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Levi Strauss and the Birth of Blue Jeans

by Winston Hughes on 07/11/13

From its humble beginnings as a work pant to an iconic fashion statement, the denim blue jean has been the seat of an enduring fashion empire since 1873. Levi Strauss set out to make durable work pants during the California Gold Rush, and to this day blue jeans are quintessential for work or play.

The History of Scotch Whisky

by Winston Hughes on 04/22/13

The earliest mention of what is now called Scotch Whisky appears in a tax record from 1494 which refers to an order for “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” This amount of malt would have produced almost 1500 bottles of the spirits, suggesting that the aqua vitae industry was well-established at this time.

The History of the Split Pea Lighter

by Winston Hughes on 04/02/13

Split Pea Lighter

Tiny and rugged, the Split Pea lighter is the perfect blend of masculinity and utility. Many people are familiar with its slightly less diminutive older brother, the Peanut lighter. Both are extremely small, water-resistant, and sturdy: perfect for a survival kit or everyday use.

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