10 Spring Jackets for Men: Made in USA

Last week, we did a post on spring jackets for women. Now it’s the guys’ turn. Check out these fashionable items made in America.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through some of the links in this post. Please do!The Remy Hi-Density Jacket is made of weather resistant microfiber with a leather collar. There are multiple light jackets from Rag & Bone this season.
Helmet Lang denim and “destroyed denim” are both available.
How about these denim jackets from Frame?
This Filson waxed canvas jacket comes from a well-known American heritage brand.The Sodo moisture-wicking zip-up jacket comes in two colors.Need a rain slicker? This one’s from American Trench.

What’s New at Blade and Blue? Lots of Made-in-USA Menswear

I decided to check-in with Blade + Blue to see the newest designs. This San Francisco company was founded in 2013 with inspiration from menswear of the 1950s and 60s. Clothing is produced in small batches and fresh designs are always popping up.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!The newest items can be seen here. The collection includes retro short sleeve sport shirts…A couple of lightweight jackets…Casual long-sleeve shirts…A selection of tees…Some colorful new belts and more.  Check them out!

Regards, Kathy

Back in the USA: Mini-Bike Maker Finds Success At Home

Last year, Monster Moto, a maker of mini-bikes and go-karts for young riders, returned its factory from China to the USA.  It was a risky move and the exact opposite of what many other manufacturers see as the key to success.Still, the plan seems to be working, having caught the attention of major retailers. According to a recent NY Times article, demand for Monster Moto products has increased significantly and the company hopes to more than double its work force of 40.

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The company makes items like the mini-bikes and go-karts above. Monster Moto cannot yet use the “Made in USA” label on the products that come out of its new Louisiana facility. It qualifies only for the “Assembled in USA” designation because so many of the parts that make up its products are no longer available in the USA. The company’s CEO, Alex Keechle, told the Times, “There’s just no way to source parts in America right now, but by planting the flag here, we believe suppliers will follow.”


The Minimalist Wallet from Spine: Made in USA

I decided it was time for an update on a wallet line we wrote about last summer because I really like the new finishes and engravings.

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The Spine wallet is made by brothers Josh (the machinist) and Caleb (the designer) Barclay, an Arizona-based duo. They continue to refine their minimalist design, which is touted as one of the thinnest out there. At .0625″ it still retains one of most important features you need other than the ability to hold your cards and cash: a built in bottle opener.The wallet is offered in a Grade 5 Titanium which is 40% lighter than steel, ID theft resistant and non-magnetic.
Of the finishes offered I think my favorite is Unicorn Vomit, shown above. The colors are great and the name certainly sets it apart.Like a great leather wallet, I imagine that the standard copper wallet will develop a beautiful patina over time that will tell a story.The Damascus wallet above is made from 5 different metals that are placed in 13 layers and then folded over 5 times before being etched to reveal the unique textures.

Some of the finishes noted above are not available on Huckberry, you can check them out on the Spine site.



Snap-On Tools: What’s the Story?

A lot of people are curious about the Snap-On Tool Company after President Trump selected its Wisconsin headquarters as the  place to sign his latest executive order, which he calls, “Buy American and Hire American.

Trump at the Snap-On headquarters on April 18, 2017. One of the company’s familiar tool chests can be seen in the background.

Snap-on is an American company, but it has manufacturing facilities around the world – not just in the USA – and a recent report posted on its web site makes clear that it intends to build even more overseas facilities.

So it’s not entirely clear why this company and not one committed to full American manufacturing was chosen for the presidential event, although Reince Priebus did attend the local high school. In any case, let’s take a closer look at the firm.

The company was called the “Snap-On Wrench Company” when it was formed in 1920 and customers loved their groundbreaking ideas about interchanging wrench parts. The company made ten sockets that “snapped-on” to five interchangeable handles, an idea that changed the entire tool industry. They also made the unusual decision to sell their tools through visits to work sites and not through stores. In the 30s, they were the first in the tool industry to offer credit to customers.

The president stands outside one of the vans that visit job sites to sell the tools.

The company was no shrinking violet when it came to expanding overseas. According to the web site, “Snap-on entered the international arena in 1931.”  Today, Snap-on is worth over $3 billion and is listed on the Standard &Poors 500. It employs 6700 people at its ten American facilities. If financial industry estimates of a total workforce of close to 11,500 employees worldwide is correct, there are some 4800 foreign employees.

The Snap-On website has one of those infuriating search features that delivers zero results for “USA” even though it has product pages that clearly contain it. So, while you can’t browse American-made items, once you click on a product page, the country of origin is clearly marked.

Regards, Kathy

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