While technology makes it increasingly easy to access well-made goods from Europe, Asia and elsewhere, there is something gratifying in getting to know the designers, manufacturers, retailers and writers who are refocusing men on what our fellow countrymen and women are making here in America.
To begin, see Modern Fellows’ list of Where to Buy American.
Todd Shelton has his hands full. Two years ago this month, the Tennessee-born menswear designer decided to move manufacturing of his classic, already-American-made lineup of shirts, knits, jeans and pants in-house. In February 2012, “we moved the brand into an industrial warehouse in East Rutherford, [New Jersey,] bought our first machine, and hired our first production employee,” Shelton wrote on his blog. Integrating manufacturing, design and retail – as...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
One of the few incubators in the United States at the intersection of fashion and technology, Stitch Factory is looking to help build the kind of hip, tech-savvy destination for entrepreneurs envisioned by Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, who is embarking on a SimCity-of-sorts project to reboot downtown Las Vegas. Modern Fellows spoke with Stitch Factory founders Jennifer Taler and Meghan Boyd to learn more about their efforts to support budding fashion entrepreneurs in Las...read more
In the second of a two-part series profiling unique places to buy the best socks online, Modern Fellows highlights entrepreneurs who are producing modern takes on classic sock styles that are way more interesting and carefully considered than what you will find in the local department store. From over-the-calf hosiery to organic Alabama-made cotton crew socks, Modern Fellows tested a variety of blends, designs and sizes from six entrepreneurial sock...read more
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...read more
On a quick and unexpectedly snowy May trip to Denver, Modern Fellows caught up with the gentlemen of Homer Reed. Longstanding independent menswear stores are an increasingly-rare breed these days, so it was nice to meet a group of professionals who were optimistic about their economic prospects and enthusiastic about their product mix. Denver boasts a number of intriguing menswear entrepreneurs: Besides Homer Reed, see Ratio Clothing’s custom shirting, Topo...read more
Founded in 2009, North Carolina-based startup Lumina Clothing opened a flagship store in downtown Raleigh in November 2012, which showcases their growing line of men’s clothing and accessories along with a selection of complementary products from up-and-coming American manufacturers. Modern Fellows took a tour during a recent visit to the Triangle with Director of Operations Paul Connor. Founder Barton Strawn, who began Lumina as a hobby, making cotton neckties...read more
Circling back with three start-ups that celebrated milestones in recent weeks, Modern Fellows looks into life after successful Kickstarter campaigns and how to build a community in the global digital marketplace: Peter Field Custom Clothing: On March 3, Nicholas Monterotti celebrated a successful Kickstarter funding project for his Chicago-based start-up Peter Field, raising $17,600 for a new venture that makes custom-tailored, Made-in-America neckties, bowties and...read more