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Markowski, Paris

Sorry for the lo-res pic. I was in Paris and wanted to check out a few clothing/shoe stores and Markowski was near the top of my list. I had heard about them through PutThisOn as a maker of classic and affordable shoes.

The store was very friendly and welcoming. The staff is incredible, I wasn’t looking to buy a pair but George one of the workers talked to me for over an hour about the quality of the shoes in his store and those of all shoes everywhere, all in english. All the models I saw were solid, I have a couple of pairs of Allen Edmonds and they were in that class.

I asked him about options from buying from the States and he was really open and straightforward. He says to e-mail/call him and send a stencil of your foot, from there they can select the correct size and last to fit your foot. I will definitely be using the service in the future. 

If you’re in Paris and have the time it’s a great spot to drop in on. They’ll spend the time to get you the correct shoes you want and give you insight into why they designed and built it that way. It was a very informative and friendly trip.

Beckel Canvas Bag Review

I’ve been stalking  the Beckel Canvas Bags for a long time. I wanted to get the briefcase but a bit wider, 5.5” and add a couple of things like a keyring on the inside and an extra flap for a laptop. On top of that I asked if the inner pockets could be red for a bit of good luck. Beckel was awesome, I called in my order and they made the bag in less than a month. It came out to 80$, although the bag has some unfinished seams inside I still think it will last forever and looks great. I’ll definitely try and get another bag from them. 

Narragansett Belts Review
I’ve seen these belts posted on PTI so I decided to take the plunge and get them after quickly wearing through some budget belts. I’ve never handled bridle leather before but it really is soft and feels pretty sturdy. The whole process was easy, me and Alan had a couple of e-mails back and forth and my belt came within two weeks. A great deal for 40-50$. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quality belt that will last.

Narragansett Belts Review

I’ve seen these belts posted on PTI so I decided to take the plunge and get them after quickly wearing through some budget belts. I’ve never handled bridle leather before but it really is soft and feels pretty sturdy. The whole process was easy, me and Alan had a couple of e-mails back and forth and my belt came within two weeks. A great deal for 40-50$. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quality belt that will last.

Beltmaster.com: Pretty good, it what it is. Affordable 

Olympus E-PL1, the amazing 17mm f2.8, and the kit lens (boring)

Sennheiser HD212pro. Had these for almost 8 years, use 3+ hours a day. Love em.

Lodge Vs Vintage

wokshop.com Wok Review

LL Bean Blucher Mocs

Topping TP-30 Review