ETERNAL YOUTH CLOTHING COMPANY
Over the last year, I’d spotted Eternal Youth T-shirts on the backs of cool dudes around the city enough times that I finally had to check them out. I found them at the Holly Pop shops during the holidays and purchased a camo baseball T for my husband, then ended up keeping it for myself (no shame). Founded in Fort Wayne by Evan Perigo, the company maintains roots (and employees) here but now additionally operates out of Chicago. Eternal Youth Clothing Company is not necessarily a celebration of literal youth, rather the adventurous spirit of youth and exploration, seen throughout the Americana-infused images posted to the wanderlust-inducing blog and Instagram feed. What started out as a line of T-shirts and sweatshirts has morphed into a lifestyle collection with additional items such as backpacks, hats, gloves and notebooks. A vintage category boasts items like Pendleton wool shirts and blankets, watches, pocket knives, felt pennants and a set of glass Budweiser salt and pepper shakers from the 1950s. Shop for your Eternal Youth at www.eternalyouthco.com.
CUSTOM LEATHER GOODS BY MARK GYPSON IS NOW GYPSONITE
Last year I included Custom Leather Goods by Mark Gypson in this column and I’m thrilled to share that his hobby has continued to grow and has blossomed into the brand, Gypsonite. New items have been added, which include a continuous leather ring, one of which was under my tree on Christmas morning, thanks to a husband who likes Gypson’s work as much as I do. Customization options have expanded as Gypson has continued to experiment with various materials and techniques. Restored antique chromed brass sleigh bells on a handmade leather door hanger was a particularly inspired project over the holidays. Follow @gypsonite on Instagram or Tumblr for the most beautiful and up-to-date photographs of the coolest leather goods around (as well as a few inspirational images of Gypson’s non-leather handiwork). I can’t wait to see what he creates next. Watch www.gypsonite.tumblr.com and www.instagram.com/gypsonite.