Ones to Watch: Railcar Fine Goods

In a fairly saturated industry where competitors abound, it’s always refreshing to come across an individual as dedicated and passionate as Steven Dang.

Railcar Fine Goods was founded in 2010, and the Arcadia, California-based denim label stands separate from all other companies for their meticulously built garments and unique story. Working for the Los Angeles Metro fixing and repairing passenger trains, Dang wanted to do something more creative that that also fit his greatest interest: building clothes. He took his attention to detail in the mechanical and electrical world and seamlessly transfered it to building high quality garments (hence the “Railcar Fine Goods” moniker). Dang doesn’t say he makes clothes. His way of thinking is that garments are supposed to be built. Every stitch has a function, every angle has a function, and with function comes beauty.

Though an average work day for Dang is roughly 15 hours, no corners are cut. All Railcar operations are kept in-house in their 1,000 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 coveted Singer and Union Special sewing machines are employed. Attention to detail has not been spared either; not only is selvedge present on the outseam (as a given), the wearer will have two other locations to show it off: the coin pocket and in the fly.

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