One of my favorite highlights 2014 and I finally closed one gap in my wardrobe. The Ceccarelli waxed cotton and down coat with a hood called Style 7005. My pea coat by Armor Lux was never warm enough when it´s really cold. A Barbor Jacket can be worn with a thick woolen Pullover but I rarely do this. Most down jackets are made from some kind of Nylon, close to a fire or a cigarette and you got a hole in it – nevertheless you look like a Micheline figure.
So when I saw this Jacket at the Amtraq Distribution PortfolioI knew I have to have it. It is made of high class thick waxed cotton, goose down (90/10) YKK heavy duty brass zippers and superb constructed and crafted and with well thought of details. See the leather reenforced buttons or the pull cord with the leather stopper and particularly the “cosy” lined pockets and cuffs.
It´s not a jacket its a coat about 3/4 so its even good to wear when cycling. No kidneys or back is exposed and gets cold. So from my side a great brand which definitely should get your attention and Amtraq Distributed Stockists are already being delivered with Manifattura Ceccarelli goods.
A last comment to this jackets and goods produced by M.C.
They might look familiar to you be-cause M.C, designed and produced for Filson Europe for more than 10 years and is also producing for Pendelton.
Time for a change – A new pair of Tellason Sheffield 16.5 oz Raw Denim Jeans arrived:
Exactly 2 years ago I got my first Tellason Jean the Ankara in 14.75 oz, and now there is a time for a change. Or at least to start to break in a new pair of Jeans. Thanks to Amtraq and Tellason for this great new pair. The Ankara needs some patching in the crouch area which probably was caused by cycling quite a lot. Apart from that there is a lot of life in them, but quite sad to realize some time they will just fall apart ( and I do not will use them as a underwear ;-).
The reason I choose the Sheffield in favor to the Ankara was just to try a slightly different cut. The Sheffield is quite the same pattern as the Ankara with enough space for having a comfortable fit for guys with bigger legs and a bit more tampered to the end. The 16.5 oz fabric woven by White Oak Cone Mills Denim for Tellason fells like a tank but I might have forgotten how the 14.75 oz felt at the beginning. I´m really looking forward to see the development of this pair after the first wash – which won´t take too long since muddy dogs or myself are quite good in not avoiding dirt to well.
Last week I traveled with the Feinschmuck collection to Frankfurt to attend an ordershow which was hosted by B74 & Amtraq. Some impressions I was able to capture a lot not. It was a great event in an even greater setup. Thanks Kami and his team & Amtraq to make this show happen. It was amazing to be part with a quite exclusive set of labels/brands there. Visited by some of the best german stockists who had all the time to choose their goods for 2014.
Just to name a few: Tellason, Scarti Labs, Otter Wax, Passion France, Filson, Merz b. Schwanen, Blue Blanket, 3sixteen, Fidelity, Levi´s vintage Clothing, Made and Crafted, Feinschmuck, Croots, Tanner Goods, Topo Designs, Midori, Knowledge Cotton, Reds (shame on me if I forgot a brand).
Whilst being at the Amtraq stall with Feinschmuck, I had a lot of chances to examine the wide range of products handmade by Croots in England. They have widened their product range a lot, included new colors and offering Horween leather on some bags instead of English bridle leather. Solid and skillfully made, using the best leathers available, the strongest webbing and full brass material their products are sure to gain a life time gear status at your wardrobe.
Here some unpublished images of the Tellason Bird Raw Denim Jean, which I took for the review I wrote for Denimhunters. After about 2 month of wear Maria from Feinschmuck is more and more happy with this jean. It took here some wears to break it in and get the denim softer hence she mostly owned pre washed or stretch jean.
” For men, some of the top priorities when choosing our jeans would likely be the general fit, the weight of the denim, the colour and size of the pockets for stowing in our stuff. For the ladies it’s another story; the main issue here is how well the jean makes them look from behind. Disregarding how well it may be constructed, the durability of the denim, or the intensity of the colour, the jean won’t score high at all if it doesn’t score in fit. Tellason seems to have found a way to combine all the things men value in denim with a great fit in the newly released Bird lady jean.
The details of the jean:
Straight leg lady cut
12.5 oz. blueline non-stretch raw selvage denim form Cone Mills White Oak
Unlike the men’s Tellason jeans the Bird has a zip fly
Tellason’s European distributorAmtraqwas kind enough to let Maria from Feinschmuck try out a pair of the Bird – the one pictured throughout this article. The jean looks great and will look even better once worn in. As it’s not a stretch denim and the fit is rather slim, we expect great fades with this one. We love the fact that Tellason accepted the challenge to create a proper pair of lady jeans, top of the line in quality and fit.
Somehow it seems that taking a new Tellason piece with me on vacation turns into a habit. While the images of the Tellason Ankaraon the coast of Liguria at the end of Summer 2012 were somehow cheerful and sunny, the weather and the hills in Piedmontnow were mostly nebulous (thats what the famous Nebbiolo (Barolo) grapes got their name from).
The weather fitted the planned use for the Tellason Clampdown 10.5 oz Denim shirt too well. While I would rate the Tellason Topper 7,5 oz Denim shirt as the perfect warm/all weather shirt, the Clampdown fills the gap when the temperature drops. Hardwearing denim, double and even triple seams, solid buttons and front pockets. As an upgrade to the topper shirt the clampdown got additional to the pen holder in the breast pocket an additional a knife holder. If you already own a Tellason Jean you might not having trouble to carry your knife in one of the spacious pockets but If you own a really nice knife – now you got the chance to show it.
Yesterday I decided to try some Otter Wax to treat my brand new Rising Sun Outdoor Vest in Raw Brown Duck Canvas.It took me about half an hour and 1/3 of this XL bar of Otter Wax. I strongly recommend to watch the Otter Wax Video on Vimeo for some hints. Working the wax into the fabric with your fingers is the way to do it right. There is the option to treat the fresh waxed fabric with a blow dryer for a deeper saturation and a more even distribution. The wax gets more fluid then, but I liked the contrast of some hard to reach areas (see the image 2)and also the not too perfect applied look.
At the beginning of the treatment the wax is a bit sticky but this has changed already within the last 10 hours. As mentioned in the Video by Otter Wax it is settling in for up to 3 days. I hope the development and difference between the two vests is clear. To describe the waxed one, I would say it looks a bit like some “well broken in greasy suede leather vest”. I´m sure this vest will develop a nice character within the next month – stay updated here.
Today I received a sample from Amtraq, the Rising Sun Outdoor Vest in raw brown Duck Canvas.A sold crafted piece of garment which is well suited for your daily use. I especially like the two huge “Chest kill pockets with a curved opening” (as Rising Sun describes them). To show the size of these I used my Stanley as a reference. Nearly it fits in – not when worn, if you wear the vest tight. but I guarantee your home office will for sure got stored in them. For the sizing, I´m 187cm and for a slim fit a medium is perfect for me. If you plan to wear multi layers of garment beneath (eg. for autumn/winter) or for a serious outdoor use, then upsize.
If you can not wait for your own worn look to develop then this vest is also available in the “stocker wash”.
Here the detailed specs:
– Traditional 30’s sportsman detailing.
– 100% cotton, American made brown duck.
– Chest kill pocket with curved opening.
– Small chest utility pocket.
– Large 4 hole American made melamine buttons.
– Two roomy front bottom pockets. – Back cinch for adjustable fit. – Contrast twill internal pocket facing.