LEVI’S HAND-STITCHED LEATHER BASEBALL | THE BEST “HANDSCHMEICHLER” EVER

Last Sunday I went to B74, Frankfurt/Main, Germany to visit my buddy Kami. B74 was open on Sunday because in Frankfurt there was the gigantic “25-Years-German-Wiedervereinings-Party” – most shops opened their doors and the city was crowded. This little LEVI’S LEATHER GOODS gimmick was lying at the desk and it looked so wonderful – just while lying there as it wanted to say: come and take me with you 😉 … but Kami: “Not for sale … even for buddies – no chance”. Okay, he just got 2 of these and the first owner of this pretty hand-stitched baseball was standing beside me. So proud of his daily companion. This piece of leather is really nice to touch and to handle, press and turn around in the hand … so f***ing relaxing. But this short story came to an happy end, because Kami gave it to me – he wants to check LEVI’S for a third one. Unfortunately I can’t give you further informations about the ball because you don’t find anything about in wwww – no chance – and I do not know anything about the history of baseballs and how they are made. When I got the ball out of the cotton bag I put some RED WING SHOES mink oil on it. The ball got an even better touch and a nicer color – I am excited about how my new „Handschmeichler“ will age … pics | LTG

WOODEN iPhone Case & iPad DOCKS | by WOODCESSOIRES

Maybe you say, “Oh no, just another wooden iPhone case” … No, the products from WOODCESSOIRES are much nicer and more “nature touched” than all the wooden stuff i saw before for Iphone and Co: by watching at and touching. Especially the iPad ECOSTAND is an awesome, easy done wooden block which works best. Always a pleasure to put the iPad in it. That’s about the wood they guys @ WOODCESSOIRES use: “After all it’s the nature of our HARDWOOD that creates the beauty. It’s also why we love our profession. It is the base to our daily work. The way it dries and changes with the seasons  how it reacts to tools and traditional finishing is MATCHLESS. Combined with our yearlong experience it turns to something AMAZING. We mainly work with SHIPWOOD wood that is older than our grandparents wood that has seen many seas and from which every piece knows to tell his very OWN HISTORY.” All stuff is handcrafted and made in germany. Also the prices are great. Check their site: www.woodcessories.com . The WOODCESSOIRES range offers stuff for all actual iPhones and iPads. pics | lifetimegear

HAND-DYED NATURAL INDIGO BANDANAS by ATELIER FUER BLAUDRUCK

some months ago i went to a nice artisan market in ASCHAFFENBURG, germany. there i found these wonderful triangle bandanas at a small and unremarkable stall. HOLGER STARCKEN is a so called BLAUDRUCKMEISTER and does all his wonderful stuff by hand. BLAUDRUCK (blue printing) has a more than 400 years old tradition in germany and is continued by the STARCKEN ATELIER which is located near BERLIN, germany. this BLAUDRUCK method can compared to batik dyeing. HOLGER STARCKEN is so cool, so unagitated. he does not need all this heritage and vintage odds and ends at his stall; his products speak for their selves – great!  i will visit STARCKEN again at 08th to 09th of november in  OFFENBACH at “Sammelsurium”. the site of the BLAUMACHER AUS BERLIN isn’t so nice and informative … but take a peek to learn more about BLAU MACHEN. pics | LTG