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July 20, 2015

10 QUESTIONS: PETER COYOTE

Actor, narrator, author Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote is one of the greatest unsung talents of our time, and that’s probably just how he likes it. Grounded, direct and genuine, this motorcycle riding, Sausalito living, anti-establishment, ordained Zen Buddhist priest is like an onion – the more layers you peel back, the more layers are revealed.

As an actor he’s starred in major movies like
E.T., Jagged Edge, Erin Brokovich and Femme Fatale , as well as independent and foreign language films in French and Spanish (he speaks both...

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June 25, 2015

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES!

Why racing has not only created mechanical art forms but has also changed the history of every car.

For those of you that follow us on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter, you will have already seen mention of our book about classic sports and racing cars entitled, Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!   Written by Bench & Loom's co-founder, it was released just this month and features over 300 pages of nearly 50 sports and racing cars spanning the 20th Century.

These mechanical art forms were all born from the desire for speed and illustrate how...

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May 15, 2015

ART OF THE SAMURAI SUIT

O-yoroi - Samurai armor. Click to enlarge.
Just as the Samurai sword is recognized as history’s finest, the Samurai suit of armor could also be considered the best in the world. 

Constructed with the same mastery, exhaustive effort and acute attention to detail as the
daisho (swords), a complete suit of armor was made to allow for maximum protection at minimum weight while providing the highest degree of movement. After all, a true Samurai was to be expert fighting atop a horse and on foot, using a bow, spear, polearm and sword, although over time – during nearly 900 years of the Samurai – specialization evolved.

To balance protection, weight and movement – a concept that today seems elementary but back then was revolutionary – required a process involving hundreds of steps and thousands of hours....

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April 20, 2015

10 QUESTIONS: TEDDY SEARS

Actor Teddy Sears
Actor Teddy Sears has appeared in quite a few popular television series, such as Law & Order, Raising the Bar, Mad Men, CSI: Miami, The Defenders, Torchwood ,  and so many more, as well as the Tom Ford-directed film A Single Man. But if you ask any woman, all that matters is that he’s the dreamy Dr. Langham in Masters of Sex

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March 25, 2015

THE FIRST MOTORCYCLE CANNONBALL

This story appeared in the Winter 2010 edition of Ralph Lauren Magazine.

This past September 42 riders from the United States and two from Germany lined-up on vintage motorcycles to race more than 3,000 miles across America. Uncertain of the outcome, they pitted their antiquated rides – all manufactured before 1915 – against the odds as a tribute to two pioneers who, nearly a century earlier, had proved it was possible.

To most people Erwin “Cannonball” Baker is best known for his 1933 lightning-fast drive from Los Angeles to New York City in a motorcar. His feat set a record time of just over two days (53.5 hours), which stood for nearly 40...

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