Based on the Original 874 work pant, the Detroit 874 is made of the trademark Dickies dark navy 65/35 twill. Keeping the classic tunnel belt loops and signature permanent leg crease, Dickies added red contrast stitching, pocketing and logos, to make this limited edition pant special. (Only 5000 pair were made) Most importantly, the Detroit 874 is hand made right here in the U.S.A.
Launched last September with partnership from the Detroit Salvation Army, the Dickies Detroit 874 was designed to take on unemployment in the Metro Detroit area. For every Detroit 874 that is purchased, Dickies has pledged to donate a pair of the Original 874 to assist a Detroit worker in need. Dickies has also pledged $25,000 to help combat the economic crisis that has hit the Motor City.
“Dickies and Detroit have some inherent similarities. Both have the hallmarks of a classic American work ethic; both persevere no matter what obstacles arise; and both have an undeniable authenticity steeped in pride and independence,” said Tad Uchtman, Sr. VP Marketing for Dickies. I could not agree more with Mr. Uchtman and urge you to head over to Dickies and pick up a pair of the Detroit 874. By doing so, you will no only support workers in need, but also the spirit and beliefs that this great country was built on.
On my recent trip to NorthernGRADE I had the pleasure of meeting Billy Moore from Cause and Effect Belts. We were introduced at the welcome party held at MartinPatrick3 the night before the event and from the minute we starting talking, I knew Billy was a person I had to get to know better.
Our conversation started with our professions and why we were at the event. Over the course of the night, it evolved into how we both had been to the Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon, PA numerous times and what were the outcomes of those visits. I am keeping most of the details between Mr. Moore and myself, but lets just say those visits included underage drinking, a boilermaker contest with a ‘made man’ from Youngstown and a fight that one of us did not remember until a parent woke one of us up the next morning and asked ‘who’s blood was all over your clothes’. (See, I told you I knew he was somebody I had to get to know better.)
The next day at the event I was able to see Billy’s goods. He had all his leather belts, straps/cuffs and copper buckles laid out on display. The leather comes from various places, some from Horween, some from random tanneries and some vintage Amish harnesses. He treats the leather belts and straps/cuffs with nontraditional methods. Some are hand pounded with rocks while others are soaked in a river and laid to dry in the sun. All of this buckles are handmade from copper, and like his leather, none are the same. I was able to pick out nice piece for myself, a Horween belt with an anchor buckle for $150.00. Billy was so nice that he threw in GWP (Gift With Purchase), a cuff made from a vintage Amish harness, that the wife wanted for herself.
We hung out after the event and into the early AM with the rest of the crew from NorthernGRADE, with Billy telling stories at each stop we made along the night. There was a post a few months ago stating that there was this ‘hillbilly’ from Tennessee that make belts. After meeting the man and seeing his product and great passion for what he does, that post needs to be revised to read ‘an artist and true talent’
This past weekend I had the pleasure traveling north to Minneapolis, MN and attending NorthernGRADE, an Ad-Hoc Men’s Market, held at Architectural Antiques. This event, hosted by J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks, was a showcase of great menswear vendors, who’s products are all made in the U.S.A.
The hosts made sure to invite an array of vendors, ensuring that all parts of a man’s wardrobe would be covered. The boys from Baldwin Denim, out of Kansas City, brought their expertise and extensive knowledge of fits and fabrics. Red Wing and Russell Moccasin made sure to have the best rugged footwear to be made in the U.S.A. J.W. Hulme Co. and Duluth Pack, both haling from Minnesota, had an assortment of bags that would rival any top Italian collection. MartinPatrick3, a local favorite, had a fine selection of vintage watches and some great pieces from Gitman Brothers. Pierrepont Hicks’ neckwear was a perfect match with the gents from Taylor Stitch. Cause and Effect rounded out the show with its handmade leather belts and accessories. (I’ll have more details on some of my finds in future posts.)
I feel that the event was a huge success, it filled a much needed niche by creating a venue that promotes and celebrates companies that strive to continue manufacturing high-quality goods here in the US. NorthernGRADE hit the proverbial nail on the head, combining both relatively new brands along with those that have been in the “American-Made” business for years. I only hope that the next year’s event grows larger with more companies that are willing to make the grade.
My trip this weekend to Milwaukee allowed me the opportunity to stop into Detour, one of the leading independently-run menswear stores in the the United States. It was my first time to Milwaukee and to Detour but after a few minutes talking to Jason, co-owner of the shop, one would think he and I were old friends.
Jason and I talked about how he and his brother Jesse started the business back in 1997 and how it has evolved over the years. Our conversation expanded on the importance of items being ‘Made In The USA’ and shopping locally, both which I strongly support. We also chatted about how today’s male consumer is highly brand loyal and is willing pay a higher retail for brands he trusts.
On the floor that day was a great selection from Woolrich Woolen Mills, Levis Vintage Collection Denim, and mix of vintage pieces that Jason and Jesse picked up while shopping flea-markets and estate sales. One such item caught my eye: a great pair of vintage Red Wing boots that dated back to the 1940’s. The only thing that kept them from coming home with me was the fact that they were a size 8.
Selection was a bit limited due to the fact they are moving locations at the end of the month. The new location will allow for a more intimate shopping experience allowing the customer to stop in and check out the goods and possibly stay awhile shooting the shit with Jason and other Detour regulars. I’m looking forward to making trip back in the months to come to check out their new digs.