C.C. Filson Co. x Vans Vault

Currently available at Bows and Arrows for $98.00 and $80.00 respectively is the newest collaboration from the respected Seattle workwear/outdoor wear company Filson.  Just recently Filson launched their collaboration with the world famous Levi Strauss and Co. using denim to recreate some of Filson's most cherished items and using tin cloth to recreate Levi's well-known Type 3 Trucker jacket (check out The Pursuit Aesthetic for the low down or head over to the Ace Hotel in New York or Seattle to see it in person).

This time Filson has teamed up with Vans to recreate two styles in the Vans Vault line using Filson's tin cloth and bridle leather, the Sk8-Hi, my favorite of the two, and the 46 LX.  The shoes definitely have a different feel from the Southern California surf scene that most of their shoes seem to be categorized as.  And with a pair of hiking boot laces for the Sk8-Hi's I don't see how you can go wrong this fall.  Pick up your pair by heading over to Bows and Arrows or give them a call at 510.649.6683 to order your pair now.

FORTUNATE AND FREE


Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Sing.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

In the Mail: Parrot Canvas for the Woodlands Supply Co.

The Portland, OR based Woodlands Supply Co., formerly known as Hecklewood, teamed up with Parrott Canvas of North Carolina, favorite of mine and a everyday part of my wardrobe, to bring you a limited run of backpacks in both a natural and navy blue duck cotton with a suede bottom and felted wool straps.  The simple back form and detailing screams Oregon, probably why this is in the mail coming my way right now.

One Year Later: Billykirk No. 155 Card Case


My one year old Billykirk No. 155 card case as taken by Dave Mongan in comparison with my card case as taken by the Chris and Kirk at Billykirk right after it was made.