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Brand Profile | Raleigh Denim + Workshop October 15 2014

Hailing from the birthplace of American denim, North Carolina, Raleigh denim was founded and designed by husband and wife, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, in 2007. 
(photo courtesy of Raleigh Denim)

Determined to create the perfect jean, the duo worked with residents who had worked in the last Levi Strauss factory to learn older craftsmanship techniques while incorporating modern detailing.  They remade machines from the 1920's for authenticity, making each pair by hand using White Oak Cone denim in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Their first line debuted in 2008 and were selected to join the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
(photo courtesy of  Raleigh Denim )

Although they have had great success, their manufacturing team remains small. Each piece is numbered and signed by the "jeansmith" that made them, which makes them truly one of a kind.  




Brand Profile: The West Is Dead February 22 2014


Occasionally we come across a brand whose story is just as compelling as the clothing they produce. One of our newest brands, The West Is Dead, is the perfect example of that.


The Story

The company was started in Montana by two friends Kaelen McCrane and Will Cheng.  Both having an admiration for American heritage and a desire to revive the dwindling tradition of craftsmanship, they teamed up and started The West Is Dead.  Knowing they wanted to produce everything in the United States, they emptied their savings and headed west for Los Angeles. Since neither had experience in manufacturing or the fashion industry (with the exception of an outdoor retailer both used to work at), they relied solely on ambition and perseverance to get the line out there. After showing at their first trade show they received stellar feed back and moved forward with the line. Today, McCrane and Cheng have kept the company small in order to serve high-quality, hand made clothing to their customers making sure every detail is just right.  

The Clothing
Each piece is hand made in LA using high quality, raw materials with an emphasis on structure, function, style, and quality. 




Partnerships

Besides from making beautifully constructed garments in the US, another big goal of the brand is to collaborate with different foundations to help preserve and protect the American West.  For their first partnership, they teamed up with the Intertribal Buffalo Foundation.



The Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) is a non-profit organization comprised of 57 American Indian nations and 15,000+ head of buffalo. The mission of ITBC is to coordinate and assist American Indian tribes in helping return the buffalo to their native land.


So as you can see, we are extremely excited The West Is Dead is now available at the lounge!

For more information follow the West Is Dead on: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

(Photos courtesy of thewestisdead.com)

Railcar Fine Goods X Lizard Lounge October 03 2013

Manufactured in Arcadia, California, Railcar Fine Goods hand makes each garment using both American Cone Mills and Japanese denim. While they typically specialize in men's and women's jeans, they are expanding their creativity and craftsmanship into what is now officially called Deuce 600 Jacket.  

Based off the traditional Type 2 jacket, the Deuce 006 is constructed using triple chain stitching for durability and Japanese over-dyed black and over indigo blue on slubby yarn.  Over time, the over-dyed black will fade allowing the indigo to emerge creating a shadow effect. The result? A beautiful jacket that will last you for years.


(Photo courtesy of RailcarFineGoods.com)

On October 5th from 12-4pm, stop by Lizard Lounge for the official release party of the Deuce 006 Jacket.  Not only will we have complimentary Roy Rogers, but the fellas have a chance to win a pair of jeans. The good news doesn't end there either! Ladies, we will also have women's styles for you to try on.  The best part? Try them on, upload and take @lizardloungepdx and @railcarfinegoods to Instagram for a shot at winning an Lizard Lounge gift card.

So come hang out and meet the man behind it all, enjoy drinks, denim and have a good time!