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 6
Brand Profile: Fischer Clothing
We first came across Fischer Clothing in our journeys through the internet. They immediately stood out from other menswear makers for their thoughtful, modern take on classic pieces. Fischer creates the kind of clothing you can build a lasting wardrobe around. We had a chance to chat with Fischer owner, designer and Baltimore-native, Kristina Angelozzi about the history and future of Fischer.
Why did you start Fischer Clothing? What drives you to keep it going?
I love making clothes. That’s the reason I started and what keeps me going. Each season, I get to learn more, do better and try new things.
What excites you about what you do?
Fabrics, colors, and I love the act of finishing (like dyeing, washing, printing, etc.). The fabric is kind of the most important aspect of the garment. Also, construction is more interesting than you would think, like exploring new details, working through ideas. It’s all a fun learning process.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and how you conceive new products?
My first step is usually pulling together a fabric story. Then I let the fabrics kind of decide which styles they should be.
What inspires you?
This is a tough question. I think learning inspires me to do more and keep exploring. And I think the culture I live in kind of refines the product.
Why did you decide to set up shop in NYC? Why make products in America?
I moved to NYC for school and when I graduated (go figure) this was where most of the fashion jobs existed. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for 10 years now, so I’m getting a little attached. I prefer to manufacture here for a huge list of reasons, but the main reason is really to support the economy. I launched in the early stages of the recession and feel like it’s my duty to invest in my own neighbors and surroundings. There are thousands of reasons to produce locally and only one reason to do it overseas, and we all know what that is.
Can you tell us a bit about your men’s collection for spring/summer 2012?
While working on the collection, my boyfriend gave me an amazing book called “Cuba before Castro” which served as the launching point for the whole collection. I incorporated hints of 40′s styling, muted tropical colors and light, breezy cottons. For the prints and patterns I used strong florals that were designed with a loose, organic hand and beachy stripes and plaids.
What should people expect when they see your collection at Confirmed Stock?
I plan to bring a good assortment of tailored shirts and trousers, some casual shirts, shorts and jackets with a healthy dose of sartorial accessories. A lot of is is not available online or really anywhere but a few select stockists.
What do you feel makes Fischer stand out from other menswear makers?
For the clothes, I tend to focus on subtle details and high-quality fabrics. Noting is overstated, so it has longevity. Also, it’s all made here in the US of A, which is still a teeny tiny piece of the industry. It’s more expensive to manufacture that way, but I believe it’s catching on. Since the economic shifts of the past 5 years, people are starting to think more about their purchases, where stuff is coming from and where their money is going.
Where do you see Fischer Clothing going in the future?
Over the next year, I’m pushing to layer in new categories, like accessories, outerwear, knits etc. In the longer term, I’m looking into creating a retail space to serve as a studio/ showroom.
You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Fischer Clothing in the coming months and years. They’ve built a firm foundation that will serve them well into the future. Get your hands on a fine pair of trousers or one of their fantastic shirts April 28 at Confirmed Stock. In the meantime, you can see more at FischerClothing.com.
Photos Courtesy of Fischer Clothing