I grew up with a carpenter for a father and spent many winters tromping through knee high Chicago snow falls. More times than I could count, I raided my father’s closet for his pile of Carhartt coats and wide selection of thermal wear. Growing up I appreciated the garments in his closet a bit more than my own because how his clothes weathered beautifully with time and how well they held up even in the harshest of conditions. Every cold winter morning he would simply remind me how much a Carhartt coat could make a difference in my sure to be below freezing temperature day. He was right and it has stuck to me ever since. Duck canvas has been a second skin to me for most of my life.
To be honest, a large part of my sense of style and fashionable appeal has been completely molded by my own dad’s profession. I’m incredibly grateful for that because today I take a lot of consideration and care into the things and people that I take into my life.
Flash forward to me age 25 and my undying search for Made In USA denim,. I’m ogling and salivating at every cut and finish companies throw together for it’s very small market. What I’m not salivating about is the high price for the denim jeans I’m finding. I come across a menswear forum and by the suggestion of a fellow forum member, I’m directed to the Bristol, Tennessee based manufacturer L.C. King Manufacturing Company and their flagship Pointer Brand. The prices are affordable, the quality garments are made in the USA and the company have a modest belief about what they offer:
Pointer Brand is for everyone and for every age. It is the best fitting, most comfortable clothing made. Our loyal customers trust the quality workmanship, classic styles and great prices. Our employees are committed, dedicated and deliver on time. We represent the phrase Made in America.
It’s a belief and objective I hold myself to when I have my own line of products.
Since discovering Pointer Brand and the incredible collection of clothing they produce, one particular item that I have deeply desired is their Pointer Duck Canvas Chore Coat. It’s a garment reminiscent of what I wore during my own childhood and a coat I hope to carry well into my growing adult years.
Crafted and doubled stitched for durability with 100% domestically sourced lightweight cotton canvas, iconic Pointer branded polished nickle buttons down the front of the coat and at wrists, four large patch pockets with a wide variety of storage uses, a Pointer patch logo and a pencil pocket are the small beautiful touches sewed into this simple but wonderfully manufactured coat.
It’s lighter than I thought it would be when I received it. It fits a tad large but being born and raised in the Midwest, it’s always a healthy reminder it was made so you can layer up during those chilly winter months! I absolutely love this coat and it will be carried with me for the years to come and have a haystack of memories to go along with it.
Expect to see me photograph and recount the experiences I have in this coat. I want to give my greatest gratitude and appreciation to the L.C. King Manufacturing Company for generously assisting me in acquiring this beautiful coat. Their company and the Pointer Brand are the roots of what makes manufacturing in this country essential, they deserve to be supported and their products deserve to be worn everyday. Their quality products and the company itself truly do make a difference.
Sometimes being fed up is one hell of an option. More times than history could ever recount, it’s the only option you could ever have that’s going to make a significant difference in your life. No compromise, just everything you need and everything you could ever use to build it better, to build something stronger.
That’s what I did. That’s what the founders of Chrome Industries did.
Chrome Industries was founded 1995 in Boulder, Colorado by a couple of bicycle messengers fed up with a the quality and function of the bags being manufactured for everyday working messengers. Starting with a Juki sewing machine, several yards military grade fabric, some car sear belts they were able to tear out and a determination to make something that works hard for them. They began sewing and crafting a reputation for creating some of the finest and incredibly functional bags around. Seventeen years later and a giant leap to San Francisco, the company is still doing what it does best. Sewing durable bags and today they are constructing beautiful apparel and functional footwear for the many who absolutely need something more out of the products they entrust to have as a part of their lives.
One of the first pieces I purchased that exemplified the standards of quality and the motion to purchase “irreplaceable, not disposable” was my Chrome Salvage Series Citizen Buckle Bag. It completely solidified my thoughts on how I should approach a product and how it’s utility in my everyday use. I simply thought to myself “Is this something I’ll use for now?” or ”Do I want this as a integral part of my life?”
“Do I want others to look at this product and have it echo the stories I’ve experience with it?”
The bag has done just that. It’s a specialty release from Chrome Industries that forgoes it standard Cordura shell and instead fabricated with reclaimed U.S. Army canvas tents. Each one is unique as the next, individually stamped with the number in it’s lot and every run of the model ending when the fabric finally runs out. It’s a product that I consider close to my heart because it’s unique in it’s own run and it carries a rich amount of the experiences I have had with it. From midnight rides on the south side of Chicago to the lakefront with a mini keg in tow, to hauling parts of my life 2,000 miles across the country to my new home of San Diego, to becoming an heirloom of my personality that when viewed upon, depicts the kind of person I have grown to be.
It’s a bag that people have come to identify myself with. As if were no different then the hair on my head. It’s practically a part of me. I’ve worked myself hard into this bag and it shows on it’s scarred fabric and the stress into it’s seams. I’m proud to own it and proud to support a company like Chrome Industries. They make fantastic products (to which I own several!) and believe the functionality and merits of their products outlast and over performed what their makers ever intended for them to do.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson
Scars were meant to come with pride. Many coward in the fear of getting older, they begin
to squabble with their aged flesh, and begin nasty quarrels with mother nature for the wrinkles she massages into our tender eyes. Take pride in what you and mother nature have wrought into the bones and skin you call your own. It has so many stories to share, so many inspirations to ignite in the budding bodies and growing minds after you.
Take pride in what you make. Craft it to outlast a lifetime.
“Made and Crafted” is a series curated to showcase apparel and dry goods that are built today with a fine array of qualities and construction methods by an ecclectic mix of prideful craftsmen and artists. Here you will find handsome footwear, a collection of superior tools, to the wicked socks that can adorn your toes and so much more, I’ll be displaying a variety of items that can be supplemental to your every day life and displaying utility far beyond what you expected. I’ll be documenting the aging process of several of the items I own myself and retelling the stresses and strains I apply to them through the efforts of my own life. Here mere objects become essentials in your life to becoming a retelling of your life.
For quite some time I’ve marveled and drooled over the pieces being produced by the remarkable talent at Ebbet’s Field Flannels. From cutting and sewing their own line of vintage inspired reproductions of sports apparel right in their factory in Seattle, Washington to working closely with a variety of designers featuring J. Crew, Jack Spade to Supreme and more. When they finally collaborated with one of my favorite garment companies, Nashville based denim famous Imogene and Willie, my feet and hands quivered in excitement at the thought of owning such a wonderful piece. Incredible double stitched constructed, a soft faded indigo blue wool, and a thick cut leather adjustment band so you make sure you get the right fit every time. Truly soft to the touch and a baseball cap worn like no other.
I’ve had this piece on my desk and on my head daily. Even with the wool fabric, I’ve really utilized this cap as a four season accessory. It’s light, breathable and sewn with a construction capable of withstanding anything I or the California weather has to throw at it. It’s truly a remarkable piece that I’m looking forward to adding years to it and telling stories with it.