It’s impossible to do this kind of thing alone. There’s a lot of people that could be designers, a lot of people have great ideas, but it’s the execution. It’s easy to have inspiration and have a vision and an aesthetic, but if you don’t have the execution and you don’t get it out there properly and on time, it doesn’t matter.
Rick Owens in an interview with The Talks.

Glasswing Seattle Est. 2014

Only ten months young, and a store I’ve been meaning to visit since I moved to Seattle, Glasswing is a beautiful and thoughtful collection of men’s and women’s clothing and items for the home. Recommended to me by a friend, I finally managed to make it in last week and was very impressed.

Nestled between the farm-to-table restaurants, artisan grocers and specialty bars that dot Melrose Ave; Glasswing has a beautiful glass & brick exterior with striking lettering on its windows letting you know you’ve arrived.

Their clothing selection (for men at least, I regrettably didn’t explore their women’s collection) consisted of work wear and business casual pieces of  the “rough trade” variety that the the PNW carries so well. Brands like Gant Rugger, Oliver Spencer, Axs Folk Technology, Norse Projects, Shades of Grey, Rogue Territory, Universal Works, and Dues ex Machina (which isn’t listed on the site, but their selection is great and so is Dues’s quality) are all carried.

Clearly favoring garments of high craftsmanship and durability, GW’s selection of pieces all looked intentionally selected for their cohesion with everything else. If ever one needed to embody the NW look, there wouldn’t be a poor choice to be made by building a look at GW.

Something I found and couldn’t live without was a collaboration Ebbets Field Flannel cap featuring a custom take on the Mariner’s “S” logo.

I know I’ll soon be back to pick up some of their succulent plants and glass bowls that they sell for the home. Be sure and check out their fabulous journal as well, to stay up to date on their new lines and pop-up shops that cycle through.

The white Kangol Bermuda.
A classic Kangol silhouette, popularized largely in the 90’s by to hip-hop artists, the bermuda requires a certain confidence lest the wearer be worn by the hat and not the other way around. A classy answer to the rampant buckets seen nowadays, the Bermuda (to me) is a signifier of an awareness of where hip hop has come from and where it is now.

Everything is cyclical.

The white Kangol Bermuda.

A classic Kangol silhouette, popularized largely in the 90’s by to hip-hop artists, the bermuda requires a certain confidence lest the wearer be worn by the hat and not the other way around. A classy answer to the rampant buckets seen nowadays, the Bermuda (to me) is a signifier of an awareness of where hip hop has come from and where it is now.

Everything is cyclical.

As one who loses anything not attached to me, my Nite Ize S-biner “Ahhh” carabiner has been my trusted key holder for years. Recently however, I’ve noticed that the action of attaching and detaching the carbiner to a belt loops ruins the over-locked finish of the belt loop as well as rips out the top stitching on it :(

I first noticed it on a pair of Outlier pants but figured it was because the fabric was a stretchier, less rugged material. However I am now noticing on a new pair of jeans that it is already causing unnecessary wear and tear to the belt loop. I also looked at my top-worn other pairs of pants and have deemed it time to upgrade to a more sophisticated, and gentler-wearing  key fob.

My search took me all over the internet, comparing leather belt-looped key fobs for their price, hardware, design, and craftsmanship. My criteria also included the need for them to be US made and come in a variety of colors (even though black leather is almost all I wear), but my main concern was  nice hardware.

I found many very nice Pacific Northwest-based leather companies (Marakesh Leather, Horn Leather, Will Leather, Union, Hank Goods) but none that I liked as much as Portland, OR’s Tanner Leather Goods. Since I’ve seen TLG pieces in person and have known and trusted them for awhile, I chose them over my other options even though they scored lowest on price point.

Partly due to my fanboy-ism and also my desire for the perfect match (my belt is TLG as well), Tanners pieces sold me with their contrasting metal, the best hardware I’ve seen (no lie), and beautifully finished edges.