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After the Denim Workshop / Webshop

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after the denim belt loop key chain after the denim billfold wallet after the denim full roller belt after the denim laptop portfolio after the denim rifle sling belt after the denim market toteAfter the Denim Workshop – Webshop by Simon Tuntelder:
Recently a “friend” of mine Simon Tuntelder, opened a webshop with some products he crafted out of leather but also deadstock items he gathered. I wrote “friend” and not friend, be-cause I failed to meet Simon personally yet. We are in close contact since more than a year. First via following the others blog and then having discussions about vintage stuff and craftsmanship and quality products. I call him a “friend” knowing by heart that he is one of the good guys with the right attitude and for sure a good guy to talk to.

I´m far to be in the league with Simon when it comes to working with leather. He got a great knowledge when it comes to treat/restore leather and also to craft items for himself, friends or now for you. Do me a favor and check his new website and shop to have a look at his products he crafted. Not to forget to also point you to his blog where he shares his findings and knowledge.

Dieter Rams – Ten Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams – Ten Principles of Good Design:


Good design is innovative

The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.


Good design makes a product useful

A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.


Good design is aesthetic

The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.


Good design makes a product understandable

It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.


Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.


Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.


Good design is long-lasting

It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.


Good design is thorough, down to the last detail

Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.


Good design is environmentally-friendly

Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.


Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Swedish Army Boots from 1943 – now with rubber soles

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I got the boots back now with a rubber sole, gave them two soaks with “Burgol N – Juchtenfett” and broke them in a bit. First of all the leather color is bleeding a lot and I´m sure the color of the boot will develop great. But my greatest concern is right now to keep the leather from cracking. As you can see from the images only some parts and only on one shoe the leather starts to crack a bit. And I have to admit I pulled the loop maybe a bit to hard (or the leather wasn´t soaked enough) and it ripped a bit. Hmm I guess 1943 was not a year theyprobalby had taken too much care for using the best leather? Anyhow, I will be more careful now. Simon Tuntelder from After the Denim gave me a great advice to use pure Neatsfoot oil / Klauenöl or Klauenfett to treat the dry leather with. It´s not that the leather feels dry but after all this years I guess the boots have earned the best treatment.

See also the boots before they got their rubber sole and the difference with the pair from 1946:

– Swedish army boots, brown from 1943 with the leather sole.
– Swedish army boots, brown from 1946 with the leather sole.