Founded in 2003 by Daniel and Michael Casarella, Barking Irons (that's old New York Bowery slang for "pistols") is an extension of two brothers' fascination with American folklore across the ages. In designing their first Barking Irons products--extremely well cut t-shirts--the Casarella brothers discovered that the shirt was an excellent vehicle for retelling their favorite stories from history. Just a year after launching the brand, the first collection of Barking Irons t-shirts appeared in Barneys nationwide. Soon after, they entered the international marketplace, landing in top-tier stores in Canada, Europe, and Japan. In 2005, Barking Irons extended its collection to include men's shirting and accessories.