Hodinkee continues to drop some really impressive product and this time, they’ve wrapped up a collaboration with GJ Cleverly, one of the last old school shoemakers known the World over. The duo teamed up for a very limited run of leather straps made from Russia Leather, a specially tanned reindeer leather recovered from a shipwreck dating to 1786. A short history lesson — Russia was renowned for their leathers back in the eighteenth century and one closely-guarded tanning process resulted in a water resistant leather with a rich reddish brown color, a cross-hatch patter, and a very unique smell. Then came the Russian Revolution and after 1917, production was stopped and the tanning process was lost to history.
The good folks at HODINKEE continue delivering excellence in editorial content but their retail endeavors have been quite impressive as well. First came a lineup of watch accessories that were made in Italy and then was a tie collaboration with the iconic British label Drake’s. Now, they’ve teamed up with Chicago’s Horween, America’s finest leather maker. Brands like Alden have been using their leather for ages and the brand has definitely withstood the test of time. HODINKEE has introduced a lineup of Horween Shell Cordovan leather watch straps that are made right here in the good ol’ US of A and available in two varieties, lined and unlined. The
The unlined straps are a flexible strip of shell cordovan with a steel buckle closure and matching stitching that almost disappears. The lined cordovan straps are a bit sportier and have a thin cushioned lining sewn into them with matching thread. The unlined comes in 18mm and 20mm while the lined come in 20mm and 22m variations. All sizes come in black, natural and Horween’s iconic Color #8. On the underside you’ll find a special HODINKEE/Horween logo that recalls the Horween logo stamped onto the raw shells at the Chicago tannery.
The entire line of HODINKEE Horween Shell Cordovan straps is available now through HODINKEE.
From n.d.c. made by hand comes a look at a limited edition camouflage release for the upcoming Fall 2013 season. The lineup ranges from the brand’s footwear offerings to leather goods and accessories. The Burford boot features double-stitched Blake construction and an upper with Tuscan ‘camouflage’ suede with vegetal-tanned leather details. Other standouts from the collection include n.d.c’s classic card and passport holders made with camouflage-printed calf-leather. The B10 is a day-bag that features newspaper side-straps and a removable shoulder strap and is made with camouflage-printed calf-suede & leather from Tuscany.
Look for the offerings to be available in the months ahead through n.d.c. stores in Paris, Berlin & Brussels as well as selected stockists worldwide.
From Roberu comes their Toscana Vachetta Leather iPhone 5 Case. The case features bright orange Italian leather that was vegetable tanned in Tuscany. The case fits perfectly and allows access to all normal uses of the phone including listening to music and using the camera. The Roberu Toscana Vachetta Leather iPhone 5 Case is available now through Roberu.
Apolis has released their Transit Issue iPhone 5 Wallet in a tan leather finish, to sit aside the already released black version. It’s slim, versatile and can hold cash or cards with ease of access. For the traveler, this is the iPhone case to have. I’ve been using the black version for quite sometime now and it’s easily the most convenient case on the market.
Ghurka was founded back in 1975 by Marley Hodgson, and has since built up a solid reputation of being one of the finest makers of fine men’s leather accessories. The lineup has ranged from business cases and travel bags to wallets and other small leather goods, all crafted while keeping Ghurka’s iconic history intact. Ghurka has come from humble beginnings in Connecticut to being respected the world over. This video gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Ghurka’s exacting design and manufacturing processes, and even lets us hear from longtime Ghurka artisans and collectors.
From Mismo comes an appropriately understated collection for the fall and winter months ahead, with some much welcomed twists weaved into the fold as well. For F/W 2013, Mismo introduces the highest number of new bags it’s ever done for a single collection, making it quite exciting to see the label expand to appeal to a larger audience while still staying true to their foundation in quality and design. The sophisticated new design scheme mixes the refined feel of the Full-Grain collection with the laid-back appeal of the M/S Fabric collection, providing some added versatility to the range. Look for some bold new fabrics in the mix as well including a rainbow camo PVC and an indigo nylon/linen blend.
Look for the Mismo Fall/Winter 2013 collection to be carried by select retailers including Mr. Porter, Barneys, Opening Ceremony and C’H'C’M to name a few.
From Saint Laurent comes their Classic Duffle Bag, part of the French fashion house’s newly released collection of essentials. This piece is designed by Hedi Slimane and features discrete Saint Laurent signature embossed detailing on the front. Shown here in black, the Saint Laurent Classic Duffle is available in a large choice of colors and two different sizes for men.
Look for the Classic Duffle Bag at Saint Laurent boutiques worldwide as well as YSL.com.
From Haerfest comes their latest collection, pulling inspiration from DeWain Valentine and the Light and Space Art Movement of the 1960s. Their use of aerospace materials to suggest, manipulate, and conceal light was a driving aspect of the new collection. Reflective gold leathers, translucent ghost PVC panels, and high density canvas to deliver fresh takes on some of Haerfest’s signature pieces. The lineup includes their overnight duffel, shell backpack, two handle clutch, as well as their E18 Book Sleeve.
Submit pre-orders for pieces from the Light and Space collection at Haerfest.