Believe it or not, we get a lot of requests to feature new stores, products and services here on ESM.

Some are pretty cool and some… not so much.

Last week, a representative from the folks over at The Quality Mending Co. in New York hit us up regarding their store and a new video they created (above).

The Quality Mending Co.  in New York.  Very cool stuff. Photography by CJ Isaac.

The Quality Mending Co. in New York. Very cool stuff. Photography by CJ Isaac.

Now typically, we’re not too big on vintage clothing (must be residual from the Sixth Sense), but what set this particular vintage store apart for us were the following:

  • They are starting to make their own jeans, bags and shirts (which happen to be made 2 miles from their store)
  • They know the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones
  • The two ridiculously awesome bomber jackets at about 1:13 in the video
  • The fact they carry “dead stock” from the 50’s and 60’s (which means although they are vintage, they’ve never been worn – score)
  • The killer sets of boots at around 1:25

So the folks over at The Quality Mending Co. not only have a great story, but in our book – they’ve got a great sense of style.

We have dibs on that bag too. Photography by CJ Isaac.

We have dibs on that bag too. Photography by CJ Isaac.

Here’s a little more about the company from Harrison Winter, the person responsible for shooting the video:

It was started back in 2002 by a guy named Oliver Harkness who has been working with vintage clothing since he moved to NYC from London in 1989.

In 2002, the shop was mainly focused on vintage and operated under a different name.  It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that they started making their own products (canvas bags, jeans, etc.) and during that time they found an old sign in an antique fair that read “The Quality Mending Co”.  They loved the name/sign and since then have operated the entire business under that name.

They’re now moving towards getting their original products into other stores.  The craftsmanship is pretty incredible and I personally love that they make everything either in their basement or within 2 miles of NYC.  They are still focused on vintage as well, so browsing the NoLita shop is like taking a walk through classic fashion history.

You can purchase their denim online at Hickorees: http://www.hickorees.com/brand/the-quality-mending-co

Pretty cool right?  (On a side note: the original vintage store was called “Eleven Vintage”.)

We'll take the vintage tees and boots, you can take the camo jumpers. Photography by CJ Isaac.

We’ll take the vintage tees and boots, you can take the camo jumpers. Photography by CJ Isaac.

So the next time you’re in New York, you have to make sure you visit their store at 15 Prince Street.  They’re open from 12 pm to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 pm to 7 pm on Sundays.  If we were to guess, you’re probably going to find a piece or two (or three) while you’re in there.

Now how do we get dibs on those two bombers…

For more information on The Quality Mending Co., you can check out their official website at http://thequalitymendingco.com/.

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