The real story is that we make everything ourselves. It is our sewing machine. It is our store. It is our brand. In fact, we even wrote this.
CADET was started by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt. Raul graduated from FIT with a degree in men’s tailoring and won the Chairman’s Award for best men’s collection in 1995 and went on to head Technical Design departments for several large retailers in the US. Brad hasn’t worked in fashion, but he has successfully run an online retail business for 6 years and is in charge of typing this up. We live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with our dog Otto.
The inspiration for CADET comes from post-war military academies where there was a focus on precision, clean lines and a crisp aesthetic. Using carefully selected fabrics, our own custom colors and an attention to fit and construction (both inside and out), we hope to give our customers a timeless, quality garment.
Our garments are made in the USA by our own CADET factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We searched for the best tailors in NYC and brought them onboard. We are able to insure the quality of the fabric, thread, buttons and craftsmanship are maintained - under our direction.
We opened our first store in April 2012 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and are currently scouting our second location.
We are currently supporting the ‘made local’ movement by opening up our factory to produce garments for other designers big and small. We recently completed an expansion of our factory space.
Please send as an email and one of us will respond - most likely Brad.