This place does super custom denim. Like, say, jorts with a secret banana pocket.
Meet Traveller Denim, an ATX-based selvage threadier now producing all kinds of jean-p*rn, whether it be skinnies, classics, or crazy customs like, for instance, a pair of super tight jean shorts equipped with a secret inner pocket specifically designed to house a banana. Too crazy, you say? Challenge. Accepted.
Located on Chestnut between MLK and 12th St, their man cave-ish digs serve as both showroom and artisan denim factory.
This is the Traveller brain trust. Both former film industry vets, Eric and Selenia renovated the shop themselves and handle every angle of the business, from design, to production, to throwing up intimidating hand gestures.
The walls are adorned with reams of rare raw denim, ranging from American-made new-old-stock 1968 Cone Mills to 16oz Japanese Nihon Menpu dark indigo.
They sell both ready-made and totally custom fits with next-level detailing, like vintage Carhartt and duck canvas pocketing, All-American everything (down to the thread and rivets), and infinity belt loops stitched to be both indestructible and indivisible.
This nearly extinct Union Special Black Head machine really makes the stitching pop...
... and this one makes sure the seams will never split.
Custom Thrillist leather patch, no big deal.
The fruits of their labor.
It's so hard...
... to get enough potassium these days.