Good evening folks
Chucking it down outside, chicken katsu burrito in belly, Friends on TV, fire lit…it’s safe to say that I’m in comfy mode and ready to get another 10@10 instalment out to all you lovely, lovely people…
…as tonight we focus on Cathal aka @calgeary who takes time out from a busy schedule to talk denim & Wings. Cathal’s got great taste, of which, I’m sure you’ll all agree when he mentions names like Merz b. Schwanen, Rogue Territory, 3sixteen, Red Wing etc. How he got to love these brands is a great read so I’ll leave you all to it.
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Cathal Geary (Carl to most) aka @calgeary
LOCATION: Irish expat in Freiburg, Germany.
OCCUPATION: Contracts Development (administrative)
1. So Why Instagram?
My wife introduced me to Pinterest, which I used to browse tattoo ideas and to discover some new brands. I realised after a while though that a lot of these posts were originating from Instagram and often didn’t have any info on what was in the photo. For that reason I decided to switch over to IG, where the brands and artists are (more often than not) tagged in the post. It’s traceable. It also allows me to follow the evolution of denim and boots through the community on there too, and that’s what hooked me.
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
I think the biggest influence, and awareness of what I wear came from musicians originally. I’ve played music for most of my life so I’ve always looked to bands for style as well as musical inspiration. For me, denim and boots is the perfect combination of authenticity, true spirit and style. And of course Rock n Roll 😉
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
Well, firstly it acts as a good support group for my denim and boots addiction, so that’s cool. Of course, by “good support group” I mean a solid group of enablers, and isn’t that what every denim enthusiast needs?!
The truth is it allows people from all over to reach out and connect with others who share similar interests. The interaction with fellow members is the best part about it. Exchanging opinions and experiences about brands or a particular piece you’re interested in. You start with a short list of candidates for your next denim project, put the feelers out, ask around and see what feedback you get from others.
Boom! Your short list is now a long list and you’re already planning purchases for 2020 and telling your bank manager you need a car loan.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
This is probably the most difficult question to answer, but when I think about what I wear every day the answer becomes a little more obvious, though this is seasonal of course.
One of the very first raw denim purchases I made was the RGT ISC work shirt. It took me a while to pull the trigger but I never regretted it. It’s such a solid shirt with great fading potential. Since then I’ve bought the Neppy Western shirt and SK 12,5 oz jeans. They fit me perfectly, that’s important to me, and because of that they all get (very) regular wear. I feel RGT put a simple, modern twist on classic pieces.
I own three of their heavyweight pocket tees, which keep their shape well, and two of their Type 3s jackets. The latter of which is, in my opinion an absolute classic. What I love most about 3Sixteen, I guess somewhat similarly to RGT, is their ability to design quality, solid garments with their own subtle details. There’s a timeless feel to what they do and I appreciate that. Simple and well fitting.
History, quality and longevity. Red Wing is such a huge brand. The variety of models and colorways they offer puts them above others in my book. I have to admit something here though, and I hope I will be forgiven for it ☺ . When I first saw moctoe boots I swore I’d never own a pair. Didn’t like them. Now I own two pairs and well, if I get that aforementioned “car loan” then I’m sure I’ll be adding to that very soon!
In warm weather I’m usually wearing tees and henleys from Merz B Schwanen , so I find it only fair to give them a mention. I can’t praise them enough.
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands?
I’m a big fan of brick and mortar stores, where I can get a feel for the clothes and see how they fit before buying. There’s a more social aspect to it also and I like that. I love paying a visit to stores like Stuff, in Düsseldorf or 14oz in Berlin when I’m there. I hope to add Clobbercalm Supply to that list too sometime soon.
Because there are no stores similar to these in Freiburg, I often have to search online. Thankfully, a lot of stores have their own online shop. Besides these, there’s cultizm.com or I buy directly from the brand online.
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?
I started tentatively and terribly around the beginning of 2017. During the summer I then started posting regularly and got to know a few others in the community. A lot of folk were very generous in helping me get my shots to the next stage, so I’m very grateful for their help and encouragement. For me, it’s just as much a creative outlet as it is a stage for outfits and showing denim evolution.
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?
That’s all down to my wife. Without her help, I most definitely wouldn’t be able to post so often. She will often direct me or come up with ideas for shots too, so I’m really quite lucky. Though, sometimes I think she just enjoys bossing me around.
Usually, the photos are taken on the weekends when it’s light outside. In summer months it’s a little easier with the longer evenings, so here’s to a short winter!
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
There are so many other top dudes too like @Koen.Kuik, @Jomsindenim, @Lordoftheredwings, @Vinyl66, @Ruggedworkwear, @fort_box_ , @bigdudeindenim, @partial2denim , @michael.ow.en, @kediazruggedbr to name but a few. I could go on forever.
9. What tips would you give new starters on Instagram to help them get there feed off the ground and successful?
To be honest, I’m a newbie myself so I’m not sure I’m the best person to ask! It’s not something to take too seriously, despite how frustrating algorithms can be sometimes. I try and be as consistent as possible. I love boot shots, so naturally there’s a lot of them on my feed. Maybe you’ve just got to find what you like most and focus on that. Being genuine and having fun really is the best way to go about it.
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island, you can take 1 outfit (4 items) and 1 drink ONLY with you.
What would they be? Who made them? Why are you taking them?
Merz B Schwanen – 60s military style tee (white). This is a very fine fit and they feel great to wear. I like to roll up my sleeves, and these have a longer ribbed hem which is perfect for that.
Rogue Territory – SK 12.5 oz – These fit so well. I love a slim fit with a strong taper, and these are one of few I’ve tried that actually fit the bill. The details on these are beautiful – the lasso stitching, hidden pen pocket on the back and the coin pocket selvedge detail. I don’t know if there’s anything I would change about these.
Red Wing – Very tough decision between the Moctoe 875 and Iron Ranger 8111. I’ll go with my Red Wing initiation boots- the IR 8111. I can’t say enough about these. They are about 15 months old now and feel like slippers. They develop so much character over time and go well with any type of denim. The old reliables.
3Sixteen – Type3s Olive Duck Canvas. I’m pretty sure if I were the owner of the shadow selvedge version, I would choose that, but that’s not the case, yet. These jackets fit so well. You just can’t go wrong with one of these really.
As for a beverage, if we’re talking alcoholic, then it has to be my favourite beer, brewed locally here in the Black Forrest, Emma -Kuckucksrot. It’s an amber ale with a really well-rounded hoppy, fruity flavour without being over-bearing.
Cheers for that Cathal, what a dude! Sounds like we have your wife to thank for your cracking feed brother? You should deffo come and visit the supply co. if you’re ever near man. Much appreciated 🙏
Ben, is off, as we speak recording clobber-calm’s first foray into podcasts. Can’t wait to get this out to you guys and, in the meantime, we’ve got plenty of blogs coming your way! Stay tuned into the @clobbercalm feed for everything clobbsy!