It’s Thursday, nearly time for that Bank Holiday weekend baby...for us Brits anyway! This weeks 'Men Behind The Menswear' comes from over the pond, from a very cool dude with a very sharp hobby in Carolina infact. You'll understand what we mean when you read on...
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Jerry Foster aka @flaflos
LOCATION: Charleston, South Carolina
OCCUPATION: Crew Member at Trader Joe’s. Buy and sell antique pocketknives specializing in W.R. Case brand
1. So Why Instagram?
I like the fact that photos say far more to me than any other form of social media. A picture can say a thousand words as the old saying goes. The interpretation is left up to the viewer.
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
I have always had an affinity for denim and boots ever since I was a kid. I remember wearing “dingo” boots when I was a really young boy. I was always wearing blue jeans too. I loved the cowboy movies and western television shows as well. I wanted to be like the guy from the TV show the Wild Wild West. I loved that jean jacket and I remember having one similar to it when I was a kid. When I got older, Levis were the jeans to have and I had those in denim and corduroy too.
I used to spend a lot of time at my grandparents house in the country hunting and fishing when I was growing up so I wore a lot of denim, flannel, camo, and boots when I was visiting. I also remember one time when my father took me to the mill where he worked and bought me a pair of boots from the mobile boot truck that came around and sold boots.
These days I travel around to various knife shows buying and selling old knives and most of the people you see at these shows are wearing jeans and boots. Most of these people worked hard their entire lives farming or at some kind of blue collar job and they are always in denim. There is also a lot of hunters and outdoorsmen at these shows as well. Denim, boots and workwear are always in fashion. They are timeless and made to last a lifetime.
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
I love it. You can explore and communicate with like minded individuals from all over the world, and you can do it wherever you are right from your phone. The people I meet and interact with are all friendly and supportive as well. Kinda hard to beat that.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
Man this is a hard one but I’ll give it a try.
Red Wing: They have been around forever and you can’t beat their quality at their price point. The styles are timeless and oh so stylish. Plus they are rugged as shit.
Iron Heart Denim: They just make such a quality product that is so obvious the first time you get your hands on it. They have such a large assortment of items and styles to choose from too. They just make such a great product all the way around. Their heavy flannels are the bomb.
Tanuki Denim: I have only recently acquired a couple of their products. One is a type 2 jacket and the other is a pair of jeans. They both use their ID denim which is a double indigo denim and I am now addicted to them. The denim has such a slub and rough feel to it and they are well made with a lot of attention to detail but oh so subtle. Top notch stuff I tell ya.
5. Where’s your favorite place to shop these brands?
I do most of my shopping online since there are no good denim stores near me. I usually buy right from the manufacturer but I have purchased quite a few things from Self Edge and Blue Owl Workshop. I have been contemplating opening a store here in Charleston since there is a lack of denim stores. This city has a rich history of indigo production beginning in the mid 1700’s. It was the second largest cash crop right behind rice production up until the revolutionary war. Seems like we need a real high end denim store here.
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?
I began posting photos of my clothing around the middle of 2016. I was influenced by an old friend that I reconnected with on Instagram. When I saw his clothing pics on there I was like “man that is so cool.” I feel like I always was pretty stylish but now I could share my enthusiasm with the world so I started posting “fashion” pics. Up until then, I just posted random photos of stuff. I still post a lot of pics of old knives and sunsets but I mostly post clothing pics these days.
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?
I take most all of my photos myself with my iPhone. Once in a while I will have the opportunity to recruit someone else to take a pic but it’s usually just me. I mostly take my pics on the spur of the moment as it seems I get the best results when I don’t really plan anything.
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
There are so many great ones out there but some of the ones I like to check in on regularly are: @fadedblueeyes: Jim is one of my oldest friends and the one who inspired me to post clothing pics. He has style for days! @railcarfinegoods : I just love their products and their feed is top notch. @pigeontreecrafting: Isaac has such great products and he is so positive and supportive. He is a class act. @clobbercalm: Obviously a go to. Ben is a huge inspiration and I love reading the blog.
9. What tips would you give new starters on Instagram to help them get their feed off the ground, and successful?
Just have fun and don’t take it too seriously. It should be fun and relaxing. Try to post everyday or so and just do your own thing without putting too much thought into it.
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island and you can take 1 outfit (4 items) Only and 1 x drink with you. What would they be? Who made them? And Why?
Red Wing Iron Rangers because they would last for God knows how long; certainly until I got rescued.
Iron Heart flannel to keep me warm and stylish.
Tanuki IDSU1 jeans. They are a medium weight and would hold up well.
Pigeon Tree Crafting quick release belt. Super stylish and I’m sure I could find some other use for it besides holding my pants up.
For my drink I would bring a Maisel’s Weisse hefeweizen as it’s one of my all time favorite beers.
Great stuff Jerry! A great read from a great bloke. I'm sure you'll all agree on that one. Plus, I'm sure you'll all agree too on the fact that a lot of the denim, rugged look comes from a wanting to be in the Wild West aha? Thanks again Jerry, really appreciate you taking the time, my friend.
If anybody reading fancies taking a shot at the 10@10 then just fire me over an email at email@example.com. AND that's me out, take it easy guys and have a great weekend ✌️
Peace and love