Since 1962 when David and Dorothy Morgan started the company, David Morgan has been a family owned and operated mail order business presenting traditional, quality items discovered in the pursuit of their own personal interests. In addition to jewelry from the Pacific Northwest and their own line of Celtic jewelry, David Morgan offers Akubra® hats from Australia, a range of quality leathergoods, Tilley hats, clothing and luggage, and much more. Many David Morgan suppliers are also family run, putting their personal integrity behind their goods.
After a prolonged absence, Tilley is reinstating their iconic Ivy Cap. Made with stylish Harris Tweed, the cap has an elasticized sweatband to ensure a comfortable fit. It has discreet tuckaway ear warmers and a Hydrofil® polyester lining to wick away moisture.
Harris Tweed cloth is produced in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland from 100% virgin wool using traditional methods. For centuries, the cloth was only known locally. In 1846, Lady Dunmore, widow of the landowner of Harris, the Earl of Dunmore, chose to have their clan tartan replicated by Harris weavers in tweed. Since then, Harris Tweed has become famous throughout the world, protected by its own Act of Parliament.
The wool, primarily from sheep on the Scottish mainland, is dyed before spinning. The cloth is woven on treadle looms at each weaver’s home, then returned to the factory for finishing. The resulting Harris Tweed is a beautiful, durable cloth with the natural warmth and water resistance of a pure wool.
It’s fall, and the mornings and evenings have a chill to them. This time of year it’s nice to have a pair of gloves to take away the bite in the air. Our possum gloves do the trick.
The unique soft pointed ends and hollow core of possum fur provide an extremely light, soft and luxurious fiber, making these knitted gloves extremely warm for their weight. State of the art knitting technology is used, creating a glove with no seams to bind or rub. Our gloves come in four colors: natural, charcoal, green and red.
For those who like to wear gloves inside, we also sell fingerless gloves.
And, with winter around the corner, you might want to take a look at our mittens, too.
Phillip Hawk has 40 years experience as an expert saddler and shoemaker. After a three year apprenticeship as a saddler in Colorado, he moved to to Virginia to study English saddles, strap goods and shoe-making. He was master of the Saddle/Harness Shop and the Boot/Shoe Shop of Colonial Williamsburg. His skills include every facet of leather working except gloves and clothing. His work marries traditional craftsmanship with modern consumer demands.
For his belts, Phillip only uses leather from the Tarnsjo Tannery in Tarnsjo, Sweden. It supplies, arguably, the finest strap and upholstery leather in the world. The world’s best saddlers, harness makers and fashion designers purchase their leather from this tannery. Phillip uses leather stained only on the grain (the hair side), leaving the flesh side unstained to prevent bleeding on clothes. The surface colors used by Tarnsjo Tannery maintain the integrity of the leather.
Philip has retired, but former students or anyone who might benefit from a chat about leather working are welcome to phone him in Danville, Kentucky at (859) 209-5055.
Below are just a few of the procedures in making a belt.
Phillip first cuts the leather into strips. The tool is a draw gauge knife.
Corrine Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1959. Her paternal grandmother, Abusa, named her “Killer whale scratching her back on the beach.” Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985. She is a member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island. Her influences include Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt and her uncle, Norman Brotchie.
Her work is inspired by the desire to bring the stories of her First Nations culture into her art. The engravings are minimal, bringing a modern sense to an ageless craft.
Similarly, her custom furnishings combine materials that speak to old and new, and bring the concept of living culture into contemporary homes.
Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. She codesigned the medals for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics.
We offer many pieces designed by Corrine. For more information on her art, please visit www.corrinehunt.ca