Number of years in Oakland: 2 years
Two Jacks Denim is a menswear shop that stocks only U.S.-made clothing and specializes in artisanal raw selvedge denim jeans and jackets. We offer jeans, jackets, shirts, hats, belts, pullovers and accessories.
From Tommy Mierzwinski, owner
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
The Two Jacks – Jack London and Jack Kerouac – are iconic American men, rugged individualists who celebrated our country in their creative work and lifestyle.
Denim jeans are deeply rooted in American culture, first created in San Francisco and now popular around the word. We want to support and encourage the growing grassroots resurgence of artisan craftsmen in the U.S. The clothing we carry is crafted with durable, high-quality traditional materials in small batches with great attention to detail.
Menswear boutiques are making a comeback as men are paying more attention to their style and image. Many guys want well-made classic clothing, not trendy “fast fashion, which will never go out of style. By wearing made-to-last American-made clothing, they also show their dedication to sustainability and “less is more.”
Last but not least, we want to carry on Oakland’s tradition of locally
owned small business and bring back Downtown Broadway corridor as the city’s central shopping district.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
The shop is genuine, locally owned, dedicated to one-on-one customer service, well stocked and has an authentic look-and-feel.
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people from all walks of life who are excited about shopping locally. The energy from the revival of Downtown and Uptown. The community of local business owners who encourage and support one another. And it’s my home since 2004.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Miss Ollie’s restaurant – Sarah’s a superstar. Commonwealth Pub and Beer Revolution-Toasties, English ales and microbrews on the deck. Owl N’ Wood and Show & Tell-groovy Oakland-made goods. Marion & Rose Workshop-All American-made housewares and sundries. Brotzeit Lokal-An often overlooked gem with housemade German sausages and German beers. Drexl Bar-Howie, Alex and Nicki are the best mixologists in town. Umami Mart-Well curated Japanese kitchen and barware, and now the best selection of Japanese microbrews and microsakes in the Bay area. Pizzaiolo-the ambiance and the Italian house specialties. Sweet Bar-my next-door neighbors who keep me well fueled with caffeine and sweets. Bay Area Bikes-Friendliest bike shop around. Plus Glenda and Clay work hard to keep our neck of Uptown safe. Encuentro restaurant-Lacey’s vegetarian heaven. Bloom Screen Printing Co. – Screen printing elevated to high art by Nat Swope. Markus Hardware-Big-box hardware stores ain’t got nothin’ on Markus. Personalized, knowledgeable service. The Lunch Box-no processed meats here. They cook beef, turkey, chicken and ham on the premises for their hardy sandwiches. Flora and Xolo restaurants-super supper club and next door burritos and tacos. Ordinaire Wine Bar-selections from small California winemakers and Europe. Heinhold’s First and Last Chance-One of the two Jacks drank here.
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A sense of belonging. A place to call home. My friends.