Moore & Giles Leather Conditioner, created in collaboration with Tad Coffin

When leather goods designers Moore & Giles set out to produce a leather conditioner, they contacted Virginia-based saddle manufacturer Tad Coffin. Coffin grew up on Long Island, and started riding horses at age 10. To say he had a knack for it is an understatement.He finished off his amateur horse-riding career with back-to-back double gold medal wins.

At both the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico and the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, he competed and won both the solo and team “eventing” events (pardon the redundancy). Eventing is the triathlon of equestrian events, comprised of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. It requires a great deal of trust and respect between the horse–in this case, Bally Cor–and the rider. And the only other thing between the horse and rider, of course, is the saddle.

A dried out, unconditioned saddle can be the difference between your horse “refusing” to jump the obstacles and two gold medals swinging around your neck.┬áSo if you want your leather–Moore & Giles, saddle, or otherwise–to live a long and respectable life, you’ll need to condition it every now and again.

Moore & Giles No. 33 Leather Conditioner and Restorer $40

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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