10 Fine Father’s Day Gifts to Grab During Memorial Day Sales

Give Dear Old Dad his due and minimize the blow to your wallet by picking-up that Fathers’s Day gift during this weekend’s Memorial Day Sales.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links below. Please do!Every Dad needs a relaxing chair and you can be the hero who buys him one. Get huge savings during the Memorial Day Sale at La-Z-Boy.com! Offer valid through 5/29.
You can get a great deal for the outdoorsy Dad on the Topo Designs Sling Bag at Sierra Trading Post.For a businessman Dad, Save 25% off when you buy three of these Polo Button-downs.Is Dad a casual dresser? Stock Manufacturing’s Made-in-USA clothing is a favorite of mine for summer button-downs, plaid shirts and more.  Get 20% off sitewide with code BBQ20.Size choices are dwindling since we first wrote about this, but, if you’re lucky, you can still grab a pair of men’s Lucchese Cannon Roper Boots on sale at Huckberry.The James line of sport coats is listed on clearance right now, so you can pick up one of several designs at a discount.Assembled-in-America Filson Watches are also on sale.As usual, Nordstrom’s jeans, suits, shirts and more offer plenty of American-Made deals.

If you’re looking for a more traditional gift, check out their selection of on-sale, American-Made ties, belts and more.Get 15% off site wide at American Trench! Enter coupon code “cookout” at checkout now through Monday at midnight to apply the discount.

Regards, Kathy

Lucchese’s Roper Boots on Sale: Made in USA

For a limited time you can purchase a pair of men’s Lucchese Cannon Roper Boots on sale at Huckberry. The company has been around for 130 years and their old-world boot-making is legendary (as are their prices).

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the link above. Please do!The Cannon is a classic Western boot  but with a more standard height heel. The boots are constructed with a premium suede goat leather and a leather sole. The boots are handcrafted in Texas using classic construction methods such as putting lemonwood pegs in the heel instead of nails, because they naturally expand and contract with the leather.I like the round toe – the boot has that Western flair, but it isn’t over the top for a casual New Jersey office, where a high heel and pointed toe can look a little over the top. And they  just look great with a pair of jeans.

The boots come in two colors: black and brown and have a great understated style.



Minimalist Delights from Kalon Studios: Made in USA

This weekend, I came across a line of absolutely beautiful minimalist furnishings from Kalon Studios. Each piece is boiled down to its essence, injected with a shot of whimsy and meticulously crafted from fine materials.  Here are some examples of their work:

The Divan Twin works for seating or sleepingEcho is one of several children’s collections, designed for the owners’ own brood.The No. 5 Series couch offers many modular options.Just looking at the pure simplicity and beauty of the Kalon Tray, I know it would be a joy to use.

See more at the Kalon Studios site.

Regards, Kathy

USA-Made Waterhog Mats Have Expanded from the Factory to the Family Home

If you’ve worked in a manufacturing or industrial setting, you probably already know today’s maker. But now, they’re moving into products for the home.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through some of the links in this post. Please do!Waterhog mats and rugs are everywhere in the industrial world, soaking up water or containing grease or protecting workers’ feet.

Their home products have much the same functions, but are way friendlier to look at. Above, top is the Daisy doormat, and above, bottom, the Boot Tray.You can even have your Waterhog Doormat personalized.

The latest designs are an even greater departure from the Waterhog’s beginnings.

See all the available designs at Plow and Hearth, go here.

Regards, Kathy



No, The Little America Backpack Isn’t Made in America

I find it really annoying when a product is marketed in such a way that it appears to be Made-in-USA when it’s not.

Screen-grab from Herschel Supply Website

The latest example I came across is made by Herschel Supply and it’s called “The Little America Backpack.” Unfortunately, it’s made in China. Not that it says that on the Company web site – I had to look up the country of origin on several vendor sites.

As I’ve said before, I wish that the labelling required by U.S. Customs applied to websites too: If the name of ANY location that is not the country of manufacture appears on the product, it must be accompanied by the words “Made in” or a comparable phrase, along with the actual country of manufacture. So, a pitch like, “Get a Splash of Miami with Florida Joe’s Aftershave,” would have to be followed immediately by “Made in Vietnam,” if that’s where it was actually manufactured. And, any mention of the Little America Backpack would have to be followed by “Made in China.”

Regards, Kathy

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