Jan 17, 2018 | By Samuel Trotman
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Oliver Harkness, owner and founder of The Quality Mending Company, is one of New York City’s vintage clothing legends. Oliver’s vintage shop at 15 Prince Street has been one of the city’s most venerable vintage purveyors since it opened in 2003. To showcase this celebrated store, local Brooklyn-based production company Co.Mission teamed up with QMC for a short film on the store, their vintage selections, and their own vintage-inspired line, Quality Mending Goods Co.
The Quality Mending Company has been on the same block of Prince Street in Lower Manhattan for more than a decade. Founded in 2003 as Eleven Vintage, the shop has always concentrated on stocking the finest in vintage menswear. With over 20 years experience in sourcing and dealing vintage clothing, Irish-born owner Oliver has finely tuned his store with a museum-worthy collection of unique American and European pieces.
In 2010, Oliver noticed that select in-demand items were getting more difficult to track down, so he decided to start producing his own range of locally made, vintage-inspired clothes and accessories under the monicker, The Quality Mending Co., which eventually became the namesake of the store.
Some of the most unique pieces in the store include their French and German workshirts that are pulled directly from Europe as well as a lot of deadstock from the 50s and 60s. In the video, Oliver notes that most of the stock they hold are “risk” pieces which brings in a lot of savvy customers that know what they are looking for.
While QMC mainly focuses on vintage, they have also started carrying their own bags, denim shirts, and jeans (check out their collab with Hickorees, above). Their 14oz denim comes from Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina, the same mill that provides denim for Levi’s, Tellason and Roy. To ensure their authenticity, all products are handcrafted in the U.S. and are stitched either in the basement of the store or within two miles from their New York location.
15 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
Monday-Saturday: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday: 12-7 p.m.
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