When Tim Tierney (left) and Mike Moriarty started contemplating the company they wanted to build, “shake things up” sat at the top of the to-do list. For one, there was the lofty goal of delivering made-in-the-USA clothes with really high-quality materials and finishes—we’re talking Japanese loomed cotton and hand-stitched hems—minus the sticker shock. “We saw how clothes get made and how hard it was to get manufacturing done at a good price, without the markups. We thought there had to be a better way to do things,” says Tim.
The two may not have traditional fashion backgrounds—Tim studied economics, and Mike’s training is in industrial design—but they both tackled a variety jobs in the apparel and manufacturing realms to learn the ropes. Which brings us to phase two of their “shake things up” scheme: Finding local production. “We’re both Midwest kids. I’ve lived in other places, but it just feels right here,” adds Mike. “Why be another voice in New York or L.A. when we can invent ourselves here?” In 2012, Tim and Mike found the ideal factory in Chicago’s West Side, and, with three other business partners, Jim Snediker, Jason Morgan, and Areill Ives, they launched Stock Mfg. Co.
What about the garments themselves? Here, the guys take a more classic approach: “We’re designing clothes we want to wear—interesting prints and fabrics, a slim but not super-slim fit,” Tim explains. That’s something guys in Illinois—and California, Virginia, Oregon, and Texas—can all appreciate. —jane gauger
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