NEWS IN leather
Recent weeks have shed light on a seemingly widly spread tax fraud among our politician elite. Although I’m sure some of them are stupid enough to wire money online to off-shore tax heavens, I myself really like the idea of a physical cash deposit/transfer using a good old fashion crocodile briefcase (or trunk if you got lots of cash…). To help some of you with the crucial choice of the crocodile bag, here is a selection of our favourite options.
First thing first, we got to clear a very common mistake : there is a frequent confusion between crocodile and alligator skin. Basically, the former can be used as an overarching term, as the family of crocodiles encompasses both true crocodiles and alligators, as well as some other species. Alligator arguably yields a leather that is of superior quality. What both crocodile and alligator leather have in common though is the long and complex process of tanning, finishing and sewing the skins. The resulting product is extremely durable, making a crocodile bag an accessory that is well worth investing in and that can last years, decades and even generations. Read the rest of this entry »
“Shoes that look like they’ve spent the last 6 months trekking through the Amazonian rainforest will not get you that promotion you’ve had your eye on, or the number of that supermodel you’ve been checking out from across the bar.” That being said, I’m sure you’ll finally read a proper how-to. HME reveals the step-by-step procedure and prevents the common mistakes. The method is approved by the board of the P.S.S.A. (Professional Shoe Shining Association) which I am the CEO of. Procedure after the gap!
I think a trench coat is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can get. You can wear it with almost anything, to go to work, whenever it rains, with a tied or loosed belt, with collar up or down. The possibilities are multiplied by the genius of Balenciaga with this reversible cotton and leather trench coat stored at Mr Porter. The piece itself is absolutely simple with hidden front buttons and no apparent useless detailing. However, the inside is fully lined with black cotton and leather so you can wear it reversed for a more grungy look ! How brilliant. Take a closer look after the break! Read the rest of this entry »
One should never underestimate the importance of a nice travel bag. I’ve always had a lot of fun reading famous magazines trying to teach us “how to travel with style”. They always place some luxury leather bags, from Vuitton to Hugo Boss, all very ugly and expensive. The thing is that if you spend less on your leather bag, you can spend more on your travel ! That being said, you still have to find a nice travel bag. I advise you take a look at French leather heritage brand Leon Flam. They have been doing bags for decades now so you can count on their expertise. The inspiration and designs take their roots in the major adventures of the twentiest century : young pilots transfering mails between continents, flying heros of the French Aeropostale. Read the rest of this entry »
British leather goods label Swaine Adeney Brigg’s world-class luggage, equestrian and travel accessories have been carried by the Queen of England and 007 himself. Q issued 007 with a range of explosive spy gadgetry. One of Bond’s most memorable weapons was the black leather briefcase issued to him in “From Russia with Love” (1963), the second of the James Bond movies. But as I’m sure none of you needs a weaponized briefcase, but still want to look as dapper as 007, I’d advise you to take a look at Swaine Adeney Brigg’s extended line of briefcases. The Churchill model for example has been a best seller for years. After creating the steel frame by hand, the attaché then passes to Swaine Adeney’s leather master, who sculpts and hand stitches the fine English bridle leather. This is a labour of love, for the handle alone takes more than two hours to make: it is made up of eight individual components which must be sewn together. Because no-one wants to fall apart in public.Detail is everything. Time is never measured. Just as well, as each case takes over thirteen hours to complete. Read the rest of this entry »