This week we've featured lots of rucksacks/backpacks, and while some of you may mainly carry these for style, we have something for those who are "hard core" backpack wearers– those who wear them when biking, mountain-climbing, hiking, yanno, stuff like that…
Their Story: Chrome started in Boulder, Colorado 14 years ago when a couple of guys needed bags and couldn't find anything that met their standards. So they got the toughest materials they could find, headed into their garage and started sewing. Functional seatbelts from used car lots were re-purposed into bag straps, and tough vinyl fabric salvaged from old furniture was sewn into bag liners.
Before long, people were knocking on their door. Word was out that Chrome was making the best messenger bags around. What started out of necessity became a business with an ethic: build functional products that people can rely on and do it well.
Eventually they moved to San Francisco, a city with a huge urban cycling scene. The business grew. Bags were joined by clothes, gear and shoes. "Our products showed up from Brooklyn to Berlin to Tokyo. But what matters today is what mattered in the garage – building products that work, and standing behind everything they make."
Our favorite Chrome bag: The Pawn. Their most compact, all purpose pack with a seam-sealed, roll-tight, waterproof compartment (beer cooler). Made in the USA (we like this). Guaranteed for Life (we like this even more). Dontcha just love how so many products Made in the USA have lifetime guarantee these days. We'll be giving away The Pawn, read more below…
Check out one of Chrome's many videos below…
Yea, we're going to drill it into your mind a little more, having atleast one rucksack in your wardrobe is a must. Whether you opt for vintage or brand spanking new and designer branded, having a rucksack or backpack is the most traditional way a man carries his many belongings.
Get The Look…
Street Style/ Rucksack Inspiration…
Check back later this week for more rucksack/backpack features and a rucksack/backpack giveaway.
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See is one of those shops that just catches your eye when passing it, so much so that you just have to walk in… that's exactly what happened with us. Not only was the store great– classic, stylish, and slightly minimalistic (to put more focus on the frames), but the store probably has the best curated collection of eyewear photos that I have ever seen (see a few below). Oh, and did I mention that the customer service was awfully fantastic? Well, it was and and we didn't even buy anything.
Katie, the store's manager (her customer service was SUPERB ) briefly schooled us on the eyewear industry and how "designer" frames at a Lenscrafters or Pearl Vision or any other eyeglass retailer aren't created by the designer, but are actually designed by the retailer. Then a label is just slapped on them along with an huge increase in price. But See Eyewear, not only design and make their own frames, they get materials and inspiration from all around the world– not to mention the prices aren't that bad either. So if you're on the market for new glasses definitely check them out.
This is probably my favorite photo from the store.
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A couple of random looks: One is "Uknown"… I didn't know what to call it, I saw the Vivienne Westwood Seditionary shoes, Cole Haan boots, and Hulme field briefcase, then just added a couple other shoes and accessories.The other is "Native Inspiration"…
As Andy Warhol said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes ." The future is now. So get a pair of shades and embrace the moment.
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We've given away alot of stuff so far, but today is one of our favorites… it's The American Made Giveaway. Two of our favorite American companies Duluth Pack and Stormy Kromer are giving away something. And the BEST thing about both of these companies is that all of their items have LIFETIME guarantees. So like I stated in our last posting about Duluth Pack… when your vintage-loving great grandchild decides he wants to go through your closest 50 years from now, he can send it in for a free replacement/repair if needed — now that's a warranty.
Stormy Kromer was founded by George "Stormy" Kromer– who was a semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer. After playing for several baseball teams in the midwest he worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and would take long, cold trips across the plains. As stated on their website, "Stormy was an engineer, and to see where he was headed, he had to stick his head out the window — into the wind. Mother Nature stole his cap more than once, and as the story goes, he set out to get her back. In 1903, he asked Ida (his wife and an excellent seamstress) to modify an old baseball cap to help keep it on in windy weather. The all-cloth cap with the soft, canvas visor was a departure from the traditional fedoras of the day, but it was more comfortable and because of it's six-panel fit, it stayed put. Soon other railroad workers wanted one of Stormy Kromer's caps for themselves, and when Ida could no longer keep up with demand, they hired a few employees and the business was born."
Purchase an original Stormy Kromer, here.
And you should know all about Duluth Pack by now, if you don't learn more here. The scout pack is one of our favorite bags because it's classic, has history, and is different from the usual backpacks/rucksacks we see these days. This would make for a great Christmas gift to someone, so be sure to purchase a bag or two here. (order by Wednesday so you can receive the bag by Christmas Eve).
2 readers will be chosen today. To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook, and/or re-tweet on Twitter. Link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, and tell all your friends and associates.
Today's winner will receive a holiday red scout pack. And remember our talks of the grand prize last Friday (that includes several items)? Well, Duluth Pack will be giving away one of their classic utility packs in the color of your choosing. So get ready for that…