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.
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.
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.
If modern decor and design were broken into food groups then one of the big ones down at the bottom would be concrete. Nothing looks nicer in a kitchen or bath than a splash of the mixed magic. Case in point are these bath accessories made in small batches by hand in Pennsylvania and finished with an FDA approved sealer. Pretty much every organizational need you have in your bathroom can be fulfilled right here and if you peak further on the Etsy page you will discover beautiful concrete objects to put all over your modern home.
Yokoo Gibraan’s work is as fascinating as her work ethic and way of living. She has single handedly worked her way with two diligently working hands from bedroom knitter to being featured in the New York Times. Now with thousands of sales she spends 8-9 hours per day powering through her orders completely by herself and there is a reason for such demand. Her scarves are bold in texture, shape, and scale. Looking at them reminds you of cuddling up on a cold winter day and they invite you to become part of an experience that is more than just fashion. They stand out as more than just an accessory that ties together an outfit, but as the piece that defines the outfit and functions how you might expect…keeping things toasty.
Available from the Yokoo on Etsy.
How much would you pay for a label? Sometimes you might look at a price tag of a “designer” shirt and think there may also be a little piece of gold attached to that label on the collar. Sure, the material is top notch and the fit is sexy but can’t the average guy get that without becoming a servant to the runway? Hucklebury is side stepping all of that magical brand name shit and giving men a dress shirt that is made of quality Egyptian cotton milled in Italy and mother of pearl buttons, has a tailored fit, and comes at a $78 price tag. And, I wouldn’t be telling you about them unless each shirt was made in a 100 year old factory near D.C. A factory that like all other apparel makers has fell on hard times, but is trying to add hours and production back. Hucklebury hopes to be a part of that.
Visit the Hucklebury Kickstarter.
ROSEWOOD & BIRCH might be named after two hardwoods, but behind their collection of wooden treasures is a hard working father & son team. Gary Camardo has been hustlin’ on the streets of NYC since the fifties. He treated woodworking as more of a hobby until finding the lathe in 2008 and took to crafting pent up genius. Formally trained at design school in Manhattan, Gary also has absorbed decades of inspiration from streets across the globe that have all sharpened his vision for shaping a modern silhouette.
A prowess for design is not the only thing that dictates each of Gary’s pieces. He and his son Noel share a philosophy for how to source wood. Both Gary and Noel love the outdoors and the rural landscape and they both wanted to have the least impact possible. Gary starts by foraging for wood from fallen trees in the swamps of Florida’s Gulf coast to the Maine coast to bring back to the shop in Columbia County New York.
Every unique piece of wood not only has its own rich character when finished but also characteristics like size, stability, grain and spalting of the wood guide the process. Fallen wood has a dimension to it that really comes through in the colors and patterns revealed through the lathe.
With an eye thats used to scrutinizing images through a lens, photographer Noel curates and present’s his fathers work. A body that now spans bowls, stools, and lamps in a few shapes and sizes. All viewable and a selection available through ROSEWOOD & BIRCH.
In a world where athletic wear comes from the far reaches of Asia, a few guys had the vision and desire to change the game. This fall coming to you from the makers of fine tailored men’s clothing at Taylorstitch comes an athletic short that will blow you away…
Alright, they might not make a movie but they are certainly feature worthy. Athletic shorts made in U.S.? Finally. And these have style too. A great looking fit with material that will hold up on a Sunday run and a mountain climb. Each is made from nylon and spandex with stand-out details like a parachute chord drawstring with custom rubber end caps. All cut and sewn in San Francisco. Be sure to get first in line on this Kickstarter because no doubt they will be gone soon.
More info at Olivers.
A new wave of urban and suburbanites have been riding the growing trend of turning a little piece of manicured lawn into a small garden capable of putting a few meals on the table. It takes miles off the road, its fresher, its healthier, it tastes better, its cheaper, but it can be a challenge. If you have no time to wait for seeds to germinate after finding them, figuring out what grows best with what, and how to make it grow best you might just give up before starting. Nourishmat and the smaller Herbmat take that learning curve and literally roll it out flat.
Each mat (4′ X 6′ for the Nourishmat and 2′ X 6′ for the Herbmat) is made of woven fabric that is manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are holes made for greens and herbs that are clearly and colorfully labeled with the printing work also done in NC. These labels make it easy to assemble your garden and with all the thought of distance between plants and which plants work well together already built in to the design. Also, attached is a hose made by Robert Bosch Tool in Peoria, IL that irrigates across the entire mat. Lastly, special seed balls with clay and compost casings provide protection and helps germinate the non-GMO seeds inside. Seeds are available for tomato, carrot, marigold, onions, basil, nasturtium, radish, chive, kale, rainbow chard, jalapeno, dill, eggplant, red pepper, and more. Seed balls are simply pushed into the ground where labeled and can be reordered the next season.
Whether its your first time touching a plant or you are looking for a way to get the kids involved in gardening, the Nourishmat is a fun and fail proof way to start growing your own food.
Available through Kickstarter at Nourishmat.
Blood Root Blades’ They boast a line of kitchen and field knives that are both practical and beautiful. shipwreck wood, sturdy as heck. Because Blood Root creates cutlery from upcylced material, each one is hand-forged (not just selected from a stock pile and then ground down to exacter dimensions). The knife then goes through a veritable butcher boot camp in order to deliver you with one of the finest blades this side of a shoe string french fry.
And while the kitchen knives are probably the most useful offerings by the Blood Root boys, they are also the proud artisans of a shavings razors, field knifes, axes, and a variety of other tools. Perhaps most notable of their creations is the line of Legacy Pieces. While almost all of Blood Root Blades are custom-made, the Legacy Pieces are even further personalized. Each of these knives is created using materials precious to the future owner. This takes the “heirloom” trend to a whole new level.