Heirloom Quality? July 30 2012
You may be asking yourself, "what is heirloom quality because it sounds kind of made up?". To be sure, there is no school that teaches "heirloom construction techniques" as far as I know. This is a phrase I use to convey the generations of knowledge, five to be precise, that have been passed on to me that are used on every single product from WHTC.
I was having a conversation with my grandmother about a month back about this very topic. I rattled off a few of the techniques I seem to use everyday (sorry, no details, family secret). These were techniques that I was taught since the young age of seven, as soon as I could reach the foot pedals, and so I asked my her if these were the same techniques taught to her. Of course she said. She explained that the way we all learned to sew goes all the way back to the Dust Bowl days in Kansas when clothing had to be durable and last literally generations. Back then I also discovered, no one in my family sewed with the luxury of patters either! They used, as near as we can tell, a basic draping method of cutting away fabric and it was all sewn by hand. Anyone sew a shirt with thread and a needle lately? Then came the part that I loved, because I discovered where my attention to detail came from: If a stitch wasn't properly sewn on said hand-sewn shirt, guess what, you ripped it out and started over because that shoddy work wasn't going to cut it! Mystery solved. So, there you have it. Heirloom Construction rooted in the Dust Bowl Era.
Welcome to Fall 2012 July 26 2012
Welcome to our new site and the premiere of our Fall 2012 Collection! For this collection, I was inspired by an old photo of my grandfather during his service days in the Army. I saw that flat cotton tie, tucked into his shirt perfectly so and knew I wanted to replicate that look. It was dressy, yet functional, our credo for the Fall season. You will find a wide range of fabrications in this collection from duck cloth and denim, to cotton rip-stop and even heavy wool. And, for the first time, we are introducing our heirloom pocket square. For more information on these products, click on the individual collections and read more. Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Made in America brands. God bless the USA, and may he save the Republic.