I’ve been wearing these pretty often for the past month or so. Like many of their shoes, Alden used chromexcel from Horween Leather Co. An interesting characteristic of chromexcel leather is the high fat content in it. They ‘stuff’ the leather with a lot of oils and fats giving it an almost marbled look. I haven’t tested it yet, but supposedly, if you get a scuff on your shoe, you can apply pressure from the inside, forcing some of the oils out, making it easy to buff and repair the shoes a bit. They also get an almost cloudy look to them if you let them sit in the sun for a bit forcing the ‘pull-up’ to come out. Here is a decent article if you want to read a bit more about Horween’s chromexcel.
For these boots, they actually used the ‘Barrie’ last. From what I’ve come to understand, those are the same lasts that they use on their bluchers, making these boots a bit more spacious and bulky then other boots from Alden.
These are the only pair of Alden’s I own, but if you are looking to pull the trigger on some Aldens, make sure to try them on in person, the sizing can be a bit weird sometimes. Other then that, they make a damn handsome, and a damn comfortable boot.
Sifting through photos to post. In the meantime, me.
Also started and inspiration Tumblr. Check it.
Some close ups of the Rogue Territory Field Jacket.
The nickle plated hardware that took on some indigo from the dip dying, top left chest pocket and the dyed tag as well.
I need to learn to take better photos.. Took a bunch and most of them are blurry. These ones are ‘passable’ I suppose.
More denim from RGT!
This is a limited run Field Jacket. While it may look like this field jacket, well it practically is the same jacket. The construction is exactly the same as is the fit. The main difference is how the denim itself is treated. After the construction is complete, they dip dye the whole piece, hardware and all, into some more indigo, hence why the tag is a deep blue and most of the originally white threads are a light blue.
In comparison to the supply jacket, it’s noticeably slimmer in the arm pit region as well as in the sleeves.
This jacket has 4 pockets in total, although the top right pocket has a divider and the bottom right buttoned pocket has a smaller pocket inside the pouch. Other then that, everything is fairly standard for Rogue Territory’s construction, nickel buttons, chain stitched seams, etc.
If you guys are looking to pick one up, good luck! This piece was made in a limited run for Pop Up Flea, any extra will be sold on their shop in the next few days so stay vigilant!
More detailed pics soon.
Also, Karl said I was the first to own it behind him. It’s hard being so cool sometimes y’know?
jacksutterlackofsurprise said: Just stumbled upon your blog and I'm super impressed! Nice to see another active denim head on Tumblr.
Glad you like it, dawwwg.
2.5 months, 0 washes
Update on my PBJs.
I have very very mixed feelings about these jeans. The way that it fades is really cool, I love the super slubby material and craftsmanship that went into these. The hidden rivets make some really cool and intense fades on the tops of the rear pockets as they ought to.
Unfortunately, things that I initially really loved about the jeans are starting to become a problem. The minimalist approach to the construction has lead to some really early holes and tears in the rear pocket where I keep my phone. Having worn these for only 2.5 months, there’s already 3 pretty sizable holes in the rear. The RGT SK’s that I have, are 1/2 reinforced with canvas so the tears took some time to come in. The other problem is the material. I bought these anticipating that they would stretch some amount (research told to me to expect stretching UP TO 2.5 inches in length). Don’t get me wrong, they have stretched, just not quite enough for my tastes.
Nonetheless, still love these like the day I got em.
10 months, 0 washes
Update on my RGT Denim Supply Jacket.
I still wear this thing pretty religiously. I really love the way the denim fades/breaks in. This being my first raw jacket as well as being made from light weight denim, I’ve learned that I’m not a huge fan of lighter weights. The jacket almost feels like shirting so it’s really light and super comfy.
On a side note, this jacket has definitely reinforced my love for denim. The fades and stretching tell no lies and show how I usually cuff/wear my jacket or keep in my pockets.
Made a wallet.
The tools I’m using are really pitiful so the next one I make, I should have better tools by then. I didn’t really know anything about leather working before I did this but I definitely know what I need to change next time. I realized half way through that when folding the leather, you can wet it to make it more flexible, that’s why there are tears in the middle at the spine. The punch I’m using is too big, it works more like a… apple coring tool(?) and takes out too much material, so the holes are too big for my liking. It also does individual holes rather then a line of holes so it’s hard to keep a consistently straight line. I also need a tool to clean the edges so they’re rounded and don’t look so rough.
As far as the design goes, I made it really basic. Bifold wallet, 2 pockets, ideally 1 for cash, 1 for card. This wallet is oriented for a right handed person, so if I made one for a left handed person, the pockets would just switch sides.
On future wallets, I plan on putting in a lining eventually and maybe making a simple sleeve wallet with 2 pockets, all made from 1 piece.