One of the most exciting times of the year is February. Nancy and I get to travel down to Los Angeles and Las Vegas and participate in the most exciting happening in the clothing and design world, Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration. Inspiration you say…what is it. Well if you were ever interested in meeting the underground movers and shakers in the design world, the vintage dealers that work with them, and throw in a culture jam of California surf culture, Japanese travellers and designers and store owners and cool music, well that is Inspiration.
This year I am especially pleased as my good friend Eric Schrader from Junkyard Jeans will be showing off all the latest Himel Brothers Jacket models in his booth on the Queen Mary. Also very exciting news , Himel Brothers is featured in Lightning Magazine’s newest launch, Clutch Magazine.Â Clutch’s North American debut will be at Inspiration. So if you were ever interested in seeing an HBL jacket up front and personal and you happen to live in the Greater Los Angeles area, come on down to the Queen Mary this weekend, or make your way out to Project Las Vegas and give us a look
Well so many things are going on in the new year and I am playing catch up as usual. I have had some great customers last year and I am thankful I’m still here and launching into the new year with exciting new jackets! So I would like to extend a big thankyou to all of you who follow my blogs, and my little tiny company and an especially large thankyou to all those that have bought jackets. I will of course be posting all the reviews by my customers on this blog this month. I am honoured to have so many pleasant compliments in my in box!
So big news for those living in Europe interested in seeing jacket in person. Brett Viberg of Viberg Boots will be previewing some of my jackets at Bread and Butter Berlin this week. If you happen to be in Germany drop in and say hello to Brett, he is not just a fan but a collaborator and is launching his own line of clothing at the show!! Also for my American friends, Himelbros will be going to Los Angeles for Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration Show and will be show cased by Eric Schrader of Junkyard Jeans in his booth at the bottom of the Queen Mary. Come down to the show if you are in L.A. in February to see the action, as some of the best and greatest in the design business will be hanging about shaking hands and kissing cheeks!
One of the great joys of my new found business is designing and developing new jackets. My goal is to make beautiful perfect jackets and make the people wearing them look good. My other goal is to reflect the historical perfection and the uncompromising quality that early jacket makers imbued in their designs. My beautiful wife had been bugging me to come up with a jacket that would reflect her sense of style and at the same time have a cut and design that had some historical panache. The Nyla is the prototype jacket that is in the works. Nance named it for one of the wives in Nanook of the North…the famed early Canadian documentary on the hard life of Inuit in the arctic of Canada. We took the prototype on a test run trip to the rugged north tundra of Newfoundland. The jacket spent a week traveling the historic desolation of Trepassey and remote fishing outports, exploring ancient light houses and British and Irish settlements. Nancy was happy. I gave my vintage wool and Carhartts a run as well.