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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 3
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Style vs. Fashion
Chris Walbert

Style is how you write, how you paint, how you throw a curveball. Style is innate. It’s part of who you are.

Confirmed Stock: Style vs. Fashion

When we started talking about this site, we wanted to make the point that it would never be about “fashion.” We’re not fashion guys, per say, and the idea of talking about trends, what’s hot for the season and things fashion blogs talk about was never what we wanted to do. Instead, one of our overarching themes here will be something much more lasting: style. That may seem like arguing over semantics, but we think it’s an important distinction. Fashion is something that changes with the seasons. It’s controlled and directed by some outside force that tells people what to wear and how to wear it. Style, on the other hand, is much more personal. Style is how you write, how you paint, how you throw a curveball. Style is innate. It’s part of who you are. And just like writing, painting or pitching, your style can grow and improve if you put the work in.
So when you see us talking about things like clothing, shoes and ties, don’t be alarmed. The goal is never to break the latest fashion trends. Instead, our goal will always be to highlight goods and makers that are creating timeless, lasting things. These are the things that would have made sense for our fathers and grandfathers to own and will still make sense for our sons and grandsons. And we ask you to hold us accountable here. If you see us talking about something that you don’t think fits this criteria, call us out. We are by no means experts that are above reproach. We’re hoping to gain as much from our collective readers as you gain from us.
Posted: February 20, 2012 2 Comments »

Entry No 2
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Thoughtful, not Conspicuous, Consumption
Chris Walbert

Consumption

I want to set something straight from the outset, because it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Confirmed Stock is not about conspicuous consumption. It’s not about buying stuff you don’t need. What it is about, at least in part, is being thoughtful and mindful of what you’re purchasing, where it comes from, and who’s behind it. We’re all constantly bombarded by marketing messages pushing us to buy low-quality, largely-disposable, things we don’t need. And acting on these messages is now easier than ever. Confirmed Stock is not about converting quick sales. We’re here to make the case for why, if these brands sell something you need, you should consider patronizing them. Even if you find something you really want or need to buy, consider it carefully. Purchasing one thing always means going without something else. In the age of credit cards, debit cards and direct deposit, we sometimes forget this. We’ve been detached from our money, so we feel frivolous spending less than we used to. And that makes this idea of mindful spending even more important and necessary.
Confirmed Stock: ConsumptionWe’ll shortly be rolling out a series of profiles on brands we feel are deserving of your consideration. We’re not spending the time to do this because we have any agenda or ulterior motive. We’re doing this because it’s important to us and we want to help others spend more thoughtfully.
Posted: February 19, 2012 No Comments »

Entry No 1
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Why Confirmed Stock?
Neal Shaffer

— More and more merchants & entrepreneurs were starting to make names for themselves by offering well-made items designed to last not simply for one season or trend cycle but for years, even lifetimes of faithful service.

(Sidebar: for anyone interested in a longer discussion of my personal reasons for preferring to buy American when I can, click here)
This is an ambitious undertaking. All of us involved in putting it together (myself and the guys from Drexler) know that. But we’re not only excited as hell to be moving forward with it, we’re optimistic that it’s going to succeed. The reasons for that go to the roots of why we’re doing it in the first place. It started somewhere in late 2010. For me, that was the year I decided I needed to both start dressing myself with a little bit more purpose and also be more purposeful with my spending. I always disliked buying cheap clothes/accessories just because they were cheap, but I had also become disillusioned with spending more on a “good” brand that ended up being barely better than the cheap stuff I thought I was replacing. I was also getting incredibly tired of seeing “Made in China” on virtually everything I bought. There’s nothing automatically wrong with imported goods but there’s something about a once-in-a-lifetime economic crisis that refocuses your ideas about where discretionary money is actually going. Luckily for me, 2010 was also a great year for men when it comes to clothing. The so-called “heritage” trend (a term I don’t like, but it’s functional in this context) meant it was suddenly possible to find a lot of well-designed menswear that didn’t look or feel like “fashion” and wouldn’t make one look like a dandy or, worse, a dilettante. That in itself was a revelation. It was also around that time that I started sensing another trend, one I’ll call thoughtful retail. More and more merchants and/or entrepreneurs were starting to make names for themselves by offering well-made items designed to last not simply for one season or trend cycle but for years, even lifetimes of faithful service.These two things – an uptick in relevant menswear style and more thoughtful retailing – came together in the form of events like NorthernGRADE in Minnesota and the Pop-Up Flea in New York, and in emerging brands like Taylor Stitch, Pierrepont Hicks, Raleigh Denim and a host of others.

Something was brewing, but it hadn’t hit Baltimore yet, at least not in terms of menswear. The logical thing to do, then, was help bring it here. The preliminary steps toward what would become Confirmed Stock started in February 2011 but I quickly realized it wasn’t something I could pull off on my own. So I partnered with the Drexler guys and we got to work planning something for the fall. Scheduling conflicts put the screws to that but we’re full speed ahead now for spring and couldn’t be happier.

– What we’re trying to accomplish here is twofold.

First, we want to bring some really great brands/retailers together in Baltimore under one roof in a way that’s never happened before. In fact, most of the stuff we’ll have on offer isn’t available anywhere else in the area. We believe the market is here. Confirmed Stock bridges the gap.

Second, we’re hoping to establish a more long-term presence in the city and the region as purveyors of this kind of thinking, through both our pop-up events and the content we create here on the site. The ultimate form that takes is as-yet undefined but filled with possibility. To some extent, we’re going where it takes us.

But first thing’s first and that’s the inaugural Confirmed Stock at the 2640 Space on April 28, 2012. Menswear, vintage, dry goods. Quality stuff all around and a good time to be had by all. We hope to see you there.

Posted: February 18, 2012 No Comments »