Matt Singer

philosophy

PHILOSOPHY

I have chosen to work with manufacturers who share my passion for craftsmanship and tradition. Where possible, I have produced my goods in the United States.

My shirt maker has been manufacturing in the United States for over 60 years (and is one of the last remaining shirt makers that bases its manufacturing entirely in America). These expert shirt makers have been consistently producing some of the finest shirting in the world. The accumulated history and skill of each seamstress can be felt in every shirt they sew. Their experience is irreplaceable.

My belts are made in a small American factory that has been in operation since 1960. Each belt is proudly stamped handmade (on the interior) as an enduring testament to quality workmanship.

My pencil case is produced in the village of Tiebele, in Burkina Faso, a small country (roughly the size of Colorado) located in West Africa. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, Burkina Faso was renamed in 1984 to mean "The Land Of Upright People." An association of Tiebele women collect discarded plastic bags and roll them into thin tubes which are woven (like yarn) to produce new (repurposed) objects. The Tiebele women took my design for a simple pencil case and created an immensely warm and colorful creation.

Project Selima & Matt

The eyewear designer Selima Salaun and I began a creatively driven side-project (called Project Selima & Matt) aimed to help select art organizations and non-profits. In September 2009, we introduced our first project with the art magazine, The Thing Quarterly. Our second project, (a Secret Identity Kit) was produced in collaboration with the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. For more information on The Thing Quarterly or Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. please visit thethingquarterly.com, superherosupplies.com and 826nyc.org.