Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Himel Brothers has taught me valued lessons on the kinds of problems that indigenous manufacturers may have faced as they progressed their business. Every day I get 2 to 3 emails and spams to this blog from Pakistani leather manufacturers offering to make me jackets from my patterns for the price of 47-57 dollars per jacket. How wonderful! I cannot even pay for the leather in one jacket at that price. It makes for a very interesting debate amongst my customers and my retailers about costs and pricing.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Well the winter never really came this year. I am behind on my posting. I really feel badly about it but my Himel Brothers brand has been eating up all my time. I am making a quick post to celebrate some of the most lovely mixed media I have seen in a while. Mixed media really refers to the elements that make up a jacket that are not as much aesthetic as a way to combine natural materials to cope with differing service needs. In the days before synthetics, combining different organic materials often adapted jackets and outerwear to handle more inclement conditions. One of my brilliant Swiss customers sent me this Heron he purchased and broke in. It has a great patina but more importantly I combined original 1930s wool blankets to create a vintage liner to the jacket for extra warmth. These types of modifications were often done by workers in the 1920s and 30s to make their jackets more practical for service. This Heron can be purchased at VMC Originals in Zurich.
This tradition of using leather as a reinforcement is a real heritage. Pre 1900 leather was often used as a liner to wool jackets. Odd but true, the smart design of the 1930s reversed this theme and outerwear makers realized leather really deserved to serve as reinforcement on high wear areas. Check out the Montgomery Ward coat, the leather shows up on all the high wear zones increasing durability.
The leather elbow pads almost appear to be similar in design and construction to 1960s flat track racing jackets by Bates, Lancer, Abc and other great racing companies. Same idea different era.
Wool for warmth, Canvas for waterproofness and light weight and leather for wear, as leather becomes quite hard on its own in extreme cold.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Inspiration 2012 and check out the show. Ultimately if you are interested in buying or seeing some of the most innovative designs or rarest vintage on the planet this is the place to be!!!!! I will post ...post show for those of you who cannot make it down and offer an insiders view! Check out the newest coolest magazine launching at the show.....Clutch Magazine which will feature Himel Brothers amongst other fantastic brands!!!!
Monday, February 6, 2012
FRENCH CANCAN: Brother can you spare a dime (part 2): Hobo nickels… The altering of coins dates to the 18th century or earlier. Beginning in the 1750s, the most common form of coin alteratio...