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Hardwick Clothes: Sewn in the South

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BORN AND BRED IN CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE

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Hardwick Clothes, America’s oldest continuously operated tailored clothing manufacturer, has called Cleveland, Tennessee, its home since 1880.

The company, which was originally named Cleveland Woolen Mills, was founded by local businessman C.L. Hardwick, who partnered with John H. Craigmiles, John H. Parker, P.B. Mayfield and Creed Bates to establish the firm. C.L. Hardwick owned several businesses in Cleveland, and he put his son, George L. Hardwick, in charge of running the mill.

Cleveland Woolen Mills found success with an innovative fabric known as "jean cloth," woven from wool and cotton. The cloth was used to produce a popular product called "Dollar Pants."

During its early years, the mill experienced a number of setbacks, including several fires, but bounced back each time by adding state-of-the-art machinery and expanding its operations.

In 1925, Cleveland Woolen Mills changed its name to Hardwick Woolen Mills, reflecting the Hardwick family’s increased stake in the company. Hardwick Woolen Mills had evolved into a vertical operation, weaving the wool yarn at one end of the factory, and assembling garments in the other, giving rise to the company motto: "From the sheep’s back to the clothing rack."

OVERCOMING ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

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During this time, Hardwick Woolen Mills was the largest facility of its kind, producing a wide selection of men’s and boys’ clothing. As America entered the Great Depression, unemployment and plummeting demand presented Hardwick Woolen Mills with the toughest challenge in its history. The company reduced costs by nimbly moving its sewing operations into workers’ homes during this time. Hardwick trucks delivered fabric to homes throughout Bradley County, and returned to transport the finished garments back to the factory.

In the 1940s, Hardwick Woolen Mills contributed to the war effort by manufacturing uniforms for the military. During the post-war years, demand for wool dropped with the introduction of synthetics, prompting Hardwick Woolen Mills to sell its woolen operations to focus solely on the men’s tailored-clothing market.

No longer operating as a private label, the company changed its name to Hardwick Clothes, Inc., and began marketing aggressively, rolling out its first advertising campaign. American consumers began to associate the Hardwick name with high-quality tailored menswear. Hardwick’s greatest success was its line of blazers, widely regarded as the best in the world.

A NAME THAT STANDS FOR EXCELLENCE

By the 1970s, Hardwick was once again seeking to modernize its operations. In 1974, the company moved from its original Church Street factory to a new, 175,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Cleveland. The expansive new facility and modernized manufacturing equipment helped Hardwick stay competitive against an increasing supply of cheap, offshore clothing.

Hardwick’s reputation for American-made quality has helped the company thrive in the face of outsourcing and cost-cutting. This status has helped Hardwick land contracts with a wide range of large clients, including the U.S. military and Major League Baseball umpires.

Since its founding in 1880, Hardwick Clothes has endured factory fires, economic recessions, two World Wars, inflation and leisure suits. Despite these challenges, Hardwick Clothes has continued to produce unsurpassed suits, pants and jackets for men and women, operating successfully with pride and quality.

Since the turn of the millennium, Hardwick has continued to adapt to changing market conditions, expanding its base of specialty retailers like Romualdo. 

Introducing: D.S. & Durga

We are excited to introduce a new line of boutique fragrances to our Romualdo clients - D.S. & Durga. As we continue to grow our offerings, we will always find new and interesting lifestyle brands that will elevate your everyday life.  

D.S. & Durga niche fragrance house was founded in New York in 2007 by David Seth Moltz (D.S.), a musician, and Kavi Moltz (Durga) an architect. Combining their two industries, the couple writes ‘songs’ in scent, while designing ‘houses’ for the fragrances. The artistic pair is inspired by a myriad of influences, including historical movements and Americana. Each fragrance tells a tale that the couple believes can be communicated through layers scent.

Stop in today to see what Esquire, Vogue, and many other's can't stop talking about. 

Our Current Collection of D.S. & Durga Scents Include:

Bowmakers: Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the
Massachusetts Bay Colony built violins & bows in the tiny towns of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were riddled with old growth mahogany, burled maple shavings, 
amber pine rosin, aged walnut & their unique secret varnishes.

Cowboy Grass: American sagebrush, flowering white thyme, & prairie switchgrass from the wild western territories. Perfect for robbing banks on horseback.

Italian Citrus: A bracing cologne of coastal Italian citrus rinds - chinotto, blood orange, cold-pressed lemon and green mandarin with ambrette seed & clean musk.

Radio Bombay (Coming Soon): Transistor radio hewn of sandalwood radiates ragas in the Bandra heat.  Hot copper tubes warm the soft wood releasing blooms of musk, cream, peach, ambrette, coco, cedar distillates.

Burning Barbershop: A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.

Mississippi Medicine: Based on the rituals of the proto-Mississippian death cult of the 1200s. Native birch tar, viola, & white spruce grounded in incense & cypress root.

Of Note, D.S. & Durga fragrances and packaging are unisex. 

 

Work Hard // Play Hard

It's not a secret that a lot of our clients live a hard working lifestyle both in and out of the workplace. We know that a lot of our guys leave the office and head straight to the gym or perhaps they are weekend warriors who have a 5k to run.

We have always felt torn with putting our clients in beautiful bespoke clothing or ready to wear garments for every aspect of their life EXCEPT their active workouts.

Today, that changes. We are excited to carry Rhone active wear. Rhone is a high caliber active wear that embraces masculinity. Named after the European river valley, Rhone sweats and bleeds hard work. You can certainly purchase men’s active wear at LuLu Lemon, but the customer experience is still patently female. We want to provide a higher quality garment and customer experience.

How to Wear it:

At the Gym:  Technical odor resistant t-shirts and shorts go hand-in-hand. Don’t worry about being too “matchy-matchy.” There is very little branding on the pieces, so you won’t be “that guy” at the gym.

On the Go:  With a tailored silhouette, Rhone is styled enough to wear out and about on the weekends for those quick errands. Wear the joggers to Findlay Market or around the house before you start getting ready for you big night out.