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Left Field NYC Apparel

Left Field NYC Apparel Left Field NYC Apparel
New York NY 10036
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After getting fired from a record store in Philadelphia a week before Christmas, I came to a crossroads in my life. Working retail sucked and I was sick of eating pasta. After spending 3 hours in a South Philly unemployment office staring at laid off dock workers, I was on my way to free government money. Six months is a short time and there was no time to waste. I was always into thrift shopping so I decided to sell vintage clothes to the Japanese (via a 1986 computer with no internet hook up). Six months later I had had an apartment full of vintage clothes and no connections. Two weeks before my last check I was forced to take another retail job to pay the bills. I took over a poorly run men's dept and decided it would be cool to buy, maybe I could be the assistant buyer. Nine months later I had the job. The men's dept was a horse with a broken leg waiting to be shot. Here I met my wife and Left Field partner and after a year and a half of corporate BS we decided it was time to fly the coup to NYC. We moved to Brooklyn with enough money to cover 1st and last. My two sure-thing jobs fell out the window, she took a job at a boutique to pay the rent and I went down to the unemployment office.

We decided we would make a clothing line representing all the cool vintage finds and things you always wanted to find. They would fit well, be made of quality fabrics and have understated cool styling. This time it was going to happen, this time it was on our terms and why not, we had nothing to lose.

The line started out as 50's style varsity sportswear specializing in original 100% wool felt and chenille applique lettering manufactured from Ma and Pa companies that made chenille letters for our parent's varsity sweaters. Felt lettering is sewn straight stitch, the old fashion way, like they used to do on the Brooklyn Dodgers caps. The pieces are washed to distress the felt and curl up the edges to give it that worn in look. The label is made out of cotton twill tape that is hand stamped from an old factory in the Bronx.

So after years of dragging roll so fleece up stairwells on 8th Ave, carrying trash bags full of sweatshirts on the trains, and heat pressing on the kitchen table, we have a line we really love and take pride in. So next time you pick up that sweatshirt at your favorite trendy store, I probably pressed the lettering and Lara probably sewed on the label, we're just a small company that still believes in the pioneer spirit.

Made in New York City, made in New York, made in the USA apparel.
Buy local New York City, buy local New York.
American made,handmade,handcrafted,vintage,retro,clothing,mens,womens,locally made


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Date added: 5.5.2009  
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