May 06, 2017
In the early 1910s the Wolverine Tannery was able to develop a unique method of processing shell horsehide which made it soft and pliable, something no other tannery had been able to accomplish. A few years later, the company introduced the "1000 Mile Shoe", handcrafted with durable shell horsehide, and named because it was said to give you 1000 miles of wear.
April 13, 2017
An true American success story.
The Weinbrenner Shoe Company is the achievement of Albert Weinbrenner, the son of a German immigrant and cobbler. Albert began his apprenticeship at age 13 working for his father. By his early 20's, in his spare time, Albert was designing work boots specifically for the trade jobs his friends had around Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1892, at the age of 27, Albert started his own cobbler business with partner Joseph Pfeifer.
Weinbrenner and Pfeifer enjoyed immediate success - becoming
well known for the new fangled "jobber" boots they made. So, from the start, innovation and craftsmanship have been at the
heart of the company's success.
By 1908, Weinbrenner's reputation for making quality-affordable work boots expands tremendously. As a result, five distribution centers are built around the country to help insure speedy delivery of footwear to customers - this is when our famed Wing and Wheels logo is born. Back then and even more today, it symbolizes our determination to be self-relient and steadfast to react to our customer’s needs.
Leading the way through innovation.
Weinbrenner is a leading manufacturer and innovator in the footwear industry, initiating many of the significant occupational safety features that are common today. Over the last 120 years we have collected countless patents for footwear safety and comfort designs, and manufacturing technologies. In 1919, Weinbrenner was recognized for building the first self-sustaining factory in the country - with a steam generating power plant in the basement.
We are constantly exploring new opportunities to improve safety, comfort and performance in every product we make. Our benchmark for quality is high - demanding nothing less than what our customers should expect in premium handcrafted footwear.
Dedicated to quality craftsmanship.
The Weinbrenner Shoe Company is employee-owned; unique in the footwear industry. Our domestic product originates from our two manufacturing plants in northcentral Wisconsin (USA) and is managed in partnership with members of local labor unions.
December 09, 2016
About Iron Heart (Works Inc)
Shinichi Haraki established Works Inc (AKA The Works Inc, Japan) in 2003. After 20 years of working in the garment industry in Japan, beginning as a pattern maker for Edwin and advancing to designer and producer/director for the company, he decided to create a heavyweight Japanese clothing brand, aimed initially at the Japanese motorcycling community.
Giles Padmore and Haraki san started working together in 2005. This close partnership and firm friendship, coupled with the increased focus on the market outside of Japan which Giles brought to the party, has generated a loyal following throughout the world. Our customers come from all walks of life, and many of them – but certainly not all – are bikers. The common factor is a love of ethically manufactured, beautiful and durable clothing.
Iron Heart Clothing
Iron Heart was originally made for bikers, and even today that focus guides design and construction of the clothing. Confident that the clothes appeal to a variety of owners, Haraki-san conceives of them to be worn by riders and for their preferences. Iron Heart garments are in the main made from heavyweight fabrics, designed to be durable, and to some extent protective for motor bikers. Iron Heart clothing is classic in materials and styling, using mostly flannels, denim and chambrays for shirts, and basing jackets on time tested military or riding favourites. Some designs – for example the 25oz XHS (extra heavy selvedge) denim jeans - are at the limit of what can actually be woven and sewn: “over-engineered is our starting point.”
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August 27, 2016
RED WING SHOES was built on America’s great promise; if one worked hard enough, one could achieve anything. Since 1905, that work ethic has been poured into every cut and stitch that crafts a Red Wing boot. From the first boot to leave the factory floor, Red Wing has proudly stood not only for getting the job done but getting it done right. By combining the finest leathers and quality materials with uncompromising craftsmanship, Red Wing’s Heritage collection continues to build upon a legacy of usa-made excellence so the boots built tomorrow are as enduring as the boots built 100 years ago.
RED WING SHOE COMPANY started making boots for women in
the midst of the Roaring Twenties. These women were pioneers of their
era, breaking free from the constraints of long skirts and corsets in favor
of short hair, pants, and boots. Red Wing Shoe Company responded to
these social changes by creating a collection of ladies’ boots that were
specifically suited to the needs and activities of independent women
of the time, using the same purpose-built craftsmanship and care
found in their men’s shoes.
Today, women are breaking molds again by seeking products that hearken back to an era that valued quality over quantity, when shoes were crafted by hand and brands stood by their product after years of use. Red Wing Heritage Women’s Collection celebrates their legacy of building premium, iconic footwear for independent women.
June 15, 2016
Freenote creates classic American menswear and honors tradition by manufacturing its collection exclusively in the United States. We source the finest materials and demand the highest level of craftsmanship so we can offer quality clothing that is made to last. We take our inspiration from authentic American culture and its timeless style icons. And we believe the best menswear is that which marries design and utility with contemporary, tailored fits.
Brothers Matt and Andrew Brodrick founded Freenote. Its headquarters are in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano, a town that embodies the rancho era of territorial California. It is the ideal home for Freenote, which embraces America’s rich heritage and its classic menswear.