Every morning when I get ready for the day, this is what I plan to bring with me. If I’ve left something behind, I’m going to have to turn around and go get it. This week, instead of an in-depth-analysis on one thing I carry or use, I’m going to give you a quick review of the stuff I have with me for everyday carry, in approximate order of descending size.
Somehow, I missed it the first time around. Last summer, Rugged Material raised a respectable $84 thousand dollars to get their oil-tanned leather bags going. Now, they’re a full-fledged company selling bags made in the USA in the sub-$300 price range with a lifetime warranty. Creator Tyler Condie reached out to me a few weeks ago about their latest project, a second Kickstarter to raise funds for expanding into Horween Chromexcel leather. Here’s what we thought. Continue reading Rugged Material’s new Mission Brief Kickstarter
Long, long ago, my mother had an idea: What if one credit card had all your cards on it? I remember her telling me how convenient she thought something like that would be. Well, she wasn’t the only person to have this idea: At least three companies have launched already, and a fourth has just announced shipping dates: 7 months later than they originally claimed. Plastc is trying to make it up to backers with a few interesting offers, and here’s my take on those. Continue reading Plastc Card gets Shipping Dates, changes business model to incorporate subscriptions
Last christmas, I got some pretty sweet gear. My girlfriend gave me a Saddleback Moleskine cover in coffee brown, and my parent gave me another one in charcoal. Over the last 8 months, I’ve been using them at least once a week, and they’ve traveled with me to work, as well as on trips to Ocracoke Island and Lisbon Portugal this summer.
Try this: Go over to my Twitter page. After you’ve followed me, type “Harrys Shave” into the search bar. If you are in the same demographic as me, a promoted tweet from Gillette will launch, probably because Gillette is terrified of what companies like Harry’s are doing: Offering a better product cheaper and more conveniently. Rather than innovate or compete on pricing, they are investing in a campaign aimed at getting you to think yo udon’t spend much on razors so that you won’t consider a (potentially better) alternative. Just how good are these alternative brands? That’s what I decided out to find out in this three part series. a few weeks ago, I reviewed another company’s product and service that was designed to slash your razor budget, and now we’re back with part two: Harry’s Shave!
Call me crazy, but I love hand me downs. The very nature of hand-me-downs is exactly what typifies ideal purchases: After an item has lived through its intended purpose, it still has enough life left in it to be passed on to a new owner. So when my Dad took a trip to San Francisco and was concerned about pickpockets, he purchased himself a Tanner Leather Good’s Workman Wallet made from brown Chromexcel leather. Continue reading If you get a Workman Wallet, you’re gonna want a Tether from Tanner Leather Goods.
I first came across Koch Leather on Kickstarter. Their project is designed to help them deliver their high quality, hand-stitched leather goods to a larger audience. Presently, everything they sell is hand produced by Josh and Jen Koch (no relation to the Koch Brothers), and this projects’ success will allow them to take their 2-person, hand produced business and make it a fully fledged brand. And they’ll keep the hand-production in the process! Josh was kind enough to let me check out their Field Notes sleeve, and to let me give it away to one lucky reader. Possibly you– Contest in the post!