In the summer of 2000, I began the company as a way to provide my
friends and mess mates with hand sewn goods and help them to improve
their impressions. While I attended Michigan State University I
continued to study original clothing and expand my knowledge about their
construction, the materials involved, and the patterning techniques
necessary for a proper fit. In 2002 Brian White, who up to that point
had been my best customer, began working for the company on a limited
scale, producing shelter halves and shirts.
After graduating in 2004, I found my clientele robust enough (and the
job market in Michigan poor enough), that I began sewing full time. In
2005 Brian moved to Michigan and began taking an ever-increasingly
large role in the company, culminating in his working full time in the
fall of 2008.
Today our company consists of two full-time workers and about a half
dozen smaller individual businesses who provide items to us such as
civilian shirts, caps, and housewives. I largely handle the day-to-day
operations of the company, answering the phone, emails, and processing
orders, as well as production of coats, jackets, and blouses. Brian is
in charge of our research and development, as well as improvements to
our current products. He also produces our trousers, tents, issue
shirts, and handles the bulk of our custom work.
Over the years our product line has evolved from finished garments to
a three-tier system of finished products, garment kits, and yard
goods. Above all, however, we try to pay the most attention to our
“bread and butter”, namely our person-to-person direct customer sales.
Answering emails in a timely fashion, being available on the phone, and
promptly returning calls are a major part of this, but also smaller
efforts such as the same person (me) being available on the phone
whether you called at 3PM on a Monday in May of 2002 or 10AM on a
Thursday in December of 2010. That is part of our commitment to our
customers to be accountable, helpful, and honest.
Thank you for taking the time to read this little history of our company, and I look forward to your call!
Dan WambaughSpring 2011