As we move towards Independence Day, we’d like to highlight some companies who are making great things in the United States. We encourage you to share with us any companies we should look to for ‘Made in America’ excellence and quality.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of purchasing domestically and shopping locally. We must support the businesses and companies who strive for excellence in craft and manufacturing, those who provide fair wages and proper working conditions for their employees, and companies who take pride in their products.
These are types of companies that, at one point in time, were abundant in my North Alabama manufacturing community.
I frequent A Continuous Lean, and am always moved by the beautiful images and stories. A recent post about Huge, a Japanese magazine whose June issue focuses on products and manufacturing here in America, is beautifully inspiring. Huge shares with readers some companies doing great things.
One featured company is Archival Clothing, whose manufacturing is based in Oregon. They make an array of stylish bags, varying in size and function. Their company values resonated strongly with our team at Alabama Chanin, as they believe, “Perhaps over time, our efforts will help to stimulate the domestic market and encourage US manufacturers to expand their offerings. We hope you will help us with that. We stand behind all of our products, the ones we make and the ones we offer in our store.”
Other finds that are made in the USA include hand-stitched bags and leather goods from Wood & Faulk. Matt Pierce, the builder, designer, and visionary behind Wood & Faulk, shares beautifully photographed DIY projects on his online journal, taking us through the making process step-by-step.
I would love to have one of Stanley & Sons leather lap aprons to wear while doing some work around the house and yard. Absolute beauty. Stanley & Sons hand-make their products to order in Brooklyn, NY. “This production process makes it possible to give closer attention to the details and construction that is important when crafting a product built to last.”
The Summer 2012 issue of Refueled Magazine features ‘styled heritage’ and reflects on the American dream- including focus on USA Handmade goods, BillyKirk’s leather hats, bags, and belts, and Strawfoot’s lovely waxed canvas totes.
Matt Edmensen of Imogene + Willie, who was featured in our MakeShift pop-up shop at Billy Reid in New York, speaks on their jeans in an interview with Refueled, ”We honor an age-old tradition: our jeans are made in America, by Americans. What we can’t sew in-house we outsource to other makers in Small Town, USA. We all take a lot of pride in our brand and quality is job one.”
Another Nashville-based designer, Otis James, was Winner of the Fashion Category for Garden&Gun’s Made in the South Awards in 2011. James designs and hand-crafts bowties, neckties, and caps in his Nashville studio.
Above is just a sampling of the many, many designers, artisans, crafters, companies, and manufacturers that are making in the United States.
Tell us your favorites and check back for more Made in America until July 4th.
P.S.: The ‘Made in the USA’ prints featured in the first image are those of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., friend and letterpress-artist from Gordo, Alabama.