A glimpse into the vintage crypt of Red Wing Frankfurt
Yesterday I had the chance to get a glimpse into the vintage crypt of the oldest Red Wing store in Europe.Kami Hashemithe owner took the time at the Munson Ranger 8012 release party to guide me trough his personal Red Wing Collection. Some of the oldest Charles Beckmans,Pecos, Moc-Toes and Frankfurter are lined up there. Another personal highlight was to have a look of a Red Wing Catalogue dated back to 1949. The new Munson Ranger is amazing I can tell, but for more on that head over to Life Time Gear he will post soon.
Soxisix Straight Seam Belt – sample provided by Red Owl
By mid of October U. Taubershowed me a link about the czech leather crafters Soxisix. About a month later Ingo Laufenbergs who offers a lot of high quality handmade belts from various leather crafters contact me and sent me recently a sample of one of their belts.
The first thing is when I got the belt was the very well designed packaging. Then the belt which is massive by its leather thickness. All hand sewn and self cast belt buckles. A lot of nice details e.g. the mermaid on the buckle, the stamps and prints on the leather or the numbering of each belt makes them special. The Straight Seam Belt got some artificial vintage and used effects which is probably one of the only things you can argue about if you want to earn the used effects by yourself on this belt.
The construction and craftsmanship of this belt is top of the class. A really well made belt which got it´s basic design from vintage military belts. In Germany you can buy this belt from Ingo Laufenbergs Website Red Owl.
Here some preview images from some solid bronze items byFeinschmuck. Each single piece is unique by the traditional wax cast process. Skillful patinated and by so already unique in its look. Use the hooks to safely attach your wallet, keys or knife with a leash or chain to your jean. Right now they are available with cherry blossoms and surfaces from ray and ostrich.
Dukes Artisanwas also invited to B-74 5th. Anniversary Party last week. And it was a joy to watch the Artisans at work. Painting leather so skilled and nicely. Each piece is unique and has its own character. A very amazing fact is that Dukes uses the skills of former (and unemployed) porcelain painters and turned their craft on a different medium – leather. By this they were not only be able to create one of the finest belts, no they also helped to preserve the skills of highly skilled artisans who were no longer needed in the collapsing porcelain painting branch. It was really nice to finally meet Uschi Klein and Michael Herzog from Dukes Artisan.
The tour around the Tannery was very impressive, to see a such old craft still in practice. Here some images I took for a different project called Bodenseh-Kultur.
The altsämisch tanned buckskin by Kolesch is a real superior product used by Kolesch for their traditional cloth but also highly valued by others. But honestly I could not believe my eyes to see 8 Aeroleather Jackets in their showroom. Hardly there is a chance that there is someone walking in there to real value these jackets and buy one. So I promised Mrs. Kolesch to write a bit about those rare jackets which probably were made for the Japanese market my Aero out of Kolesch tanned leather.
So If you are interested to buy one or all of them contact them.
Sizing and colors are:
2 x light brown 44 + 38
3 x dark brown 48 + 42 + 34
2 x dark grey 36 + 46
1 x black 36 (this one has a bit of different details)
At one of my favorite drift shops, again I found something useful. An old clay form for a Swabian dessert called “Pfitzauf”. I guess I will give this traditional recipe a try sometime (never heard before). But my intentions were to put some sweet yeast dough, filled with plum jelly or other fruits and top it with a giant amount of brown butter, bread crumbs and caramelized sugar. The first try happened about 4 hours after I bought the form, be-cause I already had some dough for bread in the kitchen to rise, which i altered with milk, vanilla sugar and butter. They were ok for a first try but for sure I need even more butter (150g+)! Topped with lots of vanilla sauce could turn out to be an all time favorite.