Mannan & Renz Sportswear

 
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I've been drawing since I was a kid, and got into drawing clothes and fashion in JR High. I designed copious T-Shirts, ties, shorts, suits, all for a fictitious clothing brand (another story for another day). So when my brother Jake called me up last year and asked me to do some drawings for his fashion line Mannan&Renz, I was stoked.

Some of my early 90's 'fashion art' - I give myself a 10 for creativity, and a facepalm for fashion sense.

Some of my early 90's 'fashion art' - I give myself a 10 for creativity, and a facepalm for fashion sense.

After our initial conversations on what he was looking for, I had a vision of Leyendecker with a broken nose, or jacked up Mad Men ad copy. As the project went on, my art morphed into sailors with tattoos, WWII Willie and Joe types, bums, Depression era workers, pin up girls, smokers, drinkers, farmers, linemen, some of them not wearing anything resembling an M&R piece of clothing. But every single rough and rowdy ink spattered working man and woman I sketched embodied the core of my brother and his business partner Kyle's vision - to bring back this durable American spirit we seem to have forgotten in an age of transience. I was so taken with this vision that I feverishly researched and sketched hundreds of items and characters from a bygone age when things were built to last because they HAD to - more than that, when these things wore out in the elbows and knees and heels from busting it hard all day riveting or building or bouncing babies or tugging lifting sweating working, you patched them up and passed them on to your people because they held a nostalgic, totemic value.

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My brother has always loved fashion and clothing, especially older clothes, shoes, and military gear, taking this obsession to the point that he has more vintage Pendletons on hangers than eBay, and surplus military wear worthy of a museum. He can pull a jacket off a rack in in any thrift store and tell you what its made from, where it came from, look at the tag and tell you the era, scan for moth holes and runs and tell you within a matter of seconds - 'This is a good buy, grab it.' This is why when he and Kyle looked for partners to bring their vision to the masses, they got some damn good ones. And it's why you can trust that these items are of hefty beautiful lasting quality - Jake has looked over each one, pored over them, sent them back, cut them here, lengthened them there, field tested them, wore them out, wore them down, run his hands over them, looked at the tag and said 'This is good.'

Renz & Mannan.

Renz & Mannan.

So you should grab it.

I have worn M&R's baseball jacket in Spokane and across many of the United States, across the pond to London, I have tromped up and down from the White Tower to Buckingham Palace to Liverpool Station in my White's Boots, I've worn M&R sweaters while flying, driving, camping, drawing (no ink spilled on them cross myself and hope to die), and I can personally attest to their comfortable, durable, snazzy quality.

So get on over to M&R's Kickstarter, and get you a piece of clothing or pair of boots to last a lifetime. Aaaaaand a drawing of mine.

Caleb

The artist in his 'studio'.

The artist in his 'studio'.

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