Bucking the Trend, Zkano’s Gina Locklear Carves Out an Organic Niche for Alabama Socks

Gina-Locklear-Zkano-SocksMeeting entrepreneurs is often inspirational, especially when they fly cheerfully in the face of conventional wisdom.  Gina Locklear launched Zkano socks in 2009 in Fort Payne, Alabama after much of the South’s once-booming textile and apparel production moved off-shore.  Zkano’s story suggests opportunities remain for American manufacturing in an age of global competition.

Inside: Charles Tyrwhitt DC at Farragut Square — updated

Charles-Tyrwhitt-DCDiscovering custom shirting and high-quality craft retail from around the country is wonderful, but everyone needs a couple of solid go-to local stores to turn to for some of the basics. For me, Charles Tyrwhitt fits the bill, which is why it was nice to see the company choose DC as its second U.S. location following New York.  Here’s a look inside and some impressions

Introducing American Trench

American Trench blue trench coatIt is an exciting time for entrepreneurs Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill, who are in the midst of starting up American Trench, a fledgling Philadelphia-area company dedicated to making quality American-made outerwear and apparel. Modern Fellows is pleased to offer the following introduction to the men behind an intriguing new brand

Inside: Michael Andrews Bespoke for the Holidays

Fireplace at Michael Andrews BespokeWith Christmas rapidly approaching, Modern Fellows stopped in Michael Andrews Bespoke’s showroom off of Dupont Circle to follow up on our earlier conversation and see how they were getting along since launching their DC operations in October. We spoke with Michael and Carly about how their DC clientele compares with New York, and found the place all decked out for the holidays.

A Quick and Dirty Roundup of Black Friday Sales

A non-exhaustive and minimally-detailed list of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales from some favorite brands and retailers. Check details with merchants.

What is the Future of Manufacturing in America? Perspective from Brooks Brothers’ CEO

Claudio del Vecchio speaks at FITWhat is the role of American manufacturing in modern men’s fashion? The answer depends less on individuals discovering a new sense of patriotic consumerism and more on the ability of American workers and factories to compete globally.  Claudio del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer of the Brooks Brothers Group, provided a window into the current state of American manufacturing