I came home this evening and Kathy showed me an apron she purchased as a gift from Koda Organics. Koda was founded by Mario Matos, who, if you take a moment to read the company bio, started-off working in a sewing factory and went on to create Chameleon USA. Koda is an offshoot of that company and what sets it apart is the use of organic materials. Everything is handmade in Koda’s Georgia facility.The apron Kathy purchased was called the “Wescott,” which is made from a combination of 100 % organic cotton and organic vegetable-tanned leather. It came in attractive packaging, perfect if you want to send a direct gift.The Apron is very sturdy and Koda Organic uses rivets and grommets to provide added strength in key areas.
They come in a variety of styles from full bib to a short bistro style and can be ordered in a wide array of colors.Most aprons feature at least one pocket or multiple storage compartments. The full size apron has comfortable load-bearing cross-over back-straps that really allow you to dial in the fit.The Tanoak bistro apron shown above is made from full grain leather.
Looking for a more personalized apron? They can add your name and a logo for a nominal charge.
According to Kathy, her only suggestion to Koda Organics would be to offer a petite size for short-waisted women. She would not be able to wear the apron herself, because the chest section is too long for her torso. Other than that, we both really like the design and quality.
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.
For a limited time you can order the handcrafted Ben Franklin Beer Stein from Jacob Bromwell and save 50%. Normally $299, the stein will be priced at $150 through September 30.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The beer stein is made from pure copper with a specially applied hot tin interior. The Stein is hand made by artisans in Vermont and is period correct (Ben would approve).The stein holds 32 ozs of your favorite beverage. Not only does the copper finish look spectacular but it’s an excellent natural insulator so you will get to enjoy that cold beverage for a long time.If a cold beer just won’t do it for you then there is always the Bluegrass Mint Julep Tumbler. Also made from pure copper this tumbler will naturally develop a patina unless you are willing to put a little elbow grease into it and polish it back to its original luster.Finally, there is the classic Martini Glass. I wish I’d had this glass the one time I was young and goofy enough to actually order a martini “shaken, not stirred.”
We’ve been writing about The Grommet for a long time because of the large number of fun, unusual American-Made products they carry. One thing they don’t have: a lot of promotional discounts, so you’ll want to jump on their one-day Thank-You Sale on Friday, September 15. You’ll get 20% sitewide and you won’t need a coupon code. Here are some of our favorite products:
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do! The hand-crafted Repast Ravioli Rolling Pin produces perfect little pillows of pasta that won’t break open during cooking.Whether towing it behind a canoe or floating it in the pool, you will love grabbing cold drinks and food from the CreekKooler.Do you have a special place in your heart for a certain waterside location? The lake house you played in as a child, the site of the bayside cafe where you got engaged, the harbor where your family arrived in the USA? Now you can get a customized topographical artwork that beautifully maps these special bodies of water. We saw one of these in person and it is even more beautiful than it appears in pictures.If you appreciate your beer, The Cap Trap line of products will let you show it off. These laser-cut wooden maps of the USA, individual states and a variety of other fun shapes, are designed to be filled with the bottle caps of local brews. They are made in Tampa from Baltic birch plywood.The Swurfer and is a crazy-fun-looking swing developed by a surfer to prepare his kids for riding the waves.They’re colorful, they’re rugged and they let your kids assemble giant-sized dinosaur skeletons! What could be better? Check out these Boneyard Pets.These fish-inspired knives and corkscrews are perfect for the outdoorsy person.Motorcycle riders love these little Guardian Bells, since they are considered good luck charms.The New York Times Commemorative Book is always a fun gift, since it compiles the items that were in the news on Dad’s day if birth.This Maine-made Brahm’s Mount herringbone blanket is great for snuggling and is rugged enough to pass to the next generation.And finally, Cutting boards from Brooklyn Butcher Block will make your cooking and grilling even more enjoyable.
I’ve always enjoyed wearing my wedding ring and, when I was young, a silver puzzle ring. The down side? There have been a couple of occasions where bicycle crashes and other accidents have left me with a swollen finger and I had to have the rings cut off. So, the thought of a silicone ring with a bit of built-in flexibility is really appealing to me.Enso Rings manufactures a range of rings made from a hypo-allergenic silicone compound. The rings are also engineered with what they’re calling “Anti-Ring Avulsion Technology,” meaning that the ring breaks away and protects your finger. These rings also feature air flow channels that helps keep you finger dry.Enzo makes a complete line of rings for both men and women.
Here’s one of my favorites.