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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

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 »


  1. George Clooney says:

    This site is dope, boys!

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