Todd Shelton is the all made in USA mens fashion designer from New Jersey (just outside NYC) that is setting a new standard in mens dress shirts. I had the pleasure of trying on the shirt above. The fabric is silky and light yet substantial. The collar folds down very neatly and doesn’t get in the way of my neck like so many do. The fit is trim/athletic without bunching or feeling tight. At $125, the shirt is priced better than similar Brooks Brothers shirts (some of which are made in USA) for a better style and fit. (see for yourself in the photo of me in the shirt, below).
I spoke with Todd himself last year sometime, when he didn’t have the smaller sizes yet. It was definitely worth the wait. Now I see that he also makes jeans, slacks, vests, t-shirts and sweaters, all made in USA. Some of the fabrics are domestic and some are imported. The cool thing about the website is that location of manufacturing and origin of fabric are both separately listed for each item. Also, rather than outsourcing his manufacturing to a third party, Todd owns his own production facility.
So if you are looking for quality up-to-date American-made mens clothing at a reasonable price (i.e. less than Brooks Brothers) Todd Shelton (toddshelton.com) is the place to go.
I was recently able to sample a travel journal from Gallery Leather. Leather-bound books are truly a luxury item and Gallery Leather also makes registers, schedulers, planners, journals, albums and other organizers. Gallery Leather (see www.galleryleather.com) is based in Maine where they have been crafting leather-bound books for the last 3 decades.
Made in USA Travel Journal
The travel journal that I have is bound in distressed/slightly faded matte brown leather, has a ribbon bookmark and 192 lined ivory pages. I don’t think that it’s right for me not to go sailing on a schooner around the world with this book tucked under my arm, recording my impressions. Did Charles Darwin use one of these on the HMS Beagle? Anyway, you get the picture – very impressive. Listed at $20 on the gallery leather website, this is a steal.
The selection of other leather-bound products at Gallery Leather is quite impressive. They actually make various such products wholesale for other brands as well and can be commissioned for custom work. Gallery Leather is the first leather bound notebook maker that I have run across recently – highly recommend!
I just made the switch from the iPhone to the Moto X from Google android a few days ago. I have been trying out Republic Wireless and was also interested in checking out the phone assembled in USA by Motorola which is now owned by Google. Republic Wireless requires you to buy the Moto X which is specifically made for them.
Not only is it exciting to hold a high-tech piece of consumer electronics which is assembled in USA but this is a hands down excellent phone. I have new functionality in capabilities that I did not have on the iPhone so I think I will stay with the Android universe. This is despite the fact that I have Macs in the house.
When I say assembled in USA, I don’t mean that every component in the phone is made in USA. That is virtually impossible these days in consumer electronics. But even having an assembled in USA piece of consumer electronics is a feat and accomplishment that Google and Motorola should be complemented for. The price on the phone is $299 with no contract which is a very good price. Good job, Google!
By the way this entire post was written on my new phone!
is an apparel company in Seattle that prints the logos of small, iconic, independently owned businesses on 100% cotton, USA Made T-Shirts that we then sell, returning a portion of the proceeds back to that business. The bait shop, a bowling alley, a record store, a tavern, a dairy farm. We sell the shirts via our website and through an exclusive partnership with Nordstrom stores. We’ve got a very unique story as we’re using fashion to get people to think about the small, independent businesses out there that are struggling in the face of the overwhelming marketing power of large brands and mega stores.
Our strategy is to promote and support the most iconic local businesses across the US in hopes that they can keep on doing what it is they do best. I’m including a bunch of press to what we’ve been up to.
Horses Cut Shop
Made from America
I recently bought more clothes from Joseph Abboud. I saw them on Bluefly.com and they were on sale as most of their items are. I wasn’t sure that they were made in usa, as bluefly isn’t the best on providing country of origin information online. However, the pants came and are made in USA, all 3 pairs. The fabric is imported, I believe. The quality and cut are excellent.
So I’m still recommending Joseph Abboud – reasonably priced designer menswear that’s still made in USA. Check out http://www.josephabboud.com/joa/
Ok, this is not a post about cheap or disposable made in usa pens. These exist and I currently have such pens in my business. It took me a while but now I have those. No, this post is about a pen I only dream of, about pens that are hand-made in Vermont out of copper and brass like an antique nautical instrument.
The Vermont Pen Company has a craftsmanship tradition that stretches back to 1791, according to their website. The pens look like something you’d find in the office of a CEO of a large corporation or other leader of the free world. They are made one at a time. They come in both ballpoing and fountain pen varieties. This is the sort of pen that should be passed down as an heirloom from one generation to the next. I find a striking similarity between The Vermont Pen Company and RGM Watches, which is a resurgent small watchmaker from Pennsylvania that makes luxury timepieces.
To find out more about Vermont Pen Company, please visit http://www.vermontpen.com.
My name is Marc Cirinna, I am a product manager at Besser Brake Pads (www.besserbp.com). We are a manufacturer of Brake Pads located in Hanover, MA. We are 100% made in the USA and for some reason we can not get off the ground. The Brake Pad industry is saturated with products that are coming from overseas at a lower quality and cheaper price. It’s too bad that this country does not recognize good quality even if it is at a higher cost. American Manufacturing is running out of time and I wish there was a way to fix it.
We are based out of Mass. we have been here for about 4 years, we have a 100% made in USA product. We are trying to break into the market but for some reason we cannot. Product is coming from overseas cheaper and no company in the US are willing to change the product once the price is right and it works, even if the quality is less. We have a better quality product, and our price is just a bit higher. We want to create jobs here and keep American manufacturing alive.
- Marc Cirinna
Of all the wonderful made in USA products that I’ve reviewed so far, the pair of Justin Boots that I just checked out may be the most beautiful item ever on this blog. Justin Boots has several factories and features made in USA boots and work shoes. Their parent company, Justin Brands, acquired Tony Lama in the past and have in turn been acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet’s company. They have continued growing, and the video on the Justin website, illustrates their commitment to increasing Justin Boots’ domestic production. They are definitely on the right track, or Warren Buffet would not have bought them!
The boots that I am reviewing are the Tan Damiana Cowhide, found on the Justin Boots “Handcrafted in USA” page: http://justinamerica.com/boots/Justin_Mens_Handcrafted_USA.html. These boots are quite simply a work of art. The leather tops are of an insane quality with a luster that’s difficult to appreciate online. These will get a lot of use. I had no idea that such quality and handsomeness could be gotten for so little! They retail for under $150-160 on various websites. Some boots that Justin sells are even less. Most handcrafted American shoes are around $300 or more, so these are a bargain at the same quality level. Right out of the box, these fit great and are a pleasure to walk in, but will get better as they break in.
I urge you to check out the Justin Boots website, www.justinusa.com or just pick up a pair online or at a retail store – you’ll wish you had earlier! Here’s where to buy: http://bit.ly/CAVJUSBR316
I just got a chance to review this beautiful chef’s knife from New West Knife Works. This beautiful knife is really a work of art. From the perfectly balanced razor ship blade (this one is a santoku) to multicolored hand-finished multi-layered handle, this knife screams “don’t you dare put me in the dishwasher or I’ll kill you!” It comes with it’s own leather sheath, but even then I’m afraid to leave it in the drawer with the other knives. New West Knife Works is committed to making the finest American chef knives.
Anyway, New West Knife Works and its affiliated Mountain Man Toy Shop are based in Jackson Wyoming. The latter offers various custom-made Damascus steel-style knives and various other gear for the mountain man in all of us. They even sell tomahawks. Here’s a link to their tomahawk drawing on Dec. 20. You just have to sign up for the newsletter. There’s also a drawing for a chef’s knife on the New West Knife Works site here.
From what I can tell, at least all the fixed blade knives are made in USA and many items are hand made. It’s nice to see a world-class knife maker in the US. These are knives that should keep for generations in a family and could be shown off in a glass display box.