Joseph's

Portland Maine's oldest & finest men's shop

Ode to the Union Special

Here's a great tribute from our friends at Raleigh Denim. 

We read manuals, talked to retired industry vets in the North Carolina mountains, we took things apart and put them back together. And as we did all this, we fell in love with those older machines. We were making jeans with the tools that people in America used to build America. The machines were so well-made we can still use them generations later. Each machine does something specific and singular. Along with the other details and techniques we insist on, our collection of well-loved old machines makes our jeans look and feel like Raleigh Denim.

The Union Special 43200G chainstitch hemming machine is our favorite one.