Jeans That Show Your Team Colors: Made in USA

SkinnyJeans.com has given sports fans an extra incentive to buy their American-made jeans. Their new color choices include the colors of, “every major university and professional sports team in the USA.”

We checked and they’ve got out favorite team covered (Go Blue Devils!). How about yours?

Customized Clothing at Bow & Drape: Made in USA

Bow & Drape is a company that wants to give us a taste of the days when women had interactions and relationships with the local seamstress – except now we can do it from the comfort of home. You browse the online shop, pick a garment, choose the color, the fit and the embellishments. In 14 days, the item lands on your doorstep!
Here’s a peek at what they do:

Regards,
Kathy

Shaving in the USA: Part Two

In part two of the series on shaving we’re going to give you a breakdown of shave brushes and shave bowls, which you’ll need to hold the soap you went and purchased after the first post.

Hand Thrown Stoneware Shaving Mug
from A Suitable Wardrobe

Shave bowls or scuttles or soap mugs – whatever you want to call them – are basically intended to hold the soap while you make the lather. If it has a little spout for easy drainage of excess water, it’s typically called a scuttle.
Here is a selection of USA made products:

Stoneware Shave Mug from 
W.M. Neumann & Co
Ceramic Apothecary Mug from
Classic Shaving
Another place to look is Etsy, which is a popular market for handcrafted goods. You’ll find some really beautiful hand thrown pottery made by artisans. Here are just a few examples:
Nicole Pangas’ shaving mugs
for zombie afficianados

I just really like Nicole’s stuff!

Dark Blue Dottie Shaving Bowl
by Symmetrical Pottery

These cool shaving bowls are made to order.

So now you have soap and  a mug or scuttle. Next, you will need a shave brush. The best are made from badger or boar hair. The shave brush does a great job of getting the soap to a lather fast, separates whiskers to ensure an even coating and just feels great. Cleaning and caring for your shave brush are fairly simple and again we will refer you to the videos by geofatboy of Shave Nation.

Here is a sampling of shave brushes made in the USA.

Owen & Stork Silvertip Badger brush
Walnut and badger brush from
Flint and Tinder
from Above the Tie
Burl Wood Badger Shaving Brush
from PC Woodcraft
Irish Bog Oak and Badger Brush
from Ultimate Pen

Chop Chop! Five Beautiful Cutting Boards Made in USA

Yoav Liberman Cutting Boards

I recently stopped for breakfast in a bakery in Somerville, MA called Biscuit. The food was great and on the way out I spotted a small display of very cool handmade cutting boards for sale. I took a closer look and saw they were made by a New York artisan named Yoav Liberman. If I hadn’t just bought a new cutting board, I would have grabbed one.

WillCuttingBoards

The wood for WILL brand Cutting Boards is reclaimed from trees harvested in the Pacific Northwest, then hand-crafted in Eugene, Oregon

Epicurean Cutting Boards

As for the cutting board I just purchased, it was made in the USA by Epicurean. The reason I like their products is because they are dishwasher safe and I’ve always worried about germs on cutting boards. The boards are made from wood fibers and food-safe resin.

KnifeBlock USA Cutting Board

KnifeBlock USA, located in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, is the source for this beautiful cutting board. The owner, Rick, has been working with wood for more than 30 years. To see a slide show of his creations, go here.

Krug and Ryan Cutting Board

Krug and Ryan, located on Martha’s Vineyard, turns out lovely creations like the one seen above. Because each piece is carefully made by hand from high quality wood, the company offers a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in craftsmanship.

Going in a totally different direction, we have the modern, clean-lined Dexas product line, which are called “Chop and Scoops.” Made of plastic, their bendability allows them to go from cutting surfaces to scoops.

Regards,
Kathy

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