HYPEBEAST.COM - ESSENTIALS: JAY READ OF JILTED ROYALTY

Our Limited edition Jetsetter Collection Duffel Bag was mentioned in Hypebeast today! 

Headed by Jay Read, UK-based Jilted Royalty may still be in its budding years but its unique disposition in fashion has already anchored a loyal following from a number of subcultures. Growing expediently, the “Jilted family” as Read mentions in interviews, is a group of like-minded individuals spanning the realms of MMA, extreme sports, motorbikes and tattoo culture. With slogans like “Fear No Human” and “You Only Live Once, Live Truly,” Read applies the lessons learned from his own hardships in life towards the brand. Swapping his addiction to drugs for tattooing, much of Jilted Royalty’s collection features bold, powerful graphics, standing firmly behind Read’s affinity for upfront imagery. In Reads Essentials, we see a number of Jilted items — crewneck, pocket tee, bobble hat —  in addition to Success through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill, an inspiring book to keep the label head thinking positive throughout the day. For more on Jilted Royalty head over to its webpage.

 

Source : http://hypebeast.com/2013/11/essentials-jay-read-of-jilted-royalty

 

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

FIFTH AND MELROSE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013

DUFFLE BAG BOY: Q&A WITH FIRST & CO. FOUNDER CHARLES TRUONG

We had the chance to sit down for some back and forth with Charles Truong, the founder of Los Angeles - based luxury travel accessory company First & Co. to talk about how the company started, inspiration and the method behind these high quality pieces. Here's  how it went:

 

 

What is behind the name 'First & Company'?

We have been around for more then six years. What started out as just, FIRST, is now FIRST & COMPANY. Our FIRST endeavor was in mens wear. We had a few season of really dramatic mens leather pieces, an irish linen cruise line supported by a really sleek lora piana cashmere collection. The name FIRST came from the most primatial sense of the word: The will to win. In the short version, it is what makes you move. What motivates and gets you on your feet and on the hustle. In our early years, the name really reflected the desire, dedication and hunger we had to succeed. Not that any of that has changed, its just now we have become a more well rounded company with visions of lifetime achievements, hence the reason why we now refer to ourselves as FIRST& COMPANY.

 

When did you discover a passion for menswear/accessories?

Every since I can remember I have had an interest for stylish people in general. The passion didn't come until I discovered that I too could be one of those stylish people I always looked at in admiration. I have always thought that a truly fashionable man always had sensible and stylish accessories because any man can put on a suit, but the details always seem to set the men apart from one another. Its a great way to express one personality through a dress code.

 

 

What made you decide on men's traveling accessories?

We started out in menswear and that has always been a passion of ours. It's what got us started in this business and we have every intention to revisit that again very soon. The accessories have always been an interest of mine. I never understood why it was ok for women to carry clutches but it wasn't ok for a grown man to sport one around. For some reason, Americans have this notion that if you carried a "MURSUE" or a "MANBAG" around that you were gay or very metro. When in fact, IMO, a piece like this is very useful and not to mention very elegant when worn with confidence. Our products provide that kind of feeling and often refer to our products as being, "very european". 

 

The collection you designed for Quang Le is pretty unique. Did he reach out to you to commission it?  How involved was he with the design? 

Quang has been a friend of ours from the start. We have become great friends over the years and when the collaboration came about, he was all in. We wanted to do an artist series and we called up QLe to get his opinion. When we finally sat down and spoke about ideas, the camera case came up because we had a similar looking one in our offices that we created just for a sample. It was a much larger one that you could pack a whole weeks worth of articles in and it look more like a steamer trunk then a camera case. However, Quang being the eccentric guy that he is choose this aesthetic for this collaboration. He was very involved from start to finish as we pride ourselves on detail.

 

The camera case was not an easy task, however we told him that if he could dream it we could build it. The rest was history.

 

 

Who is First and Company?

First and Company is comprised of like-minded and talented individuals all sharing the same vision. Our key players are:

 

Charles Truong – Founder

Chris Thompson – Designer

Jenifer Toby – PR/Sales

Andy Vu – In-house Photographer and Videographer

Jimmy Nguyen – Operations

 

Who's your target audience?

People like you. People like us. We are the market. Men and women who are very comfortable in their own skin. The thinkers of society. The movers of the makers. They are all the same person. ~ POWER PLAYERS ~

 

Where are your materials sourced from?

Mostly from Italy but we do source from all over the world depending on application. The world is our oyster.

  

From where do you draw inspirations?

Everywhere... Like how artist see visions in everyday life, we see design inspiration everywhere. One of the reason why we also chose FIRST for the company is because the name in itself is very broad. It can be used through the whole spectrum of influences. One of the worst things a new company can do is limited themselves by a name. Many times resulting in being pigeon hold into one style/genre. As i said the world is our oyster. 

 

Are there any plans to expand into clothing or other accessories?

Yes! As cliche as it may sound, we are a lifestyle company. We are just taking our time to build this brand out right! Rest assured there is much more to come! 

 

What is your long-term vision for the company/brand?

To become a house hold name by having many facets of the brand to reach as many people as possible. This is a very long and extensive question that can take us forever to answer, but the short version would be: FIRST & COMPANY is a global trading brand. Be as it a financial company and/or a textile company, there is no area of business we will not consider as long as it make sense for our brand. Like LVMH ~ we strive to be a powerhouse in the industry as well as many other industries. The key to any companies success is to have a healthy balance sheet and what better way to do that then to have multiple streams of opportunities. 

 

Where can our readers find more First & Company?

You can find First and Company on our site at www.FirstandCompany.com or on our instagram at @FirstandCompany.

 

Source: http://www.fifthandmelrose.com/2013/10/duffle-bag-boy-q-with-first-co-founder.html

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

MR. VINTAGE

4. Torebka partnerki.
To trochę prowizorka, bo nie zawsze mamy przy sobie partnerkę z odpowiednią torebką. Poza tym, tracimy kontakt z gotówką, telefonem i innymi akcesoriami. To rozwiązanie sprawdzi się przy uroczystych lub wieczorowych okazjach (np. opera, teatr, kolacja), gdzie po prostu nie wypada chodzić z męską teczką czy torbą.

I na koniec rozwiązania, które ODRADZAM:

Source: http://mrvintage.pl/2013/05/gdzie-schowac-klucze-portfel-telefon.html

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

THE CROSBY PRESS

Though the inspiration to start First & Company was born from the custom camera trunk that founders Charles Truong & Chris Thompson created for photographer Quang Le, the inspiration for that trunk was quite clearly the vintage luggage that one might find on a hulking ocean liner as it crossed the Pacific, destined for some Far East port.

From the custom camera case — which the nascent brand will still make to order — the Voyager Collection was developed. Handsewn in California from premium hand-colored leathers, the three-profile line harks back to travel’s Golden Age, when the trip wasn’t some hassle in an airplane’s business class, but rather a bold adventure in a Union-Pacific coach.

But enough romance. The bags speak for themselves. Aside from the camera case (a hefty, structured Gatsby-style trunk with heavily reinforced leather corners), there’s a beautiful metal-framed weekender ($640), with a body of chocolate-hued nubuck strapped into thirds by contrast, vegetable-tanned leather thongs. The duffle is fully lined in burgundy micro-suede, and boasts burnished antique brass hardware for an amazing patina right off the shelf.

Or, dip your toe in the vintage water with the Voyager Explorer Messenger ($580) a handsome rucksack done from the same beautifully contrasting leathers. This piece is business-ready thanks to an internal tech sleeve and a quick-access magnetic flap.

Source: http://www.thecrosbypress.com/2013/03/12/gilded-age-leather-bags-for-the-21st-century-by-first-company/

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

PUT THIS ON

We Got It For Free: First & Company Coat Wallet

A few months ago, I received a coat wallet from First & Company, a relatively new leather goods upstart based in Southern California. I’ve wanted a coat wallet for some time now. My usual card case and money clip combination feels too dinky with a proper coat, so I’ve used this on occasions when I’ve worn a dress coat out. Not to say that coat wallets can only be worn with dress coats, but they do have a dressier sensibility to me that makes them better suited with tailored clothing.

I admit my first impressions were a bit mixed. On the one hand, the wallet feels great. The Italian nubuck leather is very soft and lush, and the wallet is a pleasure to handle between the fingers. I also like the simple and attractive design. There are six slots for credit cards, a flap sleeve for paper currency, and two internal pockets for miscellanea. I’ve been using this on trips abroad and have found the multiple slots useful for organizing paper money, jotted down notes, and folded up receipts.

I also like that the construction itself looks very clean. The leather is hand cut, but the pieces themselves are machine stitched. That might seem like a downside to people who think everything in the world must be handmade, but really each technique can lend different benefits. A hand-sewn saddle stitch can be more durable than machine-made stitches, but hand-sewn leather goods can look a bit rough-hewn if they’re not done well. I like that First & Company’s machine-sewn wallet looks very clean and elegant. You may also notice that the leather on the edges have been turned inward. This yields a more attractive and durable edge, since you won’t get the two leathers’ edges separating over time.

On the other hand, the threads used are pretty basic and untreated, and I was worried that they might break at some point. I told First & Company I’d review their wallet only after I put in at least three months of good use. Well, those three months have passed and this wallet shows no sign of wear or tear. I think it’s fair to say my initial skepticism might have been unfounded.

At the time I received the wallet, their price point was lower than where it is now. I was actually interested in reviewing it for readers precisely because this seemed like a potentially great deal. First & Company recently had to raise their prices, however. The wallet is now being sold at $195, which kind of expensive. If you have that kind of scratch, I think this is just as nice (if not nicer) than the house brand wallet I recently handled at Barney’s. A step up would be those made by companies such as Deakin & Francis or Valextra. There, the leather quality, stitching, and finishing are a bit better, but they cost double, if not more, than First & Company’s. For readers who want something a bit more affordable, I recommend Saddleback Leather CompanyFrank Clegg Leatherworks, and Chester Mox. Not everything they sell is low-priced, but they do have some affordable wallets if you look around. The only thing is they don’t have coat wallets, for which if you have $195, First & Company sells a pretty decent option.

Source: http://putthison.com/page/60

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

HYPEBEAST.COM - ESSENTIALS: QUANG LE

Taking a slightly different approach to our Essentials section, we take a look into the workbag and tools of your favorite creatives. In this particular instance, we link up with photographer Quang Le who along the way has shot the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gym Class Heroes, Travis McCoy, Mix Master Mike, Pete Wentz, Mayer Hawthorne and Bun B as well as being a close associate of LRG. While his bag will inevitably vary from shoot to shoot, here’s an example of a regular day’s work for Le. His work can be seen in further detail through his website.

 

Source: http://hypebeast.com/2012/1/trade-essentials-quang-le

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

LIMITEMAGAZINE.COM - FIRST & COMPANY’S VOYAGER LIMITED CAMERA CASE :: PROJECT NYC 2013

Men’s luxury brand, First & Company wowed us with their hand-made one-of-a-kind Voyager Limited Camera Case. Designed and handcrafted specially for up and coming Southern California photographer Quang Le, the case is composed from quality Whiskey Batido Nubuck leather which gives the case its signature rich dark brown color and then matched with a light brown tanned leather which falls in line with the rest of their Voyager Collection. To top off the exterior, the case is wrapped in a sturdy Pine wood skeleton which is held together by heavy duty antique brass rivets.The internal compartments are made of pine with padded dividers wrapped in a elegant vintage Victorian print on luxury micro-fiber suede. Production takes 3 weeks to complete so keep that in mind when you’re planning on making that special person in your life weak in the knees with their new camera case.

Source: http://www.limitemagazine.com/2013/01/companys-voyager-limited-camera-case-project-nyc-2013/

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

URBANDADDY.COM - FIRST IN FLIGHT LEATHER BAGS. BEAUTIFUL ONES.

Quick, pack a bag.

You’re going someplace tropical.

Someplace where impossibly tan people wearing loincloths scale palm trees like lynxes and cut down coconuts specifically harvested for rum cockta...

Wait.

You’re not packing that bag, are you...

Looks like now is as good a time as any to introduce you to First & Company, a new satchelry doling out all manner of unreasonably handsome Whiskey Batido leather bags for your vacationing consideration, online now.

We hate to do this, but we may have to use the word “gorgeous” here in a second. Yep, we do. Because this stuff is gorgeous. It just really is. It’s the kind of luggage that makes other luggage look like... less-nice luggage.

For instance, that big Weekend Discovery Duffel in there. Look at that thing. All dark and broken-in-looking. Nubuck leather. Antique brass everything. Burgundy suede lining. We could definitely see you walking around with that in one hand and a squash racquet in the other (no reason, just because).

Let’s see, there’s also a messenger bag. A handmade camera case. Chest pocket wallet. Passport cover... all equally devastating.

For something you put socks in, that is.

Read more: http://www.urbandaddy.com/ntl/travel/21717/First_Company_Leather_Bags_Beautiful_Ones_National_NTL_Website#ixzz2LUJDUfgi

Posted on December 22, 2014 .

FRESHNESSMAG.COM - PROJECT SHOW NEW YORK 2013

New to the scene, fashion brand FIRST & COMPANY is really a study of opposite. Perhaps the best way in describing its two collections would be “Luxury Accessories for Time Travelers”. Streamlined silhouettes in perforated leather, polished with patent leather accents and suede lining, the brand’s Jetsetter Collection is as futuristic as it is James Bond cool as the same time. Juxtaposed that with FIRST & COMPANY’s Voyager Collection, a throwback to the past with hints of the Wild West, Victorian Era, steampunk genre, and so on all rolled into one. In the finest leather, suede, and all hand crafted in California, you will find FIRST & COMPANY‘s products on display at PROJECT trade show and available now on its online store.

 

Source: http://www.freshnessmag.com

Posted on December 22, 2014 .