Journeys Near and Far

Far too often we talk about the far-flung and the exotic, but what of the journeys closer to home? The amble down a country lane with a Robin’s nest spied in the hedgerow, the walk to the shops for a nice piece of fish and the conversations with neighbors met along the way. These are …

Obsession #8: 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

The lines of the Ferrari Dino GT  first appealed to me in slot car form as a child.  Since then the “budget” Ferrari named after Enzo’s son has grown tremendously in collectability and is now commanding rarefied pricing.  Gorgeous curves and an interesting history are to blame for our obsession that only grows stronger with …

Brothers of the Cloth: M.W.

We always love it when we have a visitor at our North American outpost.  It provides a great opportunity to sit down and have some in depth talks about how our gear is doing out in the world and perhaps more importantly, allows us to have a beer or a glass of something nice during …

Reynard

As a child I came across the fox as most do. The pages of Aesops Fables, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Goethes’s Reineke Fuchs, and Reynard the Fox, telling of the trickster, the joker, the cunning and experienced rake, the charming rogue.    As I grew older the hunt would ride through our land. A baying …

Obsession #7: Moto Guzzi

  At this point we are unsure if our Guzzi lust has moved from beyond the realms of mere obsession to something else entirely.  Despite the fact that we have been left on windy mountain passes, rain soaked beaches, and sun blasted motorway medians by our obsession we continue to return.  A jilted lover who …

Project Soar

In addition to the countless, treasured experiences that we have shared over the years, the founding members of Imperial Black have many things in common, especially girls. No. No. Elevate your mind! We are talking about our daughters. All nine of them collectively to be exact.     When we decided to collaborate with Maryam Montague, …

From an Olive Grove in Marrakech

We often talk about the resonance that we feel in moving through a landscape as we search for our one of a kind goods.  We immerse ourselves in the culture of a place to gain a stronger understanding of why something should be done a certain way, to learn the histories inherent in beautifully crafted …

Traveling & Writing

     “My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” Graham Greene   My first encounter with a journal started as a young boy around Christmas time.  The …

Obsession #6: Fleming’s Bond Novels

  Is there a better beach read than Fleming?  It’s become a bit of a West Indies habit for us.  Chill the Rose´ wade out for a swim, dry off a bit in the sun and find Bond’s mysogynistic cruelty come to life between the pulpy pages.  Fleming started writing Casino Royale at his Jamaican estate, …