At a glance: Stock Manufacturing Co. is a line of men's clothing and accessories that also features frequent collaborations with larger name labels.
Who’s behind the brand? Jim Snediker, Jason Morgan, Matt Morarity, Tim Tierney and Areill Ives make up the big family behind Stock Manufacturing Co, pooling their combined experience in all the necessary fields – design, development, sourcing, production, marketing and retail to create a power team. Behind that family is another (actual biological) family – Areill Ives now owns the factory that was founded over 40 years ago by his father, Sam Ives, to create military uniforms. Sam still works there, by the way, and they still make uniforms in addition to all the Stock goods.
What do they do? Their in-house line of menswear and accessories is all designed, fabricated and distributed completely through their own workshop. Since they distribute directly from manufacturing, they’re able to keep the prices down even with the high quality they produce. They do great button-downs shirts and some outerwear, and have quite the collection of pockets squares and ties as well. Aside from all this they keep as a priority the strengthening of local manufacturing and design community. They take care of their workers, promote talented designers and artist, and give the customers the power of curation.
What about these collaborations? In addition to their own in-house line, they also work with more well established design houses, either because they produce most of their goods overseas and want to try bringing some of it home, or because they want to step outside of the box a little bit and do something they wouldn’t normally include in their regular lines. They also run a line called Concept Series where they work with all sorts of creative individuals from designers to stylists to photographers. Past collaborators include Feltraiger, Justin Bridges of Tucked Style, and Atif Kazmi from Por Homme among others. Their current collaborative effort, as of this writing, is with Whiskey Grade.
Their motto? “Transform the world of fashion through democracy and transparency.”
What materials do they use? The majority of their items are produced in 100% cotton, some of it imported from Japan (like the cotton flannel and all of the fabrics for the ties and pocket squares).
Where are they based? In a 45 year old factory in Garfield Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Editors’ favorites from the line? The & Stock pieces rotate fairly quickly so you’ll have to check in to see what’s on offer right now, but the In Stock inventory seems to stay fairly stable. The slim-fitted shirts are great, and our favorite is probably the super fine wale corduroy with the tiny polka dots – just enough crazy for a subtle guy. Same goes for the Black Floral Diamond Bowtie. But the piece that really caught our eye recently has to be the Oxblood Waxed Cotton Trench.
Where can I get the goods? Through their website. Their pocket squares are also being sold at select Bloomingdales stores in Chicago and New York, which is a great way for people to check out the quality of fabrics and finishing.