hey everyone.

so, i have been working on a new project for some time now and will hopefully get the first round of products dropped in the miles to go spring line. from that point on, it will be its own company and webstore, etc

as some of us that have been doing this for a while have wanted to branch out into cut and sew, i too was on that page but mine is a bit different. old souls will be all upscale, high end menswear like button downs, ties and as we move forward, blazers, jackets, jeans, etc. fabrics being used are all high quality on par with a designer label found in neiman marcus, nordstrom, etc, not like h&m or a cheaply made garment.

i just created a new Facebook page and as we go through the process i will be posting sketches, and images from the manufacturing, etc. i just got back from LA to get down the cuts, etc and do sourcing. All will be made in LA as well.

the vibe will still focus on classic looks updated for modern times but keeping the same aesthetic you guys have come to know from miles to go but just minus the heavy graphic elements. it will focus more on minimalistic, clean, well constructed products.

https://www.facebook.com/oldsoulsclothing

dig.
greg/ miles to go/ old souls

please go like the page and watch it progress.
  • Lmerrill

    Very much looking forward to this!
  • miles to go

    Lmerrill said:Very much looking forward to this!

    I'm really excited and it's time to make some grown up products. This whole process has been very educational for me. All of the elements that go into producing custom items is nuts but I love it.
  • Craig Robson

    this should be great!
  • HillmanB

    Cant wait!
  • TheUTee

    is getting a spin-off brand the new "it" thing? I can't wait
  • miles to go

    TheUTee said:is getting a spin-off brand the new "it" thing? I can't wait

    i don't know. when kyle and announced his, i had mine in planning already. i was going to do it under miles to go but miles to go represents graphic interpretations of literature and mashing the two didn't make any sense to me. this is a more grown up line and probably won't have any tees at all except maybe one with a logo. if i had done items under the miles to go name i would have been stuck doing items that went along with the tees and would have had to do more hip products and it wasn't what i wanted. same owner, same approach to a brand, but totally different items on the opposite side of the spectrum. the name is taken from a poem i wrote so its still personal to me.
  • Setup85

    I'm down for this!
  • primo

    I agree with the fact that t-shirt brands should stay t-shirt brands. In my opinion, even Johnny Cupcakes can't pull off the whole menswear thing. I also think that a lot of t-shirt designers think they can also successfully design "real clothes"(and fail), but that remains to be seen with Old Souls. Good luck!

    To the average person who buys indie brand t-shirts it makes no sense to spend the same amount of money for an indie brand woven as one you can buy at nordstrom. What I have observed is that indie brands going into menswear need to do one of two things 1) Create something completely new, yet still lies in what is acceptable in menswear or 2) offer an attractive price point (quality at a low price or an exquisite brand story at a high price). It's a completely different ball game than t-shirts.
  • Jake DL

    looks interesting. will be fun to watch the brand grow.
  • Random

    Looking forward to this! Good luck.
  • miles to go

    i am not trying to think i can design menswear alone. i have a team of professionals who i am working with to execute this.without them i would have been so lost during even these beginning stages. i have a professional designer doing the sketches and someone else doing the forms and grading, etc. i don't think everyone who likes miles to go will like old souls and for some it will be out of their price range potentially. but, my prices won't be as crazy as some designer labels even though the quality will be the same.

    i didn't want it to be part of miles to go because it isn't at all like miles to go beyond being something i am doing and approaching the way i do things, treat customers and handle business. miles to go will no longer be in any stores except 2-3 i like working with and will be online only. this new brand will be shooting for major high end retail.
  • ShineOn

    primo said:I agree with the fact that t-shirt brands should stay t-shirt brands. In my opinion, even Johnny Cupcakes can't pull off the whole menswear thing. I also think that a lot of t-shirt designers think they can also successfully design "real clothes"(and fail), but that remains to be seen with Old Souls. Good luck!

    To the average person who buys indie brand t-shirts it makes no sense to spend the same amount of money for an indie brand woven as one you can buy at nordstrom. What I have observed is that indie brands going into menswear need to do one of two things 1) Create something completely new, yet still lies in what is acceptable in menswear or 2) offer an attractive price point (quality at a low price or an exquisite brand story at a high price). It's a completely different ball game than t-shirts.

    I agree in some sense but there has been a few brands that have started out with graphic tees as their staple but have been able to successfully evolve into a menswear brand (3Sixteen is a great example). I've heard it is pretty difficult to make it as a menswear brand so best of luck to MTG.
  • Skull With Hair

    liked. stoked to see what you're up to man.
  • Cameron Latham

    Really stoked to see how this turns out! I'm sure it'll be great.
  • miles to go

    i definitely know that trying to break into this field will not be easy but i kind of want the challenge. the goal after the initial soft release of 6-7 items will be to get 30 ready and sampled in time for trade shows in feb 2013. its only coming out first on the miles to go site because its a good way to reach a lot of people to let them know it exists. after that it won't have anything to do with miles to go or be on the mtg site, etc. the only thing it will share is me.
  • justinryan

    nice dude, interested in seeing what comes out
  • 8-bit ZOMBIE

    Awesome Greg. Can't wait to see it!
  • Lion Caster

    TheUTee said:is getting a spin-off brand the new "it" thing? I can't wait

    Can't wait for 16 Bit Zombie.

    Awesome Greg!! Can't wait man.
  • miles to go

    Lion Caster said:
    TheUTee said:is getting a spin-off brand the new "it" thing? I can't wait

    Can't wait for 16 Bit Zombie.

    Awesome Greg!! Can't wait man.

    i think if he does another project it should probably be called simply, genesis
  • TRIBE

    I'm definitely interested to see what this is about. MTG rules so expectations are high.
  • miles to go

    TRIBE said:I'm definitely interested to see what this is about. MTG rules so expectations are high.

    That's kind of you to say. I don't think it will be what people expect. Soft launch will have a few essential type items to basically get the supply chain and manufacturing on lock down and the trade show release will have a broader range. As a guy over 30, I barely want to wear tees anymore and I hope what I make will appeal to people in the same boat.
  • 110specialblack

    sounds interesting as a project to follow and to see what comes out.
  • chad manzo

    miles to go said:
    TRIBE said:I'm definitely interested to see what this is about. MTG rules so expectations are high.

    That's kind of you to say. I don't think it will be what people expect. Soft launch will have a few essential type items to basically get the supply chain and manufacturing on lock down and the trade show release will have a broader range. As a guy over 30, I barely want to wear tees anymore and I hope what I make will appeal to people in the same boat.

    ohhhhh shit. sounds bad-ass already.
  • miles to go

    110specialblack said:sounds interesting as a project to follow and to see what comes out.

    i am going to try and show as much of the process as i can. even though i am not in LA i have asked the people I'm working with to do some video or take pictures to send. i realize now why people don't share their manufacturing hookups and its less because they need to guard it and more because just having a place to do the construction is easy and its all of the rest that is really complicated. never realized a button down was constructed of 15 pieces of fabric and each one needs to be designed for a form and such. im hoping that showing the process will provide a little insight into what goes into it.
  • drop

    sounds interesting!
  • disembodied head

    nice one. I'm glad you're taking care to use quality materials for this new line. I was a little disappointed when I ordered a Johnny Cupcakes tie last year and saw it was made out of polyester. your sartorial possibilities will be endless, so I look forward to this
  • Johnny Keko

    I'm hyped. Not into the logo as of now to be completely honest. Still looking forward to what you're up to. Good luck.
  • miles to go

    Johnny Keko said:I'm hyped. Not into the logo as of now to be completely honest. Still looking forward to what you're up to. Good luck.

    i appreciate honesty. not everyone will dig the reasoning. i didn't want to do the standard upscale line style silhouette of an animal or a monogram, etc. i wanted a bit of an anti logo that was simple enough for people to recreate themselves and was done by hand and not created digitally.
  • miles to go

    disembodied head said:nice one. I'm glad you're taking care to use quality materials for this new line. I was a little disappointed when I ordered a Johnny Cupcakes tie last year and saw it was made out of polyester. your sartorial possibilities will be endless, so I look forward to this

    its crazy the differences between fabrics. cheap stuff like poplin(an h&m button down for example) can be imported for like $2/ yard. even the differences between cotton/textiles from china, korea, india are all different. if you were to think of it like bed sheets and the thread count, i could cheaply make something with what you could find at walmart as some brands have in the past or i could go for the equivalent of the 800+ count threads. big difference in feel and quality and I'm going for the really high quality textiles out of the gate. i could do something cheap at sell it for $20 but id rather have a higher price tag and give people something worth the cost of the garment that will last years if they take care of it and not a few months.
  • disembodied head

    its crazy the differences between fabrics. cheap stuff like poplin(an h&m button down for example) can be imported for like $2/ yard. even the differences between cotton/textiles from china, korea, india are all different. if you were to think of it like bed sheets and the thread count, i could cheaply make something with what you could find at walmart as some brands have in the past or i could go for the equivalent of the 800+ count threads. big difference in feel and quality and I'm going for the really high quality textiles out of the gate. i could do something cheap at sell it for $20 but id rather have a higher price tag and give people something worth the cost of the garment that will last years if they take care of it and not a few months.

    Well, it sounds like you're going about it the right way. Frankly, i'd rather spend $50 for a quality tie than $25 for a tie that's pure garbage (which I've already done). styleforum.com and askandyaboutclothes.com are good sources for all things menswear.
  • miles to go

    disembodied head said:
    its crazy the differences between fabrics. cheap stuff like poplin(an h&m button down for example) can be imported for like $2/ yard. even the differences between cotton/textiles from china, korea, india are all different. if you were to think of it like bed sheets and the thread count, i could cheaply make something with what you could find at walmart as some brands have in the past or i could go for the equivalent of the 800+ count threads. big difference in feel and quality and I'm going for the really high quality textiles out of the gate. i could do something cheap at sell it for $20 but id rather have a higher price tag and give people something worth the cost of the garment that will last years if they take care of it and not a few months.

    Well, it sounds like you're going about it the right way. Frankly, i'd rather spend $50 for a quality tie than $25 for a tie that's pure garbage (which I've already done). styleforum.com and askandyaboutclothes.com are good sources for all things menswear.

    me too. and thanks for posting those resources. i will hitting up everyone i have for write ups when it comes out. thankfully, reddit emailed me like 3 mins after i posted about ti on the miles to go page and they bring in good traffic.
    the reason why those ties can be more expensive is basically because the fabric used on a tie should be a very fine quality. no one likes a cheap tie. its basically a trash item. i was having a hard time not wanting to swim in some of the suiting fabrics i saw.
  • disembodied head

    me too. and thanks for posting those resources. i will hitting up everyone i have for write ups when it comes out. thankfully, reddit emailed me like 3 mins after i posted about ti on the miles to go page and they bring in good traffic.
    the reason why those ties can be more expensive is basically because the fabric used on a tie should be a very fine quality. no one likes a cheap tie. its basically a trash item. i was having a hard time not wanting to swim in some of the suiting fabrics i saw.

    I hope the resources are useful. just be aware, styleforum and the AAAC forum has their fare share of overly critical members, much like mintees. But, for every snarky response you get there are always those who are more than willing to help and can be a great source of information when it pertains to mens clothing/accessories. there are also many users on both forums who run their own menswear/accessories/dress shoe businesses, so in that respect it's very helpful.

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