Friday, 30 May 2014

Whats In Your Bag?

(Photo via: http://whats-n-yourbag.tumblr.com)

Timbuk2 make messenger bags. People like Timbuk2's messenger bags, so much so that Timbuk2 started a brilliant site where marketing meets customers, with hugely intriguing results.

“A glimpse into the unknown...”

It poses the simply question, 'what's in your bag?', with fascinating results. An homage to those shots where the contents of a bag is neatly laid out for all to see, there's some delightful looks into the everyday that make it hard to look away from – it's so addictive you just want to keep scrolling for more.

The company itself was started by a San Francisco bike messenger in 1989, and this site reflects the same sort of homegrown ethos – it's just images of normal people with normal stuff. Well, I say normal, when you find pictures of people's 'must haves' and they're some kind of weapon, that's a weird sight to UK eyes.
I personally really like the ones that are shot on a dirty carpet or hectic bedspread, they make it feel so authentic, peoples' lives laid out for all to see.

You should go and check out the site here at whatsinyourbag.com and you'll probably be inspired to do your own.

There's a lot of other sites around that do the same sort of thing too, unaffiliated with a bag company, and I really like this Tumblr, which covers any kind of bag you can imagine.

Maybe we'll do a few Dogstone bag exposés, then if you guys like the idea, you can send us yours too. Let us know what you think.

You can see the full Dr. Marten brogue collection here.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Dr. Will See You Now

(Photo via: http://drmartensofficial.tumblr.com)

An enduring British brand is always something that catches our eye at Dogstone, and you can't get much more British than the wonderful Dr. Martens.

They've been so much a part of our culture for the last nearly-54 years that it seems remiss to us for you not to have a pair in your wardrobe.

“Dr. Martens was born on April 1st, 1960”

The legend of the air-cushioned soled Dr. Martens was born on April 1st, 1960, to an unsuspecting world that hadn't really invented any sort of youth culture, but that changed dramatically over the following decades.

Where there was something cool going on, you could usually find a pair of Dr. Martens being involved. From ska-loving working class skinheads to Kurt Cobain's grunge and beyond, they're a truly iconic image that still works awesomely well today.

And the reason that we're writing about them now? Well the new brogues from Dr. Martens are super cool, and work brilliantly well with a turned up selvedge denim.
(Dr Martens - Bentley Boot)

At Dogstone we're especially loving the Bentley boot, in black on black. They're part of the Windsor collection, with a leather lining and leather welts, they are also clearly a premium item for your feet.

If you're looking about for a new spring in your step for spring, these are more than worth a while of your interest.

You can see the full Dr. Marten brogue collection here.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Homegrown heroes

Left: Hiut Denim Right: P & Co Clothing

At Dogstone, we love a good homegrown brand that exudes the same kind of characteristics as we do, so to recently discover not only one but two that are doing great things is nourishment for our souls.

First up, Hiut Denim. These guys are resurrecting the fallen jeans industry that used to operate in Cardigan Bay before it was their doorstep, and as such have a huge resource of highly skilled jeans makers back right where they should be: making jeans.

“These guys are resurrecting the fallen jeans industry”

The story itself is a beautiful tale, but the jeans they make are even more so. Cut to one of three of their own patterns, and made from either raw or selvedge denim, Hiut jeans are honestly the best made that we've ever worn.

And if you're into the whole raw denim wearing-in process, these jeans work in amazingly, with the first wash being a reward in itself.
If you're a denim nerd, or even someone who just loves a bloody good pair of jeans, then you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to check these out.

Then secondly, from our UK must-have brand list, is P&Co Clothing. They were first brought to our attention via the tattooed and beared über model, Ricki Hall, who then followed his association with a hook-up line all of his own, called the Slick Rick's Collection.

These guys have a brand and they know how to use it, from awesomely printed t-shirts to a hair-on-hide Lucifer rucksack, they're committed to putting out only high quality goods – much like Dogstone!

If you're looking for something a little bit different from the ordinary, with an ethos worth shouting about, then either of these two will be worth your while to stop by.

Hit up the links above for their sites, or stop by their Twitters: @hiutdenim and @pandcoclothing.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Gettin' it Right

Courtesy of Denham

It's always a good thing when a company knows it's audience, but it's even better when it knows the audience well enough to get away with lightly mocking them in an ad campaign.

This is an example of that, and it strikes the ideal balance between piss-take and wry observation, from Denham the Jeanmaker Denham the jeanmaker.

It's also a fine homage to the Christian Bale starring/Bret Easton Ellis penned American Psycho, imagining what protagonist Patrick Bateman would've been like were he a hipster with a jeans obsession.

Only in Amsterdam could they have come up with this, and it's executed perfectly in every sense of the word.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Introducing our new editor Jamie

New to the Dogstone blog is our new editor Jamie Hibbard. Jamie Hibbard has been working in the publishing industry for 20 years, starting out as editorial assistant, he now holds the position of senior editor.

“He's worked on such titles as Metal Hammer and Top Gear magazines”

He's worked on such titles as Metal Hammer and Top Gear magazines, he currently writes a style column for Classic Rock magazine and he has his own man-blog at beardsandaxes.com.

You can follow him on twitter @jamiehibbard, where you'll likely read a lot about beards, custom motorbikes, F1, cars and the general trials of being a man and father in the 21st Century.