Amy Matto is a woman’s apparel designer and maker based in the New York garment district. In a previous post, I reviewed humorous t-shirts from Amy Matto that are made in USA with a tongue-in-cheek jab at off-shoring to China. That was my introduction to Amy Matto, however, my eyes got big when I scanned her online collection of dresses that are made in USA.
Really, the designs are timeless and classy but also very exciting and modern. The picture below is of the Jane V-neck dress from the Spring 2015 collection. The quality is very high The dress is made of 100% Italian silk) and retails $304. It is unlined, but I think that is appropriate for spring/summer.
What was striking about Amy Matto’s collection overall is not just the apparent quality, but the versatility of the design. The majority of the product is right at home in office, casual and going out environments.
Given price and quality, I would purchase Amy Matto over the Chinese junk offered at BCBG and the like any day, yet the pricing is not much higher for her dresses that are made in USA and not China. Frequently, the fabrics are Italian. Some of the dresses are on sale for under $100! No brainer! Why buy Gucci or Chanel when you have Amy Matto?
Amy Matto is a New York-based fashion designer. Reviewing her line of women’s clothing, it appears that everything is made in USA, in New York. The dresses are quite eye-catching with a variety of styles from beach to office. (Note to self – get one for wife…). Meanwhile, she launched a set of t-shirts for men and women that say “made in usa” in Chinese characters, to poke fun at outsourcing in the clothing industry. I guess it means that we could end up even outsourcing the words “made in USA” to the Chinese language. :))
Here is a pic of me in the Chinese “made in USA” shirt (which is made in USA, by the way).
The shirt retails for $38 on the AmyMatto.com website. It’s definitely a quality tee. Highly recommend on the dresses, from what I’ve seen, by the way!
I had long ago despaired of finding American made silverware (correct term is flatware if it’s not made of silver). When I was getting married 10 years ago, we considered what to put on the bridal registry for flatware. We looked at Oneida and Lennox and they were all imported. We finally settled on a Lennox, made in Korea, although I wasn’t thrilled about it.
To my surprise, I was recently contacted by Greg Owens, the CEO of Sherill Manufacturing, and introduced to his company’s line of beautiful flatware – the only flatware currently produced in the USA! Reading on the Sherill Manufacturing website, the story goes that Sherill used to be an OEM manufacturer for Oneida after acquiring their domestic production infrastructure in Sherill, New York in 2005. Then Oneida shifted all production overseas, forcing Sherill to change plans and develop its own designs and brand of flatware – Liberty Tabletop. After the ups and downs of recession, Liberty Tabletop is out in full force, with multiple designs of place settings, service settings, steak knives and accessories.
Liberty Tabletop Pinehurst
I was able to sample the Pinehurst place setting (see pictured). This set is of excellent quality – perfect finish on all edges, even weight and a pleasant texture of the handle. The price is roughly the same as a middle-range Oneida set, which is made in China as far as I know and have been able to research.
Liberty Tabletop Pinehurst
To me, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re buying a decent set of flatware or are considering a bridal registry item, it makes no sense to buy Chinese or Pakistani or some other junk made with who knows what (made with lead, possibly?). Buy the good stuff, keep fellow Americans employed and the money circulating here instead of flowing overseas and making the Taliban rich. Visit libertytabletop.com.
Detecto eye level professional scale
Detecto is a major manufacturer of scales. It seems that almost all scales are made in China these days, certainly anything you would but at Bed Bath and Beyond. I purchased a scale similar to the one above for less the $150 online and it’s made in USA! The quality is really high also. I don’t see how you could get a better value by buying Chinese. Also, they make lots of other scales for all applications. I don’t know if they are all made in USA but it seems that a large part are and that the company is proud of manufacturing in USA.
Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift idea? Why get Dad the usual gift card or tie? Why not some quality made in USA clothing?
I have the pleasure to again review a product from Osmium, an East Coast-based mens clothing company. The Tradesman Vest is a steal for $135 (now on sale for $105 for Father's Day). This casual vest is made from cotton twill with a column of 5 metal buttons for a hip/retro look. The fit and feel of the material are perfect. The vest in made in Connecticut, USA and the fabric is domestic. It can be worn casually, with jeans or chinos. This is the most popular item on Osmium.com.
Osmium also announced a new product, the Sawyer Shirt. This shirt is made from luxurious Japanese chambray fabric and made in Massachusetts. Osmium has a full line of mens dress shirts in a variety of interesting fabrics.
You can buy from Osmium directly through their website, Osmium.com.
I’m a cosmetic surgeon and recently added breast augmentation with implants to my list of services at my surgery center, Celebrity Laser Spa. There are 2 main brands of breast implants in the US – Mentor and Allergan. They are both high-quality and have FDA approval. However, I was shocked to find out that Allergan implants are made in Costa Rica, yet cost more! I would have expected the other way around! Also, as a new account, I got an even better deal with Mentor.
Mentor proudly advertises their made in USA credentials, too. Way to go guys!
Here is their website: Mentorwwllc.com
Dyer & Jenkins is a recent start-up Los Angeles-based men’s clothing manufacturer. I first heard about them on Kickstarter in 2013. It looks like they were successful! I was able to sample their high-rise straight leg jeans and knit sweatshirt. The quality of the fabric is excellent – tough and durable. I’m not sure I should wash them, since it would make them softer (and less manly? The fly uses copper rivet buttons instead of a zipper. The stitching is tight and features special touches. A rear belt loop attached diagonally :)) The sweatshirt is light and also shows a flair in its stitching. Overall, impeccably made, stand-out clothes that guys from all backgrounds will like.
The team behind D&J appears to really take their mission of manufacturing in USA and supporting American jobs seriously. I look forward to more exciting products from them. D&J clothing can be purchased both online from the website, www.dyerandjenkins.com as well as from retailers in California, Texas, and New York.