See the Family-Owned Chicago Factory Where Stock Mfg. Co. Is Made
The cool-but-easy menswear line Stock Mfg. Co. might be a newcomer, but its garment factory in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood has been up-and-running for 45 years. In fact, it was founded by the parents of Areill Ives, a member of the Stock founder fivesome, and even though he runs the show now, his mom and dad never miss a day of work—like, ever. Ready to get inside the space? Stock’s Tim Tierney is here to show us around.
“The name Stock is a tribute to Chicago’s Union Stock Yards. For over 100 years, the stock yards were the driving force behind Chicago’s innovation and commerce—and to us a symbol for how one industry can fuel a local economy.”
“Here is Sam cutting fabric the old-school way. Sam’s factory survived the ups and downs of the manufacturing industry over the years by producing military products. When we first started Stock a year and a half ago, our runs were very small. Now we take up a third of the factory’s capacity.”
“This is David, our sewing manager, pressing the seam on a pant. He and his wife work at the factory, and they are two of our best operators.”
“This is me demonstrating how our 100 year old kick press works. It’s a machine for applying hardware like rivets, grommets, and snaps. You kick the pedal, which closes the ends of the press on the hardware and attaches it to the fabric.”
Photos by Stephanie Bassos.