The Best of 2014 from the HELM Staff

Posted on December 18, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Every year the HELM crew puts together their "Best Of" in regard to film, literature, food and wearable provisions. (They don't necessarily need to have come out this year but most of these have) Below are the results for 2014, now tell us yours! 


Movies: Snowpiercer (Dir. Bong Joon-ho), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir. Wes Anderson)
Book: 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

Album: SZA - "Z", FKA Twigs - "LP1", Little Dragon - "Nabuma Rubberband" 

Restaurants: Daruma (ATX), Komé (ATX) NOTE: The group that owns these + Sa-Tèn has been killing it in terms of decor, ambiance, food and service - I absolutely love everything they've done this year. 

Items: OAKNYC's basics, my Margiela split ring that I never leave the house without



Albums: FKA Twigs 'LP1"

Caribou "Our Love"

Books: I re-read two of my favorites from years past...
"Please Kill Me" by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
"Journals : Early Fifties, Early Sixties" by Allen Ginsberg

Movies: Oddly, I didn't go to the theater once in 2014. I did, however, devote a lot of time to HBO:
"True Detective"
"The Leftovers"


Fried okra at Jacoby's

Nitro at Radio

Wearable items: "Quilted Travel Duffle" by Frank Clegg is my current obsession 
"Molecule No. 1" by Escentric Molecules is my go-to fragrance, now and forever.



 Movies: A Most Wanted Man (Günther Bachmann),

 Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge" mini-series on HBO


Book: The Gold Finch by Donna Tart 

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind  Sons by David Gilbert 



Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes 

TYCHO, Awake 

 Restaurants: Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile 

 aRoma Italian Kitchen & Bar 


There's a custom ring from Fine Light Trading that I'm pretty obsessed with 

The Hammered Hook Bracelet from Red Earth Co

French Terry Sweatpants from Save Khaki 


Breathe In (Directed by Drake Doremus)
Boyhood (Directed by Richard Linklater)

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
All You Need to Know About the Music Business (Eighth edition) by Donald S. Passman

Fantasize by Kye Kye
Display by Phoria

Re-opening of G'Raj Mahal in ATX.
Sawyer & Co in ATX

Clothing Items:
Black & White Long tee from the A$AP Rocky store
Chinos from Cotton On


Movies - Life Itself (Dir: Steve James), Birdman (Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritú)
Books - 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
Albums - Eagulls - "Eagulls", Spoon - "They Want my Soul"


The burger at Contigo turns my life around I'm also obsessed with everything going on out at Jester King Brewery/Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza

Wearable items/designer/label 
My Cobra Rock South Highland boots and my mom's vintage Big E Levis jacket from 1968.

Posted in ATX, Austin, books, food and service, literature, store

Holiday Cheer - Glühwein

Posted on December 17, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

HELM Owner and Founder Joshua Bingaman's favorite holiday cocktail is Glühwein, "glow wine" a German Christmas tradition and sure to warm anyone's hands and heart- maybe that's just the brandy. This is a great cocktail to make in a batch and keep on low heat for a party or for guests that drop in throughout the day. Here's Bingerz' favorite recipe:

2 medium lemons
2 medium oranges
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups water
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais Nouveau
1/2 cup brandy

Zest the citrus, avoid the pith. Juice the citrus into a saucepan and discard the fruit. Use a piece of cheesecloth and wrap the citrus peel and the spices in it and tie with a piece of twine.  Add to the saucepan with water and sugar and simmer until liquid is reduced by a third - or about 20 minutes. Add brandy and wine and bring just to a simmer - don't boil. Remove from heat and serve in a mug with a slice of citrus peel and a cinnamon stick. 


Posted in cocktails, friends, handmade, Hard Work, holiday

Holiday Cheer - Eggnog

Posted on December 17, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

HELM Retail Manager Broc Wilson's favorite Holiday Cocktail is the classic Eggnog. He likes his simple: store bought eggnog - no need to spend all that time separating eggs- and bourbon. It's the perfect way to warm up on a cold December night. Santa is usually a fan as well. 

3 parts Hood Golden Eggnog 

1 part Eagle Rare bourbon

dash of nutmeg

get real crazy and add a cinnamon stick and whipped cream like pictured or just knock it back without. Yum. 


Posted in cocktails, handmade, holiday


Posted on December 16, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Who are you? 

Hi, my name is Christopher Royal King. I play guitar in This Will Destroy You and make solo music under SYMBOL. I do freelance visual art when I’m at home as well.

What’s you favorite pair of shoes?

My first pair of HELM boots were the Emi’s and they would have to be my favorite still. I love my Muller Teak’s but the Emi’s have quite a bit of character and sentimental attachment.


I’ve been to 30+ countries in those boots so I’ve worn them beyond ragged and they’ve held up and kept me going. It’s a perfect marriage of a boot and casual shoe. I love that they were based on old paratrooper boots and that they resemble old school boxing shoes. So comfortable and sturdy at the same time.

Where did you get them? 

From the first HELM showroom!

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes? 

The band was in Lyon, France standing outside a venue after a show and someone threw a molotov cocktail in our direction and blew up a car right in front of us. I remember wearing the Emi’s because I took a picture of the shattered beer bottle that landed at my feet and my Emi’s are right there in the shot with gasoline all over them.

What sign are you? 

Sagittarius ♐ I’m a half human / half horse archer so watch out.

Posted in CHRISTOPHER ROYAL KING, design, EMI, fashion, FRANCE, friends, HELM, HELM Boots, LAND, Muller, music, new york, new york city, nyc, promotion, SYMBOL, SYMBOL MUSIC, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, TOUR, TWDY, USA

50/50.2 Skateboard Art

Posted on December 11, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

 We're a little late to the game with this one but our friend and HELM Man, Brent Humphreys does a really cool thing each fall that we thought we should mention. He has a nonprofit called Project Loop in Taylor, Texas (outside of Austin) and one of the main goals has been to fund a skatepark for the community's youth who don't have that many options for their free time. Not just that, the kids will have an active role in the design and production of the park and in the process, they get to learn about skills that are not taught in school. 

Last year and this year an auction was put together to raise funds. Over 150 artists volunteered and, using a skateboard as a canvas, created one of a kind objects of art. Around $70K has been raised and the city of Taylor has agreed to match funds. 

A mind-blowing assortment of artists came together and donated their time and talent to the cause. Watch this video below to get a taste of the exhibition and the event and follow or donate to Project Loop to stay current on the status of the park. 



Posted in austin, friends

Holiday Cheer - The Manhattan

Posted on December 10, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

HELM staffer Hillary Bilheimer's favorite Holiday Cocktail is the classic Rye Manhattan.

Made with Rye, not Bourbon - too sweet, and garnished with a twist, this cocktail is sure to warm up cold cheeks and start all gatherings off on the right foot. 

2 oz. Rye (Bulleit or Old Overholt are usually easy to find)

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth like Martini and Rossi Rosso

2 dashes angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with a lot of ice. Strain into a highball glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Some folks like a cherry but again, too sweet. 


Posted in cocktails, handmade, holiday


Posted on December 09, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Who are you? 

Kurt Uhlendorf (co-founder of BKLYN Dry Goods

What’s you favorite pair of shoes?
Right now it's my New Balance 1400v2

Well, I like running, and these kicks are the most comfortable running shoes I've tried yet. Plus I really love the nouveau camo look they've got going.

Where did you get them?

The New Balance store in NYC.

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?

These shoes are used almost entirely for running, so I've seen a lot of amazing things with them. My favorites are the sunrises / sunsets, but my favorite experience thus far was running on the strip at sunrise watching all the people (mostly drunk) come in and out of the casinos. Vegas is a surreal place, and seeing the strip so early in the morning with all its crazy lights being washed away by the sun was a weird experience. Running in Vegas is just plain interesting...

What sign are you?


Posted in american made, brooklyn, creative, culture, design, fashion, friends, HELM, HELM Boots, jogging, las vegas, NB, new balance, new balance nyc, new york, new york city, nyc, promotion, running, USA, vegas

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