MADE IN USA WEEK continues with two American-made denim brands. Read VOL. 1 here.
Like most hipsters, I love denim. And in the immortal words of the Old Dirty Bastard, "I like it raw". I won't bother explaining what raw denim is or what selvedge denim is, as the fine lads over at Rawr Denim have that covered (click through those links to get a primer). While being raw and/or selvedge doesn't automatically make a pair of jeans better, much of the world's best denim possesses those qualities, making them catnip to the #denimhead crowd. So for the second installment of MADE IN USA WEEK, we'll take a look at two American brands that do denim right: Tellason and Rogue Territory.
independence Day is coming up and my wife suggested that I should focus on American-made brands for the week. After rephrasing her idea and co-opting it as my own, I realized I was right. So, dear reader, I present to you the first installment of MADE IN USA WEEK. Today's brand: Engineered Garments, the New York based brainchild of Japanese-born designer/uber-genius Daiki Suzuki.
Hooray, gay! Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Good times, America. I won't wax poetic, as I'm sure plenty of #influencers are dropping generation-defining quotes about this landmark case on your Twitter feed right now. I will point out that Scalia's dissent is a bunch of butthurt bullshit, so exquisitely lacking in self-awareness that it must have required balls of mammoth proportions. As such, I must recommend that he pick up these Rick Owens drop-crotch trousers, in order to accommodate his elephantine testicles:
I'm in a shitty mood, largely due to slicing my finger open on a broken glass and bleeding all over my apartment. My bathroom looks like I'm about halfway through the cleaning process that follows hooker-dismemberment. Not that I'd know anything about that (remember: work the limbs like pumps). Because of my foul mood, I can't be bothered to craft prose with the sterling wit you've come to expect. So just look at this big box print slub pocket tee from Blue Blue Japan:
Holy shit balls, nonnative has the shirt game on lock. Check out this laborer shirt. I love the 3/4 zipper, the dope little chest pocket, the single button closure at the bottom. It's on sale for 182 USD, so I'm not sure what kind of laborers this shirt is actually for, but DEM HEMZ THO. You should buy this shirt and start referring to your studio loft as your "dojo" and to yourself as "sensei". If I buy it, I'll just end up spilling my Manhattan on it, while laughing pretentiously at Frasier. Now that's a timely fucking reference if I've ever heard one, fam.
Today is a red-letter day. Today, the world witnesses an event of earth-shattering import. An event awaited with more desperation than the Second Coming and Chinese Democracy combined. So significant that once I reveal it, it will render the rest of your existence hollow and turn the life you once knew to colorless drudgery. But first, look at this close-up of some slubby denim.
My love affair with pockets continues and Engineered Garments always comes correct with interesting pocket designs. Look at the asymmetrical pocket scheme on this overshirt. Think of all the things you could keep on your chest. Personally, I rarely use shirt pockets, so my obsession with them is purely aesthetic. Does that make it nobler? I like to think so. Some people say works of art cannot have utility. I don't use the pockets, ergo they are art. And while 216 USD might seem like a hefty sum for a shirt, it's a steal for an objet d'art like this. That's just flawless pocket logic right there.
It's Friday and, as tradition dictates, it's time to drink. It's also summer, the best season for drinking (tied with fall, winter, and spring), so I thought I'd offer up a fruity variation on a classic: the Manhattan.
I can't figure out whether I like this Rogue Territory supply jacket. It's handmade in LA out of a 2x1 weave Japanese red-line selvedge denim, so it hits the right #denimnerd notes. I like the cut, the pockets, and sweet details like the silk screened care instructions.
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