The Real McCoy's - what you should know
The Real McCoy's (by Jack Goldman)
The Real McCoy's is a brand that proudly stands out in the crowded world of vintage-inspired clothing. Founded in the 1990’s, the Japanese brand has made a name for itself by producing high-quality, authentic garments, designed to look and feel like vintage pieces but with a modern twist. The main line of the brand, as well as sub-labels such as Joe McCoy, and Double Diamond, each focus on specific areas of military gear, sportswear, and workwear. But at the heart of The Real McCoys and their sub-labels is a dedication to exquisite craftsmanship. This sets them apart from other brands and makes their garments a nonnegotiable addition for anyone who appreciates the subtleties of vintage and the art of fine tailoring.
Founded in Japan by Hitoshi Tsujimoto, The Real McCoys began as a select mail-order service for high-end reproductions of A2 leather flight jackets. They were in partnership with Harley Davidson for a time, producing their classic motorcycle jackets. In recent years, RMC has acquired almost exclusive rights to produce and distribute Buco-brand products. Today, the company is headquartered in Kobe, Japan.
One of the most notable characteristics of The Real McCoys' clothing is its vintage aesthetic. The Real McCoys family of brands is distinguished by its commitment to rendering classic American military, western, motorcycle, sports, and workwear designs true to their original details, but using luxe materials and a modern fit. This distinguishes them from other repro enthusiasts such as Buzz Rickson, who are known for their dedication to accurate replication of design, materials, and fit. Due to their greater level of flexibility in design, RMC products tend to be of a higher quality compared to other reproductions.
The brand specializes in reproducing garments from the early 20th century, such as denim workwear, military outfits, and 1940s and 1950s-style Americana clothing. The Real McCoys' products put a modern twist into designs that look and feel like authentic classic pieces. This makes the brand popular among those who appreciate genuine vintage fashion but also want clothes that are functional and wearable in the 21st century.
The simple secret to The Real McCoys' success is the quality of the materials they use and the sheer artisanal mastery that goes into every garment. The brand acquires premium fabrics such as heavy-weight selvedge denim, twill, and canvas, as well as high-quality hardware. The buttons, zippers, and rivets are all meticulously sourced and designed. The brand also uses traditional construction techniques, such as single needle and chain stitching, which ensure that the garments are built to last and have that quintessential old-world craftsmanship to match their old-world designs. This commitment to quality means that The Real McCoys' clothing is not only timeless in style but also built to withstand the rigors of daily wear.
It should be evident that The Real McCoys is also known for attention to detail, which is clear to see in every piece their team produces. Some of their signature reproductions include vintage denim garments such as jeans, jackets, and overalls. The Real McCoys takes great care to recreate the innumerable features of true vintage clothing, such as the type of denim, the cut of the garment, and the number of pockets and rivets, all to ensure that its
reproductions are as accurate as possible. It’s this meticulous attention that makes Real McCoy products superior, these small details are what make the brand's clothing look and feel authentic as if you had found a treasured piece from the past.
Naturally, The Real McCoys' denim reproductions are especially sought after and considered some of the best on the market. They use several different types of denim, but most commonly a sturdy and durable 14oz selvedge denim, which is woven on traditional shuttle looms, and a true replica of the original selvedge denim from the early 20th century. The brand's denim reproductions are made with a unique washing and fading process, which gives them the appearance of a garment that has history, having been worn and faded over time. This is the level of craftsmanship that pushes the brand to have its unique and authentic look that fundamentally sets The Real McCoys apart from other vintage-reproduction brands.
In addition to its clothing, The Real McCoys produces a range of accessories such as belts, wallets, and bags. These products are also designed to reflect the vintage aesthetic of the brand, and are made from premium materials. The Real McCoys' accessories are a great complement to the brand's clothing, and can help to complete an authentic vintage-inspired look.
When it comes to superior, elevated vintage-designed clothing, it's hard to beat the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that The Real McCoys provides. The brand's use of premium materials and traditional construction techniques ensure that every garment is built to last and do so with authentic style.
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