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Jeansda boots, Goodyear welted ruggedness

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Reading Time: 7 minutesSometimes really good things can come from places where you might not suspect they would come from. Take rugged leather boots, your mind probably goes to American made workwear makers like Red Wing or Thorogood. Or take quality Goodyear welted shoes and you might naturally think traditional makers in Northampton. If your thoughts then take a turn towards more reasonably…

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Outerwear: The Grenfell X Cordings Shooter jacket

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Reading Time: 6 minutesAnother classic jacket on the review bench today, the Cordings x Grenfell Shooter, a design first available in the 1940’s. For reasons that will become clear, I have divided this post into 4 parts. Let us proceed.   The history of Grenfell and Cordings There is a lot of history combined in one jacket here. The maker, Grenfell, has it’s…

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The making of a classic Norfolk jacket in Harris Tweed

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Reading Time: 8 minutesIt seems like such a long time since I visited the Hebrides on my grand Harris Tweed expedition, though in reality it’s only been 6 months. The memories are still vivid though, as both the experience was wonderful and the photos great. I wrote about the trip previously (part one and part two), so won’t recap too much of that…

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Backpack review: Doughnutbags Colorado

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Reading Time: 6 minutesWith Autumn sneaking in to replace those slow Summer days, it’s natural for those of us with a penchant for carrying an assortment of goods around us may start thinking of backpacks, or rucksacks, if you like, again. As all sensible gentlemen know, the backpack is the best way of carrying items of volume or weight. A tote bag may…

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Backpack review: Harris tweed by Kara Keddie

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Reading Time: 5 minutesBackpacks come in many shapes and forms, materials and details, intended for one use or another. I have backpacks that are great for stuffing a weekends worth of hiking gear in, backpacks that are brilliant for the daily year-round cycle to work with an expensive laptop inside, even a backpack that does a sterling job of carrying a library book…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part two

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Reading Time: 12 minutesAfter a busy day one getting to know the nitty gritty of Harris Tweed and discovering Stornoway (catch up on it here), day two I was up early and rearing to go. Having read the Hebridean crime novels and the accompanying photos book by Peter May, I was very excited to experience it first hand. Not so much the murders, mind…

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Travelling to the land of Harris Tweed – part one

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Reading Time: 9 minutesEver since I rediscovered Harris Tweed it has been a desire of mine to travel to the Hebrides and seek out it’s roots. Last year we did a mini-tour of Scotland and ended up in Ullapool, the village where the ferry to the Hebridean islands leaves from. Just a three hour trip on the ferry and I could have been…

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Looking for a shoe cult? Try Marcus de

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Reading Time: 8 minutesMarcus de fits nicely into a recurring theme of late: A very small company wanting to realise a very clear idea. In the case of Marcus De, the owner Miguel, comes from a family that made shoes. Miguel himself, London born and bred, is a cordwainer by trade, as was his father and grandfather. It wasn’t his first port of…

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Ordering made to measure shirts online? I test the Savile Row Company

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Reading Time: 7 minutesI seem to be on a bit of a roll these days when it comes to shirts that are made in London. Yesterday saw me mention Paladrin and their London-made workwear style and I have another couple of London-made shirts up my sleeve, so to speak, to be mentioned in due course. Today though, I was invited to try a…

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