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« on: November 24, 2019, 04:59:39 pm »
Has anyone here heard of M.Crow?

Here is a little history of the company from their website:


M. Crow & Co. is the 107 year old general store in Lostine, Oregon, population 200. It's nestled in the remote Wallowa valley in northeastern Oregon, where I grew up.  Wallowa county is made up of only six thousand people and has no stoplights.  M. Crow was opened by the Crow family who, along with my great great grandparents, were among the first few dozen families to settle the valley in the late 1800's.  The Crow family tenaciously ran the store for 107 years.  In 2012, I purchased the store to prevent its closure and the loss of an iconic memory of my childhood.  I was raised in the very rural northeastern corner of Oregon.  When I was five years old, my grandmother gave me her sewing machine for my birthday - a shiny black Singer.  I made bad pants and stuffed animals and my mom taught me to sew a blind stitch by hand to close the stuffing holes.  It was probably only one or two summers, but I feel like I spent years following my mom around sewing, canning, stripping furniture, digging behind old homesteads looking for antique bottles, making pottery, candles and even learning how to sweep.  By 10, I ran a trap line and tanned mink and raccoon fur, built go-carts, bombs and even unsuccessfully tried to steam-bend homemade snow shoes.  My brother and I turned our BB guns into 12 gauge shotguns using an adaptor we made out of simple pipe fittings (instructions available on the web store). Making things blew my mind; materials, shapes, colors and mechanics.  Back then I had this recurring fantasy of wanting to make everything in my life that I used or needed.  I mean everything… from toothpaste, to furniture and clothing, to plates and record players.  As an adult, I became a painter and sculptor and then eventually a furniture designer and builder, founding BDDW in the late 90's.  Along the way, I dabbled in music, fashion, metal-smithing, ceramics, carpentry and architecture – along with dozens of side interests like bee-keeping and micro-brewing.  M. Crow is an awkward collision of all my hobbies and interests and an outlet for fulfilling that childhood fantasy.  I am basically making from scratch the things I want or need and making extras and trying to sell them.

M. Crow is also interesting to me on more pragmatic levels; rural economic development is a passion of mine as is the heritage of my hometown.  I have designed many of the products around locally gathered materials because my ultimate goal is to make the products there (currently, I make the products in my Philadelphia studio).  I would like to thank the generations of the Crow family for keeping the store alive for over a hundred years and giving me this opportunity.  I hope to do you proud.

- TYLER HAYS



I grew up visiting Wallowa county with my family and visiting M.crow was always one of my favorite things to do. Tyler has a crazy vision and he builds some things that are borderline ridiculous, and some things that are outright genius!

A few items I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time are his furniture makers jeans and the High laker boot by fiat.

Here’s a link to the jeans:

https://mcrowcompany.com/products/copy-of-jeans?variant=44178542339



Here’s a link to the boots:


https://mcrowcompany.com/collections/men/products/bddw-high-laker-boot?variant=31321305972822




Here’s a few pictures of the original M. Crow in Lostine, OR from my most recent visit. It was just renovated to include a pizza kitchen and small radio studio.




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Re: M.Crow
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2019, 05:49:04 pm »
Very nice little native store.
Want the ihv-02DD sz L

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2019, 06:05:01 pm »
It really is a great little store.
They have also opened a New York location


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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2019, 10:13:19 pm »
Those furniture jeans are pretty cool actually!


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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2019, 10:19:07 pm »
I agree! Perfect for working on small projects when you don’t want to wear a full work belt..

@RoxRocks86  you might be into these?


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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2019, 03:15:17 am »
Those are sick!!! Always on the look out for something purposeful with pockets. Absolutely hate having bags on during finish work. Thanks for the suggestion @Brock gonna look into these 🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2019, 03:37:56 am »
Those are sick!!! Always on the look out for something purposeful with pockets. Absolutely hate having bags on during finish work. Thanks for the suggestion @Brock gonna look into these

Cool! Glad you like them.

Let’s each get a pair and see who can thrash them first!


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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2019, 07:55:13 pm »
@Brock...this fing guy. I want your life. Starting to really examine my life choices. lol

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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2019, 09:35:11 pm »
@Brock...this fing guy. I want your life. Starting to really examine my life choices. lol


Just a squirrel trying to find my next nut


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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2019, 09:48:34 pm »
IH, whole food, and beer. I mean. The little things.

and an Ansel Adams approved setting is nice too.  8)
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2019, 02:37:12 am »
Those are sick!!! Always on the look out for something purposeful with pockets. Absolutely hate having bags on during finish work. Thanks for the suggestion @Brock gonna look into these

Cool! Glad you like them.

Let’s each get a pair and see who can thrash them first!


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Fantastic idea 💡🤔
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M.Crow
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2019, 04:25:22 am »
My bro-in-law and I each got a pair of the m.crow 5 pocket jeans for Christmas!

I also got a pair of the furniture makers jeans with kind of a funny story...
my parents were in Lostine last month and stopped into m.crow for some pizza. Mom knows I’ve been trying to get into a pair for the last three years and asked if any were available...
they said no.
After talking for a while they decided to look for her again.

They came back with a pair in my size that was clearly worn and washed/dried. They claimed they were still brand new but sold them to her for $100!

I always prefer to break my denim in raw but the chance to wear these in any state is worth it, and at a great price!

Small town folk are the greatest!!



*will update with some furniture makers fit pics when I get the chance.


Also, your move! @RoxRocks86

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2019, 06:34:13 pm »
Nice scores!!! Cant wait to see the furniture makers pair...


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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2019, 07:10:10 pm »
Right on @Brock!!!! What’s your take on ‘em? Would love a review. Price point is around IH so wondering how they compare construction-wise. They do look superb! Definitely working on getting a pair. Will let you know!  ;)
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