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Product: Urbanite - Vertical Briefcase
Styling tips: Always on the go I don't compromise on practicality vs. originality in design, I want both. And in gloomy weather days like this, carrying a 13" laptop means a work-attire bag that can manage the rain is very much needed. Yep, loving my @ro_bags !
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Most people know Berlin as the metropolitan capital of Germany. But there is a lesser known Berlin tucked away in a small town in Wisconsin, USA. It's the home of W.C. Russell Moccasin Company, a very unique shoemaker. They are unique because they have been stubborn, very stubborn indeed, since 1898. Yes, that's 117 years in the making!
A staple and an established name in the world of hunting, W.C. Russell’s shoes have been worn by presidents, head of states, Hollywood actors and the avid outdoorsmen for generations. But I only came across W.C. Russell's shoes several years ago on a trip to New York. My initial impression was that these shoes were very much CRAFTED (as opposed to manufactured). From the selection of leather and sole; to the solid brass eyelets and the hand-stitched front part of the shoe, these shoes had a special quality about them. But the magic happened when I tried on the shoes. The way the leather wraps and hugged my feet was unique, it felt like a glove for my feet. After reading more about W.C. Russell’s philosophy, I learned that this feet-hugging quality comes from their ‘true moccasin construction’.
Most shoemakers have outsourced their production overseas to take advantage of lower labor cost in order to increase profit margins. But not W.C. Russell Moccasin Co.. They have remained in Berlin, Wisconsin since 1898. In fact many of the sewing machines in their production plant have been with them for 100 years. The craftsmen and the people who work there also stay for a very long time, sometimes spanning generations. So this was what I meant by stubborn. They have been making their shoes and boots in the same way (with the same machines and craftsmen) they have been doing it since more than a century ago. And stubborn, in this context, is a very good thing.
W.C. Russell's Moccasin Shoes are available at ro K11 shop.
Our Lee Reverse Portfolio is shortlisted as the finalist for Best Accessory in this year's Carryology Carry Awards. Voting closes on 20 Feb, 2015 (Fri). Please follow the link below and vote for us!
Special thanks to fashion and lifestyle webzine Obscura Magazine for the amazing introduction and stunning photos!
Photo courtesy: www.obscura-magazine.com