Category Archives: Men’s Clothing

Flannel-Lined Trucker Jacket: Made in USA

What could be better on a Fall day than a flannel shirt or a good-looking lightweight jacket? How about combining them both? That’s what Flint and Tinder has done with their Flannel Lined Trucker Jacket.

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Martexin 7-ounce sailcloth from New Jersey is waxed on both sides for water resistance.It’s fully lined with 100% cotton flannel in a herringbone pattern.It makes for a really stylish jacket that is fully functional with two hand-warmer pockets and a button-down chest pocketThe jacket is made in Los Angeles.

Regards,

Paul

Canvas Jackets For Him and Her: Made in USA

I stepped outside this morning to walk the dog and realized something: it’s getting cool out there!  The day has come when I’m going to need something a little more substantial than a long sleeve shirt. Then, with perfect timing, we received an American Giant Catalog in this afternoon’s mail and I was immediately drawn to the canvas jackets for him and her.The Mechanics Jacket and Utility Shell are both made from a heavy duty water resistant canvas. The men’s jacket is partially lined while the women’s isn’t.Both the men’s and women’s jackets comes in two colors; Cargo Green and Raven Black. The women’s jacket features an A-Line silhouette while the men’s jacket features elasticized shoulder gussets which allows for greater freedom of movement.Finally, the men’s jacket also features a waist adjustment if you like a slimmer fit. Both garments are made in Oakland, California.

I have a barn jacket that is coming to the end of  its useful life and now I have a good idea of what I will be replacing it with.

Regards,

Paul

Denim Trucker Jacket: Made in USA

Whenever I see an American-made denim jacket I just have to check it out. This latest addition is a trucker style from Flint and Tinder offered by Huckberry.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The origin of the nickname “Trucker” is an unusual story. Supposedly it came from the Japanese, who pictured it being worn and broken in best by American long-haul drivers. Originally made from only raw selvage denim, the jackets would, after miles of wear, take on that great personalized fading that means so much to denim fans.What’s different about this jacket is that it’s made from a 2% stretch fabric that allows for freer movement. It’s cut a little longer than typical denim jackets and has a more modern slim cut. The jacket features two inner pockets and two hand warmer pockets along with a Type 1 chest pocket. The jacket is pre-washed for added softness and features button closures.While some people question the denim-on-denim look, I have always thought it worked really well, especially with the darker denim washes.

Regards,

Paul

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

Old Bull Lee: Board Shorts and More

The other day Kathy commented on the fact that I am still wearing cargo shorts and suggested it was time for an upgrade. So, off we went in search of American-made shorts and we came across Old Bull Lee. This California-based firm produces a line of shorts, Oxford shirts and some pretty uniquely-patterned board shorts. I really liked what I saw and decided to give owner Lee Johnson a call to hear a little back story:For starters, I asked where the name Old Bull Lee came from. It’s a bit of a long story but Lee started his career as an architect and realized that he didn’t want to work in a place where somebody else’s name was “on the door”. Thinking about potential names for a business of his own, he wanted to use his first name, Lee, but also remembered that something had struck him about the character “Old Bull Lee” in the book On The Road by Jack Kerouac. The character was modeled on William F Burrows, which just spoke to him.
Lee grew up on the East Coast and was one of those guys who would pretty much wear shorts year-round. So, as he put it, he woke up one morning and said to himself, ‘I’m going to start a company making shorts. Easy right?”

Now, he admits it was a lot more difficult than he thought. Lee made the first pair of shorts himself, but they were a bit of a train wreck, so he started utilizing American contract manufacturers to produce his wares. The company is 6 years old and has three full time employees.By the way, if you’re like me and don’t know what board shorts are, think of them as swim trunks without the elastic waistband – the kind surfers wear.While Old Bull Lee products are produced in America, like many other makers, Lee’s search for fabrics took him overseas. There is a fairly detailed explanation of the process behind the printing and manufacturing of the clothing on the site if you’d like to know more.Lee feels that, American-Made is part of the appeal of a product, it is the uniqueness of the designs that draws people in. When I asked whether there is anything new on the horizon, he stated that changes will be organic and over time, more of an extension of the existing product offerings.

Finally, Lee spoke about his interaction with his customers. He said he enjoys making sure that each person gets just  the right fit and is satisfied with their purchase because  a “happy customer is the best advertisement”

Regards,

Paul