The DNA of 88th Company

The Story of 88th Company

Sonia Turner 88th company artist

Founder of 88th Co.

My name is Sonia T., I have been an artist and designer for over a decade. Since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with history, military relics , military vehicles, design, vintage clothes, and old furniture. So much so, that I wanted to become an archeologist. But with time, my artistic side took over and I started customize military bags with famous WWII nose art. What started as art replica, quickly turned into making my original designs on prints, t-shirts, jackets and bags. Finally, I also wanted to move deeper into wearable historical art, by painting a full compositions on the back of jackets, fully hand paint every single accessories such as ribbon and sew patches. My goal, is to provide you with a one of a kind art piece, that will be a conversation starter about history or anything else. Feeling special and looking good, makes you feel good! Especially, when everything I make, from the art piece to the packaging, is handmade!ย 

Why 88th?

The 88 number is an homage to my Mom and my two brothers, who have 8 or 88 in their date of birth. Furthermore, I heard that the number 88 also symbolizes abundance of positive energy. It really comes full circle to what 88th Company means to me: itโ€™s about family and positive energy.

88th Company Story

Born In Philadelphia,
Since 2013

Passion for history and military design

Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love and I had embraced it with all my heart! I owe to Philly my first Army surplus store, the famous and irreplaceable: Goldberg Army & Navy store. There, I found my dream, love and passion! It is also there, where I got my first bags and made my first designs that sold fast on Etsy! The Goldberg Army & Navy store is part of the birth of 88th Company and will always be part of our history! Iโ€™m forever grateful to the store and to Philly!

Inspiration & Themes

Tuskegee Airman Edward Gleed, Amelia Earhart ยฉ CORBIS, O. Winston Photo of Trains

Tales of Courage

I love to illustrates tales of courage and valor from historical characters that inspire me! I would like to celebrate women and men of all background that have made a difference in history (from 1900 to 1970). It's important that we remember what they all did, so the future would be better! It would be an honor to paint their stories on unique pieces of art that will spread their message in the 21st century.

The Military

Unfortunate wars has pushed the military to develop the most incredible technological inventions of the 20th century! I love military aircrafts, ships, submarines, tanks and all kind of vehicles. I have been fascinated by the design, technology, engineering, colors, emblems, camouflage, nose art, patches, ribbons and any kind of art form. Furthermore, military uniforms and soldiers' customization are also a great part of my inspiration to create a one of a kind art piece. Finally, itโ€™s also my way to tell incredible stories of bravery and courage from WWI & WWII. I think itโ€™s very important that we donโ€™t forget!
I'm also an avid collector of military relics, which has been one of the best sources of inspiration for my work.

Vehicles

Civilian vehicles industries work closely with the military, so it inspires me too! I love classic cars, vintage motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, cars, trains, racing and anything old! Finally, the industrial force and racing, created their own designs, uniforms, fashion, styling and accessories that hold millions of interesting stories. So, they are an outstanding source of inspiration!

Fashion & Style

Fashion has always been influenced by icons, the military, the industrial revolution and vice versa. For example the M65 field jacket has become a classic jacket for men, that Ralph Lauren and many other brands has customized for their brands. On the other hand, uniforms for the military or for hard industrial work, have been influenced by fashion by getting colors and patterns that are fashionable. So, itโ€™s only natural for me and to be inspired by the fashion and style from 1900 to 1970.

Reinforcement

A Family Affair

The artistic part of 88th Company is only ran by me. However, my best reinforcement is my family! I work closely with my mother and brothers to make 88th Company a great business!

We forever are family!

The Reinforcement Units

88th company contact

Sam

Marketing, social media & brand adviser.

88th Company sewing

Misses Saber

Expert advisor in sewing and embroidery.

88th Company thrift

Key Supplier

Military Surplus, Vintage Workwear, Threads, Buttons & Fabrics Suppliers.

Mimi the Cat

Admiral Cat

Guard the atelier & purr the enemy away!

Shipping and Handling

DHL Express

Shipping, handling and customer service.