Brothers Sandy and Emil Corsillo started The Hill-Side in 2009 with the simple idea of incorporating selvage fabrics into neckties, pocket squares and other accessories. It was, I’m guessing, one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments for a lot of people. A great idea that received a tremendous response. What began as a simple idea to put a spin on accessories, has since evolved into a bigger operation for the brothers Corsillo, a mini-menswear-empire that now includes a helluva lot of wholesale distribution (The Hill-Side is the brand I most consistently see in good shops around the world, that’s no exaggeration) an online store and the well-respected Brooklyn retail outpost Hickoree’s.
What started as an idea rooted in interesting fabrics has grown from that original concept, and it has at the same time remained focused on it. Earlier this year Hickoree’s teamed with a host of different men’s brands to produce a fifty item collaboration collection that incorporated dozens of fabrics from The Hill-Side. The emphasis on interesting fabric continues today with The Hill-Side’s special new collection of Old Virginia Modified Herringbone accessories. Made in the moonshine producing countryside of rural Virginia by a sixth generation weaver named Bob on an old loom, the collection continues The Hill-Side’s tradition of incorporating interesting and artisanal elements into its quirky offerings.
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We think this Old Virginia Modified Herringbone fabric is right up there with the nicest, most interesting fabrics we have ever found for The Hill-Side, and to celebrate how awesome it is we produced a short video that documents its production.
We flew down to rural Virginia to visit “Old Bob the Weaver” and watch him make this fabric for us. The cloth â€”called “modified herringbone” or “broken herringbone”Â both of which were designed by Bob himselfâ€” is made by in a small weaving building (that he built himself) in his back yard, on a 1939 Crompton & Knowles W3 shuttle loom.
Not only did we get to witness the early 20th century machines and techniques he uses to create this fabric, but we also got to feed his chickens, eat a huge southern dinner cooked on his back yard fire pit, and drink a bunch of local moonshine â€”in four different flavors.
See the Old Virginia Modified Herringbone collection here.