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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: CXXVI
Chris Walbert

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Confirmed Stock: 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?

I won’t go on about how much I love their style, how killer their spring collection is or how many of their knives I want to buy. I’ll just say that I have a ton of respect for this brand and am really excited to have them as part of this first Confirmed Stock.

Why did you start CXXVI?

Jon and I started CXXVI back in October of 2009 out of many of the frustrations of running a design firm for the previous 5 years. We were designing for a handful of clothing and graphic tee companies at the time and felt that if we just took the leap and went out on our own full-time with it, we could make it work.

What excites you about what you do?

The excitement of designing new graphics and accessories and putting them out and getting immediate feedback from such a wide range of customers.

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

Jon and I share a very similar sense of where we see the brand going and what aesthetics we like to keep between lines. We both compile large libraries of inspiration from so many different areas. We then sit together for a few weeks and just pass ideas back and forth and each work on designs swapping elements back and forth until we come up with what we think is a very organic product.

 

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What inspires you?

Everything around us. We take a lot of inspiration from our upbringing. Both of us grew up in the suburbs of New York City, both less than 5 miles from the beach, port towns, and urban areas. We just mix all the pieces of what we know and what we see from day to day.

Why did you decide to set up shop in Brooklyn?

We actually have a shop in Brooklyn and one an hour east on Long Island, right on the water. Having the 2 offices makes for the perfect balance of the old world industrial NYC and the blue collar oysterman of the south shore long island. For practical reasons we use our Brooklyn office as more of a showroom and design studio and our Long Island office as more of a production facility.

Where do you see CXXVI going in the next year? The next 5 years?

We want to keep growing the company at a very steady yet manageable pace. We see it coming into its own more and more with each collection and finding and expanding our customer base in the years to come.

Are there people or companies that you look up to?

We really look up to some of the classic companies that still maintain a strong visual aesthetic from their start and only changing slightly to keep up with the times. Especially companies like Vans, Levis, and Ralph Lauren.

Do yourself a favor and be sure to visit the CXXVI booth on Saturday. You’re sure to find something well designed and thoughtfully made.

Photos Courtesy of CXXVI

Posted: April 23, 2012 No Comments »

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