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Triple Aught Design: Duffel Bags and Backpacks Made in America

I keep finding cool, American-made bags and backpacks online. The only problem is that each design has something I really like and it keeps me from making the all-important decision: which should I buy?

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!My latest discovery is Triple Aught Design, a California-based firm that designs gear for the adventurist. According to their website, the name Triple Aught Design comes a unit of measurement: “Engineers and machinists use 000 (triple aught) as shorthand for a thousandth of an inch, which has been the high standard of precision tolerance for over a century.”The Azimuth pack, above, is made with weather-resistant material, has 33 liters of storage and can pack in its own pocket.The Fast Pack Litespeed, left, holds 22 liters and the Azimuth Packable Backpack on the right holds 19 liters.

Another thing I like about the company is their transparency about which products use domestic or imported fabric.




Korchmar Leather Goods: Made in USA for 100 Years

Today, we’d like to celebrate an American family firm that has passed an important milestone: 100 years in business!

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!We’ve mentioned Korchmar before in a discussion on Made in USA dopp kits. This time, we decided to look a little further into this fourth-generation family business that started a century ago in Cincinnati.From the stylish Dunbar valet tray above to the Garfield Bomber Bag shown at the top of the post, the range of leather goods offered by the company is impressive and the prices are relatively affordable compared to other high-end leather goods.

I pride myself on traveling light and I would love to see just how many days worth of gear I could pack into the  beautifully-styled Lux Twain Weekender. The Twain is lined with a 6.4 oz. twill pattern fabric and features brass hardware.If a full leather bag is not your thing, you can always opt for the  waxed canvas/leather combo offered on the Sawyer Briefcase.

Please shop carefully as not all Korchmar items are made in America. The link at the beginning of the post will bring you to  items that are.

To see an inspiring video produced to celebrate Korchmar’s 100th anniversary, go here.



New Men’s Product Line Inspired by G.I. Joe

gijoe0The folks at Huckberry have just introduced a collection of gear inspired by G.I. Joe – and it includes some very cool American-made items.gijoe12

The G.I. Joe Quarter Century Jacket was designed by RPM. It gets its lines from a vintage deck jacket and gets its lining design from G.I. Joe comic elements. Its quality is guaranteed for a full 25 years – hence the “quarter Century” name. The jacket is made from US-made 12oz duck canvas, which is more tightly woven and stronger than other canvas fabrics..gijoe7Years ago, every young boy’s favorite underwear had G.I. Joe on them. Now, underwear-maker extraordinaire Flint and Tinder has brought back an adult-size replica brief.gijoe13…and a boxer if that’s your preference.gijoe3

This limited-edition G.I. Joe duffel bag is made in the USA by Hudson Sutler, a company known for its heavy duty construction.

So is the G.I. Joe Dopp Kitt.

gijoe10This G.I. Joe Logo Tee comes from a Philadelphia-based brand  called The Decades. gijoeThe Slub Pocket Tee comes was made by a Flint and Tinder.

gijoe9The Cobra Commander Jacket was also made by The Decades.

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Various other tees and caps round out the American-made portion of the collection.

Unfortunately, Huckberry fumbled the ball with the G.I. Joe boots. In my opinion, seeing an imported boot from Eastland, a company that also makes similar boots in Maine, was a disappointment

Meet the Lifetime Leather Company: Made in USA

I have come to the realization that, as soon as I think I have a handle on the number of companies making leather goods in the USA, another one comes to my attention. So check out some of these beautiful items from Lifetime Leather Company, located in Arizona. Whether it is a mason jar cozy, dopp kit, duffel or woman’s cross body purse, there’s a wide selection of handmade leather goods in full grain, vegetable-tanned leather with hand-stitching.91A5V1gJW8L._SY500_The Overnight Weekender Duffel.LifetimeLeather_doppkitA gorgeous toiletries bag, also called a Dopp kit.LifetimeLeather_bagCombination leather and fabric woman’s cross body purse.LifetimeLeather_briefcaseMen’s leather briefcase.81h0pjvoGZL._SY500_This Leather cozy makes a mason jar something special.

There are also a few waxed canvas items thrown in for good measure and even items made from wild boar. What is cool about the boar hides is TyBowmanThe owner of the business, Ty Bowman, had a serious accident as a teenager that required him to spent 8 months in bed. That’s when he grew to love making things with his hands.



Bradley Mountain Bags: Made in USA

I was browsing through the Huckberry site when I discovered the Bradley Mountain brand. I’m a big fan of waxed canvas but so far,  I only own one item: a tool roll for my bicycle tools. So I tend to  linger over photos of great-looking waxed-canvas accessories, hoping that today will be the day my old imported nylon bag breaks and I have an excuse to pick up something really sweet.
WeekenderBagIt’s tough to hold back, though, looking at a the Bradley Mountain Weekender bag. When I think of a weekend outdoors or a getaway to some exotic place, I picture myself throwing my gear into a bag like this and hitting the road.

imageCheck out the texture of the Martexin waxed canvas, the solid copper rivets, the metal zipper and the organically-processed, oiled leather.BlackweekenderBagIt’s also available in black. accessories-pipe-roll-black-6_grandeUSApiperollThey also have waxed canvas pipe rolls in black and brown. The image of easing back in my Eames Lounge Chair and pulling out a pipe roll is a really cool one, except I don’t smoke.