While carrying some of most respectable brands in Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies, we are bless that these top brand owners often give us insight and knowledge of how their products are made and the story behind them.
I am not an optical expert in any way, however, with the information pass down by the brand owner and reading up myself, I would like to showcase some details of TART Optical Enterprises which makes them value for money.
Precision Handmade technique
The story about TART Optical Enterprises goes back to mid 1940s, New York city. Made in America previously, TART Optical was known their quality and workmanship. With the Japanese reviving the brand, they brought it higher level – Handmade production. All TART Optical Enterprises frames are now Handmade in Japan.
From the making, bending to polishing, each frame are scrutinized to highest level of craftsmanship. These are not empty talk. Just pick up any TART Optical frames, you will notice precise alignment in all products.
Consistency of the stamping TART Optical’s branding and logo in the same format and style. Many a time you will hear friends fallen victim to counterfeit products. Well, to avoid the same mistake, please check TART Optical’s official website Support the ORIGINALS.
Just like its quoted on TART Optical’s website,
At the same time Tart Optical made a bold move in creating the first ever 7 barrel hinge, making their frames more durable and ultimately establishing a trademark in unsurpassed quality and excellence to this day.
As the name suggested, the hinge consists of 7 barrels (steps) links up the frame front and temples. TART Optical insists on using such hinges for its well-known durability even though these 7-barrel hinge are expensive and hard to produce.
Alright, this is one interesting topic that I like personally, the material used to make the plastic frames -Celluloid.
Celluloid is a material made by plasticizing nitrocellulose with the assistance of camphor, first invented in 1800s to replace ivory and bone. When plasticized to camphor, the material is easy to mold and shape, a good solution for frame making.
TART Optical frames used to be made of Celluloid material in the past, however, due its inherent characteristic of being highly flammable, the usage of Celluloid material for eyewear frames declined and were never used again. This signifies that an eyewear frame made of Celluloid is considerably rare.
Although being flammable is one critical disadvantage for Celluloid material, it is on the contrary, extremely durable. Thus, some collectors search high and low for eyewear made of Celluloid material.
In Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies, we are very fortunate to have two of the Arnel made of Celluloid material. These are super rare in Black and Gray Smoke colour.
If you are going to ask me how to identify Celluloid material, please don’t… It will take a chemist to answer that. Google around and you will have a bit idea on this.
Give yourself a chance, come check the Celluloid eyewear, it could be now or never….
Much awaited Railcar Fine Goods jeans restocked in Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies.
New cut for ladies Viper!
These are going fast again, so don’t wait up. Bring your girlfriend to try them now!
Last week, I received the supplies from Hajime-san (TCB jeans).
Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies brought in 3 of TCB cut,
TCB 50, TCB 60, TCB Seamens
The first thing I did is, picked up a TCB 50 and marveled at the fabric. Zimbabwe cotton indeed! So, in no time, I quickly tried them and bought my first TCB jeans.
As I have experience with zimbabwe cotton in Fullcount and also that the touch and feel resemble similarly, I decided to size down 2 to waist 30. No problem in wearing when pre soak, because of the high rise.
However, the bottom part looks baggy which I believe can be solve after soak.
Pre-soak:Waist – 30 Front rise – 12 Back rise – 15 Thigh – 12.5 Knee – 9.5 Hem – 9 Inseam – 34
After soaking, the bottom indeed went down a little enough to look better. Cold soaked as I need to keep the waist in check, I also used a solid hanger to stretch out the waist band during damp.
I believe after much wearing, this fabric will stretch just like my Fullcount.
Post-soak (cold)Waist – 30 (stretch with solid hanger when damp) Front rise – 12 Back rise – 14 Thigh – 12 Knee – 9 Hem – 8.5 Inseam – 32
Superbly comfortable in light-weight of 13.5oz especially in the recent weather of Singapore. The cut is inspired by the 55′s as well as the paper patch on the waist band. No brand logo or anything.
Not much of special details to talk about. It is basically just an everyday day jeans, very very suitable for Singapore’s humid weather. No ‘girlfriend’s cut’, no frills, no fancy. Just a normal jeans made of good cotton fabric and men’s straight cut.
In a man’s world, details and long lasting products are what we normally seek. By investing good money into a pair of shoes/boots, we expect good constructions, cool details, rich heritage and long lasting.
As such, we would enjoy taking care of them. Well, in actual fact, we probably really enjoy the ‘scrutinizing’ process of those tiny details.
Now, Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies has brought in another good stuff for your precious shoe/boots – Huberd’s
Huberd’s Shoe Grease Company was founded in McMinnville Oregon in 1921 by Mr. Huberd himself. He created a shoe grease beeswax formula that was perfect for loggers and kept their boots dry and in excellent condition during Great Northwest winters.
Mr. Huberd then expanded his product line by creating the Shoe Oil and Neatsfoot Leather Dressing formulas. These products were forumulated using no animal fats that can turn rancid, and no solvents or additives that can damage leather. The products soon had a very loyal following. The formulas have survived the test of time and are the preferred products for keeping leather waterproofed, conditioned and looking like new.
All the above products are only available in Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies (Singapore)
Handcrafted in America, Design for Longevity – Oak Street Bootmakers
Much has been said about Oak Street Bootmakers on Styleforum official thread where the owner himself reply to questions in the forum. Good reviews on Oak Street Bootmakers on the respected A Continous Lean and other presses.
Well, all these reviews and sayings are read up and just read up… Today, I’d like to announce that we have Oak Street shoes in Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies Singapore.
Bringing you a chance to judge for yourself how their shoes managed to garner such great amount of attention online for the past few years.
All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.
Putting Oak Street shoes on, it is easily understood that these shoes are built to last. Goodyear welt construction, oiled leather Waterlock soles, stacked leather heel with Vibram toplift, calfskin vamp lining and fully recraftable all noticeable materials and techniques for long lasting footwear. Last but not least, the use of Horween Chromexcel leather on all of the models add on to its lasting characteristic, ensuring beautifully aged with time.
As a personal favourite, as well as many other’s, one of the highlight is the Oak Street Trench Boots, in Natural Horween Chromexcel. Beautifully handcrafted, handsomely built. And first handling of the boots, I have this strong belief that this boots is going to aged magnificently. The Natural Chromexcel leather has got a soft touch, pull-up properties and simply ‘delicious’ to look at…
While trying it on, the softness is felt through the feet, comfortably wrapping around from heel, vamp potion to the toes. Engineered specially for Oak Street Trench Boots, the Elston Last is an unique last that provides exceptional fit and shape. Another plus point for the Trench Boots.
While carrying such a brand that is building their products with so much of good qualities, we are honoured to have Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies logo stamping alongside Oak Street Bootmakers.
‘Handcrafted in USA exclusively for Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies’ it reads… Only exclusively available in Singapore’s very own Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies.