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A benchmade line of jeans and leather goods. Made from American and Japanese denim and sewn one at a time in Austin, Texas.
Created by

Richard Cole

174 backers pledged $29,475 to help bring this project to life.

The first Union Special and new events

Hello backers, the campaign is off to an amazing start thanks to you. The sooner we get this knocked out the sooner I can get back to the workshop and I can't wait.


I'm in the process of finalizing details for several events around Austin that I hope you can attend. The first is a pop up shop at Easy Tiger downtown, July 28th starting at 2PM. I'll be hosting a party with HELM Boots (makers of the boots in the photos) at their store on August 8th from 6-8PM. I'll be posting these events on the Facebook page this weekend, I hope you can attend.

Union Special 39200

I drove up to Fort Worth yesterday to pick up the first new sewing machine. This is a Union Special 39200AC, a vintage industrial three thread overlock machine. The machine and its powerstand are in outstanding condition especially considering it was originally sold June 14th, 1960 (look at the receipt below). The craftsmanship of the components is unreal, I'll post more photos when my mechanic and I have had a chance to clean it up and reassemble it.

Union Special made many of the finest denim production machines out of Chicago. This is the first (and certainly the least expensive) of roughly five Union Specials I have my eye on. Look at the original receipt, parts book and original sewing drawer, it's almost like a a time capsule. I'd guess less than 3% of sewing machines survive this long in amazing condition, much less with original documentation.


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