Hello beautiful people.
Almost another week has passed us by and can you believe Easter is only 3 days away? Shit man, I’m not a religious guy and tend not to focus on such dates but wow, where is the year going?! It seems like only yesterday I was mink oiling the 8138’s and reminiscing about how awesome the previous day (December 25th) had been with my young and beautiful family. It’s a reminder that, if you blink you’ll miss it people!
Moving onto less serious stuff, it’s time for dose number two of Jess week. Yup, the lovely Jess Murray of @aegishandcraft is so fricking interesting we threw a whole week of @clobbercalm her way and whereas on Monday we concentrated on her talents as a craftswoman…today, we simply get to know Jess. A motorbike riding, tote bag manufacturing, kimono wearing American denim head badass! Ok, well maybe not a badass but a tip-top person none the less!! We hooked up with Jess on a @aegishandcraft x @clobbercalm Tote HERE and ever since then I have not been able to stay away from her feed!
Jess is the first ‘Woman Behind The Menswear’ we have featured here @clobbercalm and although there are others in the pipeline Jess had to be numero uno (naturally) as she’s bad ass and is killing it! 🔥
To read up on Jess’s brand just check back to Mondays FEATURE as tonight we chat about Jess personally as the first ‘Woman Behind The Menswear’.
MEET THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Jess Murray aka @aegishandcraft
LOCATION: San Francisco Bay Area – California
OCCUPATION: Maker/The Big Cheese at Aegis Handcraft
1. So Why Instagram?
I love Instagram! It’s a picture book of sorts, only you can share and connect with folks from all over the world! I have formed so many genuine relationships though IG, many who I know for a fact I would not be able to connect with “in real life” organically, and even a few I have had the opportunity to meet in person and now connect with on the regular.
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
I’m sure a lot of us who where denim, boots, and workwear, can relate on this: I love being able to wear things that take on my adventures, experiences, and stories. There’s something about being able to see the wear on a pair of jeans and know almost exactly where its been, and how they got there. (Shout out to the milkshake stain on my boots! Still reminds me of the best milkshake I’ve ever tasted!) There’s also something so environmentally sustainable about wearing something unwashed/raw to the ground, until you can no longer wear it, only to patch it up, and give it yet another life. We earn the wear, the fades, the tears, the patches.
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
I feel it’s safe to say that our style isn’t going to strut the runway anytime soon, so this peer-to-peer fashion sharing is a perfect way to become inspired by, and connect with, other like minded stylish peeps. We also get to see how items fit, can get honest reviews, and are often guided to discover new brands, small and well-known.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
Oof, this is hard. I’ll go with what I’ve been wearing, and loving, more recently:
1. Railcar: I love their look, and the construction of every article of clothing they produce is top tier. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet Steven, Tawny, Taylor, Sam, and the rest of their small tight knit crew, and they are all amazing. So, I’m really proud to wear their brand.
2. Roy: I have a few pairs of Roy’s denim, and the inside is almost more spectacular than the outside. The amount of details on each pair is truly special. The shell stitch at the button fly, the embroidered “Roy” on the inside of the front pocket, the tag! I could go on and on. They’re truly beautiful.
3. I’m going to cheat and give this one a tie amongst three. I love shopping second hand/ vintage for a lot of my bandanas and tops, and usually stick to smaller/local shops for these, here are my go-to’s: 3.1) Standard and Strange in Oakland is great! It’s well curated, and the guys that work there are awesome. 3.2) Front General Store, ugh. I have to take a breather before shopping with them whenever I make it out to New York. Such a cool store, packed with so many finds. 3.3) This last one one is a PSA of sorts, treat yourself, and find @blue_heritage_japan on the good ol’ IG. He sources indigo overdyed vintage pieces, and traditional Japanese accessories and apparel. Such a treat whenever I catch his booth at my local antiques fair.
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands?
Oh! Oops, sorta answered this a little on the last question. But I’ll summarize my number 3, my go-to shops are either directly from the brands themselves, or whenever possible at the shops that carry my favorite brands; Standard and Strange, Union Made, Mill Mercantile, AB Fits, Two Jack Denim, Welcome Stranger, Self Edge, Kiriko Made, and of course the hand me downs or trades with fellow Instagrammers – shout out to @spruce_mercantile! 🙂
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?
I started off only sharing the project and goods I was working on for my brand Aegis Handcraft, and while that was going fairly well, it was soon after I shared a photo of myself with the bag that things really took of. My profile became more personable and I now share fit-pics, feelings, outfits, reviews, along with a look behind the scenes into what goes on in my workshop, and of course things I’m inspired by. Today, I get to share and bond with so many people, learn about who they are, what they wear, why they wear it, and the wear they earned along the way. I feel lucky to be a part of this community. To find others to relate to, it’s truly special.
7. What’s the secret behind your great images; Who takes them? When are they taken? How do you capture the magic your followers enjoy so much?
I’ll let you guys in on the “secret”, I take most of my outfit photos in the office space of my home- right before rushing over to the shop because I get the best natural lighting, and I use my phone propped up by a stack books that are leaning against a desk lamp. Fancy, I know, but it gets the job done. 🙂 I did just get my hands on a new camera, and I use it for most of my “in the shop” photos, mind you I’m still trying to figure it out and so those are a work in progress.
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
I follow a lot of design feeds, and of course style profiles. These are those I always check in on (not in any specific order, nor the only ones. I’m actually listing them as they pop up on my feed, as I type this out!): @denimbitch, @taylorofrailcar, @blaewen, are my favorite #womeninraw to follow. We all wear similar stuff, yet have different styles and can always relate on fits and brands we like.
I also like keeping in touch with @beastorgod, @aleksandrazee, @melanieabrantes…, @bcburnings, @rolendrose, @indigo_proof, @apprvl, for not only style inspiration, but also being total badass bosses as they run their one (wo)man shop.
And, of course there are my go-to fellas all with impeccable style, and even grander personalities, I love chatting with: @sanforizedson, @raw.denim.ocd, @whaleysworld, @imchanism, @jaesungxlee, @brambysupply, @victim_ofnhk, @jamesdant_astoreformen, @cats_boots_denim, @everydaydrew, @cuffington, and so, so, so, many more!
9. What’s it like being a lady in what could be seen as a man’s world? After all, you rock the blue better than most of the blokes!
Haha, this is something I have been really try figuring out. And so, without getting too heavy, here are my thoughts: I really do wish there were more brands that offered, and showcased, a bigger variety of fits for us ladies. There are a lot of misconceptions, assumptions, and frankly lack of marketing for women in raw denim, boots, and workwear. (Look up #womeninraw, and the many other ladies wearing denim, boots, and workwear out there. They’ll prove it all wrong.) That being said, I’m starting to see that as more of us are discovered, brands are beginning to take action, and are playing with fits and more options for everyone, including us gals. I think it’s safe to say that 90% of what I wear comes from the “men’s department”, and I feel that I’ve made it work. Be it a hot soak, a taper, a hem, or a waist alteration, I’m open to whatever I need to do to make them fit. Everyone has had a fit issue. Everyone. And so, I aim to keep my options open with what I wear, and not limit myself with what the tag claims it was made for. Something I am really thankful for though, is the community, and the warm welcome I have received in sharing about myself in what I agree could be seen as a men’s world. I’m overwhelmingly humbled by the conversations I have shared, and how relatable we all are to one another.
10. And Lucky Last, it’s a quick fire 10@10…
Raw denim or true vintage fades? Raw
High rise or low rise? High rise!
Japan made or USA made? Both 🙂
Skinny fit or slim fit? Slim
Slim straight or straight standard? Slim straight
12oz or 21oz? hmmmm 16oz
Popcorn or chips? Fries all the way!
Arnie or Stallone? Stallone + I’ll forever quote “AAADRIANNN” with my brother
Goonies or Breakfast Club? Goonies!
Nirvana or Guns N’ Roses? Oooftt this week Guns N’ Roses but both.
Hey you see that? We threw a curveball there at the end didn’t we Miss Murray?! It’s given me a cool idea for the future though.
Jess it’s been a tip-top week here @clobbercalm speaking to you all the way over there in San Fran, Cali. Dudes check out Jess’s talents HERE as it’s badass clobber that’s built to wear and last a lifetime!
Ok so…what do we have going off on Monday? Monday is cool as we speak to Brian about Boots! Yup, we are sticking with the whole one-man brand theme when we speak to @brianthebootmaker.
Have a tip-top weekend folks and stay close.