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18 Jun - Meet Our Friend: Tim Tierney

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Meet the partner behind the Chicago-based menswear company Stock Manufacturing! Stock Mfg Co. designs and produces premium garments right in the heart of The Windy City. Their goal is to provide top quality, locally-made products at the most affordable price possible. In addition to in-house labor, Stock frequently teams up with creative folks to produce unique and exclusive garments. They’ve recently teamed up with our Chicago crew for a custom wallet making class and their ingenious design influence will continue to accessorize our new outpost. We caught up with Tim Tierney for an exclusive look into Stock + some admirable advice for the budding entrepreneur:

Freehand: What inspired you to get into the garment industry?

Tim Tierney: My first job out of college was on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. I found it pretty unfulfilling- trading invisible commodities and contributing nothing on a creative level. I like the rag business because you create a tangible good that people enjoy. You walk down the street and see someone wearing something you made and it’s the best feeling.

FH: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

TT: I draw a lot of inspiration from US History, Chicago’s in particular. Stock is named after the Union Stock Yards, which put Chicago on the map. That theme is a major part of our brand identity. On the design end, we pull a lot of inspiration from historical military garments. Our factory is 40 years old and has always manufactured for the military. The designs are timeless, very well thought out, and extremely functional. Three elements that are vital in menswear.

FH: What is one thing you can’t travel without?

TT: Good people. If you’re with the right crew, every trip is memorable and special.

FH: What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

TT: Eat and drink. Chicago’s food scene is hyped, but for a damn good reason.

FH: What’s your advice to young people with big entrepreneurial ideas?

TT: Lots of people have ideas, but entrepreneurship is all about execution and perseverance.

FH: If you could hang out with anyone at The Broken Shaker, living or dead, real or imaginary, who would it be? 

TT: Larry David.