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Schott Opens a Brick-and-Mortar, and a Museum

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The good folks over at UrbanDaddy New York have brought big news from the leather front. American masters of riveting Schott have set up their first brick-and-mortar in half a century—and it’s ready for your shopping pleasure tomorrow.

We know, it’s huge. They think so, too. Oh, and they’ve also gone ahead and put together a pop-up museum (this weekend only) to commemorate 10 decades of badassery, with about 70ish one-of-a-kind pieces from the brand’s archives. The “hand-painted Basquiat for Glenn O’Brien” kind of one-of-a-kind.

Breathe in 100 years of leathery goodness after the jump.»

Dusting Off: The Checkbook

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As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, trends and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the checkbook.

At some point in the past, when a gentleman wanted to pay for something expensive—perhaps a racehorse, or a small Pacific island—the first thing he’d reach for was his checkbook. It would be spotless, glove-soft leather, suggesting the limitless wealth contained within. A few scribbles, indicating the promise that the tiny piece of paper represented, and the deed would be done.

We’ll just come out and say it: The credit card is no substitute.

Allow us to elaborate»

Good Medicine

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We’ve got no complaints against zumba, tesuto or any of the recent legion of unpronounceable fitness routines—but sometimes you just want to lift something heavy—possibly during a montage.

We’ve got just the thing.

Say hello to the Leather Head Medicine Ball, a genuine piece of old school fitness technology. All told, it’s twelve pounds five ounces, just under a foot across, and more than able to make every muscle in your torso ache. Anyone staring down an old school training regimen will be thrilled to find it in their gift pile. The only catch: there are only 20 in the world, so you’d better snap this one up early.