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.
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.
The folks at Huckberry have just introduced a collection of gear inspired by G.I. Joe – and it includes some very cool American-made items.
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..Years 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.…and a boxer if that’s your preference.
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.
This G.I. Joe Logo Tee comes from a Philadelphia-based brand called The Decades. The Slub Pocket Tee comes was made by a Flint and Tinder.
The Cobra Commander Jacket was also made by The Decades.
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
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.The Overnight Weekender Duffel.A gorgeous toiletries bag, also called a Dopp kit.Combination leather and fabric woman’s cross body purse.Men’s leather briefcase.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 The 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.