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JC Report Vintage: Rag & Bone

Since its inception JC Report has been dedicated to discovering, uncovering, and sharing emerging trend and up-and-coming talents to watch. As one of the first digital publications to champion the talents of Riccardo Tisci, Nicholas Kirkwood and Proenza Schouler (to name a few), JC Report prides itself on recognizing outstanding talents and forecasting important trends. In this new segment we’ll provide a brief retrospective on some of the labels we were first or early to report on, and check in on their growth.

Rag & Bone

Inspired by the rag and bone men of Europe who practiced the first form of recycling, Rag & Bone was founded by Nathan Bogle and Marcus Wainwright in 2002 after they discovered a Kentucky factory that had been quietly specializing in classic workwear for decades. Despite having no formal fashion training the pair launched a line of denim-which they felt represented the philosophy and history of American workwear. Driven by an obsessive focus on quality, authenticity, and wearability, the duo finally unveiled a men’s line in spring 2004. It was quickly  followed by a full women’s line which was launched a mere year later in 2005. JC Report was the first in its coverage of Rag & Bone, and has since avidly followed its runway shows and conducted interviews with notable editors who supported the label as early as 2003, prior to their CFDA win for “Emerging Talents in Menswear Design”.

Today the thriving business has expanded to over 220 stores worldwide, and has grown its production to include handbags, shoes and knitwear. The label and founders have also been nominated for three CFDA awards (two of which were won), and have gone on to become recognized as a leading American contemporary brand.

 




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