The Fieldsman Boot

So, I couldn’t go the whole trip without doing some photos of my favorite New England Outerwear model, the Fieldsman Boot in oxblood chromexcel. We were visiting an old granite quarry, and I decided to bring a pair along to snap some photos of since the scenery seemed so fitting. Enjoy the photos, and keep a close eye out for what’s coming next.

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New England Outerwear

So, I’ve been in Boston for almost a week spending some time with a new company making hand sewn footwear in Maine. The company is named New England Outerwear. Currently they’re making hand sewn footwear in their own factory,  and I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be working with them on doing an apparel line that is 100% made in New England. I started Simple Threads with the goal of doing a field/workwear inspired apparel line, and this could not be a better fit. But more on that later…

We left early so that we could trek up to Maine on a Saturday morning to work on some new Fall/Winter ’13 samples and do some photos of the factory for Simple Threads. I could feel the temperature dropping quickly the farther we drove from Rockport. Slowly but surely, the farther North we traveled, the snow began to cover every inch of the landscape and created a uniform of endless white powder  along a road that seemed to go on forever. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I can’t help but wonder what it will look like in the Spring.

After three hours piled in a Subaru Outback, we were finally there there. Well, the second I did, the 20 degree temperature change and the falling snow really shook my bones. I realized just how far from home I actually was. Trekking through the snow to an old two story house with no address numbers in sight, I heard the buzzing of a sewing machine and faint sound laughter. The woman sitting at the Singer is Michelle, and she is one hell of a sewer. She is sewing in the leather liner, which is the only machine sewing technique used on New England Outerwear’s shoes. Honestly, the machine is a foot driven Singer single stitch that looked incredibly hard to use, so I really consider this hand sewn as well.

I watched Michelle work on a few pairs of shoes, and was amazed at how she can sew two parallel single stitches and have them look absolutely perfect. I guess thats what 25+ years of hand sewing experience will do for you. Everyone was extremely welcoming and we had a really great time seeing how much work goes into hand sewn footwear. So without anymore boring text, here is a ton of photos that should give you a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes of New England Outerwear.

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Into the North

I know things are a bit quiet around here, but I’ve been very busy up here in Boston and Maine working on a really, really cool project with some good people. I’m going to have a huge post with a ton of great images here in a few days, but first I’m going to enjoy the remainder of my vacation.

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I’m dyed.

So I took the plunge, and decided to risk ruining this organic cotton Engineered Garments coat. I just find myself not really digging the off white color, it didn’t seem to blend with everything else I was wearing. One scarlet red coat, and one dark brown coat later – I got pretty close to the color I was looking for: “barn door” red. Ever since I dyed it, it seems to be worn a lot more. I really love how it did not dye the stitching due to the threads not being 100% cotton, but probably a cotton/poly mix. Just as a forewarning, I got a little dye crazy and tried dyeing something else and ruined it… so me posting my process would be useless, because I did not do it the right way by any means. This is definitely a neat way to switch up some garments you may not be wearing, and hopefully make them wearable again (or ruin them, in my case.)

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Redwing 8114 Iron Ranger

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.

 

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From The Back of My Closet: Engineered Garments Fall/Winter Workshirts

Soon enough I’ll be able to wear these gems. It’s been way too long. Without a doubt the nicest flannel I’ve ever laid hands on, and super comfortable. Hopefully one day I’ll live somewhere that allows these to be worn year round, but until then I’ll enjoy these next few months.

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In Detail – 9/5/2012

 

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