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How to Shave Like Kirby Allison I Wet Shaving tutorial

In this video, Kirby goes step by step on how to wet shave like a pro. All of the products you will need, the steps to create a perfect lather, and tips on how to use a safety razor on sensitive parts of the face. We love hearing back from our customers and audience and endeavor to respond to any and all questions.

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Sharpening Pencils ASMR ‚úŹ El Casco M-430 Sharpener

GET YOURS HERE:… Possibly the greatest pencil sharpener ever created, the El Casco M-430 Pencil Sharpener will forever change the way you look at a sharpened pencil. Crafted in Spain by a 100-year-old former gun manufacturer, the El Casco pencil sharpener is a brilliant piece of mechanical engineering. What makes this pencil sharpener exceptional is the unique, concave point it creates. The shape of the pencil point extends the sharpness of your pencil and eliminates any initial breaking that occurs with sharp, linear points. If you regularly write with pencils or if you enjoy mechanical desk swag, this will be a purchase, like me, you won’t ever regret. We are offering this as a special group buys with delivery mid-September. Manufactured in steel and zamak. Black lacquered body. Hand-polished copper, nickel and chrome-plated components. Wooden crank handle. Sharpness regulator with four adjustable point lengths. Suction pad base. Dimensions: 110 x 110 x 150 mm. Presented in a gift box. Made in Spain.



Accessories Leather Care

How to Condition a Leather Belt

How to Condition a Leather Belt

Step 1: Condition Leather With Saphir Leather Lotion

Step 1: Condition Leather With Saphir Leather Lotion

Saphir leather lotion was formulated for larger leather goods — it’s basically the Saphir Renovateur for leather goods besides shoes. Apply a small amount of Saphir leather lotion onto a Hanger Project cotton chamois and rub it into the belt in circular motions with medium to firm pressure. Allow the Saphir leather lotion to dry for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 2: Buff Using a Pig Bristle Brush

A horsehair brush works perfectly fine with this but having the stiffer bristle makes a world of difference for buffing it out and allowing it to look more evenly conditioned. Hold the belt in your hand and gently brush the belt side to side. The point of this step is to remove any excess waxes.

Step 3: Apply Saphir Canadian Cream

Step 3:

This step is essential to take your belts conditioning to the next level. This cream will aid in further conditioning as well as scuffing and adding shine. Apply a small amount onto your cotton chamois and rub in circular motions as you did with the Saphir Leather Lotion — with creams like this less is certainly always more. Then buff once more with your pig bristle brush and you’re set. Your belt is ready for wear!




Accessories Leather Care

How to Remove Scratches from a Leather Bag

We’re eager to demonstrate¬†how to remove scuffs and scratches from leather bags. With a little bit of attention and the right products, you can easily extend the life of your bag and keep it looking great. If you have any questions or comments during this video, please ask them in the comments section below. I enjoy getting back to as many of those as possible. In today’s video, I’m gonna be repairing my favorite briefcase.

You can use these products on almost any large leather accessory from a briefcase to a piece of luggage, or a portfolio. There are 3 products that we have at from Saphir that are great for large leather goods.

Step 1: Apply Saphir Juvacuir

How to Remove Scratches from a Leather Bag - Step 1

The first is the Saphir Juvacuir recoloring cream. The Saphir Juvacuir is a recoloring and repair cream used to recolor damaged leather. The formula’s similar to the Saphir Renovating repair cream but it’s more fluid allowing you to use it over larger areas. It’s great for more permanent recoloring of damaged leather. The Saphir Juvacuir of most fundamentally is just a formulation of pigments and resins. The pigments help add color and the resins help build up and re-smooth damaged leather surfaces.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Canadian Restorative CreamHow to Remove Scratches from a Leather Bag - Step 2

The Saphir Canadian restorative cream is a total care product specifically formulated for use on things like leather bags or leather jackets where it’s important to not have color rubbing off. It’s less of a recoloring cream than Juvacuir and more like a polish that you would use on shoes that’ll fade. So it’s not a permanent product. It’s a great product that’s gonna nourish, rejuvenate, provide a little bit of recoloring.

Step 3: Apply Saphir Renovating Repair Cream to Remove Scratches from Leather

How to Remove Scratches from a Leather Bag - Step 3

After treating a bag with the Saphir Juvacuir, apply the Saphir Canadian afterward to help seal the product and prevent any color discharge. You can use it alone though when more permanent recoloring is not necessary.

Lastly, we have Saphir Renovating repair cream — a resin leather re-colorant that is meant for specific repair to small areas. The combination of resin and pigments allowed the product to fill deep scratches while recoloring. It’s exceptional for use in the corners of leather bags that are always the first to scratch and damage. Deciding which of these products to use as a function of how large and how deep the affected area is. For regular care, use Saphir Canadian. For permanent repair of scuffs and scratches, use the Saphir Juvacuir and the Saphir Renovating repair cream.


The Products

How to Remove Scratches from a Leather Bag - Products

To condition your leather bag, later on, watch our video below:

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How to Condition a Leather Bag

We’re excited to show you how easy it is to condition a leather bag. A quality leather briefcase can have a good long-life if you treat it properly. Just like with leather shoes it’s important to condition your leather briefcase. We’re going to show you how to use two products available from Saphir to condition and rejuvenate your leather briefcase.

Step 1: Apply Saphir Leather Lotion to Condition a Leather Bag

How to Condition a Leather Bag - Step 1

We really want to deeply nourish and condition this leather so apply a small dollop of the Saphir leather lotion onto our chamois and rub this into the leather. Use small circular movements and firm pressure to work the lotion into the leather. Massage the conditioner over the entire surface of the briefcase and then wipe off any excess with the cotton chamois. Allow the leather lotion 15 – 20 minutes to dry and be absorbed into the leather. Then, buff it off using a large horsehair brush. You can use a cotton chamois with a little water to buff the rest of that wax to a shine.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Canadian Restorative Cream to seal Saphir Leather Lotion

How to Condition a Leather Bag - Step 2

Second¬†and for additional nourishment apply the Saphir Canadian restorative cream polish. Now, this polish has been designed specifically for large leather goods. You don’t have to worry about any of the polish or pigments rubbing off onto your clothing.

Apply this the same way you did the leather lotion with a cotton chamois. Using small circular motions and medium to firm pressure. Allow it 15 – 20 minutes to be fully absorbed by the leather and dry. After it’s dried, buff off using a horsehair brush and a cotton chamois with a little bit of water if necessary. We’re just using a neutral to keep the original patina of this bag,¬†however, the Canadian cream polish is available in different colors. If you’d like to introduce some color to fix any scuffing or scratching, this is a great time to do it.


For more information on how to remove difficult scuffing and scratches, watch our video on how to remove scratches from bags.

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Lavabre Cadet Made-To-Order Gloves

We’re excited to launch this year’s special project with the renowned French glove maker Lavabre Cadet. They are easily considered one of the finest glove makers in the world. Lavabre Cadet is offering Hanger Project customers the opportunity to commission a pair of semi-bespoke gloves constructed from individual hand tracings. Following the success of last year’s special project, we have added two new styles to this year’s special order.

We are pleased to offer this rare, exclusive opportunity for a bespoke-quality Lavabre Cadet gloves without the visit to Paris. Each pair of gloves commissioned through this Special Project will be handcrafted from an individualized pattern based on hand tracings provided by you. These custom handmade gloves are available in the rare materials of polished kidskin, suede kidskin, or peccary and now alligator.

The Specifics:

We will send each customer hand tracing forms once their order’s confirmed. We’re accepting orders through July 31st with gloves being delivered no later than December 15th.
All of our gloves are made with full quirks. They’re the small triangular pieces that fit between the fingers of the glove which allow them to sit more naturally. Quirks require a significant amount of additional work and sadly a detail no longer commonly found. It is our pleasure to be able to offer this on our Lavabre Cadet gloves.
All of our gloves are available with custom monogramming.


Kid Skin Gloves

Lavabre Cadet - Kidskin Gloves

Lavabre Cadet is one of the few glove makers out there still making gloves out of kidskin. It is the skin from a baby goat versus most gloves which are made from Nappa leather. Kidskin is incredibly soft and supple and a luxurious material for gloves. The nerves of our kidskin gloves are sewn by hand which gives a nice subtle wave and elegance to the palm of the hand. Our kidskin gloves are available with inside machine stitching which allows for a formal sleek look or outside machine stitching. Alternatively, for an additional level of workmanship, outside hand stitching is available upon special request.

Peccary gloves

Lavabre Cadet - Peccary Gloves
Now the king of all materials for glove without question is peccary. A peccary is a small, wild rodent. The peccary produces an absolutely soft, supple and visually interesting skin that makes for an incredible glove. It’s one of those materials that aren’t widely available. If you’re able to find a pair of peccary gloves they are almost certainly made with a two-piece pattern. This means that the top part and the bottom part of the glove are cut separately and then sewn together. What that results in is an interior seam along the index finger and glove. Exclusive to our special project and really drawing on Lavabre Cadet’s incredible craftsmanship and access to materials, we’re offering the opportunity to commission a pair of pecary gloves and a rare, one-piece pattern. This is exceptionally rare because of the difficulty finding these wild skins in good enough condition to allow for both the front the back part of the glove to be sourced from the same skin. Famous French luxury goods maker Hermes is one of the few places that you can find pecary gloves, but even they stopped selling one-piece peccary gloves because they were no longer able to consistently source this material. This year we’re also allowing your peccary gloves to be lined with cashmere or silk should you require a warmer glove. Our peccary skins are available in a dark brown, a grey, a cork and new for this year a mid-brown. Additionally, all of our peccary gloves are finished with hand stitching along the border.

Peccary with Alligator Trim

Lavabre Cadet - Peccary with Alligator Trim Gloves
Now new for this year, we’re offering a very exciting variation of our pecary gloves and that is a black pecary glove with the dark brown alligator trim. This takes the peccary glove to an entirely new level. This glove is made with inside stitching, full quirks, and three hand-sewn veins. The crocodile trim is on the interior of the thumb and also along the border of the wrist. Because of the alligator trim, these gloves are made either with an interior silk lining or cashmere lining and inside stitching.

Alligator gloves

Lavabre Cadet - Alligator Gloves
New for this year and exceptionally rare, our alligator gloves sourced from Louisiana alligator. Yes, that’s right. Alligator; these gloves are nothing short of awesome. Again here we see the exceptional quality of sourcing from Lavabre Cadet. The alligator is so incredibly soft that they’re able to construct these gloves with inside stitching. That may seem like a small detail, but most alligator or crocodile gloves have to have outside stitching because the skins are too stiff to be folded inside to allow that inside stitching. This is an incredibly formal and sleek glove. We’re offering this alligator in both black and a dark brown. One of the most unique aspects of this Lavabre Cadet special project or digital trunk show is to have your pair of gloves made based on an individualized hand tracing.

After every order is confirmed we will follow up with you and send you a hand tracing and sketching sheet that includes everything you need to take your hand tracings. Then we ask that you mail them back to us or scan and email them. Once all the special orders have been bundled together we’re gonna send all these to the Lavabre Cadet Maitre Gantier so that they can create your customized pattern based on your hand tracing.

How to Conduct the Hand Tracing for Your Lavabre Cadet Gloves

First, measure the width of your hand across the knuckles with the hand gently closed. Secondly, provide a hand tracing. On the last page, a measuring tape that you can cut out is included. Just cut this out or if you have a measuring tape at home you can use that. Grip this measuring tape in between your index finger and your thumb and then wrap it around your hand and gently close your fingers — don’t clench your fist. Then trace your hand — you want to make sure your entire hand fits on the sheet and then with a pen or a pencil at a 90-degree angle to the paper you want to start at your wrist and just gently trace around your whole hand. (Now if you can remember to take off your wedding band before you do this as it can disrupt the process.) And then make sure you get it into your wrists. It’s important to take it into the wrist because that is going to let them know how far the wrist of the glove actually needs to come up. So there we go.

If you have any questions about this process please feel free to reach out to customer service. We’d be more than happy to answer all of your questions. And once you’re done with your hand tracings, we’ll give you an address to mail these to.
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Kirby Allison Recrafting Program

Only the best.

In our quest to provide the best in shoe care, Kirby Allison has partnered with a 17-time award-winning, third-generation cobbler to launch an exclusive recrafting and repair service using only the finest materials and best craftsmanship.

All shoes will be fully inspected and meticulously repaired using JR Rendenbach oak-bark tanned outsoles and combination heels. Extra care is taken to ensure outsoles are restitched through original welt holes in order to further preserve and prolong the life of the shoe. Every pair can be fitted with optional Lulu or Triumph toe plates and with invisible channel stitching.

Upon completion, every pair will be fully conditioned and polished using Saphir Medaille d’Or shoe polish and have their¬†shoelaces¬†replaced with our own Kirby Allison Sovereign Grade¬†shoelaces. No detail is spared in our quest to provide the highest-quality recrafting and¬†resoling¬†service in the United States.

Recrafted to the SSIA Silver Cup Standard

Your shoes will be thoroughly recrafted by our award-winning cobbler to the SSIA Silver Cup contest standards, for which he also serves as a judge. The SSIA Silver Cup is the most prestigious award for the shoe repair trade and specifies that shoes should be repaired to their original condition.

JR Rendenbach Oak-Bark Tanned Outsoles

Our recrafting program exclusively uses JR Rendenbach’s oak-bark tanned outsoles, which are¬†widely considered to be the best outsoles in the world. Using a traditional tanning process that takes over a year to complete, JR outsoles are regarded for their combination of longevity¬†and flexibility.

All Cork Filling Repaired or Replaced

We don’t simply resole your shoes. Every pair is thoroughly inspected once opened. Any damaged corking is fully stripped and replaced while corking in good condition is saved in order to preserve the original comfort and fit only achieved once a shoe has molded to the foot.

New Sovereign Grade Shoelaces and a complete Saphir Shoe Shine

Every pair of shoes that passes through our recrafting program will receive a full Saphir shoe shine using Saphir Renovateur, Pommadier Cream Polish, and Pate de Luxe wax to ensure that they are returned in perfect condition. In addition, all shoelaces will be replaced with our Kirby Allison Sovereign Grade Laces.

Optional Triumph or Lulu Toe Plates

For those who walk extensively in their shoes, add a pair of Triumph brass or Lulu stainless toe plates during the repair process to extend the lifetime of your shoes.


Recrafting Options

Kirby Allison Certified Recrafting

Our Kirby Allison Silver Cup Recrafting will return your shoes to like-new condition. Your shoes will be extensively and thoroughly recrafted by our award-winning cobbler to the SSIA Silver Cup contest standards. After a complete inspection, your shoes will be deconstructed and fully repaired, conditioned, and polished before being returned in Hanger Project shoe bags. We use only the highest-quality JR Rendenbach oak-bark tanned outsoles and combination heels.

Sovereign Grade Recrafting

Our Kirby Allison Sovereign Grade Recrafting is for those special pairs of shoes that demand additional attention and only the highest-quality workmanship. Only the highest-quality JR Rendenbach oak-bark tanned outsoles and combination heels. Our soles will be sewn on with an invisible channel stitch, where the leather is peeled back and reglued flat in order to conceal the sole stitching. Upon completion, every pair will be fully conditioned and polished using Saphir Medaille d’Or shoe polish.


Accessories Stationery Tips by Kirby

How To Use A Fountain Pen

Small, subtle details such as handwritten notes really express the fine character of an individual. Taking the time to use a beautiful, traditional fountain pen shows a strong sense of refinement that really sets you apart in this day in age. With this, you are given the freedom to customize your ink to show that extra hint of effort when creating a truly special note. The results are far more extraordinary than a regular rollerball pen making this an investment piece you can use forever.

Step 1:


Take the pen apart and flush out all the previous ink. This is vital to making sure you are getting the correct ink color you are going for and to avoid any unwanted mixing of colors.

Step 2:


Reload the converter with ink. What is nice about a cartridge converter is that you are able to have more control over the ink, as well as, the ability to reload it multiple times without the hassle of constantly buying new cartridges every time you want a change. You do this step similarly to how you would fill up a medicine syringe by sticking the converter into the ink well and pulling the ink in by reversing the piston.

Step 3:

fountain pen

Reinsert the converter back into the pen after wiping off any excess ink on the converter. This is essential to avoiding any messy damages that can occur. If you get the ink on anything, it will not come off, so making sure that you are taking the extra precautions will make using a fountain pen seamless.

Step 4:

fountain pen

Prime the pen by twisting the piston and thereby pushing the ink into the converter.  If it is a new pen, this process may take longer than for a pen that has already been used multiple times. Make sure you are doing this step either over a napkin or the ink barrel because ink will flush out. Once the ink begins to drop out of the pen, that means that it is fully flushed. Run the pen along a napkin to get all the excess ink off before beginning to write.

Step 5:

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Screw the top of the pen back on and you are ready to begin.

Pens & Stationery

We recommend Goulet Pens because of their comprehensive collection of beautiful fountain pens and inks. For beautiful stationery, we suggest Crane where you can find unique stationery for your special handwritten notes.

Accessories Umbrellas

FB Live Recap: Maglia Francesco and Mario Talarico Umbrellas

Handmade Italian Umbrellas

Maglia Francesco and Mario Talarico umbrellas are two of the preeminent Italian umbrella makers based out of Italy. Their umbrellas are highly sought after for their traditional style, handcrafted techniques that have made them truly unique. Here at The Hanger Project, we are proud to be the largest stockist of both Maglia Francesco and Mario Talarico. We offer over 70 different styles of unique, handmade umbrellas.

Ombrelli Maglia by Maglia Francesco

Maglia Francesco started making umbrellas at the age of 14 as an apprentice for a skilled umbrella maker in 1850. Four years later, Maglia Francesco branched out on his own and founded Ombrelli Maglia. As one of the few surviving umbrella makers who construct their umbrellas completely by hand, Francesco places special attention to every step in the manufacturing process. 

Maglia Francesco offers several types of umbrellas: solid stick, two piece construction, and the telescopic folding travel umbrella. With Maglia, not all umbrellas are created equal and here at The Hanger Project we truly value all that makes them unique. From the mother of pearl closure, embroidered fabric rings, to the horn or metal tipping, these characteristics make each umbrella one-of-a-kind.

Mario Talarico Umbrella

To understand the difference between Maglia Francesco and Mario Talarico umbrellas, you really have to know the people behind them. Ombrelli Maglia is a company who makes thousands of umbrellas a year, while Mario Talarico is simply two men, Talarico Sr. and Talarico Jr., handcrafting umbrellas out of their shop in Naples, Italy. Every umbrella by Talarico is quite literally, one of one. It is almost impossible to find the same canopy on the same stick in multiples.


Differences Between Talarico & Maglia

Although¬†Maglia Francesco¬†and¬†Mario Talarico¬†umbrellas use mother of pearl buttons, many of Talarico’s umbrellas have started featuring horn buttons. Another notable difference is that the majority of Talarico’s umbrellas feature unshaven shafts and are made from one piece canes. This requires a higher degree of selection and precision when creating the umbrella. Mario Talarico continues his family‚Äôs legacy of creating high quality, handmade umbrellas from his small shop in Naples Italy.¬†Maglia Francesco¬†and¬†Mario Talarico¬†umbrellas are not only artisan-made works of art, they reflect years of tradition and dedication umbrella makers have for their craft.

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Italian Handmade Umbrellas: Different Wood Types

The foundation of any solid stick umbrella is the species of wood used to form its handle and cane. Here at The Hanger Project, we offer unique varieties of wooden umbrellas to suit an umbrella aficionado’s refined taste. From finely crafted Bamboo handles to rare Cherrywood canes, learn about the different variations in wood types that¬†skilled umbrella makers, Mario Talarico and Maglia Francesco use to hand carve their heavily sought after umbrellas.

Any gentleman who appreciates quality and craftsmanship will revel in learning about the intricate yet detailed process of handcrafting an umbrella and the types of wood that umbrella makers carefully choose to construct the handle and cane.

Below is a list of some of the more common species of woods used in the construction of solid stick umbrellas:

Hickory Wood

The beauty of owning a Hickory wood umbrella is that the wooden handle comes in a range of light to dark finishes, (meaning that your umbrella will truly be one-of-a-kind). Hickory is often used by craftsmen because of its strength and shock resistance and its most notable properties include resilience, texture, and durability.

Cherry Wood

Compared to other types of wood, cherry wood is particularly sought after by craftsmen due to its sturdiness, durability, dependability, rich color, and natural scent. Cherry wood does darken over time, developing a rich yet deep patina that gives the wood an antique feel.


Hazel trees are native to Asia Minor but currently grow throughout Europe. Their bark is very hard and the wood is comparatively light in weight but has a rather course surface.
This umbrella is entirely made by hand and finished to a very high standard. The inner side of the shade is finished with hand stitching and its steel spokes are made in line with a traditional handicraft technique. The ribbon on the shade has a hand embroidered ring with a particular button, while the tip of the umbrella is made of horn.


Malacca is a rare species of rattan that grows on the coast of the Indonesian island called Sumatra. Known as the “King of Canes,” Malacca’s most notable features are that it is lightweight, durable, strong, and is sought after for its natural glossy shine.


Bamboo is not only water resistant, it is highly regarded for its natural, earthy tones. Not only is the wood visually appealing, it is ‘stronger than steel and more durable than both Maple wood and red oak. This particular umbrella is ideal for the eco-friendly gentleman, as bamboo is a lot greener and eco-friendly than other woods.


Often appreciated for its warm tones, Chestnut wood also has a grain and pattern that makes it truly unique. Although chestnut is a strong wood type, it is fairly light, which makes it a perfect choice for crafting an umbrella handle and cane.

Congo wood

Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this wood is known for its durability, strength, and rich brown tones. The African Congo wood gives off a rustic look that is ideal for any gentleman who enjoys exotic features.

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