Felding Co Employee Spotlight: Grant Williamson
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Grant Williamson and I’m originally from Johns Creek, GA outside of Atlanta, but my wife and I have lived in Knoxville for a little over three years now. I’m a 3L at the University of Tennessee College of Law and will be graduating in May (thank God) and I’m looking to start my career in Knoxville because I’ve really loved it here.
What made you interested in working at Felding Co.?
I was actually fortunate to come on as Felding Co.’s first employee, not counting Luke and Sandy of course. As a law student money is tight (nonexistent) and I was looking for a job that I could work on weekends to make some extra money over the summer in addition to my law-related jobs. I happened to see Felding Co. on Instagram and was immediately interested: I actually reached out to Luke about the possibility of working for him before he was even able to put up a formal job posting. My interest in men’s clothing and style has grown in the last few years and I was impressed with the brands and type of style that Luke was curating for the store. I wanted to be a part of what I considered to be a store that Knoxville desperately needed and that Knoxville would love.
What is your favorite brand at Felding Co.?
Taylor Stitch. I love all the brands we carry, but as far as quality, price point, fit, and style are concerned, nothing beats Taylor Stitch in my mind. What’s most impressive about Taylor Stitch for me is that even though all their items are classics that will never go out of style and that anyone could wear, Taylor Stitch still manages to add their own personal touch to each item. I’d own every one of their shirts that we carry, and all their chinos honestly, if I had the money to buy them (and if my wife wouldn’t kill me for spending all that money).
What is your favorite item at Felding Co.?
Fulton & Rourke’s solid cologne. I’ve always loved the idea of using cologne because it reminds me of my grandfather: it’s manly and just a classic, staple grooming item. But I’ve never found a cologne that I’ve really enjoyed using- everything either smelled great but was too strong, or smelled terrible. Fulton & Rourke has nailed it with their cologne. All the offerings smell great and aren’t overbearing. The metal case is such a clean look and makes it convenient to use. The Hatteras even reminds me of what my grandfather would wear.
I’d highly recommend the solid cologne to anyone that comes in the store.
If you could buy anything in the store right now, what would it be and why?
Two words: selvedge. denim. I’ve got a pair of jeans that definitely don’t have much life left in them, so the next thing I’ll be investing in is some 3Sixteen selvedge. I can’t decide on whether I want the Raw Indigo Selvedge or the Shadow Selvedge yet. Or maybe I’ll get the Ebbets Field Flannels KNX Sweatshirt. Or maybe a Gitman Vintage flannel.
There are a lot of things I want to buy in the store.
Describe your musical tastes.
Anything rowdy and loud that you haven’t heard of. But in all seriousness, I’ll listen to just about any genre of music and I really love to find new artists that I can share with my friends. For my playlist I went with a southern rock/indie vibe because I’ve been listening to that style of music a lot lately.
What are your favorite places to go in Knoxville? Besides Felding Co. obviously.
As far as food goes, J.C. Holdway or A Dopo have the best food in Knoxville hands down in my opinion. The Love Shack at Lonesome Dove is a great spot to sit outside and grab a beer and some greasy food. I’d also recommend Yassin’s - The Nicest Place in America - to anyone.
You can’t go wrong with any of Knoxville’s venues for live music, but I have a soft spot for The Pilot Light because (like I said) I love loud, rowdy music and anywhere that serves $2 PBR tallboys is ‘OK’ in my book. Plus it’s a great place to check out some new artists or some local artists, and there’s some kind of show almost every night.
Best beer in Knoxville is at Crafty Bastard. If you like IPAs, their chile pepper IPA (if it’s on tap) is one of the most interesting and best tasting beers I’ve ever had. In general, Crafty rotates taps frequently and experiments with a lot of interesting styles of beer.