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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.

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Brand Profile: Sandtown Millworks
Chris Walbert

– People say American manufacturing is dead and it isn’t coming back. That’s bullshit. Great products are still made here and we hope we’re an example of that.

Sandtown Millworks

Sandtown Millworks is one of those companies that just does things the right way. From the way they source materials to their construction methods and finishing touches, everything is done with intent and care. Sandtown Millworks has quickly gained a reputation in and around Baltimore for building superior coffee tables, dining tables, consoles, beds, desks, mirrors, and bookshelves that celebrate the history behind each and every piece. We were fortunate enough to sit down with co-founder Will Phillips to learn even more about Sandtown Millworks.

Why did you start Sandtown Millworks?

We started Sandtown Millworks because Baltimore has an amazing “natural resource” – the old-growth structural lumber that most of our rowhomes and buildings are made of – that too often gets trashed. The thought of that beautiful lumber rotting in a landfill makes us sick.

Where does the name Sandtown Millworks come from?

The idea for Sandtown Millworks was born on a Habitat for Humanity job site in a West Baltimore neighborhood called Sandtown. The wood for the company’s first collections came from homes that Sandtown Habitat had rehabbed and wood from Sandtown homes is still used in our pieces.

What drives you to keep it going?

Every day in Baltimore there’s a building being demolished, and there’s a dumpster out front waiting to haul the old lumber to the dump. That structural wood is a precious resource and it won’t be around forever; we want to make the most of it while it’s still around.

Sandtown Millworks

What excites you about what you do?

Every new batch of wood we get has different qualities. Some have the original saw marks from when they were first milled, some have really intricate wood grain, some have old notches and mortise holes, some have beautiful natural edges that follow the wood grain. Every batch has its own character which we try to highlight in a finished piece of furniture.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and how you conceive new products?

John (Bolster) is the creative leader of Sandtown Millworks. He’s an architect from Catholic University who wanted to build his own designs. He’s spent 17 years designing and building stunning, one-of-a-kind rowhomes in Baltimore. John spends very little time drawing, most of the creative process happens while canvassing the boards in the wood shop and during the actual construction of a prototype.

What inspires you?

We draw inspiration from Baltimore. We naturally gravitated toward a style that fits with Baltimore’s heritage and personality: industrial, imperfect and proud to be that way.

 

Why did you decide to make your products in America?

People say American manufacturing is dead and it isn’t coming back. That’s bullshit. Great products are still made here and we hope we’re an example of that. But it’s true that a lot furniture is made overseas where labor’s cheap. Customers are mainly paying for virgin materials, packaging, transportation and the cost to operate a big retail store where it’s sold. We don’t have most of those costs. But every piece of Sandtown Millworks furniture is carefully handmade to order. Our customers pay for the many hours of highly skilled labor that go into each piece. Dollar for dollar, that results in a better piece of furniture.

Where do you see Sandtown Millworks going in the next year?

Sandtown Millworks has a lot more room to grow in Baltimore. We’ve had a 2-3 month backlog of orders since we launched, and we’re just starting to get the word out. We’re focused on growing our business locally and making the best-designed, highest quality furniture on the market.

Another signature element of Sandtown Millworks furniture is the weathered metal plugs which are inset into the tops and legs to cover the joinery. These metal discs not only lend perfectly to the look of the piece, but they are a waste product from a local metal worker that Sandtown often partners with.

Will & John of Sandtown Millworks

Join us on April 28 to meet the gentlemen behind Sandtown Millworks and see their creations in person. That’s really the best way to experience these pieces. You can also learn more on their Facebook page.

Photos Courtesy of Sandtown Millworks

Posted: March 14, 2012 No Comments »

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