Soxisix Straight Seam Belt – sample provided by Red Owl
By mid of October I discovered 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.
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.
Recently I had the chance to meet Stefan Feichtinger in a showroom in Zürich. He distributes Red Wing Shoes in Austria and Switzerland. There I had the chance to have a glimpse and take some images of the Red Wing 8057 Oxford style shoe. The Roughout Hawthorne Leather will for sure develop a great look after some wear, not that dark but probably a bit like this Red Wing Iron Rangers.
Otter Wax Europe Distribution: We are happy to hear that Otter Wax Products will soon be available via Europe. Kami Hashemi takes care of the Distribution of their products now. We have companies like Barbour and Fjällräven who offer waterproofing products for your canvas stuff but Otter Wax fills the gap – why?
– First of all, its 100% natural, no silicone, no petroleum, non toxic. e.g. Barbour makes no reference about the contents of their Wax Thornproof Dressing. – The Otter Wax bar is usable on the fly just apply as much wax on the areas you wish to make waterproof. No preheating of a tin, and no mess around with the oily fluid.
As you can see below, Otter Wax enhanced their portfolio a lot recently by some leather care and personal care products:
Hmm some Otter Wax products had a nice pine tree smell but I do not clearly remember if the Otter wax bar was that as well. I´ll let you know when I´ve made my test on the recently acquired Barbour Jackets or my old Carhartt jacket. TIP! – get yourself a vintage Barbour Bedale,Beaufort or Border now, not when it turns colder, the prices are low right now. Who thinks about bad weather protection right now? I Just got a used Barbour Beaufort for 3,50 Euro excl. shipping.
Amtraq Distribution Stall – Bread and Butter 2013:
Amazing what Brands our friends from Amtraq Distribution pesented at the Bread and Butter. Knowing some brands they distribute already, I was overwhelmed to see a lot of new companies there like: Golden Bear, Fidelity, Reds, Rancourt,Croots and not to forget Feinschmuck.
My old Zippo – Popeye feinschmucked: This is the prototype for the Popeye Zippo upgraded by Feinschmuck, and distributed via Amtraq.My old Zippo from April 1993 (D IX, here the dating codes) in solid brass and brushed surface. The distributed ones will look like this.