President and Secretary
David Rhodes has over 25 years experience in the apparel industry. Rhodes has owned and overseen all aspects of numerous successful start-up retail apparel stores located in Utah and Idaho including the Top Drawer, The Factory, Blue Thumb Pant Company and MacArthur Park stores.
Rhodes has also owned and overseen all aspects of Los Angeles based successful start-up wholesale apparel companies Wings and Chevalier. Rhodes has additional experience as lead buyer for 232 Los Angeles-based Double-Up apparel stores. Rhodes attended Brigham Young University.
Charles “Chuck” Harmon
Charles “Chuck” Harmon was initially drawn to Cartel Blue by the vision and passion of its President David Rhodes. He dreamt of creating apparel products with a focus on authentic vintage premium denim jeans and sportswear. He wanted extraordinary attention to detail and thoughtful construction, fit, fabric and wash, enhanced by striking brand labeling and hardware. And most importantly his desire was to have every apparel piece made in the world capital of premium denim – Los Angeles, California. Today we are doing just that.
He has a strong background in the apparel industry that started with the production of t-shirts, hats, and shorts for an alternative sportswear company. In 2003, he was challenged with reinvigorating the Chip & Pepper premium line of denim.
Harmon worked with the laundry department to create a cohesive range of vintage washes, many of which were immediately incorporated into their line. Similarly, in 2007, he was scouted for the relaunch of the Joie denim line under the name Current/Elliot, a relevant success to this day in the fashion scene. He was approached by New York-based brand PRPS that was doing all its development and production in Japan and wished to start designing and manufacturing in the USA. He was instrumental in the design and development of their new line called PRPS Heirloom.
Together his wife, Madeleine, Chuck’s Vintage opened in 2006, and specializes in early American vintage clothing from the turn of the century to the 1980’s. It is located on the iconic Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, and has become more than a passion and a place of inspiration for Hollywood stylists and the best of LA’s fashion scene.
Chuck began consulting in 2009 for smaller New York brands. He accepted a design position with Hudson Jeans. At Hudson Jeans, Chuck was approached by talent acquisition for the brand Seven for all Mankind and at the same time by Jeff Rudes of J Brand. Chuck accepted the design position with Seven in 2012.
Today, Chuck returns to the invigorating business of starting from the ground up, “I am elated to present the Cartel Blue apparel collection to store buyers and the public as a whole,” says Chuck who strongly believes Cartel Blue’s apparel collection will be an outstanding success.