We recently imported some wool ties from Italy that were made in the 1950s. Here’s the backstory.
A couple of months ago, Lynn over at Archival Clothing introduced us to a lady in Italy (a good start) who had recently discovered hundreds of wool ties from the 1950s in the basement of a family-owned garment factory near Milan that sews for some of the top labels in the world.
The factory is the quintessential Italian family-owned business, where the parents and children all work together using machinery that their parents and grandparents built, and where a few boxes of ties lost are just a few grains lost in the sands of time. At some point in the 1950s, these skinny wool ties where cleaved from the herd and sat in a cellar for over 60 years until our contact in Italy discovered them.
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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s the world’s fastest sailboat.
A team of architects, engineers, and seasoned yachtsman led by Alain Thébault are hard at work in a Parisian workshop to refine and prep the world's fastest sailboat, the Hydroptere, for its latest and largest challenge: tackling the world record for the transpacific crossing between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
It's taken nearly 20 years for the devoted team behind Hydroptere to arrive at the perfect integration of lightness and robustness. Thébault built the first version back in 1985, and Hydroptere broke its first record in 2005. Since then, the sailboat has gone on to break several more.
A Flintstones-inspired home in the Portuguese countryside. Yabba dabba doo.
Perched on a hill in the Portuguese countryside is yet another example of odd, eccentric architecture. Apparently inspired by The Flintstones and the aesthetic of Stone Age living, the Stone House, or Casa do Penedo, sent interwebers astir, calling out, "Hoax!" But as it turns out the house does in fact exist. The Daily Mail even found it on Google Maps.
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Here are a few Diversions that we think are worth your while.
We designed the Huckberry mailer to be the perfect lunch time read. So in addition to launching new sale events and blog posts, you'll also find a section we call Diversions, which features the interesting articles, videos, and resources that you'll find the Huckberry team G-chatting to each other throughout the workweek and sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
1. The Jumper: Baumgartner'ed out? Understandable. But William Langewiesche offers a fresh take that's worth reading. / Vanity Fair
Since May 2008, David LaFerriere has drawn monsters, donuts, and a whole lot more on his kids’ sandwich bags. Best dad ever.
And the award for the Best Dad In The Catalogued Universe goes to …. David LaFerriere!
"Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids' sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. I take a picture and post to Flickr. My kids don't see the drawing until it is lunchtime. The challenges are coming up with an idea and then drawing quickly and directly on the bag, every line counts. Always include juice, fruit and snack. Sandwiches made usually with whole wheat and love." - David LaFerriere
Kazuyoshi Watanabe of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market created a toy tuna to help children hone their sushi skills.
While kids here in the U.S. are playing with their Lincoln Logs, Legos, and a bunch of other toys that I could name to show how out of touch I am with the zeitgeist, children in Japan are quietly honing their sushi skills thanks to Kazuyoshi Watanabe of Tokyo's famed Tsukiji Fish Market.
Watanabe, owner of a wholesale tuna stand at Tsukiji Fish Market, teamed up with toy maker Hobbystock to create a model that teaches children how to properly dissect fish. The 10-part model costs about $300 and comes with a chopping board, large knife, cooler packaging, and, of course, model maguro (tuna).
If you’re on Instagram, highly recommend that you follow Kevin Russ, the “Ansel Adams of the iPhone.”
The full-time traveller and explorer is currently criss-crossing the American West, capturing the vistas, landmarks, people, and animals on his iPhone 5, and sharing the photos with his over 40k Instagram followers.
They don’t come any tougher than Jim Bowie. Exhibit A: The Great Sandbar Fight of 1827.
Thanks to Rambo, Commando, and Crocodile Dundee, you're likely familiar with the Bowie knife, which today has come to signify any large sheath knife with a crossguard and a clip point. Yet these three men would melt in the presence of Jim Bowie, the man who launched and carved his namesake knife into the conscious of America in a brawl known as The Sandbar Fight.
In 1827, Bowie was attending a duel – much like we attend a movie today – between two other men on a sandbar outside of Natchez, Mississippi. After two shots and no injuries, the duel ended with a handshake. As the duelers and spectators began to walk away from the scene, a shot was fired. Although not intended for him, the bullet hit Bowie. Pandemonium broke out, and the all-out brawl now known as The Sandbar Fight began.
From The Robert Redford Story to The Dog Stars, these are the Diversions that we think are worth your while.
We designed the Huckberry mailer to be the perfect lunch time read. So in addition to launching new sale events and blog posts, you'll also find a section we call Diversions, which features the interesting articles, videos, and resources that you'll find the Huckberry team G-chatting to each other throughout the workweek. Herewith, the last two weeks of Huckberry Diversions…Oh, and make sure you sign up for our awesome and infrequent emails.
1. The Robert Redford Story: They don't come any better than The Sundance Kid. / Esquire
2. Tough Ruck Soldiers: 15 soldiers ran the Boston Marathon with 40 pound rucks. When the bombs went off, they jumped in to help. / Mother Jones
A brief history of Yosemite’s Firefall phenomenon.
Back in 1872, before “Yosemite” became “Yosemite National Park”, the owners of a hotel situated at the top of Yosemite’s Glacier Point – aptly named the Glacier Point Hotel – treated their guests to a nightly campfire.
As the night wound down and the time came to put the fire out, the owners would simply kick the coal over the edge of the nearby cliff. To visitors and inhabitants across the way, the sight turned into a spectacle, for as the embers fell, they created an illusion of molten lava pouring down the great granite monolith. Subsequent requests to see the “Firefall” – also aptly named – sparked a tradition that lasted nearly a hundred years.