“GOOD LUCK XXX” KEY RING + “MIDDLE FINGER” KEY …

… sounds strange. But it would be a perfect combination. Both parts are available at “COOL MATERIAL”. Made out of brass designed by Good Worth. “Throw out all the boring split key rings you’ve spent the better part of your lifetime collecting in favor of the Good Luck Key Ring from Good Worth” … oh yes! “Then there’s the closed horseshoe shape that actually works better than the traditional split ring when you’re attaching things like car remotes and carabiners. These are both reason enough to pick up a few. That said, our favorite feature has to be the “Good Luck Motherf**ker” engraving on side of the ring. It’s small enough that almost no one will notice it unless you point it out, but you’ll get a nice little positive affirmation every time you grab your keys.” A Must-Have Life Time Gear! You’ll find much more great stuff at “Cool Material” – for sure no mainstream … I love this little things! LTG PROOFED! © Photos: Cool Material

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RINOUMA MADE IN JAPAN #03 | BAGS & BELTS

The last month I presented some stuff from RINOUMA MADE IN JAPAN available @ B74, Frankfurt. Different wallets, brass hooks, leather and brass card cases –  today I will show you the classic RINOUMA bags and a simple but so beautiful belt. The “CITY BAGS” are from RINOUMAS flagship leather combination line named RNBL featuring 20oz. paraffin coating water-resistant canvas, vegetable tanned leather, 2.0 mm-thick cotton tape, #10 YKK Japanese metal zipper with golden brass color, and premium brass metal parts – all materials 100% Japanese. The “CITY BAG” is available with strap and without in 3 different sizes. The leather RINOUMA uses for bags and this beautiful belts is a 4 mm thick grade steer hide which is tanned in one of the highest quality Japanese tanneries since 1937. The Japanese Craftsmen need 20 steps making this leather. It is a very old saddle leather making process with a lot of hand made processes. At first the leather is put to a light tanning pit, than to a little deeper, and so on. It takes about 3 months for a real deep tanning – without any chrome additions. So the leather soaks the maximum of tannin and the density of this gets very deep. Another effect is that the weight gets much heavier compared to normal leather. If you are interested in RINOUMA stuff don’t hesitate to write Kami owner of B74 – info@b-74.de – or give him a call +49 69 293329. B74 has a nice and fine selection of RINOUMA stuff in stock. pics | LTG

RINOUMA MADE IN JAPAN #02 | BILLFOLD & BILLFOLD COIN WALLETS & LEATHER AND BRASS CARD CASES

One week ago I presented the first stuff from RINOUMA MADE IN JAPAN available @ B74, Frankfurt. Today I will show you some more so well done pieces. Please check the 1st blog post about RINOUMA  for all the materials they use and some more brand information – thx! And don’t hesitate to write Kami owner of B74 – info@b-74.de – or give him a cal +49 69 293329, to learn more about this great stuff or to buy it. pics | LTG

RINOUMA MADE IN JAPAN | LONG & SHORT WALLET WITH HANDMADE BRASS HOOKS

Amazing: there is a new brand available at B74, Frankfurt, GER. A Japanese one named “RINOUMA – MADE IN JAPAN”. They do wonderful bags, wallets, belts and are specialized in brass, using just Japanese manufactured materials only! Traditional work meets contemporary style. Today I will show you the long & short wallet with a fitting key chain and brass hooks. The wallets are made of steer hide leather tanned in Japan. At first the people at RINOUMA tried to make the wallets of Japanese saddle leather, which was nice, but a little bit too hard and stiff for wallets. So they tried to find a more soft feeling leather. They found a leather which is made by a small second generation family tannery, operating since 1921, in Hyogo, which is the most popular leather making prefecture in Japan. There is a clean river and always good winds for drying the leather – a perfect climate. This is the key to the finest quality for RINOUMA’s leather. It is a 3.3 to 3,7 mm thick steer hide leather. Craftsman add oil to the leather by hand for a varnishing finish. So the wallets get this so nice touch and feel. The brown color is also very clean and beautiful dyed. RINOUMA just uses premium Japanese brass parts. The zips run easy and the buttons work perfect. Men, take a look at these nice hooks. The key hook and the one with the wallet chain have a light bend, and so they hang perfect at your belt loop. Hooks and chain are handmade and made of 100% Japanese brass. Chains are manufactured by a vintage “chain-making-machine” older than 50 years. The hooks have such a wonderful matte finish which feels so nice. For me a perfect combination to the short wallet – I love it. AND, every piece is comes in a green paraffin coating canvas sack! If you got curios or interested in the great Japanese RINOUMA stuff, please write Kami owner of B74 – info@b-74.de – or give him a call: +49 69 293329. The next days I will show more RINOUMA stuff. You’ll like it – I am sure! pics | LTG

BOOT OF THE DAY | #192 | ALDEN DARK BROWN COUNTRY CALF GRAIN INDY BOOT @ FRANS BOONE

What a wonderful boot! When I had to compose a boot for my own it could have the same look as this ALDEN available @ FRANS BOONE did with. From the bootleg to the sole – just perfect. Love the chocolate structured grain calf leather combined with one of my most beloved soles: the ALDEN crepe sole with a leather tip. Combine this great look: the brass eyelets and hooks. Awesome. pics | @FRANS BOONE

EVERYDAY TOTE BAG | by TANNER GOODS

this pretty thing isn’t mine. UWE E. MAIER c/o AMTRAQ DISTRIBUTION gave it to me filled with new TELLASON STUFF just borrowed. this charcoal colored EVERYDAY TOTE by TANNER GOODS is so nice worn in and broken in that i had to take some pics before giving it back. the bag is constructed from a strout of waxed 18 oz. filter twill canvas and HORWEEN RICH CHROMEXCEL leather. all components are secured by solid brass rivets and four button studs. it has external pockets, a zippered pocket inside and adjustable straps. the dimensions are 15″ tall x 13″ wide x 6″ deep. so nice – UWE, you own a wonderful tote bag. pics | LTG


BOOT OF THE DAY | #184 | ALDEN x FRANS BOONE SADDLE SHOE TOBACCO CHAMOIS SNUFF SUEDE

so, definitely: this is the nicest, coolest and at the same time smartest saddle shoe i ever saw. respect to FRANS BOONE who did this awesome piece together with ALDEN. i think this style, this combination in design and leathers must be really exclusive – at least i never saw before. this ALDEN shoe features the following characteristics: snuff suede saddle and heel part, vamp and quarters in reversed tobacco chamois, brass eyelets, cordo hyde flat laces, plantation crepe outsole, barrie last D width. it would be an amazing, awesome part of my boot & shoe collection, but the price is the price an ALDEN costs. so my rationality is fighting against the passion. it’s an exciting match! wonderful pics | © FRANS BOONE


WALLET ROPE | MADE BY PETER FIELDS

yesterday the new PETER FIELDS wallet rope arrived. the rope is made by their selves in berlin: a made in germany thing combined with brass hook and shackel from japan. it is made of a vegetable tanned leather. i got it in brown and hope that they will do a black one too because it works so good with my TANNER GOODS wallets i own in black and oxblood. good job ANIE & co! some more facts: total lenght: 46,5 cm (18,3 inch), hook: 7 cm (2,8 inch), shackle: 2, 5 cm (1,0 inch). pics | LTG


FRANCE SUJET | FRENCH “SWISS KNIFE” MADE BY COUPÉRIER-COURSOLE

yes, still showing off birthday presents: thx OLLI THE BARBER for this small but so fine french “SCHWEIZER MESSER”. the brass motives of these knives are made with original forms of the 19th century. some of these wonderful d’artisan motives were done by M. OKINSBURGER, who made some drafts for french coins which were embossed in paris. all this knives are still made by hand and every piece is unique. just one craftsman does all the steps which have to be done from the beginning till the end to produce a FRANCE SUJET knife. the knives are available at PassionFrance. pics | LTG