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Hundreds of USA-Made Products On-Sale for Presidents’ Day

Save 25% off when you buy three of these Polo Button-downs.
Get $50 off some of Allen Edmonds‘ most iconic shoe designs.Save an Extra 25% Off Sale Items at with code PRESIDENTS173D Throughout President’s Day Weekend!As usual, Nordstrom has come through with many American-Made sale items, including menswear…women’s clothingmen’s accessoriesjewelry and women’s accessories

Orvis is offering an additional 20% off items that are already on sale. Through 2/20 . This includes pet enclosures and gates, a classic wool throw, creel hearth baskets and Ultimate Suede Totes.Sundry brand clothing is 25% off at Lou & Gray. Through 2/20.
Assembled -in-USA luggage is also available on eBags.

Take an additional 60% off these Made-in-USA sale items at Rodale’s
Shop the Presidents Day Sitewide sale at Carolyn Pollack and save 20% OFF everything – All orders ship free!

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Made-in-USA Labeling: If You See Something, Say Something

If you’re trying to buy American-made products and you notice any labeling that doesn’t look quite right, please take the time to say something to the seller. It takes vigilance on the part of consumers to keep shady businesses honest and honest businesses from making mistakes.

Here’s my latest story, which involves Uncommon Goods, one of the good-guys when it comes to labeling products with country of origin.I was checking out one of their newest products, the Couch Bowl, a nifty item for those who like to eat while lounging on the sofa (guilty).  It has a thumb notch on the rim and a concave space on the bottom for your fingers.

I loved it immediately. I loved it even more when I realized it was from the same maker responsible for the brilliant, American-Made Ooma bowl, a hand-held personal chip and dip container. ‘Perfect for a post,” I thought, and started writing a story with the Headline “Couch Dining Perfected.”

Midway through it, though, I spotted something odd. Even though the Couch Bowl page said “Made in USA” and had Uncommon Goods‘ American Flag icon next to it, and even though it contained an image of New York State and specified that it was “Made in New York,” the very bottom of the text column said “Handmade in Mexico.”

I decided to get to the bottom of this. Of course it would be nice if one could just pick up the phone and call the top executive of a company, but that almost never works. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up, taking note of whether everyone has the same story.

So step one was an online chat with Tom, who quickly confessed that he did not have the answer to my question, but would look into it right away.

About an hour later I started to get impatient (my problem not Tom’s) and decided to call the company’s customer service line. The woman I spoke to, whose name I did not get, told me that the bowl was Made in Mexico but that it was marked “Made in USA” because the designer, Thomas Both, designed it in California. “But ‘designed in the USA’ is not the same as ‘Made in the USA’ I said, ‘And why does it also say “Made in New York?” Her reply: “Because it’s made exclusively for us and we’re located in New York.” I was beginning to get a headache.

I told her that I suspected she was wrong because Uncommon Goods does not usually do things that way, but in any case, it was misleading and should be changed. She agreed to bring it to the attention of the proper people.

A short time later, I got an email from Tom letting me know that the information on the product had been corrected. I checked and it was.

Only problem is, I won’t be buying the Couch Bowl now. Still, the Ooma is pretty awesome, as are the many other American-made products at Uncommon Goods.


New Colors for Allen Edmonds’ Made-in-America Shoe Line

When I feel like adding a little extra color to my wardrobe, I typically go with a colorful pair of socks. Allen Edmonds has gone a step further (pardon the pun) and added new colors to some of its classic shoe styles. While these might not be for everyone, they will surely add some flair to whatever you wear.The Strand now comes in 7 colors. Grey Calfskin Leather is shown above.The Cornwallis is shown above in Red Leather.The St. John’s Double Monk Strap in shown in Blue Calfskin Leather.



Snow Removal with Made-in-USA Tools

Don’t know about you, but we’re really getting socked by a big winter storm today so we figured it was time for a post on Made-in-USA snow removal.BullyShovelsThe first thing you need for snow clean-up is, obviously, a shovel. Bully Tools’ Snow Shovels and Ice Choppers are available in a variety of styles and sizes. IceDozerPlusWhen it’s time to clean off your car, the Innovation Factory IceDozer Plus 2.0, Made-in-USA, has a flexible blade and removable pocket dozer multi-tool.

IceDozerMiniThe IceDozer MINI 2.0 with Brass Blade, “packs 360 degrees of ice clearing performance, including 13 flexiblade scraping fingers, and tenderizers for softening up the hardest ice that you will find on your windshield.”

The Sno-Dozer is an ergonomic design for clearing snow.

al roof rakeIt’s important not to overload your roof with too much snow weight. This aluminum roof rake is from Cozy Winters.

SnowMoverRemove deep snow on and around your car with the Innovation Factory SnowMover 2.0 Snow Plow. It functions as a plow, ice scraper and snow broom.
You won’t want to drag that snow in the house with you. Waterhog Doormats come in a variety of styles and sizes and they are said to “drink up water and snow.”

Stay warm and be careful shoveling!


Meet Wilson and Willy’s: American Made

I’m always excited when I find a new (or new–to-me) company making clothing here in the USA. Wilson and Willy’s is the latest of these companies. In addition to their own brand of men’s pants, shirts, and outerwear, they also carry a well-curated selection of other American items from companies like Oak Street Boot Makers, PF Flyers,Duluth Pack, Faribault Woolen Mills, and more.

Here are some of our favorite items:Waxed Anorak in Tobasco.
The Raglan Trench Coat is made from Faribault Woolen Mills Military blankets in NYCThe Waxed Rambler Coat features a mid-weight, wind- and water-resistant 8 oz Martexin waxed-canvas and is lined with moleskin.

Manufactured by Hackwith Design House with material from Faribault Woolen Mills, the Madeline jacket is 100% wool.The Melbourne Pajama dress is made from 100% cotton and made in L.A. by Maison Du Soir.The flannel boxy tee is beautifully shaped.The Stephen Kenn Foot Soldier Sofa is made in CA. and features material from Faribault Woolen Mills.

For those in the area, Wilson and Willy’s has a brick and mortar store in Minneapolis, MN.