Out & About: the Frank Clegg Leatherworks Workshop
A few months ago I was having a chat with my friend Jacob about how the idea of “American made” items is often over-romanticized. I told him that I certainly have a tendency to do this; when I hear the phrase “Made in the USA” I like to picture a wood-floored workshop filled with well-worn tools and with ceiling-high windows that fill the dusty air with afternoon sun. In that room, a skilled craftsman with graying hair and a smudged pair of glasses holds his work up to the light, his calloused fingers wiping away sawdust and checking for imperfections (and, of course, finding none). He then nods contentedly, eyes twinkling, and places the item in a box with my address on it before moving on to his next project.
Of course, this image in my mind isn’t really what most American manufacturing looks like. Unless you’re at Frank Clegg’s workshop, in which case it’s exactly what it looks like.
Product Review: Chester Mox Wallet
I feel that there are many words in the menswear vernacular that are overused or used incorrectly; terms like “bespoke,” “tailored,” “hand-made” and others readily come to mind. There is one in particular that bugs me more than the others, and that’s the overuse of the word “artisanal.” In my mind, this word refers to a high-quality item created and sold by a skilled craftsman. As an example - Camillo of Red Cotton Denim, Diane and Gerald of Vanda Fine Clothing, and Charlie of Equus Leather are some of the people that I feel match that definition. These people aren’t salesmen or vendors; they’re incredibly skilled craftsmen and women spending most of their time making great products.
Anyway, what I’m getting at here is that after trying out this wallet I can confidently say that Bellanie and Brandon of Chester Mox fit this definition well. They design and craft a wide array of small leather goods in Los Angeles and in doing so they have created the best value for wallets that I know of.
Back in California.
Blazer - Beckett & Robb x Loro Piana | Trousers - J. Crew ”Bowery” | Cotton-linen shirt - Proper Cloth | Loafers - Brooks Brothers (ebay) | Pocket Square - Put This On | Shades - Warby Parker | Socks - Pantherella
The Sailing Life.
Featuring the seafaring Breton and an Omega Seamaster.
Long Island Sound, NY
Those New England Summers.
Featuring the untucked, rumpled, and sockless look.
August in New York.
The struggle is real - featuring a cotton-linen shirt, an unlined and open weave wool blazer, and a not-too-skinny fit.
Blazer - Beckett & Robb x Loro Piana | Trousers - J. Crew ” Bowery” | Cotton-linen shirt - Proper Cloth | Loafers - Brooks Brothers (ebay) | Pocket Square - Kent Wang | Shades - Warby Parker | Socks - Pantherella