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An Apparel Designer From Iowa?

Image fr A Continuous LeanI know of a few awesome fashion designers living here in Des Moines, but am I the last person in the free world to have heard of Todd Snyder directly?  Originally from Huxley, he started Tailgate Clothing with Nevada, IA-native Steve King, a company I'm totally aware of, but I never knew who was behind the company or that one of the founders has his own signature line, as well.

This year's new collection - which you can see more of by heading over to A Continuous Lean's blog - is definitely retro prep. Would work well here in the Midwest, but it's not clothing you wouldn't see out East, either.  It's very smart and I'd for sure wear it if I was a guy. 

On a side note, I recall being a little shocked about anyone graduating fr ISU's Apparel Design program making it in the big city, but only bcause back in the 1800's when I studied apparel design at Iowa State, it was pretty bleak.  Old building, old knee-operated machines, super old attitudes.  Semesters of puffy shouldered tops with darts. I folded under the pressure + switched to journalism. Which was taught in an even older building, with Royal typewriters and some seriously old ideas.