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.
I took a motorcycle safety class with my daughter a while back and the instructor asked, ‘Why do we ride motorcycles?’ Then she answered her own question: “to have fun and look cool!”This is on my mind because I’m preparing to buy myself a new motorcycle jacket. I know that safety comes first, but looking good kind of matters to me so I have been searching for just the right style. One of the brands that I’m considering is SchottNYC.
Before we look at the jackets let’s consider Schott’s history. The company was founded over 100 years ago by Jack and Irving Schott, brothers who started-out making raincoats but quickly moved into leather goods. The Perfecto name, now synonymous with Schott jackets, was borrowed from Irving’s favorite cigar. From WWII (bomber jackets and Navy peacoats) to the Wild Ones (Brando in a Schott Perfecto One) to the Punk Rock movement (the Ramones and Blondie wore the Perfecto), Schott has been there. An interesting factoid: After the Wild Ones debuted, Schott’s sales suffered when high schools banned the jackets due to the hoodlum image portrayed in the movie. Schott has been a family-owned business for 4 generations and their USA-made garments are also Union-made.
Enough history. Here are the goods:The classic Perfecto. I doubt I could make it look as good as Brando did!My personal favorite is the Cafe Racer. The Cafecto above has styling queues from both the Perfecto and the Cafe Racer jackets.
Whatever your style, these are beautiful jackets made by artisans. While they don’t accept body armor, they are made from very heavy hides so the abrasion protection will be there. You can also wear a padded shirt underneath, which I’m looking at.
Not only does Schott make a very nice line of motorcycle jackets but some of their other jackets do a great job updating classic looks. The Peacoat above features leather trim around the hand warmer pockets.Classic Shearling BomberA unique take on a Plaid Hunters Jacket.
If you explore the Schott page there are some imported items but most of the jackets are Union Made here in America. If you want to take a quick visual tour of the factory you can click this link.
Being a cyclist, I’d heard about the performance socks made by DeFeet in North Carolina, but hadn’t tried them until recently.
I’ve since worn the socks, not just when riding my bike, but working outside in the yard, running errands and other everyday activities – and I like them very much. I enjoy socks with really cool patterns and even if most people can’t see them when I’m wearing long pants, I know they are there.
Check out the designs at the Defeet Store on Amazon, the sock department at Backcountry and the Defeet website. The prices are incredibly reasonable for a Made in USA brand.DeFeet has a defiant approach to their Made-in-USA commitment – and we love it.
“DeFeet will not be joining the outsourcing movement that has become altogether too easy for companies in the United States. To us, that move is like paying someone else to play your music for you. DeFeet is the band, and we will play our own music, thank you. No one else can make our stuff better than we can. Harvard MBA’s have told us it’s not smart to build a business the way we have. They tell us we can profit more without getting our hands dirty with manufacturing. They say we should source cheap product and mark it up dramatically. That’s ok. They can join the long list of brands that do it their way. To us, that would be a hollow existence.”
We also appreciate that DeFeet started production in America in 1992, a bold move given where US manufacturing was headed at the time. But founder Shane Cooper grew up around the knitting machines his father used to sell, and he managed to develop a new approach to sock knitting that resulted in wonderful patterns.
I like the Aireator socks for the summer time and the Wooleator for just about every other time of the year.Have a graphic that you’re just dying to put on a sock? You only need to order 72 pairs to get custom socks made! If you are part of a riding club like I am, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Here’s to keeping your feet warm and dry!
When you think of Allen Edmonds, you think of shoes. That’s what they’re known for. But the company offers a number of other American-made products and some of them are on-sale right now..The James line of sport coats is listed on clearance right now, so you can pick up one of several designs at a discount.Two of their four Carlyle sport coat designs are also on sale.Along with several Harris Tweed vest designs.Also, be sure to check out the selection of American-made shearling coats.