To all my brothers alike, Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
As i slowly merge away from Anchor Division (don’t worry it wont die), I begin on my new project. I had this project in mind for the past couple of years ever since i was out of the military. I not only wanted to review tactical gear, garments and weapon systems, but design new and upcoming which i secretly have. Today, I invite you all to follow my inspirational blog while i get the full website up and running.
I appreciate all who have been following Anchor Division in the past and hope that whoever is interested in following me on my new journey is welcome.
Military Life Ethos
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home
Eastman Leather - Fall / Winter 2012
Eastman Leather’s Autumn/Winter 2012 offering. Gary Eastman, bossman and founder, was good enough to talk us through the line-up. It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer dedication and hard work that goes into producing these jackets. Trying to recreate functional, military, leather garments with all their bells and (literally in some cases) whistles, is no mean feat.
With an encyclopedic knowledge and an obvious passion for these pieces, Gary has been able to produce spot-on replicas. Even in the case of the updated A-2 ‘Slender‘ – a more slimeline, modern take on the classic, everything is as it should be. USAAF spec plain weave cotton, Crown zipper, worsted wool knit cuffs
Buzz Rickson’s Autumn/Winter 2012 – A Closer Look
We start off today with Rickson’s. While they’ve long be regarded as masters of the repro, a cult label, there’s always been something accessible about the brand. The lines are a mix of pieces exact to the originals; military outerwear, flying leathers etc, all of which tend to attract the vintage-head crowd. Alongside this, easy to wear sweats, t-shirts and footwear that wouldn’t feel out of place in any modern get-up. In the same vein, we we’re particularly impressed by Rickson’s sub label, Aviation Associates. Ever the creative bunch, the designers felt they wanted more room to produce pieces which weren’t strictly reproductions but took elements of classics to make something familiar. We point you towards the incredible Number 7 leather sleeved jacket and the canvas Mackinaw coat.
While we stare for an inappropriate amount of time at the patch heavy, olive nylon L-2 and MA-1 jackets, take a look through the gallery for more of the good stuff. Carry on over at Buzz Rickson’s.
Daily Purchase // Ludwig Van x Quintin ’Scout Series’ Caps
I don’t usually wear fitteds, snapback or even much hatting for that matter. I went into Persona Premium goods in Nashua and saw this hat. Being former military, the hat featured deadstock military fabrics from WWII Era and also incorporated parachute material for the brim. Also inside the cap, a pocket made from Selvedge Denim to put money in. This is one of the few hats ill actually wear.