Railcare Fine Goods Visit In Monrovia, California
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to visit Los Angeles for a denim hunting trip. Part of the trip was to visit the famous Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, but also other inspiring denim spots. One of them was the Mister Freedom store, you can read it in my previous article here, but also Railcar Fine Goods. I don’t know how long exactly I know Steven Dang, the founder of Railcar Fine Goods, but we’re in contact for a couple of years already.
So far I never had the chance to visit his store and denim atelier/factory, but with this trip, it was on top of my wishlist. So finally after all those years, I met Steven in real life and we had a really good time. Much appreciate giving your private denim tour in your own Railcar Fine Goods denim world, Steven.
Steven Dang, owner Railcar Fine Goods, and me at his store/denimatelier in Los Angeles.
The Story Of Railcar Fine Goods
Steven Dang has a background working as a lead mechanic for the Los Angeles Metro. While working for years as a mechanic he saw the need for quality made garments. So in 2010, he made his dream comes true and started his own Railcar Fine Goods brand. The name of the brand also refers to his background ; ) Steven worked night shifts at the metro and returning to Railcar during the day for 8 years until he was finally able to run Railcar on a full-time base.
With a small team of sewers and leather workers, they build a product each day using the highest quality standards. Their goal is always to create items that stand the test of time. Everything is built from scratch, so from a roll of rigid denim fabric to the end product, jeans, jackets, shirts and so on.
Their Own Workshop
Unlike most other denim and clothing companies, every stage of their manufacturing takes place in-house at their own workshop. From the beginning when Steven first started building garments, he found that using a large factory for production led to inconsistent quality and errors due to the numerous other brands being sewn simultaneously. He found that the only way to truly stand behind his products was to build every garment in-house from start to finish. Years later, they still do.
Every Railcar Fine Goods jeans, jacket, and shirts are designed, cut, and assembled by their small team using manual and vintage machinery. This allows them to offer you the best service possible since you are dealing directly with the people building your garment.
A Special Denim Place
When you enter Railcar Fine Goods, you feel immediately that you’re stepping into a special denim place. A place where you first enter the barber shop, then into the denim store and on the back the denim atelier. In the atelier is where the magic happens. In the back of the atelier is another part of the atelier with more machines, denim fabrics, the cutting room, etc. It’s a unique place and a must see when you’re around to see all the steps to make just one pair of their high-quality jeans with a lot of special details.
It was so good to finally meet the friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic Steven. His passion and drive are truly a one of a kind. To visit his denim place is more than just a store or atelier, it’s a total denim experience. Many thanks again Steven for your warm hospitality! Looking forward to the next one.
Railcar Fine Goods
802 S Primrose Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016