I’ve been admiring Ghurka for some time now, although I’m very late to the party. Ghurka was founded in 1970 when founder Marley Hodgson bid on campaign gear made for a Ghurka officer (soldiers of the Himalayas during the British Raj) stationed in India during the early 1900s. Much as the Ghurka officers were known for their bravery and loyalty, the Ghurka leather brand is known for its durability and superior craftsmanship. The brand caters to the individuality of its customers, and to their “quiet confidence and adventurous spirit”. Ghurka individually numbers and registers each piece they manufacture, an example of the integrity of their product. In a commitment to preserving the American craft trades, Ghurka has all their pieces made by the company’s skilled artisans in their Norwalk, CT factory. Supporting this brand supports the revival of leather manufacturing in the US. Above are some of my favorite pieces.
I’ve been a fan of Word.Notebooks for some time now so I was thrilled when I got word of their collaboration with one of my favorite illustrators, Jon Contino. The Standard Memorandum was inspired by pocket journals from the 1900′s, specifically those of Contino’s great grandfather in law. The ones he uncovered revealed years of his wife’s ancestor’s life. Contino set out to do the same, partnering with Word.Notebooks to create a journal for documenting one’s life story, year by year.
A few photos from our stay at The Marston House in Bonnieux, France. We spent quite a few days relaxing in the village (pictures at top) and enjoying people-watching or reading while eating pastries from the local boulangerie. We also explored some neighboring hill-top villages such as Lacoste, Menerbes, and Oppede Le Vieux. We tried to visit on days that they had open markets which were a wonderful way to really witness the local culture. One of our greatest feats was driving through the mountains to Chateau La Coste, a vineyard/outdoor art musuem (pictures at bottom). Teddy went crazy with this place, he loved the architecture, mostly by Tadao Ando, and the landscape design involved in pieces such as Frank Ghery’s sculpture. Would highly recommend visiting if you ever stay in the area.