1. They directly produce their the garments they sell (I'm talkin' one or two people designing and making the garments themselves), or
2. Use local and/or fair labor
3. Offer garments made from rich/heritage/'the best' materials
4. in relatively casual styles (i.e., not MC)
SEH Kelly- small label based in London, using materials and makers from the British Isles. Garments are produced in small quantities, and to very high standards. Just read the four-part story about the development of their recent pea coat, and you'll understand the brand well.
Brooklyn Tailors- Focusing on shirting, suiting, ties, etc., Brooklyn Tailors is another small brand that produces garments in small quantities in part using interesting Italian and Japanese fabrics. They offer OTR garments, as well as MTM. Much of the suiting and ties are made in the US, and shirting coming from Nepal. Review of one of their shirts forthcoming.
ARN Mercantile (if they are still producing)
(probably a lot more denim labels to add here)
Handknitting Association of Iceland
Let's have a discussion about why these brands, and any others you can suggest, belong here.
Edited by zissou - 12/29/12 at 9:55am