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about a year ago, i made one of my first “major” textile purchases. after a few months of interest/research and a on the solid recommendation of Ryan Plett over at YHBTI, i found myself reading an order confirmation email from the outbox of Rogue Territory.

i had a good idea of exactly what i wanted to extract from these RT Stantons so a few days prior contacted Rogue Territory about my measurement quandaries - we decided on the correct inseam for hemming and a few days later i was feverishly ripping a priority mail package to shreds. slim, stiff and crisp - for weeks everything i owned caught a blue hue and i dug it. eventually my entire wardrobe was a collaboration with “RT indigo dye” - it was great.

since, i’ve ordered two additional pairs (the RK ISC & black stanton) and i can state with certainty that i’ll be supporting Rogue Territory until i struggle to dress myself. the fit is perfect, the material is quality and the craftsmanship is a brutal reminder that (almost) any other pair of denim in your closet should be donated. the customer service i’ve received from personally from @rogueterritory has always been ridiculously seamless, it’s a great feeling actually knowing who created something i wear everyday.

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Rogue Territory is a California based company under the sole direction of NJ raised denim entranced Karl Thoennessen, since 2008 RT has been pumping ‘pant’s shelter’ one quality piece at a time. I shot him a few questions a couple days ago and he gave us a chance to look inside the brand:

what was or is your favorite thing to do as a kid? where did you grow up?
I was a really active kid growing up.  The youngest of 4 and 2 older brothers to keep up with.  I grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. I was a pretty avid swimmer and soccer player from a very early age, both sports I did pretty much year round starting in early junior high till senior year of High School.  I picked up skateboarding and snowboarding around 5th grade and am still riding (skating) today (not as much as I would like though) I loved to draw, doodle, etc. Girls were always on my mind…fairly typical childhood I would say.
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — how’d you get into the denim goods business? and what was your biggest “god damnit…” moment in the beginning steps?

One day I said ‘god dammit’ denim is the shit, I really think I can get down with this, and here I am!  There were a lot of good ‘god dammit’ moments and trying ‘god dammit’ moments when I was figuring out what I wanted to do, but at the end of the day there really aren’t any bad ‘god dammit’ moments just opportunities to learn from them ‘god dammit’
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what’s music would a thief find on RGt’s iPhone? fistpump or reggae - whats your jam?
Country, folk, anything with a good chorus…I love a good chorus.  been listening to new Beirut, waiting for new Andrew Bird to drop so listening to old Andrew Bird in the meantime.  Small Black. Nick Drake. Townes Van Zandt.  etc.
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where’s the farthest you’ve shipped a pair of pants?
New Zealand?  is that further than Japan or Singapore?
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what are you doing on sunday?
This Sunday?  Moving!  New studio.  New House.  New Yard.  New life.
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — recently i’ve been noticing the addition of a few sharp looking things on the site (handkerchiefs, belts, shirts etc.) how has the transition been into the world of multiple products? and should we expect Sanforized Japanese Denim socks anytime soon?
I love to make shit, and I love to make it when I think of it.  I try not to think too much about the transition.  Socks, sure.  Probably not in denim though.
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Stantons 5 months.  RGt plaid button up sample from a year ago.  New natural selvedge canvas chore coat prototype.  Rough Roy Aldens for Context.

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  how many pants did you ruin until you realized a “pen pocket” made sense?
Didn’t ruin any.  It was a product of necessity.  I was drafting so many patterns, and I was always putting my pencil down and forgetting where I put it so I decided to make a pocket for it so I would always know where it was.
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this is the most difficult question of all!!!  I’ll eat just about anything, but if I have to pick one type of food that I crave more then any other at this moment in my life it would have to be Hong Kong style Chinese food (this includes dim sum or yum cha)
beer.  I’ve been really enjoying Anchor Steam’s Humming Ale lately.
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    basically, the best company around
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    Karl is so money and he doesn’t even know it. Rogue Territory is killing it.
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    Rogue Territory is one of my favorite brands. Incredible clothing, and Karl is an awesome guy.
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    Great questions Dillon! Thanks again for your continued support.
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