Like a pocket knife, flashlight, or thesaurus, a professional-grade work apron is of nearly infinite use to those who understand its value. And while the Deluxe Apron from New York City-based Stanley & Sons could be found in the employ of high-end butchers, bartenders, and artisans of all stripes, it will also prove extremely useful to any hardcore hobbyist that appreciates a finely crafted example that stores, protects, and happens to be a fine bit of kit on top of it all. Our favorite example employs hard-wearing leather straps, naturally, and of the five available choices of selvage duck cloth or denim patterns, we’re forced to name the basic Denim Selvage as our favorite – not only because it boasts five pockets (including one specifically for your iPhone) with a watch and pencil slot, reinforced corners, adjustable brass D-rings, and riveted 4 oz. hand-dyed leather straps, but because it’s like bringing your favorite pair of hardworking jeans on double duty, be it for a pig roast or piston swap. [$138; apronandbag.com]
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