leg (via Selectism).

Post Artisanal Pencil Sharpening:

Real or Fake? You Be the Judge

Excuse me?” asked my friend as I told them about Artisanal Pencil Sharpening. “Is that a real thing?” I have no idea, to tell you the truth. If you told me this was an elaborate joke (services rendered and all that business but wasn’t seriously in it to win it) I wouldn’t be surprised in the least. David Rees sharpens your pencils for you by hand or you can pick one up for him. Doing what machines long ago replaced can either be charming or alarmingly hard-headed. Unless of course, this whole thing is in fact a joke.

Ben Sherman Conversations in Modernism:

Good Videos by Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman did a pretty interesting series of (bear with me) filmed and slightly staged conversations between two creative types. There’s three videos between six different people including shoemakers, musicians, photographers, etc. Some are certainly better than others and the whole concept and way of shooting them (kind of like you’re that ignored friend at the head of the table that got invited because you were in the room when the other two made plans…right?) is a little odd, but the first one at least is worth a look.

Natural Process Denim Show:

A Study in Worn Denim

 Our A.C.-produced denim show, Natural Process, is just around the corner and we’re getting excited to show you everything we’ve got! 3Sixteen Denim just joined the show late last week and we’re gearing up to start last-minute promotions right after New Years. We hope to see you there or hope you see some awesome pictures afterwards!

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The Standard Relay: Billykirk x Need Supply Co., Natural Process denim show, Machine Shop Lighting, Imogene + Willie’s Nashville Guide, and more.

Posted on December 15, 2011

Billykirk x Need Supply Co.'s Schoolboy Satchel Bag: 

Let’s be real here, no schoolboy will be carrying this thing. Even the waspiest kids on earth would get their asses walloped at prep school for hauling this sucker around. But you won’t. No siree. You’ll get some pretty swell looks from whoever you pass on the street, assuming you don’t drive to work. $365 from Need Supply Co. (Found via Selectism).

Travelin' Around: Imogene + Willie's Guide to Nashville: 

This is a really super article written by Matt & Carrie Eddmenson of Imogene + Willie for Park & Bond. Take a look around it especially if you’re headed to Nashville sometime soon or were even thinking of it.


Natural Process: a study in worn denim:

Just a reminder that this show is taking place January 13th in Philadelphia @ Elixr Coffee. As the event draws nearer, there will be plenty of reminders but we’re not too far out there. Was glad to get some submissions for the show from readers and we have some exciting news regarding the show itself coming soon.


The 50 Most Iconic Cars in Motoring History:

This thing came out a couple of weeks ago but it’s worth a look. Lots of pictures of nice cars. That is all (Found via Gear Patrol).


Machine Shop Lighting Co.:

These rad looking lights are created in Austin, Texas and take lighting/homeware and science to a cool place. Reminiscent of some Schoolhouse Electric Supply stuff. (Found via Gear Patrol).


Dogs Sticking Their Heads out of Windows:

Look, this doesn’t have anything to do with anything but if you like dogs you’ll probably like this.

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The Standard Relay: Makers in the Modern Era, Vintage Camera Nightlights, Aether Apparel’s Airstream, Geoff Watts of Intelligentsia Coffee, and more.

Posted on November 23, 2011

Makers in the Modern Era catalog: 

Basically a great photo set of Portland-based artisans working in their shops. The professions cover a host of walks of life so there’s a little something for everyone here. (via Cool Hunting).

Vintage Camera Nightlights: 

Exactly what it sounds like. Vintage camera night lights. They look neat and will match your Instagram/Hipstamatic app oh-so-perfectly. (via Curated Magazine).

Aether Apparel's Airstream Trailer:

I don’t know why this isn’t being done by every medium-sized apparel company in the U.S., probably because this ain’t exactly high season for taking a road trip. Regardless, check out some of the photos from Aether apparel’s airstream trailer that’s meandering it’s way around the U.S. (sort of) (via Cool Hunting).

Cool Hunting's Gift Guide:

Cool Hunting has put together a seriously extensive list of shit you need to buy for someone you love (or hate). It’s big, it’ll take a while to get through it, but I guarantee you will not be disappointed. If you don’t find something worth purchasing for someone else, maybe you’ll find something you like for yourself. Check it out.

Thermochromic Furnishings:

Seriously can’t believe this hasn’t existed before but this is exactly why designers are out there. Take something so simple and so great looking and make you feel like it’s something you could have done (but deep down you know you couldn’t). The pictures speak for themselves but check out the link to read up on it a little bit more (via Cool Hunting).


Sort the Criterion Collection by themes: 

The Criterion Collection now allows you to explore their massive trove of films by theme. And it’s well designed. Give it a little look before you rent that next movie on iTunes (via Gear Patrol).


An Interview with Geoff Watts of Intelligentsia Coffee: 

Having worked in and around the coffee industry for nearly ten years, I always jump on little bits like this especially when a big blog I follow picks up someone I respect for an interview. Geoff Watts of Intelligentsia Coffee (based out of Chicago and Los Angeles) did an interview with Cool Hunting and it’s worth a look. If you don’t know anything about coffee or how it gets to your cup, it’s time to get learned.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you American readers!

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The Standard Relay: Monocle 24, Tanner Goods x Tellason, the Criterion Collection, & more.

Posted on November 9, 2011


Monocle Magazine Radio (24):

Monocle’s a great publication, no doubt about it. Their decision to not allow their publication in the iPad market can either be viewed as foolish or an act of brand preservation. However they’ve recently launched their “M 24” radio service, a round the clock streaming internet radio show featuring a whole host of different programs ranging from talk shows on cooking and international headlines to blocks of music and briefings for your morning. This particular service is available both online and as an iPhone/iPad app. Certainly check it out online before you decide to buy the app but I think it’s a worthy investment especially if you spend much time in the car. As a side note, I’d like to point out that This American Life has an app out where you can listen to any episode they’ve ever done. This is absolutely insane and I insist you purchase it immediately. Blew my mind when I found out about it; sorry if I’m late to the party.


Tanner Goods Roll Tote Collaboration w/ Tellason: 

Tanner Goods does damn good work and so does Tellason so their collaboration naturally must be a stroke of genius. It might be a bit short of that but it still looks sharp and is very functional and these days that’s about all we can ask for. They’ve released a little writeup and some photos in their blog which you can read here.


Criterion Collection on iTunes:

The Criterion Collection has made it’s way to iTunes. The collection contains some of the most incredible films of all time in their most natural form which is a beautiful thing in the age of hyper digitalization and shit movies. Maybe it cuts out the physical aspect of getting some of their incredible liner notes for each film but it certainly makes renting/buying this stuff a whole lot easier. [via MacRumors].


The Killspencer Weekender:

I’d say this little film is about a minute too long but it certainly makes you want to go buy one, grab the girl, and head out to some desert retreat. Check it out, looks real sharp. [via Another Something & Company].

Nick Veasey x The Macallan:

Maybe this caught my eye because I’ve been drinking a healthy amount of The Macallan, Lagavulin, and The Balvenie lately but the collaboration is a pretty cool idea both from the photographer and the classic scotch brand itself. Mr. Veasey used x-ray imaging to redesign a few boxes for The Macallan. The entire article is worth a look over here. [via Cool Hunting].