HAPPY THANKSGIVING from SECRET FORTS.

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HIT MAKER : OAK STREET TRAPPER BOOT.


Oak Street Bootmakers, a long time friend of SFs and written about quite often around these parts, just keeps cranking out some damn good looking, US bench made footwear. One of their recent releases, along with the extremely handsome Color 8 Dainite Sole Trench Boot, is another handsome make up, their new chukka style Trapper Boot in khaki suede. The run down…
Khaki Horween Calico waterproof suede. Hand-stitched moccasin construction. Vibram 2060 sole. Form-fitting inner. Waxed stitching. Rawhide laces. Handcrafted in the USA. $352. #Booyah.
According to George, “The Horween Calico leather that was selected for this boot is a waterproof suede – developed for year-round durability. The Trapper Boot is the first time Oak Street Bootmakers has made use of the Vibram 2060 sole. Originally developed for sportsmen, it provides a unique silhouette and is incredibly lightweight – allowing for all day comfort. As with all Oak Street Bootmakers footwear, the Trapper Boot is crafted by hand, one pair at a time – on a bench, in Maine, the old fashioned way.”

‘Nuff said…Click over to Oak Street to have a look.

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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING : APOLIS FW14 TRANSIT ISSUE OUTERWEAR.


A long time friend to and longer term fan of the fellas over at the social responsibility minded Apolis Global, our relationship grew out of early posts on the first Secret Fort on early collections of theirs. One thing that initially got my attention and always stood out for me then (and has continued to ever since) is their outerwear. Being responsible for what now can assuredly be considered a “modern classic”, the indigo wool chore coat, Raan, Shea and co. have once again raised the bar with their recently released Transit Issue technical jackets designed and constructed to take just about anything you can throw at em.




 

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OUT/ABOUT/HERE/THERE/THEN/NOW






It’s been a big year with a very long absence from duties here and so, as a result, a monster of a post here. I’ve added “THEN/NOW” to the title of this particular one as it feels like more of a significant timeline than any previous OUT/ABOUTs as it spans nearly 3/4s of 2014. The gutting and renovating of our Secret Fort on a quiet hill here in Nashville has been the most difficult and rewarding of projects I’ve undertaken. But with that mostly behind us, the intention is to get back to the rebuilding of this, the original Secret Fort, with an eventual re-design and a re-dedication to the creation of its content. That said, stay with me here, check out SFs companion site As Is Shop where you’ll find gently used items from SFs archived past Head to Toes along with other good things and the once in a while special project. Like I said, it’s been a big year and I hope for things to only get bigger and better. And thanks for still coming around these parts to find the fort.
 

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS : As Is Shop


As Is Shop is an online project offering up for sale items from the SFs Head to Toe archives as well as some other cool things and the occasional special project here and there. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Over the coming weeks and months, wrinkles will be ironed out as items rotate through. So please bear with me.
The initial group of 25 items are up now with more to come.
Shipping (UPS ground) within the US right now. Head over now to have a look. Hope you find something you like.
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ANTE, UPPED : THE HILL-SIDE AW14 COLLECTION.


Fresh on the heels of their custom shirting program that debuted at the Pop Up Flea this past December, the good fellas behind The Hill-Side have upped the ante yet again. In a big way.
 

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OUT/ABOUT/HERE/THERE.






 

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SNAKE OIL SALESMEN.


Something’s afoot in Long Beach CA. Established by Ben Neuhaus and Josh Eck, the recently-opened online (for now) shop Snake Oil Provisions is the result of two friends coming together over a genuine and earnest appreciation of hard-wearing, long-lasting American made goods. Having put together a solid initial roster, SOP takes a straight forward approach in the choosing and stocking of quality brands, among them Tennessee’s own Pointer Brand, the SF-based Taylor Stitch, boots by Chippewa, bags from Filson and denim by Rogue Territory. And in keeping with the wouldn’t sell it if we wouldn’t wear it ethos, all brands the two wear daily and back 100%. Along with simply stocking Rogue Territory (on a tear as of late with the extremely dope, already sold out Rogue Territory x Need Supply Co. 2013 Supply II Jacket), SOP have teamed up with their friend Karl Thoennessen in the creation of their own (and first of what I assume to be many) collaboration, the extremely limited RGT x SOP Washed Pure Indigo Work Shirt.
 

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