Stock Mfg. Co: End-of-Season Sale on American-Made Menswear

We’ve covered Stock Mfg. Co in the past but this Chicago-based company has an impressive end-of-season sale going on that we think you need to check out.

Unlike most sales, where the inventory is pretty limited, there really are enough sizes and garments here to make a full outfit or two. And as we head into the fall there are plenty of mid-weight pants, long sleeve shirts and jackets.navychinos1Let’s start your wardrobe with navy chinos, because every guy needs a pair.fishermansshirt19The 100% Cotton Buffalo Check Plaid Flannel shirt features contrasting pocket and the all-important elbow patches.popoverI really like the indigo-dyed popover shirt.khakiikejacketfront2The Ike jacket above is made from cotton twill and features the classic styling of the WWII era jacket with a very cool lining.walletOk, so now you have some pretty stylish items – and you saved a few bucks – so why not add a wallet to help complete the outfit.peacoatNot many of these are left in stock but, if you are a medium, check out this waxed cotton peacoat with wool collar.

There’s much more to see, so check it out.



Celebrate 100 years of National Parks with Your Next Gift!

Do you have a gift occasion coming up? You can chose a Made-in-USA gift that celebrates our National Parks.imageThe National Parks are the subject of a curated selection of prints from Nordstrom. The graphics are wonderful and they go well with many different styles of decor.NationalParkArtThe Northwest Art Mall has a series of retro National Park images.natlparks


Backcountry carries some of the wonderful Pendleton National Park wool blankets, each one designed to capture the beauty of a single national Park. This blanket line was begun in the early 1900s.
MadeinUSA_blankets2The Huckberry Allegheny blanket is named for the mountain range, but uses the colors of Yosemite. It is made from 100% fine-grade soft wool.

CollarPamper your dogs with National Park-inspired leashes and collars at Sundance.AnselAdamsThe famous photo by Ansel Adams picturing the moon over Half Dome in Yosemite, is a beautiful image to hang on your wall.Ansel_AdamsFor a VERY exclusive gift, this silver gelatin print of snow in Yosemite, made by Ansel Adams himself, is thought to be one of only a few in the world.

Regards, Kathy

It Might Just be Henley Weather: Try a Made-in-USA Brand!

Two days ago I went out for a bike ride and it was hot and humid. This morning it was cool and in the 60’s. I was caught off guard and found myself wanting to throw on a long sleeve shirt. I wasn’t motivated enough to dig out my fall clothes just yet, but I did feel inspired to research some men’s Henley shirts, which we haven’t written about before.
s6qYf9FrON_ls_marled_henley_3_0_originalvFen8kJ7cp_ss_marled_henley_3_0_originalFlint and Tinder is a long-established brand with high quality merchandise (they make the Ten-Year Hoodie). Their henleys are 100% cotton and made in Los Angeles. The cotton is “marled,” meaning that subtly different colored yarns are used to create a multi-toned effect. They have short sleeves too, which isn’t a bad idea given that it is still August and we know the weather is going to heat up again.BuckMason_HenleyBuck Mason has a good selection of henley shirts, in both short and long sleeve. They are made with long-strand 100% cotton milled in Los Angeles.JamesPerse_HenleyYou can find James Perce Henleys at Nordstrom, along with a variety of other James Perce merchandise Made in the USA, for both men and women.MichaelStars_henleyAlso at Nordstrom, Michael Stars long sleeve henleys for men.
g8iu9MbmpO_mountain_hemp_henley_navy_6_originalFor hemp fans, Jungmaven has a 45/55, hemp/cotton blend henley. Kathy has a few Jungmaven shirts and she loves them.

xL0dKHzg3Q_vapor_henley_4_originalDuckworth’s Vapor Henley is made out of a blend of merino wool, cellulose and polyester which is supposed to make for a great wicking fabric.


If you take a small or extra small, right now there are multiple near-sellout henley shirts that you can grab, some at significant savings, at Huckberry. This link takes you to ALL Henleys, so scan the page and look for the very light grey “Made in USA” logo. (Above: Iron and Resin Paradigm Henley.)




Tough-Guy Garden Benches: Made in USA

Are you tired of prissy white garden benches with Victorian styling? Do you want a manly man’s bench from which to preside over your tomato plants?  Recycled Salvage design is the place for you.SalvagedBench2The recycled creations that come out of this Texas shop are one-of-a-kind, gritty as all get-out and just perfect for the tough-guy gardener or farmer who wants to make a statement.
SalvagedBench9SalvagedBench3Commonly used items include the tailgates from old American pick-up trucks. SalvagedBench5Salvaged chains, springs and signs are also used.SalvagedBench6 This bench was made from wrenches left over from the Texas oil boom.

To see all the benches, head over to Recycled Salvage design.

Clever New Kickstarter Project: The X-Stand

The news that too much sitting can actually kill you has been out for a while. The question is what to do about it when working? Desks that adjust from sitting to standing height are great, but they’re expensive and you certainly can’t tuck one in your bag as you head for a meeting.XStand4 Three partners who faced this problem themselves decided to do something about it by creating the X-Stand.X-Stand7It transforms tables and other work surfaces designed for sitting into standing tables.XStand3XStand3It stores flat and slips easily into a bag, then assembles quickly when you need it.

XStand5The X-Stand is made in the USA from sustainable bamboo. It’s non-skid corners keeps your device in place and keeps the X-Stand from sliding around the tabletop.

Regards, Kathy

One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle