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.
All praise due to tha gawd Jon Moy over at Four Pins for putting me onto EG, as the brand has become an instant favorite of mine and another excellent reason to hate being a poor person. Indeed, I would need to step up my disposable income game by a few orders of magnitude before dropping the requisite arm and leg for a Patchwork Print 19th Century BD Shirt like the one pictured above. One day, I hope you'll catch me at your local noodle spot, looking like the most fire version of your great-aunt's quilt while slurping down a bowl of tonkotsu ramen, and you'll know that I've arrived. I might even toss this Blue Dungaree Cloth Shop Coat over the top to complete my hypothetical flex:
Picking EG to kick off my MADE IN USA WEEK almost feels like cheating, since Suzuki and his aesthetic are decidedly Japanese. But like many Japanese menswear designers, much of his inspiration comes from the American military and workwear traditions. And if that doesn't convince you, the fact is that EG's clothes are made in New York, so I've got you on a technicality.
If you want to see more from Engineered Garments and the man behind the brand, watch these videos and consider skipping rent or utilities in order to purchase a little piece of the magic.
MADE IN USA WEEK continues! Read VOL. 2 here.
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