Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition. Founder Brad Estabrooke talks about starting from nothing and the imperfect process of perfecting a craft. His experience bears a lesson for us all: knowing you could fail brings you that much closer to success.

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WHAT DEFINES A HANDMADE SHOE
by S. Charlie Weyman
It’s confusing, but the terms “benchgrade” and “handgrade” don’t actually describe shoes that were made on a bench or by hand. Instead, they’re ways of denoting different levels of quality, like “Gold” and “Platinum” Amex cards. Most quality shoes – including high-end names such as Edward Green and John Lobb – are Goodyear welted, which is a machine method. Real handmade shoes are rare, and typically cost $1,500 or more.
The exception is Vass, a small Hungarian shop beloved by shoe aficionados.
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nomanwalksalone:

WHAT DEFINES A HANDMADE SHOE

by S. Charlie Weyman

It’s confusing, but the terms “benchgrade” and “handgrade” don’t actually describe shoes that were made on a bench or by hand. Instead, they’re ways of denoting different levels of quality, like “Gold” and “Platinum” Amex cards. Most quality shoes – including high-end names such as Edward Green and John Lobb – are Goodyear welted, which is a machine method. Real handmade shoes are rare, and typically cost $1,500 or more.

The exception is Vass, a small Hungarian shop beloved by shoe aficionados.

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When in Manhattan’s Garment District recently, we toured a traditionally run hat factory that’s dedicated to truly handmade, local products. Guided by owner and milliner Satya Twena—who raised enough money to save the factory from closing just a few months prior to our visit—we learned how each of her hats is made using old-school methods involving blocking, steam and rope