Fall is a great time to get creative with the way your clothes are worn. Its a time of year when you can mix clothes from the summer with the warmer clothes needed as seasons transition. Getting back to the idea that clothing is art, and layering is an art, when leaves start changing and colors are vibrant, it inspires us to put together something that reflects what we experience around town and in the mountains. 

Fall is also a time when it is a good idea to be prepared for unpredictable temperatures. Having multiple layer options that can easily be removed or added onto gives you the freedom to leave town sporadically and get into the mountains for a hike. We are all about taking advantage of our close proximity to the mountains and always encourage others to intentionally take time away to get out there and explore!

Because it comes so naturally during summer, it is easy to start with a great t-shirt that can stand alone if the temperature permits. Coming out of San Sebastian, Spain, the TwoThirds Reddo t-shirt inspires that idea not limited by terrain or locality to be outside. The color choice is an obvious reflection of the browning leaves that decorate the ground during fall.

The Japan Blue selvedge chinos are a great all purpose pant. The goal when producing the fabric was to create a lightweight chino fabric that would be easy to wear and age well too with constant wear. This, paired with a slim tapered fit means they look great dressed up, or will withstand and be comfortable through a rough hike through the dirty, rocky mountains.

Its always good to wear a shirt that has room enough to really move around while keeping it fitted so you can layer over it. The Salmo shirt by TwoThrids is named after the wild salmon and his efforts to get up that river and never give up. Made out of 100% organic cotton and constructed in a way to make it really durable, the Salmo is made to be used and live in. The color tone sits in between the lighter tee and darker over shirt.

The idea of "Everyday Fall" continues to go back to the idea of spontaneous exploration. Gitman Brothers has been making the highest quality shirts for over 80 years. The Black Watch Quilt shirt can be worn in the most formal situations, or the most adventurous. The thickness of the shirt allows it be be worn as an outer layer to keep you warm when the sun goes down or the elevation goes up.

 


If you come into the store often, it's a near impossibility that you haven't had the chance to meet Jay.  When he's not working on one of his many other personal and professional endeavors, we're always excited at the opportunity to get him in the store crafting some of the best coffee and espresso drinks around, or giving the rundown on fabrics, cuts and stitching techniques between different lines within the shop. Jay has that go get em' mentality, and continuously pushes forward in producing a variety of different leather, canvas, and denim pieces for his own lines of products as well as a vast

number of commissions.  Custom lunch bags, belts, key fobs, aprons, the list goes on and on. Ryan Lien, one of our best friends and shop regulars put it this way, "Getting to know Jay, I realized how much of a stand up dude he is, honest, loyal, a genuinely all around great guy and friend".  He's the kind of guy that could make all his own tools, clothing, even machines and it wouldn't be surprising. But Jay is way more than just another craftsman, slicing up leather and pounding rivets on a spotlit reclaimed wood table, Jay is a genuine guy who's passionate about continuously creating new and exciting experiences for this community.

Getting to know jay, I realized how much of a stand up dude he is, honest, loyal, a genuinely all around great guy and friend

If you haven't picked up on it yet, we're big fans of quality coffee.  That may be an understatement.  Even more though, we enjoy the atmosphere and situations that a wonderfully crafted cup of coffee can provide.  Jay has long been know around town for his Barista skills with people traveling to different shops specifically based on his work schedule.  Noticing that type of respect and following, the smart folks over at  NINETY PLUS COFFEE , the highly sought after coffee producer recently swooped up Jay for an internal position. 

Amidst his variety of commitments, Jay still makes time for friends, skateboarding, snowboarding, motorcycles, and to help make some of the best coffee for you while you're hanging in the shop.  He's got some other exciting, yet to be revealed projects up his sleeve, and we're honored to partner with him in his pursuits to create some of the greatest experiences out there.  Keep an eye here for more updates on all that Jay is up to and make sure to get to know him on a more personal level next time you catch him in the shop.  

 additional photography provided by Luca Venter and Jarrod Renaud


In smaller settings, a curator is one who takes sole responsibility to acquire a collection and to create a system in which the exhibit is experienced. Clothing is art. The amazing attribute of clothing comes with the ability to wear art and layering becomes the way in which that art can be interpreted. It can be a challenge to curate pieces from vastly

different locations and cultures, intentions and executions. When timeless esthetics and quality driven pieces are sought out it can mean fewer pieces in the wardrobe.  Layering helps to mix it up and provide variety when single items get repetitive. Weather creates an obvious direction when deciding what is best functionally and this collection seeks to help show what is possible with those colder, wet autumn days.

Though usually its easiest to start with the first layer, we chose the TwoThirds Gorliz jacket for the wet weather. Made out of 100% recycled polyester it is naturally waterproof and windproof. With a thin insulated lining it allows us to add an optional warm layer underneath without getting too bulky.

The Muttonhead Camping Hoodie works very well as the optional warming layer. The fit plays really nicely in the middle between the first and outer layer by featuring a loose waist that sits comfortably by not riding up at all and a Henley style neck that allows the first layer to be revealed. The light grey color proves a nice but not too stark contrast between layers.

It is important to have a well fitting shirt that sits underneath the outer two layers. One that ins't too loose that would bunch up and not too tight to restrict movement. The I Love Ugly Navy Plus shirt does an amazing job with a slim silhouette and a longer length so that it reveals itself at the neck as well as below. The color sits back behind while adding another level of contrast. The shirt is also a great stand alone if the other layers are shed.

The I Love Ugly Ralph pant fits well with the others simply because of the color. It is a nice middle tone where the others bounce on both side of that middle value bringing it all together in a way. The uniqueness of the Ralph pant fit offers an intriguing aspect in a quite subtle color scheme.

 


46 S. Broadway hasn't always been the wood filled, white walled, coffee infused, artistically curated place you now know it to be. In fact, not too many months ago it was frankly trashed. But we loved that trashed box from the first moment we walked in. Sure it had a terrible drop ceiling, no floors or finished walls, old heaters popping out the floor, and plenty of other "problems," but we immediately saw what it could be.

This post is really nostalgic to us. The photos aren't perfect, but rather a collection of random iPhone shots along the way, renderings, and anything else we could scrounge up. The story is long, full of surprises, frustrations, and rejoicing. We'll share a bit of it here, but if you ever have the time, come grab a cup of coffee and we'd love to share the in depth side of things.

A lot of people ask us "what was this place before you?" Well, simply stated we were the magazine side of Denver Book Fair. When the owner, now our landlord, decided he wanted to pursue other ventures, he made the call to split the nearly 4000 sq ft space down the middle. The north side containing a basement and about 1000 sq ft of additional space, and the smaller south side, with no basement but with a private courtyard in the back. We made the choice that was obvious to us, get that courtyard.

Outside of the courtyard, we're also the only shop on the strip that we know of with a front window that looks straight down a residential street instead of just at other buildings, and that's something we really enjoy. Sure, there was a lot of change that needed to occur to make this into a space that we could be proud of and our friends would be exited about, but we were ready for that challenge and the responsibility we were accepting, so we dove in head first.

It started with locking in a contractor and getting some designs together and was quickly followed by 3 tireless months of long days of work and sleepless nights laboring.  The level of coffee proposed was confusing to the city.  Not knowing quite what to do with us, we turned our coffee area into a mobile food kiosk.  After that taking quite a few weeks out of our building time we had to scramble to get back on schedule.  The building is old, so we didn't dare go without masks during the demo and construction, and with the front windows blocked out it felt like we were living is a dusty, asbestos filled cave with just a feathered glimpse of those strolling Broadway.  A lot of care went into just the floor, walls, and ceiling so after over another month of long, dirty days it felt like we had just cleaned the place up, which made the idea of inviting the public to enjoy the space just barely imaginable.  Seeing our proposed opening day approaching faster and faster we had to adjust our shelving build to a hybrid between our plan A and plan B, which we were really excited to see actually work out better than either plans in and of themselves.  We were amazed and humbled by others close to us that would hear or see what we were working on, and just start showing up to help.  With the help of close friends shelves were built, details were painted and cleaned, and the store came to life.

It was at some points surreal to see our ideas turning into reality. What was simply a dream and some sketch up models was turning into something that we could experience, we could touch, and smell. Keeping this now living and breathing creation that was so impactful to us as a secret to the general public was a continually daunting, yet uniquely exhilarating task. 

Sneak peeks would gradually leak out on our respective Instagram accounts, little previews of the life we were so immersed in, but always removed of any discernability of what was happening and removed from any descriptions eluding what was to come. Then 2 weeks from opening, more excited than a redneck walkin' in to Bass Pro Shops, we made the announcement to the world that we were going to be opening our doors on 05-25-13. And it was on...

Those last two weeks are now simply a blur. It was a full sprint from the announcement through the final all-nighter we pulled to get everything finalized and the doors open on Saturday.

And here we are, open and more excited than ever to get to know you, offer Denver a variety of goods curated to a lifestyle we know and love, and to be a part of this amazing neighborhood. Light the way.