SECRET FORTS » 2012 » November A COLLECTION OF GOOD THINGS Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:23:46 +0000 en hourly 1 GET HANDSOME : POP UP FLEA. (#duh) Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:32:56 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>

Pop Up Flea. A Continuous Goldberg’s fifth go around. This needs little by way of introduction or description. Lots of great people involved, loads of great stuff. Man up, get over there and get handsome. Today Through Sunday.

Pop Up Flea V
Friday, Nov 30th 3pm – 9pm
Saturday, Dec. 1st 11am – 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 2nd 11am – 6pm

Drive-In Studios
443 W. 18th Street (nr. 10th Ave.)

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“From infinity down to ten inches.”

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HEAD TO TOE : SAY CHEESE. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:37:18 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>

* Filson Cover Cloth Packer Hat / Salt Optics Braun
* WWM Chambray Camp Shirt / The Hill-Side Speckled Blanket Lining Tie / Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Coat / Batten Travel Shell Parka
* Stanley & Sons 23oz Selvedge Denim Tote / Vintage Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera / Seiko SNK809
* RRL Buckle Back Selvedge Chino / Leather Man Ltd.Trace Carrier Belt
* Two Feet Ahead Indigo Tweed Socks / Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Pebble Grain Cap Toe Boots

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MOVING PICTURES : A JACKET FOR LIFE. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:34:36 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Attendant to the recent post on my 12+ year old Bedale comes “an intimate portrait of the relationship between Barbour and its customers seen through the Customer Services Dept at South Shields…” This wonderfully shot video directed by Jan Cawood & Magali Pettier for Tin Man Films UK, not only focuses on the plainly functional, enduring (repaired when necessary) quality of the Barbour but more so the deep attachments formed between garment and wearer. That and the strange things people leave in their pockets. All of which I can personally attest to.

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AGENDA : MIKAEL KENNEDY at WOLVERINE COMPANY STORE, NYC. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:11:07 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
This past April, lucky bastards and damn good photographers, the Impossibly Cool Sean Sullivan and Trespasser Mikael Kennedy set out from LA on a month-long 5,600 mile road trip along the back ways, gravel roads and dirt trails into the wilds of this great nation. This great endeavor, graciously sponsored by the venerable American bootmaker Wolverine, took the name Ramblers Bone and after thousands of miles, a selection of Mikael’s work goes up Thursday November 29th at the Wolverine Company Store. Be sure to ramble on over.
Opening reception 6:30-9
Wolverine Company Store
242 Elizabeth Street
NY, NY 10012

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OUTABOUTHERETHERE. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:53:04 +0000 mrforts

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THE FALL THREE : DARIAN HOCKING, FREE/MAN. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:13:49 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Darian Hocking. Free/Man. Gentlemen’s Reserve. My friend to the North, doing great things there in Victoria, BC. Perpetually seem to miss one another while he’s in NYC. A daily read, always enjoy checking in on Free/Man. Here, Darian runs you through his Fall Three.

1)Communal Dinners : Weekends in the fall are spent with great friends, getting together to enjoy delicious seasonal food, good drinks and relaxing. Spending time with the important people in my life is a huge focus for me so often times my girlfriend and I end up hosting these dinners. Communal meals always seem to be the best way to savour time with friends and family.
(Photo Credit: Leo Patrone)

2) Viberg Service Boot : I had these Custom Service Boots made for me back in the spring, and I’ve worn the hell out of them ever since. I used what was left of the remaining harness leather at Viberg, had it stitched down to a Cristy Vibram sole with a brogue toe cap, and added brass eyes. These boots are perfect for the rainy fall season here on the coast. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a solidly built boot for those cold months.

3) West Coast Time Outs : Admittedly, my surfing skills are novice at best, though I try. I also enjoy the Fall & Winter storm watching season in the tiny coastal town of Tofino. Every year at the end of December, we rent a cabin on the beach to unwind and ring in the new year. It’s a sleepy little town with incredible natural parks, hiking and the beauty of the incredible ocean literally at our doorstep. My good friend Jeremy Koreski is a talented photographer based there. He shoots almost exclusively for Patagonia and other outdoor/surf brands. If you can’t get here, have a scroll through his site to get an idea of the amazing scenery I’m talking about. (Photo Credit: Jeremey Koreski)
Glad to have you on board Darian. Thanks.

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THE FALL THREE : SANDY CORSILLO, THE HILL-SIDE / HICKOREE’S. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:29:40 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Sandy “not-the-super-storm” Corsillo. AKA @the_dusky. The other half of The Hill-Side and Hickoree’s. Another Corsillo I am so fond of. One of the greatest guys around. Happy to present my pal Sandy Corsillo’s nostalgia-tinged Fall Three.

As I get older the change of seasons seems to have less and less of an impact on me. I live near my office which is semi-climate controlled. There are no trees around to watch change. No raking, shoveling, Mowing etc. The getting dark early thing is noticeable, and sucks, but not as much as when I was young. When all I wanted to do was be outside skateboarding or whatever. So the things that I do notice are often related to my childhood. Its the nostalgia I notice more than the actual things in my current life. These are the three things that are “bringing me back” this year.”
-The Dusky.

1) Golf: I started playing again in earnest this year. Probably played 40+ rounds and loved every minute of it. But it has been the rounds I’ve played lately that have been the most memorable. There’s something almost heart aching about walking down the 14th hole while the sun sets. The course has a deserted feel as the sound of leaves blowing across the fairway take on a dark an almost cinematic quality. The cold starts to become noticeable and as I begin to pick up my pace, thinking less about my score than the distance I need to walk to get to the clubhouse before dark. In these moments I’m brought back to my fall evenings in Connecticut. I’m too far from home and its too late and the excitement of being on my own turns to nervousness and a little fear. So I run, and by the time I’m home I’m sweating and hot and cold at the same time and nothing can be better than the blast of heat as I open the front door and feel truly safe. When a round of golf turns into a childhood walk through the woods I feel truly content.

2) Dates: Spring and summer are about freedom for me — partying and sex. Fall and winter are about dating and cuddling… and also sex. Going on dates while its cold out brings me back to the early days. Sneaking out of the movie theatre my parents just dropped me off at so I could walk to the nearby park and kiss the girl who’s 10PM calls have made the start of another long school year bearable. The cold creeping in and the early darkness bring a nervousness back that the warm long nights of summer made seem impossible. And I want to share those nights.

3) Road Sodas: Those who know me know that I prefer canned beer to wine, and a brown bag to a stein. Drinking outdoors is always better than indoors . In the summer that’s easy — it takes dedication in the fall. But beer never tastes as good as when its too cold to hold in your bare hand. When it is not allowed. Road sodas for me are about the danger. Like when my best friend and I hid a 30 pack in the woods for two week so we could sneak out of his house after his parents went to sleep. We met up with a group of girls, by the gazebo, at exactly 12:30. (no cell phones back then). The beer was skunked and freezing cold and we all shivered as we played “never have I ever” in the moonlight. That night my buddy and I rode our bikes home drunk and when we got there the lights were on and we were in soooo much trouble. But before my parents were called, before the worst hangover ever, out in the night, shivering and buzzed, we were free in a way we had never been before.

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HEAD TO TOE : EVERYBODY POLKA. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:01:52 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>

* Secret Forts + FairEnds Deadstock Tweed Beauty / Lookmatic FDR
* Over-dyed (originally grey) Gitman Vintage polka dot Chambray / J.S. Homestead indigo “Beach” vest / Wallace & Barnes Bransome Jacket / Owner Operator backpack
* WWM zip pocket chinos / J. Press Ring Belt / The Hill-Side + Gentlemen’s Reserve pocket square
* Postalco Spiral Notebook / Zebra F-701 / Seiko SNZG15 / Summit Creek Dry Goods Leather Keychain 01 / Truman(Teranishi) Handcrafted Minimalist Chromexcel Wallet / Apolis Transit Issue Lighter / Case Sod Buster jr.
* Uniqlo Red Marled socks / Red Wing No. 8105 Maize Abilene Work Oxford

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