Tool & Tack: Austin and Portland collaborate to make 'the modern gentleman'
Dapper, yet rugged. Refined, yet down to earth.
While the definition of a ‘modern gentleman’ is at best a moving target (minus Ryan Gosling, obviously), an upcoming event coordinated by local “heritage goods” purveyor, Canoe, hopes to add some clarity—at least to the style piece of the puzzle.
Armed with both a tightly edited collection of vintage men’s workwear and an array of hand-tooled leather accessories and small knives, Canoe (the brainchild of Natalie Davis and Ben Runkle) celebrates all things handsome and handcrafted.
In conjunction with Wood & Faulk and Forage bow ties, the Austin-based Canoe is hosting the Tool and Tack Popup Shop this Saturday at grayDUCK Gallery from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dubbed a “gentleman’s popup shop,” the event will fill the contemporary art space with bow ties, bags, belts and a healthy dose of Americana style.
“Tool & Tack is a peek inside my head of the perfect shop—where every item serves a purpose and is beautifully crafted. It is rustic in sensibility, yet modern in approach,” notes Davis.
Wood & Faulk is helmed by Portland, Oregon-based Matt Pierce, and is more a celebration of individual leather-based projects than a strict collection of set items. Recent creations have included an old school book strap and a hand sewn passport cover, but the label is probably best known for its simple leather belts and sturdy wax canvas Northwesterner bags.
Tool & Tack is a peek inside my head of the perfect shop—where every item serves a purpose and is beautifully crafted. It is rustic in sensibility, yet modern in approach.
Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt are the duo behind Forage bow ties and popular design blog, something's hiding in here. Working from their Philadelphia studio, they design and produce each of their hand-sewn bow ties from “fabric remnants, vintage deadstock or extra special finds.” Having previously directed visual displays, store and event decor for Anthropologie and then BHLDN, Alterio is no stranger to knowing how important even the smallest of details (read: bow ties) can be to the overall look and feel of something much larger.
But don’t worry ladies, there will be something for you too. Although Natalie Davis splits her creative energy between Canoe and her own graphic design pursuits, she recently collaborated with Christine Fail, owner of local jewelry boutique Schatzelein, on Fail+Canoe, a capsule collection of cuffs for men and women. Made from hammered brass and tooled leather, the bracelets are both delicate and structured. In other words, the perfectly versatile accessory for on-the-town fancy or on-the-couch casual.
Canoe is currently holding a giveaway contest for those interested in the chance to win some of the goods featured at the shop. All you need to do is leave a comment (by 10 p.m. EST tomorrow) describing who you think best represents ‘the modern gentleman.’
“My modern gentleman is my grandfather. He treated everyone he met with kindness and always took care to put his best foot forward. He taught me how to shine my shoes, mind my manners and be brave. He was also one of the best dressers I know,” says Davis.
Saturday’s popup will feature snacks from Salt & Time (Runkle’s other venture), bourbon cocktails from Maker's Mark and beer from Thirsty Planet. Schatzelein is also hosting a happy hour for the designers from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday.
“I love bringing folks together and throwing a good party," Davis continues. "It's really rewarding to fuse together different brands to create a cohesive look for my customers and friends. It's like setting a stage and waiting to see what play is performed."