Monday, November 30, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


So I couldn't help but pick up another Hometown Jersey to add to my collection of what I consider to be the only company offering period-correct racing jerseys and t-shirts on today's market. Since the announcement of their striped jerseys, I just couldn't wait to place my order and within two weeks I couldn't be more satisfied.

I'm a sucker for a great fit and fine details and its clear to me that Jill Smith applies the attention-to-detail and passion to her work that collectors desperately look for in today's quality goods. The shoulder seams and cuff ends fall where they should, the hem -- although originally intended to be tucked ... in the early days -- has been designed to allow for it to be worn untucked while still maintaining the vintage style. The long ribbed cuffs is a detail most companies ignore and slim fit through the arms and torso complete that original early-to-midcentury look and feel.

I wear a vintage size 36-38 and ordered my usual size small in Hometown Jerseys (and t-shirts). The fit is true to size and consistent with all my other long sleeve tops from them.

Measurements (coming soon - I'm still wearing the hell out of this thing)

100% Heavy cotton knit and 100% Made in America

My new striped racer bears the name of our new Miniature Schnauzer named after the influential Midcentury modern architect, Donald Wexler, whose work is common in the Palm Springs, California area.

Hand-stitched lettering

You might also like: TK Smith

Monday, November 23, 2015



Sunday, November 22, 2015


I was never an overall kinda guy. I owned a pair of Dickies brand about fifteen years ago and picked up a pair of ill-fitting 1920's LVC's on clearance that I ended up selling, so I gave up. After learning about the Road House brand for only $30, I thought, what the heck. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and construction and made in America to boot. My only negative comment would be their choice of pocket bags. It feels and sounds like waterproof lining. Otherwise, I'll definitely be picking up a second pair.

I wear a 29 and picked up a size 30 waist. I could have gone with a 32 for extra comfort, but since these are beaters it didn't matter. If you're looking for a pair of raw duck overalls, you can't go wrong with these.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Let's do this.

During World War I, the French Government awarded decorations for especially meritorious conduct in action to 156 American units varying in size from a section to a brigade. These decorations were: the Fourragere and the Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) with various combinations of palms, gilt, silver, and bronze star devices.              

In 1918, Marines of the Fifth and Sixth Regiments, by their heroic deeds of valor, inscribed the names of momentous and brilliant battles on the pages of Marine Corps history, as well as on their own regimental battle colors. They have the single honor of being the only two regiments in the American Expeditionary Force to receive three citations--two in the Orders of the Army and one in the Orders of the Corps--the Fourragere and the Croix de Guerre with two Palms and one Gilt Star. As a member of Second Battalion, Sixth Marines we are authorized to wear the Fourragere as a part of our uniform. Marines originally earned this award as an individual decoration through their heroism, bloodshed, and ultimate sacrifice on the fields of Belleau Wood, Soissons, and Champagne. Since World War I, Marines and Sailors of 2d Battalion, 6th Marines have worn the Fourragere as a unit decoration carrying it into battle at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Okinawa and many other battles, which are listed in this website's article, "Battalion History."


Here's an original design that's been requested quite a bit lately. It's one I've wanted to make for myself for quite some time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015


I own seven custom 1940's / 1950's-style racing jerseys by Hometown Jersey and can't think of any other company out there offering the customization, authentic feel and style, and level of detail that Jill Smith does through her amazing company -- let's not forget the unbeatable price, especially for an American-made product. She recently unveiled her custom t-shirts with an authentic 1950's fit and I couldn't wait to get my grips on a few custom pieces. During this period; however, the new silkscreen TK Smith tee was introduced, which bought me time to decide on a custom felt-lettered tee.

Having owned numerous original 1950's tee's, I can say with full confidence that Jill hit the mark on the fit and feel of these awesome tee's. I ordered a size small (I wear a vintage size 36) and, true to form, these fit like a vintage size small - most of today's "big box" size smalls fit like medium and sometimes even large sizes.

Size Small:
Chest: 18"
Shoulders: 16 1/2"
Length (from top of collar down back): 24 3/4"
Sleeve (seam to end): 6 3/4"
Art by Anika Orrock

The fit is a very close interpretation of a midcentury tee with its slim body and shorter sleeve, unlike modern ill-fitting offerings. It's not your lightweight, thin "burnout" tee, but rather a pleasant light to mid-weight 100% cotton. Overall, this is the perfect gateway to many future custom (and plain) tees by Hometown Jersey. Thanks Jill and TK!!


Okinawa, Japan.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


It's been over three weeks since receiving the black Road Champ Boots  an they've surpassed every expectation I've had of these new kicks with half sole and black surface dye. The toes remain flat Even when worn. Most boots with unstructured toe boxes tend to "inflate" when worn. Those interested in a pair of Engineers with what I feel have the best profile on today's market should invest in the phone call/e-mail to the shop to get your name on the list. Well worth the effort and patience.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


In an upcoming film, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, is stepping into the role of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer for the ‘70s-set film London Town.

It appears, however, they cast the wrong actor. Justin Theroux of American Psycho would have been the better choice, in my opinion.
Justin Theroux (l) wearing vintage Sears Engineer Boots in his personal life,  Jonathan Rhys Meyers (r) on set wearing bulky, non-period correct Wolverine 1000 Mile Stockton boots

Joe Strummer and his Sears Engineer Boots

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


I had a blast creating this latest piece. Each leather product is custom made to order -- unless I have time from work to build my stock. They are completely handcrafted using no machines. This particular belt is 1 1/2" wide with detailed work that occurs even before the leather is cut, dyed and sized. This is no one-hour project by any stretch.

Monday, November 2, 2015



I hope I don't trouble you too much on this question. I am thinking of ordering a pair of new Mister Freedom Road Champ boot. But have no idea what size I should choose.

On the MF website, they suggest to go down half size from the sneaker size. I wear US8 in all Nike, Air Jordan, New Balance and US7 in Red Wing 875

According to their suggestion, I should order RC in size 7½ and I found you happen to wear 7½ in RC so I thought you will be the best person to consult regarding this question.

So would you suggest me order a pair of RC in size 7½.

Once again, thank you for your time and help.

Best Regards,
KAI from Melbourne, Australia


Thank you for the e-mail. I'm glad you contacted me since we wear the same size in footwear, so this is going to be very easy -- I've also helped out people in various sizes. The below info was also provided to another reader of my blog as we are also similar in size.

Here is what I wear:

Nike Free - US 8
New Balance Running - US 8
Red Wing 875 - US7
Converse All Star - US 7
Road Champ - 7.5

Based on the above information, I personally recommend trying out the Road Champ Boots in 7.5. This size provides me with a tiny bit of wiggle room when worn with thick boot socks ... more with thinner socks, of course. I prefer to have more than less room - To remedy any slight and unwanted wiggle room, simply add an insole.

Hope this helps and good luck!