American Trench

Several of the companies we’ve featured got their start when they noticed a gap in the marketplace: Mo’s Bows when young Moziah Bridges couldn’t find a bow tie to his liking, Freeman when Scott and Brittany Freeman couldn’t find a decent American made rain jacket and Boardroom Socks when its founders had trouble finding a domestically produced pair of conservative dress socks.

Add to those American Trench.

In 2009, Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill began a three year journey to craft an American made trench coat. Inspired by a trench they found in England, they were convinced that a trench coat of similar quality could be made on these shores.

Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, in 2012, they began offering their eponymous trench coat. It’s made of navy cotton Ventile fabric with a glen check lining.

As I already own two trench coats, one a vintage made in American Misty Harbor model, I’m not currently in the market for one. But I was inspired to learn that American Trench has branched out into other items, socks in particular.

Yes, ladies and gents, I’m a sucker for a good pair of socks, and American Trench offers a number of vividly patterned and colored versions, all of which are made in Pennsylvania. I took particular note of their socks in Fair Isle patterns, which are a particular favorite of mine.

Yesterday’s mail delivery brought these American Trench socks into my sartorial orbit. A combination of merino, cashmere, angora, nylon and viscose, they’ve already carved out a place among my favorite socks.

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