the story

I started Simple Threads because I wanted to share my thoughts & photographs on denim, leather goods, shoes, accessories, etc that have affected my everyday life with whoever was kind enough to look at them. I always wanted to have something I could look back on and be proud of. Regardless of how popular it got or how many people read it on a daily basis; I wanted to make something that I would be proud of. I hope you enjoy the words & photos.

75 responses to “the story

  1. Hello I am in love with your site. If you dont mind where are you located?

  2. Dustin

    Your site is sick bro, i like the style too man… Did you take all these photos? Good taste…..

  3. krow

    Love your site man!
    Was wondering where I can get something like your leather key chain?

  4. Terrence Gooden

    I’m really happy I found your site.I love leather and denimand handmade goods. I love the artistry and commitments that goes into them. Your site showcases great stuff. I am a big fan of leather journals. I know of a couple of online sites where you can order custom leather journals,but I’m always looking for more.By the way,I live in Florida too(Ft.Lauderdale). I’m hoping to enjoy life here as the sun shines on the leather and denim that I use everyday. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you so much Terrence, it means a lot to me. Handmade goods are the way to go, the quality is unbeatable! I am in St. Petersburg, Florida currently – so Ft. Lauderdale isn’t that far away! Enjoy your handmade goods! Treat them well and wear them hard!

  5. Landon ware

    Love The site. Regarding the navy trail oxfords how is the sizing?

    • landon,

      go true to size with whatever you wear in dress shoes or red wings. i wear a 10.5 in the trail oxfords, as well as a 10.5 in all red wings, and wolverines. they’re pretty tts. if you want to wear them sockless, you can even go down half a size from that. the chromexcel will give a little bit to mold to your foot.

  6. Travis

    Came across your post on the Oak Street Trail Oxfords and couldn’t stop obsessing. Got a pair and have to say they’re incredibly awesome. Love the site and will continue to come back.

    • thanks dude! i appreciate the love. i’m glad you picked up a pair of oakstreets! they are really lovely shoes and will hold up for a long ti me. what color did you get?

      • Travis

        I got the blue ones. I took them on a trip to Las Vegas last week and they broke in nicely.

  7. Hey man,
    Just came across your site, and I really like what you’ve got going on. As an amateur photographer, and the photos are great, and as someone who wishes he dressed better, you’ve given me some inspiration nas to what to add to my wardrobe in the future.

    Keep up the great work!

    • drew, thank you so much for the kind words. i dig your photos as well! if you ever have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail – lawlercon at gmail dot com


  8. krow

    Hey was wondering how you sized on your Quoddy South Willard Bluchers compared to your Oakstreet size.

  9. Hey man, a friend turned me onto your site. Its amazing…like all my thoughts are here. So i own a store in LA called General Quarters and we carry the Oak Street. Hands down the best boot/shoe i own ( have the hunt and trail) Im glad others think so. Anyway, keep it up. Thanks alot.

    Blair Lucio
    General Quarters

    • dude, thank you! i may have to hit you up for a pair of those boots, i’ve been wanting them for awhile.

      thanks for your support and good luck with the store! i really dig the leather working you’re doing.


  10. Really like your simple idea and the items that you present. I think everyone wants to get to the point where there closet is a few basic, hard working and timeless items. Keep up the good work, I’ll be reading.

  11. I stumbled upon this whole #menswear world (ha ha) about 7 months ago, things would’ve been so much easier and smoother if i would’ve discovered what you’ve got here. Seriously, i must say, bravo.

    Keep doing the crafting, I’ve started to do my own thing, basically thanks to the same people that inspired you, and did my first card wallet. I must say the feel, the meaning behind it it’s awesome, with all it’s imperfection, it’s my first one, and it will last me for the rest of my life.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what camera/lens do you use? Great photographs.

    • Enrique,

      Thank you so much! I just like to take pictures & write about stuff I love. I am glad you’ve picked up crafting, the feeling of making something is wonderful. I am really trying to find the proper work bench to use for my craft, that has been quite a hurdle – with limited table space for measuring/cutting it can get extremely frustrating.

      I am using a Nikon D200 with a 35mm 1.8 lens – nothing special. Thank you!:)

  12. Michael F

    Man, amazing site! Keep up the great work.

  13. hey man, love your blog. read it quite a bit!
    anyway, i am seriously considering getting some of the South Willard Quoddy’s in the brown suede.
    would you recommend them? do you have any pics of them on?
    i would love to get a better view of how they look on someone.
    as unedited as possible would be awesome so i could get the most accurate idea of how they wear in.
    Thanks so much and keep it up!

    • Andrew,

      Thanks so much man! I will shoot some photos of my Quoddys for you soon! They are great – awesome for summer, and awesome to wear sockless. My only gripe is that the insole ripped out extremely quick – and I really haven’t taken them into my cobbler to have him glue it back in. The suede is good stuff, so it can be washed using water & a suede brush (check Leffots video of how to clean suede) – I’ll hit you up via e-mail soon.

  14. johnnysh

    Love your simple threads key fob, was wondering where I can get something similar.

  15. Neville Trickett

    Hello from South Africa!! I see you get a lot of compliments on your blog, and I wanted to add to the chorus. It’s 100% quality all the way, the best I have seen to date, and boy do I see a lot of stuff. With such a resurgence of heritage brands I’m not surprised to see America regaining the lead it deserves. Now I have you to follow and as I see it you are ‘the’ voice of the artisan.

    • Neville,

      Wow, I am so humbled by this comment. Thank you very, very much. I try and support the smaller brands and make their quality product known. There are so many people doing such great things, you just have to look hard enough to find them. In order to get us back on our feet we have to support our own people – and that’s what I try and make known here at Simple Threads.

      Thank you again for the kind words, and enjoy life! I hope you keep reading and continue to enjoy the content.

  16. Hey,

    Just found your blog via twitter. Really trying to get back to clothes that are more at peace with Earth and that look as amazing as what is featured here on your site. Keep it coming strong… love the photography – the style is pretty inspiring. Good work man.

  17. Michael F

    Hey, I am not sure you have seen this video but I thought you and your readers would enjoy it. The video shows a nice little “behind the scenes” view of the workshop and a perspective on craftsmanship that takes place at Quoddy. Enjoy!

  18. I don’t know if someone asked this question already but, what camera do you use? Your photos are so clear and wow they are just awesome! Really good job!

  19. Been following your blog for a while now, and must say it’s highly enjoyable & and rereadable! One of the best out there.

    • Daan,

      Thanks so much man. I really appreciate the kind words. I am trying to put out a lot more articles on awesome products that I dig but work has been crazy. Thanks for the support.

  20. Amazing site! Thank you! In love xxxx (Brooklyn, NY)

  21. Z

    Greetings! Just came across your site and I must commend you on it! You’ve definitely captured the essence of Classic American Wear and I totally appreciate it! I love a profound love and appreciation for American workwear, American Goods and BOOTS! Hope things are well with you!


    • Z,

      Thanks so much man. Simple Threads has been a labor of love, and I really dig the positive feedback from readers! It means a lot to me – and I hope you continue to enjoy it. I try and make it easy on the eyes, but also informative.

      Thanks so much!

  22. Jeuron

    Cool man. I’m like your concept. I’m the same way with my blog. Whether mine gets popular or not, I just want something to look back on and be proud of. Keep up the good work!

  23. a very nice blog, I really adored it

  24. Your blog is organic.. I love simple things..I’m a girl who in many aspects, thinks like a guy and that’s why I enjoy your posts. Following!!

  25. Love the site. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. LOVE the photography. I am going to blatantly steal some of your ideas. A refreshing taste after all the “fashion” blogs I run across!!


  26. Great blog! here in South Africa we love denim and leather too!

  27. Hi, I saw your site on freshly pressed and I just love it! I just went through all of your posts and they’re great! I love all the clothes and accessories that you wear too. The denim workman look is definitely coming back into style and it is so great that you buy American made items. If you don’t mind my asking what is your trade? I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!
    Laura V.

    • I work in IT, actually. I am also self-teaching myself leatherworking as I want to know a trade that will allow me to better myself for years to come. I really appreciate your kind words and thank you for supporting it. I try my best to buy everything made domestically, but in our economy it is hard! I hope you continue to check back in every now and then. Happy holidays!

  28. Jose

    hi, i like your clothes photos¡¡¡

  29. beautiful photography. fantastic website. really enjoying it!

  30. lapeerclik

    Great blog. I like the fresh feel of it. Awesome photos. Theme as well.

  31. mat

    been reading every post over the last couple of days and i love it man. from someone who is from a small town in the north west of england i can still appreciate the craftsmanship and level of quality of everything you’re showing. great source of inspiration.

  32. Kevin Mackinder

    Back to basics is where it’s at. Full circle nd all that. The pop up picks look fantastic.

  33. Suzy Barrera

    I absolutely love your site! Great photography & I love your sense of style! Your pics of the Tanner Goods Workman Wallet are what made me add that to my Christmas list (especially the ones of what it is looking like lately). Awesome!

  34. seo

    Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme. Kudos

  35. Ted

    Hi Ryan I am your biggest fan

    I was wondering

    How do you afford all your clothes?

  36. Great idea, great site, great looks and I have serious beard envy…

  37. New favorite blog. Well written, not overloaded with information and great photos. Keep up the good work. And thanks for putting me on to some of the brands you mention in your writings. Congrats on your success and thank you for keeping this blog simple.

  38. Kevin Baxter

    Thank You Corey!!! You Rock!! Red Wing Shoes.. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada!!

  39. your blog is pretty awesome… the products you have featured are amazing… they stand out in this day and age of mass produced crap. love the way you have captured everything… keep it up!

  40. Johnny

    Why are you not posting anymore?

  41. Brendon Lee

    I’ve been waiting for your posting!

  42. thomas sweetman

    really like the site dude just got my first pair of redwings and found your site when i googled “how to clean and protect redwings” lol really cool stuff on here man.

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