Introduction of Andrew Phelps of High Grade U.S. Standard

Andrew Phelps began dealing in vintage clothing in 1994. He started dealing in vintage clothes in order to pay his books and living expenses while attending university. Now years later, nearly a quarter century later, dealing in vintage clothing has become a kind of an obsession. His main focus is on American workwear, outdoor and athletic clothing which dates back to the 1870’s to the 1940’s.

Meet High Grade U.S. Standard

Andrew Phelps re-create obscure designs and fabrics from the rich American clothing history with his brand High Grade U.S. Standard. His goal is always very high as he don’t want to use standard buttons and snaps, but they are all custom cast. The majority of the fabrics used are milled exclusively from scratch for High Grade U.S. Standard. Many items are produced strictly in very limited edition runs. Current production is masterfully executed by Ooe Yofuketen of Ichinomiya, Japan. In most cases, the same model of antique U.S. made machines, from the same time period as the original garment are utilized in construction. Take a look at the High Grade U.S. Standard lookbook and explore the authentic designs.

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.