Suit Supply to launch new label, menswear “speakeasy” in New York

Suit-Supply-New-York-FlagshipMenswear start-up Suit Supply is launching a new luxury label to be featured in a speakeasy-style boutique attached to the company’s New York flagship location, head of U.S. operations Nish De Gruiter told Modern Fellows in an interview.  An August 2013 launch is planned for the new shop, which will have its own floor and entrance alongside Suit Supply’s current location at 453 Broome Street.

24 Hours in Denver, Featuring Homer Reed — and Snow

Homer Reed Denver StorefrontOn 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.

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

J-and-C-Suiting-John-and-Colby-Washington-DCWhile 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.

Review: VM Clothiers’ Custom Dress Shirts

VM-Clothiers-Dress-Shirt-GinghamUpdate: VM Clothiers has shuttered. 

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.

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.