Not able to find the perfect globe for his father on his 80th birthday, Peter Bellerby took matters into his own hands. He designed one himself and in 2008, due to the large popularity of his globes, Bellerby & Co Globemakers was founded.
He and his team create the sphere out of plaster and then glue the triangular strips, or ‘gore’ to the sphere, without any ripping or ripples. His technique took 18+ months to perfect and over 100 globes were tossed into the scrap pile along the way. To quote Peter, ‘…any mistake on the sphere is then multiplied by Pi…so its extremely important to get the sphere 100% correct, its the base of the entire project.’
This past week Allen Edmonds, the 91 year old footwear brand out of Port Washington WI launched a small collection of apparel. There are enough pieces to create 8-10 classic looks, which can be seen below, but what is most important about this launch is that 90% of this collection was made right here, in the USA.
Paul Grangaard, the brands President and CEO states ‘This is all about great American styling combined with American manufacturing authenticity…Allen Edmonds has proven that world class shoes can be handcrafted in America. Now we’re going to help show the world that it also can still be done in amazing clothing and leather goods.’ With the manufacturing of this line, Allen Edmonds, along with their production partners were able to create and fill more than 280 skilled labor jobs, all filled by the american worker.
Along with this launch, the company has also re-braneded themselves and have picked up the tag line, ‘An American Original’. The logo is clean, simple and classic, which really speaks to the brand and their offering.
Dockers ‘Men of Style’ featured Northeast Ohio’s own Michael Williams, co-foudner of Paul+Williamsand creator of one of the best menswear/Americana blogs, AContinuous Lean. Michael expresses his thought on classic styling, where he finds inspiration and what he wants to see his grandson wearing. I cannot agree more with what he has to say and I have already started to influence my own son on how important classic styling is to a man.
A few Sunday’s ago I came across an article about J.G. Francis and his partner Sean Johnstun in the NYT Style Magazine. These two gents founded Mercedes Motoring out their love for vintage Mercedes. Francis and Johnstun find these classics, give them the needed TLC and turn them back into the gems they were when they rolled off the production line in the late 60’s and 70’s. Francis states ‘in my opinion they are the best mass-production cars ever made’.
They do have some conditions on what auto’s they will/will not refurbish. It must have low mileage and be mostly original with respect to paint, interior, and drivetrain. There must be extensive documented history validating their low miles and it needs to have been well-maintained and garage-kept.
The team will find an auto for you if you don’t like their current inventory. They only ask for some info and a $1500 deposit to begin the search. Their site has a few currently up for sale, including photos of past works and testimony from current owners. Here is just a sampling of what Mercedes Motoring has to offer.