Monday, January 17, 2022


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


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.
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.


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