If I was a buyer at Man Paris, I would order…
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.
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.
Now dear reader(s), please behold.
Bexar Goods Co. is brand based in San Antonio, TX which manufactures (great) bags and accessories. I already mentionned it here in my third volume about American made products but I felt I should focus even more on their products and their history.
The Bexar Goods Co. team is composed of three members of the same family (a geologist, a designer and a mountaineer) who basically decided to come together to hand craft goods that will probably last longer than you.
They use leather from one of the older tanneries in the USA, Horween leather based in Chicago, which I (unfortunatelly) did not have the time to visit when I was there, and canvas from one of the oldest textile supplier in the USA.
Now, enough with the chitchat.
And as a bonus, a great video about the making of their waxes canvas carry!
Here is what Who’s next & Première Classe Facebook page says:
“For more than 20 years, WHO’S NEXT & PREMIERE CLASSE have aimed at defending creation.
From young designers to well-established brands, from urban labels to craftsmen, our teams have always put forward the products’ beauty and know-how, no matter the background and origin.
This quest for novelty, innovation and aestheticism, without forgetting the human and business dimension probably helped our events gain international recognition.
At a time when standardization and globalization are everywhere, we’re doing our best to answer the questions, doubts, needs and hopes of the fashion actors.
Organizers of 10 trade shows a year, taking part in renowned events abroad, we use our energy, availability, expertise and experience to help ready-to-wear and accessory brands develop.”
This tradeshow is mainly targeted at a French audience (68% of visitors) but I thought it would be interesting to know what they have to offer. The last one took place in late January and the next one will be held in March. The fair is broken down into five categories:
I decided to focus on the last one for this time, I went through their entire exhibitors list, here is what I discovered.
Click on the name of the brand.
via Matières à Reflexion
via Mon Petit Plus
Brands, in order to gain exposure and find new stockists regularly attend tradeshows.
One of the best in the United States when it comes to clothing and accessories is (capsule).
There are also (capsule) tradeshows in Las Vegas, Berlin and Paris, which I will review later.
As I am not part of this industry (yet), and I do not live in NYC, the only way for people like me to get an insight of what’s going on in the business is to review each of the brands thanks to their websites (when they have one).
Of course, being able to see everything in a single place, talk to the designers, touch the products would be way better, but, hey, you have to do with the means at hand.
Here are my ten favorites, in no particular order.
Click on the picture to access the stockists websites.
Click on the brands names to access their official websites.
Monsieur Lacenaire, FRANCE
Will Leather Goods, Oregon, USA
Marie Turnor, California, USA
Femme d’armes, USA
R.C.P., Washington DC, USA
Hudson Shoes, UK
Gabriela Artigas, MEXICO
I present you today with some great products made in the USA.
Indeed, we all know about the famous brands that built the United States reputation when it comes to clothing and accessories such as Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, DKNY, J Crew etc.
But what about the lesser known, the ones that rarely grace, if ever, the pages of our magazines?
Well, they exist, and they are very good.
I made a selection of clothes and accessories Made in the USA.
Hope you like it, and tell me if you know other!
Click on the pictures to access the websites.
CORTER LEATHER, Boston, MA
CHOCTAW RIDGE, New York City, NY
MAKR CARRY GOODS, Winter Park, FL
Satomi Kawakita, New York City, NY
Forest Bound, Boston, MA
EmersonMade, New York City, NY
Emily Eibel + Ilana Kohn, Brooklyn, New York City, NY
Baldwin Denim, Leawood, KS
Brulee, New York City, NY
Nishi, New York City, NY