Thursday, April 23, 2015


Hi John, I sent an email to Mister Freedom but figured you would also know the answer since you have had your campus jacket for a long while. I've already tanned mine and put the initial coat of Pecard's leather dressing on it last year (I've had the jacket since June 2014), but I noticed yesterday in a very light rain that my jacket has those unsightly water spots again. How would you recommend getting rid of these? Should I take a damp rag and go over the jacket again, and then reapply Pecards or maybe Lexol? 

 Thanks so much for your help!

Hi Chris, 

I'm sure the fine folks at MF will provide the answer you need, but here's what I would do. First off, congrats on the rain - albeit a light one. We surely need it in many parts of Cali.


Applied water ...

and ... 

allowed it soak all the way through the Pecard (approx. ten minutes)

Using a damp microfiber and medium pressure, wipe down (back and forth motion) "erasing" the water drops. The area should be one even damp color. If the  entire jacket requires a wipe down, work on one panel/portion at a time - not important, but this decreases the chance of uneven tones.

Hang to dry naturally - do not use a heater or hair dryer. Water marks are gone! You can apply another coat of Pecard, but not necessary. I would only re-apply dressing when the leather begins to look dry.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Bettie Mae Page

April 22, 1923, Nashville - December 11, 2008, Los Angeles

36-23-35, 34B, 128lbs, 5'5"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


"We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile." -Earl Nightingale

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Jayne Mansfield
April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967

Friday, April 17, 2015


That time back in 1999 during exercise Cobra Gold '99, we paid our contracted driver to take us to Bangkok (from Korat). We visited ancient ruins and temples, took in some sights and rode an elephant through the jungle.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Brand: Unmarked, but appears to be Knapp
Circa: 1930's ... 1940's
Color: Black
Size: 8 1/2
Length: 12"
Width: 5"
Leather: Contrary to popular belief, not all old Engineer Boots are made with horsehide, but these may well be part of that small percentage that were
Sole: Leather / Seiberling
Hardware: Brass
Condition: Excellent
Sold For: $599

Warren sent this in to me and what an amazing pair of Vintage Engineer Boots! If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. These bear all the characteristics of vintage Knapp Engineer Boots, but notice how the one piece vamp wraps around and culminating into an exposed seam - something I haven't seen on Knapps. Super rare, indeed. The seller advertised these as being from the fifties when in fact they are about two decades older. Even with the larger size, these should have garnered at least twice the ending price. The profile on these are amazing and the streamlined look of the one piece vamp is easy on the eyes. If these were my size, I'd be content taking 'em home for about twelve bills. Congrats to the new owner and thanks again Warren!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


This custom VEB Leather Horween Saf-T-Flash belt is headed for Belgium. I'll be going off line for a little bit in order to move across the country, so for custom inquiries or work please hit me up soon at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Billy Holiday, Born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"She was the first girl singer I'd come across who actually sang like an improvising jazz genius." - John Hammond

Monday, April 6, 2015


“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring ― it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera


Easter Services, Vietnam, 1969.