Made in Faribault, Minnesota—where they know a thing or two about cold—these 100% merino wool blankets look as cozy as they do cute. The Dot Throws are a result of Faribault Mill’s longstanding collaborations with U.S. businesses, in this case updating a 1950s design for an airline in olive, silver and charcoal for today’s palettes. We’ll take one of each please!
A group of creative folks in Los Angeles is making chambray shirts more (in their words) cosmic. The project reinvents the 70-year-old label Coast Wide by updating their American-made, denim button-downs with modern cuts, Japanese fabrics and hand-embroidered designs. With imagery such as lunar phases and geometric patterns adorning each limited-edition piece, the workwear staples get gorgeous one-of-a-kind embellishment without looking like a page from a Grateful Dead coffee table book.
via Cool Hunting
Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!
1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)
3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.
While few might actually read an entire Dr. Bronner’s label, you may have noticed three simple words—Made in U.S.A.—printed within the famed poetic Moral ABCs. That commitment to domestic production is a small but core principle in the “all-one” philosophy behind a family-run company with over five generations of soapmaking heritage. It’s one more reason to make Dr. Bronner’s soap (one of the purest out there) a staple at home, on the road, and anywhere you need a multipurpose cosmetic solution.
Like a sentimental piece of jewelry, one of the reasons we like wearing U.S.-made fashion is for the reminder of what it symbolizes. Liberty United, a jewelry line launched earlier this summer, makes wearing their “remade in the USA” accessories even more meaningful by using metal and bullet shells repurposed from illegal weapons seized by law enforcement. Designed by one of our favorite NYC jewelry-makers Giles & Brother (sister-brother duo Courtney and Philip Crangi), the anti-gun violence rings, bracelets and necklaces of the debut collection each feature the serial number of the decommissioned gun and can be custom engraved for a piece that makes multiple statements.
Cher is back! In spite of her recently announced “Farewell” tour, we’re not talking about the singer. No, this is the Cher Dress from Mary Meyer returning for the second fall season in a row. Channeling Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, everyone’s favorite blonde from the movie “Clueless,” the flannel frock updates the late ’90s grunge style for today. Available in green or brown in 100% cotton, it’s handmade in New York. In the words of Cher, don’t be a “fashion victim” or “ensembly challenged,” get this dress before it sells out like last year!
Last week’s launch of the Hickoree’s pop-up at Americana brand Shinola’s new Tribeca outpost celebrated two leaders in keeping U.S. manufacturers in business and getting their goods into consumer’s hands. Their collaboration takes it one step further with a limited-edition picnic basket that Hickoree’s stocked with Balsa wood airplanes and other toys, as well as candy and snacks such as Side Project beef jerky. Available at the Shinola store only through this Sunday, August 11th, 2013, you can also add a picnic blanket, napkins and treats from the in-house Smile cafe for a chic instant picnic!
We’ve long admired Alabama Chanin’s couture-like approach to making handcrafted products with new, organic and recycled materials. And like us, founder Natalie Chanin’s commitment to the “Made in the USA” label shows in everything she does, most recently with last February’s launch of Basics, a line of clean, everyday garments to wear with everything.
A great choice from the new collection that’s perfect for summer heat, we’re coveting their lightweight Halter Top. The simple shirt is made from 100% organic cotton jersey and completely hand-stitched down to the adjustable halter that allows you to decide just how much skin to show. With a length that hits at the hip, we’d wear one with a cropped pair of Habitual Angelinas in a cigarette leg for a flirty but casual look on a night out.
For a minimalist look with a totally “now” edge, new design studio Leon + Bella’s first product line consists of limited-edition totes and backpacks in neon-accented leather and canvas. The brand tags itself “Americana,” embodying the concept throughout by making all their products in the USA, and by balancing a commitment to quality and attention to detail with an unfussy elegance. This laid-back approach makes the accessories as suitable for the beach as for the boardroom. We’d happily pair a Leon + Bella with our Habitual Angelina jean for any “summer fun” occasion.