Great job, OUTLIER, keep doing what you are doing!
It is always exciting to receive an OUTLIER newsletter in the inbox. It is guaranteed to reveal a beautiful new garment, filled with elegant photographs, and will more often than not learn something new about the form and function of tailored, everyday apparel. So, opening OUTLIER's latest newsletter proved to be no different.
The featured garment is their Air Forged Oxford that is just about sold out. Not only employing a fabric that can hold up to the every day nitty gritty and whatever the body can throw at it, the Air Forged Oxford is outfitted with the Patient Pending Pivot Sleeve (scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information). This "technology" - delicately formulated by OUTLIER - allows an ease of movement and freedom that is usually restricted in conventional tailored or Oxford-type shirts. It is fascinating to read about the development process that was undertaken and to watch a SHORT VIDEO that was put together to show the added range of motion this allows.
Great job, OUTLIER, keep doing what you are doing!
NYC is home to an increasing number of bicycle frame builders, and rightfully so. Commuting by bicycle in the city has become part of the culture of city living and the bike has become much more than object - it has become an extension of one's self.
This past weekend, the Bike Cult Show celebrated the bicycle frame in all its functional and artistic beauty. Not only that, the show was dedicated to a reputable bicycle builder, one Ezra Caldwell. Even though Ezra was forced into way-to-early retirement, he still is making an impact on the bicycle industry and humanity as a whole. In short, cancer is the antagonist that forced him into retirement but it has not stopped his smile, wit, and daily productivity. The above short film FASST: A Tale Told In Three Bikes, was put together by Sam Newman specifically to be debuted at the Bike Cult Show closing party. It tells the story of Fast Boy Cycles, Ezra Caldwell, and Cancer through the narration of Ezra and footage from the construction of three different bikes.
This man is truly an inspiration, truly an artist, and truly human. The 14 minutes and 38 seconds is well worth it to view this short. I wish HomeGrown Goods could have made it to the Bike Cult Show to not only to view the beautiful works of East Coast frame builders but to meet Ezra and his work personally.
Thank you to the folks that put on the Bike Cult Show and those that attended, a portion of the entry fee will go to the charity of Ezra's choosing, as will the two bikes he is auctioning off on the www.FastBoyCycles.com website (ending today at 2:00pm eastern standard time). The charity is the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Hospice Program.
Follow Ezra's endevours on his blog and photography website:
Upon doing the normal rounds of browsing websites and seeing what's new in the life and times of some of the wonderful companies presented here on HomeGrown Goods, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the Swans Island Company's website got a face lift!
The combination of crisp, beautiful photographs and concise text make a bold statement. Every bit seems purposeful and the wealth of information is organized quite effectively. If you have a moment or two, stop on over to their website and get sucked into the world of hand, naturally dyed yarns, fabrics, and textiles
What a coincidence, yesterday after posting about the Cycles d'Autremont and Hubert's new presence on the internet, John Watson of ProllyisNotProbably.com posted about his recent shop visit. If you aren't familiar with the website and you appreciate great content, bicycles, and down right amazing photography, head on over and check it out. John always recounts his visits and experiences with a fine balance of words and photographs - doing just the same with Hubert d'Autremont. I'm sure this won't be the last time you see ProllyIsNotProbably and Cycles d'Autremont here in the blog. Stay tuned!
Tanner Goods is out to do more than just make leather goods from the confines of their Portland, Oregon shop. They are determined to share their process, illustrate their dedication, and present to you how the natural leather used in all the products ages with use. This last bit is done in the form of a project called "Worth Holding Onto" - a photographic look book of customers goods after use and abuse.
Patrons can submit their own photos and they will be put up on the website stating the make of the product and its age. What a great way to show how leather ages, the product holds up to consistent use, and to show a little bit about yourself - Tanner Goods do, after all, become an extension of one's self.
Follow Tanner Goods on Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Also, stop into their flagship store in Portland, Oregon: 1308 W Burnside Portland ORE,97202
It's officially summer and it sure does feel like it here in Massachusetts! During these sweltering days what better way to cool off than to go surfing? Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about surfing and have yet to try it, but that's not to say I don't admire those that do and have mastered it.
Recently, I stumbled across a couple guys that have not only mastered surfing but also the craft of constructing surfboards out of wood. Grain Surfboards is the brainchild of Mike LaVecchia, with Brad Anderson joining in later on. This company is the synthesis of the passion for surfing and the craft of building traditional wooden boats.
Cut, sanded, and glued to every board is a promise of sustainability both in the durability of the surfboard but also where/how the material is harvested. Each built using local white cedar. A Grain Surfboard is a work of art made to be ridden on a lifetime of waves. Mike, Adam, and crew make it clear that a Grain Surfboard is built to last, to be ridden, and will be constructed in such a way that limits the impact on the environment. All companies should have these standards, but only the fine ones do.