#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.

Image of Natural A Tote

Image of XL Boat Tote

#48 Made in the USA Vol.6

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!

#47 Made in the USA Vol.5

Corter Leather is a one man operation based in Boston, Massachussetts whose products I cannot wait to put my hands! It was founded a few years ago by a then college student, Eric Heins, and despite the fact that it’s so small, it gained attention from several influential blogs and websites including Well Spent, Uncrate, Cool Material, Hypebeast, and Selectism.

Here are a few of their products.

Here is a geat video about Corter Leather’s project to raise money for relief effort in Japan (the video is a year old).

 

#23 Made in the USA Vol.3

Hey all!

Here’s my new selection of American-made goods.

Hope you like it!

Click on the pictures or the brand name to access the websites.

Artifact Bag Co. , Omaha, NE

No. 215 - Khaki Lunch Tote

CXXVI, New York City, NY

Gitman Brothers, Ashland, PA

Bexar Goods Co. , Bexar County, TX

Cavalier Essentials, New York City, NY

Original Leather Belt

#17 GQ’s Best Menswear Designer in the USA 2012

So it’s that time of the year when GQ announces who the 2012 best menswear designers in the USA are. The lucky winners will create a limited edition collection for the Gap, which is a great thing for the apparel retailer but also for the designers who will benefit from a lot more coverage. Indeed, the oldest brand was founded in 2008 and the youngest, in 2011.

Even if I’m a female, I’ve always been interested in menswear (except this). Let’s take a look at great pieces from each of their collection.

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam

Chick Magnet (!!!) Loafers

BLKDNM

Saturdays NYC

James Crewneck

Thomas Boardshort

Todd Snyder

Ovadia & Sons

White Pinpoint Oxford

IAN VELARDI 

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#7 Made in the USA Vol.2

Hey all!

Here’s my new selection of American-made goods.

Hope you like it!

Click on the pictures or the brand name to access the websites.

Kiel James Patrick, Cranston, RI

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Franck Clegg Leatherworks, Fall River, MA

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Pendleton, Pendleton, OR   (It’s a blanket)

Pendleton Merino Wool Blanket

Fail Jewelry, Austin, TX

Leather and Brass Women's Cuff, "Jessi," fail CANOE

Winter Sessions, Chicago, IL

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#5 (capsule) New York

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.

milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre, FRANCE

Monsieur Lacenaire, FRANCE

Will Leather Goods, Oregon, USA

Marie Turnor, California, USA

THE PICNIC - tan

Dieterle, Germany

Rotation"

Femme d’armes, USA

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Sandqvist, SWEDEN

SANDQVIST - STIG - BLACK

R.C.P., Washington DC, USA

Brett Gingham Bow Tie

Hudson Shoes, UK

Gabriela Artigas, MEXICO

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#4 Made in the USA Vol. 1

Hey all!

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

blank ID bracelet in sterling silver