Story & photos by Kali Llano
Rush Wilson Limited recently hosted a trunk show debut for H. Goose, a watch brand that the trusted downtown menswear store has promoted since the day the watch was created. Now that H. Goose is expanding to include clothing, bags and more, Rush Wilson is on board.
The H. Goose brand started with owner Harris Quinn’s admiration for watches, born in part from his service in the Navy, where he wore a watch on each wrist in order to time air traffic across time zones.
After he created a watch of his own, he decided that he could make just about anything.
The company is owned by Quinn and John Pellett, with help from Lee Norwood, who came from Ralph Lauren.
The new H. Goose products — outerwear, shirts, blankets and bags — exude 1950s tradition, a passion for the outdoors, and a focus on field-wear.
The setting for the show exemplifies H. Goose values. Quinn’s great-grandparents once owned the building that houses Rush Wilson Limited.
The other inspiration for the team is more unusual: Quinn’s dog, Goose. The brand name combines “H” for Harris with Goose, the name of the beloved, furry sidekick. Goose is described as energetic, fun, loyal and good lookin’ – just like the brand that the owners aimed to create.
H. Goose weekend-wear pairs with fishing, hunting and socializing. The pieces are “heirloom quality,” Quinn says. “The type of clothes our grandads would have worn in the ‘50s while they were hunting and fishing.”
New H. Goose items are displayed at the Rush Wilson Limited trunk show.
Most H. Goose apparel is created in the South – including flannel woven in Belton and Spartanburg. All products are made in the U.S.
Between networking and support from Rush Wilson Limited, H. Goose plans to soon be in 100 stores in the Southeast. Owner Rush Wilson describes supporting H. Goose as “a great honor and opportunity to represent our hometown boy.”
More importantly, Wilson wants customers to take home a special piece of Greenville that they can wear for years to come.