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A year and a half in, my Viberg 1950 Service Boots are aging very nicely. The Dainite soles have proved to be both durable and practical (NY sidewalks can be slippery and slushy in the wintertime) and the brown harness leather still looks great after taking a beating. As a reminder, here’s what they looked like brand new.
These are my first pair of 3sixteen jeans that I’ve really worn in. Prior to this, I had another pair of SL-100x that were starting to break in nicely until they fell victim to my chainstitching mishaps. I figured what better jeans to learn to hem than my own, so I tried a few times, messed up, cut the jeans shorter, etc. until I ended up with highwaters. It’s not unlike trying to salvage a haircut you are giving to a friend.
I started on these in May of 2010, right when I headed out to San Francisco with Lily for a short vacation. They were my daily wearers throughout that summer but then sat idle through the wintertime. I broke them out again this spring and have had them on just about every day since then. I’d say they have just over 1 year of effective wear, and unlike my other raw jeans, I gave this pair consistent hand washes every 2-3 months.
This batch of denim was sourced from Kaihara, before we started developing our own exclusive denim with Kuroki. One thing I liked about this denim was that it gives a pretty contrasty fade and yields more vertical streakiness than I expected.
Love that roping effect that our Union Special 43200g gives.
About a month ago, I was repairing jeans in the basement when I came across a beautifully worn pair of Lee jeans in my queue that needed some minor cuff reinforcement. I looked at the slip and recognized the customer’s name – turns out, they did indeed belong to Thomas Hooper who tattoos at Saved in Brooklyn. It’s always fun to work on a pair of jeans that belongs to someone you’re a fan of. If you’re not familiar with his work, he specializes in ridiculously detailed geometric shapes and dotwork shading:
Thomas was one of the central artists featured in Marcus Kuhn’s recently launched travel and tattoo magazine, “The Gypsy Gentleman.” Here’s the episode for your viewing pleasure (I think he’s wearing those same jeans in the video):
Last week I got a haircut at Freemans; while the cut and the experience were less than stellar, I did get introduced to a new pomade from Japan called Cool Grease.
Up until now, I’ve been using Dax Wave & Groom; while the hold is super strong, I really can’t stand the perpetual film it leaves on my hands and the total inability to wash it out (plus, Dirbab was right… it smells like old man). Cool Grease is a water-based pomade, which means that it washes off my hands and hair with great ease. I don’t think I’ll ever be going back to the petroleum stuff. It also has great sheen and smells much better than most other pomades I’ve tried. I think we have a winner.