#52 Made in France Vol.6

Hey there, long time no see.

Here’s my volume number 6 about the great things we surprisingly still make in my country.

Maurice & moi (Maurice and me) is a Marseille based company which manufactures shoes in Mauléon-Licharre and May-sur-Evre (I have no idea where those places are either, just Google it). It was founded a couple years ago by two friends who decided to launch their brand while they were still in business school (fairly inspiring for me). Apart from the fact that they modernize typically French designs such as the espadrilles, without a “made in China” tag on them, the interesting thing is that they give 10% of their profits to micro-entrepreneurs worldwide (see Babyloan). A nice way to join the useful to the pleasant.

They do not indicate their stockists yet, but it should be online soon.

#51 Made in the USA Vol.7

It seems I’m a little obsessed with bags and leather goods, probably half of my “Made in the USA” series being about these items. Anyway, today I’m presenting you with Joshu + Vela, a young San Francisco based brand which manufactures bags and other small leather items. Each piece is custom made, the canvas and leather are dosmetically sourced, vintage sewing machines are used.

Cause that’s the way they roll.

Joshu + Vela products can be found in the USA (duh.), Germany and Taiwan.

Now dear reader, please behold.

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#50 Best Editorials

Via Fashion Gone Rogue

Barbara Fialho by Alexander Neumann for L’Officiel Paris

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Doutzen Kroes by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China June 2012

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Zuzanna Bijoch by Sebastian Kim for Numéro #133

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Viktorija by Santiago Ruisenor for Elle Mexico May 2012

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Daria Werbowy by Daniel Jackson for Vogue Australia June 2012

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Angela Lindvall by Koray Birand for Harpers Bazaar Turkey may 2012

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#49 Made in France Vol.5

Trémoulière is a young French brand that has the particularity of manufacturing its products in France, hence its place in my “made in France” series. They use materials mostly sourced from France, but also in Great Britain and Italy.

Inspired by the 60’s and 70’s when fashion was made indistinctly for both men and women, Trémoulière’s accessories would suit anyone. Indeed, in addition to the impeccable craftsmanship, the sleek designs are to be admired.

In short, if you are French like me, be stylish, be patriotic, buy Trémoulière.

If you are not, well, you are welcome to support our ever declining manufacturing industry, and be stylish at the same time.

Trémoulière products can be found in France, Italy, Japan, China and online, at Vestiaire Collective, StudioHomme and la Belle Echope.

Now dear reader(s), please behold.