Leather and Brass: Narragansett Leathers.
Bag by Navali (full review forthcoming)
A Great Value in Custom Belts: Narragansett Leathers
Narragansett Leathers makes some of my favorite belts. The one pictured above is a fairly recent purchase, and is their 1 3/8” Hoof Pick Belt. It costs $47 (one of Narragansett’s pricier offerings), and is made from top-grade American-tanned bridle leather. While $47 isn’t the cheapest price on a belt that you can find, it is certainly, in my opinion, one of the soundest investments you can make on a belt that I’ve ever come across—especially when you consider the fact that each belt is custom made to order.
The belt I’ve worn nearly every day for the past two years is Narragansett’s 1” belt in Chestnut leather with an oval brass buckle. The leather has aged beautifully and shows no sign of giving up the ghost any decade soon, and it only cost $34. I’ve got my eyes set on one of their Pelikan Hook Belts for purchase some time in the near future.
The ordering process is relatively simple, and quite quaint in today’s age of impersonal ecommerce. It involves easy instructions for measuring a belt that you currently wear, which you then email to Alan McKinnon (who co-owns the business with his partner Ann Marie) along with what belt model, leather width, and buckle style you want. Alan will then respond with PayPal instructions, and once you’ve made your payment he makes your belt, which will arrive on your doorstep in a matter of weeks.
I highly recommend getting yourself a Narragansett Leathers belt. They’re beautifully crafted, built to last, and priced honestly.
Luxurious. Silk scarves at Khaki’s of Carmel.
If You’re Hard Pressed for Gift Ideas…
You can’t go wrong with a plaid or tartan scarf. Cashmere if you’re feeling flush, lambswool if you’re on a budget. They’re both great, and the recipient is sure to be pleased either way.
Clearly, I love scarves. They’re an excellent way to add some color to an otherwise drab or conservative outfit, and they’re extraordinarily pragmatic in so far as keeping your neck warm is essential for keeping one’s core temperature well-regulated in cold weather.
The majority of the scarves pictured above were purchased over the years at Sierra Trading Post, one of my absolute favorite places to buy new things on deep discount. You can always count on them to have Johnston’s of Elgin (Made in Scotland) cashmere scarves in stock (though right now there aren’t a ton of available patterns), as well as lambswool ones. Another brand worth checking out on STP is Moon of England, especially for their lambswool tartan scarves. Although they’re a little on the short side (50”), they keep one quite toasty and are eminently affordable ($15 w/o any additional discounts). And though I don’t own one, the Moon of England heathered cashmere scarf looks quite nice, and is currently even more affordable than the Johnston’s of Elgin ones.
Additionally, if you sign up for STP’s ‘Deal Flyer’ you are bound to get some nice discount codes, which will bring the prices for these scarves down even further.
Navali ‘Rigger Rucksack’