First of all, I’m sorry for the hiatus. I wanted to take some time to figure out what direction I wanted Simple Threads to head in, and I feel like I know what I’m doing now. Thanks for still reading and all of the e-mails asking me if I was still alive. It’s super awesome to have kept in contact and spoke with so many people from all over the globe and I’m eternally grateful for that. So, anyways… I am alive, and it feels really good to be starting Simple Threads back up again.
So all of that being said, I finally got around to picking up a pair of 8114 Iron Rangers’. I think I waited so long because I heard such bad stories about people not being able to properly size them due to the last being different than models like the moc-toes, etc. I went with my normal Redwing size (10.5) and I have to say they fit wonderful right out of the box. The boot itself has a different silhouette than I’m used to wearing, but I think that is why I like them so much. Construction of course is top notch: Goodyear welt, Nitrile cork sole, and a double-layer toe cap.
I never really thought of my blog as a fashion blog, and the more and more I continue forward with Simple Threads, the more I realize that it isn’t. It’s just a photographic journal of well made American clothing from some amazing brands with rich history. I’m not by any means fashionable, and I honestly am fine with that. I just like to share the wear & tear of the stuff I own. To show everyone else why it’s worth the extra money for nice stuff.
It’s really good to be back. A long move, and a very busy work schedule have kept me away for far too long. Thanks for sticking around and continuing to read & write me. Summer is 100% here, yet I continue to find myself in these Left Field trousers. At first, a herringbone pattern on pants sort of weirded me out due to the vertical stripes, but now I’ve grown to really dig them. Brushed flannel Engineered Garments work shirt and the good ol’ RW 8131’s. Summer or not, these are just to comfortable to take off.
I just felt like taking photos today. Which also so happens to be, laundry day. I enjoy washing my clothes, and driving my fiance nuts because I just throw them all in together and never separate anything. They always come out looking better (and smelling) than before.
The only good thing about the colder months leaving, is the sales that come along with them. I had my eyes on this coat for awhile, and when I saw it was under $150, I had to jump on it. Amazing details; and definitely my new favorite Engineered Garments piece that I own. Done up in a over-dyed indigo denim, with triple chain stitching throughout. Removable buttons, and various pockets. Corduroy lined placket and collar. Throat latch. Reinforced elbows. Made in the USA. Really glad to have this one for many years to come.
Jacket: Engineered Garments Railroader Coat in over-dyed indigo
Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt
Pants: Well-worn Left Field NYC canvas chinos
Boots: Red Wing Work Oxfords
It’s already way to warm out for jackets, but I really don’t care. This Post O’alls BDU has been getting a lot of wear, and I’m thinking about maybe dying it with indigo. We’ll see how that goes.
Hat: Ebbet’s Field Flannels
Jacket: Post Overalls Khaki BDU
Shirt: Engineered Garments Workshirt
Pants: Left Field NYC Duck Chinos
Boots: Red Wing
I had the great pleasure of working with Red Wing Heritage again to shoot a new special make up they did for J. Crew. A plain-toed version of the Work Oxford that’s pretty fitting for Summer. As much as I love the moc-toe version, these do look pretty slick and I would totally wear them as a more dressier option. As if I need to even say it: Made in USA, with top-notch construction. These will definitely be around for awhile. They’re available now at J. Crew
To this day, my original Red Wing 875’s are the most comfortable pair of footwear I own. That’s the best part about any pair of Red Wing’s, they really do get better the more you wear ‘em. At over two years of wear, they still look pretty damn good. The 8881’s are about three months old, and they’re finally past the break-in period. There’s just something awesome about the Red Wing Moc-toe models. The design has stayed almost identical to one of the first pair of boots Red Wing ever crafted, and made exactly the same way over a hundred years later. So thanks, 875’s – for two good years, with many more to come. And you as well, 8881 – even though we’ve just met, I can tell we’ll be good pals for a long time.
Another camera, another In Detail’s post. The 5D will be back this week, and I’ve got a couple of things I’d like to shoot – so until then! This HBT (herringbone twill) camouflage hunting jacket was a flea-market find that I stumbled upon yesterday for $10 bucks. It’s vintage “Ted Williams Approved” for Sears Roebucks. I will post the details about it when I’ve got a suitable camera. It fits almost perfect, and is in great shape. I’ve loved this fabric and although there’s been a huge uprising of brands using it lately, it’s still a classic. More history behind it can be found over at ACL – so read up if you’re into that kind of stuff. Imogene + Willie Ebbet’s Field Flannels cap, Post O’alls Cruzer vest, and a Woolrich Woolen Mills Knockabout shirt is everything else I’ve got on. I’ve been alternating between my Tellasons and these Rogue Territory Stantons’ to get them broken in before the hotter weather comes this way. And, yet again… Red Wing 8131 Moc-toes.