88th Company Craftsmanship is the core of the brand. Craftsmanship means that I, as an artist, do all the thrifting, concept design, painting, sewing, dyeing, and distressing by hand. Therefore, it takes long hours of work and even weeks to finish one custom piece. It is a labor of love and passion to provide you with the most unique wearable art piece that celebrates history.
Hunt a few times a week for vintage military bags, jackets and workwear. This process can take long hours and sometimes travel to location.
In order for you to have the perfect wearable art, all vintage items are washed and repaired if needed.
All vintage items are carefully measured and recorded in 88th Co. inventory.
Research through books, documentaries and movies for ideas for a unique design.
Flush out serval concept sketchs on paper.
Digitalize the sketches and print the mockup to test place it on the item.
In order to trace, each design needs to be painted white first and trace second. Custom stencils can also be used, depending on the project.
After a few hours of drying, the entire painting is heat pressed to stick to the garment for life. It is also the best way to protect the art piece from water.