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This Boston Trio Makes Menswear Suited for Modern Life

To stay fresh while traveling as a consultant, Aman Advani sewed Nike socks into the soles of his dress socks. He then discovered his colleague, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, did something similar—he sewed old running tees into his dress shirts.

In 2011 the two joined forces with Massachusetts Institute of Technology classmate Kit Hickey to launch a professional clothing line to solve this problem: Ministry of Supply. The name comes from the character Q in the James Bond films, whose department made sure Bond was well supplied with gadgetry to conquer any mission.

“Find the people who already have a palate and excitement for what you’re doing instead of spending your time convincing the people who are immediately and initially opposed to it.”

 

“We rallied around that one principle of creating a new category of clothing we call performance professional,” Advani says. “How do we shake up an industry that hasn’t really evolved in decades? What we’re wearing to work today is not too dissimilar from what our grandparents might have worn decades ago.”

Ministry of Supply launched with the Apollo shirt. Aesthetically similar to a dress shirt, it is made from a knit fabric (no wrinkles or sweat stains) and features the same temperature-regulation technology NASA uses in its spacesuits.

The company has steadily grown since launching: It brought in former Brooks Brothers Design Director Jarlath Mellett and has opened brick-and-mortar shops in Boston and San Francisco.

They also have a “1 In, 1 Out” policy in which they send online customers a box and prepaid shipping label encouraging them to send back an old clothing item. They donate the clothes to places such as Goodwill or fulfill personal requests, such as sending clothing to someone recently released from prison.

Advani received sage advice early on that always stuck with him: Find the right family.

“Find the people who already have a palate and excitement for what you’re doing instead of spending your time convincing the people who are immediately and initially opposed to it.”

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