Clutch Magazine Japan! Himel Brothers…….

Himel Brothers Leather would be nowhere without the support of friends and our customers.  This month with the generous time of Matt Barnes Photography http://mattbarnesphoto.tumblr.com/ , my friend James Thompson, and the excellent team at Clutch Magazine in Japan we are very proud to have this story featured.  Clutch is a cutting edge magazine featuring the best of the best of craftsmanship globally.  Hopefully there will be an english version coming soon!


Inspiration Los Angeles: Leaving and Arrivals

I am always striving to document my leather jacket project down to the last detail.  Sometimes it seems absurd to share as many moments as I do.  I think about why I try to blog about my brand and the answer I come up with is to share the experience of building my company from the ground up.  Each move, each meeting is like a piece on a chessboard.  I am learning as I go.  After attending Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration Show for two years running I was considering not making it down this year.  I was thinking that way until I received a call that a very exciting new Japanese magazine was going to feature a story on my new brand in  the centerfold.  The magazine was launching its promotional edition on the Queen Mary for the Inspiration show.  I couldn’t miss it!  As soon as the news was out I received phone calls from my old friends in vintage, customers and my new friends in fashion all asking me if I was coming down. Well that sealed the deal.  Pack the bags and time to get some sun.  I had to assemble all the new jackets that I had been working on, and come up with some emergency printed material.  Luckily I had been working on catalogs and hang tags in the evenings leading up to the event so  with some last minute tweaks it was off to the printers.

Nancy and I hauled ourselves onto a flight to L.A.  Well lucky me we found a direct flight, unlucky me some guy coughing with the flu in the seat behind me infected me and yet again I was going to spend my first 4 days in sunshine feeling like a corpse.  Never mind that…there is nothing like the lights of Las Vegas to signal the approach into LAX.  Unplug the headphones and prepare for rentals and warmth I say!  First order of duty check into the Beverly Laurel hotel.  One of the few hotels that Nancy will let me stay at.  Second call straight to Canters for a late night tongue sandwich!  We got up early, down to the iconic Swingers restaurant and off to check out the best stores in Los Angeles.  I will write about those stores on my other blog The Art of Vintage Leather Jackets…but lets just say I saw some old friends like Christophe and met some new friends like Davide and Blair!  L.A. is a wild place on wheels!