A customer recently shared a styleforum post with me after mentioning that there has been some discussion surrounding leather quality, especially with regards to “break.”
I recently made a trip up to Berlin, Wisconsin (via Madison) to visit one of those legendary shoe factories that has been doing things the same way since they opened in 1898.
If you’re a Chicago native you’re most likely familiar with the industrial corridor that’s bisected by Cortland Street. You’ve either driven down it and honked at someone trying to get a glimpse of the foundry operation that is Finkl, or you’re the one that is coasting and being honked at. The businesses on and around this street on gritty, old, and perfect. Old brick buildings right next to corrugated steel siding and filled with people that work hard. We’re neighbors to all these businesses, one of which is Lakin and Sons.
Photos by Grant Legan.