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Metropolitan Leather - Chestnut Lyveden Unboxing

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Metropolitan Leather - Chestnut Lyveden Unboxing

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1952 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse

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The DNA of the humble battledress blouse can clearly be seen in post-war casual and work jackets - most famously in civilian versions of the American "Ike" jacket. I've always loved the look of them, so much so that I made a civilianised one from some left over denim and canvas. I'd love to know what folks think. If you like them I might go on to sell them here.    The blouse began life when, looking for a replacement for WW1 era Service Dress (SD) more suited to modern combat operations, the British War Department settled on Battledress in 1937.   Much...

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Cocktail Hour - The Kentucky Mule

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It's Saturday, so that, for me means a cocktail or two. Especially as COVID means staying in is very much the new going out.

Apparently you can use bourbon to stain leather... sounds like a waist of bourbon to to me..

 Anyway, here's one of my favourites. 

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Lewis Leathers - A British Icon

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The term is an overused one, but Lewis Leathers – Britain's oldest manufacturer of motorcycle clothing – is a true a fashion icon. I wrote the following piece in 2014 for Denimhunters.

It was a formative experience and ultimately led me to where I am today with New Utility. Want to find out all about leather and British youth culture? Read on...

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An Exercise in Stitching - What I Learnt Making a Cricket Ball Wallet

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One of my first private commissions was something a little different to the stuff I usually make.

A friend of the family, artist James Nunn is a huge cricket fan and had always wanted a cricket ball inspired wallet.

I spent a few diverting hours researching cricket ball stitching and was almost immediately sucked down a rabbit hole reading up on the lost art of handmade cricket balls. The industry died out in the UK many years ago. Almost all modern balls are made in Pakistan - though still hand sewn whilst the ball is held in a spherical vice to raise the seam.

I then set about looking at different wallet designs. You'd think a wallet is just a wallet, right? Well, there are a myriad of different design options.

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