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3 hours ago, unders said:

Came for the denim. Stayed for the balls. 
 

Glad you’re ok after the op @Double 0 Soul

^ this

and yes; good to have 00 back talking blogs, balls and anaesthesia: a good start to the new year

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Something she should be very proud of mate , really is beautifully made 

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Just now, Flash said:

Something she should be very proud of mate , really is beautifully made 

Nothing said, but I can see it in her eyes. A few hundred hours of work, but absolutely worth every second.

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When you are wearing (lightly) faded jeans to work and your colleagues ask you if you have a new pair since you usually wear "those dark blue" jeans...it says a lot about your fading abilities (or lack of).

In other news, we got this nice greeting card from the colleagues of my wife for the birth of our son. Somebody added 2+2... :D

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I've just had a delivery from Amazon.. huh! i haven't ordered anything??

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It's a service bell from my sis in'law in Antwerp, can't wait to try this out on my mrs later when my drink needs refreshing :)

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Can’t wait to see where the bell gets stuffed when you try that out …

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3 minutes ago, Duke Mantee said:

Can’t wait to see where the bell gets stuffed when you try that out …

Shud'up! it hurts when i laugh..

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18 hours ago, Double 0 Soul said:

Shud'up! it hurts when i laugh..

C’mon Neal, you’re just out of an operation … I didn’t think you’d want to face another so soon.

On another note, I’m surprised no one has picked up on the ‘deliberate mistake’ on the quilt :sad:

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One too many stars?.. my namesake would be turning in her grave

It's either that or she started it before we left the Eu :)

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3 hours ago, Double 0 Soul said:

One too many stars?.. my namesake would be turning in her grave

It's either that or she started it before we left the Eu :)

See it was easy :wink: … an extra one for the original ‘colony’ - before the land was divided, then sub-divided by the new ‘owners’

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While i'm kicking back.. I'm trying to catch up on films ive missed recently.

Ive just watched 'The Witch' (2015) it was pretty good, costume department gets a thimbs up from me, there's a future Mister Freedom collection in there for sure.

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Any of you experience consistent front pocket wear on your denim? I have 2 pairs now that have developed a hole at the top of the pocket bag, likely because I’m always taking my keys in and out. I suppose I could just stop keeping keys in my front pocket all day but it’s a habit. Guess I’ll eventually have to send them in for repair at Indigo Proof. 

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On 1/2/2022 at 11:08 PM, mlwdp said:


Happy New Year!

Y’all remember the leather wallet chain trend on here?  What happened to it?

I've never been one for accessories, jewelry, etc. I picked up TFH Wild Child wallet f/ SE last year, and it has a ring on it. So I thought I'd get a wallet chain/leash. Couldn't find one from TFH at the time, so I found Treeworks Leather on Etsy and bought a veg tan leather braided wallet chain. Great quality for the price. About 6 months of continual use. The natural veg tan leather is picking up indigo from my jeans. I never thought I'd like such a thing, but I like it a lot! I get lots of compliments on it. But I think many people (I live in the very rural end of a ski resort valley in Rockies of Colorado) look at me with a braided leather rope with tassels hanging off my belt loop and back pocket, and they don't know what to think... 

The wallet is awesome. A thing of leather craft beauty. It's big and bulky, and I hardly carry anything in it - a few cards and a some cash. I could find a slimmer wallet, but why? 

I saw on 2nd that they are carrying TFH new leather braided wallet chains - WOW! do they look awesome. 

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Those TFH wallets are sweet. Unfortunately, I’m trying to avoid the George Costanza wallet these days. I’ve been using the slim front pocket wallet for awhile now and won’t use anything else 

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@mpukasDefinitely get one of the Flat Head wallet ropes if you can. They're made out of kangaroo leather which is extremely supple, oftentimes wallet ropes are made out of stiff cowhide that doesn't really "fall" naturally against the jeans but kind of sticks out, as you can see in this picture of one of my outfits from around 2011 or so:

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I always loved the long wallet look and I'm sure I'd still be using one if I lived in Japan, but for life in the US, I like the simplicity of my current Monk Made short wallet.

Here are my wallets from the Japan days, by Redmoon and Flat Head.

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Some really good deals on Rocky Mountain Featherbed vests right now @ Mirror Ball for smaller folks…

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Good interview here with Everton Campbell who started Hip in Leeds back in the 80s

Everton, with his partner in crime Umberto, was instrumental in bringing cool to West Yorkshire

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Good read, at least there’s one Everton success story!

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Hahaha... to say I'm fuming with the situation, from start to finish, is an understatement... regularly checking for news of his sacking and good riddance!!! COYB!

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So curious on peoples thoughts. Especially vintage nerds like @Dr_Heech @Flash @Duke Mantee @Double 0 Soul  

when you see vintage jeans with those beef jerky leather patches. How did they end up that way? Were washers running a much hotter temp then? Were they literally boiling to wash them and then hang dry!? 
@aho you seem to be one of a few who gets this effect on their modern jeans. What temp and machine are you using? Or are you sprinkling some denim voodoo in there? Haha 

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@shredwin_206

Nothing special , just hot water mate 

Washing machines weren't popular in America until the 50's or there abouts so a lot of people were just hand washing there clothes and id guess a few pots of boiling water and a big tin bath/bucket were pretty common 

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@shredwin_206 as mentioned, a boil wash will destroy the toughest of patches. My washing machine has a 90 degree wash feature, that's how l cooked my CSF WW2 pair that bf sold me.

Many years ago when l was thrifting, l would toss aside most pairs of 501XX with this feature, as they weren't comfortable around the waist due to the hard leather scrunched up patch.

 

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As for my patches on modern pairs @shredwin_206 I don't do anything particular, just hot wash in the washing machine. I would say it's brand/leather dependent, however, as I've regularly cooked my TCB patches without intention to the point of deterioration, whereas most of my other patches hold up (Ooe, WH, etc.). Shrinkage of the fabric and belt abrasion also contribute to the fall off perhaps

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