Who says Fredericktonians can’t be fashionable? The Fred & Co. 1745 brand is a local clothing line started by Chaz Stitely and AJ Naylor. Check out the interview below:
Fred & Co is short for Frederick County. In 1745, there was a rebellion after land speculation which lead to Frederick being established as a city. Our line is our rebellion against fashion. We make it a point to not follow trends and create apparel our way.
Who are the founders/owners?
The company was founded by myself (Chaz Stitely) and AJ Naylor. We brought a third partner in once we got deeper into cut and sew – his name is Sam Delgado.
Who is your audience? If I walked past him/her what would he/she look like?
I think the beautiful thing about Fred & Co 1745 is that we don’t have a “typical” customer. We strive to create timeless/classic pieces that customers can incorporate in multiple outfits. I do think our customers have a like-mindedness, though. We are 100% sustainable, conflict free and attempt to be entirely made in the United States. Our generation is starting to watch what they eat, take care of their bodies better – the next step is to start thinking ethically about your clothing.
Why was this brand started?
This brand was started because AJ and I saw something lacking in menswear/streetwear. People have a tendency to buy wardrobes every single season in order to keep up with what’s dope. The problem is, when you buy “fast” from clothing stores (no shots, cough *H&M*) the quality is lacking because they are churning out clothing in such large volumes. To cut cost, these pieces that you buy “fast” are also made using unethical practices. We are trying to push the industry toward a different mindset. Slow Fashion – to buy higher quality pieces, less frequently.
Make sure to check out Fred & Co 1745 downtown on 308 North Market Street and buy some dope products!
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