Filson Duffle Bag and Red Wing Limited Engineer Boots - REDWING1905
The Engineer collection was originally developed for engineers working on America’s railroads. The boots with pull-on styling, used minimal stitching to protect the engineer’s feet from the hot embers that fell from the locomotive’s firebox. The buckled side gusset at the top of the boot allowed for easier bending, a necessary requirement as they needed to continuously shovel more coal into the firebox. The first engineer boots, number 919, appeared in the 1941 catalog—they were advertised as pull-on boots for engineers and truck drivers, the new engineers of the open road.
GANT was founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1949—just steps from the Yale University campus—and was instrumental in shaping the casual mode of dressing that emerged during the post-WWII rise of American sportswear. GANT invented and popularized shirt features such as the button-down collar, the box pleat, the back collar button and the locker loop. Those shirts became associated with the Ivy League look and the Yale Co-op was one of its most famed distributors.
The Yale Co-op was the social hub of the campus—a store where everything a student might need—from toiletries to books to clothing—might be found. In the 1960s, GANT made a shirt collection exclusively for the Yale Co-op, and it is that collection, recreated under an agreement with Yale University’s Office of Marketing and Trademark Licensing, that will now be introduced globally.
Levi’s Made & Crafted - History
Back in the days, it was common practice for Levi’s representatives to personally travel to stores that were not yet carrying their brand, bringing with them a suitcase filled with a selection of their fine products.
After personally taking the store owner through the offering, they would leave a sample of the key elements that make a pair of Levi’s jeans “positively superior”: the Cone denim, the Oilcloth Guarantee Ticket and of course a copper rivet to hold it all together.
This salesman sample was in use from around 1908 up until the early 1930’s and they thought it would be nice to revisit this particular bit of history and base Levi’s® Made & Crafted™ branding and hang tag on it.
Levi’s Made & Crafted recently opened a pop-up shop at Smith + Butler on 225 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11231