Posted on November 25, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

Who are you? 

Will Johnson.


What’s you favorite pair of shoes?

My Helm Marion Olives.


They work out with most everything in my confused wardrobe, and
they're getting better with age.

Where did you get them?

Helm store, east Austin.

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

I recently wrote a handful of songs in them while tucked away in a
bathroom one afternoon at the Sands Hotel in Reno, Nevada. Then I
walked down the street to the Cal-Neva casino just in time to see a
barrel chested guy in black chaps with a significant limp get up and
sing "Livin' On Tulsa Time", karaoke-style. And it was good.

What sign are you?

Posted in art, ATX, Austin, bands, boots, Centro Matic, Centromatic, creative, culture, design, friends, guitar, HELM, HELM Boots, live music, Marion Olive, music, musician, percussion, promotion, rock, rock and roll, Scorpion, shoes, Texas, tour, touring, Will Johnson

WEEKLY ROUND UP 11/21/2014

Posted on November 21, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

+ WATCH: The Thermals covering Rihanna is the cover you didn't know you couldn't live without. [Youtube]
+ SEE: Check out this collection of famous letterheads over at Letterheady - the Twin Peaks one is great. [Letterheady]
+ READ: We love this inspiring piece on Isabel Marant's brand from Business of Fashion - building a label takes time, love and a little luck! [BOF]
+ HEAR: TV on the Radio - Seeds [Spotify]
+ ALREADY?: SXSW has already MADE TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS about the showcasing artists - and it's as many as the last two festivals combines. What's gonna happen!? [SXSW]


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

Who are you?
I am Matt Garcia.  Principal at Matt Garcia Design, a small residential architecture firm in Austin, Texas.  
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite pair of shoes currently are my Helm Timmy Bob’s.  Ive had some nice boots in my time but these get so many compliments.
They just look and feel great.  I’ve had them about 4 years now.  The leather finish, zipper detail on the back and the “HARD WORK” stamp inside just stand out to me.  
Where did you get them?
I got them at the old HELM space on 3rd and Waller.  James Boone sold them to me.
Would you share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?
I quit my old job and went off to start my own firm.  I remember putting those Timmy Bob’s on that morning and seeing the "HARD WORK" stamp.  I thought, yep its time to do that.
What sign are you?
I am a Taurus.

Posted in architect, architecture, art, ATX, Austin, boots, create, creative, culture, design, fashion, friends, Garcia Design, Hard Work, HELM, HELM Boots, Matt Garcia, shoes


Posted on November 11, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 1 Comment

Who are you?

My name is Ben Edgerton.  I am married to acclaimed interior decorator Ann Lowe Edgerton.  I am also the co-owner of Contigo Austin and Gardner, two local restaurants, with Chef Andrew Wiseheart.


What’s you favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite pair of shoes that I have ever owned are a pair of HELM Ray Ray's.  I became the owner of these shoes in the fall of 2009.  I wore them faithfully through 3 soles.  They are stained, worn, scuffed, and lovely.  




I love my Ray Ray's because they are the first "real" pair of shoes I have ever owned.  I was 29 years old when I first started wearing them, and I wore them throughout all of the planning for Contigo.  They are hands down the most complimented shoe I have ever owned, and they simply made me feel grown up.  In the same way that I feel about my first truck, these boots have a very special place in my heart.

Where did you get them?

I got them from a house in East Austin, back in the early days of HELM.


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

I opened my first restaurant with these shoes.  They have walked the floor of Contigo more times than perhaps any other shoe out there.


What sign are you?


Posted in Andrew Wiseheart, ATX, Austin, Ben Edgerton, Chef, Contigo Austin, food, friends, Gardener, Gardener Austin, Hard Work, restraurant, shoes, Texas


Posted on November 04, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

photo by Michael Muller


Who are you?

Alyson Fox. I am a very curious person who makes things. 


What’s you favorite pair of shoes?

Currently, Martiniano Bootie




They are smooth as butter. Fit like a glove. Are comfortable. Go with everything. Can wear them any season (at least in Texas). 


Where did you get them?

On sale at Shop Anaise (online) 


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

I found a old diary at Goodwill that has only one entry in it on April fools day,1970.  It's a bit sad, familiar, and fun. A good combo for me. 


What sign are you? 


Posted in Alyson Fox, Anaise, art, create, creative, culture, design, fashion, HELM, HELM Boots, Martiniano, shoes

FUN FUN FUN Fest Must See Bands from the HELM Staff

Posted on November 03, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago we posted some of the HELM staff's MUST SEE bands at the FUNx3 Fest this year and a couple of our crew were out of town- so here are their picks! 



King Tuff- A friend who works at SubPop sent a bunch of albums to us two years ago and his first album (King Tuff) was in the batch. I just grabbed it and put it in my car and was immediately taken by the drunk, rowdy guitars. Grubby boy music perfect for a sunny day.

Tinariwen - love this band. African rebel music and western guitars.

Deafheaven - the guitars in this band are insane. Reminds me of high school. Love the melodies combined with the screaming.

Dinosaur Jr. - Of course.



Modest Mouse - hoping they explore some deep tracks

Dinosaur Jr. - my aunt gave me an album of theirs (along with Temple of the Dog) when I was about 8. My GarthBrooks "The Chase" album never again saw the light of day

First Aid Kit - really enjoyed Stay Gold

Chris Cubas - a super funny guy but I'm a little apprehensive about comedy in a festival setting. I'll give it a try this year


Posted in ATX, Austin, bands, boot care, Chris Cubas, creative, culture, Deafheaven, design, Dinosaur Jr., fashion, First Aid Kit, friends, FUF FUN FUN FEST, FUN, FUN FUN FEST, HELM, HELM Boots, King Tuff, Modest Mouse, news, press, rock, rock and roll, street style, tour

WEEKLY ROUND UP 10/31/2014

Posted on October 31, 2014 by HELM Handmade | 0 Comments

+ WATCH:  This will always be our favorite Halloween thing. [Youtube]
+ READ: Sneakers in Argentina! [Fast Co.]
That's it! Go give out some candy and drink some great drinks! 

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