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 19
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. Helpful knowledgable staff, great design and of course, an amazing selection of men’s clothes and accessories. Federal owner Greg Grammen is a veteran of the DC/VA retail scene with two successful skate shops (one right next door to Federal). We sat down with Greg for some insight into why he opened Federal and what he’s trying to do with this shop.
Why did you open Federal? What has the reaction been like?
We opened Federal in mid-November and the reaction has been very positive. I had the idea for Federal a few years ago but didn’t think DC was ready for a store like it until recently.
What excites you about what you do?
Just the fact that I love what I do makes it exciting. I love talking to customers and telling the story about Federal and what we’re trying to accomplish.
How do you decide what brands and products to carry?
I carry many brands that I personally wear and like. It makes it way easier to sell and explain to a customer when you have the brand on. It’s important to me to carry brands that we believe in.
What inspires you?
Seeing cool stuff! Traveling to small towns and big cities. I get lots of ideas from taking road trips and going into stores of all types, not just clothing.
Where do you see Federal going in the next year? The next 5 years?
I really want to grow and build the Federal brand. We’re planning to launch a full e-commerce site so people not in this area can see what we carry and what we’re doing. And for Fall 2012, we’ll be bringing in quite a few new brands. We’re also planning on opening another Federal location in Northern Virginia this fall.
Are there people or companies that you look up to?
Well, I’ve been a fan of Ralph Lauren since my mom made me wear his stuff in the late 70′s. He has a great take on Americana with his RRL product. I just wish more of the garments he produced were made in the USA. Tellason denim is another small company that is doing things the right way and making great jeans.
What can people expect to find when they visit your space at Confirmed Stock?
I hope to tell the story about our store and what we carry. We’ll be bringing some great denim, boots, Federal tees and more. I hope people will be intrigued enough to drive down to the nation’s capital and check us out.
And believe us, a quick drive down to DC is more than worth it to experience what this great shop has to offer. Be sure to shake hands with Greg at Confirmed Stock and visit him again at Federal.
Photos Courtesy of Federal