Thorogood's new 1892 Collection captures the dedication to quality of Weinbrenner's original handcrafted American footwear.
November 04, 2017
We invite you to stop by and meet the good folks from Thorogood 1892.Inspired by the legendary designs of Wisconsin master craftsman A.H.Weinbrenner,
Thorogood's new 1892 Collection captures the dedication to quality of Weinbrenner's original handcrafted American footwear.To compliment the new styles, Thorogood craftsmen work with only the finest Horween CXL leathers, hand-selecting hides true to the high standards demanded by mens footwear connoisseurs.The local Marz Brewery will be serving up their delightful small batch brews.Enter your name for Filson Travel Bag raffle!
September 28, 2017
Peregrine Clothing was established as a brand in 1956 as a separate entity from the manufacturing business. It is still very much a family brand, Tom Glover, current managing director and designer took over the company in 2003 looking to revitalize the brand during what were challenging times for British clothing manufacturers.
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August 19, 2017
Golden Bear Sportswear began in 1922, crafting dockworker coats for the longshoremen who hauled cargo up and out of San Francisco Bay, their sturdy leather collars upturned against the fog and the cold. By the 1940s, they have added bomber jackets to their line, as customers sought the rugged style of the pilots who roared high above Europe in the cockpits of the Flying Tigers, Hellcats, and Flying Fortresses. Twenty-five years down the line, you could find their fringed jackets on the backs of young adults on Haight Street and sported by icons of the counterculture—the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
By the 1960s, Golden Bear had moved to Valencia Street, with a stop at 1st Street on the way, producing our timeless classic coats and some new styles, too. They took in worn jackets for repairs and dressed anyone interested in that timeless look of San Francisco. Varsity and motorcycle jackets joined the classic bombers and dockworker coats on the racks in their showroom, which you’d find next to the factory floor, up three flights of stairs from the street below.
July 22, 2017
In the postwar years of the last century, Red Wing ShoeCompany introduced a 9-inch lace-up boot for sportsmen—bird and deer hunters who spent autumn days in the woodsand marshes of North America. The boot, called the Style No.954, made use of leather tanned with the bark of sequoia treesthat gave it a distinctive deep reddish-orange color known as“Oro Russet”. It was so similar to the coat of a certain breed ofhunting dog that it was given the name, “Irish Setter” in our1950 catalog and it quickly became a popular boot.In 1952, the Irish Setter evolved further, taking on a formthat has come to be synonymous with Red Wing ever since.Retaining the distinctive moc toe of the 954, the new 8-inchStyle No. 877 replaced its predecessor’s heel with a wedge solemade from a white crepe rubber that promised to be quietunderfoot in the woods. This sole had been used on shoesbefore but the No. 877 Irish Setter was the first to use it on atall hunting boot. In addition to its benefits for the stalkinghunter, its comfort also found favor on the job site and soonthe Irish Setter was seen in the factories and on the scaffoldsof a growing America.Since the 1950s, the Irish Setter changed little from its origins.A 6-inch version and a few other colors were introduced,as well as some subtle new construction techniques butotherwise it remained the same boot that was ceremoniallypresented to President Eisenhower in 1960. By the 1990s, theoriginal No. 877 became simply known as the “Classic WorkBoot”, while the Irish Setter name branched off for an entirefamily of hunting boots made by Red Wing.A few years ago, we embarked on a project to recreate theiconic Irish Setter boot, as close to its original form aspossible, for our Japanese market, where Red Wing has longenjoyed a loyal following. It was an ambitious undertaking.We dusted off old machines at our Minnesota factory, calledin help from retired workers, and experimented with tanningmethods that could recreate the original Oro Russet colorbut adhere to modern environmental practices. Finally, afterthree years, the boot made its debut. And now we’re bringingit back to the American market.The new limited series Irish Setter appears as if out of a timemachine from 1952. In addition to its matched color, whichwe’re now calling “Gold Russet Sequoia”, the boot has all theexacting details of its historic forebear. The “Red Wing” nameis embossed on the inside quarter of the boot, the moc toe isfinished with a distinctive rectangular bar-tack stitch, andthe backstay chain-stitch is once again done on our ancientPuritan Stitch machine, which has its origins in the 1890s. Weuse the same mahogany and sage thread of the original, thetop band is double-stitched, and the laces are leather insteadof Taslan. All of these features are subtle differences from ourstandard No. 877 Classic Work Boot but they add up to an IrishSetter that is both unique and true to its name. Finally, tofinish it off, we’ve added the traditional woven “Irish Setter”label inside the tongue and the boots come in a box thatfeatures the original logo and text from the 1950s.