Category Archives: Made in USA

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.

Regards,

Paul

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.)

Regards,

Paul

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.

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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..

Regards,

Paul

Brooklyn Slate: Made in USA

Brooklyn Slate Co. was founded in 2009 by Kristy Hadeka and Sean Tice. Inspiration came after visiting the slate quarry in upstate New York owned by Kristy’s family. What at first started as a simple project started to get noticed by friends and a business was born.A lot of care goes into selecting the slate pieces that they will sell.  Color (you can order black or red), thickness and finish are all considered. Pieces are  treated with a food safe mineral oil to protect the slate from staining. Even the burlap packaging has been thought-out, not just to be green, but to work with the natural look of slate. A piece of soapstone is included so you can write on the slate.I enjoy entertaining and I have no doubt that if I had a few items from Brooklyn Slate on my table that they would be noticed. There’s something really cool about offering guests a great selection of cheeses or charcuterie on a natural piece of slate. Better yet, how about setting down a fine Scotch on a slate coaster? You can even have the slate engraved.The slate items are all Made-in-the-USA as are some of the other collaboration pieces, like the coffee mugs shown above. Their speckled appearance is the result of clay mixed with ground slate. American-made items are clearly marked. The few items not marked with a country-of-origin are assumed to be imported..

Regards,

Paul