Factory Visit: The Patagonia Archive

In March, shortly after I learned that two of Patagonia’s iconic designs, the original pile jacket and the Synchilla Snap-T, were to be incorporated into upcoming shows at the Tate Modern and MoMA, I reached out to company archivists Val Franco and Terri Laine to see about a visit. As Outside Magazine’s Brad Rassler describes his visit in November of 2016:  “A 10,000-square-foot facility not...

Factory Visit: Teviz

Flannel, a fabric noted for its cozy, breathable, furry texture, is among the first things with which we all fall in love. As comforting as a mother’s heartbeat, a flannel blanket was likely one of the first cloths with which we came into contact upon being born.

Factory Visit: Cause and Effect

When I told the good folks at Selectism about a trip I took with Joe Gannon to the home of belt maker Billy Moore, they were kind enough to feature my visit. Barreling down I-40, on my way to Gatlinburg from Nashville, Tennessee, the rain came at me in sheets. Peering over the steering wheel, trying to keep up with...

Factory Visit: Gitman Bros.

Tucked into the foothills of the Appalachians, in Ashland, a town borne of the once-thriving Pennsylvania coal mines, sits a two story house. That house is home to one of the last great American shirt makers, Gitman Bros. “This was Shelly Gitman’s home away from home,” Gitman President John Minahan explained when I visited last May. “He’d use this place to...

Factory Visit: Oxxford Clothes

At 1220 West Van Buren Street in Chicago’s West Loop, there stands a seven storey brick and glass factory building which has been home to America’s masters of tailoring, Oxxford Clothes since 1948.

Factory Visit: Russell Moccasin

Like many of the small towns in Wisconsin, Berlin is quaint. Its main street is dotted with antique stores and cozy, perfectly-appointed restaurants. But unlike other towns, just off Berlin’s main street, there sits one of the world’s finest custom hunting boot makers, Russell Moccasin.

My Fall Look: The Original Stormy Kromer Cap, A Factory Visit

In college, while on assignment as a costumer, digging through a Goodwill bin in a small Indiana town, I pulled out a ratty, six panel, dark green, buffalo check cap. Tied in a simple bow in front, it had an exterior hat band attached with seam tape to allow the band to slide up and down, “A brilliant idea for...

Apolis Activism + Filson Factory Visit

This morning, Shea Parton of Apolis Activism sent over these shots of a trip he took recently to Seattle’s Filson factory. How jealous am I? The trip was all business, as Shea went to check on the production of their much anticipated collaboration, The Philanthropist Bag.

Factory Visit: Optimo Hats

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.2852710&w=500&h=418&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] This summer, while audiences root for bad guy John Dillinger, famed Chicago bank robber, as he lives larger than life in Michael Mann’s latest blockbuster Public Enemies, I’ll be ogling his hats.

Factory Visit: Pendleton Woolen Mills

Magnus Carstensen of Cophenhagen, Denmark stopped by Pendleton Woolen Mills’ factory in Portland, Oregon, and shared these photos with Sweden’s Très Bien Shop.