Lumina (Downtown Raleigh)
123 E Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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It feels like we should say that our products will be the best shirt, tie, or pants in your closet, the only clothes you’ll ever wear again. But it seems like a lot of companies want to make this same claim. They all say they have the best tailored shirt, the best skinny tie, or a pair of pants to fit you perfectly. It seems naive to think that you won’t buy from these other companies too. We love our Lumina clothes and wear them all the time but they’re not the only thing we ever wear, so why should we claim that you’ll never wear anything else? Yes, we do have superior quality clothes, but that isn’t what defines what we do.
We really wanted to set ourselves apart in our philosophy. We decided to express this philosophy through clothes, which we absolutely love. The basic idea is that we wanted to do something innately North Carolinian and to bolster the industries that were once so predominate in our state, but have fallen away, such as textiles, agriculture, and manufacturing. Clothes seemed to align with this goal well, and we set out to accomplish what we could.
The idea was launched after we were making small batches of neckwear for ourselves and our friends. There came a point where we couldn’t do it all on our own, so we began looking for a neck wear manufacturer. We were ecstatic when we found one in Wilmington, NC willing to work with us. Sadly over the last season, we had to switch production as the factory had to close his doors.
Our ultimate goal is to have our entire operation in NC. For now, we are happy to have everything made in the USA. Our shirts are made in South Carolina and our ties in New York. Our home base is in Raleigh, NC in which we are continually trying to help build a larger fashion presence not only for ourselves but for others.
Our team is made up of 3 primary people. Barton is originally from architecture, and helped found the company as creative director. Justin is a Nuclear Engineer by trade, but loves finance and legal so much that he decided to help found Lumina as CFO. Paul is from the environmental industry, with his first venture focused on home energy conservation. He now works with Lumina as COO, continuously trying to find ways to bring a more conscious supply chain to the company for more value to our customers.
Aesthetically, we will continue to strive to build a brand around the NC heritage and the industries once in our state. This means durable work wear inspired clothes – field tested and office approved. The name Lumina, is a play on the traditional cotton loom, which once drove much of the textile industry in our state!