Thursday, April 2, 2015

We love:

A while ago, I mentioned how we are slowly moving toward buying better quality, more expensive clothing (see here). Quality over quantity and all that. I've been editing my wardrobe and replacing items when needed but Andrew's closet needs some help. Since he doesn't get all that pumped about clothes, I'm the one who usually does his shopping. And with my attention focused on my clothes, his kind of got overlooked. Well, not anymore. Enter Flint and Tinder.

F+T UNDERWEAR from Flint and Tinder USA on Vimeo.

I know you're probably thinking "Oh, gross. I really don't want to know about your underwear-buying habits," and you're right -- we aren't going there (although they do have really great underwear). What started out as underwear has become so much more. Their company now makes all different kinds of garments. All made in America using American materials. And the really unique thing about their line? It's all crowd-funded.

Flint and Tinder started on Kickstarter and has grown by leaps and bounds since its early days. And, in my opinion, they're one of the coolest and most interesting players in men's fashion. Here's how it works: They work with manufacturers to design each element of their garments and then post them to their website. If you like a specific item, you back it. When an item is 100% funded, they produce it, using American materials and American labor in an American factory. By doing this, they are able to match supply with demand and reduce waste, making each item cheaper for you.

[via Flint & Tinder]
I did a little research on their company and actually learned a lot about other companies in the fashion industry in the process. A lot of what I found out was shocking. I'm glad there are companies out there, like Flint and Tinder, who don't take advantage of the consumers. I feel good supporting them. And I like that they are helping to stimulate the economy and bring manufacturing jobs back to America. For every 1,000 garments they sell per month, one full-time factory job is created. I like knowing I'm a part of that.

[via Flint & Tinder]

We still support other great companies like Everlane (mostly for me) and Darn Tough (for socks) and I'm challenging myself to start making more of my own clothing but we've been growing A's wardrobe with pieces from Flint and Tinder. They're well-constructed pieces made with premium materials that will stand the test of time.

Like always, I encourage you to really take ownership of your clothing. Make good choices. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Know your costs. Your money is power so wield it carefully.

And if you're interested, check out Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap-Fashion. It's an interesting and informative read.

(This isn't a sponsored post, we just really like Flint and Tinder.)

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