Our journey has brought us to Japan

Wokini Studio has created a special silver claw pendant for Black Bear Brand.  This is a piece of art created from the cast of a real bear claw!

 • Casting made from a real bear claw.   • Sterling silver   • Black deerskin lace with turquoise beads and silver beads.   • Hand hammered branding of Black Bear Brand and Wokini on each piece.   • Polish by hand.  This collaboration has set in motion some very exciting things. In Sept. we will be accompany Wokini Studio at the Clutch CC Show in Tokyo and following the show I’ll be riding a friends 1948 Panhead on a 4 day ride around the tropical island of Ōita Prefecture!   This journey has just begun... Explore To Create!

• Casting made from a real bear claw. 

• Sterling silver 

• Black deerskin lace with turquoise beads and silver beads. 

• Hand hammered branding of Black Bear Brand and Wokini on each piece. 

• Polish by hand.

This collaboration has set in motion some very exciting things. In Sept. we will be accompany Wokini Studio at the Clutch CC Show in Tokyo and following the show I’ll be riding a friends 1948 Panhead on a 4 day ride around the tropical island of Ōita Prefecture! 

This journey has just begun... Explore To Create!

The Horsehide Collection.

Celebrating 100 Years Of Wesco.

Collision of tough raw simplicity with beautiful refinement. 
  Wesco Shoes:  The Gold Standard is 100 years old this year!   Horween “horsehide” Leather    the art of tanning at its finest.   Unparalleled blend of quality, consistency, responsiveness, and innovation

Wesco Shoes: The Gold Standard is 100 years old this year!

Horween “horsehide” Leather
the art of tanning at its finest. 
Unparalleled blend of quality, consistency, responsiveness, and innovation

History Uncovered...

...a short 45 mile ride from Seattle is Sultan WA.  A year plus ago a piece of Black Bear Brand history was uncovered; a painted advertisement sign from the 1920's.

 This touches on a deep and hidden history the Black Bear Brand has and we're working to resurrect. Black Manufacturing's Black Bear Brand has been part of the Pacific Northwest manufacturing community for almost 100 years, Black Bear Brand has stayed true to its original legacy of making durable and aesthetically-classic goods through a union of regional makers considered the best in their craft. Black Bear Brand keeps original founder George G. Black’s vision alive by making simple, straightforward, and durable garments while re-imagining the definitions of traditional workwear.  

This touches on a deep and hidden history the Black Bear Brand has and we're working to resurrect. Black Manufacturing's Black Bear Brand has been part of the Pacific Northwest manufacturing community for almost 100 years, Black Bear Brand has stayed true to its original legacy of making durable and aesthetically-classic goods through a union of regional makers considered the best in their craft. Black Bear Brand keeps original founder George G. Black’s vision alive by making simple, straightforward, and durable garments while re-imagining the definitions of traditional workwear.  

Sultan WA. Sultan City played an important role in the building of the Burlington Northern Railroad which runs east from Everett adjacent to the Skykomish River. During the railroad construction, Sultan was as a supply station employing (at times) over 800 men. This boom brought many new businesses to the area and in 1905 Sultan incorporated.

“The Specialist” shirt/jacket

“The Specialist” shirt/jacket; produced using shelter tents... salvaged from WWII! 

Each jacket has unique reminiscences from the original WWII tent it was produced from... each jacket is 1 of a kind!

 ***Special brass Black Bear Brand - Union Of Makers snaps.  ***Each in its special hand made wood box.  ***WWII pin... pinned to each tag. Jackets release 6/14 (Flag Day Check out more details on the jackets in the

***Special brass Black Bear Brand - Union Of Makers snaps.

***Each in its special hand made wood box.

***WWII pin... pinned to each tag. Jackets release 6/14 (Flag Day Check out more details on the jackets in the

Black Bear Band - Nomad Knife & Tool special “shovel” knife. Handles produced from salvaged Harley-Davidson parts bins!

Only in Milwaukee; the home of Harley-Davidson is this story possible... the material used in these pieces are very special.

 “Right place, right time and a lot of luck… found in a late warehouse that was getting cleaned out. a friend and antique shop owner who has access to lots of industrial surplus stumbled upon a stack of parts bins. It wasn't until we got them home and unloaded them that I noticed the Harley stencil painted on the middle board on one side.” - Bryan Nomad Knife & Tool  A special piece created by hand for heavy use “A Bear For Wear”.  Made by hand using only American sourced materials.       • Made by Bryan G. Jerabek.      • American Made 52100 Steel.      • Harley-Davidson parts bin selvaged handle.  

“Right place, right time and a lot of luck… found in a late warehouse that was getting cleaned out. a friend and antique shop owner who has access to lots of industrial surplus stumbled upon a stack of parts bins. It wasn't until we got them home and unloaded them that I noticed the Harley stencil painted on the middle board on one side.” - Bryan Nomad Knife & Tool

A special piece created by hand for heavy use “A Bear For Wear”.  Made by hand using only American sourced materials. 

    • Made by Bryan G. Jerabek.

    • American Made 52100 Steel.

    • Harley-Davidson parts bin selvaged handle.  

Memorial Day Auction... WIN one of four hand-painted helmets!

Win one of four hand-painted Gringo helmets commemorating the hero's of WWII and the historic patches they wore into battle!  100% of the proceeds goes to The Semper Fi Fund... win HERE.

 Craig Kalbas hand-painted 4 Biltwell Gringos in one of four designs commemorating the heroes of WWII and the historic patches these men wore into battle.

Craig Kalbas hand-painted 4 Biltwell Gringos in one of four designs commemorating the heroes of WWII and the historic patches these men wore into battle.

We're also donating $10 from each of the BOMBER t-shirt sales during the auction period... get your t... here.

With Biltwell we’re auctioning off these four custom-painted helmets on eBay, starting today Memorial Day and ending June 1. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will go to the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

Celebrating a piece of our WWII history… the Bomber Squadron patch art.

Join us at FUEL Cafe in Milwaukee on Memorial Day afternoon… from 1-6 for the unveiling of the 4 WWII Bomber Squadron “patch art” hand painted helmets that will be auctioned for Semper Fi Fund.  The man behind the ART; Craig Kalbas will be presenting these killer works of art.  Thank you Craig... you are beyond amazing.

  •     check out the helmets!
  •     shoot the shit with the artist!
  •     enter the WWII Bomber ART t raffle / give-away 
  •     cheers a beer in memory to those who fought and died for us to do what we do!

The hand painted helmet auction begins… go to for details: https://blackbearunion.com/blog 

the unveiling of the hand painted helmets!

release dates...

    - Now… WWII Bomber ART t’s.
    - Memorial Day… WWII Bomber ART hand painted helmet auction for Semper Fi Fund.    
    - June 1… Knife & Hatchet with handles produced from salvaged Harley-Davidson parts bins.
    - June 14… One of a kind shirt/jackets produced from WWII shelter tents.  
    - June 21… Collaboration denim pant and denim vest with W.H. Ranch.
    - July 12… Collaboration collection with Wesco Boots (Horween horsehide, Wokini silver buckles, and more!).
    -  July 12… Collaboration silver bear claw pendant & silver feather pendant with Wokini Studio.

Black Bear Brand Seattle Wash.

BLACK BEAR BRAND - NOMAD KNIFE AND TOOL KNIFE AND HATCHET SET

A HARLEY-DAVIDSON IS MUCH MORE THAN A MACHINE 

  Our american journey continues...   Milwaukee last June - Broken down while attempting tor ride a 80 Harley-Davidson across the county; the story started.  A motorcycle brought us together and started a bond; a bond that’s led us to create a very special knife.  The NOMAD Knife and Tool - Black Bear Brand collaboration knife and hatchet... is a curation of excellence and gives a special tribute to the Harley-Davidson machine that brought this union of makers together. The material used in these pieces… only in Milwaukee; the home of Harley-Davidson is this story possible. We’ve produced our handles from salvaged Harley-Davidson parts bins.   “Right place, right time and a lot of luck… found in a late warehouse that was getting cleaned out. A friend and antique shop owner who has access to lots of industrial surplus stumbled upon a stack of parts bins. It wasn’t until we got them home and unloaded them that I noticed the Harley stencil painted on the middle board on one side.”  -  Bryan Jerabek; Nomad Knife & Tool

Our american journey continues...

Milwaukee last June - Broken down while attempting tor ride a 80 Harley-Davidson across the county; the story started.  A motorcycle brought us together and started a bond; a bond that’s led us to create a very special knife.  The NOMAD Knife and Tool - Black Bear Brand collaboration knife and hatchet... is a curation of excellence and gives a special tribute to the Harley-Davidson machine that brought this union of makers together.
The material used in these pieces… only in Milwaukee; the home of Harley-Davidson is this story possible. We’ve produced our handles from salvaged Harley-Davidson parts bins.

“Right place, right time and a lot of luck… found in a late warehouse that was getting cleaned out. A friend and antique shop owner who has access to lots of industrial surplus stumbled upon a stack of parts bins. It wasn’t until we got them home and unloaded them that I noticed the Harley stencil painted on the middle board on one side.” Bryan Jerabek; Nomad Knife & Tool

    A Harley-Davidson motorcycle is much more than a machine:  it’s the places you go.  it’s the things you see.  its the people you meet.  its a journey.  its an adventure.    COLLECTION RELEASING JUNE 1

 

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle is much more than a machine:

it’s the places you go.

it’s the things you see.

its the people you meet.

its a journey.

its an adventure.

COLLECTION RELEASING JUNE 1

BOMBER ART

Celebrating the WWII Pilot Patch Art

BBBxWWII Bomber Artwork project
BBBxWWII Bomber Artwork project 2

Coming in April - the celebration of WWII Pilot Patch Art in our BOMBER ART project.  

 - Paintings, art exhibition, prints

 - Limited edition made in the USA Black Bear Brand shirts

 - Hand painted helmets auctioned with proceeds going to Veterans foundation 

more details coming soon...

Making a Boot that Lasts a Lifetime

High quality - USA - Rugged...

the Black Bear Brand x Wesco x Horween Leather Co. collaboration collection

 photo: Tim O'Keefe

photo: Tim O'Keefe

Black Bear Brand and Wesco form a perfect pair. This collaboration celebrates an enduring legacy. Wesco has been producing high-quality, hand-crafted leather boots for 100 years. Their facility is a testament to the company’s original methods. These boots are a tough, yet refined product of a man’s labor. The quality of product is unsurpassed. A hard-working spirit is alive here. The love of manufacturing has endured the test of time, and the craft of making has proven its resilience.

Black Bear Brand is a revival of tough and traditional craftsmanship. We’ve pursued this engagement with Wesco because the men and women who work there personify excellence.
    • Horween USA Leather
    • All of these are Made 100% in the USA
    • HAND MADE to order, not mass produced
    • 100 years of experience into these boots
    • ALL High Quality materials; Full leather, no cloth, no cork, no fake stitching, every method of our crafting serves a purpose
    • No shortcuts taken in the manufacturing process, every skive, every stitch, every nail is done with passion and pride
    • Can have new soles put on them, or be completely be rebuilt depending on how worn they are
    • They get better looking with every wear

photos: Chad Lyons / Tim O'Keefe / Bradley Wentzel... (thank you so much for your contribution in what we're creating)

The Motorcycle Artist... the ever growing Union Of Makers.

Sarah Grace - West Sussex England

a Motorcycle Artist... a perfectionist that's detail obsessive.

 ...Growing up in the north of England just outside Manchester; it’s a long way from the scenery of West Sussex and the surrounding areas - Think planes, pollution, an industrial based and bustling city with strong accents and even stronger tea.  West Sussex to me, where I call home now - is very green, slower paced, cleaner air and a completely different environment to what I grew up in.  The cities in the South of England are full of such beautiful places, galleries, architectural beauty and heritage.  Brighton, London and Oxford being my favourite cities to spend my spare time, all with a unique vibe, pubs you never want to leave, music, Art and different people you meet along the way that all inspire me in so many different ways.  Black Bear Brand certainly brings a feel of heritage, style, quality and a brand that certainly has a strong and established identity in what they’re achieving, making and known for.   Although based far from England in Seattle, USA… Their clothing feels right at home here - Clothing that is instantly recognised for it’s sheer quality, uniqueness and style.  Something I’m ultimately trying to achieve with my drawings - Bringing that feel of quality, hard work and understanding to a persons prize possession, their motorcycle.  A piece of mechanical Art in itself, which takes you on a journey to new adventures, new roads, new experiences and the bold feeling of freedom. The detailing I try to add in every single commission is 99% of the time recognised immediately by the owner - there’s nothing more pleasing than a client commenting on the little things most people would miss that i’ve added in their drawing - but when you’re looking at a photograph of a clients bike in all its entirety and so closely; for the quirks and individualities each motorcycle has, why would you want to miss any of that out? It’s what I’m hoping will make my work known for and in the long run, respected for as well.   Quality, quirks and detail is something I always look out for in products. Whether that be the feel of a real leather jacket, the detailing on a handcrafted piece of furniture, or the intricate artwork an Artist has taken the time to achieve on a beer bottle label. People who look for these things can find it in many, many places.   It has been a pleasure to be asked to be a part of the Black Bear Brand journey, and I must say, everyone should invest in their iconic tweed jacket.  I haven’t worn such a beautifully crafted item of clothing for a long time. ‘

...Growing up in the north of England just outside Manchester; it’s a long way from the scenery of West Sussex and the surrounding areas - Think planes, pollution, an industrial based and bustling city with strong accents and even stronger tea.

West Sussex to me, where I call home now - is very green, slower paced, cleaner air and a completely different environment to what I grew up in.

The cities in the South of England are full of such beautiful places, galleries, architectural beauty and heritage.

Brighton, London and Oxford being my favourite cities to spend my spare time, all with a unique vibe, pubs you never want to leave, music, Art and different people you meet along the way that all inspire me in so many different ways.

Black Bear Brand certainly brings a feel of heritage, style, quality and a brand that certainly has a strong and established identity in what they’re achieving, making and known for. 

Although based far from England in Seattle, USA… Their clothing feels right at home here - Clothing that is instantly recognised for it’s sheer quality, uniqueness and style.

Something I’m ultimately trying to achieve with my drawings - Bringing that feel of quality, hard work and understanding to a persons prize possession, their motorcycle.

A piece of mechanical Art in itself, which takes you on a journey to new adventures, new roads, new experiences and the bold feeling of freedom. The detailing I try to add in every single commission is 99% of the time recognised immediately by the owner - there’s nothing more pleasing than a client commenting on the little things most people would miss that i’ve added in their drawing - but when you’re looking at a photograph of a clients bike in all its entirety and so closely; for the quirks and individualities each motorcycle has, why would you want to miss any of that out? It’s what I’m hoping will make my work known for and in the long run, respected for as well. 

Quality, quirks and detail is something I always look out for in products. Whether that be the feel of a real leather jacket, the detailing on a handcrafted piece of furniture, or the intricate artwork an Artist has taken the time to achieve on a beer bottle label. People who look for these things can find it in many, many places. 

It has been a pleasure to be asked to be a part of the Black Bear Brand journey, and I must say, everyone should invest in their iconic tweed jacket.

I haven’t worn such a beautifully crafted item of clothing for a long time. ‘

Sarah Grace - The Darkest Line (photos by: Lucy Scovell)

Having a relationship with the products we invite into our lives.

stories of the connection, the feeling... (the Black Bear Brand shirt-jacket)

 "Maybe only my grandpas pocketknife with its worn down blades and burnished handles or my old mans tools that send me back with every use to a simpler time and evoke in me such an emotional connectedness as does this jacket. It has earned its place amongst those revered items that took several generations to season. Already coveted by my sons like the items from my past it boasts a patina that tells the stories of its life. I've been caught of guard by my affinity for it."- Kelley Runion (Detroit)

"Maybe only my grandpas pocketknife with its worn down blades and burnished handles or my old mans tools that send me back with every use to a simpler time and evoke in me such an emotional connectedness as does this jacket. It has earned its place amongst those revered items that took several generations to season. Already coveted by my sons like the items from my past it boasts a patina that tells the stories of its life. I've been caught of guard by my affinity for it."- Kelley Runion (Detroit)

Black Bear Brand watch-cap tag design.

It started while standing outside the Harley-Davidson museum…

Harley-Davidson Museum

While standing outside the Harley-Davidson museum a guy walked up; said hi and asked about my boots… “what kind of boots are those”? - Craig

I proudly stated we make them and dove into the story of Black Bear Band designing these boot with Wesco and Horween leather.  (The day earlier Chad Lyons emailed me a picture of that exact moment).

I responded to the email and we started chatting; it turns out Craig is a very talented calligrapher, illustrator, and sign painter… and works at the H-D museum.  We got on and had a lot of similar interests… 

A month after we met I was exploring what to do for our watch-cap tag and thought of Craig.  Soon to following we had our tag!

The TAG design: "It is honor to have the opportunity to work with Black Bear Brand as they forge new relationships between quality and excellence. There are still American manufactures that have a solid past and continue taking pride in the quality products they make. The integrity of Dehen's wool knitting techniques are built on nearly 100 years of experience. The tag on the Wool Knit Watch Cap, made exclusively for Black Bear Brand, was designed by hand and was drawn by hand using pencil and paper. The "by hand" element of the tag was important to Josh, as he is one who values the personal connection to what he and Black Bear support. This value is seen in all the products they offer. Working with Josh on this project is rewarding, encouraging, and elevating. I like all three colors, but I have always favored black...for everything. The olive drab is pretty cool too."  - Craig Kalbas