Fashion at Work

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St. Louis-based entrepreneur Sean Baltzell, the owner of Tower Classic Tattoo, is poised to launch a new line of workwear this month that aims to bridge the gap between fashion and function. After working as a tattoo artist for 12 years and counting, Baltzell noticed a void in the market for a stylish apron that would protect his clothes from ink and other materials while on the job. He commissioned local tailor Rashad Hamilton to create a prototype, crafted from high-quality denim and canvas remnants. After the initial design received an overwhelming response, Knife & Flag Survival Union was born.

The line appeals not only to tattoo artists, but craftsmen of all trades—including chefs, bartenders, woodworkers, jewelry designers and knife-makers. Clients can shop online and choose from a range of aprons made from duck canvas, leather and raw denim. Custom pieces are also available, handcrafted at Knife & Flag’s studio in The Grove using repurposed materials like Army surplus items, vintage jackets and refurbished denim. The line also includes smaller leather goods like wallets. “I’m interested in the concept of making quality goods that last,” Baltzell says. “The line is accessible but limited, creating a unique product that looks great, while respecting the needs of the craftsmen.” Shop the collection online at


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