Bexar Goods Porter Satchel

I was away at the family cottage for a few days so I filmed a video review of the leather bag that has become my everyday carry – my Bexar Goods Porter Satchel. Have a look –

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallet Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that we have another GIVEAWAY to do!!

We have been through the giveaway routine before, however, this time there are a couple of things to be aware of. First, this giveaway is a little different because it is a giveaway of TWO Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

To be clear, that means there will be two winners in this giveaway.

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets
Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets


To enter my giveaway all you need to do is make a comment on this blog post saying which of the two bi-fold wallets you prefer (vertical or horizontal) AND a number of your choice from between one (1) and one hundred (100). 

If you want to know more about these Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets I encourage you to visit my YouTube channel to see my review of these wallets.

On Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app that generates random numbers to draw TWO numbers. The person with the number closest to the first number generated (higher or lower) will be provided the choice of which of the two wallets they want.

The second number the iPad generates will be given the other of the two Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

It is up to you to scan or read the comments before you choose a number to make sure you have not chosen a number that somebody has already chosen ahead of you. If two or more people enter with the same number and that number is the winning number, then the person who entered first will be declared the winner.

I will limit this contest-giveaway to one entry per email address.

This contest will close on Wednesday July 22nd 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.

After a winner has been decided I will contact the winner through the email address that they have provided me.

The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question.

Good luck!

New Marlondo Leather Wallets – Video

Here is a link to my video review of the Marlondo Leather wallets I recently received from Ma. He sent these wallets to me with the hope that I would do a video review during which I could give my viewers, and him some honest feedback.

As I say in the video, I will be arranging a giveaway of some of these wallets in the coming days.

When I filmed the video it was focused very clearly on the wallets and then when I did the editing process I found it had cut off the bottom of my screen so the wallets are not shown as well as I would like them to be.

Also, my editing is a bit choppy – I had to cut about ten minutes of me blabbing on and on out of the video to get it to a reasonable length.

I may do a follow review of the big wallets and a video of the bi-folds. It is just trying to find a few minutes of quiet time to do that!!

Thanks for your patience as I try to develop my video skills!!

Yeti Snot Shave Soap to the Rescue

What better time than during an ongoing heatwave is there to put my Yeti Snot Shave Soap back into rotation?

For those who do not know, Yeti Snot Shaving Soap is a super mentholated shave soap that puts an instant freeze on the face.

Before going to sleep in the evening it feels great to lather up with the Yeti Snot. Super-freeze face!

Of course before applying my shave soap I soften up my beard with my Handsome Rob pre-shave oil. The pre-shave oil softens up the beard before applying the Yeti Snot.

The best part? The first shave pass is nicely cooling. The second and third pass puts an awesome freeze onto the face! Even though I don’t need a third pass I do it just for the extra face-freeze.

After my third pass I splash rinse my face with cold water – feel the freeze explode!

To finish off I splash Lucky Tiger on my face. Done.

My Father’s Day Gifts Guide

Mason Jar Mug

If you are anything like me, you like to be quite clear about what gift you receive for Father’s Day. So in my effort to help you help your gift giving family members, here are a few links to the items that I believe are good ideas for Father’s Day gifts.

It will likely not come as a surprise to you that the best items for Father’s Day gifts are leather items.

The first place to look for a Father’s Day gifts is towards my friends, Josh and Jen Koch, leather workers supreme. They are a small operation and have always been willing to listen to suggestions or make small modifications to items I have purchased from them.

Horween Field Notes Sleeve
Horween Field Notes Sleeve

One of the prettiest pieces of leather work they make is a Field Notes Sleeve. The sleeve will hold a slim pen and a small pocket knife or business cards.

You can have your Field Notes Sleeve stitched in your choice of thread – I always get Josh to use a bright red thread on the work he does for me. You can order the Field Notes Sleeve for $60US plus $6US for shipping.

This one is a beauty!!

If you are looking for a budget price item and the dad in your life uses a double-edged safety razor, get him the safety razor cover for $12 and $3 for shipping.

Safety Razor Cover
Safety Razor Cover

I’ve got one of these razor covers and it is too cool for words. The cover protects my razor when I drop it into my dopp kit while traveling.

Another leather worker who’s work I really admire but have not yet had the pleasure of owning is Norman Cahn’s.

Burgundy Cabrio
Burgundy Cabrio

When I see the work that Norman Cahn does with wallets and I read the reviews written by his customers, I have no hesitation in adding my personal endorsement to his work. The stitching he does looks flawless!!

This beautiful little wallet, what he calls a Cabrio Horween Leather Wallet, is available in a variety of colours and could be in your father’s wallet for about one hundred dollars.

Norman has a good selection of items listed on his Etsy page and like Josh and Jen Koch, he is very open to working and collaborating with his customers to create amazing pieces of leather work.

MiBelle Wallet
MiBelle Wallet


The third Leather worker I have recently learned about is Wayne Higgins of Mibelle Custom Leatherworx and he is located in Dartmouth NS. He is going to drive across Canada, from the eastcoast to the westcoast and we plan to meet up so that I can have a look at some of his leather creations.

I am quite curious to see the leather work he does with Kangaroo leather. He has wallets made in brandy or black kangaroo leather that are lined with pig skin. The lined version sells for $32.00 CAD.

Mason Jar Mug
Mason Jar Mug

And last but definitely not least, from California are Juan’s Unique Creations from the Gentlemen Factory. Here you can buy a Horween Mason Jar mug and dontcha know, drinking from a Mason Jar is the hip thing to do. However, if a Mason Jar mug is just a shade too hipster for your, dad get him a Horween Valet Tray for $30.

Or if you really want to kick it up a notch and spoil dad, get him a Horween leather briefcase for $550 or the Steinbeck Messenger bag in Horween for $450. Once again, the work done in the Juan’s Unique Creations from the Gentlemen Factory is beautiful with exquisite attention paid to detail.

Whichever business you decide to purchase your Father’s Day gifts from, you are pretty much guaranteed that the dad in your life will be delighted with the gift.

Bexar Goods Horween Outlander Review

I went to the family cottage again this weekend and I took the opportunity of quiet time to film a little video review of the Bexar Goods Horween Outlander – a bag I referred to in my video review as a waxed canvas tote bag. This is a bag that I very recently bought from a friend who found it did not suit his needs. (Spoiler – it really suits my needs!!).

The lighting is not perfect and I am filming on my own so the video quality is not as good as studio quality. Enjoy it for what it is.


Video Review of my Gustin Chinos

I have blogged about the Gustin merchandising system previously and I have blogged about the great quality dungarees I received from Gustin, so today I have for you a video review of my latest purchase, my Gustin chinos.

I’m not sure I said in the video or not, but these Gustin chinos cost me $104US. They really are of a superior quality than anything I have bought in a bricks and mortar store and feel they are a very good value at that price.

Bexar Goods Co Porter Satchel

Here is a video review of my latest leather goods purchase, a Bexar Goods Co Porter Satchel. I will say up front that this is not my best video work, but here it is anyway.

I didn’t make it clear in the video but this is a leather bag that I purchased used from a friend so it is more than a couple of months old. In the time that I have had it, it has really has developed a lovely character and feel to the hand.

I often find myself using the Bexar Goods Porter in backpack mode on the weekends when I am out and about with my family. This Porter Satchel from Bexar Goods Co is a beauty in the city and out in the woods.

My New Gustin Jeans

Some time ago I purchased and received my new Gustin dungarees. I have been wearing them now, off and on for about three months and I am now ready to talk about them.

Gustin Button Fly
Gustin Button Fly

You can choose the fit you want for your Gustin jeans – straight, slim or skinny. I do not do well with anything that conjures an image of “slim” or “skinny” so I get the straight fit. That “cut” works well for me.

When I first received these jeans I have to admit that I was not 100% pleased with them. Although I followed the sizing guide that Gustin has on their website and I measured myself as a Gustin-size 40, when I first tried on my new Gustins, they simply did not fit comfortably. I found that they were just a little too snug in the thigh.

However, after wearing the jeans for a few days, I they loosened up through the thigh, the butt and the waist and became more comfortable.

Even after wearing them for those few days though, I did not find them to be a perfect fit so I went to another strategy – soaking them in hot water and then running them through the spin cycle of the washing machine. Once the jeans were spun out I wore them for a few hours (yes, I wore them when they were wet) and let them shrink to fit me absolutely perfectly.

A side benefit of the soaking process is that the jeans shrunk in length by at least four inches making them fit my legs with a simple roll up cuff.

As a side note, I rarely wash my jeans (wash them once every six or eight months) and when I do wash them I NEVER put them in the dryer.

When I sit down while wearing my Gustins, I find they sit low across my butt (no pictures of that!). As a result of this, I find it important to wear a long shirt so that people do not see too much of me.

Gustin Jeans
Gustin Jeans

Now about the jeans. First off, I love them. I love the craftsmanship and I love their finish. However, when I ordered them, the fact that they were to be made from a 14 ounce denim, I assumed that they would be very heavy and a “stiff” pair of dungarees. Fact is, they aren’t. They are a very soft and easy wearing pair of jeans.

There is great attention paid to the details in the finishing of these jeans.

Rear Pockets
Rear Pockets

You know how all too often the rear pocket of your jeans wears out from keeping a wallet or other goods in them? Gustin doubles up the fabric in the bottom of the rear pockets so that those pockets will not wear out as quickly as they do on regular jeans. Thoughtful.

Gustin Button Fly
Gustin Button Fly

The button fly is also made of super-duty buttons. They are easy to do up and easy to open.

As I may have said in my other post, I am so pleased with my Gustin dungarees that I have already purchased a pair of heavy slub dungarees and a pair of Chinos from Gustin. Those purchases will be prepared and delivered some time in May.

The jet black warp woven with an equally dark black weft (you know how denim is created right? It is two lines of thread running diagonal to each other…sort of) makes these jeans a very dark black. The darkness of these jeans makes it so that EVERY piece of lint and hair shows up on them. It also makes them look much “dressier” than regular jeans that fade to white much more quickly – making these a great way to get away with wearing dungarees to the office more often.

Gustin Button Fly
Gustin Button Fly with A Simple Leather Belt

The fact is though, the expert craftsmanship that has gone into making them, the quality of the fabric, thread and the buttons makes me very pleased with my Gustin purchase.

As I may have said in my other post, I am so pleased with my Gustin dungarees that I have already purchased a pair of heavy weight-heavy slub dungarees and a pair of Chinos from Gustin. Those purchases will be prepared and delivered some time in May.

Koch Leather Goodies

Koch Leather Goodies

Today I picked up my newest Koch Leather goodies – a coffee cup cozy and a razor holder.

Coffee Cup Cozy
Coffee Cup Cozy

Just like every other Koch Leather piece that I have, these are absolutely exquisite in their attention to detail.

Koch Leather
Koch Leather

I had previously bought a coffee cup cozy that was a little too big for my coffee cup and my sister grabbed it because it fit her coffee cup perfectly. It’s interesting to note that it also fits a 16 ounce beer glass.

The stitching on that piece, like the stitching on my new coffee cup cozy was also perfect.

Red Stitching Coffee Cozy
Red Stitching Coffee Cozy

Something I really appreciate about Koch Leather is that the customer can give input into the details of the color of the leather and the color of the thread that is used. I really like the red thread that shows a strong contrast between the stitching and the leather. Not everyone likes that strong contrast, but I certainly do and Josh Koch is happy to oblige me.

I also have two mason jars from Koch Leather with the leather wrap around (as in the picture above). For those items I also chose the strong look of the red thread. I like those mason jars for drinking my morning tea or when I’m having a hipster moment, for drinking what the cool kids call Bone Broth (beef stock).

Koch Leather Field Notes Cover
Koch Leather Field Notes Cover

I also have from Koch Leather a hipster wallet and Field Notes cover. I very much like the minimalist nature of the hipster wallet because it is a perfect front pocket wallet for when I am traveling.

Koch Leather Hipster Wallet
Koch Leather Hipster Wallet

If I’m on the road I don’t always need to have a full-size wallet with me. I typically carry my bank card, my credit card, my drivers license, and my health card. And if I’m staying in a hotel I keep my credit card-like door keys in it as well.

One thing I would suggest with the hipster wallet is that the snap closure on the wallet be moved a little bit more to the centre. I’m talking about a quarter of an inch over. I believe that would make it open a little smoother. However, overall the quality of this little hipster wallet is like every other one of my Koch Leather pieces -exquisitely detailed.

The Field Notes cover rides in the back pocket of my dungarees and is developing a beautiful patina with the natural characteristics of the leather becoming more pronounced. 

Koch Leather Tote
Koch Leather Tote

My sweetheart needed a new purse-like bag and during the Koch Leather kick starter they were promoting their tote bags. So, Sweetheart got a Koch Leather tote bag. It is also a really well designed and useful bag. There is a pocket on the inside at the top of the bag that fits a phone or small wallet. Sweetheart ‘s only complaint about the tote is that small stuff does tend to disappear into the chaos of the bottom of her bag. Using a carabiner on the little d-ring on the side of the tote keeps her keys from disappearing into the chaos.

The leather that Josh and Jen use is really beautiful leather. It has a nice feel and scent so that when you touch it or when you hold it up to your nose, it feels and smells like natural leather.

The thing I really appreciate about Koch Leather is their willingness to do what the customer wants. If I tell him I want red stitching, he says no problem. If I ask if I can have it in a lighter brown leather, he will let me know what he can do.

Bottom line, Koch Leather will be getting more of my business. When I want to get a new messenger bag, Koch Leather will be my go to. They make beautiful stuff, they’re happy to accommodate customer feedback and they seem to do it with a smile. Two thumbs up on the Koch Leather.