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From the Bottom of My Heart: Thank You

Well, Kentucky Derby Party 2012 is in the books.  All in all it was a great time.  The turnout was good, we raised some great money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the food & drink was exceptional!

I want to take this time to thank some folks.  Without you, this event just wouldn’t have been possible.

Atlantic Drift: You guys are great.  The bidding was incredibly tense over the tour visor.  Grant Hewit at Hudson Sutler:  That was a close one wasn’t it?  Thanks a million for being there for us.  William and Margaret at Wm Lamb & Son: I lost out on the bidding for the painting, but that’s what it’s all about.  I tip my hat to you two!  Pheasants Forever:  Thank you for everything.  You are a world-class organization that I’m proud to know.  Eric Corbyn at Corbyn’s: I thank you for everything.  Hope to see you soon!  Andrew at Luxley & Bernard: What an awesome package you put together for us!  I can’t thank you enough!  April at True Texas Designs:  Thank you so much for everything…the planter was a huge hit!  Casey Renner at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course:  Thank you for everything bud.  You’re one of a kind sir.  Tim at Canyon Country Club:  I want to apologize in advance for who won the bidding on the rounds of golf…in fact, I should probably give Casey a heads up as well! 

If you are reading this, please check out these companies.  They are truly wonderful people.

A special thanks to those who helped us bring all of this together:  Keith Brown.  Mr. Brown, you’ll never know how much I appreciate everything you do.  Dirk Swope.  We did it bud!  Now we just have to start planning for it all over again!  Jason Avent.  You sir are a true gentleman.  I am proud to call you my good friend and part-time financier.  The men of Sigma Nu, Eta Delta Chapter.  You boys are fine young gentlemen.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

To everyone that attended, I appreciate you spending your time and hard-earned money to help us raise money for a good cause.  I look forward to seeing all of you next year.  I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the event.

Keith Brown on the left (my right).

Ms. Kaitlin Tucker

My sister and my sweet baby girl Scout

Jake enjoying the day

Bonnie with the spoils of “Best Derby Attire”


Silent Auction Items Filing In

Items for the silent auction at our Kentucky Derby Party have been arriving at a feverish pace.  With only two big-ticket items yet to arrive (slated to arrive today), things are starting to shape up here.  On tomorrow’s Friday Faction we will give you a taste of the cornucopia of items waiting to go home with the highest bidder, but today, we’ll show you what we received yesterday.

Andrew from Luxley & Bernard visited with us the other day and graciously agreed to send us some spectacular items to help us raise money.  We can’t thank you enough for helping us out for such a great cause!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for The Friday Faction and see what we’re talking about as well as the winner of the Hudson Sutler Canvas Cask.

Hudson Sutler Giveaway

Today we’re going to stay with the Hudson Sutler theme.  Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I just received something in the mail from Grant Hewit that’s going to blow your socks off.

My knowledge of this product came in quite a humorous way.  A while back I received a text from Mr. Hewit, asking, “What kind of whiskey do you drink?”  Naturally my interest peaked, and I began to think to myself, “Oh yeah, Grant’s going to send me a bottle of the finest for that kick ass piece I did on his duffel bags!”  Well, the question was related to something much better.  Something that is sure to become an icon in the home-bar scene.


This bad boy is an item the team at Hudson Sutler has been working on for a little while.  What is it you may ask?  My friends, this is the Hudson Sutler Whiskey Bag…personally I’m calling it the Hudson Sutler Canvas Cask.  Right now they are made specifically to fit Jack Daniels, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek bottles, but with the variety of shapes and sizes, I’m sure several more brands will fit well. 

Okay, you might be wondering…”what does that have to do with me?”  It’s simple…just like the title says, we’re giving one away.

Time to enter up:  To be eligible to win, all you have to do, is head over to our Facebook page and click “share” on the link to this article.  If you want to double up, you can also go to Twitter @RE_ATWOOD and retweet the link to the story.

We are going to announce the winner on The Friday Faction, so time is short.  You have until roughly 6:00 am CST to enter up.  Good luck!

Recent News and Releases

Okay, before we get started…I’m still not shutting up about our Kentucky Derby Party coming this Saturday.  If you haven’t signed up for it, please consider doing so.  This is for a great cause (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) and will be one hell of a time!  Go to our Facebook page, and check out all the info.  While you’re at it…click on over to Great Lakes Prep, where Nick has been running some great articles on the Kentucky Derby and will be all week long.  Great stuff!

Now…on to the news.  I want to combine a few things here that are going on right now that I’m pretty excited about.  Both Atlantic Drift Clothing Co. and Hudson Sutler have some really cool stuff that has just popped up.

The boys at AD just keep knocking me over with new ideas, and this one is tops.  Right now on their Facebook page, they are having a contest to give away a few of their new turkey calls.  If you’ll remember a post earlier where I showed a close-up picture, wondering what it was…well this is it!  These things are lethal as well as good-looking.  I know that Nathan and Thomas have killed several turkeys with this particular model, and now you can have one with the Atlantic Drift logo on it.

Up next, Hudson Sutler has just released their new duffel bags for spring/summer.  These things look even better than the last round of bags…if that’s possible.  I know first-hand how great these bags are, and now Grant Hewit has some new colors up to choose from.  Be sure you head over to the Hudson Sutler website, and check it out!

Well I think that’s it.  KD Party 2012? check.  Atlantic Drift? check.  Hudson Sutler?  check.  This is shaping up to be a great spring!

A Conversation With Hudson Sutler: Part II

A couple of weeks ago, we visited with Grant Hewit of Hudson Sutler and learned about what drives the man.  Today, we are going to visit the product.  Right now, Hudson Sutler makes one thing and makes it well…duffel bags.  With their classic looks, these bags are somewhat of a throwback to better times gone by.  They remind us of a time when things were made here, and made to last.

After receiving one of the HS Cummuter Duffels a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another Panhandle Prep stress test.  To accomplish this, there was only one place that I could think of that would offer me the tools to perform such a test, so naturally I headed to a place where you and your equipment had better be built to last…CrossFit806.

When I showed up at CF806 with the bag in tow , it passed the first test with flying colors.  Jason Rel at CrossFit806, is something of a bag geek.  When I walked in the front door, he didn’t even look at my face…I could tell he was staring at the Commutter Duffel.  There you go.  It’s eye-catching, and has apparently upstaged my usual Saturday morning arrival.  One down, one to go…It’s nice to see you too Jason!

The next test was to see just what the bag could withstand.  After initially receiving the bag and giving a thorough inspection I was already impressed.  YKK zippers.  As a son of a Dry Cleaner owner, I’ve come to know zippers, and YKK is without a doubt the best there is.  I was very happy to see that, but how about the construction?  The exterior of the duffel is heavy (and I mean heavy) canvas, but could it take two 53 lb kettle bells?  We were about to find out.  The contrasting white straps on the bag are made of a heavy cotton braid, and the snap-hooks that attach the shoulder strap are not of the wimpy wire variety.  They seem to be built to last as well, because the bag held 106 lbs of hell and never even groaned.

At the end of the WOD, Clayton Young seemed like a good rack to hang the HS Duffel on...thanks Clayton!

Stress test passed? Check.

If I were more sadistic, I’m sure that I could have come up with some more brutal trials to put the duffel through, but this thing just looks so good, and I’m not willing to maim this one.  No, I’ll be keeping it looking proper.  With its amazing interior of plaid, this is sure to turn heads for years to come.

The long and short of it is this.  You need to own one of these great pieces of American construction.  Check out the Hudson Sutler website, or visit with Grant yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.

A Conversation With Hudson Sutler: Part I

For a short while now, I’ve been visiting with a man named Grant M Hewit.  For the most part, Mr. Hewit is much like any normal man.  If you begin to take a look at everything the man is involved with though, you begin to see that this man is no mere mortal.

For starters, Grant is the President and CEO of the Cross Hudson Group, LLC, where he founded Streaker Sports and produces the Big Apple Pond Hockey Classic.  Add the New York City Wingfest to his list of to-do’s and you have one very busy guy.  The fun doesn’t stop there though.  Which brings us to the reason for today’s post.  Hudson Sutler…a company founded by Mr. Hewit that has caught my full attention as of late.

When I first saw a Hudson Sutler bag, I was amazed by the look of it.  To me, it looked like an old duffel that I used to have and it immediately took me back in time.  Classic and  rugged, Hudson Sutler bags bring back the look of those that we all used to carry, but with some very noticeable updates.  Crafted from heavy-duty 18 oz. canvas, these bags are all there.  Later on, I will do a full review on the bags themselves, but today I wanted to get you acquainted with the man that produces these great items.

The other day, I was able to catch up with Mr. Hewit in between work and prepping for his next triathlon and ask him a few questions.  

First, can you tell us a bit about yourself?  What is it that Grant M Hewit does on a day-to-day basis?  In other words, what fills up your schedule on a normal day?

I fear my day-to-day will sound boring, but I’ve got to answer what’s asked right?  Being the opposite of a “morning person” I spend about 75% of my morning in complete silence until my coffee finally kicks in, and then after that I’m actually a decent enough guy to deal with.  Right now I’ve been hard at work getting our Spring line for Hudson Sutler ready as well as developing new products for the brand (expected at the end of Summer.)  I’m really proud of how much attention to detail we put into our first round of bags, and so I’ve been extremely conscious to put in the same amount of meticulous decision-making into round two.  Thanks to the insanely warm weather here in NYC lately, I usually take a break in the afternoon and hit Central Park for a run before returning to my office.  I’m training for my second 70.3 Ironman, slated for September.  For a guy that looks like Gizmo when he eats after midnight in the water, I’m not sure why I sign up for sporting events that involve swimming, but I really enjoy triathlons.

I’ve found out that you have been involved with Lacrosse for some time now…can you tell us about your past and present roles within the sport?

As the third of four kids, I pretty much did whatever my older brother did, so when he started playing lacrosse, I followed suit.  I played through high school in New Jersey and was fortunate enough to play in college at Princeton.  What made that experience even better was having my younger brother join me for my final 2 years.  When I graduated I moved to New York City and began volunteering with an organization called CityLax. (  Unfortunately, this year my time volunteering has been limited, as I try to grow my business, but I’m still involved in the organization and help however I can.  In the spring, I suit up and play with some old college teammates and opponents, but truth be told I don’t know if what I do anymore is technically “lacrosse” as much as it is just being on a field with lacrosse equipment on.  I love the game though, and try to stay involved however I can.

Let’s get to the reason we’re here.  Hudson Sutler…when did you start this great company, and what inspired you to do so?

Almost a year ago I was working in finance in New York City when I decided to roll the dice and try my hand at starting up a company.  At the time I had already founded a sports apparel brand called Streaker Sports and was doing that, but Hudson Sutler quickly became my next passion project.  The brand (under about 1000 other names) was in development for close to 9 months before it was launched in December.  The inspiration for the brand comes from a true appreciation for “Timeless American Classics.”  White button down shirts, broken in jeans, the movie Caddyshack and a cold beer on a warm day with some buddies to me are just things that are Timeless American Classics.  With Hudson Sutler, we set out to create another classic item that seemed to have been lost over the years; the canvas duffel bag.  In paying homage to our namesake, we set out to have our bags Made in the USA, and be evidence that the American working spirit is alive and well.

Tell us about the design process.  Was there an “it” moment that you wanted to see that would let you know your bags were exactly what you wanted to create?

I don’t even know how many rounds of prototypes we did before I had that “it” moment, but I do remember clearly, getting the last test round of samples and just knowing.  The weight of the canvas was just right, the contrast stitching was just right, the thick, vintage style zipper just clicked and the icing on the cake was the plaid liner.  Beyond that, the moment when I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, was about one week after we launched the brand. I was meeting a friend for lunch, and as I placed my bag down on the chair next to me, our waitress commented “That’s a really sharp bag.”  As a merchant of products meant to be seen and felt, I get really amped every time we get a comment like that, an email from a customer, or even just a tweet about how much people like their Hudson Sutler bags. 

Last but not least.  My Hudson Sutler duffel has been just what I needed.  All of my CrossFit gear fits in there perfectly.  What’s in your bag?

With tri training in full swing, I’ve got a set of workout clothes which always includes (self promo warning) Streaker Sports shorts.  Aside from that, I’m kind of old school and always carry a book (no Kindle for this guy) and a folder with tons of work notes in it.  After missing some late night emails to myself, and Evernote not working on the NYC subway, I reverted back to writing notes.  Work keys, apartment keys and that’s about it.  When the warm weather really kicks in, my Randolph Engineering aviators make the daily trip.

Our thanks to Grant for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit with us.  Next week, we will have part II of our take on Hudson Sutler.  Be sure to check us out then, and in the meantime, click on over to their website and check them out.  I assure you, it will be time well spent!

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