Made In Mayhem: Made in America

Kathy sent me a link about Made in Mayhem, a San Francisco-based company that uses premium materials to create as they say: “durable sophisticated and functional goods”. What’s cool about the site is the range of products, from a simple leather wallet to a crocodile-embossed leather backpack… and a lot of things in between.The “Fredrick” on the left is a crocodile-embossed leather backpack, while the “Eleanor” is a shoulder bag of the same material with hidden, shorter handles.The “Franklin” is an iPad case with additional pockets for phone, business cards, etc.
The “Canyon Combo” features a wool blanket and leather harness.

The “Aloha Beach Bag” has a Hawaiian floral print with leather accents.

Leather belts, wallets and a variety of other goods are waiting to be discovered at Made in Mayhem.



Hand Blown Drinkware: Made in USA

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems like my enjoyment of a drink can be enhanced by the glass I choose to drink from. I  will typically go for the glass with a little bit of heft to it; something sturdy. I also appreciate unusual drinkware, so when I saw these glasses from the New Orleans-based artist and glass-blower Ben Dombey of Glassblower Ben, I knew I wanted to share them with you.The slanted whiskey glass

Ben started out trying to make the perfect whiskey glass after a trip to Scotland. Each glass is custom-blown with lung power and is 100% made in America. An appealing feature of his designs is that you can get them stamped on the bottom with custom text or an image. So, while you sip your favorite beverage, there is a little something special to catch your eye as the glass empties. Unlike etching, this stamp is never going away so choose your words wisely. Having just made my first-ever purchase of mead at a placw called Melovino Meadery, I like the Honeycomb stamped glass. Okay, so maybe you don’t want to see this at the bottom of your glass, but isn’t it cool?The mixing glass pitcher is both elegant and beautiful.The Classic Large Dombey Glass looks like something I’d like to sip from in front of the fire.

Whatever you choose, enjoy your favorite beverage responsibly.



What’s New and American-Made From Allen Edmonds?

Even though it’s the middle of summer, we just came off a nice cool weekend and that got me thinking about boots. Good quality, rugged, stylish, American-made boots.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Over the weekend we got an email from Allen Edmonds that introduced two new boots. The first is called the Stirling. Based on a classic Scottish style, it is named for the famous battle fought by William Wallace. The Stirling features a wingtip oxford design with updated perforation, a goodyear welt and a clear rubber sole.The second boot is the Sullivan Street, a very stylish cap-toe boot that features a mix of smooth calf leather with full grain or suede and a Dainite all-weather sole. The thing that I like about the Allen Edmonds boots is that they are re-craftable, because when you drop some serious money on a pair of shoes you want to make sure you can get them repaired so they can last for years. I also like that both of these boots feature durable rubber bottoms because an everyday life can be tough one one’s sole. (Couldn’t resist.)



Last Day to Snap-Up Colorful, USA-Made Home Accents at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know we love Nordstrom for their large selection of American-Made products. During their Anniversay Sale, which runs through today (Sunday) you can pick up some beautiful, high-quality home accents at greatly reduced prices.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!
Remember the days when indoor/outdoor carpets looked and felt like Astroturf? No more. These stylish designs range from traditional to modern.Is your bedroom decor blah? Give it a lift with colorful bedding from Deny Designs.
Wall art is an easy way to spice-up a space. The selections at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale are extensive, including this Giclée Print Canvas Art by Alpha – Sylvie Demers.Pillows are another quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to add a little pizazz to your decor. Shown above: the ‘Chimayo’ Pillow by Pendleton. The matching throw is also a good buy.A “pouf” footrest adds the perfect beachy feel to your reading spot.

While you’re there, grab a few discounted candles, either for yourself or the next time you need a hostess gift.

Regards, Kathy.

Shirts by Stock: Made in Chicago

I always look forward to seeing what’s new on the Stock Mfg. Co. web site. The fact is, I have a few of their shirts and I really like the styling, fit, finish and the pricing which is very reasonable for an American made shirt. All of the shirts are hand-made in Chicago and all feature 100% cotton and are pre-shrunk. Stock Mfg. Co,  like many other clothing manufacturers, started out using American contract manufacturers to make their clothing but as of this year they have opened their own factory.One of the things that appeals to me about the company is that the founders are not rooted in the fashion industry and were just a bunch of guys looking to make “menswear staples with a modern spin”.Recent additions to the line include button-down collar oxford shirts in light blue and classic white.I am also a fan of the short sleeve shirts like the grey and blue shown above.While I don’t usually go for flashier patterns, the Aztec Jacquard has just the right mix of style and subtle hues.If you are ever in the Chicago area you should check out their brick and mortar store shown above..



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