I like my “man-purse” in a very particular way. A simple design with durable and high-quality material. Brown leather handles are a must. The following are some of my favorite briefcases and weekend bags. The prices range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, but they all serve the same purpose – practical everyday bags suitable for work and play.
This post has been a long time coming. For all of our devoted customers, and anyone that has been (or hopefully will be) interested in what Biased Cut is all about, we’d like to show a little bit of what’s behind the scenes.
Two months ago I made the trip out to visit my Biased Cut compatriots in Hong Kong, and recorded some of it along the way. Since the beginning, we’ve sourced and made all of our shirts in Hong Kong (though fabrics come from all over the world). The quality and craftsmanship available here are enough reasons to work with local tailors, but we feel that the value is what really makes it a no-brainer. And it’s certainly not some type of tortuous rural Chinese sweatshop – it’s a comfortable facility in a downtown high-rise.
Up on the 18th floor our master tailor works with each and every customer order, reviewing them on shirt pattern software. As exact as our measurement process is, you can rest assured that there is a true expert confirming shapes and sizes while massaging out any irregularities that may arise.
Once the go-ahead is given, the pattern is printed out.
The printer (or plotter) spits out a life size tracing of the shirt to guide the tailor in cutting the fabric.
Once the fabrics are cut, the seamstresses begin sewing it all together. Collars, cuffs, pleats, darts, buttons, and monograms – they’re all done here.
The shop, with its sweeping Hong Kong view.
From here, each shirt receives a quality control inspection before being sent out to the customer.
And that’s it! We’re extremely proud of the team in HK and the craftsmanship they bring to every shirt.
When we buy a vintage item on Etsy or from antique and thrift stores, we don’t usually know who it belonged to or from when it was used. So we’re left to our own imagination. But our imagination is just that: some fuzzy self-created fantasy conjured without specific facts. As much as we’d like to think that there’s a story behind our newest Etsy vintage find, be it a rusty pocket watch or a Western leather belt, they don’t come with words.
But yellowed postcards that were written on and postmarked, sent, received and read, offer an explanation. Like who the postcard was addressed to and where they lived, who wrote the postcard, where the postcard was sent from (the Piazza di San Marco). And a message. A personal message for someone who is not yourself. The interception of such a note, even one as simple as “Buon Giorno!” is enough to make one feel a bit… Sherlock Holmsey, for lack of a better term.
Then there’s the handwriting. For the typography-crazed, perhaps a minute’s peek at someone’s penmanship will yield a refreshing study. You see the inconsistency of his y’s, sometimes with a looped tail and sometimes without; the meticulously even spaces between words, as if he placed his forefinger between each one to measure. His spiky letters stick straight up like picket fences without a bit of slant to them. You can see exactly where he ran out of ink, and you wonder if that second, when he dipped his pen for more, allowed him to swat away a sweat bead.
With postcards that were actually written on, you get the historical facts, dates and names, that offer the limbs from which your own daydreams can stem. When you hold an ink-blotted and browned postcard in your hand, you know that it has travelled not only in time but across distances. And more than all of that, you know that someone had been important enough for somebody else to write to them. Mary had been on Giorgio’s mind when he was standing on the steps of the cathedral in Italy. And because Giorgio took the time to write to her, Mary isn’t just Giorgio’s somebody. She’s yours, too. You have her postcard, you have her name. Now you can make her story.
Sometimes we’re so caught up in the constant fast movement of cars and public transportation that a leisurely ride on a bicycle is a welcome break. They also promote benefits of exercise, environmental-friendliness, and – don’t forget – style! Electra Bicycle Company has models that combine form and function at a moderate price range ($399+). Other than their chic bright colors, a distinguishing trait of Electra bikes according to their website is their “Flat Foot Technology” that allows a more “upward, forward-pedaling position…Now, power and efficiency are combined with comfort and control.” Sounds like a great package to us!
Recently we were privileged to participate in the first (at least to our knowledge) head-to-head review of online MTM shirt makers (or designers, as we prefer to think of ourselves). Magnificent Bastard reviewed the whole process, all the way from entering your measurements to trying on the shirt, for 7 different companies.
We’ll let you read through for the details, but we’re humbled to report that we were crowned the title of “best fit”! Cue applause to our expert tailor for that one.
For everything else, we think the review was pretty accurate – simple measurement inputs, a painless order process, and high quality fabrics and construction. Yes, our shirt customizations and fabric selection are limited – intentionally so. Speaking of fabric selection, we’ll be releasing a few more relatively soon. Previews to come next week.
So, thanks to the guys at Magnificent Bastard, and if you’re looking for some objective reviews on your custom shirting options out there today, head on over for a quick read. And, props to all the other shirt companies – we respect what they’re doing and it’s always interesting seeing their ideas.
No music posting last week just means this week’s music is THAT much better.
Smooooth jazz… from a super group? Comprised of members from many of the bands we’ve featured here: Solid Gold, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, plus others.