Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Grant Harris from Image Granted about his videos. Through one of the videos, I found out that he and his friend Wale from Less.Gentleman had been on a trip to Philadelphia, where they met with Craig Arthur von Schroeder from Commonwealth Proper.
Commonwealth Proper – Custom Clothiers
Prior to watching the video, I had not heard of Commonwealth Proper before, nor have I spent any time in Philadelphia.
In 2008, Craig Arthur von Schroeder and his friend Aaron Pierce noticed that many of their peers would wear ill-fitting garments. Instead of suggesting a visit to an alterations tailor, they decided to start a business providing customized clothing and accessories.
They also offer Ready-to-Wear clothing for the men who want to look dapper but not old fashioned. Apparently, all Commonwealth Proper garments are cut and tailored in the US. The term “Commonwealth” pays homage to a group of Philadelphia-based tailors in the 1800’s who created one of the first unions in the trade that aimed to guarantee better working conditions. On the other hand, “Proper” stands for the owners’ philosophy that men’s clothing must fit properly.
Unlike Alexander Amann, neither Craig nor Aaron are tailors by profession. Their suits and coats are tailored to the customer’s specifications in Brooklyn, New York and the shirts are handled in New Jersey.
With regards to styling, they certainly do not shy away from strong colors and unusual details. For example, take a look at this orange windowpane plaid sportscoat. It has a brown velvet collar, elbow patches and brown trim on the flap pockets. Although I would personally prefer a more neatly stitched buttonhole, it is clearly stitched by hand.
I do like their teal-colored double-breasted blazer with mother of pearl buttons. To me, it is always amazing to see that such a simple component as buttons can give your whole outfit an entirely new look. This is especially true for mother of pearl buttons, due to their special luster.
The owners are actively seeking to broaden CMMP’s customer base, and if you are interested in crossing paths with them on one of their many road trips across the US, refer to the Commonwealth Proper website.
Personally, I am thrilled to see that American producers and consumers alike are focusing more energy on quality and style again – hopefully it becomes the next mass movement!
In the following, you can see two videos that will explain more about Commonwealth Proper, the people behind the brand, and their style philosophy.
You can find their website at www.commonwealthproper.com