Memory foam, latex, micro-beads, synthetic down…all the toxic off-gasing materials we snuggle up to is a nightmare. The old-fashioned alternatives you might guess but, buckwheat hulls probably don’t every come to mind. Firm yet malleable, breathable, and all-natural the Hullo might just be the key to your dream pillow. The buckwheat hulls are grown, milled and air-cleaned in North Dakota. The Dunlap zippers are manufactured in Tennessee, the labels are woven and printed in New York and Colorado, and the outer fabric shell containing Hullo’s buckwheat fill is manufactured in Michigan giving this pillow the all- American stamp of approval.
Available from Hullo.
Sugar and spice is coming at you this holiday season and Santa’s going to make a stop off the L to grab it for you. Bushwick Kitchen has the proverbial elves creating a short list of flavorful honeys and a stand out signature siracha. All are made from NY sourced honey and spices from chinatown in neighboring Queens. These will surely make your holiday dishes a stand out.
Available from Bushwick Kitchen.
For the Dre days past its time to turn those dubs into some bling you’d rather be sittin’ on today. This metal is sand blasted and mirror polished by L.A.’s finest then fitted with a baseball-stitched microfinished European top grain leather cushion to have you looking fly at any dinner table.
Available from Cromatti.
I’ve always wanted to turn my used plastic bottles into new threads and now Pistol Lake is making that dream come true. Using a fabric they call Eudae, a yarn created by combining polyester made from recycled bottles with Tencel which is a fiber made from the pulp of Eucalyptus trees grown on PEFC-certified, sustainably run farms. The result is athletic wear that is soft but performs like a champ giving you breathability, stretch, and some very well placed pockets to hold your tech or keys. All these eco-conscious and minimalist threads are coming to you from L.A.
Available on Kickstarter from Pistol Lake.
Just because those gym clothes are made of stretchy fabric doesn’t mean you are going to get the perfect fit when you are in a SMLXL world. Guroo is giving you more or less room with their customized men’s shirts based on build and length. They are made with a moisture wicking fabric, double seamed, and designed with vents that make you feel and look cool. The production is based in Los Angeles.
Available from Guroo.
As the name might suggest, The Arrivals is new to the fashion scene backed by some minds that would be considered outsiders to the runway. Maybe Kanye can be an architect, fashion designer, and rapper but ordinarily you might not want a fashion designer in charge of building your dream home. In this case the reverse is quite pleasing because it is engineers, architects, and designers that are building release 1.0 of what is sure to become one dope purveyor of American-made outerwear. Materials are hand-picked from abroad and are listed in detail. The Arrivals plays the classics but does so with a new perspective. There are parkas, moto-leather jackets, and even the denim jacket all represented in a beautifully updated way.
Available from The Arrivals.
Yesler is an upstart that has big dreams of an all-American made athletic wear line. The starting line is modest but, with their women’s capris and men’s shorts they have two solid legs underneath them. The build on both pieces is top notch with panels of breathable material that is woven in North Carolina and cross-stitched for extra strength. The trim materials like elastic and drawstrings come from New England and Missouri and it all is cut and sewn together in Seattle. We would love to see Yesler go much further so if you are in the market for some athletic attire stop by their Kickstarter and show your love.
Available from Yesler.
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.
Designer Kristina Angelozzi now has 4 years of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections that showcase her talent for creating with fabrics and patterns that are timeless pieces of art. Like a perfectly designed piece of furniture anchoring an otherwise blank space, each Fischer garment is what brings an outfit to life. In her current collections you will find rich multicolored patterns that are characteristic of the ikat weave technique originating in Central and South America plus fabrics that are meticulously hand block printed. The fabrics are sourced from around the world and start with all natural materials like cotton with bits of wool, linen, and hemp. Everything is designed, cut, sewn, and shipped from New York city although Kristina is taking operations a little further south soon.
Available from Fischer with list of stockists.
It’s a stool, it’s a table, it’s a bench…really it’s any surface you can make of these modular and stackable architectural pieces. They play with triangles and squares that all fit together and create visually interesting surfaces with storage possibilities below. Each is handmade of oak or walnut in Los Angeles.
Available from J1 Studios.