Recently, the Messrs. R/R team took a road trip to Louisville, Kentucky to explore the famed Bourbon Tour. Up until that trip I had always been a bourbon enthusiast, but my appreciation for bourbon had been limited to its color, its smell, its taste, and its finish. What I did not have, and what I hoped to gain, was an understanding of and appreciation for its process.
On the one hand, the process boils down to mere science. A combination of water, and yeast, and grains, and oak, and time yields bourbons of varying constitutions. Everything from White Dog (http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/white-dog) to Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Reserve (http://oldripvanwinkle.com/products/pappy-van-winkles-family-reserve-23yr/).
On the other hand, the process can be distilled down to unmitigated belief. Or maybe something more than that - to Faith.
Faith that a combination of time tested techniques, handcrafted tools, unique raw materials, and above all else, passion, when married within the confines of a charred oak barrel will yield something worth sharing with the world in 2, or 8, or 12, or 23 years.
If you think about it, that is what we all hope. We are all constantly learning, and experiencing, and honing, and crafting in an effort to create a future version of ourselves that adds value to our respective universes.
The same holds true for Messrs. R/R. For the past 3 years we have been filling the charred oak barrel that is our workshop in Stone Mountain, Georgia with a combination of thoughts, and ideas, and tools, and materials, and successes, and failures, and friendship, and passion, and the Faith that we could create something worth sharing with you.
With that in mind, on October 21, 2013, we pried the top off that barrel and gave you our first small batch collection- Drop #1, aged 3 years. Its contents include an array of menswear accessories including, among other things, a tote bag, pocket squares, and handmade leather goods.
Since then, we have been diligently working on our next small batch, Drop #2, which we plan to offer you in the near future.
It is our sincere hope that you not only grow to appreciate the colors, the smells, the tastes, and the finishes of our goods, but that you also appreciate the process which results in their creation.