SECRET FORTS » 2013 » September A COLLECTION OF GOOD THINGS Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:23:46 +0000 en hourly 1 B-ROLL : THE HILL-SIDE AW13 OUTTAKES. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:26:13 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>

I have had the pleasure over the years to work on a number of special projects with the brothers Corsillo (most of which have been fairly well documented here) and so in keeping with that streak, a few weeks back, I had the chance to tag along with the guys from The Hill-Side and photographer (and all around good guy) William Gentle, aka Backyard Bill, driving all over the great borough of Brooklyn as we selected, arranged and shot the always-great, latest collection from The Hill-Side.

The idea for this book, and a departure from books in the past, was to subtract the human form while maintaining a very strong sense of the human element by shooting in the homes of good friends and compatriots from all corners of Brooklyn. With a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” thing happening, in some photos, the pieces from the FW13 collection take a moment of looking for amid their settings and in others, the pieces themselves become the obvious focus of the shot. All of which, in sequence, make for an interesting way both to see the collection in a different context as well as getting a fascinating view into the varied lives of those who took part and the spaces they call home.
And in that spirit, an enormous thanks to all those who allowed us to invade those very personal spaces for a few hours.
Available now at Hickoree’s of course and fine retailers coast to coast and beyond.

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THE TRENCH BOOT 2.0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:40:10 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
When OSB‘s George Vlagos set out to create the Trench Boot, based off an old beat up pair of GI’s boots from the 40′s he’d picked up years before, it turned into a design process that would span five years, countless tweaks and modifications and plenty of wear testing. To hold just the right shape, and not satisfied with what was available, an entirely new last, the Elston, was created embodying the spirit of the Windy City and named after the street on which the citys’ own venerable, 107 year old Horween Leather is located. That resulted in the popular addition last year of an OSB staple, the trench boot, until now, only available in natural. Now, almost a year later and after request upon request, comes the trench boot in beautiful, rich brown Horween Chromexcel.

True Goodyear Welt Construction. Oiled leather Waterlock soles(the soles are soaked in oil to prevent water from seeping in). Stacked leather heel with Vibram toplift. Calfskin vamp lining. $426.
And as always, like all Oak Street footwear, these bad boys are fully recraftable and made in the good ole USofA(#duh).
Available today exclusively at Oak Street Bootmakers.
Side note, if you’re in the Chicago vicinity, be sure to stop in to Independence. Where else but on Oak Street.
47 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 675-2105

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OUT/ABOUT/HERE/THERE. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:21:43 +0000 mrforts

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