The Garrison Boot by Warfield & Grand – A Tale of Two Boots

There are plenty of boot and shoe companies out there whose sole concern (get it?) is making a product that looks expensive. But simply because a shoe has the lines of a John Lobb does not mean that it will fit or feel like one. All too often in the direct to consumer world, these … Read more

Is White’s Perry Boot the Best Value Moc Toe?

While perhaps not as widely known as Red Wing, Danner, or Wolverine, White’s Boots is a force to be reckoned with in the heritage boot world and is consistently ranked among the best of the best when it comes to hand made leather boots. But the Spokane, Washington based company is far from a newcomer. … Read more

Vaer’s D7 Arctic Swiss Diver Watch: Knockoff or Knockout?

Let’s be honest. Calling a timepiece an ‘homage watch’ is a very polite way of calling it a knockoff. While imitation may be considered the sincerest form of flattery to some, there is a very fine line between drawing inspiration from vintage designs and turning in someone else’s homework. While the new D7 Arctic Swiss … Read more

Cravar’s C.O. 15 – An Elegant Briefcase with a Forgettable Name

Leather goods are funny things – they can either be the absolute peak of luxury or be so cheap and generic that they feel virtually worthless. There are literally hundreds of companies that make all manner of generic laptop bags and briefcases that you’d see in the airport and forget just as quickly. On the … Read more

New York’s Last Boot Factory: Inside Modern Vice

Nestled on west 38th street in the heart of Manhattan’s Garment District is the last cool boot factory in the city. Modern Vice, founded by guy-who-definitely-looks-like-he-owns-a-glam-rock-boot-store Jordan Adoni, makes unforgettable boots. Their signature is the Bolt Boot, emblazoned with a dramatic lightning bolt down the shaft, but whatever you get from them won’t be overlooked … Read more

The Ship John Wills Jacket – A 3-Year Review

“The mighty Wills Jacket is second to none”. It’s a bold claim, doubled down on by Ship John’s motto: ‘Stuff That Holds Up’. In recent years, the Portland, Oregon based clothing company has been making some serious waves in the world of heritage workwear. While Ship John makes a handful of other products including backpacks, … Read more

What Exactly Is Heritage Fashion?

Ubi Sunt qui ante nos fuerunt – Where are those who were before us? The romance of the word ‘heritage’ is as powerful as it is precarious. A brand’s history is as valuable, and at times more so, than the quality of the products they create and sell. Indeed, many brands spend extraordinary amounts of … Read more

What Is Patina? A Guide to Leather, Denim, and Watches

If you were to ask the average person on the street what ‘patina’ is, you’d likely get some variation of “Isn’t that when copper turns green?” The shortest answer is, yes, that is indeed one example of patina. However, this mystical buzz word is not limited to discolored metal and has far more power than … Read more

How to Pick the Best Leather for Your Watch Strap

It’s a curious thing, the impact that a strap or bracelet has on the aesthetics of a watch. A blingy yellow gold bracelet when worn on a Rolex Day-Date may conjure images of Tony Soprano and his crew idling in front of a Newark pork store. However, that very same watch paired with, say, a … Read more