Press: Good Mojo for the Renaissance Store of Yore

Mojo Leather joins Ye Old Renaissance Shop, adding to the store’s expanding selection of Renaissance clothing and accessories.

Cornelius, NC (PRWEB) April 16, 2013 — Ye Old Renaissance Shop announced the recent expansion of their Renaissance clothing line through the popular leather workshop, Mojo Leather. The partnership means an even greater selection for those seeking period merchandise at

“Mojo Leather’s determination to provide only the finest leather products will certainly complement the Shop’s offerings,” said Matt Schoenherr, owner. “These guys are brilliant at what they do.” The expanded partnership with Mojo Leather marks an aggressive expansion in the online retailer’s product line over the past four months, which has grown by roughly 400%.

Mojo Leather describes the Shop as “…an excellent source for a broad range of period goods, where we expect our merchandise will be well received and sales will be exceptional.” With a record for exemplary customer service, both companies feel Ye Old Renaissance Shop provides an excellent platform for distributing the Mojo Leather line. As a result of the expansion, Ye Old Renaissance Shop will now source Renaissance accessories like leather bracers, pouches, sporrans, and medieval belts from Mojo Leather.

The Ye Old Renaissance Shop website offers a wide variety of Renaissance clothing, an extensive list of Renaissance festivals around the US, and a blog that offers tips and information on medieval clothing and its origins.

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In 1963, the Renaissance Pleasure Fair in California marked the first formal Renaissance festival in the United States. Since then, what began as a small cottage industry has become all grown up. According to (, over 6.3 million people attended approximately 217 Renaissance festivals in the US alone last year. Renaissance fairs can range from an intimate 50 attendees to the largest being the Texas Renaissance Festival (Plantersville, TX,) which sees around 500,000 people each year. Period merchandise is not only made popular by these festivals, but is also used in television and theater productions, movies, re-enactments, chamber choirs and at Halloween.

Mojo Leather
Mojo Leather has provided quality leather goods for Renaissance festivals, theater and Scottish highland games for nearly a decade. Situated in Cornelius, North Carolina, the leather workshop has grown into a brand that is known world wide for craftsmanship and quality. With almost 15 years of leather experience in the workshop, Mojo Leather is proud to say “Made in America.” The Mojo Leather product line boasts a variety of belts, bags, sporrans, skirt hikes and bracers.

Ye Old Renaissance Shop
Since 2011, Ye Old Renaissance Shop has been offering Renaissance clothing for all ages, from child through adult. As a retailer of Renaissance costumes for men and women, Ye Old Renaissance Shop offers customers a one-stop shop for authentic pirate clothing, wench costumes, medieval gowns, knight armor and other Renaissance accessories.


How to Dress Renaissance

Why Wear Monk Robes? A History of Monkhood in Medieval Times

When you see how many renaissance fair-goers dress in relatively simple monk robes with no adornment whatsoever, you may wonder what was so special about monks.  In fantasy movies and games, you often come across monks who play large roles, either as fighters or learned guides.  But when you think about a real monk, the only image that comes to mind is one of someone who has totally given up material things and lives a celibate life in a monastery far from civilization.  There doesn’t seem to be anything very glamorous about this existence and yet, monk robes are quite popular when it comes to Renaissance costumes.  So what is it about monks that attracts the popular imagination?

The First Monk

In the year 270, a young Egyptian man named Anthony entered a church and started the tradition of monkhood.  He gave away all his belongings and went to live a solitary life in the desert, growing anything he needed.  He rarely returned to civilization and soon became respected for his choices.  Rather than choosing martyrdom, many people saw Anthony’s asceticism as a good option to show their devotion to God, and they followed in his footsteps.

The First Monastery

However, living completely alone in a deserted area is not very conducive to mental well-being.  So another monk named Pachomius started the tradition of monks living together and following a set of rules.

The Benedictine Monks

St. Benedict of Nursia was yet another monk who has come down in history as a great contributor to the tradition of monkhood.  St. Benedict was disgusted by the extravagances he saw in the papal city of Rome and decided to take up an ascetic existence.  He attracted followers and set up monasteries at Subiaco and Monte Cassino.  He wrote a text called The Benedictine Rule where he laid down the rules that all monks were supposed to follow.

The Monks’ Achievements in Agriculture and Learning

It was around this time that monks started to be well known for their agricultural practices, lending a dignity to manual labor which they performed themselves in the fields.  Monks were also well read and great scholars in their time.  Each monastery had a writing room or scriptorium where monks copied and illuminated manuscripts.

So although the outward appearance of monks was simple, consisting of a hooded robe called a cowl, monks themselves were greatly respected during medieval times and for good reason, since they represented safety and security in a tumultuous time.  Monks worked hard at what they did without any expectation of reward.

So the next time you put on that monk’s robe, you should know that you have centuries of tradition behind you.  Monks were disciplined, learned and an inspiration to those around them in medieval times.

How to Dress Renaissance

Tunics, Breeches, Corsets and More—The Basic Elements of Middle Ages Clothing

middle-ages-clothingThe Middle Ages lasted from the late fifth century to the late fifteenth century, so they covered quite a long space of time and are usually divided into the early middle ages, the high middle ages and the late middle ages.  Not surprisingly, middle ages clothing changed a lot from the early middle ages to the late middle ages, generally becoming more colorful and more ornate, as new inventions came into being.  Today, we may take buttons and lace for granted, but people didn’t have such things in the early middle ages.  So here is a brief history of what people wore during this time:

Clothing of the Early Middle Ages

In the Early Middle Ages–from around 475 to 1000–men generally dressed in Roman style, with flowing tunics covering their upper body and fitting breeches on the lower body.  Sometimes, the breeches were made to cover the feet as well.  Richer people added furs and jewelry which included necklaces, torques (a stiff kind of necklace made from one continuous metallic band), brooches and rings.  Wool and linen were generally used to make clothes and shoes were very simple, made in turn-shoe style where two pieces of leather were stitched together and turned inside out, drawn together by a piece of string in the front, much as many of our shoes are made today.

High Middle Ages

The High Middle Ages lasted from 1000-1300 and there was a lot more experimentation in clothing during this time.  People started getting silk from oriental countries, and many nobles would use this in their clothing.  Plus, they would wear longer, more ornate tunics with flared sleeves.  At this time, the Sumptuary laws were enacted which meant that only nobles could wear more ornate, rich, colorful clothes, and people of the lower classes were actually barred from wearing them.

Men also tended to dress more flamboyantly than women, arguing that this was the case in the natural world.  Among animals and birds, it’s usually the male who looks more eye-catching because he has to attract a suitable female.  So men felt, in the middle ages, that it was their prerogative to dress better than women did—obviously a fashion trend that did not last.

Late Middle Ages

In the Late Middle Ages, from 1300—1450, we see the emergence of what we now think of as historical women’s clothing, consisting of a large skirt, a low neckline and a corset in the middle which creates an hourglass shape.  During this time, buttons and lace came were invented and cotton came to be used as a fabric for clothing.  People started experimenting more with their clothes, wearing contrasting trousers and jackets, and long shoes where the toes would be stuffed (Freud referred to these as phallic symbols!)

So if you’re looking to put together a middle ages costume, you can either go simple, with a tunic and breeches or you can add all the bells and whistles such as a long coat, long shoes and various pieces of jewelry.  For women, a corset is a necessity as is a long skirt and a peasant blouse.  Whether you plan to dress as a noble or a peasant, just remember to have fun.