Two years ago, Roger Stevens had a great job at Morgan Stanley. Only problem? He didn’t feel so great about the direction his life had taken. Long work days combined with three hours of round-trip commuting took their toll until the day in early 2015 when he sat at his desk and and said to himself, ” I don’t want to do this for the rest of my career.”Within a year, he and his wife Josefina had City Workshop Men’s Supply Company up and running in West Orange, NJ. That was in November of 2015 and he has no regrets about their choice. “This can be hard,” he said of the retail trade, “but I’m happy.
A large percentage of the products at City Workshop are Made in America, including familiar and not-so-familiar names. Above: a nice selection of watches from Shinola.Soaps from Duke Cannon (we picked up a bar), socks from American Trench, gloves from Upstate Stock and solid deodorant from Alfred Lane are just a few of the items displayed above.We couldn’t resist picking up a long-burning soy candle from Fury Brothers.
Roger showed us clothing from Railcar Fine Goods, which we had not heard of before, including the Chore Coat above.There’s a nice range of jeans available from brands like The Surplus, Left Field and Kato, which offers a very popular four way stretch fabric, We also spotted Red Wing boots and clothing from Taylor Stitch.
We thought Roger had a great sense of style, and Paul could easily see himself wearing most of the items in the store. Roger also mentioned that he’s always looking to add interesting merchandise, which would certainly draw us back.
So if you have a chance, take a trip to West Orange and check out City Workshop. Then, wander down to the Edison National Historic Site for a little education and history lesson about one of the great inventors of our time.
Paul and Kathy