Forget about getting a driver's license or graduating from high school; in my family, getting your own tape measure is the true rite of passage. When my father gave it to me he didn't sit me down by a fire and tell me how special it is to have your own tape, instead it was more of the “throw a sweaty jersey at a fan on the way into the locker room” moment. "You can have this one, I bought a new one." Simple enough for my dad, but to me, it was like the passing of the torch. This was the first tool to call my own and with that came responsibility and reliance. I can mark it as the day I truly became a man. I stopped working with my dad after about six years when I went onto design full time, but the tape measure has traveled with me everywhere since. Through all the studios, apartments, ... continue reading
I'm a lucky man to have known my great grandfather, even for just a brief time. He was born in 1882 in Chapel Hill, N.C., grew up working on the railroad, and eventually became the Clerk of the Court. Not one to forget about the details, he most often wore a tailored black suit, crisp white shirt, bolero tie, black ... continue reading
MWC supplies watches for the military, police forces, antiterrorist units, and also, for you. Each of these military-inspired watches is crafted to last a lifetime and stand up to a beating. Perfect for adding a touch of ruggedness to whatever you’re wearing. ... check it out
When I was around 13 my grandfather handed me his old Buck knife and tells me "every man should have a knife." Years later I realized that the gift was less about the knife and more about the unsaid sentiment, which is why I cherish it. This also might explain my obsession with knives. I stopped carrying it years ago ... continue reading
This magnificent German numerator (circa 1920) was found on the top shelf of a dusty cabinet in a Stockholm thrift store. Offering both a sans-serif and serif font selector, the numerator also offers four distinct font sizes. This object has become one of the Hudson Made essential tools and we use it to date the batch ... continue reading
My family (both sides) are 6 or 7 generation Americans and consequently we have a lot of stuff that's been passed down so choosing something to fit this "prized heritage" theme was not easy. I finally settled on something that was right in front of me all along, my father Thomas's pure coin silver baby cup. These ... continue reading
I've got a bit of an obsession with sunglasses and it all stems from this Carl Zeiss pair that my Dad bought on Jermyn Street, London, in 1960 before being posted to Jamaica with the British Army (tough posting!) The thick stainless steel frames and brown solid optical glass make them very heavy compared to today's ... continue reading
They say the best things in life aren't things. I'll drink to that.
But if my house was burning, the first thing I'd reach for (after grabbing my wife) would be two pipes my uncle gave me while I was an undergrad at UVA.
The pipes are totems of two different eras: my uncle's law school years when he broke them ... continue reading
Tomorrow we'll be launching a new feature on Cool Material called "Heritage." The idea is simple, we reached out to bloggers, creative types, and people we happen to respect and asked them to showcase their one prized possession. These won't necessarily be super expensive items, though some could be, but rather objects ... continue reading