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Swiss Army Leather Container from 1981

Swiss Army Leather Container from 1981 by S. Fluhmann from Kerzers

What a lucky find! Thanks Philip Fust – Das Emporium for supplying me with another rare masterpiece by the Swiss Army Saddlers. This piece was probably never in real use and since I have not seen any similar before it might be “just” a prototype. It is made out of solid 3 mm swiss bridle leather and stitched by hand. Notice the hidden seams to avoid friction on a thread on one side. The handles suggest that it was not made for heavy duty use like ammunition or mortarshells. My guess it was made for maps, however the aluminium reenforced bottom suggest the items carried inside had some weight. Interesting is also the attachment loop with a buckle. Probably it is there to attach the container to a pole (of a Jeep). It will serve me as an inspiration for future leatherworks im designing or even being used to store cut leatherpieces rolled in it and work mobile on my Riese & Müller cargo bike somewhere in summer in the courtryside. The size of the bag is 50 x 32 x 14,5 cm.

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A glimpse into the vintage crypt of Red Wing Frankfurt

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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 Hashemi the 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.

Aero Leather – Kolesch Leder forgotten Collaboration

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Aero Leather – Kolesch Leder forgotten Collaboration:

Recently I visited the Kolesch Tannery in Biberach which is the last remaining “altsämisch” Tannery in Europe. Please take the time to have a look at the video of master tanner Kolesch (speaking in Swabian).

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)

Fein und Ripp – Pike Brothers Party

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At the Fire Dept. I had the chance to have a talk with Fabian from Pike Brothers and he invited me to Fein und Ripp at the party. Traditional Bavarian food and beer was served there by Fabian and it was the place to go at the wednesday after the Bread & Butter fair.

Fein und Ripp can be described as a well stocked Pike Brothers homebase. But as you can see it´s another unique shop far away from being normal which is surely worth a visit. The interieur is carefully selected and seems natural in there. Family run by father and his two sons with a great dedication to quality and deadstock items. Check their news section for keeping updated about their latest finds.

Damn Yak – Gorilla Shoe – Made in Canada

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I was a bit jealous when Eric posted the images from his parcel he got from Japan today, but when I came home from work there was one for me as well.

Some weeks ago Chris from Damn Yak asked me if I´m interested in a deadstock pair of boots, made in Canada.  Before that mail I promised not to buy any more shoes/boots for a while. But his offer was more like a generous gift so I had to have them. Even they were labeled half a size too small I took them.

If they will be abused for work or have an easy life will be decided within the next weeks by wearing them in.

Chris, thanks a lot for the boots and the nice postcard. Even that we never met in person I know we would have a great time. Let´s see it might happen either in Canada or in Europe.

He made me this pouch a while a ago and brought my attention to the great swiss army backpacks.

Check his website – he is definitely one of the good ones!

Red Wing Shoes Oxford 3112 – the old 8103 ?

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Finally my first Red Wing Oxford, a 3112. I was close to 100% sure its a Red Wing 8103. The 3112 from 05/2005 in no longer produced as I could find out. The differences are the logo print on the heel of the shoe, the different pattern of the sole, the more cushioned rim of the heel,  the red red wing logo on the sole and thanks to Eric, only a single line of stitching not two for attaching the shoe with the soles. He also mentioned that this shoe is from the former working boots collection which was only available in the US.

The shoe is nearly new with the original box and the leaflets from red wing. For me it looks like this shoe was much more difficult to produce, except from the double line of stitches. So i´m still in decision to sell it and buy a 8103 in 10 1/2. Or to break this kind of deadstock shoe in.

Can someone please make some comment about a difference of the leather ?
Is it also a “Oro Russet Portage Leather” with the same thickness as the 8103?