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  • 1952 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse

    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 Americ...
  • Cocktail Hour - The Kentucky Mule

    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. 

  • Lewis Leathers - A British Icon

    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...

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

    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.

  • Jungle Heritage: The Pike Brothers 1952 Lokinawa Boot

    I use this blog to chat about the things I like, not just the things I make. As you'll discover I have a bit of a thing for boots... if you want to...
  • Making Saddle Bags

    A while ago I was looking around for a chap to design the new logo for New Utility. 

    The very talented artist, James Nunn, is a friend of the family and I've always loved his work. We got chatting and somehow ended up talking about saddle bags.

    I really enjoy working on special commissions; it gives me the opportunity to work on something that I perhaps would not have considered making. Doing that always pushes you as a maker, encouraging you try new techniques or evolve a design.Is there something you've always fancied having but haven't seen in the high street? Be it a particular type of wallet or a bag, do get in touch.