Nicole Maslowski must have tapped into her memories of previous lives spanning American history and channeled them into her jewelry. Each piece finds a balance between the past and present, organic and industrial, delicate intricacy and modern simplicity. Turquoise stone and brass spikes speak to the native designs and landscapes of the southwest while black leather and sequins take you to the ballrooms of the 1920s. These worlds come to life in Nicole’s Richmond studio where she crafts each piece.
Available from Maslo Jewelry.
Tim Moore is just a hard working guy that believes in well made things and when he couldn’t find a pair of boxers that were to his standards and that were made in the USA he realized that he was going to have to make his own. Fortunately, he took his passion a little further and has set up shop in an old ammunition factory in Milvale, Pennsylvania with some industrial sewing machines that make a top notch seam and some metalworkers he shares the rest of the space with. He might be learning how to weld the hell out of some cool stuff soon but for now he is meticulously cutting and sewing some of the best fitting and luxuriously soft boxer sorts out there. They are constructed of premium Japanese shirting materials that come in two simple but classic colors and are put together using elastic made in Landrum, South Carolina and thread that is also domestically sourced.
Available from Moore Boxers.
Yellow108 takes salvaged wool pieces found on the factory floor and transforms them into some incredibly stylish hats for those who know how to look good head to toe. Their style is inspired by western americana and street fashion of the 20′s to 40′s. More modern colors and touches bring these hats into this era with an heirloom quality build. They are made where the materials are salvaged on both the east and west coasts.
Available from Yellow108.
Peter Thum, founder of Liberty United, is no stranger to starting something that brings about meaningful change. He first started with a bottled water company you might of heard of. Ethos has raised more than $7 million in grants for water and sanitation programs across the globe. Thum then set his sights on reducing the impact of gun violence by taking seized assault rifles and small arms in Africa and other countries and recycling the metal into jewelry and art pieces. That was the inspiration behind bringing that same effort back home. Liberty United has partnered with a few communities which provide unused ammunition and seized firearms from the area to be remade into jewelry. Artist Philip Crangi has designed a collection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces that take inspiration from the railroad. Each piece is hand forged in his New York studio and is available in metal options from melted bullet casings, melted gunmetal, gunmetal and silver, or black gunmetal and gold. They are individually stamped with the serial numbers from the guns that they are made from. In turn part of the proceeds go back to organizations and programs that help remove illegal guns from the streets.
Available from Liberty United.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, you might expect your favorite piece of furniture to be crafted with the finest woods and finished so that you see every detail of grain but not something you would wearing that on your head. Shwood brings that level of craftsmanship to every pair of sunglasses they make by hand in their Portland based workshop. It all started with a collection of modern styles made from sustainably farmed lumber and combined with the premiere lenses made by Zeiss. Since then Shwood has mixed materials by adding a collection of frames that are partially acetate and a collection that is partially stone. The acetate is Italian-crafted Mazzucchelli acetate that is plant-based. Newest to the list is a collection made from reused old Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Now that is a true American classic.
Available from Shwood.