Monthly Archives: September 2012

RCS Likes: Penfield Fall/Winter 2012

I’ve been a fan of Penfield for quite some time.  I pulled the trigger on their Outback vest at the end of last year, and it has been one of my favorite purchases.  While it’s a shame I don’t live in a more down vest-friendly climate, I don’t have long before it’ll start to get […]

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RCS Review: The Billy Reid Terrance Boots

The older I get, the more I consider value when making clothing purchases.  I tend to spend less money on clothes these days, but find myself spending more at the tailors.  Footwear falls right in that line as well.  I’d rather spend more on a pair of shoes up front and know they will last […]

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IKG - September 26, 2012 - 8:50 AM

Very Nice. Will look great at the “Ted” for some playoff baseball.

David W - September 26, 2012 - 11:22 AM

Highly jealous. I have been eyeing those since their release. My Justin Ropers are very similar in style but the quality is not on par with these.

The Magic of Meltonian | Red Clay Soul - October 15, 2012 - 8:02 AM

[…] this month, I pulled the trigger on the Terrance boots from Billy Reid.  One issue with the boots was the condition of the leather out of the box.  There was nothing […]

Criquet Shirt Giveaway…Player

The good ole’ boys over in Austin want to give a lucky Red Clay Soul reader a Players Shirt.  Not only will this up your street cred, but it will show that you have a sense of style that is second to none.  If you have one, you already know how great they are.  If […]

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Lorenzo - September 25, 2012 - 9:03 AM

love criquet shirts

JB - September 25, 2012 - 9:07 AM

I like the shirts, would look great on the course.

joe botsko - September 25, 2012 - 9:59 AM

good lookin’ shirts.

matthew laux - September 25, 2012 - 10:03 AM

Great Shirts. Brilliant Blue in a small would be a great addition

Ben T - September 25, 2012 - 10:06 AM

These shirts look super comfortable. Would be nice to put one on after a long day at work.

BMO'C - September 25, 2012 - 10:10 AM

I like both RCS and Criquet on FB. I don’t Twitter so I guess I will have to settle for two entries. Been meaning to grab one of these shirts anyway. Damn good looking!

clark - September 25, 2012 - 10:27 AM

wish I could try one of these on!

Matthew Brady - September 25, 2012 - 10:59 AM

I’ll take that gamble.

Mark McCoy - September 25, 2012 - 11:12 AM

I can always use another Criquet shirt. They are perfect.

Brad - September 25, 2012 - 11:42 AM

I still need one of these

George Rombacg - September 25, 2012 - 11:44 AM

Would love to give one of these shirts a try!

BuzzKillington - September 25, 2012 - 12:43 PM

I have one. I can vouch for this shirt being one of the most comfortable and stylish around. Avid reader of this blog also. Keep up the good work.

jason lanier - September 25, 2012 - 12:47 PM

i actually ordered one of these earlier today.

Josh - September 25, 2012 - 1:34 PM

Great shirts! Hope I win!

Jay - September 25, 2012 - 1:46 PM

Big Criquet fan!

PAS - September 25, 2012 - 1:55 PM

Great shirts!

Dan - September 25, 2012 - 3:32 PM

I have been thinking about ordering one of their shirts. I sure wouldn’t mind winning one.

Bryan - September 25, 2012 - 4:44 PM

I’m from Austin and have been interested in purchasing one of these shirts for a while

Matt T - September 25, 2012 - 4:56 PM

These shirts are great!

Alex Howell - September 25, 2012 - 6:35 PM

Love the site, check it for new content every other day. Keep it up. These shirts look great, thanks for showcasing them a couple months ago.

Greg - September 25, 2012 - 7:51 PM

Love it!!

David W - September 25, 2012 - 9:23 PM

Soooo Good lookin’

Matt - September 25, 2012 - 9:24 PM

Nice. Dig ‘em.

Ryan - September 25, 2012 - 9:47 PM

Love their shirts. If you get the chance grab one of their hats as well.

Noah - September 25, 2012 - 11:36 PM

Great looking shirts!

Nick - September 26, 2012 - 12:29 AM

These look great!

Chris Wilkinson - September 26, 2012 - 12:57 AM

Great looking shirts

Charles Boudreaux - September 26, 2012 - 9:08 AM

Like and follow both!

Patrick Kopiwoda - September 26, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Would really like to win one of these shirts. Been a fan for awhile

Cody - September 26, 2012 - 4:21 PM

nice

Cameron Stanfill - September 26, 2012 - 7:27 PM

Sweet shirts for a round of golf!

Ryan McLoughlin - September 26, 2012 - 11:08 PM

Pretty cool looking shirts!

Stephen Belden - September 26, 2012 - 11:23 PM

These shirts look great.

Gardner - September 27, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Can’t go wrong with any color

William - September 27, 2012 - 4:36 PM

Good looking shirts!

Andrew - September 27, 2012 - 7:53 PM

These are actually pretty good looking.

bb - September 28, 2012 - 10:29 AM

stylin for the fall

Greg K - September 30, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Jiminy Criquet!

joe botsko - September 30, 2012 - 11:02 AM

gotta love ‘em.

keith nadaskay - September 30, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Very proper shirt. Love the style…

Kit - October 1, 2012 - 10:56 AM

Hoping you haven’t ended this yet…my hubs would look awesome in one of these!
I also liked Criquet Shirts and Red Clay Soul on FB!

Jeff M - October 8, 2012 - 5:24 PM

It would like great on the course

Taylor - October 9, 2012 - 4:01 PM

i like the red!

Chad Marshall - October 31, 2012 - 10:27 AM

One of the red Criquet shirts would look great on a fall Saturday.

collin - November 11, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Hell yeah I need one of these.

Louis S - November 11, 2014 - 3:33 PM

These shirts are awesome, I’d love to win one!

Patrick A - November 12, 2014 - 8:42 PM

if you can’t beat ‘em, wear ‘em.

parker - November 17, 2014 - 12:54 PM

have been wanting one for a while now

Greg - November 18, 2014 - 12:35 PM

best collars in the game

STW - November 18, 2014 - 5:39 PM

super awesome

Robert Matre Photography

More on the guy later…for now, check out these photographs:  

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Eye Candy: Vintage Land Rovers

Images: Google Image Search

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RCN - September 21, 2012 - 8:37 AM

One word… Awesome!

EAS - September 21, 2012 - 10:04 AM

Currently on my ultimate tailgating wish list!

Foyt Ralston - September 21, 2012 - 6:38 PM

The only thing that’s missing is me in the drivers seat!

RalphLockwood - September 24, 2012 - 8:04 PM

Should’ve included some shots of those interiors. Unique and interesting…..

A Legend In Its Own Time: The GSJ15 « - September 25, 2012 - 10:16 AM

[…] the other day, my buddy Jay over at Red Clay Soul had an “Eye Candy” post on vintage Land Rovers, and I thought that I would put my spin on that theme today.  As a […]

Passing the Red Faced Test?

There was an interesting brand development that happened a few months ago between Land’s End and Kiel James Patrick in regards to a belt.  The story seemed to have a happy ending, with Lands’ End discontinuing the KJP knockoff.  Big kudos to Ivy Style for covering the story from a fact-based and objective perspective. Let’s […]

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Will Barrett - September 20, 2012 - 8:54 AM

It’s a bit tacky, but obviously not illegal. I do find it distasteful, especially from an otherwise solid company like Orvis. But how does MD know that the Orvis shoes won’t be solid for the long haul? Orvis’ standards are usually pretty high from a quality control standpoint. The issue with the KJP/LE kerfuffle was made worse by KJP’s carrying on about how he was resurrecting American manufacturing by making belts and bracelets.

J. Green - September 20, 2012 - 9:14 AM

This is a free market at work. Sure, it’s unfortunate that Martin Dingman’s design was knocked off, however some people are willing to pay less for something that looks the same even if it is not the same quality, whereas others want the look and quality to match and are willing to pay the price for it. Additionally, I wonder why Martin Dingman is so worked up about the issue at hand when this product is no longer available on their website and was part of their Spring 2011 collection.

David - September 20, 2012 - 9:20 AM

This is an interesting topic and a good thread – when is a copy just fashion trend, versus a rip off of design.

I do have to point out a couple of issue with the Dingmans claims here though. Isn’t the Dingman website full of shoes that very closely resemble other designers? For example, they sell a lot of Gucci-like horsebit loafers (as do many, many others). Also, their claim that nobody uses saddle leather is not extremely convincing. Allen Edmonds has a whole line of saddle leather shoes. I recognize that their issue is with the striking similarity of the fit, finish, etc. In this case, I do not see the shoes as so shockingly original in the first place that you would expect them to be “proprietary” to Dingman.

I wonder if they have confirmed that the maker of Orvis’ shoes is not the same as the Dingman maker? My guess is that the fault may be at the factory level (I know Dingman makes their own belts, but I assume they do not make their own shoes??).

D.H. - September 20, 2012 - 9:35 AM

I have the same response to this as I did KJP’s whining: Them’s the breaks, kid.

CD - September 20, 2012 - 9:41 AM

I agree the Lands End situation is shockingly blatent, but the shoe example seems like an overreaction to me. Plenty of other sellers use the term “saddle leather.” Regardless, doesn’t this happen ALL the time? Gant puts a “pin up girl” under the cuff of its madras shirts about a decade after Paul Smith. I’ve seen a bunch of suede/leather contrast wing-tips offered this fall that look almost identical to the Barker Black ones that got all that press a couple years back. Vineyard Vines, Sourthern Proper…etc. blatently riff on the patterned silk ties offered by Hermes and Ferragamo…etc. Haha, actually, just about everythign VV peddles seems derivative to me.

CR - September 20, 2012 - 9:58 AM

Blatant rip-off? maybe. Are both of these shoe designs similar to a hundred other designers? absolutely. Unfortunately, for many designers, that is the downside of the fashion industry. Without a doubt, in my opinion, this is worse in men’s footwear. You go into any women’s shoe department or boutique and you can see where designers could get their feathers ruffled with being knocked off, it is true art sometimes. Go into any men’s shoe department and 90% of the options are the same bland loafers, that put side by side, most people would never know the difference of designers. Don’t get me wrong, these are really nice, well crafted shoes we are talking about here, but if a men’s footwear designer wants to get bent out of shape about being knocked off, then design some detail that is truly unique to that designer so that you KNOW when you are being knocked off.

AdamsSutherland - September 20, 2012 - 11:15 AM

I was firmly behind KJP and the IvyStyle article. Regardless of my opinion on KJP’s product line, ignoring his ties, he’s putting out unique products that occupy a distinct niche in a small(er) market. Some might say my distinction is a bit arbitrary, but I’m hammering this out over a coffee break so bear with me.

When applying the principle to shoes, I don’t know that a similar situation warrants the same attention or reaction. There are several bases upon which this theory rests including the size of the market and the number of alternatives that are more or less substitutes. Think about the non-athletic shoe market and whether or not attention should be given to imitation? At what level or juxtaposition of quality does this point need to be made? High end v. high end? Middle v. Middle? High v. Middle? High v. low? Etc. Yes, similar shoe styles can be called “knock offs”, but where does one draw the line, and more importantly, is there an actual line to be drawn? If that line exists, is it even worth it?

Some current examples:

Allen Edmonds just brought back an Alden LHS replica- the “Patriot.” It’s made in USA, offered in Horween shell, and features the LHS’ characteristic mock-moc toe stitching. Sure, AE used to have a similar model, the Cole, but that too bore a strong resemblance to the Alden LHS. I haven’t encountered anyone complaining about either model’s similarity to the LHS. In the same class, what about the Ralph Lauren Darlton penny, via Crockett & Jones? The Brethren’s exclusive Unlined Shell penny (via Alden) v. the C&J Harvard? Should any of these companies grumble about what’s going on? I recognize the distinction here, as all of the above examples are equals rather than “knock-offs,” but it’s something to consider if one is looking to grumble about this.

A more comparable example- consider the classic and arguably most authentic, but now cheap and shoddily-made, Weejun? Consider the situation presented with the various handmade, upscale variants from Rancourt, Quoddy, Eastland, and whoever else offers a $200+ hand sewn, true moc construction penny? Now we’re looking at a cheap original v.”luxury” interpretations, but don’t tell me Bass isn’t losing market share because people are willing to spend double on a pair of shoes that will outlast 3-4 pairs of Weejuns. Should Bass grumble?

A similar situation exists with Top-Sider variants? “Equals” in the case of Sperry v. Sebago. Outclassed by Quoddy, Yuketen, Russell, Eastland, Oak Street Bootmakers, etc. “Knocked off” by West Marine, Urban Outfitters, and whoever else does an A/O or Billfish imitation. There are offerings in the boat shoe market at Sperry’s level, above, and below it. Should Sperry grumble?

Is the offense and “harm” mitigated by the fact that many of the aforementioned companies are offering higher-quality, or arguably fungible versions of the original instead of the “knock off” situation with Martin Dingman and Orvis? I think so, partially at least, but this is how the free market works. Create a superior product and hope that consumers recognize the value you’ve created, otherwise prepare to deal with competitors at, above, and below the quality level that you’re producing.

I believe in both individual and corporate intellectual property rights, both in law and fundamental principle, but in the case of footwear, I simply don’t believe that most “originals” demonstrate or possess such distinctive character to warrant any claims, formal or not, on the basis of propriety. As for those that do, I think that IP law would have incorporated protection of “fashion” design if there was a legitimate policy interest at hand. Let the free market do its job; if I were Martin Dingman, I’d want to demonstrate having more confidence in my product and/or find some way to create something that was immediately recognizable as a Martin Dingman product.

HA - September 20, 2012 - 12:37 PM

If anyone’s interested, there’s actually an argument, made my legal scholars, that copying is actually what drives the creative cycle in fashion. Money quote:

—Without copyright restrictions, designers are free to rework a design and jump on board what they hope will be a money-making style. The result is the industry’s most sacred concept: the trend. Copying creates trends, and trends are what sell fashion. Every season we see designers “take inspiration” from others. Trends catch on, become overexposed and die. Then new designs take their place.

This cycle is familiar. But what is rarely recognized is that the cycle is accelerated by the freedom to copy. fashion industry. I—

New York Times op-ed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/opinion/13raustiala.html?_r=0

HA - September 20, 2012 - 12:38 PM

If anyone’s interested, there’s actually an argument, made my legal scholars, that copying is actually what drives the creative cycle in fashion. Money quote:

—Without copyright restrictions, designers are free to rework a design and jump on board what they hope will be a money-making style. The result is the industry’s most sacred concept: the trend. Copying creates trends, and trends are what sell fashion. Every season we see designers “take inspiration” from others. Trends catch on, become overexposed and die. Then new designs take their place.

This cycle is familiar. But what is rarely recognized is that the cycle is accelerated by the freedom to copy. fashion industry. I—

Jason Pyle - September 20, 2012 - 9:01 PM

I suppose it’s a ripoff in so much as every shoe company that puts out a similar colored saddle oxford or a nubuck, red sole oxford is ripping off another design. Sure it looks like they might have been knocking it off some, the biggest indictment being the stitching, but what can they do about it? Not much in my opinion.

CDS III - September 21, 2012 - 9:23 AM

Orvis also knocked off Viyella shirts. Same patterns they had last year. Same combination of fabric.

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=6K99&dir_id=885&group_id=2685&cat_id=15588&subcat_id=15560

JP - September 21, 2012 - 11:24 AM

I don’t find KJP’s designs particularly original so I find it rather hollow when he claims to be “ripped off” by Lands End. This is a similar situation. This shoe is a variation on a red soled dirty buck. There are literally 100s of variations on this out there.

PAB - September 21, 2012 - 5:41 PM

It’s pure laziness on Orvis’s part. The idea of an Oxford shoe is owned by no one, so if Orvis’s designers liked the Dingman design, why not emulate it rather than copy it down to the description? Too bad, I like some Orvis products but this is insulting.

State Traditions Clemson VS FSU Big Game Giveaway

Alright, here we go.  The good folks over at State Traditions are huge college football fans (as we are here at Red Clay Soul), and we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the huge Clemson VS Florida State ACC matchup in Tallahassee this weekend.  Here’s the deal:  respond to this post with […]

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Graham - September 18, 2012 - 9:03 AM

FSU wins it 41-14

Grant Williamson - September 18, 2012 - 9:36 AM

35-21 FSU

bob morrison - September 18, 2012 - 9:36 AM

Noles 31 Tigers 10

Trevor - September 18, 2012 - 9:37 AM

35-17 FSU. >>—-GO ‘NOLES!–,-,–>

Austin Holmes - September 18, 2012 - 9:37 AM

It’ll be a high scoring game!

Cantanzaro with the go-ahead FG 52-49 Tigers.

Liked both pages on Facebook.
Followed both on Twitter.

TYLER - September 18, 2012 - 9:39 AM

CLEMSON 38 FSU 21

Cyrus Baird - September 18, 2012 - 9:40 AM

Clemson 35 – Florida State 27

Katherine Carhart - September 18, 2012 - 9:43 AM

35 – 21 Clemson

Josh - September 18, 2012 - 9:44 AM

FSU 35 – Clemson 10

Rob M. - September 18, 2012 - 9:45 AM

35-14 fsu

Zach Tibbs - September 18, 2012 - 9:45 AM

I think Sammy Watkins shows up on the primetime stage again. Gameday there the atmosphere will be crazy. I take Tajh, Andre, Hopkins, and Watkins in this one. It’ll be close as the D from Clemson gives up a lot.
Final:
CLemson-38
Noles-28

Clinton - September 18, 2012 - 10:16 AM

Florida State – 42
Clemson – 31

Richie - September 18, 2012 - 10:18 AM

FSU 56 x cu 14

Sorry Dabo. The real CU is in Colorado, the real Death Valley is in California, and the real Tigers are in Louisiana.

Maybe next year.

Jon - September 18, 2012 - 10:33 AM

Noles 31-24

Ryan - September 18, 2012 - 10:33 AM

FSU: 41 Clemson: 21

Tyler - September 18, 2012 - 10:37 AM

Clemson wins 38-35 in OT

Elmer Arrieta - September 18, 2012 - 11:36 AM

FSU 27- Clemson 35

bb - September 18, 2012 - 11:50 AM

FSU – 30 Clemson – 24

Jason - September 18, 2012 - 12:09 PM

33-21 FSU!!

Gardner - September 18, 2012 - 12:24 PM

28-21 Tigers win it

Brian - September 18, 2012 - 12:58 PM

FSU 27/Clemson 14

Justin - September 18, 2012 - 1:02 PM

FSU 35
Clemson 24

Austin Collins - September 18, 2012 - 1:04 PM

27-21 FSU

Luke Flint - September 18, 2012 - 1:05 PM

I’m gonna take FSU over Clemson. Going with 35-20 FSU wins.

Eleanor - September 18, 2012 - 1:06 PM

Clemson 24-21

Jonathan Guidry - September 18, 2012 - 1:50 PM

35-20 FSU

Louis - September 18, 2012 - 1:56 PM

27-20, Clemson

Chris Bailey - September 18, 2012 - 3:04 PM

Clemson 55 FSU 47

Justin Andrews - September 18, 2012 - 3:23 PM

35-28 clemson.

Aron F - September 18, 2012 - 3:39 PM

‘Noles 34- Tigers 24

Matt - September 18, 2012 - 4:18 PM

Clemson 35 – 21

Joseph Guercio - September 18, 2012 - 4:37 PM

FSU 31-17

David Prim - September 18, 2012 - 4:43 PM

FSU 45 – Clemson 31

Riley Eaton Wilson - September 18, 2012 - 5:09 PM

Fsu 27 Clemson 17

Sean - September 18, 2012 - 5:52 PM

Clemson – 38
FSU – 35

Ryan - September 18, 2012 - 7:58 PM

FSU 35-24

Andy McCune - September 18, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Clemson 27 – Florida St. 24

Kyle - September 18, 2012 - 8:06 PM

FSU hasn’t given up more than 19 points in 11 games. Clemson’s D is suspect right now and FSU has the athletes on D to eliminate Clemson’s weapons. Clemson hasn’t won a true road since last October.
FSU 38 CU 17

Lance - September 18, 2012 - 8:16 PM

Clemson 34-21

Bobby Seifter - September 18, 2012 - 8:19 PM

FSU 35, Clemson 16

Greg - September 18, 2012 - 8:22 PM

Clemson 35-28

hudson - September 18, 2012 - 8:23 PM

Clemson 31 FSU 28

Zack Barth - September 18, 2012 - 8:35 PM

Florida St 38 Clemson 17

Kenny D. - September 18, 2012 - 8:46 PM

FSU 34 Clemson 17

Preston S - September 18, 2012 - 9:53 PM

42-27 FSU

Greg K - September 18, 2012 - 10:07 PM

54 – 7 FSU! Lets go Noles! Driving down from KY to see the game.

Dalton Sullivan - September 18, 2012 - 10:31 PM

FSU 28-24

Brett Martins - September 19, 2012 - 12:15 AM

24-17 Clemson

Cody Gilbert - September 19, 2012 - 8:35 AM

Clemson 31-28

Cody Gilbert - September 19, 2012 - 8:42 AM

Clemson 33-24

Josh H. - September 19, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Go Tigers! CU wins 31-28!

Will - September 19, 2012 - 11:58 AM

Clemson 34
FSU 28

Alan Freeman - September 20, 2012 - 12:58 PM

FSU 42 Clemson -13

JeffFSU - September 20, 2012 - 1:28 PM

FSU 41, Clem 10

Ethan - September 20, 2012 - 7:43 PM

28-23 FSU wins

Maxwell - September 20, 2012 - 9:10 PM

38 – 23 fsu

Cason CLark - September 20, 2012 - 9:19 PM

38-28 fsu

craig - September 20, 2012 - 9:26 PM

24-21 Clemson

Warren Feng - September 20, 2012 - 9:27 PM

FSU 35 – Clemson 30; the Seminole look to avenge the Tigers’ win from last year.

Hank - September 21, 2012 - 8:47 AM

35-33 Tigers. GO TIGERS!

Bill Feus - September 21, 2012 - 7:23 PM

Tigers 30, Noles 24

Matt Zuelch - September 22, 2012 - 8:57 AM

35 10 FSU

Nick - September 22, 2012 - 11:32 AM

Noles 31-21…Scalp ‘em!

Greg K - September 23, 2012 - 6:49 PM

Since nobody guessed the score right is the prize still up for grabs? Redemption round!