The story of Mannan & Renz started back in 2012 when we had an audacious idea: why not promote the men and women who have labored to perfect their craft, rather than trusting in the shine of a familiar clothing label? All too often, it's the label that blinds us to the truth behind it. The inherent problem with founding a company on this idea is that we had to do everything the hard way. With no funding and no access to the inside track of the fashion industry, we started looking for dark horses. What you see is the result of many years and many hands we've had the pleasure to shake along the way. To support us is to support everyone we work so hard to appreciate and admire.
The majority of the funds raised will go to giving our partners full margins on the pieces we've created together, and the remainder will be devoted to building our inventory and online presence to spread the word about these incredible craftsmen, connecting them with more people so they can continue to do what they do.
Best Value - The Officer Boot and the Field Boot: a truly unique offering in the menswear market, these are the only handmade boots of their kind. Watch the video below and read the descriptions to learn more. To the boot connoisseur, these beauties are a steal, even at $575.
Best Option - Hand-crafted Garments versus Hand-inked Art: by saving 25%, we hope you see the value in our hand-crafted rewards for you, but that's not the only way you can support us. Hand-rendered pieces from Naomi Kim and Caleb Mannan allow us to offer you rewards that still carry a personal touch at a lower level. By pledging, you will be supporting their craft. Read more about them by scrolling down to their section.
Mannan & Renz Sportswear - Est. 2016
Founded in Spokane, WA, Mannan & Renz Sportswear is a company celebrating the timeless stories of American style and sport. Our vision is to design heirloom pieces that honor the history of American manufacturing, Northwest industrialism, and family blood lines that stretch back through WWII, the Great Depression and WWI. To do this, we hand selected a team of unknown local artists and three manufacturers with more than 250 years of accumulated experience in the Pacific Northwest to help bring our designs to life.
White's Boots - Est. 1853
Echoing back to the Shenandoah Valley before the time of the Civil War, the story of White’s Boots is an open chapter in the annals of American manufacturing. After 164 years of building the finest handmade work boots for loggers, miners, lineman and sportsmen, the master bootmakers at White’s Shoe Shop continue to redefine the meaning of a handmade boot for a new generation of working men. A study of the history of old world boot construction is just the thing to give a modern man an appreciation for the difference between the skill of a master and the speed of a machine, and there is no one better to go to school on than the craftsmen at White’s Boots. Like all the best things in life, a pair of White’s boots only gets better with time.
M&R Officer Boot
In our modern age, where machines do more bootmaking than men, this boot refuses to bend the knee to the gods of mass production. After a century of serving the wildlands’ finest, it comes to you by way of the master bootmakers at White’s Shoe Shop. Hand-lasted, hand-welted and hand-bottomed with an all-leather shank for unrivaled comfort, this boot was born to give support from the ground up, completely rebuildable, and ready to serve you for a lifetime.
M&R Field Boot
Unassuming, yet unapologetic about where it stands, this boot commands the room and earns the respect of men who know the real McCoy when they see it. This boot was made to withstand the harshest conditions and to come out every bit as handsome as its dress-toed sibling. And, like every boot at White’s, the Field Boot boasts hand-lasting, hand-welting, and hand-bottoming with that signature all-leather shank. This is truly a boot born for all occasions. Kick through any door you like. We’ll rebuild it later, along with the boots.
M&R Street Boot
In an industry where the Goodyear welt is the standard for the best machine-stitched boots available, this Chukka takes it a step further by taking one big step back. At White’s, they still hand-bottom their boots with an all-leather shank, just like they did back in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, giving them the all-day comfort so hard to find in a steel shank. A personal favorite of the head designer, the finest bootmaker in the history of the company, this boot can take a beating down any road you travel. Try it on, you’ll feel the difference.
Centralia Knitting Mills - Est. 1939
Centralia Knitting Mills was established just before Germany invaded Poland. With a short supply of knitting machines and too little wool thread, they still managed to survive WWII. Today, their problems have less to do with supply, and more to do with demand. More popular overseas in Japan than in the U.S., Centralia have nevertheless continued their long tradition of quality and attention to detail to this very day. Specializing in sweaters and jackets, this third-generation family business is one of the last companies that continues to hand-make chenille patches with wool. With the long-overdue resurgence in the popularity of 100% virgin wool garments, we expect Centralia to lead the way in providing a new generation of sportsmen with their time-proven quality.
Motorcycle Club Sweater
Every design takes on a life of its own. Perfected over six iterations and 10 months of corrections, our club sweater proved this rule. At long last, we arrived at a unique design that fills a hole in our wardrobe that we didn’t even know existed. Taking inspiration from varsity and racing sweaters from the 1940s, we combined the classic look of a shawl collar with the bold statement of the motorcycle stripes. Made of 100% Virgin Wool, this beast will mark you for a lifetime. Name the club, we’ll provide the stripes.
Inspired by the athletic frame of football players over the years, this jacket draws from the straight lines of the standard-cut sleeves and Byron collar, and is a personal favorite of both Mannan and Renz. 100% Virgin Wool from Pendleton Mills and 4-ply knit from the National Spinning Company make for a deadly combination of style and sport. V is for Victory in the shape of a man, and this jacket will fly off your hanger to prove it.
After the reign of the baseball sweater in the 1920s, the baseball jacket took over America’s pastime in the 1930s, and menswear never looked back. One look at the raglan sleeve and classic knit stand-up collar, and a quick handshake with the craftsmen at Centralia Knitting Mills was all it took to make the 100% Virgin Wool jacket the inaugural design for the Mannan & Renz collection. We can hardly take it off, and we’re betting it will prove to be a signature piece for your own personal collection.
Columbiaknit - Est. 1921
Founded before the Great Depression, Columbiaknit, like hundreds of other American sportswear companies, was established to meet the demands of men and women embracing a more active lifestyle during the first half of the 20th Century. Unlike many of those companies, Columbiaknit’s story has yet to end. Family owned and operated since 1958, Columbiaknit is a rare exception to what has nearly been the cardinal rule of American progress: growth by pursuit of overseas manufacturing. As so many companies try to be everything to everyone, it’s a rare pleasure to support a company that is committed to doing one thing exceptionally well: knitting 100% heavy duty cotton and sewing each garment individually. In Columbiaknit’s Portland, OR factory, the future of American sportswear is still in hand.
Older brother to co-founder, Jacob Mannan, Caleb’s artistic endeavors have always drawn much of their inspiration from the WWII comic books the brothers read as boys. From novels about grizzled war vets to poetry and songs, Caleb’s fascination with the American warrior spirit has taken many forms. Fashion illustration, however, has remained at the heart of the bleeding lines in his sketch book. When Mannan and Renz asked him to create exclusive illustrations for the launch, he was only too happy to oblige with countless sketches for wall art, hang tags and everything in between. Taking inspiration from his own bookshelves, a basement full of Army Surplus supplies, and the Mannan & Renz collection, Caleb is proving that hand-painted fashion illustrations deserve their rightful place on our walls. We hope you agree.
A native to our very own Spokane, Naomi is a rare treasure in the world of typography. In a digital age where graphic design is synonymous with PhotoShop, everything Naomi puts to paper is by hand, and if you want any of it edited you better hope she hasn’t inked it yet. When Mannan & Renz was looking for an artist to capture the essence of our brand through hand rendered graphics, Naomi delivered with beautiful designs. Skilled enough to do it perfectly but artistic enough to know she shouldn’t, Naomi has brought a personal touch to our company logo, script, and clothing labels. To help support her small design shop, we asked Naomi to hand-ink a set of Thank You cards. Ironically enough, she’ll be the first to get one.
Thank You Cards
A special thanks to Elias Carlson for his amazing work on our videos, Ian Andrews for his copywriting genius, Kevin Morgan for his whiskey-soaked voiceover, and Nate Mannan for his after-hours graphic designs.
And to all those who believe in us, especially our families and friends, a heart-felt thank you.
Risks and challenges
The manufacturing process is never an easy road to travel and logistical challenges face all companies as they attempt to match supply with demand. We are no different and logistical challenges will surely confront us on this journey. What sets us apart is that we have partnered with 3 manufacturers with over 250 years of experience delivering handcrafted goods within a set timeframe. We are confident in our abilities to deliver on our promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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