Inspiration

Fil Au Chinois Pocket Calendar

While drafting an earlier post on my favorite historical tools/materials, I came across some articles on the famous French linen thread, Fil Au Chinois, which means Chinese thread, and some of the history behind this seemingly magical company, mainly in calendar form. 

The brand which has been in existence since 1847, each year would give the calendars to shopkeepers to hand out to their clientele. The oldest one here dates back to 1886, but there may be even older ones in existence. 

They stopped making the calendars around 1938. Too bad, they're so beautiful! I would love to know more about the art dept and the people who created these. It is so hard to choose, but I think 1891 might be my favorite.

Fil Au Chinois has been deemed an important part of French history and has since been revived and is currently reproduced by Toulemonde, a French thread company that has been around since 1903.

A Custom Hand Laced Leather Bag in Blue

Below are some photos of a custom leather tote bag in blue pebble cowhide leather that I made for a friend. I love how this guy turned out. The slouchyness of this leather is perfect! 

The sides are hand laced using a method of braiding that I came across in one of my whip-making books (more posts on that topic to come!) and the straps are attached with a contrasting black theaded saddle stitch. 

Having the January Blues?

A few sunshine-filled Summery pics that I came across recently, that are helping my late-January-cold-dark-days blues.

Still have the January blues? Me neither!

All photos from Tumblr via Parisiansecrets, 15x20 and stoicubermensch

How a Few Years of Sunlight, Handling and Wear Can Change a Leather Handbag

I know I said out with the old and in with the new in an earlier post, but I take it back! There's nothing like the smell and feel of a brand new leather handbag or wallet, until you watch it age overtime and see how cool the leather looks after it breaks in and patinas. Then, there's nothing like that. One of the main reasons why I love working with nude vegetable tanned leather is to see this process and see how different one hide can be from the next, in terms of how it darkens and changes from sunlight and handling.

Below are some oldies, but goodies.

 Nude Knocker Tote, before.

Nude Knocker Tote, before.

 Nude Knocker Tote, 2 years later. Darker and complete with some water stains, but what a beauty.   

Nude Knocker Tote, 2 years later. Darker and complete with some water stains, but what a beauty.

 

 My brothers wallet - A Mary Savel OG.

My brothers wallet - A Mary Savel OG.

 Still kickin' after 5+ years of wear with a little help from some duct tape.

Still kickin' after 5+ years of wear with a little help from some duct tape.