Monthly Archives: February 2012

Early Spring Goods

From top left: 1. Mackinac Button Down from Salmon Cove: A good plaid that is calendar appropriate.  Stay with the rich plaids for another month or so. 2. Smart Turnout Columbia Watch Strap: Go ahead and reload for this Spring…now is the time. 3. Destin Belt from Martin Dingman: The waist accessories are ready to […]

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Steve G - February 29, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Those shoes are fantastic. Perfect color and they look worn already. I tried the watch straps from Smart Turnout but they were way too big for me since I have a small wrist. Any other suggestions?

ANH Style - February 29, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Men look great wearing Bonobos- I love their color selection.

trip - February 29, 2012 - 12:49 PM

Steve,
On the chance that you weren’t aware, NATO watch straps, like the Smart Turnout ones, are designed to be extra-long, and the excess is folded over and tucked back under. If that bothers you for some reason, you could always just trim off the excess and melt the edges to keep it from fraying.

Martin Dingman’s Studio (and a Giveaway)

I recently traveled to Branson, MO in the heart of the Ozarks to visit Martin Dingman.  Martin has been in the leather business for almost 30 years, and in that time – he has honed his craft beyond the expert level.  To say that Martin is an artist would be an understatement.  With leather as […]

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Elena V - February 27, 2012 - 8:19 AM

It was interesting to hear Martin say the modern shoe has to be versatile, considering how many different varieties there are in stores now and how easy it is to find the right pair for the outfit in question- but also, how hard! So many factors to consider. So at the end of the day, I agree, better play it safe with this one model that will brighten, or blend in with, any clothes.

Elena V - February 27, 2012 - 8:19 AM

Liked Martin Dingman on Facebook

Elena V - February 27, 2012 - 8:20 AM

Liked Red Clay Souls on Facebook

Elena V - February 27, 2012 - 8:21 AM

I follow Martin Dingman on Twitter as LifesDeepColors

Drake - February 27, 2012 - 8:21 AM

I would love to use one of those cases for business cards. Great story

Drake - February 27, 2012 - 8:24 AM

I would love to use one of those cases for business cards. Great story

Pavel - February 27, 2012 - 8:29 AM

Love your giveaways!

Brian - February 27, 2012 - 8:31 AM

Great Post. I like Martin Dingman on Facebook.

Brian - February 27, 2012 - 8:31 AM

I like Red Clay Soul on Facebook

Brian - February 27, 2012 - 8:32 AM

I follow Martin Dingman on twitter

Zachary Ferguson - February 27, 2012 - 8:32 AM

These look incredible!

zacharysferguson@gmail.com

Brian - February 27, 2012 - 8:32 AM

and I follow Red Clay Soul on twitter

Zachary Ferguson - February 27, 2012 - 8:33 AM

These look incredible!

zacharysferguson%40gmail.com

Dave - February 27, 2012 - 8:38 AM

david.reed9@gmail.com, plus two likes on facebook

Nick Valinsky - February 27, 2012 - 8:39 AM

“if the quality is not there nothing else matters”. It was so great to read that phrase. It is clear Martin Dingman puts his heart and soul into each design. Another great piece by RCS!

Nicholas.valinsky@uconn.edu

Alex Johns - February 27, 2012 - 8:54 AM

Looks like a time well spent.

Matt - February 27, 2012 - 9:14 AM

Great post and contest.

Paul Miller - February 27, 2012 - 9:24 AM

Great card holder. I was just looking for an upgrade, so this would be great timing.

Nathan Propst - February 27, 2012 - 9:24 AM

Count me in.

Erik - February 27, 2012 - 9:46 AM

I love the Martin Dingman dress belts.

Conan - February 27, 2012 - 9:57 AM

Amazing!

Mark McCoy - February 27, 2012 - 10:01 AM

Great review of a wonderful company. Great shoes!

Adam Martin - February 27, 2012 - 10:11 AM
Laura P - February 27, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Great giveaway and great profile on the company – going to have to check out their travel bags ASAP. Email: lupyles@gmail.com

Todd Bray - February 27, 2012 - 12:01 PM

Thanks for the article on Martin Dingman. I was not familiar with his products and grateful that you shared his product line as well as his story.

Thanks!

Will Midkiff - February 27, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Beautiful craftmanship!

David Wallace - February 27, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Fantastic new brand! Always leave it to RCS to provide quality suggestions!

Shane - February 27, 2012 - 1:26 PM

Look’s to be quality stuff! shanewat@knology.net

Jordan - February 27, 2012 - 1:29 PM

Now those are some beautiful leather goods. More than happy to “like” Martin Dingman.

Hunter Guice - February 27, 2012 - 1:38 PM

Well played sir! Martin make’s wonderful pieces!

Here’s to hopefully getting a new cardholder!

Liked Martin on FB, and been a fan of RCS for a long time!

hlguice@gmail.com

Greg Pollock - February 27, 2012 - 1:39 PM
Austin Holmes - February 27, 2012 - 1:44 PM

This would make a great birthday gift!

followed both on Facebook, and liked both on Twitter!

Blair Williams - February 27, 2012 - 2:55 PM

these look awesome
blaircw2011@gmail.com

Josh Haber - February 27, 2012 - 3:10 PM

These are awesome.

Rhon - February 27, 2012 - 4:02 PM

And obviously I follow you on Twitter and like RCS on Facebook!

Taylor - February 27, 2012 - 5:43 PM

Those card holders look superb. I’ve liked MD and RCS on facebook and have begun following them on twitter as well.
autrement32@gmail.com

Noah - February 27, 2012 - 7:21 PM

Beautiful goods. I’ve been helping a friend who wants to get into the leather making game and it makes me respect the skill and craftsmanship it takes to make things like this.

Noah - February 27, 2012 - 7:22 PM

Also I liked Martin on FB and follow RCS on twitter.

Tim Fabian - February 27, 2012 - 7:54 PM

Great giveaway. Would love to have one of these for my cards.
timfabian@gmail.com

Ben Calvert - February 27, 2012 - 8:21 PM

Love the card holders! Would love to have one!

Preston Mortemore - February 27, 2012 - 8:25 PM

Those are some amazing pieces. Liked both on facebook and followed both on twitter. pmort01@yahoo.com

Michael J Kilkenny - February 27, 2012 - 8:27 PM

My kind of place . Would truly like to work in those conditions.

Tyler - February 27, 2012 - 8:56 PM

It is always nice to hear about quality craftsmanship when it comes to working with leather, epically one that is close to me in Fayetteville. I will have to go visit next time I am in Branson.

Connor Gillan - February 27, 2012 - 9:26 PM

gillan4452@yahoo.com, plus like and follow on fb and twitter

WLS - February 27, 2012 - 10:15 PM

great blog !! love the martin dingman wares !!

Greg - February 27, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Im one of those fresh out of college guys! I think this stuff is great cant wait to check out more!

Aaron - February 28, 2012 - 3:10 AM

I don’t care for monkstraps…or at least I didn’t think I did. But after seeing that pair from Martin Dingman’s Studio, I’ve changed my mind; those have me feeling funny in that pleasant way! BTW, I just found this blog and was so taken that I’ve spent the last couple of hours clicking thru backwards to its beginning (couldn’t sleep, and found it very enjoyable).
Aaron

TFoltyn - February 28, 2012 - 8:50 AM

Looks fantastic!

Alex P. Burke, Sr. - February 28, 2012 - 3:23 PM

I would be proud to carry one of Martin Dingman’s fine products.

Michael - February 28, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Liked both facebook pages.

Victor - February 28, 2012 - 5:12 PM

Fantastic looking leather goods!

Victor H - February 28, 2012 - 5:13 PM

Fantastic%20looking%20leather%20goods!

Justin Wiggins - February 28, 2012 - 6:24 PM

Thanks for another giveaway.

Like on Facebook and following on Twitter.

Brad - February 28, 2012 - 6:47 PM

Great place, great products. Would love one of these card holders.

Coley Sheehan - February 28, 2012 - 7:05 PM

I am a proud owner of the Martin Dingman Saxon Bit loafers. I am now on my second pair, not because they were worn down but because I wanted another style. Thanks for the great read!

Brian - February 28, 2012 - 8:05 PM

yes!

Adam - February 28, 2012 - 9:00 PM

Love the loafers. Great story about a great brand. adam.l.aaronson@gmail.com

Katie Brooks - February 28, 2012 - 9:37 PM

You did a wonderful job capturing Martin Dingman’s honest & high-quality company. I would love to win the card holder for my husband, who could always use a little more leather in his life. Thanks to you both for this opportunity.

Katie Brooks - February 28, 2012 - 9:39 PM

PS: I am following both of you on facebook and twitter.

W. K. Ihrig - February 28, 2012 - 10:29 PM

Beautiful shoes.

Felix Urquia - February 29, 2012 - 2:26 AM

Been on my wish list for a while.

Ron Murphy - February 29, 2012 - 8:25 AM

nice leather goods, would love a credit card wallet

kaleb page - February 29, 2012 - 9:51 AM

great company and great products

Caroline | Back Down South - February 29, 2012 - 11:32 AM

Seems like this was a great trip! So cool.
Have done all of the above, minus a blog post.

kaleb page - February 29, 2012 - 2:37 PM

I liked both pages on facebook and am following both on twitter.

Eric - February 29, 2012 - 8:08 PM

Those black cap toe boots are snazzy!

John Moylan - February 29, 2012 - 9:07 PM

Liked RCS and Martin Dingman on Facebook and follow both on Twitter.
Thanks!

Dan - March 1, 2012 - 12:18 AM

Those are some fantastic looking boots!

Dan R - March 1, 2012 - 6:45 AM

Great looking stuff. Thank you very much for the write up.

(Twitter feeds followed and Facebook pages liked)

Eric - March 1, 2012 - 7:57 AM

Love the wallets…though mine is usually empty…love to have a new one.

Todd M. - March 1, 2012 - 9:29 AM

I should really get a facebook page to up my entries. I already follow RCS on Twitter so I added Martin Dingman on Twitter.

Being someone that actually uss business cards, I could really use one of the gorgeous card holders!

Benn - March 1, 2012 - 10:22 AM

Got my first MD belt when I was 19. A pebbled leather cordovan dress belt. Still going strong 8 years later. Now that I am almost done with law school, would really dig one of these holders. Especially in an exotic leather.

Jared Bell - March 1, 2012 - 1:34 PM

I first saw Martin Dingman’s work in Kevin’s catalog. His wares look great.

Phil. - March 1, 2012 - 4:44 PM

I have for many years been a great admirer of Martin Dingman. He represents the essence of made in the USA quality. Great post!

Phil. - March 1, 2012 - 4:44 PM

I%20have%20for%20many%20years%20been%20a%20great%20admirer%20of%20Martin%20Dingman.%20%20He%20represents%20the%20essence%20of%20made%20in%20the%20USA%20quality.%20%20Great%20post!

Bryce - March 1, 2012 - 6:38 PM

What an amazing company I have never heard of before!

bryce.carson@richmond.edu

Jestin - March 1, 2012 - 11:22 PM
Jay Turner - March 1, 2012 - 11:32 PM

Excellent story. Great goods!

Artie Turner - March 2, 2012 - 8:51 AM

Would love to have one of these!

Brooks Kerrick - March 2, 2012 - 9:35 AM

Great story, great stuff. Enjoy it.

Hendrick Booz - March 3, 2012 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for sharing.

ron payne - March 3, 2012 - 11:31 AM

Oh my god, just kill me now–I want one of everything. k4art@hotmail.com

Matt P - March 3, 2012 - 11:34 AM

Done done and done (matt.e.parksAT/twitter/facebook). Great writeup; you’ve been killing it lately

Tyler Connell - March 3, 2012 - 11:38 AM

Great collection

Charles - March 3, 2012 - 11:49 AM

like redclaysoul on fbook and follow on twitter.

Andrew Strayer - March 3, 2012 - 11:53 AM

I’m leaving a comment here and following red clay soul on twitter (@Andrew_Strayer)

Paul Cuein - March 3, 2012 - 1:07 PM

I wore Martin Dingman driving shoes, and belt to my wedding so I am sort of partial but he makes great stuff. I am probably going to get a new pair of driving shoes sometime soon.
Thanks for all of the cool pics!
-Paul

Mark Gianfalla - March 3, 2012 - 1:28 PM

My feet could use a new pair of kicks with a side of bro! Mdgianfalla@aol.com

Chris - March 3, 2012 - 1:51 PM

These look great!

Tyler Winbourne - March 3, 2012 - 3:24 PM

Awesome looking products!

Christopher - March 3, 2012 - 5:42 PM

Great article! I love reading about the creative process. And great credit card holders! ;-) +4 additional pts. (I “liked” both FB pages and added you both on Twitter!)
Lad.dartist@gmail.com

CM - March 3, 2012 - 6:17 PM

Great items!

“Like” and “Follow” both!

CM - March 3, 2012 - 6:18 PM

Great items!

“Like” and “Follow” both!

ches.mcdowell@gmail.com

Michael Dunn - March 3, 2012 - 6:47 PM

Woot woot Martin Dingman!

Brian - March 3, 2012 - 7:01 PM

bjbrodrick (at) bellsouth.net

Cory H. - March 3, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Wow, I must say from visiting his website I think I may have fell in love! This would be a great fix from carrying my clunky wallet everywhere. Also, following both RCS and MD on twitter.

Z.J.P - March 4, 2012 - 1:11 PM

I could do some bank account damage for those shoes.

Zach

Z.J.P - March 4, 2012 - 1:12 PM

I could do some damage to the bank account for those shoes.

Z.J.P - March 4, 2012 - 1:13 PM

Sorry for the double post.

Josh - March 4, 2012 - 2:17 PM

Liked Red Clay Soul on Facebook and Martin Dingman!

Tyler Dalton - March 4, 2012 - 2:26 PM

tcd0002@auburn.edu

Following on twitter and liked them on Facebook

Han - March 4, 2012 - 2:28 PM
Scott Kamenitsa - March 4, 2012 - 3:17 PM
Patrick - March 4, 2012 - 9:31 PM

I’ve been looking for a front-pocket wallet…this would be perfect.

Patrick - March 4, 2012 - 9:32 PM

I’ve been looking for a card holder…this would be perfect.

Jeff Tait - March 4, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Just stumbled upon your site and love it!

Jeff Tait - March 4, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Liked and followed e everyone!!!

Zorro Gill - March 5, 2012 - 3:44 AM

Nothing like quality leather goods

Zorro Gill - March 5, 2012 - 3:46 AM

I follow Red Clay Soul on twitter

Zorro Gill - March 5, 2012 - 3:47 AM

I also “like” Red Clay Soul on facebook

Alex - March 5, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Great blog, thanks Red Clay Soul !

Alex - March 5, 2012 - 4:05 PM

Great Blog!

Alex - March 5, 2012 - 4:07 PM

(sorry for the above post, internet was slow). I also follow redclaysoul and MartinDingmanLeather on twitter (@ _alexandreDS)

Justin - March 5, 2012 - 6:10 PM

Liked and followed all. justin at ewelaw.com

Justin - March 5, 2012 - 6:11 PM

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Justin - March 5, 2012 - 6:12 PM

Oops.. Sorry.

Ryan - March 6, 2012 - 9:01 AM

I liked Martin Dingman and Red Clay Soul on Facebook and Twitter

Sarah Auer - March 6, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Great stuff. I love the quality and story.

I liked Matin Dingman on Facebook

I liked Red Clay Soul on Facebook

I follow Red Clay Soul on Twitter

I follow Martin Digman on Twitter

I will re-tweet as well. Thanks so much
sarah

geoffrey - March 6, 2012 - 3:02 PM

Great article! These are awesome products

Jed Byrne - March 6, 2012 - 3:05 PM
Gus Lopez - March 6, 2012 - 3:12 PM

I liked Martin Dingman on Facebook

I liked Red Clay Soul on Facebook

I follow Red Clay Soul on Twitter

I follow Martin Digman on Twitter

Dan Watson - March 6, 2012 - 3:52 PM

Great looking leather goods. That rifle case look amazing!

weldon - March 6, 2012 - 4:08 PM

I could definately use one of these card holders for work!!! Thanks for the chance!

weldon - March 6, 2012 - 4:10 PM

I liked his page on Facebook as well .
Email is Weldonhall@rocketmail.com

John Joseph - March 22, 2012 - 11:15 AM

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martin dingman - April 10, 2012 - 1:45 AM

A big Ozark Mountain thanks to all that participated in the card case give away! We truly appreciate your kind remarks! Also a HUGE thanks for the great job RCS! Stay tuned, although we have been producing leathergoods since 1990, the best is yet to come!

New Addition: Sid Mashburn Snuff Suede Penny Loafer

Stopped by Sid Mashburn last week – and didn’t leave without these.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves: Snuff said.

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Glenn - February 24, 2012 - 9:21 AM

Alden/weejuns hybrid?

Jerry Grasso - February 24, 2012 - 10:11 AM

Their great, and I hope they fit well….now tell me about that bourbon barrel they’re sitting on….

Matt - February 24, 2012 - 11:44 AM

Drooling over here

Jeff - February 24, 2012 - 11:54 AM

These shoes are not showing on their website – where can they be purchased and what is the price?

ANH Style - February 24, 2012 - 3:26 PM

Those would certainly turn my head! I need to get to Atlanta soon to check out he and his wife Ann’s stores.

Jason K - March 16, 2012 - 5:09 PM

Call them, they have them in the store, they are $295. looking forward to when they get to seattle

Kory - July 9, 2012 - 12:00 PM

How are the looking/feeling after wearing for a few month? I am thinking about placing an order for a pair. I love that these can be warn with about anything!

SouthGA - June 7, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Look good. Do they run true to size?

[...] Sid Mashburn Snuff Suede Penny Loafers: Remember – they aren’t ‘rules’, they are guidelines.  If you want to wear suede – wear suede. Russell Moccasin Camp Mocs: Straight from Wisconsin.  A step up from boat shoes. [...]

[...] a couple pairs of snuff suede shoes – both of which get huge play in the rotation.  I have Sid’s penny loafers, as well as a Crockett & Jones for Polo [...]

[...] loafer guy when opting for casual leather footwear.  I have all but worn out (and re-soled) my Sid Mashburn snuff suede penny loafers.  After getting them back from the shop, they are back to running on all eight [...]

Newsworthy: The Old Try X Remnant Tote Release

Our friends over at Old Try are at it again – this time with their buddies at Remnant.  They have collaborated, and are producing a sharp tote. Micah adds: We use a tote daily. Like, to tote all these prints to the local post. And to tote drink to event. So we were over the moon […]

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Jerry - February 22, 2012 - 3:34 PM

Guys don’t carry totes.

tim - February 23, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Seconded.

moss - February 23, 2012 - 1:51 PM

“Newsworthy”???

Hahahahaha

rob - February 23, 2012 - 9:04 PM

chicks carry totes. ridiculous.

sph - March 7, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Well, heck, the last time I checked, I’m a guy and I carry
my stuff around in an LL Bean canvas bag. I don’t call it a tote, but there it is, over there on the den floor holding my gym clothes, my iPad and my laptop…hmmmmnnnn.

New From NYFW

While I’m not a big ‘fashion show’ person, there are some images from the recent show in New York that caught my attention.  Esquire did a great job of consolidating them here.  A few that I like: Billy Reid: What a great color on those pants. Tommy Hilfiger comes out swinging.  Nice coat. Michael Bastian’s Tan […]

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thomas - February 21, 2012 - 9:17 AM

Perhaps they could get a suit jacket that fits

PJB - February 26, 2012 - 4:36 PM

That button on the tan suit is hanging on for dear life.

Noah - February 27, 2012 - 7:23 PM

Very nice, will have to try this with my “new” pair that I haven’t worn yet.

Let’s Give It A Try: The TBTYH Levi’s Shrink-To-Fit Process

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to never buy pre-distressed jeans.  I haven’t bought any jeans with distressing in a while, but I’ve drawn a line in the sand.  My head feels much clearer. After a long search for the right jeans, I have settled on Levi’s 501s as my go-to style.  501s are […]

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Micah - February 20, 2012 - 8:19 AM

Right there with you.

http://oldtry.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-comes-once-year.html

About to get my shrink going soon.

Scott W. - February 20, 2012 - 8:59 AM

You can tumble them in the dryer on the no heat setting to get them to soften up quicker.

William Goodman - February 20, 2012 - 10:11 AM

This may be too much to detail in a comment, but where do you get most of your pants? I’m the same size and length as you and have a terrible time finding pants. Got some suggestions for pants for tall guys?

Chris C. - February 20, 2012 - 3:38 PM

What’s your plan on washing? (if at all) Also, how much shrink did you get in the length post soak?

AJ - February 20, 2012 - 10:40 PM

They look great. Any idea what the name of that color is?

tim - February 21, 2012 - 9:16 AM

You missed out on the best part. That is putting them on raw and wearing them in the tub so they shrink to fit your body.

Admittedly, this is usually a better summertime activity because when you’re exiled from the house because you’re dripping indigo dye everywhere the warm summer air is much more forgiving.

Tyler - February 21, 2012 - 11:35 AM

great jeans but i cant stand the button fly, they always get in the way at the bar hah

steve roberts - May 23, 2012 - 9:28 PM

How much did yours shrink in the inseam?

Brian - November 2, 2012 - 12:45 AM

So with cold water, you didn’t get much waist shrinkage? How about the inseam?

Tom Schmit - May 27, 2013 - 4:47 AM

I like to put my shrunken jeans in the dryer after the stf process. Depending how they fit I use a low setting or higher setting. The trick is to take them out of the dryer when they are 3/4 dry. Then wear them also long as possible.

DixieWrecked - March 4, 2014 - 9:40 PM

I’m 6’5 and was a 501 original fit guy from way back. I wear a hemmed 36×36 to 35in. I bought my first STFs, 36×38, and followed the guide.

Thanks for the waist to fit tip. The waist shrunk, but it’s not uncomfortable. The problem is the length. The length did shrink by 2 inches, I measured the inseam before and after (38″ to 36″), but I still wound up with 2 inches of excess inseam that needs to be hemmed. I am not a cuff guy. The STFs are baggier, which is not a problem for me, I was just hoping for more length shrinkage. The next pair of STFs will be a 36×36. Live and learn.

Early Fall Preparations | Red Clay Soul - August 15, 2012 - 8:18 AM

[...]  Something a little different – with a nice claw. 4. Levis 501 Original STF Jeans:  Use the STF process, and these will be ready to rock. 5. Lucchese Whiskey Burn Baby Buffalo Roper Boots:  Go big or go [...]

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Shots: WM Lamb & Son

WM Lamb & Son were here in Atlanta at a recent show.  I don’t miss an opportunity to go see some of my favorite people.  William is an extremely talented artist – his work depicts images of the outdoor and country lifestyle.  Not only a great artist – he and his wife Margaret are some […]

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sarah auer - February 19, 2012 - 7:42 PM

I love this look. The preppy/outdoorsy look has always be a tried and true classic. I especially love the Brooks Brothers custom blazer. Great post!