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Heddels - Shell Cordovan Bi-Fold Wallets – Five Plus One feature! April 07 2016, 0 Comments

One of the most comprehensive online resources you can find for quality clothings & accessories, Heddels has picked our One Piece Shell Cordovan Bi-fold wallet as their weekly "Five Plus One - Shell Cordovan Bi-Fold Wallets"!!
We are very proud to be picked as the one that’s a little outside the norm in wallets game!!
Thank you
Heddels so much for your great review and providing us much needed exposure!
Go check out the article! http://www.heddels.com/2016/04/shell-cordovan-bi-folds-five-plus-one/


J&E Sedgwick English Bridle August 18 2015, 0 Comments

Just received English Bridle leather from J&E Sedgwick! 
What a superb quality. Love the waxy surface with white bloom. At a glance, it may look dirty but it's the sign of quality and they will fade as you wear. Right underneath the bloom is a very smooth surface guaranteed to give a nice and lovely aging. Stay tuned for the products with the Sedgwick bridle and Belt!


Krystle Warren at Rough Trade NYC July 22 2015, 0 Comments

I've been a huge fan of Krystle Warren. Her music and performance is full of soul
and always give 120% in the live set. If she ever comes near your town, you should
definitely go check her out. You won't be disappointed, guaranteed. 


Some recent photos...


Gary Clark Jr. & D'Angelo at Forest Hills Stadium June 22 2015, 0 Comments

Quite a line up to see Gary Clark Jr. & D'Angelo on the same night!
One flash rain during Gary Clark Jr set didn't turn anyone down, rather it sure has lighten up!



D'Angelo set was full of energy from the start to the end. Wasn't expecting anything like that from
Brown Sugar act. Towards the end, the performance sounded much like James Brown and
The J.B.'s although I've never seen James Brown performing live, ha!


We're at Akichi Flea Brooklyn! May 17 2015, 0 Comments



We are at ‪‎Akichi Flea‬ in Brooklyn. If you are around, come stop by! 1181 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY

Random photos from Paris... March 20 2015, 0 Comments

Here are some random photos from Paris visit...












New chisel & Talon Zipper February 07 2015, 0 Comments

Upping the chisel game with this custom made 11 prong round stitching chisel from Hiuchiya.
This tool should improve the productivity!

And we ordered some vintage Talon zippers.
We'll utilize these to make some useful wallets! Stay tuned!


Project Piece: One Piece Business Card Case in Natural Curving leather December 27 2014, 0 Comments

Custom made this for our friend. It's One Piece Business Card Case in Natural Curving leather from Wickett and Craig.

Happy Holidays! December 25 2014, 0 Comments

Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season.
Happy Holidays!


One Piece Business Card Case: Behind the scene December 15 2014, 0 Comments

We just wanted to show some steps to make our One Piece Business Card Case.

1. First, we cut the leather to the pattern, treat the skin side to get a smooth surface,
cut off the edges, and burnish the edges all by our hands.

2. Now, using stitching chisels, we create stitching holes to the leather. 
We use round stitching chisel as opposed to conventional diamond stitching chisel.
Because we feel it gives more strength to tears than sharp edges created by diamond stitching chisels.
It may not make that much difference, but we just feel it's better.

3. Next is hand stitching.
Here is something to note. Our product can't be made with sewing machine.
As you can see, the needle cannot simply pass through from one side to the other
because it hits the other side of the wall due to a pocket shape.
So we use curved needles to do the work. As for the stitching method, we use saddle stitch
to give a maximum strength.




4. When you are done stitching, clean the surface and it's ready to go.


Product Update December 11 2014, 0 Comments

We just added new products on our store.
Below you will find our new additions with two new shell cordovan from Shinki Hikaku Japan. We love this leather. There is an undeniable elegance to this leather. Wallets are all hand cut, hand punched, hand stitched, hell hand everything...
Take a look. More photos are coming.

Biofold Shell Cordovan Oil Glazing Antique

Bifold Shell Cordovan Black

 

Card Slot Wallet Shell Cordovan Oil Glazing Antique

Card Slot Wallet Shell Cordovan Black

Business Card Case Shell Cordovan Oil Glazing Antique

Business Card Case Shell Cordovan Black

Money Clip Dark Brown: Leather is English Bridle from Wickett & Craig. The clip is made of Sterling silver wire.

 


Lake Street Dive at Terminal 5 November 15 2014, 0 Comments

lake street dive at terminal 5 new york
We went to see Lake Street Dive at Terminal 5 this past Friday. God they can perform. I mean I knew they are good from watching Youtube videos, but damn, each member is so talented that my eyes and ears were locked on the stage. I didn't even bother getting another pint. Rachael is golden.

IF Soho New York will carry Brújula New York October 31 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york at if soho new york boutique

Here is an exciting news! IF Soho New York will carry Brújula New York. IF boutique carries such labels like Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Guidi, Junya Watanabe, MA+, Maison Martin Margiela, Paul Harnden, Yohji Yamamoto to name a few. We are thrilled to be displayed alongside these brands!

 

brujula new york at if soho new york boutique

Bags are handmade too.

 

brujula new york at if soho new york boutique

Almost ready for the delivery.

 

brujula new york at if soho new york boutique

Delivery of the order complete.

 

brujula new york at if soho new york boutique. shell cordovan wallets

Hope people will get to see the details and the quality of our products.

 

 


New Cordovan "Oil Glazing Antique" by Shinki-Hikaku October 25 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york shell cordovan shinki hikaku wallet

Got some new Shell Cordovan from Shinki Hikaku. Our products will be available in these new cordovan "Matt Black" & "Oil Glazing Antique".

 

brujula new york shell cordovan shinki hikaku wallet

Very clean surface. 

 

brujula new york shell cordovan shinki hikaku wallet


Project Piece: Money Clip with leather wallet chain October 01 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york hand stitched leather money clip wallet with leather wallet chain sterling silver solid brass

Using "Natural Carving" leather from Wickett & Craig, we made a Money Clip with leather wallet chain. Hardwares are solid brass. Came out quite nice!

 

brujula new york hand stitched leather money clip wallet with leather wallet chain sterling silver solid brass

brujula new york hand stitched leather money clip wallet with leather wallet chain solid brass

brujula new york hand stitched leather money clip wallet with leather wallet chain solid brass


Dumbo Arts Festival 9/26-28 September 30 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival handmade leather goods accessories shell cordovan bi-fold wallet, card slot wallet, business card case & lighter case english bridle wickett & craig

In conjunction with a contemporary Japanese artists collective, Art Beasties's 1st anniversary open studio during Dumbo Arts Festival, Brújula New York exhibited our minimalistic wallet collection "One Piece Minimalist." Also exhibited at the studio were Understatement, a New York based high quality handcrafted eyewear brand, Attic Projekt, a Brooklyn based creative unit lead by a Japanese-American contemporary artist Mattsuo, and Buaisou, who farms their own indigo in Japan using Japanese traditional techniques and sells natural indigo dyed products. The open studio was a great success drawing hundreds of visitors during the 3 day festival in Dumbo Brooklyn. Many visitors praised us as one of the well-presented galleries in this year's festival. The success of the open studio was really a result of joint efforts by all participating artists, and we really enjoyed working with every one of the artists. And a very special thanks goes out to Art Beasties members, So-san from Galassia New York, and Sho (Understatement) who invited us to be a part of this wonderful event.

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

brujula new york at dumbo arts festival 2014, art beasties, understatement, attic projekt & buaisou

ko irkt art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Mixed-media pieces by Ko Irkt of Art Beasties.

 

tokio kuniyoshi art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Abstract photo pieces by Tokio Kuniyoshi of Art Beasties. Can you tell what they represent?

 

maho hikino art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Visual installation by Maho Hikino of Art Beasties.

 

kakeru asai art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Collage pieces by Kakeru Asai of Art Beasties.

 

akiko masker art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Mixed-media prints by Akiko Masker of Art Beasties.

 

saki kitamura art beasties dumbo arts festival 2014

Wood cut prints by Saki Kitamura of Art Beasties.

 

understatement dumbo arts festival 2014

Understatement, a New York based high quality handcrafted eyewear brand. Their eyewears are designed in NY and manufactured in Sabae, Japan. Each frame is handmade by Japanese craftsmen using their hands as well as old traditional machineries.

 

attic projekt dumbo arts festival 2014

Attic Projekt, a Brooklyn based creative unit lead by a Japanese-American contemporary artist Mattsuo.

 

buaisou dumbo arts festival 2014

Buaisou, who farms their own indigo in Japan using Japanese traditional techniques and sells natural indigo dyed products. 

 

Mattsuo dumbo arts festival 2014

Abstract object by Mattsuo. "Those junks are springing out my head..." says Mattsuo...

 

Mattsuo dumbo arts festival 2014

Abstract object by Mattsuo

 

Photo credit: Tokio Kuniyoshi


Jumble Tokyo Exhibition September 14 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york at jumble tokyo exhibition 2014 handmade leather goods shell cordovan wallets

Brújula New York was at Jumble Tokyo Exhibition in Japan alongside US Repo from September 10th to 12th. Again huge thank you goes to Joe at US Repo for the opportunity. Hope some of the Japanese buyers had a chance to touch and feel our products. 

brujula new york at jumble tokyo exhibition 2014 handmade leather goods shell cordovan wallets

Pictured above, you can see two new cordovan leathers in our line. One is Oil Glazing Antique and the other is Matt Black both from Shinki-Hikaku. They look real nice! These will be added to our online store shortly, so stay tuned!


Project Piece: Cordovan Business Card Case July 30 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york handmade shell cordovan business card case lighter case matt black

We made our "One Piece Leather Business Card Case" and "Lighter case" in this new matt black cordovan from Shinki-Hikaku Japan with Yellow stitch. Do they resemble something familiar? Ummm yeah, Dr. Martens! It wasn't really intentional but ended up giving resemblance to it. Anyway, looks good right???

 


We were at Capsule Show NYC July 24 2014, 0 Comments

capsule show new york 2014

We were at Capsule Show NYC (July 21 & 22nd). Wow, that was such an exciting and great experience! We should've announced this in advance, but it was really a last minutes thing. Joe from US Repo brought us an opportunity to showcase Brújula New York with him, and we took the opportunity. Joe makes really detailed pieces of clothing, some truly original and some inspired by vintage clothing. You can search "US Repo" or "Repo Brand", you'll find some articles about him.

Two days at Capsule show were a blast! Meeting and making some new connections. Learning how other brands present themselves at the show. What we are missing in our product line to lure new buyers who've never heard of us before. The importance of coming back there again. Relationship with the brands in the same market. Now we have to digest what we've learned and solidify our next step. By the way, surprisingly I saw many friends that I've never thought I'd see there. What a happy bonus.

capsule show new york 2014

Getting ready for the exciting two days.

 

brujula new york, u.s. repo & outerboro at capsule show new york 2014

It's getting there. Need a little final adjustments.

 

brujula new york handmade leather accessories made in new york usa at capsule show new york 2014

With some props, it's got some vibe now.

 

u.s. repo, brujula new york, outerboro at capsule show new york 2014

Joe (US Repo) and Christian from Left Field. I have some thermals from Choctaw Ridge and didn't realize Choctaw Ridge is indeed part of Left Field. Christian is a crazy wild guy but has this warmth inside of him and respect for people.

 

outerboro capsule show new york 2014

Joe's friends, Michael & James from Outerboro talking to a buyer from London. Such a nice and caring guys. Loved hanging out with them. 

 

capsule show new york 2014

Brands, Brands, Brands! Wish I had more time to browse through all the booths.


Brújula New York New Logo March 11 2014, 0 Comments

brujula new york logo handmade leather accessories made in new york usa

It's official, Brújula New York is now a company registered in New York State.

And here is our new logo. Hope you like it.

brujula new york hand stitched shell cordovan bi-fold wallet oil burgundy handmade in new york usa


Nick Waterhouse at Bowery Ballroom February 28 2014, 0 Comments

We love music! Genre ain't matter. Anyway, we went to see Nick Waterhouse at Bowery Ballroom the other night. God he's talented. He writes, performs and produces music for himself and others like Allah-Las also. He has a touch to bring us back to the old 50s-60s Rock, R&B, Soul & Jazz sounds yet has this freshness from 21st century. If you see him coming to your town, I'd suggest you go check him out.

Nick Waterhouse at Bowery Ballroom NYC


Wickett & Craig Tannery Visit November 07 2013, 0 Comments

So we drove 5 hours all the way to Wickett and Craig Tannery in Curwensville, Pennsylvania. Glenn from Wickett and Craig was really nice welcoming us and without hesitation gave us, a small time unknown maker, a tour inside the tannery thoroughly explaining each stage of skin to leather tanning process. What an eye opening experience that was. The tannery was huge like the size of a soccer field (maybe a bit smaller but anyway). There were so many steps with various duration in each stage for a mere skin to become beautiful leather that we all love. Their leather is tanned using tannins from wood so-called vegetable tanning and don't use chemicals, so it is environmentally friendly also. 

The visit made us aware of the long and complicated process of tanning and dyeing, and it sure made us appreciate the leather we get to use more than before.

Our English Bridles are being skived.

 

Just out of tanning process, still wet.

 

 

 


Limited Edition Key Fob for Trove General Store August 03 2013, 0 Comments

We did a small run of leather key fob for our friend, Trove General Store in Paoli, Pennsylvania. 
Thank you Emily, Charlotte & Foster!

 brujula new york leather key fob

brujula new york leather key fob

brujula new york leather key fob

brujula new york leather key fob

brujula new york leather key fob

brujula new york leather key fob


Hello We Are Brújula! June 21 2013, 0 Comments

brujula new york shell cordovan hand stitched bi-fold wallet burgundy handmade in new york usa

Hello welcome to Brújula

Let me start by saying blogging is not our forte. However, since we understand the importance of personable connections with whoever nice enough to like our products, we'll try our best to post updates, but bear in mind we'll be sporadic. By the way, we'd like to know how you found us.

Anyway, to give you an extremely brief background, Brújula is a two men operation based out of New York. Both of us design and make our products all by our hands. We source our leather materials from widely respected tanneries. So far, English Bridle leather from Wickett & Craig in Pennsylvania, US and Shell Cordovan leather from Shinki Hikaku in Hyogo, Japan. We try our best to establish our uniqueness by designing original patterns that are unconventional with a bit of usability added to it.

We hope you'll find something you like in our line of small products. Please let us know if you have any question. We'd love to hear from you.

Thanks again

brujula new york minimal black cordovan wallet saddle stitching handmade in new york usa 

brujula new york shell cordovan bi-fold wallets black burgundy handmade in new york usa