Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Old Flowers provides durable handmade leather iPhone cases. Created by Caleb Flowers, the craftsman comes from a history of skilled leather workers. Old Flowers is a new take on a time honored tradition.
Oak Street Bootmakers - Designed in Chicago, handmade in Maine.
The son of a cobbler, Oak Street Bootmakers founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed at his father’s shop where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Today, George seeks to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.
All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.
Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts, and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsmen and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.
Client - Oak Street Bootmakers
Agency - Common Machine Prod.
Produced and Directed by Brett O'Bourke
DP/Steadicam - Richard Patterson
Editor - Jorge Rubiera
Music - "Birds Fly South" by Jeff Zentner
Andrew Payne of General Knot & Co, talks tie making and why General Knot is made in the United States. Andrew discusses his love for fabrics (a love we share incidentally!) and his passion that led him to start the company and make the very unique ties they produce.
The story behind General Knot & Co. is the one about two guys of like-mind who happened to meet while waiting for a train to New York City. One of us was a design director in the Fashion District and the other a technology engineer in the Flatiron District. Even with totally different career paths, our conversation quickly revealed a shared adoration for great colors and patterns, all things vintage, and an unyielding desire to create enduring products. The foundation of General Knot and Co. was set.
With the world’s finest craftsmen right here in the U.S.A., there was never a question of where General Knot & Co.’s products would be manufactured. Our ties are proudly handmade by men and women in the country’s most sought-after tailoring shops. We thank our lucky stars everyday to be working with these artists.
From its origins just across the Allegheny River in Tidioute, PA, in the late 1800s, to its present-day manufacturing plant in Olean, NY, KA-BAR has consistently made some of the best hunting, survival and sporting knives in the world. The KA-BAR name became famous during WWII when its Fighting Utility Knife became standard issue for Marines shipping out to the South Pacific; the knife’s performance in the battle for Guadalcanal cemented the legacy of KA-BAR.
The company may be more than a century old, but its emerging marketing philosophy is (if you’ll forgive the pun) cutting edge: No more old media, just badass branded entertainment for the Web.
Enter Common Machine. KA-BAR asked us for an overview video that touched on the brand’s 100-plus-year history, its commitment to making high quality knives here in the USA and the range of knives in its product line.
We’re proud to present what has become known within the company as “Episode One.”