I’ve already waxed lyrical about 6876′s Petrel Jacket on here; discussing shoulder construction, cuts and various other stuff that only fully paid-up jacket geeks care about. So, I’ll spare you a similar spiel and simply say that this jacket is awesome. Clearly, I liked the initial Petrel, but this version takes it to a whole other level. Basically, they’re taken the original and made it with some extremely beautiful moleskin. The jacket also includes a custom Japanese quilt lining. The Petrel 2.0 will undoubtedly be on my Christmas list, if any of you kind people want to buy me one for providing you with such valuable reading material.
I know we like to pretend we live some sort of played out bohemian life in which we don’t need grown-up shoes, but no one’s actually buying that. Sometimes, you need to look somewhat presentable and not like the weed smoking, dead-end job degenerate you are. Or you may actually have a real job which doesn’t pay you in free clothes. Either way, there will come a point where sartorial oneupmanship comes into play. I’m not saying that wearing a nice pair of English-made brogues will get you that promotion, but at least you’ll look incredibly cool as you cry into boxes of your freshly made business cards.
Duggers of London provide just the kind of classic footwear that you need to look like a proper adult. Still in its formative years, the brand is comprised of a father and son who have spent the past 40 years in the footwear industry.
Hailing from Texas, back before the acknowledgment of a Third coast, I always felt drawn to the West. That is evident with my musical tastes and loyalty to certain brands. I even spent five years working for a New York label and never really felt comfortable sporting anything of theirs with East Coast branding or affiliations. There are a number of West Coast brands I have followed over the years, and recently with the aid of social media have established a real affection for. One I have admired for some time now is L.A.’s own STAMPD.
Their black and white aesthetic of course appeals very strongly, but also their use of pattern and materials within that scope. Not to mention their promise of always MADE IN THE USA. The need for home grown brands and production is growing, and I for one would be willing to pay more to create jobs and get skilled workers providing exceptional goods without mass production and machine driven techniques. I know it’s not just me feeling that way.
I believe I’ve fallen outside of their customer demographic, I’m neither young, cool enough nor industry enough to get away with many of their pieces. At least not without feeling like a white Yeezy wannabe try-hard. I don’t mean any disrespect but some of the recent items are more Hood By Air (what the Fuck is that?) and less Born x Raised if you get me. Fortunately us oldies from the street aren’t completely forgotten and that’s where their line of accessories comes in.
Right in time for Christmas they are releasing a collection with extremely popular lifestyle site Hypebeast. If you don’t check Hypebeast daily then you must have no idea what is going on, however I would strongly suggest avoiding the comments section on articles as they will cause much grief and sadness. Some people should not be allowed a voice, anywhere, anytime. But that’s the opinion of someone who most certainly falls outside of their audience demographic as pointed out here. Hypebeast are doing big things with their online store and I applaud their choice of brands (seriously though what is Hood By Air all about? Don’t get me started on Been Trill…) and this collaboration albeit a surprise works extremely well.
Offering what some would consider essentials such as a lighter w/case, a carry-all wallet, and a clash knife all in matte black and with premium looking python embossed leather. The attention to detail on each piece though somewhat minimal is perfect. In case #allblackeverything is too bad-ass for you they do offer a white version of the Bic. Pussy. For those not loving the cross branding aspect of collaborations, the logos are nominal and only the lighters have New York on them. All of these items are reasonably priced and available at the end of this week via the STAMPD online store. They provide great photos of the items and there entire site is worth browsing. If you are into Instagram and a fan of photography do check theirs out for some beautifully shot products and people.
I may not agree with everything they are doing, but I recognise the desire they have and demand they are getting. I’m a fan, and soon to be supporter.
by Robert Boswell
Something that had eluded me, mostly due to it being of the utmost geekery (read – Old and Sad) to have actually been aware, is that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Schwinn Sting-Ray. Now I realise this may mean nothing what-so-ever to anyone under thirty and I apologise now, for nothing! Get your schooling on!
For the rest of us it’s impossible to forget the bike that was created in true chopper style with high-rise, ape-hanger handlebars; banana seat; and a smaller 16-inch front wheel. I have fading but fond memories of my pea-green coloured Sting-Ray and learning very quickly how to ride a wheelie all the way down my street like a real fucking gangster.
Legend has it that whilst visiting Southern California, the Schwinn VP of Engineering Al Fritz saw that the kids were modifying their bikes to look more like motorcycles. On his return he decided to make life easier for the kids and created a prototype of the Sting-Ray, which later went on to make up almost 70% of all bike sales in the USA within a year. Whether or not those LA kids wanted an easier option or preferred to create the custom bikes for themselves is not public knowledge, but Fritz and Fred F. Schwinn definitely made life easier and a shit ton of fun for the rest of us across the country.
Having looked over the Schwinn website archives I would have liked to see some photographic evidence of the bikes that inspired Fritz, and compare them to the beautiful machine he created. It’s a shame he didn’t have an iPhone and Instagram at the time (I’m being facetious). I’m happy to say in my brief search that I did uncover many forums and groups dedicated to lovers of the bike (re-read the comment about geekery and add self induced solitude) and there are many. At the time of Fritz’s passing earlier this year, the LA Times reported that some two million bikes were sold during the first five years of the model’s fifteen year run. That doesn’t really give enough detail for me but goes some small way in showing the popularity of the bike.
As is fitting of the creator of this historic bike Fritz did have an active role in planning this ever-so-slightly re-vamped version in 2013. It is a real shame he wasn’t able to see it released. The limited run of 500 “Fritz Fifty” chrome-plated bikes will be available in early December, one of which can be won via their Facebook page.
Sadly (only in this instance) I no longer waste my life on that shit hole of a site so cannot enter, but you definitely should. Then I can find out where you live and borrow it, permanently. In what looks to be not the least bit of a co-incidence the remaining 499 can be purchased for the reasonable cost of $499.99. Sure it’s quite the increase from the original cost of just $49.95 back in the early sixties but admit it, you’ve probably spent more that five hundred bucks on socks this year alone, because sock-game is a real thing and important.
With the cost comes the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Fritz, who suffered from the disease. Take that back to your sock drawers and reflect yeah.
by Robert Boswell