Walk into SoHo vintage staple Quality Mending Company and you’ll be hit immediately by the distinct smell of leather that perfectly complements the store’s worn-in offerings. The dimly lit and remarkably cozy Prince Street storefront always screams vintage.

 

There are old sunglasses, lighters, and pins in the display case by the door. Leather jackets beat up just to the point where they look cool hang far in the back. Pairs of boots and shoes, ranging from hardly to extremely worn, dot the floor surrounding indigo-dyed blankets and scarves.

 

What we love the most about Quality Mending, though, isn’t their wide collection of older, used clothing, but their house brand clothing and accessories. Though the store has been around since 2003, in 2010 they began stocking their own line of merchandise to supplement their popular vintage offerings. After six years, those basics are still in production, and for good reason. They’re just made really well.

 

Quality Mending’s plain tee shirts are distressed lightly and have a great, classic fit. They’ve got beautiful wallets made of English bridle leather with worn brass hardware. Their rag socks, made of a cotton and nylon blend, come in a variety of colors and are probably the warmest socks on the planet.

 

(Hickorees.com)

(Hickorees.com)

Perhaps their most impressive house brand offering, however, is their line of raw selvedge denim. Based on a vintage Levi’s 505 cut, the Lowrider jean by Quality Mending is constructed in the legendary White Oak denim manufactured by Cone Mills in North Carolina and features reinforced pockets, a Talon zipper fly, and a tasteful lack of branding. Best of all, the jean is manufactured in the USA, which means that this house brand jean’s quality is on par with that of offerings from popular American raw denim manufacturers like Railcar and Rogue Territory.

 

The fact that the store stocks these items consistently has a very real effect on the shopping experience at Quality Mending. Visiting a standard, run-of-the-mill thrift store is almost always exciting, but often feels less than fruitful since the clothing that comes in is just whatever generous patrons decide to donate—the stores don’t seem very invested in what they sell. At Quality Mending, though, the vintage collection is clearly very carefully curated and you can see coherence between the vintage and house brand offerings. Everything in the store fits the aesthetic, so it feels like everything in the store is worth taking a look at.

 

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