April 30, 2015

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Meet Our Friends: Armogan

Crafted in Belgium by enthusiasts Charlie de Potesta and Amaury Deckers, Armogan watches are the mark of a man who knows what his time is truly worth.

Armogan comes from old French, Le temps est à l’Armogan, used in a common expression among sailors to describe favorable sailing conditions. The name fits for these durable, enduring keepers of time. Armogan watches are a strapping fit for the professional man, but also the adventurous man—and perfect for the professional adventurer.

Imagine this: you are on a mountaintop, perhaps a peak overlooking evergreens or climbing the ladder at your next meeting. As you watch the fog clear, take a deep breath. Take in the moment. You know that feeling? It is the feeling of time—or rather, the lack of it. Time is our greatest resource, arguably our only true resource. Still, over time, we have made time arbitrary. Digital is everywhere: pixels on smart phone screens, a mere subtraction or addition of an illuminated segment that counts up the hours on the clock radio next to the bed. There in lies a lack of true anticipation, a lack craftsmanship, a lack of originality. Technology should not be confused with innovation. Armogan boldly stands in the face of this with true innovation, and inspiration.

Armogan finds inspiration from friend and professional photographer, John Staples. His vibrate, bold photos of adventures around the world—from the Armogan's home base in Belgium to the deserts of Africa—bleed into the promise of style for those who don a watch bearing the Armogan name.

Now, let’s go back to that mountaintop. That place where there is no time. A moment when you realize that, in fact, there is no such thing as time: It is manmade. It has been constructed. But it is not arbitrary.

Man has captured it with the wristwatch, and there is no watch that can stand the test of time like an Armogan watch.

Meet Our Friends: First Landing Woodworks

Remember John Smith?

...Not the Pocahontas made-for-Disney John Smith, the real John Smith, from history class. The original Boy Scout, Smith is the man responsible for establishing the first successful, permanent colony in what was then simply called “The New World”. The rest, as they say, is history.

We wonder, though, what was it like in that moment in time when John Smith realized what he had accomplished? Rolling back his sleeves, squinting through the early morning Virginian fog, how did he celebrate this moment of hard work, paid off?

We’re willing to bet it was with an ice-cold ale.

400 years later, two men—a woodworker and a tech savvy teacher—would meet just miles from Smith’s landing point in Cape Henry, to handcraft timeless bottle openers as First Landing Woodworks.

Plastic is cheap. It bends, breaks, melts. It makes First Landing Woodworks founders Adam and Phillip sick to the bone. Which is why First Landing's fit-in-your-fist openers are made from nature’s most unyielding materials: marble wood, walnut, antler (that’s right, antler).

First Landing even released a limited series of openers crafted from teak wood a la the U.S.S. North Carolina—the reigning queen of the Pacific in World War II.

Wood + Metal: These openers are both decorative and durable—showcase one by the wine rack or toss it in your camping gear. First Landing creates timeless heirlooms, made with the latest in design, that will stand the test of time.

We think that’s something worth celebrating.

Ready to open your adventure? Click here to view First Landing products in on store.


Meet Our Friends: Black Anchor


 When Lewis and Clark first ventured into the Pacific Northwest, the natives they found were referred to as the “First Nations”—a collection of tribes that fearlessly rowed their canoes from the tributaries into the ocean, then back again. The winds and currents never seemed to deter them. 

Stephen Jones had the wind at his back when he first started Black Anchor. Back from a special mission in the Middle East, Stephen landed his plane at an Army base where he acquired a sewing machine, sold “as is” with no promise it would work upon plugging it in.

Now, just a few years later, the realization of one man, a dream and a sewing machine has manifested itself into Black Anchor, which curates a collection of high quality leather and waxed goods. Outfitted in Tacoma, Washington, Black Anchor’s products are bred by the synthesis of blue-collar work and an artistic vision.

Quality Over Quantity…

…is not merely a trite turn of phrase when it comes to Black Anchor, but rather a state of mind for the founders, Stephen and Ally Jones.

As stated on the Black Anchor website, "Sustainability through design is not only our passion, but our lifestyle...We enjoy having few possessions, and having them be nice ones."

Their boutique catalogue of carrier items boldly speaks to this idea. Durability and fine detail are the hallmark of Black Anchor’s collection, which spans leather bracelets and wallets to waxed briefcases and totes, and a damn fine pipe tobacco carrier.

Taking Pride in the Process

By thoughtfully using natural processes during production, such as vegetable tanning, Black Anchor aims for sustainable products that will be passed down generation to generation, "not to a landfill." While a timeless look takes time to craft, it is the attention to detail and durability that sets these accessories apart.

Tide & Trail takes pride in partnering with Black Anchor as we too, step into adventure. View our online store here.