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Heritage clothing and accessories inspired by workwear and outdoor clothing of the early 20th Century. Hand-crafted in Asheville, N.C.
Heritage clothing and accessories inspired by workwear and outdoor clothing of the early 20th Century. Hand-crafted in Asheville, N.C.
Heritage clothing and accessories inspired by workwear and outdoor clothing of the early 20th Century. Hand-crafted in Asheville, N.C.
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My name is Russell Shurtz and I am the designer/maker behind the Circle A Brand Manufacturing Company, here in Asheville, North Carolina.

What this Kickstarter is all about is taking my one-man brand of bespoke garment making to the next level.  In order to do so I need to 1) move into a larger work space and 2) purchase the industrial sewing equipment that I need to produce my designs more efficiently.

As a way to achieve these goals I am offering a small batch collection of vintage inspired clothing and accessories available exclusively via this Kickstarter. 

Everything in the collection will be made from my own patterns and made in my studio.  Every stitch in every garment will be placed by me, and if I'm able to reach my upper goal I have few talented friends and fellow artisans here in town to help out.

But before I can do any of these things I need your help getting this project off the ground.  So, take a look in the column on your right and see what's available for your donation, spread the word, and if you have any questions please get in touch.

THE THEME FOR THIS COLLECTION is anchored around a story that I wrote and then lost when my computer crashed.  It was about a young man beginning his working life in a Southern shipyard during the early part of the 20th century.  The clothing that he and the other characters would have worn is the genesis for this collection.  Before the story was lost I had already sketched enough ideas for multiple clothing collections, so I see this first release as really just the beginning.  I'm thinking of it as a loose sort of triptych - it begins at the waterfront and will end in the woods and along the way there will be brakemen, riverpigs, lumberjacks, and a few other twists and turns down some other unmarked trail and dark alleys.

I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME SOURCING THE BEST FABRIC and hardware that I can find.  For me this means both how well it wears, and where it's made.  I'm fortunate that Cone Mills, America's oldest operating denim mill, is just down the mountain in Greensboro, NC. Most of the denim for this project will be manufactured by Cone, including an unsanforized option and a unique twill made with an indigo warp and weft. 

I'm also proud to say that all of the thread I use is manufactured in North Carolina, and that the metal tack buttons and rivets that I use are made in Kentucky.

This collection will feature some premium Japanese fabrics as well.  The Work Vest, Oiler Cap, and Wabash Special Waist Overalls will come in a dot stripe, a.k.a wabash stripe canvas fabric that I’ve literally spent years trying to get my hands on. With some help I've been able to source a limited amount of it from a supplier in Japan and Kickstarter supporters will benefit. I'll also be using an 8.5oz denim from Kurabo Mills in Japan for the reinforced denim shirt - it starts out well starched, and will soften and age wonderfully over time.

The only thing I haven't been able to find yet is a good source for domestically made chambray.  What I have access to currently is manufactured in China.  With time I hope to have the buying power to encourage more domestic manufacturing options.

I LOVE OLD SEWING MACHINES.  I have a modest collection of about fourteen industrial sewing machines that I've collected over the last four years, most were made between the early 1920's and the 1950's.  When tuned properly these machines create beautiful stitches, and aesthetically they also just look great.  But when they are out of sync and stitching poorly, well, one fantasizes about throwing them off a cliff.  So, over the years I've done a fair amount of repair to my machines, and I've recently found a few old-timers who are willing to work on some of the more difficult machines.  One of the things that I'm really looking forward to with this project is getting the last few machines that I need, and then getting some of these fellows over to my studio to get my machines tuned up and sewing like the day they were made.

SHIELD LOGO T-SHIRT

Shirts will be screen printed locally on American made, 100% cotton t-shirts.

FLORAL LOGO T-SHIRT

Shirts will be screen printed locally on American made, 100% cotton t-shirts.

BANDANA

The first in a series of three bandanas based on original artwork by the artist Peter Shurtz.

INDIGO SCARF

Cut, sewn, and hand-dyed in-house using natural indigo dye.

UTILITY CAP

Made from Cone Mills indigo twill. Exposed selvage used for inner band.

OILER CAP

A common style work cap of the early 1900's.  Made from discharge printed canvas in a traditional dot stripe, a.k.a. wabash stripe.

8-PANEL CAP, JAPANESE HERRINGBONE TWILL

Classic "newsboy" style cap in a selvage herringbone twill from Japan

8-PANEL CAP, ITALIAN HERRINGBONE TWILL

Classic "newsboy" style cap in a tightly woven Italian herringbone twill.

UTILITY TOTE

A rugged and durable canvas tote bag with thick leather handles, hand-hammered copper rivets, and a hand-stenciled logo.

HARBOR TOTE

Oilcloth tote bag with a removable shoulder strap. Hand polished bridle leather handles and veg tan leather bottom.

WABASH SPECIAL WORK VEST

Three exterior pockets and one interior chest pocket  Constructed using a single-needle industrial sewing machine from the 1920's.

TWO-POCKET PULLOVER WORK SHIRT

Chambray pullover featuring period specific details such as a curved back yoke, integrated pencil pocket, enameled buttons, and unbleached cotton stitching.

MARINER VEST

This shawl collar vest features a 10oz gray weft denim shell manufactured by Cone Mills, and a vintage US NAVY wool blanket lining to keep you warm.

JEANS, LOT A1-28

Inspired by work jeans of the 1920's. These are made with an unsanforized 11oz denim from Cone Mills, punch-through copper rivets, black enameled hardware, and four different thread colors.  Includes a cinch strap, suspender buttons, and belt loops - just like they did it back in the day...

REINFORCED WORK SHIRT

Shirt is made from Kurabo Mills 8.5oz denim with tagua nut buttons, and features shoulder, yoke, and elbow reinforcements for extra wear.

**Please note, the shirt above has been cold soaked and worn.  Your shirt will arrive in minty new condition**

MACHINIST WAIST OVERALLS

Made with an 11oz Cone Mills indigo twill. Seat and knees are internally reinforced with oiled canvas for extra durability and water resistance.

WABASH SPECIAL WAIST OVERALLS

Work trousers in wabash stripe canvas.  Unbleached cotton stitching throughout with black enameled hardware.

SHIPYARD PARKA

Heavyweight 14oz waxed canvas shell with a lightweight oilcloth lining by Millerain.  Features tagua nut buttons and grommets under the arms for ventilation.

Indigo Scarf, Pullover Workshirt, Machinist Waist Overalls

Pullover Workshirt, Machinist Waist Overalls

 Utility Cap, Shipyard Parka, Pullover Workshirt

 Shipyard Parka

8-panel cap in Italian Herringbone Twill, Reinforced Work Shirt, A1-28 Jeans, Harbor Tote

 A1-28 Jeans

A1-28's, Harbor Tote

Wabash Special Waist Overalls

Wabash Special Waist Overalls

Miss Katie modeling her prototype Pullover Work Shirt in size extra small.  Same fit and detailing, but I'm using navy blue enameled metal buttons for the current run.

 Pullover Work Shirt

A good fit is important.  Please see the size charts below to get an idea of the sizing.  Note that garments may vary approximately 1/4" from the measurements.

  • *If washed, 2-POCKET PULL OVER WORK SHIRT will shrink approximately 1 1/2" in the chest, 1" in body length, and 1/2" in sleeve length.  
  • REINFORCED SHIRT is sanforized.  Shrinkage is minimal, approximately 1/4"-1/2" if washed and machine dried.
  • **If washed, LOT A1-28 JEANS will shrink approximately 1-2" in inseam length. Waist will shrink 1"-2" and will stretch out about an inch or so after wearing.
  • ***If washed, WABASH SPECIAL WAIST OVERALLS will shrink approximately 1-2" in inseam length. Waist will shrink 1-2" and may stretch out about an inch or so after wearing.
  • MACHINIST WAIST OVERALLS are sanforized.  Shrinkage is minimal.

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Risks and challenges

Releasing an 18 piece collection is ambitious for a one-man-brand. Fortunately I've got my fabric and hardware sources lined up, a pattern grader at the ready, and fellow artisans to help if anything gets overwhelming. Inevitably though, there will be a few obstacles.

The main challenge I see is pretty much summed up by the old phrase "time = money". I've gone over my numbers many, many times to figure out how much I need to produce this collection, and do it in a timely and efficient manner. Everything checks out and I've got a small buffer, but there may be a few unanticipated extra costs. Any costs beyond what I've budgeted means less machines that I can buy, and less help that I can hire. Nothing critical if that happens - I have enough machines to make everything in the collection - it'll just take a little longer to get the rewards out. I'll let you know in advance of any delays that may come up.

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    SHIELD LOGO T-SHIRT. The Circle A Brand shield logo printed in red and blue on a white shirt. Design will be screen printed locally on great fitting, American made, 100% cotton t-shirts. SIZES: XS - XXL

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    FLORAL LOGO T-SHIRT. White print on a black tee. Design will be screen printed locally on a great fitting, American made, 100% cotton t-shirt. SIZES: XS - XXL

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    LIMITED EDITION BANDANA. The first in a series of three bandanas based on original artwork by the artist Peter Shurtz. I'm personally stoked to have this as part of my first collection since it's a great design, and also because the artist is my Dad!

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    INDIGO SCARF. Cut, sewn, and hand-dyed in-house using natural indigo dye. Cold washed to remove excess indigo and then air dried.

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    UTILITY CAP. A classic work cap made from Cone Mills indigo twill. Exposed selvage used for inner band.
    SIZES: Small (6 7/8), Medium (7 1/8), Large (7 1/4) XL (7 1/2), XXL (7 3/4)

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    OILER CAP. A common work cap style of the early 1900's. After much effort and expense I've been able to source a limited amount of wabash stripe canvas from Japan. *Please note that this canvas is unsanforized and will shrink if washed. Personally I like to give these caps a cold soak, wring out the excess water and wear dry to get the best fit. SIZES: Small (6 7/8), Medium (7 1/8), Large (7 1/4) XL (7 1/2), XXL (7 3/4)

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    8-PANEL CAP, JAPANESE HERRINGBONE. Classic "newsboy" style cap. I've been hanging on to this great Japanese selvage fabric for a few years now. Exposed selvage inner band SIZES: Small (6 7/8), Medium (7 1/8), Large (7 1/4) XL (7 1/2), XXL (7 3/4)

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    8-PANEL CAP, ITALIAN HERRINGBONE. Same pattern as the other 8-panel cap, but in a tightly woven Italian herringbone twill with a lightly brushed surface and subtle pinstripes. Leather inner band. SIZES: Small (6 7/8), Medium (7 1/8), Large (7 1/4) XL (7 1/2), XXL (7 3/4)

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    UTILITY TOTE. Simplicity and functionality in the form of a tote bag. Details include uniquely aged hand-hammered copper rivets, all cotton stitching, and thick leather handles. SIZE: 12" high x 18" wide x 5" deep

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    PACKAGE #1. The Utility Tote and one t-shirt of your choice

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    HARBOR TOTE. Oiled canvas with a hand polished veg tanned leather bottom. Includes a removable shoulder strap, thick bridle leather handles, hand-hammered copper rivets, and nickel plated brass grommets. SIZE: 14" high x 20" wide x 5" deep

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    2-POCKET PULLOVER WORK SHIRT. Classic chambray work shirt in a pullover style common throughout the early 1900's. Shirt features period specific details such as a curved back yoke, integrated pencil pocket, reproduction enameled buttons, and unbleached cotton stitching. SIZES: XS - XL

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    WABASH SPECIAL WORK VEST. Same great wabash stripe canvas as the Oiler Cap and features black enameled hardware and unbleached cotton stitching. *Please note that this canvas is unsanforized. If washed and dried expect shrinkage of about one size. SIZES: XS - XXL

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    MARINER VEST. Shawl collar vest made with a gray weft selvage denim manufactured by Cone Mills and a vintage US NAVY wool blanket for the lining. Features two wool lined hand warmer pockets, expansion pocket on chest and back, one interior chest pocket, and adjustable tie at waist. SIZES: XS - XXL

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    JEANS, LOT A1-28. Inspired by work jeans of the 1920's. These are made with an unsanforized 11oz selvage denim from Cone Mills, punch-through copper rivets, black enameled hardware, and four different thread colors.
    FIT: medium-high rise with a somewhat fitted top block and a straight leg.
    SIZES: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38. Inseam length is 34" for all sizes. Longer length available upon request. *Please note that this fabric is unsanforized. If washed the inseam length will shrink approximately 2". Waist will shrink 1-2" and then stretch out about an inch or so after wearing.

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    REINFORCED WORK SHIRT. Extra shoulder, yoke, and elbow reinforcements for extra wear. I'm using an 8.5oz denim from Kurabo Mills for this one. It'll start out starchy, but after a soak in the tub and a little wear it softens up tremendously. 1930's style two-hole buttons made from tagua nut. SIZES: XS - XXL

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    PACKAGE #2. One pair of Lot A1-28 Jeans and one t-shirt of your choice.

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    MARINER VEST & UTILITY CAP. Just what the name implies - one shawl collar Mariner Vest plus one Utility Cap. It's a good combination.

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    MACHINIST WAIST OVERALLS. Made with Cone Mills selvage indigo twill. Seat and knees are internally reinforced with oiled canvas for extra durability and water resistance. SIZES: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38. Inseam length is 34" for all sizes. Longer length available upon request.

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    WABASH SPECIAL WAIST OVERALLS. After much effort and expense I've been able to source a limited amount of wabash stripe canvas from Japan. Black enameled hardware and unbleached cotton stitching. SIZES: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38. Inseam length is 34". Longer length available upon request. *Please note that this fabric is unsanforized. Inseam length will shrink approximately 2-3" in length and waist 1-2" if washed.

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    PACKAGE #3. One pair of Lot A1-28 Jeans, one t-shirt of your choice, plus one cap. Choose from either the Utility Cap, Oiler Cap, or the 8-panel Cap in Italian Herringbone.

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    SHIPYARD PARKA. 14oz waxed canvas shell with a lightweight oilcloth lining by Millerain. Tagua nut buttons. Two flap pockets at waist with hidden hand pockets. One interior chest pocket. Adjustable waist straps on sides. This piece will only get better with age. SIZES: XS - XL

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    PACKAGE #4. One Pullover Work Shirt and one Reinforced Work Shirt.

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    PACKAGE #5. One pair of Lot A1-28 Jeans and your choice of either the Pullover Work Shirt or the Reinforced Work Shirt.

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    PACKAGE #6. One pair of Waist Overall's of your choice and one Work Shirt of your choice.

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    PACKAGE #7. One pair of Lot A1-28 Jeans and the Rain Parka.

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    PACKAGE #8 - THE COLLECTION. One of each T-shirt design, the Bandana, Indigo Scarf, Utility Cap, Oiler Cap, 8-Panel Cap in Italian Herringbone, the Utility Tote, Harbor Tote, 2-Pocket Pullover Shirt, Wabash Special Vest, Mariner Vest, Lot A1-28 Jeans, Reinforced Work Shirt, both Waist Overall designs, and the Rain Parka. Plus a signed card thanking you for your support and my eternal gratitude!

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