We’re thrilled to be listed alongside our friends Emil Erwin, Fat Crow Press, Leona, Imogene + Willie, and J & HP in Southern Living’s 2013 holiday guide to Nashville’s best shops. We are equally excited to be featured in the same magazine as that red velvet white chocolate cheesecake. Whoa. Rudolph. Get us a fork.
November Sample Sale
No season does color like autumn. If a month could wear boots, you might see November strutting around in a pair of hand-dyed Julius, in tobacco or cherry. Or maybe the Romeo’s in gunmetal. Or the Babbo’s in indigo. How do you choose, when they’re all one-of-a-kind? (Or is it two-of-a-kind? We promise these guys come in pairs.) Aargh, decisions: it’s so hard being November at a Sample Sale. Then you’ve got to top it off with a Reinhard Plank hat. Waxed wool or boiled? The bowler in dusk? The Newsboy in navy? So many good things, so little time…
Ti voglio bene.
TREATS, NEW AND WELL-SEASONED
There’s an undeniably happy, trick-or-treaty feeling that happens in October. Sure, the daylight hours are shrinking, but they’re bringing us closer and closer to that pivotal moment where we can run full speed into the waiting arms of our dearly beloved fall wardrobe. Judging by friends’ posts scattered across the Internet like autumn leaves, Pivotal Moment 2013 has arrived. We love seeing these little postcards of the travels of our boots. And while they’re going out into the world having adventures, other pieces are coming home to roost, including vintage leather jackets from our last trip to Italy and a new crate of belts. Is there any better smell than a freshly opened crate of leather goods? No. Well, okay, maybe Liza’s famous pumpkin bread pudding (we’d share with you, but it disappeared faster than a vintage leather jacket). If you haven’t been by the Studio in a while, we’ve uploaded some helpful directions. You may just want to camp out here for awhile, trying on boots and jackets, in case Liza brings more treats. We’ll put in a good word for you.
Ti voglio bene.
Thirty five minutes in the security line because you’d rather travel in style than wear slip-ons? You’re our kinda guy, Ben Goldberg. If this was a cartoon, we’d have hearts coming out of our eyes.
THE JOYS OF STAYING PUT
Gearing up for last month’s tent sale, we were optimistic. But to say the response exceeded our expectations is putting it mildly. On the last day, we decided to leave everything up a little longer, just until the constant stream of calls and visitors dried up. But that river kept right on a-rollin’. So we kept it going a little longer, and a little longer.
The Everlasting Tent Sale finally ended when we had to pack up and clear out for another event. But we had a pretty good idea we’d be unpacking yet again as soon as it was over…along with two other shipments we had in storage. We tried to see it as a fantastic muscle building workout, but we swear everyone’s lower back would have declared mutiny if we didn’t decide to keep the warehouse open at least through the holidays. So take your hat off, Gothenburg trunk. Stretch your arms, armoires. Friends, we’re staying put for now. Stop by the Studio any time during business hours; we’ll be happy to take you down to the new/old space. And if you’d like to be pre-notified when we introduce new finds, just let us know. Ti voglio bene!
Most people mistake the antique flag on our back wall for Sweden’s or Finland’s, and because of that we’ve won a lot of bets. But Icelander Kolbeinn Bjornsson made a beeline for the wall when he came in for a pair of boots last week, saying “I never see the pre-contemporary Icelandic flag anywhere!” Kolbeinn designs advanced prosthetic technology and made a detour on his way to a conference to come through Nashville and visit the studio, braving an epic thunderstorm in the process. What are the odds? Kolbeinn, we appreciate and salute you. Way to ruin our betting streak.
One of our favorite things about living in Nashville is gathering friends and family in the shop to listen to Mickey, Bucky, Dave, Marco, and Jim. How many towns are there where guys from the bands of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Robert Plant, and Paul Simon play the local boot store? Could we be luckier? Could their music make us happier? Could we love them more? Nope.
The shipping container full of vintage finds from our latest buying trip has arrived! Join us for a Tent Sale on Friday, Sept. 20th and Saturday, Sept. 21st, from 11am to 6pm just down the street from our Studio. Stop by, say hello, and meet our newest old friends.