In a fairly saturated industry with competitors abound, it’s always refreshing when one comes across an individual as dedicated and passionate as Steven Dang. Founding Railcar Fine Goods in 2010, the Arcadia, California-based denim label stands separate from all other companies for their meticulously built garments (more on that below) and unique story.
As a full-time mechanic for the Los Angeles Metro, Dang does not seem like your run-of-the-mill denim proprietor and designer. Though he has years of experience fixing and tuning up passenger trains, in recent years he realized that he had a tremendous desire to apply his craftsmanship in another, more creative way.
With an unrelenting attention for detail, comprehensive understanding of the electrical world, and strong work ethic, Dang knew it only made sense for him to transfer his mechanical skill set to his main passion – “building”, not producing, fine garments and clothing – through his label,”Railcar Fine Goods“.
His way of thinking is garments are supposed to be built. Every stitch has a function, every angle has a function and with function comes beauty.
–Railcar Fine Goods, “About Us“
Though an average work day for Dang is roughly 15 hours, no corners are cut. All Railcar operations are kept in-house in their 1000 sq. ft. shop, and immense value is placed on tradition and quality. Denim is sourced from the famous American Cone Mills and Kaihara Japanese Mills; and the coveted Singers and Union Special sewing machines are employed.
Getting to the goods, it’s only fair to give a visual explanation:
- Name: Railcar Fine Goods Spikes X001
- Fit: Slim straight fit
- Weight: 13.5 Oz.
- Denim: American Cone Mills 100% Cotton
- Selvedge: Red Line (outseam, fly, and coin pocket)
- Price: $198.00
- Available: Railcar Fine Goods
- Other details:
- Chain stitched bottom hem
- Single continuous chain stitch on two-piece waistband
- Railcar “R” stitch along fly, with branded buttons
- Hand hammered traditional washer rivets
- Tw0-tone stitch color, total of four thread colours used
- Screen printed on the heavy pocket bag with Railcar art logo
- Tucked-in belt loops
- Railcar Fine Goods official site