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.


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.

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


Custom studded belt made with Horween Natural CXL strap. 

Custom work?

Sunday, September 26, 2021


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

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.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

How Mister Freedom® Measures Their Garments

I'm often asked about measurements of my Mister Freedom pieces and I always find myself referring readers to the website sizing charts since both raw and rinsed measurements match what I come up with.

Christophe and his team have put together visual representations to avoid the gues work.

I'm always happy to help, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Cheers!

Sunday, May 30, 2021


Brand: Montgomery Ward
Circa: 1940s / 1950s
Color: Black
Size: "10"
Soles: Leather with composition half sole
Leather: Oil Tanned Cowhide (not horsehide)
Hardware: Nickel
Sold For: $400 BIN
Seller: wfaa8

Montgomery Ward led the charge in the mail order business beginning in 1872 (pre-Sears catalog) and became one of the biggest national mail order and brick and mortar retailers, so it's safe to say that goods sold by Wards were quite abundant -- I've seen midcentury Wards boots pop up at auction with missing/worn tags, so they're more prevelant than we might know.

I'd say the $400 ending price tag on them is spot on. On a good day, I might be compelled to pay about six bills for them -- anything more than that, then we're talking about modern heritage boot territory.
All photos: wfaa8

From 1946 Spring/Summer Montgomery Ward catalog. These particular boots are the regular "Best Blue Band"

Friday, April 9, 2021


Just completed a matching long trucker wallet and belt set made with a beautiful waxy Olive Horween CXL leather.

Saturday, March 6, 2021


Who doesn't love a vintage workwear sweater? Even more, who doesn't love a rare talon-zippered, deadstock, side buckle, pleated back sweater in your size?

In my 30 years of buying, selling and swooning over vintage clothing, I've only run across a few of these (adult size) sweaters offered for sale and they definitely weren't in such great condition.

Companies have tried to replicate these, but nothing compares to an original. Some might gawk at the selling prices, but these are some special sweaters worth every penny. Congrats to the seller, but an even bigger congrats to the winning bidders.

Chest: 38-40
Shoulders: 17"
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 20"
Length: 24"
Condition: New Old Stock
Price: $535 / 11 Bids
Seller: Clochecall

Chest: 36
Shoulders: 17"
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 20.5"
Length: 22"
Condition: New Old Stock
Price: $520 / 6 Bids
Seller: Clochecall

Chest: 38-40
Shoulders: 18"
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 18.5"
Length: 24"
Condition: New Old Stock
Price: $520/ 14 Bids
Seller: Clochecall

Chest: 38-40
Shoulders: 17"
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 20.5"
Length: 23"
Condition: New Old Stock
Price: $295 / 9 Bids
Seller: Clochecall

Chest: 38-40
Shoulders: 18"
Sleeves (armpit to cuff): 18"
Length: 22.5"
Condition: New Old Stock
Price: $530 / 12 Bids
Seller: Clochecall