Today, the folks at Iron & Resin San Francisco put out a call for their very first "Sunday Shift," a ride from their Columbus St. store down through the pines to Alice's Restaurant. Local motorbike enthusiasts from around the Bay Area heeded the call, coming 50 or 60 strong with their bikes in tow. Today's event marks the first of a monthly ride that will start at the store and explore a new area of the coastal state each time.
In case you don't know it, Iron & Resin was founded in 2012 in Southern California and aims to deliver a small, hand-built collection of goods that equally draws upon surf and motorcycle culture. The team at Iron & Resin calls themselves a product of "one-off" culture. To them, this means a code of conduct where "men still build, by their own hands, the craft they ride, be it water or land." As a result, everything you see in the store - from shirts, to helmets, to surfboards - is hand crafted and made one at a time in the good ol' USA.
The team at the San Francisco store gave me the opportunity to join at the kickoff of their first Sunday Shift to capture the atheistic (grungy workwear and well-worn leather) and attitude (hungover yet optimistic).
In case you want to check out the store, you can find at 7 Columbus Ave. in San Francisco, CA
Thanks to Garrett and the team for having me and for all the riders for being so welcoming. I might have to buy a Triumph...
Before I left Boston I had the opportunity to shoot a new line of belts for the team over at Tucker Blair. What I loved about this shoot (OK, apart from the champagne) was the simplicity of the set. For props, all we had was a beautiful, vintage couch and luggage case. The backdrop was a rich, deep green wall in their showroom that made the colorful belts pop out in front of it. You can find an array of belts, hats, sandals and accessories from Tucker Blair here.
You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around A Boston Blazer over the last few months. That's because Gabi and I have picked up our things and have moved across the country to explore some new ventures in San Francisco, CA.
With those changes for us come some changes for A Boston Blazer. We'll keep featuring local Boston brands and collaborations (likely through the lenses of some friends back home) but will also feature some of what the fashion scene is like out here in California. We'll be highlighting SF's best menswear stores, brands and street style looks. The goal isn't too change the aesthetic of our photos and illustrations dramatically, but rather infuse some of the unique "California cool" into our New England prep roots. Anyway, stay tuned for lots of beautiful photos, look books and drawings that you've always seen from us.
The first shoot I tackled out here was with the fine folks over at Thursday Boots. You may remember them from their "Product of the Week" inclusion with us way back last winter. Well, since then the brand has dramatically expanded their line to include some handsome new boots, wallets and belts. The brand is growing quickly and shows no signs of stopping, so we're proud to be along for the ride.
Featured in the photos above and below are the following boots and wallets:
- Black Captain Boot ($199)
- Natural President ($199)
- Black Duke ($199)
- Natural Chromexcel Belt ($80)
- Natural / Rio Latigo Bifold Wallets ($65)
For this shoot we went down to Fort Point in San Francisco, under the Golden Gate Bridge, to capture the iconic vibe of the bridge, the beautiful bay and a slightly rougher aesthetic. It paid off with some impressive backdrops for the boots and some lovely natural light.
Anyway - enjoy the photos below and thanks as always for following along. Lots more good stuff to come!
Thank you to first time boot-model Mike Farwell for modeling the boots and to Gabi Anderson for help with styling.