Tom Brady Calls a Time-Out

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In sports, taking a time-out is a way to catch your breath or devise a new strategy. The same applies to life. Unfortunately, a time out away from everyday obligations is too often put on the backburner. Daily errands, social commitments, and the 9-5 grind has a way of eating up the day. Which makes the moments when you can get away, clear your head, and catch your breath, that much more valuable.

For star quarterback Tom Brady, it’s easy to assume his biggest moments happen on the field, when millions of fans are watching. But often, Tom’s most cherished moments aren’t measured in first downs. They unfold off the field, away from the stadium lights. Sometimes, after the touchdown passes and bright lights of press conferences, Tom calls a time out of his own. He takes it off the gridiron and onto the green to join his Dad in a round of golf. He and his father had a tradition of hitting the links every weekend from the time he was in grade school up until he left for college. It was on the golf course that he learned many of the life lessons that shaped who he is today.

In the ever-evolving game we call life, we only get so many time-outs. They don’t come around as often as they should. And one thing’s for certain,  you’ll never wish you’d spent them at the office. So take a time-out the next time you get the opportunity. These are the moments you’ll remember. This is what life’s all about.

 


All American | Introducing our new Made in America Collection

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As we embark on Labor Day weekend, we’re excited to highlight our new Made In America collection, and share a little about the labor and soul that is put into each hand-stitched shoe.

Our Director of Men’s Footwear, Patrick Armitage, is no stranger to quality materials and exquisite design. It was only fitting that we partner with three American companies to produce a collection of exclusive, hand-sewn footwear crafted with the same standards we hold our own. From hand-crafted designs to premium leather, the collection offers a range of styles that are sure to become closet staples, and last for years to come. We caught up with Patrick to discuss the exciting range of shoes from the Harrisburg boot to the Lewiston slipper. He shared his take as to what makes this collection different from any other, and what aspects of each shoe is his favorite.

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What comes to mind when a product is ‘Made in America?’

There’s something romantic about the heritage, the craftsmanship, and the artisan techniques. There was a time when these skills were passed down from parent to child. Anything we can do to keep this industry alive – it’s worth the effort. It’s like your grandmother’s recipe. It takes longer to prepare, requires finding the freshest ingredients, but the end result is so worth the effort. I completely ‘geek-out’ watching a craftsman, with two needles, hand stitch a slipper upper or the sound of a Goodyear welt machine on the factory floor…there’s nothing like it.

 

A lot of footwear is made in the US, how do these stand apart?

The Made in America, UGG for Men collection – are made by hand. Leather quality is essential. Every tanner has a recipe for different leathers. And when they get it right… you don’t change it!  And don’t even get me started about the smell of good leather.  I don’t have to explain this to those out there that know.

 

What details of this line are you particularly proud of?

There is so much effort required to stitch and last these shoes when being made by hand…it’s not an easy task. It’s hard work executed with strong, experienced hands. When you wear a pair of these shoes, you are wearing and showcasing this labor and the soul that was put into making them. Each pair is unique.  

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There’s a lot of history between the Horween Tannery, Addison Shoe Company, and the Quoddy Workshop – can you talk a little to why these partnerships are so special?

The nature of working with leather requires adjusting and manipulation that can only be done by hand. Quoddy – our partner for our Made in USA slipper collection has a great video on their site. It gives you a peek into the quality construction. Quoddy is keeping hand-sewn footwear alive and well.

Horween – in my opinion, is one of the highest quality leathers available. Horween has been creating their beautiful product generation after generation for over 100 years – since 1905.  They took the stand to never cutting corners – their focus has always been on quality… and it shows. In fact, one of the leathers we use was developed 100 years ago.

The Addison Shoe Co. has had a long history making high quality footwear. They are our source of Goodyear welted construction.  The process and quality of this type of construction will allow years of wear. The Made in America collection is very special, and it comes from combining quality materials and craftsmanship.

Can you give us a sneak peek of any upcoming new UGG for Men styles?

Sneak peek? Two innovations: Twinsole and Treadlite for UGG. You’ll need to make room in your closet.

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Meet Jack Guinness

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If Jack Guinness so desired, he could hit a different party every night. Judging by the reports in the press, the British model, DJ and columnist – recognizable by his trademark beard, dapper style and sharp wit – sometimes does just that. Often seen out and about with an arm slung around one famous friend or other, having the time of his life, he documents his escapades in his online diary.

It’s away from the flashbulbs, though, that the real Guinness emerges – where, as he says, “there’s no one to impress,” only an inner circle of we-go-way-back friends. The fun happens around Jack’s Bar, which sits front and center in his East London apartment. “It might sound like a weird idea, but it’s one of my better ones,” grins Guinness. “It’s become a big part of any night for me and my friends. When Jack’s Bar opens, that’s where friendships flourish.” Indeed – these are the moments when Guinness really relaxes, loosens his tie and settles in for what we all know is the best part of any night. “It’s just us, setting the world to rights, playing our favorite songs on repeat,” he enthuses. “I’m spending time with my favorite people in the world. What could be better than that?” Not much.

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Fall ’14 Seasonal Inspiration (part 2)

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Last week we unveiled our Inspiration for Fall ‘14: best-loved books. As promised, we’ll be featuring our favorite styles through the season, giving you the inside scoop on how these cherished stories came to life in our fall footwear. First up: The Adelaide boot. The classic silhouette took a walk on the wild side, taking cues from The Jungle Book. The boot features the mythical and feared “fire flower” – an imaginative and abstract element from the book that materialized via fierce studding. One thing’s for certain, the Adelaide will be right at home in the urban jungle this season.

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A Classic Approach

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While it’s one of our absolute favorite shoes, for obvious reasons, the Classic boot can be a bit of a challenge for guys to style. To get a fresh take for fall, we reached out to Creative Council member Marcel of One Dapper Street – and he jumped at the opportunity. As with everything he wears, the styling seems completely effortless – giving us a few easy looks to up our game this season while wearing the Classic Mini Deco.

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