Knickerbocker MFG x Manready Mercantile
Heritage and history at its finest!
We've teamed up on a recent project with our friends over at Knickerbocker MFGCo. out of Brooklyn, NY. Andrew Livingston, owner of KMFG, and Travis Weaver of Manready Mercantile were talking back in 2015 at a trade show called Liberty Fairs in New York. Both share a love of military, history, and workwear...specifically French workwear. Something clicked, and inspiration started flowing from the adorned "French Blues" chore coat. The guys moved quickly, and Travis came up with a general overview on the plane back to Houston. Andrew sketched out a pattern for the silhouette which he took from the KMFG Service Chore Coat, an item based loosely off that of the USMC N-3 Utility Fatigue coats.
For authenticity sake, Andrew hit up his friends in Japan for yardage on their shuttle loomed, PFD (prepared for dye), herringbone cotton twill. A twill almost identical in comparison to that of the French & USMC coats. For the buttons, we brought in the iconic laurel wreath, single-starred tack buttons, which were prominently used throughout USMC and worn as a symbol of good luck. For a tag detail inside the coat, Travis sourced vintage cotton and linen blend material with a selvedge edge. He stumbled across some old WWII-era love letters for a little "touch" that would be sent out with each coat. Lastly, the guys teamed up on a back label design to bring it all together.
Once materials came in, nothing short of magic happened. The fabric was cut and assembled, and buttons were applied. Prototypes were tested and approved by the guys, as nothing less than perfection was going to work. We got the fit dialed in, and took a trip to a wash house where we made a few lab dips to identify the perfect shade of indigo. The idea was to match the look of one of our vintage French chores from 1940. It had to be that old sun faded look...well-worn, broken down, and embracing the spirit of a working man...and frankly, we nailed it!
The goal was to pay respect to heritage and history; to bring something back to life that will proudly be handed down for generations to come. We designed our Indigo Chore with the utmost pride and attention to detail and strived to create something so well-made that you'll have it forever.
Folks, the time has come and the coats are now available in limited quantities!
Work Hard, Live Well.
-Andrew Livingston of Knickerbocker MFG Co. & Travis Weaver of Manready Mercantile
- Self is a 9 oz. Japanese herringbone cotton twill is woven on a shuttle loom & washed down for a soft hand and vintage look
- Due to extensive washing the style fits a size smaller than the standard service chore coat by Knickerbocker MFG Co.
- Other authentic details include USMC single star, laurel wreath "good luck" tack buttons in a tin finish
- Left chest, waist and inside patch pockets reinforced by bartacked corners
- Left chest pocket has pen pocket
- Felled double needle chain stitched seams
- Tailored work fit
- Dry clean or wash and dry on low
- Back woven labels are produced on a 1950's needle loom machine
- Placket identification label is individually stamped on a cotton & linen selvedge and numbered
- Each comes with a WWII-era love letter
- Made in New York City for work, leisure & sport