WRLDINVSN® x Stephen Brents™ Parka Coat
Background: Meet, Stephen Brents.
Please may you fill us in on a brief history of your company Brents Sportswear Inc?
Stephen: The first business, Steve Brents Company, was founded in 1983 to produce camouflage, outdoor and hunting apparel. After selling the business to Buck Knives Inc in 1988, Camco Manufacturing was launched to sell hunting gear to big box retailers such as Cabela’s and Bass Pro. In 1993 I sold my interest in Camco to my two partners and formed Brents Sportswear, Inc.
You’ve built your brand’s reputation by using fabrics from original vintage military and workwear garments. Has that always been your agenda and have you ever had issues sourcing such material?
Stephen: Yes, original military fabrics and work-wear fabrics have always been the mainstays of our brand. The mills that make fabric for the military are all domestic, so our garments are manufactured in the USA. I have stayed in touch with these mills and convertors so haven’t experienced any difficulty in sourcing the fabrics. When remaking vintage military WW2 jackets such as the MA-1, L2-A and B-15, the fabrics, rib, zippers, snaps, and interlining were made especially to order. Work-wear fabrics such as cotton twills, herringbone and hickory stripe are all sourced from several different domestic mills.
When did you first start working with Supreme?
Stephen: It was in 1993 when I met James Jebbia at the Stussy Store on Prince Street in Soho, NYC. I went into the store to enquire about doing private label production for the Stussy brand and was introduced to James, who was overseeing the NYC store. We began a dialogue and our relationship developed from there.