Hello dudes and dudettes of denim.
Well lads & ladies, it’s Thursday and tonight we are focusing on one of our own…
Yup, tonight’s “bro” ‘…Behind The Menswear’ is Steven Waudby aka @scwaudby_33.
Steven joined the humble clobber cast a few month’s back now and has been working, keeping us up to date on the @clobbercalm.threadsnfades2017 progress. Steven is, also, an avid member of the IG denim community and is always up for talking about anything clobber (Brit slang of clothing) related.
He also used to play PRO basketball ya know! Impressive eh?!
If you haven’t hooked up on IG with Steven then you should swing by his feed. But first let’s listen to what he has to say…
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Steven aka @scwaudby_33
LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
OCCUPATION: Medical Sales
1. So Why Instagram?
Instagram is a simple, easy to use platform that allows you to share pictures and inspiration with other like-minded individuals all across the world. It gives you the ability to share photos right from your phone and interact with some pretty cool people and whether you share a lot or a little it’s totally up to you!
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
For me it’s become more about finding things that are well made and going to last and raw denim, boots, and workwear fit right into this. My personal style has changed some over the years, but now that I’m at a more constant place in my life I’ve been able to settle in on some things that fit my daily uniform both in the office and outside of that. If you haven’t been able to tell I’m taller than the average person coming in at 6’9” so finding things that fit can definitely be a challenge. Raw Denim usually has a longer inseam which is great for me and even though I don’t have as many cuffing options, I’m ok with that. I also love the fact that with a pair of jeans or boots they are going to be a little tough to begin with, but each day they get better and meld to who you are and what you do in them. The details and time that smaller less know companies are putting into these items makes them even more special and that’s something I am proud to support. Another thing that I didn’t even think about much until recently is that these are all styles and items built to last and in most cases meant to be passed down for generations to come. My Dad didn’t really wear boots, but he always wore the same pair of jeans, a heavyweight pocket tee, and if it was cool a flannel (timeless). This in now on most occasions what I wear and look forward to passing that on to my kids some day!
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
I think it is great and really special how different communities are able to come together to support each other and most of the time all without even meeting each other in person. From the brands creating and to all of us wearing and sharing what we like, I look forward to seeing this community of denim, boots, workwear and positivity expand and welcome those yet to come!
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
Freenote Cloth: The guys at Freenote are some really cool dudes and their top priority is making sure you have the right fit and are satisfied and going to absolutely love what you purchase. I’ve interacted with them through email and on Instagram, and it’s always a pleasant to catch-up and see what they have going on. Their backstory of wanting to create unique, high quality goods (made in the US) definitely shows in the menswear they come out with each year. I’ve only been wearing their stuff since November, but the fits work for me. Also, their quality, and unique, but classic pieces are things I love wearing. If you haven’t given them a look they are definitely worth it.
Taylor Stitch: Another company focused on producing quality goods and their structure of having everyday essentials and also crowdfunded items gives you a chance to pick-up exclusive items at a discount if you back it beforehand. Their styles range from basic tees to suits so they have something for every occasion. They also have sizes that are a good fit for me and probably make one of the most comfortable flannels I own in their Yosemite Shirt.
Truman Boot Company: Had to get the footwear aspect in here as well. I only recently received my first pair of Truman Boots and the wait was long and hard as it took the full 13 weeks to get my 14EE’s! I am absolutely in love with these things! Offering some in stock options, but mostly MTO Truman is putting out high quality boots with some of the most unique leathers I’ve ever seen. The ability to customize your boot and pair with a sole that fits your style and activities is something really cool.
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands?
Living in Milwaukee there’s only one place that I frequent, and that is Milworks. They stock Taylor Stitch as well as a lot of other great brands. For me though, I do most of my shopping online and most often directly through Freenote’s website. I also like North Menswear which is a cool little shop if you ever make it to Laguna Beach, but their website is great too. I tend to stick to online because not many shops stock the larger sizes, so if I see something cool I usually end up having to jump online anyways to get the bigger size.
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?
I’ve had my Instagram account for a long time and it started out with mainly pictures of food, coffee, and shoes, so nothing too serious. I shifted focus to where my page is now around last September when I shared a shot that my fiancée took of me during a trip to Philly. Once I started that, the community reeled me in and I really enjoyed connecting with others who were into the same stuff and also being able to see how even though some of us wear the same things it’s never quite the same as everyone adds their own uniqueness to it. Relating to the last question and primarily shopping online this was an outlet to see some of the items I was interested in being styled in real life.
7. What’s the secret behind your great images; Who takes them? When are they taken? How do you capture the magic your followers enjoy so much?
This one I feel like gets a lot of similar answers and so you’ve probably heard some of this if you’ve read previous post. For most of my shots during the week, I’ll use my iPhone with the self-timer and then get in place for the shot. I’ll take them before work or on my lunch breaks. On the weekends, I’m lucky enough to have my fiancée take my photos and it’s definitely fun being able to share that with her. We actually met through Instagram so being able to continue to share that is great! I have been looking into taking some more shots with a DSLR we have, so we’ll see where that goes.
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
This is a tough one as we all say, especially since this community continues to grow. Of course, I have to stay close with @clobbercalm. Some other favourites are @outlinedcloth as Devin has been a real inspiration and his pictures are top notch. He’s also been really helpful and genuine in recommending some places to go when out in California or just answering a question. My buddy @everydaydrew who is also here in Milwaukee and have been able to meet up with a few times has a great style and aesthetic to his page. The Guys @freenotecloth so I can stay up on their new releases and also @indigonaner is another Midwest brother who keeps things interesting. There’s so many more I wish I could list them all, but here’s a few more that are definitely worth a look, @whaleysworld, @lahmansbeard, @shockoe_atelier.
9. What tips would you give new starters on Instagram to help them get there feed off the ground and successful?
I still feel like I’m pretty new here in this community, but everyone is really awesome. My biggest suggestions would be to just be yourself and take shots of things and brands you love and are passionate about. Try to comment on pictures you like and ask questions if there is something you’re interested in. We all share photos, but I think the biggest thing is the interactions between us. This makes it a community worth being a part of.
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island, you can take 1 outfit (4 items) and 1 drink ONLY with you.
What would they be? Who made them? Why are you taking them?
Wow….you read this question and hear everyone answer it so you know it’s coming, yet still so tough once you get here! I’ll start with the feet and go with my Truman Boots, as I said these are built to last and are still new so they should last me until I’d be rescued. Seeing them age with walks on the beach and hikes through the jungle will be pretty cool too. Next, I’m going to go with my Freenote Cloth riders jacket, instantly a favourite this will keep me warm on a cool night and with the cloth lining will provide the comfort of being at home cozy in my bed. I’ll need a little protection from the sun as well so I’ll have my Freenote Cloth tee, not to heavy not too light. Last but not least, the jeans I’ll have on will be my Shockoe Atelier military trousers. They are a little looser and the 12.5oz shouldn’t be too heavy for the hot days, but have done really well in keeping me warm and blocking the wind when it’s a little cooler. My drink will have to be what I call a Pappy Smash commonly known as a bourbon smash, but instead of regular maple syrup I use Pappy Van Winkle barrel aged maple syrup to create one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever tasted and I would not mind sipping these until someone came to find me.
Woah! Thanks Steven bro. Awesome to cement your place in club clobber 10@10, my friend.
Now, we have a little more coming from Steve this week as, this Saturday, he’s pinning his local threads hang @milworks to the ‘Denim Map’. Stay tuned for that.
Tomorrow, a little later than initially planned as we wanted to give this feature a few light flourishes, we have a blinding little article going live called ‘Denim – Learning The Basics’. It’s a great little piece wrote by our denim bro Greg the @denimhound and it’s perfect for guys just getting started in denim whilst also being an awesome read for any member of the community. Greg has a brilliant way of getting across what he wants to say and tomorrow’s indigo related contribution is no exception!
Right I’m off, I’m knackered. It’s been a mad week and we’re trying to train the little ones to stay in their own beds, all night, instead of becoming wanderers of the hallway every night. It’s tough as shit man! They are stubborn little sods! I should have known from the start ha…gotta be cruel to be kind from day one otherwise shit just goes Pete Tong! I’m even avoiding the beer till the mission is complete! Yup, it’s that serious…
Anyways, enjoy the rest of your day/evening folks and I’ll catch you tomorrow or sometime over the weekend no doubt.
Wish me luck + stay close!
P.S. If any of you are up for entering into #teamdenimworldwide make sure you let me know! LETS DO THIS PEOPLE.