FIT TO LIVE | Creature Leather

  • September 7, 2017
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I believe our friendship began a few years ago when we he worked in the same section of a Black Market Market, before that I knew you as the guy from Manitoba who made leather goods.

Yea man, True. I miss Winnipeg. Such a great city.

Olé calls both provinces home so it’s always cool to hear about people who treat them the same as us. Can you tell us and the readers a little bit about what you do and what Creature Leather is all about?

Definitely. My name is Brad Kimball, I am the owner behind Creature Leather. It is a one man operation based out of Saskatoon, SK. I design and create quality, hand made leather and canvas products based off of my style and inspiration I find day to day. My products are designed to be very simple but functional. I’m originally from Winnipeg, born and raised there. I actually lived in Lockport most of my life. It’s a smaller community maybe 30km north of Winnipeg. My Dad wanted to raise us in a house with a pool and my Mom wanted a decent yard for gardening, so we moved out there just after I finished grade 6. I’ve always been passionate about art/design/creating. Growing up, when my parents were shopping, I’d usually be looking around on the ground, scrounging for little springs and screws, pieces of plastic. Kind of whatever I could find and I’d try to make something out of it. Haha, my parents did buy us toys but I always loved creating things. As I got older, my style in design developed and became a lot more refined. Things I was spending my money on changed, where I was putting my time and energy changed and then in 2013 I discovered working with leather.

I read that you began making leather goods for family and close friends when you originally started, what inspired you to give this a shot?

Yea, well, originally I made myself a wallet. It was inspired off a video on Vimeo I came across of another leather worker. I actually clicked to purchase the wallet but it was 85 Euros, plus shipping. So I decided to just try and make one for myself. It was really simple, it had two compartments for cards, a little slit on the right side for cash, and then it folded in half and that was it. A few of my friends saw it and thought it was cool so I made all of them wallets. It was funny, at the time, I didn’t have any tools, and I didn’t even know there was this whole other world to leather working. So I was using a nail that I sharpened on a bench grinder, a little toy hammer from my childhood, an exacto-knife and a sewing needle my mom gave me. Each one of those wallets took around two and a half hours to make and had around 160 holes, which were punch one at a time.

What was the first thing that you remember making and how’d it turn out?

The first thing I made was that wallet, I made maybe a dozen of them. Then after that I made a camera strap for my film camera. I remember the feeling after finishing that camera strap. I was so excited about it, but after holding it and attaching it to my camera I instantly was thinking, “how can I improve this?” As far as I know all my friends are still using those wallets and I still have my wallet and that camera strap. They aren’t branded at all and aren’t much to brag about, but they have a lot of sentimental value to me.

Over the years what sort of things have you done to perfect working with leather and how do you decide which materials to source?

I’ve asked a lot of questions. I think being open, being vulnerable and not being afraid to ask questions is really important. It’s how crafts are passed along and down to the next generation. I’m self taught, so everything I’ve learnt has essentially come from watching videos, asking other makers, looking at products and examining how they were made. A lot of trial and error, but that’s all part of the process and almost makes coming through with a new product that much more satisfying. I do a lot of research, especially when it comes down to materials. I source everything myself. Leather, canvas, hardware, buckles, thread, needles, stamps etc. All of the materials I use come from ethical sources. My canvas comes from Saskatoon and Vancouver, all the leather and hardware I use come from throughout the USA. I’m constantly looking for new sources locally, and throughout Canada, but it’s tough to find it all here.

Everyone has to start somewhere, do you have any upcoming plans for Creature Leather?

I plan to continue growing Creature, designing/improving new products and adding to my wholesale accounts across Canada. Right now I’m working on launching my redesign of almost all my products, as well as a simple lifestyle/apparel section to the brand. Keep an eye out for our upcoming drops.

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Favourite leather to work with?

I’d have to say Veg Tanned. It’s a very porous raw material that essentially takes on the look of whatever you throw at it. It takes on its own life. I’ve seen wallets I’ve made, with a really dark indigo from their jeans. I’ve seen other wallets caked with who knows what but just dark and filthy haha. Cool to see the difference from a material that started out the same.

Digital or Film?

Film always. Haha. Love the process, the time it takes, and the element of surprise when it’s developed.

What’s playing in your car?

I don’t have a car. My 84 Dodge lit on fire last year, and I ride an old motorcycle so I don’t listen to much on the road. But summer time in the shop it’s usually beats of some sort. I’ll mess with a Tefrondon mix, Drake, Kendrick, Anderson Paak and Vince Staples. In the Fall and Winter I’ll listen to Blues and Folk. A.A. Bondy is a top played. JB Lenoir, Leif Vollebekk, Andy Shauf, The Weakerthans to name a few.

Best way to relieve stress?

Dude, stress is a funny thing. I don’t know how I deal with it honestly. It’s always different. I feel a lot of it from procrastination. So, being productive and getting things done always helps.

Favourite designers?

Couple favorites are, Alex Carleton, he’s now the creative director behind Filson. Valentin Ozich, founder of I Love Ugly. A$AP Rocky haha, Honestly though, he seems on another level. Those are a few.

Being fans of Creature’s work, we were happy to sit down and learn more about his production process, the brand’s vision and listen to Brad’s jokes. Make sure you keep an eye on the new good’s that they’re releasing and tell him we sent you! You can follow his Instagram account or pop by his website to learn more.

FIT TO LIVE | Factor Chandelier

  • April 20, 2017
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Who is Factor Chandelier?

A producer / beat maker, sometimes DJ.

Why did you choose the name “Factor Chandelier”?

My name is my name. There isn’t a big meaning behind the name, it’s one I chose in my youth that’s been through many tours, albums and stories. Recently I had to add the Chandelier so it would be easier to find me on the Google machine etc.

If you aren’t familiar with our slogan “Fit to Live”, it comes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” How would you say this relates to your life as you’ve taken this journey into music as a career?

I have been doing music since high school and I am now in my 30’s. I’ve done hundreds of shows, across Canada, US, Europe, UK and Japan. I have committed a huge portion of my life to this art stuff and don’t plan on quitting any time soon.

That being said, how did the interest in music begin? Was there a certain instrument that you picked up or an artist you heard that inspired you to make your mark in the industry?

This whole thing started was when my homie got garage sale turntables and a radio shack mixer. He invited me over to his place to “scratch” after basketball practice and honestly ever since that first day cutting and mixing, I haven’t slowed down one bit. It is wild, I didn’t really choose it, it was just something I wanted to do all the time. The west coast underground scene in the late 90s and early 2000s made me fall in love with hip hop, all the different styles and personalities, it was like nothing I had ever heard before. It was an entirely new world for a kid from Saskatoon, SK.

That reminds me that last year Allen Iverson was inducted into the Hall of Fame and was thanking musicians like Jadakiss, Dipset and Michael Jackson, can you remember who you were listening to on the way to your ball games?

I remember every single game no matter what for the warm up somewhere on the playlist had to be the Space Jam song “Hit ‘Em High”. For me personally it had to be The Chronic, Wu-Tang or Pharcyde.

You’ve become known for producing original tracks. Tell us what goes into making a beat and what keeps you from sampling pieces?

I started out as a DJ so everything I did was sampling, mixtapes, blends or whatever. To this day that it still some of my favourite stuff. In around 2009 I got a opportunity to get a song in a movie but it got flagged for sample clearance and that made me rethink my whole approach to making beats and songs. Don’t get me wrong, I love sampling and still do it but the majority of the newer stuff I do is not that anymore. I work with a lot of session players, field recordings and chop up my own butchered playing these days. It all came from learning to sample and looking for little gems and sounds on vinyl.

What goes into putting together a good beat from start to finish? When you’re making something, do you create it with vocals in mind? I’d love to hear how your mind works during the creative process.

I like to try and start every song a bit different as often as I can. If it is the drums first or the melody, I like to change it up and try to look at beats from multiple angles. For me the creative process is for sure easier to get into if I have someone or something in mind that I am making the music for. I will always have the vibe, style and/or vocalist in mind when creating, I try and make something that I think will compliment the rapper or singer when I am working on the track. I like to try and push the boundaries of what their music sounds like, but also stay true to both our respective sounds. If the song is 100% going to happen and I am excited about it, then something usually pops in my head right away. If not I usually have to noodle around and see what happens, then once I get a cool vibe, I just continue building and building on it until I feel it is complete. I have noticed working with a lot of different artist and sounds, timing is very important for getting the best possible product. Everyone is so busy so when it is about to go down you have to be ready, keep that creative muscle flexed.

The first album you remember purchasing?

I can’t remember the first album I bought but I do remember getting Snoop Doggy Dog – Doggystyle the day it came out. Instantly my mom made me return it only for me to re-buy it again the next day.

What are you currently listening to?

I check out every new rap album, but some stuff I’m really into currently include Young Fathers, Milo, Open Mike Eagle, Radical Face, Thundercat, Beach House, Aesop Rock, Serengeti, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Blood Orange, Kid Cudi, Why? … stuff like that.

One musician you want to have a drink with?

Devin The Dude.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I entirely produced a new full length album for Kay The Aquanaut dropping June 9th on Fake Four Inc. and our Saskatoon album release is June 2nd and 3rd at the Capitol Music Club — look out for that! I will also be releasing a bunch of singles throughout the year with a bunch of talented artists! Everything will be up on my social media @factorchandelier and

Any pre-show traditions?

Honestly, no. With me being on the road so much and every show situation being different, it would be hard for me to have something like that. Well, maybe a couple drinks? ha ha.

Any last words?

Shout out to Fit To Live and the good folks at Olé.  For anyone who want to stay up on my music everything is at and check out Factor Chandelier on social media.  I have a bunch of fresh new singles about to drop this year along with that new full length record I mentioned with Kay The Aquanaut produced and mixed entirely by me on Fake Four Inc. June. 9th.  Don’t be afraid to reach out, much love and thanks for all the support.
Thanks to Factor Chandelier for hanging out with us and shedding some light on what music looks like through his eyes. It was also recently announced that he will have his own Saskatchewan Jazz Festival show along with a second showing where he will perform with Kay the Aquanaut, Parab Poet, Talib Kweli and Arrested Development on Canada Day. We hope to see all of you prairie folks out there!

FIT TO LIVE | Kyle Michael

  • February 28, 2017
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We sat down with Saskatoon restaurant owner and chef, Kyle Michael to chat career path and his ability to utilize resources. All of this, while doing our best not to be distracted by our indulgence of his culinary talents.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

My name is Kyle Michael, I am the Chef and owner of The Hollows and Primal Pasta.

We are inspired by the idea of striving for your dreams – what spurred the decision to start up The Hollows and later Primal Pasta?

I moved here (with my wife Christie) to start our own restaurant, so that we could do things the way we wanted to do them – so I can do what I want, when I want.

Has cooking and food preparation always come naturally to you? How did you become an expert in the kitchen?

No, it takes a lot of work and experience. I started young, and I’m still learning.

I love eating but am inexperienced in the kitchen. What tips do you have for people out there like me?

One tip I have is keep making the same thing over and over again until you get good at it.

I remember a few years ago watching a video of you utilizing the entirety of an animal in your cooking. Can you touch on your views of the importance of doing this and how difficult it may be to incorporate into your dishes?

Sustainability is a governing principle for both of our restaurants. Food scraps from the restaurants become food for the animals we use. It is important for us to use the whole animal because of the energy spent raising it. And although it is difficult to learn the techniques required to utilize the whole animal, once you have them, it’s a much more fulfilling way to cook.

A lot of the ingredients you bring into your restaurants are handpicked, can you touch on how ingredients are selected for your dishes?

We have relationships with many farmers, as well as our own horticulturist on staff. We use what they have available and do what we can to make them delicious.

What is coming up in the future for you? Is there anything you can share with the readers and us?

Won’t stop, Can’t stop.

Favourite dish at The Hollows?


Favourite dish at Primal Pasta?

Beef heart Bolognese.

Favourite place to ride the dirt bike?

Duck hunting.

What is your dream bike?

Any bike I actually have time to ride.

The best thing about running your own business?

Being your own boss.

Where can we learn more about you and your restaurant?

Come give us a try @ The Hollows, 334 Ave C South, or Primal Pasta, 423 20th ST. Or check out our websites: &

Take our advice and stop by to get a taste of what Kyle and Christie are doing in Saskatoon. From casual cocktails and teas to savoury breakfasts or supper dates, these guys are not messing around.

The 365 Project | The Denim Hound


We are thrilled to announce the start of our 365 Project with The Denim Hound.

The Denim Hound  is an online resource comprised of well written, thorough reviews meshed with illuminating photography and has become a go to resource for both the experienced denim head and first time raw denim buyers alike. The site serves as a shopping companion through the sometimes complex world of raw denim.

Calling Los Angeles home The Denim Hound is right smack dab in a little denim paradise and just a few short minutes from our Los Angeles factory.
And over the course of the next 365 days The Denim Hound will put Ole Denim’s 15oz 306 through the motions and document his experience on and You can read his initial review of our 15oz 306 here.

Stay tuned for more from the Denim Hound.