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 18
Brand Profile: Mister Crow
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 on a farm in Virginia just a few hours to our south, Mister Crow will bring his unique shirts, scarves, belts and bags to Baltimore this Saturday.
Why did you start Mister Crow? What’s been the reaction so far?
We used to live in the desert but one day after our first son was born, my wife said, “I think your son needs a barn.” So we sold everything and hit the road to find a farm, four seasons, and a place where we could grow our own food and create. We wanted to tell our story and decided to express it by creating garments inspired by daily life on the farm; textiles grown in the field, dyes from the meadow, scarves to cover my face so I can feed chickens in the crisp morning air or to cover my head in the forest while I’m hunting the fox that keeps trying to steal the lambs who provide us wool.
What excites and inspires you?
We’re really inspired by the rhythms of daily life on the farm. I had an old harness strap that I was using to latch gates shut and carry hay bales and it had developed a beautiful patina on it. I thought I should just wear one so I always have it handy. That was the birth of the harness strap belt.
Where do you see Mister Crow going in the next year? The next 5 years?
I really just want to keep creating good things for interesting people. I don’t know where it will take us but I trust it’s somewhere good. Right now all of our goods are grown and sewn in the USA but we hope to move more of the manufacturing here to our early American bank barn so we can open up our process for customers to come visit and chat a while.
Are there people or companies that you look up to?
I like authenticity. Dagne is an artist that’s had a profound impact on my life as well as the architect Paolo Soleri. As for companies I think Mr. Natty is truly original and so is Zen the Cobbler over at Greenwich Vintage.
What can people expect to find when they visit your space at Confirmed Stock?
A good story. Shirts sourced straight from the cotton field, farm-to-town scarves, harness strap belts, and hunt bags. Even handmade brooms and fishing nets.
Can you tell us a bit about where the materials you use come from?
Everything we use down to the safety pins that attach our hang tags is from the U.S. Our cottons are grown in Arizona and our leather comes from an Amish farmer down the road.
How does being located in Virginia affect what you do and how you do it?
Our life in rural Virginia is simple but thoughtful and I think that translates into the garments. There are also people here concerned about history and preserving that knowledge which has been a benefit to developing goods of high standards.
What’s one thing people should know about Mister Crow?
Our philosophy is to source everything in the U.S. with the quality for daily use on a farm and enough understated edge to wear into the city.
Be sure to stop by and talk with Walker to hear the story of Mister Crow.
Photos Courtesy of Mister Crow