Since 1884 Alden shoes company offers high-end shoes in the largest American tradition.Alden shoes company is an institution in the purest line of «Shoemakers.» Over 130 years, this iconic brand refines its know-how, focusing around the shoe and comfort. Alden built its reputation by making high-end shoes, and using the craftsmanship of GOODYEAR’S stitching. Alden's popularity is based on its exceptional production than its selected materials through the best leather tannery (Horween in Chicago) in the world. Alden is known for its shoe manufacturing with Cordovan leather, the horse leather with shiny appearance, which is often brown-red color, has since become almost inseparable from Alden. Alden is an art, which goes beyond shoes and an American history.
BIG YANK was founded as one of the brands of Reliance Manufacturing Company in Chicago in 1919.From the beginning, they tried to be different from other work clothing companies by inventing and getting patents of unique and evolutional details in their products, lots of advertising in magazines and fine quality.Their unique details (e.g. Convenient Pockets) attract many people, and lots of fashion brands take these designs, yet. Their unique products are still expensive in vintage markets.Today BIG YANK makes its products not only as fashion items, but as products with same sewing methods, fine quality, and atmosphere that only authentic one has.
In 1961, Carrie Birdwell Mann transformed her small house in southern California into a sewing workshop and shop.She launched Birdwell Beach Britches, a brand which became one of the first companies specialized in surf clothes, and turned her living room into one of the first surf shops.