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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.

Entry No 15
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Brand Profile: Lumina Clothing
Neal Shaffer

Lumina

Confirmed Stock: 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. Still do, in fact, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. It’s well-made, it’s designed to last, and I know I can believe in the company I bought it from. That’s what Confirmed Stock is all about right there. Read on and you’ll see that Lumina doesn’t just make great stuff, they’re truly kindred spirits.

Why did you start doing this? Why do you continue doing it?

It’s funny, when we started Lumina, we were one of the very few who were making cotton skinny neckties. It really wasn’t popular yet, but we were doing it because we thought it was different and cool. This concept is what really launched the company. Since then it just doesn’t seem like we can give it up. We want to do something where we can help the state of NC, particularly the industries that have faded over the years such as textiles. Clothing seems like a good way to do that and we hope we can continue to build the brand and do more for our state.

What excites you about what you do?

I think it is the possibilities that reside in clothing. There are very few things that people use everyday and want so much variety within. You can pretty much do your own thing and if you do it well, someone will appreciate it.

Tell us a bit about your creative process.

Some days it feels like we are just throwing darts at a dart board. Other days it is a little more consolidated. Really, I just start with a sketch, figuring out exactly what we should add to our line. From there, we look for other brands that have or are doing something similar and analyze what we like and dislike about all of those brands. Finally we to back to the drawing board and really work to get the details just right so when we sample things out, we have a good idea of what the final product will be like.

Why Confirmed Stock? What does this event mean to you?

We like supporting other start-ups, so we were extremely excited when we were invited to Confirmed Stock. It is a pretty important event for us because we have recently restructured how we are going to do business, so it will really be the first time we are out in public with the brand after this big transition.

What inspires you?

We get a lot of inspiration from the traditional industries that were once in NC. We look at textiles, agriculture, and manufacturing and try to pull ques from all of them. You really see this in the fabrics and the details of our product. We try to keep the overall image very clean cut. It can be tough because we are battling two very contradictory looks, but we hope we can continue to successfully merge them because we think it provides the best product.

 

Why do what you do in North Carolina? Why make things in America?

All of us founders are from North Carolina, so we really want to see something happen here. As far as production in the USA, we all just see the benefit in the quality we get here and the support we can provide to the economy. We feel like it is only fair to support other USA companies when we are hoping people will support us.

Where do you see your company going in the next year? 5 years?

In the next year we are hoping for more expansion. We are looking towards a Kickstarter launch for several new items including pants, a blazer, and two styles of women’s dresses. In the next five years, we hope to continue to build our product portfolio with the potential launch of a Lumina flagship store here in Raleigh, NC.

Are there companies that you look up to, or anyone you want to give a shout out to?

We love Billy Reid and respect his desire to keep the brand rooted in southern tradition. We also like Gitman Bros. and their tie production here in NC. Honestly, we love any brand who is striving to make made in the USA viable again.


Photos Courtesy of Lumina Clothing

Posted: April 10, 2012 No Comments »

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