C/S Post Archive
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.
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.
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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
Entry No 7
Brand Profile: Corter Leather
We’re stoked about having Eric Heins, aka Corter Leather, at the inaugural Confirmed Stock for two reasons. First, because he makes great stuff. Take a look at the “gallery” page on his site and you’ll see what we mean. Second, he was one of the first vendors to sign on with us, and that meant a lot. Read on to learn more about the man and his work, then join us on April 28 to meet him and check out his wares.
Why did you start doing this? Why do you continue doing it?
I started making wallets when I was in college because I needed one, then graduated and kept at it full time because other people needed them. I just turned 25 and it’s been the same story for every single product I’ve designed and made in the past 5 years. I continue to do it because it’s me now — I’ve been working with leather for so long in such a transitional part of my life that I basically don’t really know what to do without it. I take a break from working by making something, and I relax by making something else. If I didn’t have an outlet to get the things I make to people that use them, I’d have rooms and rooms filled with thousands of pieces of product, because I don’t know that I could stop at this point.
What excites you about what you do?
It’s fun, and it’s exactly what I want to do with my life. I don’t have any partners and I let the business grow organically, so the only stress I have is making sure my customers enjoy their products and that I make exactly what they need.
Tell us a bit about your creative process.
First, I need to need something. Then it’s basically a game of “If you could have the ultimate _______, what would it be?” in the back of my mind until the sketches start coming, which could be minutes or months. From there it’s as simple as making a prototype, using it, and revising it. Some products have taken a year, some take a couple weeks — again, I let it all develop organically. I never make templates though, I cut every piece by hand and usually throw out my sketches. As Lil’ Wayne says, leave no evidence.
Why Confirmed Stock? What does this event mean to you?
I think it’s just very rare to deal with such genuine and fair dudes as the Confirmed Stock guys. I immediately wanted to come down and participate, and it’ll be the first event I’ve done with Corter. Miss Corter pressured me a little bit too, I think she saw an expenses-paid opportunity to stalk Duff Goldman.
What inspires you?
First and foremost, I love what I do; that gets me out of bed every morning. I’ve always been inspired by everything from reality tv shows to antique shops to sail boats. I found out very early on that if you shut yourself off and only look to specific things for inspiration at specific times or get too serious about it, you’ll miss the best stuff. One of the new things I’ll have with me at Confirmed Stock was inspired by a combination of bumping into a towel rack and an aloe plant named Roger I have in my shop. It was so random, but ultimately exactly what I needed to see to get the ball rolling with sketches, develop a concept, and end up with a final product I’m insanely psyched on.
Why do what you do in New England? Why make things in America?
I’m afraid of flying in airplanes, so that’s probably the #1 reason I make things in America — I almost literally have a phobia of leaving! In all seriousness, I grew up in New England with an old yankee grandma that instilled many of those values in my mom, which trickled down to me. Do what works, do what makes sense, and by all means do what makes you happy. Keep things simple and functional and you’ll be just fine.
Where do you see your company going in the next year? 5 years?
Oh gosh, I’m so busy I’ve never had time to plan. I kind of just let Corter go where it wants and hold on for the ride. I need a new shop again, grown out of 2 in the last 9 months. I’m finally doing some fun-but-not-leather stuff that I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. I’ll always do the leather stuff, but I’m happy to bring other people in to do things out of materials that I don’t have the expertise in.
Are there companies that you look up to, or anyone you want to give a shout out to?
Redmoon, 100%. They inspired me to start for sure, and are the type of company that live their product. Thankfully they’re back at it and doing great after the natural disasters last year. Thanks to everyone behind Confirmed Stock as well, I’m very gracious for the invite!
“Do what works, do what makes sense, and by all means do what makes you happy.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Thanks, Eric. See you soon.
Photos Courtesy of Corter Leather