Built for the long run, the Van Cortlandt short from Tracksmith is made from a Swiss mesh that allows for breathability on those long runs and is constructed with quality in Fall River, New England for many runs ahead. The style rooted in tradition with a modern fit and details that aren’t flashy but will make you look twice.
Available from Tracksmith.
Socks might come in second when making the decision of what bright new pair of running shoes to take flight in but there are a few New Balance pairs that bring together style and technology to make all the difference. Unlike 100% cotton socks the Minimus sock is made from 97% Nylon and 3% Lycra® Spandex which makes it super light and has built in cushioning for the right striking areas. The Hydrotec sock includes Delcron Hydrotec fiber that helps wick moisture along with vented panels to help with airflow. The standard Low Cut sock is made from 56% Polyester, 34% Nylon, 9% Acrylic and 1% Lycra® Spandex and like all of the other socks mentioned is reinforced in the heel and toe and includes cushioning in just the right spots. A lot more technology in these socks that you might think but it goes a long way towards a better run. All are manufactured by a contracted company call Renfro that was selected by New Balance because of their domestic production capabilities.
Available from New Balance.
There is definitely something simple about these vacuums that remind me of 80′s industrial design and Hal from “2001: A Space Odyssey” all in one machine that doesn’t come from Malaysia. Inside these machines is a whole heap of love for engineering with models that fit any budget and any task. There are lighter ones like the Freedom that weighs 9 pounds and then the all out heavy duty Tandem that can shine in homes with all kinds of pets. Each model has some form of HEPA filtration and all are molded, painted, assembled, tested, and packaged in the Simplicity facility in St. James, Missouri.
Pockets on your pants? That makes sense in both a functional and fashionable way. So do pockets in your table. Built at the end of a solid American Black Walnut top with black powder-coated steel legs is just that. A pocket for all of those things like books and magazines that might clutter up the surface but nestle perfectly down in a wool sling made from 100% merino wool with red accent stitching. Ample builds each in their Seattle work space.
Available from Ample Furniture.
A product named 101082 from Artless Corporation might make you think of some future dystopian society but you would just be dreaming. The 101082 is an upholstered platform bed built in Los Angeles as a piece of the Artless collection that will last well into any form of the future you can think of. The base is made of walnut and the 8 button headboard plus frame is upholstered with your choice of wool, linen, or aged velvet fabric. The bed is made in queen, king, or cali king sizes.
Available from Artless Corporation.
Scranton, Pennsylvania might be widely known as the home of the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin but, in real life trees aren’t going to waste there by paper pushers. Besta Cork is using the renewable bark of, you guessed it, cork trees to create a couple different attractive styles of bowls and planting pots that are non-toxic, reusable, biodegradable, antibacterial, and 100% sustainable. Some come in your selection of Real Milk non-toxic paint that adds a pop of color to the soft cork texture.
Available from Besta Cork.
Newcomers Bow and Arrow are picking up their bootstraps and carrying the history and culture of the Appalachians they call home into the present with their collection of women’s classics. The outlines reflect a hardworking rural past and connects them to the details seen on any modern day runway. Materials like denim, organic hemp, and cotton are cut and sewn into pieces that are built to last a generation. The materials are also primarily sourced domestically. The blues are beautifully rich and are mixed with patterned stripes and chambray that add a depth you wouldn’t find decades ago. The denim features a high waist, stitching, and pockets that all work together to perfectly for an incredible fit. Get to work and take a look.
Available from Bow and Arrow.
New8th furniture out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania features solid woods put together using solid joinery to create solid design. The Gately stools come in 2 different heights and can be made with walnut, cherry, poplar, sycamore, oak, or elm. The seat feels like an architectural feature to any bar and incorporates a foot rest that enhances that architecture and natural beauty of the wood.
Available from New8th.
Materials and labor all American.
Brooklyn design stars Fort Standard have brought chips and guac to the table with these 2 bowls that I want to keep out when the chips are all gone. Both are made of aluminum sand cast in Pennsylvania and powder coated in Brooklyn.
Available from Fort Standard.
Materials and labor all American.
No bagginess is going to ruin your dive with these form fitting, sporty, and colorful collection of swim trunks. Each is made from nylon that is water resistant and dries fast. Zippers add color, angles, and pockets to carry all of those things you don’t want to lose in the water. They are made in a New York garment district but destined for the beach.
Available from Owner Operator.