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  1. Recap
    The first Confirmed Stock, held on April 28, 2012 at the 2640 Space, was a huge success. Thanks to the 18 amazing brands that were part of it and the hundreds of folks who came out to shop and hang. Stay tuned for an update from us on Confirmed Stock #2.

  2. Brand Profile: Federal
    – A few months ago on a trip to DC, I had the chance to stop by the District's newest (and I'd say best) menswear store, Federal. Everything about Federal feels right from the moment you walk in the door.

  3. Brand Profile: Mister Crow
    — “I just want to keep creating good things for interesting people.” One of the best parts of organizing this first Confirmed Stock has been all of the great conversations I’ve had with the amazing people behind these brands. And even among all these interesting stories, the tale of Mister Crow stands out as truly different. Located [...]

  4. Brand Profile: CXXVI
    – Back in January when we first putting the lineup together, CXXVI was one of the very first brands to say yes. They had little more to go on than our teaser video and an email from me, but they almost immediately replied that they would "absolutely love to be part of this." And to be honest, that was the first time I knew that this thing was viable. If a brand like CXXVI wanted in, why couldn't this thing work?

  5. Brand Profile: Jack Robie
    — “Jack Robie embodies American cool and charisma with a sense of style that is classic and sophisticated.” Jack Robie shirts really stood out to us, not just for their classic style, but for their impeccable fit and attention to detail. Their latest collection, just released this week, continues to build Jack Robie’s reputation as [...]

  6. Brand Profile: Lumina Clothing
    – Way back in February of 2011 when Confirmed Stock was just an idea -- when it didn't even have a name -- Barton at Lumina Clothing was one of the first people to believe in it. In fact, having Lumina here in Baltimore was part of the reason I wanted to do this. I had recently purchased one of their ties and I loved it.

  7. Brand Profile: Almanac Industries
    — “We started Almanac Industries out of an urge to make things with our hands. And make them well.” Despite the focus of our recent brand profiles, Confirmed Stock isn’t just about menswear. It’s also about skilled craftspeople making things from hand. The duo behind Almanac Industries works with both bookbinding and letterpress to create [...]

  8. Brand Profile: Ruell and Ray
    — Dead stock is fabric that is no longer in production. We do this for two main reasons: to make our footprint on the environment smaller and to deliver a truly exclusive product to our clients. In recent months, we’ve been seeing Ruell and Ray pop up all over the place. And when we found out [...]

  9. Brand Profile: Two Inch Cuffs
    In the past month, Two Inch Cuffs has evolved from a lifestyle inspiration site to include a full online shopping experience. Who is Two Inch Cuffs? We'll let them tell you in their own words.

  10. Brand Profile: Randolph Engineering
    This year, Randolph Engineering celebrates its 40th anniversary. How does a brand remain relevant and successful over such a long period of time? If you're Randolph Engineering, you do it by producing the highest quality products possible while delivering stellar customer service each and every day. We had the pleasure of chatting with Mary Waszkiewicz for more on the history and future of this iconic American brand.

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Brand Profile: Almanac Industries
Chris Walbert

— “We started Almanac Industries out of an urge to make things with our hands. And make them well.”

Almanac Industries Brand Profile

Despite the focus of our recent brand profiles, Confirmed Stock isn’t just about menswear. It’s also about skilled craftspeople making things from hand. The duo behind Almanac Industries works with both bookbinding and letterpress to create well-crafted goods that any man (or woman) can feel good about using. Read on for more from Whitney and Jacob Cecil who collectively make up Baltimore-based Alamanac Industries.

Why did you start Almanac Industries? What has the reaction been like so far?

We started Almanac Industries out of an urge to make things with our hands. And make them well. The most remarkable reaction we’ve seen so far is at craft shows. A woman walks into our booth, her husband – trailing along – usually waits in the aisle. She peruses and quickly convinces him to join her. And he’s enamored — something at a craft show for a guy. We love this reaction. And our dedication to creating great paper goods for guys is fueled by it.

Why Bookbinding? Why Letterpress?

Bookbinding

Whitney: I’ve been known to write out all my to-do lists, sometimes even taping them to my iPhone. Sounds silly but I’m just a tactile person. Books and bookmaking fulfill my undeniable stubbornness when it comes to change.

Jacob: Indiana Jones. As a child I was always fascinated by his sketchbook, its contents and its structure, and taught myself all the traditional techniques necessary so I could be just like him.

Letterpress

We have found that we not only enjoy making things with our hands but also being part of an old-world industry practice. Letterpress became our practice of choice ever since we learned to set lead type six years ago. We worked very hard to master it and feel confident that our end result is worth every bit of work. Because nothing feels as good to hold in your hands.

Letterpress

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and how you conceive new products?

Our process is very organic, we’ll bounce ideas off each other, or find something we love and if it comes up again and again we usually know it’s time to make it. After that it’s usually about the materials–finding, choosing and figuring out their functionality so were not forcing them to do something they aren’t meant to.

What has been the best part of setting up shop in Baltimore?

The sense of community. The population of Baltimore that grew up here and is still here have faith in it and have stayed because of it. We came to Baltimore to go to MICA and instantly became part of a network of some very talented people and like to be near them.

What’s one thing people should know about Almanac?

We are the creative brains but we are also the manufacturers, and we don’t want that to change.

Books

What inspires you?

Americana, military surplus, classic menswear patterns, old office supplies, traditional crafts. So many things. We enjoy looking everywhere.

What’s next for Almanac?

We are currently collaborating with some local photographers to come up with a handsome line of wedding albums and guestbooks. After that, come what may, Almanac Industries has an “s” on the end for a reason.

What can people expect to find when they visit your space at Confirmed Stock?

You will walk up to what feels like an old fashioned store counter and find a bunch of things that will look handsome on your desk and feel great in your hands. Screenprinted leather blank books, letterpress nautical notepads and hand-lettered prints for your wall.

Almanac Industries’ books and letterpress work truly has to be seen and felt to be fully experienced. Be sure to visit their space on April 28th.

Photos Courtesy of Almanac Industries

 

Posted: April 06, 2012 No Comments »

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