I do not like outsourced production of products. Overall, I believe that it has absolutely no place in the Amekaji scene. To me, any product that is outsourced does not deserve to have the word “heritage” ascribed to it. There are some exceptions, of course. Technically, The Rite Stuff is outsourced because it’s a brand… Continue reading How Good are Outsourced Boots and Shoes? Grant Stone Review
For most people who are into Amekaji-heritage clothing (raw denim, boots, leather jackets, flannels, etc) the quality of the clothing is a major factor in why they get into and stick with this hobby. Wanting something that is made well and made ethically matters to most of us. If we aren’t buying things that are… Continue reading What the heck is “Heritage Menswear” Anyway?
Indonesia is currently a hotbed for Amekaji-heritage clothing. Actually, much of Southeast Asia is right now. However, if there is one thing that sets Indonesia apart from other countries in their area, it’s the fact that they’re making a lot of products domestically, especially boots. There are a lot of Indonesian bootmakers that have been… Continue reading How Good are Indonesian Boots? Onderhoud Handmade Boot Review
Last year, I did a series of polls to discover which boot brand was most popular according to my followers. Despite my proclivity for high end, expensive, and often relatively obscure brands, I fully expected brands like Red Wing, Viberg, or even Truman to win. However, to my very pleasant surprise, the winner was John… Continue reading Is John Lofgren Becoming the High End Red Wing?
The five pocket jean is said to be classic Americana, perhaps more American than apple pie, baseball, and even obesity. Who then could possibly make a better pair of jeans than the land of muscle cars and blue collars? Japan, apparently. Over the decades, those blue collars have largely been exported to other regions, especially… Continue reading Made in Japan vs. Made In USA: Are Japanese Jeans and Boots Better?
I am an extremely opinionated person. If you have read even one article here, you will know that. However, I am aware that there are people with opinions that are not the same as my own. This, coupled with the fact that I am always interested in the dynamics of the raw denim and heritage… Continue reading The Boot Battle: What is the Most Popular Boot Brand?