Bright and Colorful Bags From A-U: Made in USA

AU is a Lewiston, Maine company that produces large and small tote bags, rugged wax cotton bags and duffles, and durable nylon zip bags.

Their laminated cotton bags come in bold, colorful patterns created by Maine Textile Graphic Designer Erin Flett. The bags are durable, stain resistant and water resistant.

French Tote
Grande Open Totes
Zip Sprint Bag


Cotton Fabric Sourced and Made in the USA

You’ve heard of food that goes from “Farm to Table”? American Made Brand follows a similar philosophy, except they’re bringing fabric from the farm to the sewing machine. Their cotton is grown in the U.S., spun into yarn at a US mill, woven by one of the oldest weaving companies in the country and made beautiful by one of America’s largest dye works. The beautiful results are above.

The products are being marketed to quilters and the company is now running a contest for the best quilt made with their fabrics.

Another Cool Kickstarter Project: A Book of Hands

As I was searching around the Kickstarter site I came across this book proposal by Christian Wilson from Boston MA called “Human by Trade.” I wanted to give the project its own post, because its funding date isn’t that far away and I think it’s a really great idea. Since we focus a lot on tradespeople, I’d hate to see a book that celebrates them go unpublished. 
The coffee table book is a photo journal of people across the country who use their hands to make a living and in many cases a craft. Whether you are a boat builder a brewer or a bicycle mechanic your hands are as important as any tool you will use and tell a great story all on their own. As it states on the web page: “Human by Trade” is a photojournalistic exploration of tradespeople and a detailed look at the experience and legacy their hands reveal. Below are the worn and stained hands of a silversmith.

Human by Trade

In Brief: USA-Made Alternatives to Fruit of the Loom

Fruit of the Loom has decided to close a factory in Jamestown, Kentucky and lay off 600 people in a county that only has about 8,000 workers. The work is being moved to Honduras. The company believes this will help them to make more money – but that will only be true if you keep buying their products. Here are ten alternatives:

Flint and Tinder
American Apparel
Duluth Trading
BGreen Organic Apparel
Union House
Hanky Panky
Wickers moisture-wicking underwear

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