Earlier this month on a Sunday, I had a few errands to run in Lower Manhattan. I'm usually never in that neighborhood so with Jack in hand, I thought we'd make the most of the sunny Sunday by being a little touristy and visiting the Stock Exchange as well as the recently opened 9/11 monument. In addition to those places, we walked up to Tribeca to see the Shinola store. Shinola is a luxury-goods company based in Detroit, Michigan. Originally a shoe polish company founded in 1907, the new iteration of Shinola bought the name in 2011. In two years the brand has successfully re-branded, thanks to good marketing and above all, as the Washington Post is calling it "understanding the consumer zeitgeist" by means of "consumer guilt - or "responsibility, if you prefer."" Whatever they have done with their marketing plan, which I will agree is genius, they're also producing quality products in the USA.
This trip inspired me to discuss and support a few other brands that I've grown to appreciate and love, which also produce products in the USA. It's finally starting to look like we can begin to outfit our lives with goods made here. It's not really easy, but little by little if we support the companies that have made a point to produce here rather than overseas, we'll see more and more of them.
EX VOTO VINTAGE
Ex Voto Vintage is a jewelry company started by the designer Elizabeth Adams. With former training in architecture and a strong appreciation for history, traveling and collecting, Elizabeth created the jewelry line of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces inspired from ex votos or keepsakes, that she hand picked along her travels. Her newest collection of modern heirlooms captures the beauty of classic designs like signet rings and stacking rings of semi-precious stones.
Reformation is a cool fashion company based in LA that has a concept of trying to produce zero waste and be eco-friendly. Their 'secret weapon' as they call it, is in their materials. Because the textile industry is one of the most chemically dependent industries on the planet and the #2 polluter of clean water, they make their clothes from three different types of materials: 1) new bad ass sustainable materials, 2) repurposed vintage clothing and 3) rescued deadstock fabric from fashion houses that over-ordered.
EMERSON FRY - NEW YORK
Emerson Fry is one of those New York cult brands. Originally founded as Emersonmade in 2009, Emerson Fry is now named after the owner and chief designer. All of the designs are classic and beautiful wardrobe staples, which makes sense considering the mission of the brand is to create strong, beautiful, function pieces that serve their customer long term. The main line is produced in the USA and the shoes or other specialty pieces are produced in origins specific to their craft. Ie. the shoes are made in Italy, and the caftans in India.
SELECT BOOT STYLES
Frye has been making boots in the USA since 1863. Now, please take note that only select styles are made in the USA and their reasoning behind that is that they chose their manufacturers based on craftsmanship and quality, unlike how many companies choose based on cost. It is very difficult to find quality leather or fashion shoes made in the USA because, typically the best shoes are produced in Italy. For Frye, many of the American mad designs are men's however there are few women's designs that are mostly of the work or motor style.
7 FOR ALL MANKIND
Remember 7's! Well 7 For All Mankind was the biggest denim brand back in the early 2k's and recently they've been overpowered by other companies like J Brand and rag & bone (who also produce in the USA). Not that I don't love the others, 7's are still a standby favorite of mine. They always fit well and last long.
NEW YORK MADE
While I was searching for clothing produced in America, I was really searching for brands that were based out of New York. Unfortunately, this proved to be more challenging, because there are several companies coming out of New York and Brooklyn in particular that focus on menswear and accessories rather than women's. So, If you're a man, with a good income you'll be set for life on American made goods, better yet, New York made! A few brands that I are on the top of that list including a select few that carry women's as well are below:
Alexander Olch -Neckties
General Knot & Co. - Neckties
The Hill-Side - Small leather goods & accessories
Enest Alexander - Menswear & accessories
Maptote - Totes with maps on them
Stanley & Sons - Utilitarian accessories
Brooks Brothers - Bet you didn't know that!
Freeman's Sporting Club - Menswear
Sleepy Jones - Cute Sleepwear for men & women
Spiewak - Uniforms & Outerwear
Steven Alan - LOVE Steven Alan, women's & men's clothing
rag & bone - really great jeans and fashion forward clothing for men & women
E. Vogel - Riding Boots
A full list of American Made brands can be found on A Continuous Lean
Lastly, to leave you with a few more images, here are some pictures from our day in Lower Manhattan. Do you have any favorite brands that produce goods in the USA? Anything from New York that I missed that I really shouldn't have? Please let me know!