The Hartford Denim Company guys told us that the goal was to make high-quality, sustainable clothes. They guarantee their jeans for life, if you need a repair, bring them into the shop and they will make the repair at no cost. Want an extra pocket on your jeans customized to carry your IPhone? These guys will do that for you. Each pair of jeans is handmade and unique and the tag on the back is in the shape of Connecticut.
These guys aren't just one-trick ponies either. On the work table in the shop we saw a denim pullover, and leather "man purse" but nothing caught our eye like the heavy red leather jacket on laying across the work bench.
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What we can tell you is there is no doubt that the unique jacket would hold up through even the coldest New England winter. As far as the jeans, they are a little stiff when you first try them on but that is all by design. The denim will break in and conform to the owner's body, not unlike a pair of boots.
If you are interested in stopping by the Pratt Street shop and checking out the wares you can get in touch with Marshall Deming through Facebook here to make sure someone will be at the shop when you want to stop by.
Before you go to Westfarms and drop $100 plus on off the rack jeans that may or may not be made in sweatshops and will only last 1-2 years, give some consideration to staying local and sustainable and check out the Hartford Denim Company over at 75 Pratt Street. Sad City enthusiastically recommends.