The {A Day Pack} Edit - Nick

12.18.17 // Guest Edit Part 2:  Nick

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meet Nick

Nick is the other half of the ultra-inspiring A Day Pack blog (@adaypack on Insta).  Thank you, Nick, for representing the Y chromosome here on Communelle, and keeping it clean and caffeinated with some soap and coffee we can't wait to try.

1. Thought, Edvard Jumper, £70

2.  Dr. Squatch, Gold Moss Soap, $7

3.  Astorflex, Softflex Sneaker in Stone, $128

4. Holy Schmidt Coffee Co., Whole Bean Coffee (Various Roasts), $15-$18

5.  ENAT, Leather Card Wallet, $22

 

1.

THOUGHT
Edvard Jumper
£70

  Photo by Moch Snyder

Photo by Moch Snyder

the stuff:

The Edvard Jumper is the real deal. Navy, so it goes with pretty much anything, and perfect for layering over a shirt or under a jacket. Thought has nailed the classic Aran-style sweater completely. The cable knits up and down the body and sleeves are handsome and pop out woven highways. Left to my own devices, I’d sleep and wake in it!

the story:

History intrigues me, so I thoroughly enjoy discovering what lies behind the surface. Thought, a London-based ethical clothing brand, sidesteps the impulsive tendencies of quick and easy and cheap. They are 100% committed to the reverse - say, slow and intentionality. Whether they’re choosing their hemp and cotton, partnering with growers, or brainstorming sustainability and planet-loving practice, Thought goes the extra mile to bring customers honest and down-to-earth essentials.


2.

DR. SQUATCH
Gold Moss Soap
$7

the stuff:

Soaps are a dime a dozen, I once thought. Dr. Squatch showed me the light with their manly bar soaps made primarily from olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, and shea butter. Essential oils are added for amazing fragrances, such as Cedar Citrus and Gold Moss, as well as natural exfoliants, like oatmeal, leaves, and sand.

the story:

In the mid-1970s, with technology revolutionizing virtually every American industry, soap, which up until then was made the old-fashioned cold-press way, started becoming detergent-like. But Jack and AJ of Dr. Squatch have made it their mission to return to the ancient ways of all-natural glycerin soap for the service of hard-working men everywhere. I can proudly say these are my soaps!

  Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

Photo by Nick // A Day Pack


3.

ASTORFLEX
Softflex Sneaker in Stone
$128

  Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

the stuff:

These subtle, down-to-earth sneakers had me smiling back when I first purchased them and still do. I like my shoes low-profile, comfy, and good-looking. The Softflex knock it out of the park. The lining and insoles are made of vegetable-tanned leather and the soles are 100% natural rubber. They’re soft. I couldn’t ask for more; they're the perfect daily cruiser.

the story:

Astorflex has been in the business of hand-made premium leather shoes since the 19th century. The owner, Fabio Travenzoli, inherited Astorflex from his father Alfredo and uncle Bettino who “succeeded in the business of their father Daniele and of their grandfather Ferdinando.” Four generations of quality Italian and eco-friendly construction. In addition, Fabio is personally committed to responsible, transparent, and sustainable manufacturing methods. Each pair comes with four generations of expertise!


4.

HOLY SCHMIDT COFFEE CO.
Whole Bean Coffee
$15-$18

the story:

The last time Emily and I visited southern California we stopped by the brand-new office space of Holy Schmidt Coffee Co. There we got a tour of the little facility, including a tasting. Bijou Schmidt, the owner, whipped us up an amazing cup of coffee right there in front of us. Perfect. Honestly, the Schmidts are committed to coffee because they are committed to people. Their coffee from all over the world is selected carefully and ethically, roasted with love, and holy schmidt, it’s delicious!

the story:

It doesn’t get much better than two good friends from college who journeyed out into the world and business of coffee, and never gave up. Read the story here. I remember I was there when Bijou roasted coffee beans in a popcorn popper in a friend’s garage. Now they are up and running and doing great things, which include ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions for farmers and building schools for refugee children in Ethiopia. Their coffee is the best in the world. I don’t think I’m biased.

  Photo by Holy Schmidt Coffee Co (Facebook)

Photo by Holy Schmidt Coffee Co (Facebook)


5.

ENAT
Leather Card Wallet
$22

  Photo by ENAT

Photo by ENAT

the stuff:

Bunches and wads stuffed into my pockets is not my favorite. Too, I never liked bulky wallets. For years, I resorted to carry my things in my hands. But thanks to ENAT, I have joined society again. This time in minimalist fashion. ENAT’s Leather Card Wallet has been my companion for many months now and I dig it. All my important things fit in one of its three pockets. It’s simple design and quality construction will make it a friend for a long time.


the story: 

This little leather card holder is more innovative than meets the eye. The leather ENAT used to make this piece could have easily ended up in the dumpster out back, if it weren’t for their commitment to sustainability and putting an end to waste. The scrap leather from their totes doesn’t end up as waste, adding to the never-ending piles of trash around our world, but gets stitched into something fresh and purposeful. The concept: scraps into craftsmanship.

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