I am excited to work with this acrylic painting from BlackandGoldsf.com

I am excited to work with this acrylic painting from BlackandGoldsf.com

Check out the Louis Walton outlet page for special deals on reduced price items. It is accessible from the link below. www.louiswalton.com/collections/outlet #menswear #menstyle #leathergoods  (at www.louiswalton.com)

Check out the Louis Walton outlet page for special deals on reduced price items. It is accessible from the link below. www.louiswalton.com/collections/outlet #menswear #menstyle #leathergoods (at www.louiswalton.com)

brokeandbespoke:

Outtake.

brokeandbespoke:

Outtake.

brokeandbespoke:

Sorry for the late post today. Them’s the breaks when one leaves their computer at home these days. On the bright side, I got more compliments on my tie today than normal. It’s not hard to see why—it’s a beautiful Louis Walton handsewn three-fold in a large scale repp stripe, courtesy of the man himself. 

brokeandbespoke:

Sorry for the late post today. Them’s the breaks when one leaves their computer at home these days. On the bright side, I got more compliments on my tie today than normal. It’s not hard to see why—it’s a beautiful Louis Walton handsewn three-fold in a large scale repp stripe, courtesy of the man himself. 

fromsqualortoballer:

At the last San Francisco menswear meetup I had the opportunity to catch up with Gregory Walton, the man behind the brand Louis Walton. Greg currently makes custom ties, pocket squares, scarves, and leather goods in the vault level of Wingtip. Anyway, during our conversation he keenly noted that I was still using the nylon factory strap on my new camera, which, needless to say, is a big faux pas in the blogging scene. Not only was Greg polite enough to overlook my folly, but he later messaged me and told me to come swing by the shop and pick up a custom strap, free of charge. Apparently, Greg has the same camera as I do, and used my sartorial misstep as motivation to finish a project he had started. It was a lovely gift from a thoughtful person - anyone who has met Greg knows exactly what I’m talking about. 
The wrist strap is made entirely by hand from lovely chestnut bridle leather. Even the interior lining is leather, which is an area where most people would skimp. Greg’s small business began with ties, but it should come as no surprise that his small leather goods are becoming popular with some of Wingtip’s clients. If you are in the San Francisco area I suggest that you stop in and take a look around next time you’re in the neighborhood.
Oh, and for those that are wondering - the camera above is the Canon EOS-M with the 22mm f/2 lens. You’d better believe I scooped up one of these little guys when the price tanked to under $300 a few months ago.

fromsqualortoballer:

At the last San Francisco menswear meetup I had the opportunity to catch up with Gregory Walton, the man behind the brand Louis Walton. Greg currently makes custom ties, pocket squares, scarves, and leather goods in the vault level of Wingtip. Anyway, during our conversation he keenly noted that I was still using the nylon factory strap on my new camera, which, needless to say, is a big faux pas in the blogging scene. Not only was Greg polite enough to overlook my folly, but he later messaged me and told me to come swing by the shop and pick up a custom strap, free of charge. Apparently, Greg has the same camera as I do, and used my sartorial misstep as motivation to finish a project he had started. It was a lovely gift from a thoughtful person - anyone who has met Greg knows exactly what I’m talking about. 

The wrist strap is made entirely by hand from lovely chestnut bridle leather. Even the interior lining is leather, which is an area where most people would skimp. Greg’s small business began with ties, but it should come as no surprise that his small leather goods are becoming popular with some of Wingtip’s clients. If you are in the San Francisco area I suggest that you stop in and take a look around next time you’re in the neighborhood.

Oh, and for those that are wondering - the camera above is the Canon EOS-M with the 22mm f/2 lens. You’d better believe I scooped up one of these little guys when the price tanked to under $300 a few months ago.

An Argument for Custom Ties

I received an email last week from a client who had a tie accident. He stained the front of his tie at dinner and wanted to know the best place to take his tie to get it cleaned. I told him to bring it in to the shop at Wingtip and I would take care of it.

If you can see the darker areas in the top two pictures then you can see the stained area. It isn’t a very dark spot, but when you know it is there it will bother you. So I took the tie apart and removed the wool lining, this is partially shown in the third picture. The tie is taken apart because only the silk needs to go to the cleaners. The wool lining is replaced after the silk has been replaced. I took the silk to GreenStreets Cleaners (www.greenstreetscleaners.com) in San Francisco and they did an excellent job. They cleaned the tie by hand and lightly pressed the fabric by hand leaving the silk soft and ready to be folded back into shape. The last picture is the tie after I received it from GreenStreets. The dark spot is gone! The lining has been replaced and it is back to normal.

There are reasons besides soup accidents that ties will need to be cleaned or repaired. Over time the length of the tie that makes the outside of the knot will begin to darken as it repeatedly comes into contact with your skin. Also, after being tied many times, the wool lining will start to loose it resiliency. A cleaning and wool lining replacement can bring these ties back to life.

I am going to start offering tie cleaning as a service. At Wingtip I have spoken to not a few people who have 6 and 7 fold ties they love that were ruined by their local cleaners. Ties with 6 and 7 fold do not usually fair well in the laundry because the silk shifts and the folds can fall out of place. The best way to clean one of these ties is to take it apart, clean, and fold again.

urbancomposition:

Italoamericano
Suit by Napolisumisura, tie by Louis Walton.

Working on the Louis Walton briefcase. It is a simple and classic shape with two gussets and a leather handle. The final case will not be this color but the direction I am going for the shape is here. The shape and structure of the bag comes from using different types of leather to build in strength and form, no cardboard or other products, just leather.

I especially like the creases/folds in the one piece gusset. The one piece gusset is not often found for a couple reasons. First, it is a really long narrow piece of leather, 36” in this bag, and depending on how much of a hide has already been cut, a strip that long can’t always be found. Also, if there is leather available for it, it isn’t the most cost effective way. Last, there are extra steps involved to get the gusset to fold correctly and this incurs extra time and expense. I think the benefits of the one piece gusset are worth it. On many cases I see, the stitch at the corner of the gusset comes apart with heavy use. And esthetically, I think the one piece gusset just looks better.

The final bag will be a big step forward. The inside will be finished with a soft light leather and a lockable zippered pocket will be added. Then hardware for the closure will be affixed. Last a space for cards, pens, and maybe a lightly padded pocket for a tablet.

A close up of the edge treatment on the long wallet. Sometimes i like to add an accent color to the edge. The extra lines of color add time and a little expense, but is worth it when producing something a little different.

A close up of the edge treatment on the long wallet. Sometimes i like to add an accent color to the edge. The extra lines of color add time and a little expense, but is worth it when producing something a little different.

The Long Wallet

The long wallet holds 10 cards and has four pockets for bills, receipts, and anything else you think you will need. It is a tad over 7 inches long and just about 4 inches wide. The one pictured has two id slots, because the client needed another slot for a second id. Since there is so much space in a long wallet it very customizable. The leather used for the cover is english bridle leather and the inside is the extra soft natural Essex from Horween. Essex is not talked about as much as shell cordovan or chromexcel, but it is a top notch leather that is perfect for card slots and the inside of wallets because of it’s soft feel. Both of these leathers take on a rich patina. The cover will end up being a deeper, richer, darker brown and the inside will also darken with use. Like all other leather goods I make, it is lined in leather and hand stitched.