NPR’s Planet Money show wanted to find out about how clothing is made in the global economy. They were able to partner with Jockey to use their resources and did a Kickstarter to fund the project. They were able to film every step, from harvesting the cotton to shipping the finished shirt across the world.
You can view the story on Planet Money.
The Western Shirt (aka Cowboy Shirt) is one of those garments that screams “Americana.” Typically these shirts are cut larger to, theoretically, allow easier movement while in the saddle or dosie-doe-ing on the dance floor at the saloon.
However, in celebration of his new store opening in Houston, Sid Mashburn has created a few Western shirts that have a more refined fit and with some interesting fabrics.
First is a classic denim shirt, but with troca buttons instead of the usual pearlized snaps:
Next is a chambray, but in a Indian selvedge fabric:
Lastly is an oxford, done in a classic blue-and-white university stripe:
Publisher Abrams recently released The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz.
The videos highlighting each chapter of the book, and in turn each of Anderson’s films, are beautifully done.
Earlier this year I was contacted by the publicist for Iron & Resin, a label out of Ventura, CA focused on surf and motorcycle-inspired clothing. The stuff looked intriguing, but I wanted to reserve writing about it until I had a chance to see the clothing firsthand. Last weekend I was in the area on a weekend getaway with my wife, so we stopped in. I have to say,the Iron & Resin Garage is one of the coolest stores I have been to.
The store is packed with Made in the USA goodness, with the Iron & Resin brand as well as other small brands that complement the lifestyle. Ventura’s Main Street is packed with thrift shops and women’s clothing stores, so it’s a welcome oasis of “guy stuff.” If you make it to Ventura, grab a coffee at Palermo across the street and be prepared to spend a good amount of time discovering the store.
I ended up buying the Penfield Colwood Quilted jacket to replace an older Hurley jacket that my wife had started giving me concerned looks whenever I wore it.
Overall, the Iron & Resin Garage is definitely worth a stop if you’re taking a road trip up the coast.
The Iron & Resin Garage
324 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001