There’s a bit of crispness in the air this week and its getting me thinking towards fall and all it’s glorious smells and flavors. For a Vermonter, maple syrup obviously tops the list. Friend James Fox introduced me to one of his oldest friends Skye Chalmers this past winter when we made our way home to VT for our first annual Freedom & Unity trip. Skye and his wife Tina have started their own maple syrup operation Bobo’s Mountain Sugar in Weston, VT. James Fox did a great post about how the production runs. And of course, the quality of their syrup is best described in their own words: “We boil down the springtime sap from 2500 maple trees living on our hillside in Weston, Vermont. It is the unique blend of soils, climate, and terrain on Bobo’s Mountain that makes our syrup taste so good. When the temperatures soar, and the trees flush golden and then finally green, we raise a plate of pancakes and toast them for a job well done.”
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Swing by Ball and Buck tonight from 6-9pm to celebrate the launch of their Collaboration Series. The inaugural piece was created with the help of good friend James Fox of 10engines – a classic Trucker Hat. In true Fox fashion, the cap features the 10engines logo embroidered on a double canvas front and 8oz original Ball and Buck camo duck canvas visor lining. RSVP here for the shin dig where you’ll get to meet the man behind the cap, have a few swift ones, and jam to some tunes. See you there!
This weekend is the weekend of fairs. My boyfriend and I will be heading up to the Common Ground Fair in Maine, but we’re sad to be missing the Peru Fair next to my hometown of Manchester,Vermont. Good family friend James Fox of 10engines will be attending the Peru Fair with his family, so if you make it up (which I highly recommend you do) be sure to say hi to him – he’ll show you around as only a true local can. He put together a fair look on his blog and asked me to contribute one as well for the gents. You can see both over at 10engines. I decided to put together a ladies’ look here for fair going. The perfect get up for a day filled with baked goods, crafts, hay rides, and petting zoos. Fall has officially arrived and I couldn’t be more stoked.
Family friend James Fox of 10engines always manages to find the real diamonds in the rough. Which makes him a very cool dude. And an even cooler because he often shares his finds with me. Recently he told me about Rilleau Leather from Woodstock, VT (home state pride for both of us) and I was so excited to share their product here on N’East Style. Rilleau leather specializes in bags, sandals, and specialty goods. But their real gem is their sculptural, buckle-less belts. The belts were designed out of necessity during WWII when domestic metal production shifted its concentration towards the war, leaving every day items such as metal belt buckles in very short supply. Founder Richard Rilleau took advantage of the challenge to design a buckle-less belt and began producing the Rilleau Knotted Belt. The belts do not require rivets or stitching and are cut freehand from cowhide, making each belt unique and exceptionally durable. It’s the perfect antidote to the common buckled leather belt.
Last week Mr. Fox of 10engines and I swung by 100% USA made shop Ball & Buck. We chatted with with shop owners Mark Bollman and Tiffany Lien and their colleague RJ Duggan about their shop, their plans for the future, and their amazing product lineup for the better half of the evening. With a couple of beers in hand and USA made goods to talk about – oh how the time flies! For the full write up on our visit and some more pics of the shop, head over to 10engines.