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Introducing Brush Brown

Posted October 2, 2018

Introducing our Brush Brown family of products

If you come into our shop on any given day, there'll be one to four folks in the back tinkering away at various projects. In truth, we spend a large portion of our time cutting or sewing items for the our shop or other stockists around the country. Always with a lot of good music in the background, heads down, and dripping with focus.

But you might also walk in one day to see a couple of us, myself (Jess) and Erik in particular, seemingly just chillin' on computers or fiddling with tiny scraps of fabric and leather, and not really getting much done. But so much is happening in those moments that can't really be seen. Our goal isn't just to bring sturdy, useful products to the masses, but also to do it with the best materials possible. And honestly, to do it with materials that we just really, really dig.

And that's how we landed on the Brush Brown fabric we're presenting in our sale this week. We've always offered a main line of blues, browns, and olive greens. They're our staple colors in waxed and non-waxed canvas as well as leather. We'd been set on our Charcoal, Olive, and Field Tan waxed canvases for as long as we'd been making bags out of waxed canvas. They're all beautiful colors that just work for us. But, as is the case in some many facets of our lives, sometimes you just want to spice things up a bit.

Of course we couldn't change up the Charcoal. It's our best-selling color of fabric by a landslide. And we're not the kind of folks who take joy in denying the people what they want. As for Olive, it't one of the few truly excellent green shades available in waxed canvas, so that one was staying put, too. But with Field Tan, we had a little wiggle room. Our fabric supplier offers several shades of tan and brown to play with so we brought in a little Brush Brown, and we brought in a little Sage, and we polled the audience (and by audience, I mean our am amazing staff). We landed on the Brush Brown because of it's warmth and depth. Where the other colors were bold and crisp, this one seemed to have a little added nuance. It's not the same in every angle. You'll pick up ambers and honey tones, and even a little pale green in some lights. It's a truly unique shade that was just couldn't get enough of.

We made everything in it. Pouches and dopp kits. Weekenders and briefcases. Totes and totes and totes. This color looks great on everything.

Brand Profile – American Trench

Posted April 11, 2018

American Trench was founded in 2008 with a mission to make something that didn't exist anymore; an American-made trench coat that lived up to their high standards. Rather than just make a coat as quickly, and cheaply as they could, slap on a "Made in the USA" label and sit back an relax, founder Jacob Hurwitz asked "How can we do the best for the people around us?". They answered that by analyzing each step in the process of making a coat, and using the best materials or labor for each.

The socks are made with the same ethos in mind, and have quickly gained the attention and acclaim from anyone who has had the pleasure of wearing a pair. Using American materials when it best serves the product, and always American labor. We're proud to not only carry but wear some of the most interesting socks in the world. Wool, recycled cotton, linen, cashmere and yes, even silver are used by American Trench to make fun, and dependable socks that you'll be thankful for.

Photos by J. Stark

Brand Profile – Lowercase

Posted April 4, 2018

Sharing in our commitment to the revival of American manufacturing and only using the best materials for their products, we welcome sunglasses from Lowercase to our Charleston flagship and online store.

Lowercase takes an immersive approach to design and production. Sourcing Mazzucchelli acetate from Italy and Carl Zeiss lenses, they employ both new technologies and hand-finishing techniques in a 30 step process from design to delivery.

Their factory is located in the 1919 built Brooklyn Army Terminal, which once housed the largest US military supply base during World War II. Today it's been repurposed for manufacturing and industrial use.

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Photos by Gear Patrol Studios