Today we celebrate two American-made independents whose work exudes strength, quality, and pride in craftsmanship: Tellason denim and Faribault Woolen Mills. While distinctly beautiful in their own ways, these two small companies share a common spirit. Both value a hands-on approach to their respective trades, a sense of grounding in history and community.
We think their work brings new meaning to the word homemade.
A long friendship lies behind this San Francisco-based denim outfitter. Starting with relationship as a strong foundation, Tony Patella and Pete Searson transformed their individual experience in the apparel industry into a line of men’s jeans they could be proud of. They source their fabric from Cones Mills’ White Oak plant in Greensboro, North Carolina, then build their denim wares in their own shop in California.
Bespoke carries Tellason’s slim straight and straight leg jeans. We also carry their sturdy denim chore coat, designed by Jay and MaryLynn of Smith & Butler in Brooklyn. It has all the pockets and rivets you could dream of, and a beautiful “newspaper pocket stress point.” (Don’t you just love the sound of that?)
This is a family-owned woolen mill based in Faribault, Minnesota (say FAIR-ee-bow). Operational since 1865, the mill recently underwent an extensive revitalization, with a new generation of family owners stepping in to revive the sleeping machines.
Originally horse-powered, the mill is practically woven into American history, having its beginning in the turmoil of the Civil War and keeping troops warm through World War II. A fifth generation of craftspeople is now hard at work bringing lush wool blankets to a fast-paced world still eager for the fruits of simpler times.
Come by Bespoke and get a feel for the shape and quality of these handsome blankets. Fine enough to show off in a simple pleat at the foot of the bed, but rough-and-tumble enough to roll into your backpack for your next adventure.