Small Designs & Big Dreams
HIM Clothing founder, Hugh, wanted to study fashion. He quickly realized that most modern fashion programs are geared towards the women’s department, prompting him to deconstruct a tie and then reassemble it. "My mom studied fashion for a while, so she helped me learn to reconstruct it on the only machine we had available: a 1957 Singer Featherweight 221 that belonged to my great-grandmother,” said Hugh. He began making custom ties for himself and friends, constructed a logo, and posted his creations on social media. While more and more people became interested in his designs, he recruited the help of his best friend, Chris- and together they learned the ins and outs of tie-making.
Hugh and Chris specialize in suit and bow ties. Though there was no specific decision to specialize in this particular type of men's accessory, Hugh decided to dedicate his creative energy to ties because he figured it would be easy. However, he found that he was wrong, for ties are “a complicated beast to tackle,” he explained. Regardless, he always had the vision of designing made-to-order clothes that are handmade and environmentally conscious, a value behind the dynamic duo's label that they will not stray from. While HIM Clothing already does custom orders for weddings (something Hugh loves) he wishes to eventually open a design studio in Denver where local artists and designers have the chance to do what they love: make one-of-a-kind pieces, and access an outlet for their designs to gain credible exposure to the local art, fashion, and design scene.
"I think this would take creativity to a new level and each place would support their respective local economy on top of using more sustainable materials and following the slow fashion movement, which focuses on products made with care and thoughtful materials, created in the US,” said Hugh about this truly amazing goal.
Not only has HIM Clothing mastered all the aspects of men's ties, but they also make wallets, wooden tie bars, lapel flowers, and pocket squares. The wallets are created from 100 percent sustainable cork fabric imported from Portugal. "It’s like leather but much more sustainable," said Hugh. It took the duo numerous prototypes, hours in the Santa Fe Art District woodworking workshop, and more than a few types of wood to come up with the perfect way to design their tie bars. After numerous failed attempts, Chris came up with the idea to use hand bent brass clasps on the back of the wooden bar. This idea was perfect because it showed off the beautiful wood, kept the bar in place, and allowed them to keep everything handmade and in-house.
One of the many unique things about HIM Clothing is what they use to sew their items. Yes, it is a sewing machine, but a 1957 Singer Featherweight 221 that belonged to Hugh’s great-grandmother. "The beautiful gold and black machine is usually a dream to work with, but has its moments," explained Hugh. The Featherweight is known for stitching incredibly straight lines, which is all HIM Clothing needs (at the moment), such straight lines that quilters who have seen the little machine at craft fairs and markets have offered to buy it from them. They always decline because they love the little Singer Featherweight.
Anyone who lives in Denver surely has noticed the growing fashion scene; it’s hard to ignore. Denver has gone from a “Cow Town” to a community thriving with crafters, artists, and designers. With fashion trucks popping up in popular hangouts, magazines devoted to Denver fashion, and more and more designers making bespoke clothing and jewelry it’s a dream community for designers. Like Hugh said, “It’s refreshing to see that a more fashion knowledgeable community is surfacing; it gives us more creatives to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of.”
You can find where "vintage construction meets contemporary style" on the brand's Instagram & book your next custom order from HIM Clothing's website for your upcoming suit and tie occasion!
Article by Kelly Droz @kdroz93 | WonderfulWorldofKelly
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