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Meet Wilson and Willy’s: American Made

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.



Kickstarter Heartbreak: Why Isn’t This Made-in-USA Project Funded Yet?

Note: This story has a happy ending. The Bollman-Kangol project reached it’s fundraising goal with minutes to spare!


Over the last two months I have been watching with frustration the painfully slow climb in funds on the Bollman Hat Company’s Kickstarter campaign. The project was launched in hopes of bringing the Kangol Hat brand to the USA. Part of the reason for the relatively high goal of $100K was that a group of very unique knitting machines – which are in China – must be moved to Adamstown, PA.

0258BC_CL607_MAINI was thrilled when Kathy told me for Christmas that she had ordered a style 504 cap for me through the Kickstarter program, knowing it would be made in the USA, most likely by people I met when we visited the factory. That really means something to me.

However, with only a few days to go they are just short of the halfway point of the fund raising goal and really need your help. Now, if I had won the PowerBall drawing last night I would make the donation necessary, not just because I want to own a hat made here, but because I want to see more American jobs created.030I can’t quite figure out why this wasn’t an instant success since these hats have been seen on just about every celebrity in Hollywood at one time or another.

004So please, if you’re at all interested in helping to bring work back here to the U.S., check out the campaign. Not only could you own a really cool hat (if Samuel L Jackson wears one, then you know it is cool), for a large enough donation you could have the factory named after you.



Hats off to the USA!


Ok, so I love hats, but my wife thought I looked a little silly the first time I put on my Harris Tweed Ivy Cap from Hats in the Belfry

I don’t know if I look any less silly now or if she’s just getting used to it, but I’ve been happily wearing it all winter without comment (Hmm, wonder how she’d react to a fedora…).

The following four companies all make men’s hats in the US and the styles cover a full range. So whether you’re a gentlemen out for a Sunday drive, a guy who admires the Rat Pack and their Fedoras, or an aspiring cowboy, here are a few places you should check out.

Shown: Belfry Paine Murino Wool Fedora (left) and Belfry Tammany Wool Lined Derby Hat.

Shown: Heritage Pauly (left) and The Doctor.

Bollman Hat Co.
Has multiple brands including the Country Gentleman line, shown above.  Check out a video about their deep American roots.

And of course, there’s Stetson, the storied maker of American western hats. Check out their video here: