Superior Labor Bread & Butter Summer 2013
Hardly you see a brand who manages to combine canvas, leather and solid brass hardware so well together – for sure a Japanese Brand. I hope they will be at the Bread & Butter January 2014 for a closer look. Thanks to Takao for pointing me to Superior Labor Website.
During the last Bread & Butter fair, Holger Peckmann from Monomento - Hamburg tailored, took orders and showed some of his designs at Fein und Ripp Berlin. I saw one of his tweed vests in the shop and it took me a while to finally realize that the craftsman / tailor of this piece was just sitting in front of me. Holger uses mostly rare deadstock / vintage canvas or tweed for his jackets, vests or trousers. One of his latest designs you can see on the Fein & Ripp website or at his Tumblr Site www.TheRuggedGuys.com.
RLX5513 handmade in Germany bags:
Having had a great weekend in Frankfurt, I was really happy to finally meet Peter Gernsberger from RLX5513 and have a look at the handbags he makes. Out of deadstock swiss army canvas and natural tanned leather he has designed and crafted a unique and wide range of bags. Made with a lot of skill and the style to be your next lifetimegear. Photos were taken inside and outside of the Lola Vingage box in Neu Isenburg. Check Peters Facebook site for more images of his bags.
Otter Wax, waterproof your fabric:
Thanks to Frederic for bringing my attention to Otter Wax. Waxing natural fibres to make them waterproof is not a total new invention, more a forgotten practise. Probably the only company who still does it until now on a large scale is Barbour. But actually you can waterproof your shoes, backpack, jeans or jacket with a bar of Otter Wax quite easily.
Damn Yak Dry Goods Wool & Canvas Possibles Pouch:
A while ago Chris from DamnYak featured his handcrafted pouch. A conversation went back an forth, be-cause I thought the shipping fees would be much to high to get this item to Germany. However Chris calculated and I could not say no. The final price of around 30 Euros incl. shipping was by far not too much.
This post is actually waiting for too long, so its images were not shoot in good light conditions and I have to get used to the new camera. But I had the need to finally say thank you Chris. Ok when I got it, it took me a while to actually figure out the best use for it. And “TaTa” it will serve as my new and bigger “grab and you got everything you need pouch” when I´m going outdoors. The basic stuff and some extra stuff which are easily forgotten if you have them not bundled well together.
From the top left:
- Earplugs (a must, against snoring guys in the mountain huts”)
- a nose flute (always fun to let people figure out how to play it)
- tooth silk (freaks me out to have some jerky between the teeth)
- energy snack
- spare laces for the boots
- Petzl LED light (you never can have enough of them)
- sugar, salt and pepper (tomatoes taste just so much better if you bring it with you)
- mouth drum
- film box, to store the salt and pepper stuff
- fishing line and hooks
- Leatherman tool
- a stainless flask with brandy for the campfire or the cheer someone
- Compeed blister pflaster (never needed it so far, with good boots)
- a candle
- wire to fix heavy duty equipment or to build traps
- tissues ? what for … hmm
- rescue blanket
- fritz the monster - my buddy !
- tobacco and papers (I usually don´t smoke but after a long hike, I have to)
Everything fits in the pouch – nearly. The Petzl and the flask/Flachmann are better kept closer. This is just the raw version for the first trip with a more spacious bag, I guess some stuff will be removed and others will move in. Again thanks, the pouch could´t be more stylish for this use.
First of all thanks a lot for the hint of Chris from Damn Yak, via his website in Canada I discovered this great vintage backpack from the Swiss Army. The toughness and the design is outstanding – I did not find one faulty attachment point or seam. Everything is done in a Swiss “perfectionistic” way. It was really designed for lasting a lifetime. Regarding that this rucksack sells for less than 40 Euros on Ebay I would say there is no backpack with a better value/style factor. The stamp on the pack says “L MAUERHOFER SELLERE GOLLION 73“. I would rate this backpack with a capacity of around 50 Liters and I´m sure without any problems It can handle easy 20 kg of stuff. Due to the canvas belt which acts as a suspender or a distance holder of the lower back it feels quite comfortable.
If you are searching for a daybag, I would go for the smaller version of this backpack.