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Suitcases & Swiss Army Knives

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One of my earliest memories involves a Swiss Army knife, handled by my dad –slicing a tomato– while on the road, somewhere in the Alps. Before I even knew what a logo was, that of Victorinox –the historic manufacturer of the knives– was engraved on my psyche.

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Japanese Jackets on The Garbstore

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It seems that everywhere I go, these days, is cold. I was in Marseille for work last week and thought, when I got off the plane, that I’d freeze before making it to my hotel. I didn’t. But I sure hoped I had brought a couple of extra jackets to layer up. Over the weekend, I checked out a few of my favorite e-shops to see if I could find a sturdy over shirt on sale to wear under my camel overcoat. Instead, I found two cool Japanese jackets on London-based e-shop Couverture & The Garbstore.

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Chapal Leather Jackets & Co

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We started this blog -nearly six years ago now!- to write about entrepreneurs, independent designers and the heritage brands that inspire them. Today, we’re telling you about Chapal, one of those inspiring labels, a French company in operation since 1832 that specializes in quality leather and fur, and is known for representing the best of two worlds that are dear to our heart: utilitarian uniforms and French class.

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