I got a sneak peek at Clae’s new fall 2009 collection of shoes and they’ve definitely made quite a strong collection. I guess what I really like about them is that they’ve made some interesting choices when it comes to colors and textures, eschewing from the overly skater shoe look and trying for a more refined style. The top shoe is my absolute favorite, it’s called the Romare and I love the color of the leather. It’s also kind of a chukka boot, I guess, but I’ve been a calling it a high top moccasin. The shoe below it is the Kennedy, and what I love about it is that it’s made from waxed canvas, just like a lot of bags are. I think it gives the ordinarily average, black shoe some nice texture.
Continuing the fashion trend are Billykirk, comprised of brothers William and Chris Kirkland who make some really amazing leather bags and accessories. Together they trained under a third generation leather maker for 3 years, eventually moving out to the east coast where they now work with Amish leather workers who help manufacture their pieces. Their leather is vegetable dyed because it results in a better finish over time, and it’s much more environmentally friendly than chrome dying.
In their shop they carry bags, wallets, cuffs, card cases, belts, and compatibles, anything you might be look for. My favorites were their bags, as you can see above. The one at top is based on a World War Two Belgian map case that they made a bit larger to fit more modern day conveniences. I love the color of it, and I would imagine it looking even better after it’s aged and been scuffed up. The other is a large travel bag that I think is absolutely sexy. I would imagine if you traveled with this bag you’d get looks from people with obvious luggage-envy. Really beautiful stuff.
I guess it’s been a few years now, by Makr is finally back supplying the world with beautiful laser engraved wallets once again. Makr is the brain child of Jason Gregory, who’s first line of wallets were something I always drooled over, but sadly never dropped the cash on. Since then I’ve been patiently waiting for him to release a new collection, and he definitely hasn’t disappointed. There are more styles this time around, in even more patterns, with even more types of leather. It’s almost overwhelming looking through everything offered, I totally felt like a kid in a candy shop!
My personal favorites are the Herringbone in brown, the Herringbone in russet, and the Minimal in ox blood. It’s weird, usually I’d go for the black wallets, but I love the colors and the textures of the brown wallets a lot more, the ox blood is particularly sexy. The wallets cost anywhere from $75 to $150 depending upon the style. My new mantra is to buy something that will last me longer, even though it may cost more, and I could definitely see one of these puppies standing up to the test of time.
Head over to the site and check out the rest of the styles, just don’t drool on your keyboard.
Thanks to Josh Spear for the heads up!
No matter how ridiculous an idea may be, as long as it’s thought through well enough it can turn out really amazing. Take for example Nike SB’s recent collaboration with Concepts, which could have been absolutely stupid, but in my opinion turned out amazing. What Concepts did was take the Dunk Low and Lobster-ize it, decking out the leather in shades of orange-y reds, putting a table cloth pattern inside the shoe, and even throwing some rubber bands on the toes!
The shoes even come in a wooden box, much like a lobster trap, and come with a few t-shirts, some lobster crackers, and even an extra pair of butter yellow laces. I think they executed this entire set-up flawlessly, everything works together and the shoes look so rad! As far as I can tell they’re only available through the Concepts store in Cambridge, MA, so if you’re looking to snag a pair you might want to shoot them an email or give them a call, if they’re even in stock still.
Found through Hypebeast