Bread and Butter Berlin 2012

This was a very exciting summer for me.  I had the chance to attend and show Himel Brothers Leather at Bread and Butter in the beautiful city of Berlin.  Having never been to Berlin Nancy and I jumped on the chance to find new customers and meet supporters.  It was the perfect choice as many of my European friends rarely get the opportunity to fly to North America.  We arrived in the city to find ourselves staying in one of the coolest areas of the former Eastern Block  and is the historic core of Berlin.  We rented an apartment and found ourselves smack dab in front of bars and cafes and possibly one of the most wonderful transit systems on the planet.  Oh German beer and subways make my home town of Toronto pale in Comparison.  We set up for the show in the exclusive Lock section of the Tempelhof airport.  This historic building was one of the biggest on the earth when built, and even had an underground factory and rail system.  This was flooded by the Russians in WW 2 as unexploded booby traps laced the underground floors.  So we were hanging out on top of bombs!  I met amazing people during the show.  Viberg and I shared a booth, and the brands like Pike Brothers, Merz B. Schwanen, Nigel Cabourn, and Dehen sweaters were all hangin out.  Everyday was an A list fashion event, with dinners and meetings to boot.  While we were spending time shaking hands and having meetings with stores like 14Oz, VMC and The Self Edge, at night it was all dinners and parties.  The lads from Silvetto came down from Scandinavia, and many of my good Japanese friends from The Flathead, Lightning and Clutch magazines spent hours eating, chatting and giving me excellent advice!!  I was super excited meeting  Fredrick, Eric Jost and Roger Hatt for the first time in person, and the whole Flathead team. I wish I could detail every single bit here but suffice to say Berlin was awesome and so was the Pizza!


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 , 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!

The Black Keys: Customer Profiles

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One of the bonus of what I do is that the people really really into good jackets, vintage jackets seek me out through the web.  Until the availability of free blogging I was basically hidden away here in Toronto.  With the advent of the blogger platform I have been able to reach out to cool jacket heads all over the planet.  One of the coolest I’ve met is Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.  A few months back  Dan bought a specialized Avro D Pocket jacket from me to tour in.  My good friend Matt at Immogene and Willy introduced us.  My global network of new friends keeps expanding!  Dan is super cool and while was in town he brought his tourmates including Gus by my warehouse to check out Himel Brothers Jackets and order some new ones. Super cool fun, the best part is that he really knows his shit.  Dan brought the Arctic Monkeys by too.  Alex and Matt  love their Lewis Leathers which is awesome  because the owner Derek Harris is a pal and we go way back!  They also were a laugh all the way from Sheffield, England, where I spend some of my youth!  They hung out for a bit but my jackets were not their style…but the vintage Brooks two tone looked cool.  Second best part: reminded me of why I got into the jacket making business which was to make people look cool and not have to wear craptastic jackets! Im learning…hopefully the historical designs will get better.