Feature Friday – Socks & Soles

Socks and SolesToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Tennessee: Socks & Soles. Socks & Soles is located in the CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin. Phil Krause opened the shop on Black Friday of last year. The store carries a wide variety of socks and insoles for men, women, and children – from outdoor socks to fine dress socks.

Franklin is located approximately 20 miles south of Nashville. The city is named after Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is home to numerous celebrities, including many famous musicians.

Introductions: Our Technician

TechnicianIf it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If it is broke, by all means, fix it! Today we’re excited to introduce the man who keeps a close eye on our knitting machines, Steve Owens – Our Technician.

Steve started working at the third-generation mill that knits Dapper Classics socks right out of school. Dapper Classics is a direct beneficiary of his technical expertise. Steve’s experience helps him catch potential problems before they become serious concerns. And if a complication does arise, he is quick to resolve the issue so quality is not compromised. Steve also monitors production of new samples and makes the necessary adjustments to the machines to ensure the socks are knitted with the quality you’ve come to expect from Dapper Classics.

When he’s not at the mill, Steve enjoys fishing and hunting.

New Dapper Classics Neckties

Dapper Classics NecktiesWe’re excited to introduce three new styles of Dapper Classics handcrafted Made in USA neckties: Solid Luxe, Houndstooth, and Windowpane. Our Solid Luxe ties, available in blue and gray, are made with a silk and linen blend woven in England. Our Houndstooth ties, available in tan, blue, and brick, are made with a silk and cotton blend woven in England. Our Windowpane ties, available in blue and cafe brown, are made with a silk and linen blend woven in England. All Dapper Classics neckties are handmade in New York using a detailed process involving seven different artisans.

Feature Friday – Kannon’s

Kannon'sToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in North Carolina: Kannon’s. The store was founded in 1916 by immigrant Isaac George Kannon. Kannon’s dream was to immigrate to America, work hard, and provide his family with better opportunities; he did just that. Today Kannon’s Clothing is owned and operated by four of his grandchildren. Kannon’s has two locations: a men’s store in Raleigh and a women’s store in Wendell. Kannon’s was recently recognized as the “Best in the Triangle” for customer service.

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh is nicknamed “City of the Oaks” because of its many oak trees. The city is part of “The Triangle” – along with Durham and Chapel Hill. Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and Shaw University – the first historically black university in the South. Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was born in Raleigh. (photo credit: Southern City Love)


Introductions: Our Graphic Designer

Graphic DesignerYou can’t make a sale if you don’t pique the shopper’s interest. Today we’re excited to introduce the person who helps turn shoppers into customers for Dapper Classics – Jon Merkling, our Graphic Designer.

Jon, a graphic designer for a college in the Charleston area, has worked on projects for Dapper Classics since 2013. He designs promotional materials for our website, social media, mailing list, and men’s shows.

Jon’s philosophy is to create classic, simple designs that are also modern and innovative – which makes him the perfect person to help market our timeless American-made products. Jon’s artistic approach is guided by a desire to help people see things clearly while making the world look a little better. You can view part of his impressive portfolio on his website.

When he’s not doing design work, Jon enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

Feature Friday – Ron Alexander

Ron AlexanderToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners Louisiana: Ron Alexander. The store’s slogan is “Knowing how to dress is knowing where to buy.” In Monroe, Ron Alexander Clothiers for Men is the place to buy. The shop has been a staple in its community for more than 25 years. The store offers a wide range of menswear – from relaxed casual to formal. Ron Alexander has two professional tailors on staff to ensure the store’s customers achieve the perfect fit.

Monroe is named after the James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. Monroe is one of the two “Twin Cities” of northeast Louisiana – the other being West Monroe. West Monroe was the birthplace of  Bill Russell, one of the best and most decorated professional basketball players in history.