I had the inspirational opportunity to interview Spencer and Ben Young, founders of Sturdy Brothers, for a Captains of Industry article nearly two years prior to this review of their most manly “Charles Apron“. I say ‘inspirational’ because while speaking to Ben prior to the article write up, I felt an unfeigned desire to join the maker movement and find some good work for my hands to do. In that time since I have started Rustic and Main, where I create rings (of all things) from history and symbolic woods, antler, and other such materials. I have, therefore, put to hardy use the waxed canvas and leather “Charles Apron” over the months since I started said business and have found it to be most resilient and dapper.
The Charles Apron by Sturdy Brothers
I honestly believe I could just show the pictures in this review article and leave it at that. A smart reader would immediately purchase this apron, even if he doesn’t have a shop, and should not be surprised to find a few extra hairs upon his chest at the donning of this fine, American made, aegis garb.
The unboxing experience was excellent and reflected the kind of style you would expect from a brand called Sturdy Brothers. A lot of people may not care about packaging, but I believe it shows a certain attitude towards quality in the full spectrum of the customer’s experience.
The apron definitely was true to the brand, sturdy, and remains pretty rigid even after months of use, though it has conformed to my particular dimensions over that time. The waxed cotton is stiff but provides a sure bulwark against sawdust and other shop debris.
Whether you’re a barista at a coffee shop, a barber, or a woodworker, this apron ought to be a staple. The Sturdy Brothers have certainly crafted a solid, handmade, one-of-a-kind apron with plenty of character and manful simplicity.
Where to get it
Pick one up here and tell them Wolf and Iron sent ya.