Around DC

Believe it or not, Washington, DC has become a destination for professional men’s clothing in recent years, from  high-profile retailers Bonobos and Dutch-based Suit Supply (and the HMX Group’s regrettably short-lived Streets of Georgetown) to custom tailors Michael Andrews Bespoke and Alton Lane.  Add to that home-grown talent from the likes of Hugh & Crye, VM Clothiers and Lost Boys, and you have an emerging community catering to modern professional men.  This new energy builds on a rich history of style in the District, including tailors and retail professionals such as Geoffrey Lewis who have been in the business for decades and who are also well-worth getting to know better, as Modern Fellows intends to do over time.

DC-Based Boldfoot Socks Launches Via Kickstarter

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

DC-Based Boldfoot Socks Launches Via Kickstarter

Modern Fellows caught up with entrepreneur Brad Christmann, who took his Washington, DC-based sock venture Boldfoot live this week and quickly surpassed his initial fundraising target. Brad, a District-area native – he grew up in Silver Spring – has been fine-tuning the concept and construction of his line of colorful men’s socks for the past year and a half.

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Behind Collared Greens’ Refreshing American-Made Menswear Line, a Focus on Sustainability

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Behind Collared Greens’ Refreshing American-Made Menswear Line, a Focus on Sustainability

Collared Greens ain’t subtle.  The young company is cranking out a bright and bold line of American-made neck and bow ties, polos, pocket squares, and other takes on classic menswear staples.  It is also on the move, recently transferring its headquarters to up-and-coming fashion destination Richmond and expanding its presence online and through menswear shops nationally and internationally. Their story dates back to 2008, when co-founder Randy Ashton convinced...

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Getting to Know Nice Laundry and Their Exceptionally Nice Socks

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Getting to Know Nice Laundry and Their Exceptionally Nice Socks

It has been a whirlwind couple of months for Ricky Choi and Phil Moldavski, the Living Social alumni behind the Washington, DC-based menswear staples startup Nice Laundry. Since launching their company on Kickstarter in August 2013, the two have nearly sold out of their initial production run — a lot sooner than they thought — following a strong crowd-funding drive that raised more than three times its target goal. Modern Fellows sat down with Phil and...

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Inside Ledbury and Read Wall DC Christmas Pop-Up Stores

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Inside Ledbury and Read Wall DC Christmas Pop-Up Stores

Several online retailers set up shop in Georgetown this holiday season, offering DC residents an opportunity to touch fabrics, try on clothes and get to know their brands offline.  Modern Fellows toured pop ups put on by Richmond-based Ledbury and Washington, DC’s Read Wall this week and captured some photos of what’s on offer. Read Wall Read Wall grew up in Washington, DC and stuck around to found an evolving and extraordinarily interesting line of...

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7 Made-in-America Gift Ideas for Guys

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 1 comment

7 Made-in-America Gift Ideas for Guys

What better time than Cyber Monday to trot out a gift guide?  From head-to-toe, below are seven ideas for stylish American-made gifts for men. One nice thing about the options below, and others you might discover via directories from the likes of American Made Matters, retailers such as William Rogue and Co or Made Collection, or Modern Fellows’ roundup of Northern Grade Richmond, is that they offer opportunities to make a gift a little bit more meaningful by...

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Welcome to the Hat Shop, DC: An Interview with Goorin Bros. CEO Ben Goorin

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Welcome to the Hat Shop, DC: An Interview with Goorin Bros. CEO Ben Goorin

“Welcome to the hat shop!” Ben Goorin is standing at the door to his company’s new Georgetown outpost, offering a hearty greeting to a steady stream of shoppers. It has been a busy eight years for the fourth generation CEO who, since taking over the business, has opened nearly 30 retail stores selling American-made hats directly to men and women. Modern Fellows met up with Ben for an interview during the grand opening of Goorin Bros. store on...

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Highlights from Northern Grade Richmond

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Around DC, Entrepreneurs, Made in America, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Highlights from Northern Grade Richmond

Northern Grade landed at Richmond’s Haxall Point September 21-22, as organizers teamed up with Need Supply Co to host a pop-up market featuring made-in-America menswear brands. The Richmond gathering is one in a series of Northern Grade productions around the country, which are led by the Minnesota-based husband and wife team behind the menswear accessories brand Pierrepont Hicks. These markets bring together a number of up-and-coming entrepreneurs and offer a...

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Bonobos to Launch Permanent Guideshop in Bethesda

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Around DC, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Bonobos to Launch Permanent Guideshop in Bethesda

Online menswear retailer Bonobos continues to expand its brick-and-mortar presence.  On July 20, the startup will open the doors of a permanent guideshop in Bethesda, Maryland, and will also launch in Austin, Texas later this summer. Bonobos first came to Bethesda Row with a temporary menswear guideshop for the holidays in 2012.  The new Bethesda outpost will be the second in the Washington, DC metro area, following the opening of a permanent establishment in...

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How Pakistan, the Peace Corps and USTR spawned Georgetown’s New Stealth Tailors

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Entrepreneurs, Modern Fellows | 2 comments

How Pakistan, the Peace Corps and USTR spawned Georgetown’s New Stealth Tailors

While entrepreneurs often jump from business school or the corporate world to start a new business, others take a different path.  This is the improbable story of two development professionals trying to change the world through men’s clothing: Introducing J&C Suiting, Georgetown’s new stealth tailors of affordable custom menswear. Last fall, roundabout the same time that Modern Fellows launched, I stumbled across J&C Suiting’s twitter account...

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Review: VM Clothiers’ Custom Dress Shirts

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Around DC, Custom tailoring, Modern Fellows | 0 comments

Review: VM Clothiers’ Custom Dress Shirts

Down the street from the White House, Vishal Mirpuri is building a solid reputation in the District of Colombia for affordable custom suits and shirts.  Over the past several months, Modern Fellows tried out and tested two of VM Clothiers’ custom dress shirts and, in the process, got a feel for Vishal’s approach to men’s clothing and customer service. Why VM Clothiers? Inspired by family members already in the business, Vishal — the VM in VM...

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