Gear | This Is Groud - Cordito Roll


If you're anything like me, you struggle to keep all of your cords and headphones tidy, and sort of freak out when they are in disarray. This Is Ground's Cordito Roll is the perfect companion to keep all of your shit together in a stylish fashion. The Cordito Supreme (pictured) is $70 while the regular Corditio is only $40, a fair price for leather goods crafted in Los Angeles.

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3 Perfectly Acceptable Men's Tote Bags


There is a very real stigma about the "man bag," sometimes known as the "murse." Men carrying around over-sized bags on the street is something that is common among style blogs, but really, how often does the average man carry a tote or large bag? The answer is not that regularly. Which is stupid because tote bags are versatile, durable, and aren't constantly slung over one, or both shoulders. The Good Camp decided to put together a list of three, simple, stylish tote bags designed for dudes in mind. Here you go:

Duluth Pack Market Tote ($100): "The most popular tote by Duluth Pack; this simple bag is northwoods-strong. This tote is the ultimate shopping companion, a spacious handbag, the perfect carryall for your day, and even a weekend travel bag. There is no longer a need to be the multi-bag person; toss your lunch, satchel, and gym clothes in your market tote to be ready for the day. Feel organized and prepared when carrying this versatile bag." - duluthpack.com

Barbour Harbour Tote Bag ($?): The Harbour Tote is a ‘carry-all’ travel bag in Barbour’s robust waxed cotton, with stylish leather trims. The generous outer pocket features a stud-fastened strap, while a zipped inner pocket safeguards valuables. - barbour.com

Carhartt WIP Scott Tote ($118): The Scott Tote features a water repellent, coated 100% nylon cordura shell, a detachable shoulder strap, and an interior pocket. Simple design in the iconic "Hamilton Brown" Carhartt color.

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Red Wing Heritage - Fall 2014


It would be a mistake to not own a pair of Red Wing boots. Whether you beat them to death on a job site or wear them as a statement in the office, make no mistake these Minnesota-made boots are second to none.


In order to meet the demand of a market asking for more styles of Red Wings other than traditional work wear. Red Wing Boots established the heritage collection. The fall 2014 collection features some amazing colorways of the Chelsea and Iron Ranger boots. Think of a pair of Red Wing's as an investment, a pair of boots you can take care of and keep forever. I've had a pair for five years and they aren't going anywhere.

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4 Amazing Bags by Filson


Recently Filson and Magnum photographer David Allen Harvey collaborate to design a line of camera bags built specifically for the outdoors. The entire phenomenal collection can be viewed here. Although it's impossible to pick a single apple of my eye from the bunch I highlighted a few that I would mind taking out into the wild.

1. Outfitter Travel Bag ($440): Water-repellent, soft travel bag packs like a suitcase and has a separate, nylon-lined compartment for wet items. The roll-top storm flap provides added protection. Bridle Leather shoulder strap and handles for carrying comfort.

2. Original Sportsman Camera Bag ($395): Made of weather-resistant Tin Cloth and Rugged Twill, this bag is durable and versatile. Structured modular dividers and multiple pockets provide storage options. Snap-closure leather handles; optional 2" twill shoulder strap; YKK nylon zipper.

3. Camera Field Bag ($320): Durable Tin Cloth, rain-diverting gutter flaps and ample interior storage space make this camera bag ideal for on-location shooting. Features a wide shoulder strap for carrying comfort.

4. McCurry Tote ($245): A lightweight tote with rugged shoulder straps, padded handgrips, multiple pockets and optional snap closure for easy access to equipment. Removable padded divider has its own snap closure. Tote is both water- and abrasion-resistant.

Item descriptions taken from filson.com.

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Style | Brixton Fall '14 Lookbook


Brixton recently released their fall '14 lookbook, and it's filled with awesome items. The clothing brand is part outdoor outfitter, part skate brand, and totally awesome. It's hard to believe that brands are already releasing their fall looks when it's so hot out and summer is still in full swing. Still, nothing lasts forever. Thanks for the reality check, Brixton.

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Style | TOPO Designs X Salomon


Outdoor backpack specialists TOPO Designs have recently teamed up with premier outdoor outfitter Salomon to bring you a line of beautifully designed and flawlessly manufactured backpacks and footwear. These two brands seemed destined for collaboration at some point. TOPO founder Jedd Rose expressed his excitement for their partnership, "The collaboration with Salomon is a very exciting one for us here at Topo. Salomon for us has always represented the quintessential mountain brand with products that are technically and aesthetically superior and stay true to their mountain roots."


The Rover Pack and Instinct Pro won't be available until Spring '15 so this is bit of a tease. However anything new from both of these brands is worth talking about. Check out the latest from TOPO designs at their online store and Salomon here.


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Interview | Joel Chavez - Cub & Company


Before setting out from Minneapolis to Portland I sent a cold email out to one of the dudes I have come to admire most in the lifestyle marketing world, Joel Chavez at Cub & Company. Being a part-time photographer, part-time blogger guy I wanted to reach out to someone who would possibly be interested in partnering up with TGC while we trekked cross country. Joel responded with one of the kindest, most supportive emails from a person whom I've never talked to before. Before I could say anything Joel had mailed me two of his amazing Shooter Straps from Cub & Co. and told me to enjoy our trip and take care.

After taking a number of pictures for Cub & Co. on the road I wanted to know more about Joel. A guy as friendly and encouraging deserves more recognition and support from the awesome community of makers and creatives in the digital world.

1.) Where are you from/where are you currently?

I grew up on Long Island, a suburb about 40 minutes outside of NYC but most of my family lived in Washington heights so I spent a lot of my time uptown as well. I'm still on Long Island as I prefer the pace of life, having a yard and space for a little workshop in the basement.

2.) According to your website you started designing Cub & Co. products because of your love for analog photography. Like most photographer's I imagine you have a number of camera's in your arsenal. What is your favorite camera you own and why is it significant?

I do, I'm a little obsessed actually. Sort of how people obsess over classic cars, thats basically how I am with cameras. They're the perfect combination of form and function, everything about them fascinates me. Picking a favorite is a little like picking your favorite kid. They each have their strengths and ideal circumstance where I'd use one or the other.

But if I had to pick one, I'd have to go with my Mamiya Universal Press. Its a big sexy beast of a medium format camera and its extremely versatile. You can shoot 6x7, 6x9, 6x12, instant pack film, and you can hack the crap out of it shoot all types of formats. I predominantly shoot instant with it, and to me thats my favorite format.


3.) What was the first camera accessory you designed and how did you manufacture it? What was it about that first product that made you decide to begin pursing making more leather camera accessories?

The first product I made was an early iteration of what we now call the Shooter strap. I've always been a maker so when I needed a strap for a new camera, I decided to make my own. It got such an awesome response that I decided to take it even further. First and foremost, I'm a shooter. Everywhere I go I have a camera with me, so I decided to make items that would not only be functional tools, but an extension of myself and my lifestyle.

4.) Who are you top 5 favorite instagram users? Who get's you the most inspired to use your camera everyday?

I guess inspiration comes in multiple forms, sometimes you can be inspired by someones work thats similar to yours, sometimes completely different, other times its aspirational. In no particular order my favorite IG'ers would have to be

1. @parkerfitzhenry - I've been following Parkers work years before IG, he's got a special eye for composition and tonality of light, he's a must on my list.

2. @streetetiquette - These guys have such a unique take on street style, their urban yet historical perspective on style really resonates with me.

3. @japancamerahunter - Great dude, and a copious amount of Leica camera porn

4. @ryanmuirhead - The man's a genius with a camera, I'm always fascinated seeing all the creative decisions he makes in handling specific circumstances.

5. @theadamgoldberg - Predominantly for his work with instant pack film and the Mamiya Universal


5.) What are somethings you've learned since you started Cub & Co? What advice would you like to pass on to people who want to try their hand at artisan manufacturing?

There's tons of things I'm learning every day about the industry, about the craft, about myself. Most of importantly I've learned that nothing comes without struggle and hard work. We are owed nothing in life. We have this false sense of entitlement, maybe its generational, but nothing in life will be handed to you. That being said, if you approach everything with respect, doors will open up for you. Respect for the craft, respect for your customers, and most of all respect for yourself. Everything else will fall into place.

Be sure to follow Joel on Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to check out the Cub and Co. online store for the latest products. Make a purchase to support an amazing dude who making the photography community a more stylish place.

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On The Road | Faribault Woolen Mills


While traveling the 2,166 miles from Minneapolis to Portland my partner Mattie and I had the pleasure of shooting some product for a few brands including one of my favorites, Faribault Woolen Mills. We got our hands on the Zig-Zag throw featured in the pictures of Mattie and I in the Badlands, SD. and Smith Rock, OR. It is truly a thing of beauty. We slept with it on seedy motel beds and under the stars in the Tetons of Wyoming. As a Minnesotan it makes me really proud to support a brand that has such an illustrious heritage in my home state. Check out their online store for tons a beautiful products and follow their instagram for inspiration.


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