2 week whirlwind tour of Japan!

These two amazing weeks started with being a guest of Wokini Studio at the Clutch Collection Show in Tokyo. http://www.ccshowjapan.com

after the show...

*** Typhoon in Oita followed by riding motorcycles to Aso volcano; one of the world's most active volcanoes.

*** Touring Kobe on a 70 yr. old Panhead and visiting the hilltop Japanese castle complex Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō).

*** Back to Tokyo for a day with Tokyo's own Mr. Boots Man... Fukurokuju. A day of boots, bikes, and lots of laughs with a new dear friend and a master of boots! Takeshi Okuyama...

More on the above coming soon.

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)