Saturday, July 23, 2022

THIS JUST IN ...


One design I'll never get tired of making is my long trucker wallet. This one is made with Horween leather and antique brass hardware. For more details or to purchase, visit www.VEBLeather.com.

I have nickel hardware versions available at both VEB Leather locations inside Mojave Flea Palm Springs and Mojave Flea Yucca Valley along with other handcrafted and curated goods.

email: info@VEBLeather.com

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Mister Freedom® Bronco Champ II


This jacket needs no introduction. A revisited pattern from their 2009 Bronco Champ, this 1960s-stsyle cafe racer jacket returns in a 2-3 ounce Vegetable Tanned Cowhide with brown core or "Tea Core" exclusive to Mister Freedom and made in Los Angeles, Calif. This one is going to age beautifully! 

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Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG 
Made in sizes 36-46, so ... for everyone!

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Christophe in size 38

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG 

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Photo Source: MisterFreedomStore IG

Here's my original Bronco Champ.

I'm wearing a size 36. 


Saturday, April 30, 2022

1950s ENGINEER BOOTS

Brand: Unknown
Circa: 1950's
Color: Black
Size: 7 1/2
Measurements:
Length: 11 1/4"
Soles / Heels: O'Sullivan Half Sole and Heels
Leather: Oil-Tanned Cowhide (Sorry to burst your bubble, folks -- 99% of vintage boots were NOT Horsehide) Unless boots are clearly marked with the word "Horsehide" be careful when descriptions read:
- "I'm not sure, but these could be Horsehide."
- "Made with Horsehide"
- "They feel like Horsehide" Really??
- "I'm positive these are Horsehide"
- "The original owner said they were Horsehide"
- "Steerhide"
- "Horsehide"
Hardware: Brass
Sold For: $125 Buy it Now

It's clear these aren't in the best condition, but at $125 plus repair costs (resole, patching) they're worth the time. Don't fall for overpriced repair costs -- There are plenty of talented folks out there charging the  appropriate amount. When all is said and done, they should end up costing Way under four bills. 

*These could absolutely be worn as is. 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Early 1960s Chippewa Engineer Boots


Brand: Chippewa
Circa: 1960s
Color: Black
Size: 10
Measurements:
Length: 11"
Width: 4 1/4"
Soles: Full Composition 
Leather: Cowhide
Hardware: Nickel
Sold For: $850 / 2 Bids

Since the vintage (online) market has been absent of anything really worth mentioning, it's easy to understand why someone would be willing to pay so much for these. Aside from the the flattened toe box, there's truly nothing to write home about. And it's worth noting that unless these are a half size larger than  the buyer's foot size, the toe box will more than likely lose its profile making them just an expensive pair of 1960's Vintage Engineer Boots. 

I'd sooner drop some hard-earned scratch on a pair of modern heritage boots. Congrats to the seller. 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


I'm super stoked to be a vendor again at re.findoffmain. This event marks their 3-year anniversary!

Stop by if you're in the area. 
 
Who: VEB Leather and 40+ other vendors
What: Anniversary Makers Market
Where: 146 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, CA 92084
When: 12 March / 10am - 3pm

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Monday, December 27, 2021

THE “RANDALL” JACKET BY MISTER FREEDOM


One thing to know up front when you purchase a natural vegetable tanned leather Randall or Campus is that it beckons to be worn. And worn hard.


Vegetable tanned leather can be very tricky to work with. It’s an absolute dirt and smear magnet, so the process of keeping it clean can add so much more time to a project.


It’s the challenge, though, that makes me love working with this type of leather.


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24 December 2021 — Freshly conditioned

• Resist all temptation to introduce any products to the leather until you’ve reached maximum sun tanning levels. Since the leather is treated (protected) at the tannery, conditioner in this type of application serves only to add a deeper color tone — the hide will be fine even after prolonged exposure to the rays when tanning. 

• Put it out under the sun whenever you’re not wearing it.

• The leather WILL attract water and leave (harmless) spots. Resist wiping down certain areas. If you get food spots like me, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the entire jacket, to include seams, creases and folds. Let air dry. The leather will darken following each wipe down session.

• Ready to condition? My personal favorite it Pecard Antique Leather Conditioner (you “might can” — my English teacher used to say that — use other products, but since I can’t guarantee the same killer level of outcome). No need for a rag. I get the best results using just my hand (see mg Instagram post here for the video).

3 November 2021 — The new “Randall” jacket with its older cousin, the man around Campus.



Less than a few hours old it’s clear stacked sleeves are calling to be the star of the show. 

His big bro, the Ranch Jacket




I was forced to give it two wipe downs — early on for pasta splatter — same thing that happened to my natty Campus back in the day — and then juice from an orange just a couple weeks later.  This worked in my favor, though, as it taught me how this particular leather reacts to certain conditions. 


22 November 2021 — Sun and one wipe down 

19 December 2021 — The jacket has seen 75 hours of sun and two wipe downs at this point.

24 December 2021 — Just completed the full conditioning, making sure all the folds, creases and seams get equal attention. 

27 December 2021 — 2.5 days post
conditioning. After applying the conditioner by hand, I let the leather soak up what it needs. I’ll buff away any excess product with a horse hair brush. 

Age: 1 month and twenty-four days

Tanning: 2 weeks (approximately 75 hours) under the SoCal sun

Microfiber Wipes: 2

Conditioning: 1



Saturday, November 27, 2021

NEW VEB LEATHER WEBSITE! (20% off Small Business Saturday Sale!)


Hello, Friends! The VEB Leather site is officially up and running! I'll be offering 20% off all stock for Small Business Saturday (27 Nov 21) just in time for the holiday.

www.VEBLeather.com

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VEB LEATHER AT THE HOLIDAY MAKERS MARKET


What a thrill it was to show my VEB Leather for the first time at the local Holiday Makers Market hosted by re•find off main! I had just about two weeks notice to create inventory for the event and when all was said and done I had built a stock of close to one hundred pieces.

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I've been to a ton of events, but I never thought I'd be a vendor at one. What an experience!


I wanted to create a ton of hand-stitched pieces, but Jillian reminded me this "smalls" are best for these types of events. Not to mention ... two weeks. A single trucker wallet can take a full day. 


I brought out a bunch of denim and vintage, which I'll be posting up on my new website!


I completed a Chimayo zip pouch during the show


On my Mister Freedom-gifted stitching pony. 


I picked up this great handcrafted wooden valet by Kenny Wood Mfg.


That's a wrap! The stitching pony breaks down and fits perfectly in the Mister Freedom Tripper Denim Type III bag. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

THIS JUST IN ...


Custom studded belt made with Horween Natural CXL strap. 

Custom work? info@VEBLeather.com

Sunday, September 26, 2021

PIONEER COLLECTION BY DR. SOLE ORIGINALS


Dr. Sole Original has proven to be a dominant force in the custom shoe repair industry and in case you didn’t know they’ve dipped their toe box (see what I did there) into the clothing arena under their Pioneer Collection.  Perfect tee for workwear trousers and jeans … and dare I say a Horween CXL VEBLeather “The Strabler” belt with Horsehide Horween CXL lacing

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This mid-weight, tightly woven “Gondolier Shirt” is easily one of the coolest henleys I’ve seen on the market with its wide neckline, off-center placket, ribbed cuff, and blue stripes.