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.
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Brand Profile: Hellbrand Leatherworks
Hellbrand Leatherworks was introduced to us on a personal recommendation from Adam at Blue Claw Co. One look at their offerings, and you’ll know why another brand would vouch for them. In recent months, Ed and his business partner Kevin have developed an impressive collection of well-made leather goods. We asked Ed about what it took to get Hellbrand started and what it will take to keep it going for the long-term.
Why did you start Hellbrand? What motivates you to keep it going?
Hellbrand Leatherworks was formed in late 2011 with my business partner because we both saw an opportunity to fill a need in the marketplace that hadn’t been met and to showcase some of the designs and ideas I had been working on.
I come from an investments and finance background, and my business partner is in aviation. Though we have had successful careers in those areas, we absolutely love seeing a concept on paper go from an idea to an actual tangible product that someone will use and enjoy for years to come.
I really enjoy being at my workbench, creating something, rather than under fluorescent light in an office somewhere. Seeing my designs come to life gives me much more satisfaction than bagging the next Gordon Gekko as a client!
How did you start working with leather and master that art?
I started working with leather about 5 or 6 years ago. I found that a fancy brand wallet I paid a stupid amount of money for was actually made of pvc! It was also around that time that I was shopping for a custom strap for my Panerai watch. I was fascinated by all the choices that were available. I looked at one and thought to myself, “Hey, I can do that.” I had recently met a leatherworker locally, who took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals. Hellbrand Leatherworks is an homage to Mr. Hellbrand.
Long story, short, I replaced my wallet with something that was ugly as sin, but I was proud of what I made with my own hands. Back then my watch straps weren’t perfect either but it felt good to create something. When did I master the art? I haven’t even come close. There are leather workers out there that have decades of experience. I don’t think there is ever a point where something is completely mastered. There is always more to learn.
What excites you about what you do?
Seeing an idea or concept in my head, putting it down on paper, planning it out, and then creating the end product. Then knowing that the end product is hopefully one day going to be something that’s passed on and used for decades or generations down the road. I think it’s the coolest thing to see someone using a briefcase, wallet or a bag that was owned by his father or grandfather.
What inspires you?
Too many to list, but I’d have to say number one on the list are my parents. They came here with $500 between the both of them back in the early 70′s and are two of the most successful and hardest working people I’ve ever known.
Where do you see Hellbrand going in the next year? The next 5 years?
We’ve been really blessed by the amount of growth we’ve experienced. Both customers and our colleagues in this industry have responded so favorably to what we are doing. If we can continue to grow on this path, I’m happy. Of course, we would love to move our operations to a larger design and manufacturing facility. We need more room!
Are there people or companies that you look up to?
Anyone that does what they love for a living and does so on their own terms.
What can people expect to find when they visit your space at Confirmed Stock?
We will have some new products making their debut at Confirmed Stock. It’ll be a good mix of leather, waxed canvas, duck cloth, and maybe even some selvedge denim items. Of course we’ll have some of our small leather goods, but look forward to some of our new, larger items as well. All of our goods are made in house, right here in the USA.
What’s one thing people should know about Hellbrand?
Hellbrand Leatherworks is dedicated to producing the highest quality, made in the USA products. We are not a huge company. We are a couple guys with a passion for extraordinary workmanship, attention to detail, and a genuine enjoyment of seeing our products bring customers a lifetime of enjoyment and utility.
Officially the southernmost brand participating in Confirmed Stock, we look forward to welcoming Florida-based Hellbrand Leatherworks to Charm City. We know you’ll dig their work as much as we do.
Photos Courtesy of Hellbrand Leatherworks