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: 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.
How did Randolph Engineering get its start?
Randolph was started by two engineers who left another eyewear company to start their own business. They made tools and dies for the optical industry for 7 years before they started manufacturing glasses for the military and other eyewear brands. Now we still use many of the same machines they built in the 70s.
How does the company’s heritage affect what you do and how you do it?
We’ve always been a military supplier, so it’s ingrained in us to put function first. It has to be practical, not just pretty.
What makes a pair of Randolph Engineering sunglasses different from others out there?
We’ve been nicknamed “the tank” of sunglasses. They’re built to military spec (which is a 57-page document), and this makes them incredibly durable. We guarantee all the solder joints for life which is extremely rare in the optical industry.
What advice would you give to other established companies for keeping themselves fresh and relevant as Randolph Engineering has done?
I think the most important thing is to know what’s going on in your market and to stay involved. Talk to your retailers and consumers, get to know the people with other brands, and listen more than you talk. Then selectively take what’s trending and create something new like only you can.
Where do you see Randolph Engineering going in the next year? The next 5 years?
Our priority this year is to grow our brand recognition in the US, Europe, and Japan. Once people are aware of us they develop a love affair with the product and the story. Five years from now we’d like to be unavoidable, but never oversaturated.
What can people expect to find when they visit your space at Confirmed Stock?
At Confirmed Stock we’ll personally fit people into their own custom frame style, color, lens tint, size, and temple. The number of options can be overwhelming, but we’ll be there to guide them.
What’s one thing people should know about Randolph Engineering?
We stand by our product. We have an amazing warranty and knowledgeable Customer Service staff to help consumers with absolutely anything Randolph related. And if you ask for Terry, she’ll probably talk you through any personal problems you may have as well!
What’s the most frequent question you get from people about sunglasses?
“Which size should I get?” While this is a personal preference, we do have guidelines to follow on our website. Our medium sizes fit about 80% of men.
What should every man know about choosing the right pair of sunglasses?
Know what you’re wearing. Know the brand, the materials used, and where and how they were made. It shows you’re a man of distinction, and it’s just good sense. Plus, it impresses us ladies.
Not only are Randolph Engineering sunglasses great looking and made in the US to the highest standards, but they’re also surprisingly affordable. Get your custom-fitted pair on April 28 at Confirmed Stock.
Photos Courtesy of Randolph Engineering