Upstate Stock

By Tom Ran

Published: December 3, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Upstate Stock knited hat and fingerless gloves made in New York.

Photo: Upstate Stock

As it turns out manufacturing in the United States isn’t dead. There are still thriving factories hidden away in rural America operating for decades. Bram Robinson, owner of Upstate Stock is rediscovering one such factory in New York. A factory that has been making knitted goods since 1946 for the military and NYPD. He’s working with them to launch a new line of accessories. Upstate Stock’s offerings will include gloves, mittens and hats in various colors made from Ragg Wool for men and women. A men’s line is available on their site with a women’s line to follow. Though Upstate Stock is already up and running, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to grow the business and to expand into new markets. They have 15 more days to meet their goal. Support their cause or pick up a pair of gloves for the winter months ahead.

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Alexander McQueen + Damien Hirst

By Tom Ran

Published: November 13, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst detailed scarf.

Photo: Alexander McQueen

The skull obsessed designer and artist have come together, albeit posthumously. Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst are collaborating on a series of limited edition scarves to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the recurring motif. Thirty designs ranging from skulls to insects and butterflies will adorn the scarves with prices that will range from $515 to $1,175. They will be available beginning Friday in store and online. Watch this beautiful film directed by Sølve Sundsbø. (via T Magazine)

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Gentlemen’s Vintage Show

By Tom Ran

Published: November 1, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Gentlemen’s Vintage Show from Manhattan Vintage

Photo: Manhattan Vintage

Workwear is not completely dead despite what some critics have said. Whether it’s a full take on its original form or details that influence a newer design, there’s still an appetite for it. And just like military, workwear will continue to impact current menswear design. That’s why its helpful for the industry to scour vintage shows throughout the country. In two weeks Manhattan Vintage will return with their annual Gentlemen’s Vintage Show. Exhibitors will be selling everything from workwear and military to vintage posters and accessories. They include Seattle’s Heller’s Cafe, Strongarm C & S Co. and many others. The show will be held for one day only, November 15th from 12-7pm.

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Tenue de Nîmes Denim Dictionary

By Tom Ran

Published: October 29, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Tenue de Nîmes Denim Dictionary

Photo: Tenue de Nîmes

Are your jeans sanforized? Did it go through a greencast or greycast wash? Are the warp and weft threads the same? If “selvedge” is the extent of your denim vocabulary you may be interested in Tenue de Nîmes Denim Dictionary. The Amsterdam outfitter has created a lexicon for every denim enthusiast. It is the 5th issue in an ongoing series of magazines/books Tenue de Nîmes publishes. The dictionary is a lightweight glossary for everything denim with accompanying illustration from Joost Stokhof. Get your copy directly from Tenue de Nîmes.

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Ten C Parka

By Tom Ran

Published: October 24, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Ten-C parka at Freemans Sporting Club

Photo: Freemans Sporting Club

Freemans has always prided themselves on being local, from the clothes they make to the food they serve at the restaurant. But reducing your business to within a 10 mile radius of your location can be very limiting. FSC is beginning to loosen up their self imposed regulation by bringing in products outside of New York.

They just got a shipment of Ten-C parkas in store. The Italian-based company has designed a parka based on a 1951 version used by the U.S. army. It’s been sized down for everyday use and like everything in the collection, no labels are seen outside or inside. Unless you want to add a liner to it, in which case, there’s a simple patch on the inside. The Ten-C parka is available at the store and will be online next week.

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Content 2013 - Ace Hotel Portland

Published: October 22, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Content 2013

Photo: Ace Hotel Portland

Everyone knows about Portland’s food scene, it’s made a name for itself as one of the leading culinary destinations in the west coast. But there’s also a thriving independent fashion and design community that is just as strong and Ace Hotel has been an advocate of this scene. They return next month with Content 2013 – an event that pulls together twenty-eight labels for a showcase inside their hotel. The labels will occupy the second floor, each have been assigned a guest room to do as they wish, whether it’s a traditional product display set-up or a more elaborate installation. Tanner Goods, Poler, Portland Garment Factory, Bridge and Burn and others will be on hand. Content 2013 takes place November 9th, advance tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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