State and Liberty Clothing Company

Lee Moffie: Co-founder of State and Liberty Clothing Company

Tell us the State and Liberty story.

In the fall of 2014 my business partner and I started having conversations about how we felt that no one on the market was making an off the rack dress shirt for athletically fit guys like us. That fall we started making dress shirts for us, and eventually our friends wanted them. After time, word spread and friends of our friends also wanted them so we started ordering and selling more and more shirts.

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We like that you are targeting a specific demographic, was this your personal influence or just an observation?

Definitely personal influence. We felt like no one was making a tailored shirt for the athletically built male. On top of that, we were looking to make a shirt that was made from this new style of athletic fabric that would offer so much more than your traditional cotton dress shirt.

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What makes State and Liberty special? Sets you apart?

 3 specific aspects make our shirts special.

Fit- more room in the shoulder chest and arms with a slim waist.
Feel- Athletic performance fabric that is stretchy, moisture wicking and lightweight. Also extremely low maintenance, wrinkle free and don’t need to be dry-cleaned.
Professional look- Double fused cuffs and collars that leave the cuffs stiff and upright giving the shirts a crisp professional look.

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Who is you ideal customer?

Our core customer is an in shape young professional ranging anywhere from right out of college to the mid 30’s. Our customer is a guy who is serious about their fitness and looking for a shirt that can keep up with and compliment their life on the move.  Although our core customer is certainly leaning toward that young professional our shirts are still loved by guys of all ages that are in great physical shape.

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With such a unique niche, do you see yourself breaking into bigger markets and selling to department stores?

Definitely want to eventually break into bigger markets at some point but right now our focus is to be the go to brand for physically fit guys.

What’s next?

We are going to continue to make sure we are doing everything in our power to ensure that our customers are getting the best possible product out there and make sure that they have a fantastic experience every time they deal with State and Liberty.

Shop for dress shirts, t-shirts and pocket squares on the State and Liberty website.

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Beer review: Saison

I’m sitting outside (finally) drinking a petite saison that I kegged just under two weeks ago that has barely matured to the point of being decent and wondering what we should post for WFF. How about a saison. One of my favorite saisons came from Bent River Brewery near my home town in Moline, IL. They didn’t have much on the website and I couldn’t find any public domain images to post so a general post on saison beers will do.

Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ales that were traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US. It is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

Like I mentioned Bent River makes a good saison (if you can find them in the grocery check out the Jalapeño Pepper Ale and Uncommon Stout to, damn good) but there are a ton of good saisons. Some of the more commercially available ones are from Ommegang, Bells and Hoegaarden. Or if you can find a saison with Brett, it adds a subtle sour and is probably one of my top three beers right now.

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RAYGUN- The Greatest Store In The Universe

Mike Draper: Founder/Owner of RAYGUN

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How did RAYGUN start?

I started selling t-shirts in college at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 — just on campus out of a bag. In 2005, I moved back to Iowa and opened the store at East 4th and Locust. Now we’re bazillionaires and come to work via helicopter.

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How did you come up with the name?

It used to be called SMASH and then a clothing company in California also called SMASH threatened to sue us, so we had to stop that. I wanted a noun, 4 or 6 letters and spelled properly. RAYGUN made it on the list and we could trademark it!

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Where do you get all the ideas for the shirts? Do you sit down once a week with employees and just shout them out:)

We try and have regular brainstorming sessions, but sometimes get too busy. Still, a lot of the ideas come out of group idea sessions, just trying to come up with as many slogans on a topic as possible. Other times there is a just a “flash of genius” — and we use “genius” veeerrrrry loosely — where an idea occurs to someone and we start on that.

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Do you see the brand going nationwide? What’s next?

We’ll never go physically nationwide. We’ll keep the brick and mortar stores only in the Midwest (so Nebraska to Ohio, Missouri to the Canadian Border). We’d like to be exclusively Midwestern. So not in NYC or LA or Austin or Portland. So kind of a lame exclusivity. Like a members-only Applebee’s.

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What is your favorite t-shirt that has been made past or present? Why?

Des Moines: Hell Yes. is still my favorite. We sell a lot of it and you don’t pay rent with sunshine. However, it was the first shirt that started to really capture the voice of the store, and also showed that other people in Des Moines were “in on the joke.” that we all love Des Moines, live here, but no one should be THAT excited about Des Moines!

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Check out all the t-shirts, onesies and koozies on the RAYGUN website.

OOZZ Clothing

OOZZ Clothing. A contemporary mens brand with modern aesthetic.

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How did you get your start?

I’ve been in the fashion industry over 8 years and after I worked for some leading Scandinavian, and British fashion brands. I decided to start my own journey last summer and launched my first AW15 collection in August.

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What inspires your designs?

Textures, nature, deconstructed silhouettes, objects, new printing techniques.

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You use fabric, texture, and print in an interesting way, how would you describe your designs?

 I am trying to create a new forward thinking modernity and timeless silhouettes with the combination of unconventional materials, new printing techniques, distinctive details and unusual proportions.

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What kind of guy wears your clothing?

Bold guys into new contemporary casual-chic choice.

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Who are your favorite designers right now? Past? Overall? And Why?

Rei Kawakubo. She is a true visionary for me.

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Where do you see your brand in the future?

I see OOZZ in a refined international audience in the contemporary menswear industry in the near future.

Be sure to check out the OOZZ website to shop online. Free shipping worldwide!

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project review

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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I have been on a huge sour beer kick lately. I guess it’s not just me, it’s the entire U.S. at the moment. Right now sour beers are the current trend in craft brew and if you haven’t ventured past your comfort zone I highly recommend you seek some out. Some common types of sours are Berlinerweiss, Oud Bruin and Lambics.Sour beer are… well sour for one and fermented with certain yeast strains that give them their characters. Lactobacillus and Pediococcus are some of the typical strains that can be found in a sour a beer. All beers that come out of Crooked Stave are fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in oak tanks, some for a year or more.

I stumbled upon these beers somewhat by accident. Our local grocery store has beer and liquor tastings every Friday and a few months back were giving out samples of Colorado Wild Sage and Surette Provision Saison. I was immediately hooked and went to find a couple bottles to take home. Not only am I on a sour kick at the moment I’m also on a Saison kick so the Surette Provision I found extra tasty. It is a golden colored beer with a bit haze and a strong smell of Brett. Sour up front, almost a lemon sour kick to the face. It may have just been my bottle or the batch but it was a bit low on carbonation. These beers are bottle conditioned so that could be the reason for low levels of CO2. The Colorado Wild Sage was just as good with a strong aroma and taste of sage that I would also highly recommend.

If you happen to live in the Denver area, be sure to visit this place and support it. Otherwise be sure to look for these in your grocery store, you won’t regret it. The Crooked Stave website is a bit lacking but check back for updates on new releases and event.s

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