In the town where I grew up, there was a father who left for work each morning with all of the other fathers and like most other fathers he wore a suit. One day, an older brother of a friend went for a job at a local warehouse and saw this particular father working. Only thing was he wasn’t wearing a suit. He was wearing work clothes. Turns out he would change into his work clothes every morning at work and then back into his business suit before coming home.
Joseph Beuys said “Every man is an artist” and “Let’s talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included… something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It’s a Gigantic project.”
My love of work clothes has something to do with this. Being proud of the work you do and the labor you perform. After all, why not. It’s your time, your life why not make it artful. In my somewhat limited experience (10+ years working on Wall St.), the suited workforce are some of the least artful around. My grandfather, a carpenter, had more art and pride in his work and life than a gaggle of Goldman Sachs 7-figured sycophants.
So it’s particularly heartwarming to find a nice quiet company that’s been going on about its business for nearly 100 years. Especially when its business is making clothes for work.
The Pointer Brand was founded as the LC King Manufacturing Company in 1913 by Landon Clayton King who couldn’t find good clothes to wear while he raised his championship birddogs. So he made his own. Bill was LCs favorite dog and the Pointer Brand eventually took on his image. Pointer Brand clothing is still made in the original location in Bristol, Tennessee.
And what’s a more emblematic article of work clothing than the Chore Coat.
The coat to wear when you have chores to do. The coat to wear that’s built for work and ready for grime. Ready for hard labor. My favorite from Pointer is the Hickory Stripe Chore Coat.
100% cotton , $145.00
Pride in product or pride in profit. I’d suggest the latter is forever half-full whereas the former can still be fully enjoyed each day as an honest day’s work. I think the trick is to bring a little labor (of love) into everything we do and by all means dress the part.