Since the locking mechanism of my Zeno watch tend to open sometimes or a lot of times, the decision of getting a replacement was on the list. After seeing the DIY guide by Wood&Faulk on sewing a Nato style watch strap I decided to give it a try. Ok, I give posting a about leather a break now.
On our way to Konstanz we finally visited Jeanslife in Winterthur, which was on the agenda for a long time. Roger runs his shop for a more than 2 years now. He managed to hoard some of the finest brands within it. A wide selection of denim/jeans (Jeanslife!), leather jackets, boots, belts … you can walk out there fully dressed from head to toe or just add something to your wardrobe which isn´t that hard in there. 2/3 of his goods are menswear in the ground floor and an excellent selection of 1/3 for your lady at the ground floor. For sure one of the top stores we´ve been into lately and will return soon.
Some of the brands we spotted were: Indigofera, Tellason, Merz b. Schwanen, Dukes, Passion France, Levis Vintage Clothing, Schiesser Revival, Red Wing, Nigel Cabourn, KOI, Kiki Fritz, Scarti Lab, Penfield, Dehen 1920, Filson, American Optical ….the full list of brands 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.
Actually it was overdue to finally visit Roger Hatt and his Crew at his store in Zürich. Close in the centre (Rindermarkt) the shop is easy to find. We had about an hour talk with Roger Hattalone. Even if it was just half an hour the words he spoke were packed with stories about his store, philosophy, japanese culture and the way to run a shop he does, with no less than 10 employes. To sell some of the finest products it needs not just a showroom it needs dedicated/motivated salesman and saleswoman. He got them and he got a lot of them e.g. Fredy works there since 23 years. They make sure you get what you want/need with the perfect fit. One of the stories Roger told us, was that some of the greatest moments within the shop is when you manage to bring a Top Manager buying a pair of classic brogues (did he say Allen Edmonds or Alden I do not remember – whatever) and a skater buying a pair of converse together in his shop and having a chat. That´s what makes this shop so special. There, you you just don´t not rush in. Things “hidden” there are waiting for you and he and his staff makes the search for it a pleasant experience. So the sign “no self service” is actually ment to support and to service YOU.
And one last word, we – Feinschmuck are very proud to be one of the selected brands there.