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Past Meets Future | Woolrich x Topo Designs

Oct 20th, 2013 | Categories: Accessories, Jake Gallagher, Made in the USA | by Jake Gallagher

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Topo Designs was founded in 2008, which would make them something like Woolrich’s great-great-great-great-grandson, but there’s no doubt that both brands are made of similar DNA. While they were started on opposite sides of the country in separate centuries, both Topo Designs and Woolrich have been integral to their respective epochs when it comes to guiding the look of functional outerwear. It’s for this reason that the Topo Designs x Woolrich collection feels less like something designed and more like something that just happened naturally.

In Topo’s Colorado factory, Woolrich’s buffalo checked plaids and pea coat weight wools have been converted into a collection that adds something new to the Topo roster, without detracting from the original spirit of either brand. These woodsy Woolrich patterns lend themselves perfectly to the clean look of Topo’s bags, pairing Topo’s innovative designs with Woolrich’s enduring aesthetic





The Bowery Yawns: A Visit to Sleepy Jones’ Store.

Oct 15th, 2013 | Categories: Jake Gallagher, Made in the USA, New York City | by Jake Gallagher

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It’s been said that the Bowery has been getting increasingly sleepy over the past few years, but Sleepy Jones just made it official. Situated at the center of the once raucous street, Sleepy Jones’ holiday shop might be the most tranquil retail experience this city has ever seen. Sleepy Jones, which was founded earlier this year as a “not-quite-ready-to-wear” line from Partners & Spade, has found a fitting home in their new space, which acts as unapologetically pleasant extension of the brand’s heavy-eyed ethos.

Sleepy Jones is not so much about sleeping as it is about waking up. There’s a lackadaisical air to the whole space, which seems to reflect an early morning atmosphere, before the day’s worries have really set in, when your mind is still free to wander. It’s this spirit that makes the shop’s location inside the legendary “Hole” gallery, such a logical move.





THIS IS AN AMERICAN SNEAKER.

Oct 7th, 2013 | Categories: Made in the USA, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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Good looking and made right here, the New Balance Made in USA collection perfectly combines so many good things in one package. If it were up to me, New Balance would be on everyone’s feet and in everyman’s closet. They are the true American sneaker. It’s not everyday that a company can hit the style notes and get the pedigree all together in one pleasing package. The New Balance Made in the USA collection is just that.

As I said in a previous post, I can’t settle on just one pair, I’m loyal to several styles. I love how they look and at the same time, I believe in the message. While the 993 and the 996 are my personal favorites, the 1300s have played a big part in my wardrobe this summer. I love the versatility they possess. If I had to travel with one pair of sneakers, these would be the ones. They’d be with me on the plane and they would be with me everywhere else. They’re about as classic as it gets.





Meet the New Red Wing Heritage 875 & 877

Jul 1st, 2013 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Work Wear | by Michael Williams

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Last week I was in Portland with Red Wing Heritage for the launch the new and updated 875 and 877 styles at an event at Lizard Lounge. It was a nice party, drinks were had, lots of friends showed up and near the end Dolorean played a few songs. Red Wing is a client of ours, so we were in PDX on official business, which included inviting some folks to the event. Without knowing what was going on, several of the people I told about the event for the relaunch of the 875 were alarmed. ‘Why does the 875 need to be updated?” They would say, and for good reason; the 875 and 877 do not need to be messed with. Don’t worry though, the change is definitely a good one. The 875 and 877 remain two American icons.

Right off the bat, the shape both styles has not changed a bit. Everything in that regard is exactly the same. Don’t worry, they are still made in the U.S. What has changed is the leather, which has reverted back to a historically significant variant from the Red Wing archives. The name of this new 875/877 leather is Oro Legacy. It’s a full grain “naked” leather which exhibits much more character than the leather of the old 875/877s. All of the Red Wing Heritage leather is made in Red Wing, MN at the company’s own tannery.





New Balance: Made in the U.S.A.

Jun 27th, 2013 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Sponsored Post | by Michael Williams

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Look at the list of major athletic shoe brands that are Made in the USA and you will find a total of one entry: New Balance.

It all started for me with the 993. Then came the 574, the 1300 and the 996. I love them all equally. That perfectly tilted “N”, the toe shape that is just right and that “Made in the USA” (Where the domestic value is at least 70%, New Balance labels its shoes “Made in the USA”) stitching on the tongue. To me, New Balance are as classic as it gets.

The fact that the company is the only one that has maintained production in the United States is remarkable. It speaks to the commitment to the people of Maine & Massachusetts where the factories are located. It shows the commitment to the men and women of the U.S. Military who wake up early and lace-up New Balance Made in USA running shoes. It speaks volumes and there’s only one real voice out there.





Short Sleeved | Gitman Bros. Vintage SS14

Jun 20th, 2013 | Categories: Made in the USA, Menswear, Pitti Uomo 84 | by Michael Williams

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Every season at Pitti the guys from Gitman Bros Vintage do a little something playful, this year that meant making every sample in a short sleeve button-down, nearly all of them in crazy colored prints. I attribute all of this quirkiness to Gitman’s Minnesota bred leader Chris Olberding.

When I say “leader”, I mean to say that Chris is part designer and sales guy, part PR man and production manager. Along with his lone deputy, he’s basically a one man show. Some of you might remember him from one of the Pop Up Flea, where he would be hawking his Pennsylvania made wovens with much enthusiasm. That type of energy is his modus operandi. Anyone at one of the many European or North American tradeshows would agree, as would the staff of Gilli I’m guessing.





Compelling Characters | Four Barrel’s Jeremy Tooker

Jun 5th, 2013 | Categories: Denim, Made in the USA, San Francisco | by Michael Williams

One thing you notice when you go to Four Barrel on Valencia Street in San Francisco is a decided lack of people camped out working on their laptops. This is intentional, there’s not power outlets or wi-fi provided because the focus is on coffee — as it should be. Granted, some people want to post up in a coffee shop soaking up all of the oxygen, but that’s why God invented Starbucks.

The guys at Tellason worked with the very talented folks at SF based Vertical Online to profile the compelling characters that wear Tellason jeans, including this video and the previous release that focused on motorcycle builder Todd Blugaugh. These short films are beautiful pieces strictly from a visual standpoint, but it’s nice to know that these connections are real and the guys actually wear the jeans. Much respect to Four Barrel, Vertical Online and Tellason for keeping it real.

Related: ACL’s 2009 interview of Tellason’s Tony Patella.