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 New York-based Public School comes a look at their F/W ’13 lookbook. Dao-Yi and Maxwell offer up a complete collection which ranges from their signature denim in an overdyed black finish and worsted wool long shorts to scoop neck tees, shawl collared pullovers and a gambit of mid-to-heavy weight pieces that are appropriately fitted with leather detailing. One of our favorites happens to be the wool vest with stretch leather sleeves. It’s rich in detail, comes in a great fit and is extremely versatile.
Look for Public School’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection to drop in the months ahead through select stockists worldwide.
Our good friend Ben of HODINKEE.com is launching vintage leather straps for the masses. They’re designed as an accessory to your vintage Rolex Submariner and are made in Italy. Hodinkee straps will come in a wide range of colors and finishes and are a solid alternative to bulkier NATO straps. Don’t pull out your wallet just yet as they’re still in production. Expect them to be ready for purchase in 3-4 weeks and available exclusively at HODINKEE.com with a select few hitting Freemans Sporting Club as well.
Killspencer has released some new items to start the year off proper, including the latest rendition of their Weekender 2.0 duffle bag. It’s delivered in Moss leather and has a padded laptop compartment as well as a waterproof zip pocket. It comes in six different material options. It’s available now through Killspencer for $595.
Stussy Deluxe looks to take things next level with this collaborative effort with UK leather goods company, Ettinger. The co-branded leather billfold are a great pickup for the holiday, whether it’s for you or someone else. Ettinger has been crafting fine product for over 70 years and have even been granted a Royal Warrant by the British Royal family. This custom-made billfold is another exceptional delivery as it features a coin pocket and comes in three color ways: black with yellow interior, brown with red interior and tan with powder blue interior. These pieces are hand made and feature the utmost attention to detail.
We’ve seen iPhone cases done up in a wide range of colors and finishes but Il Bussetto’s leather cases really look and feel more luxurious than most of the others we’ve come across. The shell is made of hand painted leather and features a camera hole and an embossed Il Bussetto logo.
From Levi’s Made & Crafted comes this two tone leather varsity jacket which features a navy blue body with brown sleeves. The design’s as timeless as they come and the detailing is immense. The craftsmanship of Levi’s Made & Crafted stems from the origin of the majority of the line’s pieces, with this varsity jacket coming straight from Italy. The color combination is really epic as it will be a perfect go-to jacket throughout the winter and there’s no doubt it will last you for years to come.
From Dolce & Gabbana comes this red-brown pre-worn leather bomber jacket in a fitted cut. This may very well be one of our favorite jackets of the year as it’s got some fine detailing and the worn-in leather and finish is exceptional. The jacket also features ribbed wool cuffs and hem and is made in Italy with the finest care.
Schott NYC has teamed up with Restoration Hardware for a limited release of this vintage cafe racer motorcycle jacket. The slim fitting jacket features authentic talon zippers and comes in black and brown. It’s shipped in classic Perfecto cigar box, modeled after the original shipping boxes from the 1930s. Like all other fine Schott product, the jacket is made by hand in the Schott NYC union factory in Elizabeth, NJ.