Chester Mox is a Los Angeles-based leather goods manufacturer that has, in their mere five years of existence, established a name for themselves within the online menswear community. Having been featured on several popular websites including Hypebeast, Selectism, and StyleForum as well as our friends Put This On and Red Clay Soul, I was no stranger to the brand by the time we started talking about putting together something special for the blog.
We decided on their dual side wallet in tobacco shell cordovan leather; slim and understated by appearance, but with enough space to carry all your essentials. Shell cordovan leather is my favorite, especially in this color. Chester Mox uses some of the finest leathers available and this shell cordovan is one of several excellent leathers they've sourced from Chicago's Horween leather tannery. Inspired by an older J.Press luggage tag that has long since sold out, I had the wallet engraved with the phrase "Not Yours". Which is another thing Chester Mox does great; instead of embossing text, they actually cut it into the leather which results in a much cleaner look.
|Fused edges, a mark of good craftsmanship|
The end result is this beautiful wallet that I'm going to have a hard time letting go of. But I really wanted to share the wealth with this one. When I first started blogging, I never really expected much to come of it. As I started to pay more attention to how I dressed and how I spent my money, there were times that I was actually ridiculed for it. I think there's a lot of people out there who still have a disposition to dislike people who focus so much attention on what they wear. But as you are probably aware, we're part of a growing community and a movement focused on better spending habits and more respectable forms of dress. Blogging has always been something I do because I enjoy it, and I'm very grateful that there are so many people who can understand that and identify with my passion for great products and design. So as a small token of my gratitude, I figured I would hold a contest to give away this wallet.
The contest ended today, November 19th. Eddie E. Aranda, please send an email to The Bengal Stripe with proof of identification and your address, you are the winner. Here is Eddie's response:
The most unusual item in my wallet does not even belong to me, it belongs to someone who tested HIV positive. The story goes like this:In my tween years of promiscuity, before I started to call myself a gentleman or man and referred to myself as a "chill dude" I was very sexually active and it never occurred to me that I should get tested until I saw that the LGBTQ center at my campus offered anonymous and FREE STD/HIV testing so I gave it a go. It was nerve wrecking simply because I was afraid to find something I could not deal with. While waiting for my results, I decided to get a smoke outside and saw this young man walking out and crying. He attempted to throw this piece of paper in the trash but missed, I picked it up a few minutes later being curious and found that that he had tested HIV positive. I was taken aback and could not wait to get my results, when I finally got them, they were negative; meaning I was completely healthy. I don't know what happened to this man, or where he is, or what he even looked like but I remember him crying in the cold. I keep his test results slip in my wallet as a reminder that life can change any moment and that I need to be responsible about my choices, and whenever I feel like my life is a big mess and it will never get better, it helps to see that I am alive and as long as I am alive, there is a reason to live. No one really knows I have this because no one ever goes through my wallet but I would not be ashamed to explain it to them. That my friends, is the most unusual item in my wallet.