Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
When you enter Federal, you will have a sudden urge to see a man about a horse. It might be because the store smells like fresh leather, or perhaps it’s that a wolf rug stares up at you as you take your first steps inside the door. Perhaps it’s the taxidermy that hangs precariously from the walls. Whatever it is, this store will tap into your rugged, wild side. Luckily, the merchandise is there to help outfit that inner (and outer) mountain man. Federal sports a carefully curated selection of tried-and-true brands like Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Red Wing Shoes, Pendleton, and Converse. It’s also taking chances with new brands that are creating apparel the old fashioned way, like the Raleigh Denim Workshop, a jeans brand out of North Carolina. Buyers place an emphasis on craftsmanship and products made in the USA. In a retail environment where independent men’s clothing stores are going extinct, Federal has managed to pull together an impressive lineup of brands that share the same aesthetic.