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Revitalizing the garment industry in Chicago by selling premium clothing directly from our historic factory, with no middleman markups.
Revitalizing the garment industry in Chicago by selling premium clothing directly from our historic factory, with no middleman markups.
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WHO

Stock Mfg. Co. provides premium American-Made clothing and accessories to our customers at affordable prices, while fostering an environment of collaboration and transparency second to none in the garment industry.

Due to our direct-from-manufacturer business model, everything we offer is approximately 1/2 the price of what you would pay if we sold through traditional retail outlets.

WHAT AND WHERE

Operating out of our own 45 year old factory on the West Side of Chicago, we design and produce some of the highest quality clothing on the market today. We also collaborate frequently with many of the most exciting and creative minds in the industry. We are committed not just to producing our products in America, but to creating jobs and influencing the fashion world in a positive way. We are aiming to be a hub for American manufacturing, quality craftsmanship, and innovative collaboration.

WHY

In order to get where we need to be, we need a little help from you. But don’t worry, there’s something in it for you other than just feeling good about yourself. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to not only fund the production of our Spring/Summer collection, but re-invest into our factory.  Despite our current capacity, we need to make some upgrades. There’s some machinery we don’t have, and some that’s getting a bit old. The more efficient and nimble we become, the more innovative our collaborations will get, and the more jobs we can create.

AND MORE?

If we surpass our $20,000 goal, we will use that money to create new pieces, buy new fabrics, upgrade our factory, and continue working to expand domestic manufacturing. The great thing is, all you have to do to support us is invest in a quality American-made garment.

THE GOODS

Here are some of the products we’ve designed for Spring/Summer. We're premiering these here, at an exclusive Kickstarter-only price point.

Campaign Buttons - Designed by Jon Contino
Campaign Buttons - Designed by Jon Contino
5-Panel Hats (See below for renderings with labels sewn on)
5-Panel Hats (See below for renderings with labels sewn on)
Pocket Squares and Ties
Pocket Squares and Ties
Horizontal Striped Button Down
Horizontal Striped Button Down
Blue Color Fleck Button Down
Blue Color Fleck Button Down
White Oxford Button Down
White Oxford Button Down

THE DESIGNER STARTER PACKAGES

The Development Packages include a suite of services that cover every step that a designer must take to get Production Ready. We will bypass the markups of middlemen and agencies to create the shortest and most cost effective path from design to Production Ready.

Single Piece Package Includes:

First Pattern 

Pattern Grading – Additional 3 Sizes after the First Pattern

Fabric and Trim Sourcing – 3 One Hour Consultations

Purchasing Sample Yardage for First Samples –2 Colorways - 10 Yd Max - $11/yard max

Purchasing Trims for Sampling 

First Samples Delivered

- Average agency price for shirt or pants : $1,900 -

Mini Collection Includes:

All of the above, but for 3 pieces (1 shirt, 1 pant, 1 jacket)

Jacket Prices:

First Pattern 

Pattern Grading

First Samples Delivered

- Average agency price for jacket : $2,400 -  

When it comes to the actual production of your pieces, you will be hard-pressed to find a level of quality higher than what we can deliver. Our Chicago Factory has been manufacturing Military Uniforms for decades, and that level of quality and attention to detail goes into everything we make. The Military Certification Process is one of the highest quality standards of its kind in the industry. It’s a tedious process, but one that allows us to focus our attention on the highest level of quality and the finer design details. 

 We're confident that you’ll quickly recognize the value in our all-inclusive development services when we deliver your production ready samples. By utilizing the expertise of our apparel product development teams, and the vastness of our sourcing network, you now have access to turn your ideas into a business.

THE MACHINERY WE NEED

Double Needle Industrial Machine with Lap Seam Attachments - Heavy gauge machinery so we can work with higher-weight fabrics.

Double Needle Chain Stitch Machine - Heavier-duty stitching for shirting and denim.

Gerber Plotter - Increase our production efficiency by laser-plotting our markers.

Grommet and Rivet Machine - More efficiently apply grommets and rivets to bags, jeans, jackets, etc to increase output capabilities.

Tie Details
Tie Details
Pocket Square Details
Pocket Square Details
Sizing Guide - Sleeves are measured Shoulder to Cuff
Sizing Guide - Sleeves are measured Shoulder to Cuff
Fit Example: Model is 6'1", 180 wearing a Large. *Note* This is an original sample shirt. Shirt tail will be about 2" shorter than in this image.
Fit Example: Model is 6'1", 180 wearing a Large. *Note* This is an original sample shirt. Shirt tail will be about 2" shorter than in this image.
Rendering of the hats with labels sewn on
Rendering of the hats with labels sewn on

Risks and challenges

Although we have total control of the manufacturing process, there are still circumstances that may arise. Prior to the start of the campaign, we checked and double-checked fabric inventories with our Japanese mills to ensure adequate stock. However, some fabrics can be discontinued- although the chances of this are extremely slim, should it happen, it could lead to a fabric substitute or delayed delivery. But rest assured, we will never make changes or substitutes without consulting our customers with 100% transparency.

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    SET OF 4 LIMITED EDITION STOCK "CAMPAIGN PINS" - Designed by our friend, the ultra-talented Alphastructaesthetitologist, Jon Contino. Pins made in Chicago.

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    BLUE PRINT POCKET SQUARE -

    All pocket squares are crafted from the highest quality Japanese fabrics and handmade in our Chicago factory. Features red merrow-stitched edges.

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    WHITE NATURE PRINT POCKET SQUARE -

    All pocket squares are crafted from the highest quality Japanese fabrics and handmade in our Chicago factory.

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    PURE WHITE POCKET SQUARE -

    All pocket squares are crafted from the highest quality Japanese fabrics and handmade in our Chicago factory. Features red merrow-stitched edges.

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    BLUE FLORAL 5-PANEL HAT WITH CONTRAST CANVAS BILL -

    Each 5-panel hat is made of vintage deadstock fabric from our factory, and is limited edition. The limit here is the amount we will make, period. Hats made in NYC, and are one size fits all.

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    BLACK FLORAL 5-PANEL HAT WITH CONTRAST CANVAS BILL -

    Each 5-panel hat is made of vintage deadstock fabric from our factory, and is limited edition. The limit here is the amount we will make, period. Hats made in NYC, and are one size fits all.

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    CHAMBRAY POLKA DOT TIE -

    All ties are crafted from the highest quality fabrics, handmade in our Chicago factory, and are a modern (but not-too-skinny) width. They are 2.5" at their widest point, and 58" in length.

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    PLAID TIE -

    All ties are crafted from the highest quality fabrics, handmade in our Chicago factory, and are a modern (but not-too-skinny) width. They are 2.5" at their widest point, and 58" in length.

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    SEERSUCKER TIE -

    All ties are crafted from the highest quality fabrics, handmade in our Chicago factory, and are a modern (but not-too-skinny) width. They are 2.5" at their widest point, and 58" in length.

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    FULL POCKET SQUARE SET - All 3 Pocket Squares

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    EARLY BIRD SHIRT SPECIAL - FREE TIE - FIRST 100 CUSTOMERS - Buy one shirt, and we'll give you a free tie. We'll email you after the project is complete for your shirt and tie selections.

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    HORIZONTAL STRIPED BUTTON DOWN -

    Made in our Chicago factory using military-certified tailoring. This is our classic sport shirt with a v-stitch pocket, rear box pleat, and clean-finished french seams throughout. The fit is trim, but not slim. If you prefer a slimmer-fit shirt, we suggest you size down. We'll email you after the project is complete for your sizing info. (XS-XXL)

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    WHITE OXFORD BUTTON DOWN -

    Made in our Chicago factory using military-certified tailoring. This is our classic sport shirt with a v-stitch pocket, rear box pleat, and clean-finished french seams throughout. The fit is trim, but not slim. If you prefer a slimmer-fit shirt, we suggest you size down. We'll email you after the project is complete for your sizing info. (XS-XXL)

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    BLUE COLOR FLECK BUTTON DOWN -

    Made in our Chicago factory using military-certified tailoring. This is our classic sport shirt with a v-stitch pocket, rear box pleat, and clean-finished french seams throughout. The fit is trim, but not slim. If you prefer a slimmer-fit shirt, we suggest you size down. We'll email you after the project is complete for your sizing info. (XS-XXL)

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    FULL TIE SET - All 3 Ties

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    BASIC COMBO -

    1 shirt and 1 tie. We'll email you after the project is complete to get your product choices.

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    DOUBLE UP -

    Two shirts. We'll email you after the project is complete for your fabric and sizing choices.

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    DOUBLE DOUBLE -

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    TRIPLE PLAY -

    3 Shirts, 3 ties. We'll email you after the project is complete for your sizing info.

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    THE COMPLETE SET -

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    THE EVERYTHING -

    All 4 pins, All 3 squares, ties, shirts, and both hats. We'll email you after the project is complete for your sizing info

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    START FROM SCRATCH - FIRST PIECE - SHIRT OR PANTS - We cut out the middlemen to help an aspiring menswear designer take their idea to a finished first piece. Pattern making, grading, sample production - we'll do it all, at half the normal price. More details at left.

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    START FROM SCRATCH - MINI COLLECTION - SHIRT, PANTS AND JACKET - Same idea as the "First Piece" reward, but for 3 pieces. Choose any combo of the 3, but limited to only 1 jacket. More details at left.

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