The brand began with a single collection of T-shirts but has expanded to accessories, button-downs, and even outerware. But their T-shirts are still their calling card: our favorites include prints commemorating the first clipper ship that sailed to San Francisco in 1851 (losing her masts in the process) and a shout out to the original name of Frederick Olmstead’s Central Park, “Greensward.”
The greatest anachronism of all is that these forgotten stories of American history are brought to life on a garment popularized and perfected in the modern era: the T-shirt. And Barking Irons’ T-shirts show just how perfected this garment can be. Beyond the slim and tailored body, their shirts feature slightly raised and angled sleeves (in a nod to Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire") and a scalloped jersey-style hem reminiscent of old-fashioned undergarment. Whoever thought it was possible to marry Gangs of New York design with Brando attitude?
In August, Birchbox Man sampled the Barking Irons' signature "Brando cut" in a clean slate gray. Check out all the brand's plain tees and American folklore designs here.
Barking Irons also brings in some great artists to kick out tunes at their Bowery studio space. Justin Townes Earl is our personal favorite.