About ten years ago, I was paying rent in SF by yo-yoing, tailoring, and selling denim wallets. The wallets were made with the scraps from high end selvage jeans and, like a pair of great jeans, got better with age. I stopped making these wallets about 5 years ago, but often get asked to make a few more, mostly from folks who lost their first denim wallet and want a replacement.
So I’ve made a few more wallets and listed them on my Etsy page (with more to come probably). There are two styles currently, red leather with gold selvage denim or brown leather with double denim. All my wallets are designed with a minimum design that tucks into itself to stay closed.
DIY darth vader sweater
I’m really happy with this quick sweater “hack” I made with an old crewneck sweater and child’s Darth Vader costume that I found at the thrift store. These costumes are really easy to find used, or you can buy one online.
I didn’t do anything fancy, I just cut off the silkscreened chest piece from the costume and sewed it onto the front of the sweater. It looks great and was super easy to make.
Ever spent so much time searching for a thing, that you finally decided to just make it for yourself? I’m a big Star Wars fan and really wanted a high quality enamel pin based Grand Moff Tarkin’s imperial uniform. So I finally made some.
Tarkin is one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters, and the medallion on his uniform is one of those things that people instantly notice, but can’t quite place where it’s from. A few months ago, I made an illustration and color palette based on this uniform, but I’m super stoked to be able to finally WEAR it.
I’m selling these Grand Moff Tarkin enamel pins on my Gumroad page. You can pick up a copy of my Far Away comic while you are there too.
I have two new items up on Betabrand’s Think Tank this week. If they get enough votes, Betabrand will manufacture them.
The Best Denim Blazer
I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish denim blazer for years. I’ve found many denim blazers on eBay and in shops, but they all seem to miss the mark in some way or another. So I designed The Best Denim Blazer and people seem to like it so far. I even wrote a song about it 🙂
The Hooded Shirt
I’ve always wanted a dress shirt with a hood, but had trouble finding one that met my needs. The fabric was too cheap, the cut was bad, or (most often) the top button/collar just wasn’t right. I decided to make my own button-up hoodie and the feedback was so nice that I decided to put it up on Betabrand for voting. The Hooded Shirt is “An updated take on the classic Silicon Valley look.”
This isn’t my first time putting items on the Think Tank. In fact my last three projects, The Glitch Socks, The Houndstoof Shirt, and the Houndstoof Dress, have all made it to manufacturing. You can see them all here.