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Originally Posted by BoboMax View Post

chiggah can u post pics with the shearling collar removed?

Will put one up later tonight when I get home

Cheers
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Got an email from a TOJ customer, really nice letter and a quote that brightened my day (though it's like 7:30am here and I'm still up) - (this is where I publicly pat myself on the back: redface.gif )

"I have a lot of fashion world people around me in London (Kim Jones, who designs Louis Vuitton now, Alister Mackie, the director of Another and Dazed, stylist for Lanvin etc. to vulgarly namedrop a couple) and often when I wear one of your pieces they ask where it's from (the daypack & the fishtail specifically come to mind). It's REALLY good work you do. Not that you necessarily need encouragement, but I think if I worked as hard as you did for as long as you did and just had the same heads popping up to ask for a varsity, I'd feel slightly jaded, to say the least. I'm very excited to hear about your move to Tokyo, hope that goes smoothly, and what may become of this bar project."
post #8733 of 42742
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Got an email from a TOJ customer, really nice letter and a quote that brightened my day (though it's like 7:30am here and I'm still up) - (this is where I publicly pat myself on the back: redface.gif )

"I have a lot of fashion world people around me in London (Kim Jones, who designs Louis Vuitton now, Alister Mackie, the director of Another and Dazed, stylist for Lanvin etc. to vulgarly namedrop a couple) and often when I wear one of your pieces they ask where it's from (the daypack & the fishtail specifically come to mind). It's REALLY good work you do. Not that you necessarily need encouragement, but I think if I worked as hard as you did for as long as you did and just had the same heads popping up to ask for a varsity, I'd feel slightly jaded, to say the least. I'm very excited to hear about your move to Tokyo, hope that goes smoothly, and what may become of this bar project."

Drew, we really appreciate everything that you do even if doesn't show sometimes.
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lol, not even that man, that's my job; I just sometimes get worried that certain things I try to convey in the clothes don't do enough... not much talk about the actual clothes anymore, though the actual level goes up all the time. redface.gif A lot of the stuff I make is very raw, so some people like the first edition stuff, some people like the more refined third version (see: Bomber), etc, etc... don't get much talk about the recent stuff though.
post #8735 of 42742
True. It may be that you've reached a level where only few in this thread can comprehend.
post #8736 of 42742
Finally cooled down, wore my DR for the first time today. I got touched a lot.
post #8737 of 42742
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

lol, not even that man, that's my job; I just sometimes get worried that certain things I try to convey in the clothes don't do enough... not much talk about the actual clothes anymore, though the actual level goes up all the time. redface.gif A lot of the stuff I make is very raw, so some people like the first edition stuff, some people like the more refined third version (see: Bomber), etc, etc... don't get much talk about the recent stuff though.

the problem is that members have become spoilt, hence you feel a touch unappreciated...sounds like my wife
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Yeah but there's a difference between appreciation and encouragement from the masses and validation from a peer... not sure if that's the right word, but I know what you mean, it's nice.

I don't know enough about what you do to even compliment you in a meaningful way. I just like your stuff fistbump.gif


P.S. you owe me an email.
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Originally Posted by Islander View Post

Yeah but there's a difference between appreciation and encouragement from the masses and validation from a peer... not sure if that's the right word, but I know what you mean, it's nice.

I don't know enough about what you do to even compliment you in a meaningful way. I just like your stuff fistbump.gif


P.S. you owe me an email.

you have to understand that mr toj started this because he had a passion...a dream, but after a while that starts wearing away at you, and it becomes a ''job''

its like marrying the most stunning woman in the world, thinking that her shit doesnt stink, then after moving together reality sets in

bottom line...she stinks up the bathroom like a fat unattractive woman would
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Islander View Post

Yeah but there's a difference between appreciation and encouragement from the masses and validation from a peer... not sure if that's the right word, but I know what you mean, it's nice.

I don't know enough about what you do to even compliment you in a meaningful way. I just like your stuff fistbump.gif


P.S. you owe me an email.

I do, I do. I have your email starred, which denotes the rare status of 'epic email I must send to this person soon' redface.gif

ps I'm just making clothes, so you know most of what's going on already. Wasn't hinting at any Mother Theresa-like stuff that I was doing but not posting the TOJ thread. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by malakas View Post


you have to understand that mr toj started this because he had a passion...a dream, but after a while that starts wearing away at you, and it becomes a ''job''

its like marrying the most stunning woman in the world, thinking that her shit doesnt stink, then after moving together reality sets in

bottom line...she stinks up the bathroom like a fat unattractive woman would



Well, I've had enough other jobs before - I'm 30 soon, and my life has basically changed pretty drastically every year since I was born - and I'm always working on other stuff besides clothes, mostly personal research that I do in my down time, it's study. However, TOJ is a job, and it's pretty good. I don't lose sight of that fact, even on the worst days, nor would it ever shutter because I didn't think it was a good job. That wouldn't be the cause. It's really quite rewarding to get be so direct and in control of what I produce as work, so I'm gonna chip away at many incarnations of this. I think a lot of you guys may lose interest in clothes someday and I'll still be making some form of clothing for a living, whether anybody even is aware of it or not. I've found a niche. I may be making something totally different, I dunno, maybe furniture. I like making stuff in general. Over time I get into rarer and rarer things and get more focused on what it is I want to make; for the past few years that has been nice leather jackets, something I could spread to the world with a vision I had. It worked out pretty nicely, and can do so in the future as well.

Anyway, as you guys might be able to tell, I am also kind of an eccentric dude with a sense of humor that is not always well understood, and I've found myself in random places on earth all my life; that is just who I am. Honestly, I had a lot of troubles in my early working life, my personality was just never cut out for being at the bottom rung of a corporate ladder. I am normally pretty modest and just like pouring a bunch of ideas into stuff, and letting my work talk - unfortunately I learned later on that in a lot of offices it's just wank and talk and nobody really cares about actual work, how thoughtful you are, how much of a sense of humor you have creatively incorporated into something - so life in a cubicle didn't suit me. It took me a number of years of bashing my head into this same wall, over and over, until I finally asked myself, literally word for word I said this: 'why the fuck am I doing this to myself?' and then the road of enlightenment, so it were, rolled out before me. Obviously it's longer than a paragraph but that's essentially it in a nutshell.
So yes, I do enjoy TOJ and no, I don't think I've numbed to it. I just felt like the party was in a bit of a lull lately. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

It took me a number of years of bashing my head into this same wall, over and over, until I finally asked myself, literally word for word I said this: 'why the fuck am I doing this to myself?' and then the road of enlightenment, so it were, rolled out before me.

Except the road doesn't appear to just anyone... you have to roll it out yourself. You could have gone on working that shitty job forever, people do. What you do is a rare thing. I'm older and wiser than you so don't roll your eyes... (10)
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i think the lull can be attributed to summer, no one's really wearing jackets. once the temps drop and the new toj's come out...
post #8743 of 42742
Don't know what to say except that Drew is legitimately an inspiration to me and I'm so happy to read the above posts. Can't wait to join club ToJ.
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It's literally impossible for nukes like myself to fully appriciate all the subtle details that make up the quality of your jackets Drew. I do feel that my TOJ leather is leagues above anything else I own quality wise.

And talking about my TOJ leather. I decided to give it a 5 min soak in pretty hot water, and I absolutely love the result. It really fits and drapes to my body like a second skin now. The reason I decided to do this was because the leather simply felt oo soft and a bit too shiney for me. The soak took most the excess oil out of the material and it made the leather tighten just a bit all around (lol, I might just imaging this though). I'll prolly post some fit pics tomorrow.
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It probably did shrink a bit, and it does lose the gloss. Just a hot soak and an air dry is good to these jackets. Keep them away from the washing machine though. Uncontrol's leather hides are sitting in my apartment, still trying to get them to bone dry after a couple days (slow drying in my litttle place, not much air circulation) - dry now and the finish is caviar-like, for lack of a better word. I'll go with that.
I don't normally pre-wash the hides anymore but this is a special project and Uncontrol won't have the option of hot soaking and stuff later, because of the snakeskin - that'd be risky to try any kind of wash on it since I don't know how it'd react without any experience. This way the leather will be ready to go and a touch tougher, a little less soft, but as he wears it and it gets more contact form other stuff, it'll kind of self polish itself in the raised areas (the elbows and around the cuffs, the waistband, the areas around all the zippers - super nice effect. I've done it before and the results are always good, but I broke my washing machine twice doing the washed leather at home redface.gif So now I just sell all the jackets unwashed and let you wash them as you will.
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