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Introducing Abbeyhorn

The company now known as Abbeyhorn dates back to 1749, when the Humpherson family founded the company in Bewdley, UK. Their traditional housewares include our new Wingtip favorite, the pewter-mounted Drinking Horn (at left with 30-yr single malt Scotch), in addition to fantastically long shoe horns, shaving brushes, and the Sgian Dubh, a decorative knife that is de rigeur for “formal kilt” occasions.

All of the products are created from horn, antler, and bone, beautiful natural materials that have been saved from the scrap pile. This “ecologically sound” philospohy has remained steadfast over the years, and Abbeyhorn continues to source materials that are meat industry by-products. “We do not kill any animals purely for their horns,” reiterates Pauline Hodgson, who works in sales and marketing for Abbeyhorn.

The manufacturing traditions have also remained constant in many ways. Hodgson notes, “We still make the items as they would have done many years ago, even using some of the old machinery.”

To get some more background on the history of Abbeyhorn, we got in touch with the Bewdley Museum in Wyre Forest, UK, where some earlier Abbeyhorn pieces are kept on display.

Photos of the crafts confirm that the Humphersons traditions remain intact. The pieces at left date back nearly 150 years, but they look remarkably similar to the new stock we have on the shelf–a testament to the products’ durability.

“The forester’s horn was made by Humphersons  in 1878,” says Liz Cowley of the Bewdley Museum. “The other items would have been made around the same time towards the end of the 19th century.”

Before you use your Abbeyhorn products, you’ll want to check out their guide to product care, but rest assured that any Abbeyhorn purchase is a bonafide heirloom-in-the-making.

For more background, check out this video of the making of an Abbeyhorn shoehorn over at A Continuous Lean.

 

Thanks to Pauline Hodgson at Abbeyhorn and Liz Cowley at the Bewdley Museum for their kind help with this piece.

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The most exclusive cloth on the market: Dormeuil’s Matterhorn Blue

matterhorn cover170 sheep. 170 suits. That is how Dormeuil, one of the world’s premier fabric mills, celebrates their 170th birthday.

The “Matterhorn Blue” fabric was woven into eight separate patterns. And while overall there is just enough fabric to produce 170 suits, there can only be 18 suits — worldwide — in the fabric we selected. The merino sheep that produced this wool live a happy and luxurious life in pristine New Zealand hills (See them in their video here) — a stark contrast to the Alpine conditions evoked by the mixture of blues in the fabric.

The fabric really is in a class of its own, and extremely detailed. A variety of weaves and subtly different shades of blue yield stripes of varying width, which are then accented by a lavender pinstripe. The remarkable construction lends this fabric it incredible textural distinction.

We can’t wait to see this fabric turned into a suit. So, down to brass tacks: The Matterhorn Blue fabric costs $1,600/yd (a suit will require 4 yards), so you’re looking at an $8,000-$11,000 suit depending on which of our tailors you choose. And of course, you can always just buy the cloth and take it the tailor of your choice.