Everything, even in the fast-paced world of fashion, comes full circle. And that’s part of the appeal of RISING SUN & CO.'s sturdy, well-tailored men’s denim collection, which hearkens back to a time when every article of clothing was made by hand — by the designer.
The brand, which is developing a cult following, has a newly opened workshop-turned-store complete with antique fixtures and displays in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. A majority of the items for sale are finished on-site in the workshop. Being made in America is more than a talking point for founder and chief designer Mike Hodis, who used to design for Lucky Brand. Selvage fabric made by Cone Denim Mills in North Carolina and hardware produced in Kentucky are crafted together to bring Hodis’ designs to life. Tried-and-true cuts and worn-in washes are signatures, with custom hemming services available as needed.
“We strive to create a balance between the familiar and progressive by utilizing great design, quality fabrics and finishes that are rooted in America’s ingenuity of old,” Hodis says. Those who aren’t in L.A. can find Rising Sun’s wares in a few boutiques around the globe, at Barneys in New York and on its website. After all, a well-made pair of jeans is an instant classic.
$225 to $425, www.risingsunjeans.com