Schott NYC

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I love Fall in Manhattan, the weather is crisp and its a perfect time to stroll, shop, eat, and explore the seemingly infinite shops both new and well established.  The Schott flagship store at 236 Elizabeth Street is rich with history.  In 1913 brothers Irving & Jack Schott starting making raincoats which were sold by street peddlers.   After that Irving began designing leather jackets.  The first to put a zipper on a jacket the Schott brothers developed the American classic…the motorcycle jacket. In 1928, Irving Schott designed and produced the first leather motorcycle jacket. Retailing for $5.50 at a Long Island Harley Davidson distributor, the Perfecto (named after Irving’s favorite cigar…the Perfecto) was durable, rugged, and immediately a hit!

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I love all the Made in USA brands carried at Schott NYC:  Chippewa boots, Digby & Iona jewelry, American Trench,  and of course the Schott and Perfecto jackets.

Digby & Iona Spyglass (fully functional!) on 26" sterling chain

DIGBY & IONA
Spyglass (fully functional!)
on 26″ sterling chain

AMERICAN TRENCH Watch Cap hand knit USA

AMERICAN TRENCH
Watch Cap hand knit USA

Schott NYC

Until next time enjoy every moment of this wonderful refreshing weather and  happy shopping Made in the USA! L

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The Bow Tie Club

I have always loved a man in a bow tie.  Whether at work, at a wedding, a Kentucky Derby party I love the look! But if you have ever tried to find a great selection of bow ties at your local retail stores it can be a sad trip…usually a few pre-tied ones hanging as an after thought below the socks in the men’s department!  Now you can enjoy a stylish array of beautifully made silk bow ties Made in the USA in Baltimore Maryland!   The Bow Tie Club has a great selection of formal and fun bow ties you can order online.  Need help tying a bow tie?….thats available on their website as well.

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The Bow Tie Club

The Bow Tie Club

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I think every guy is just a little bit cooler when he wears a bow tie!  Made Stylishly in the USA.  Be sure and check out The Bow Tie Club at www.bowtieclub.com

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Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!

 

 

 

 

Simple Sugars

Simple Sugars

Last year I discovered a great line of body and face scrubs called Simple Sugars.  Developed by a young entrepreneur from Pittsburgh PA the Simple Sugars line consists of all natural face and body scrubs that smell wonderful, slough away rough skin, and leave a really silky finish.  I have tried many scrubs that are either too rough, filled with chemicals, or leave my skin dried out.  I use both the face and body scrub and they are available in a great array of uplifting and soothing scents like tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, green tea(my current favorite) and lots more.

They now  have a line for men as well: Smooth for Men.

Simple Sugars

Check out their entire line of products Simple Sugars which are produced right in Pittsburgh, PA USA!

Happy Summer everyone and until next time happy shopping Made in the USA!

Made in USA – what I bought and what I gave….

Hello Everyone – to wrap up 2013 and in anticipation of bringing you lots of stylish Made in USA offerings for 2014, (I like that number don’t you?), here is a recap of some of the wonderful Made in the USA products that I purchased last year.  I have made it a habit to check out labels for USA made…now its just part of my shopping routine whether online or at the mall.  If it doesn’t say Made in the USA it probably isn’t.

www.stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com,sleigh of made in usa giftsI love Nanette Lepore women’s couture made in New York City.  Her fashions never disappoint year after year and I now even have pieces from 15 plus years ago that look fabulous and I get tons of compliments.  Last year I purchased this top in a chartreuse color.    I have the best luck with her sales…check it out:  Nanette Lepore.com.Nanette Lepore

I also purchased a few casual pieces from the Alabama based Earth Creations.  They make organic cotton shirts and a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I love the pieces I have including this bell sleeved cowl neck in black.

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Next up…some items I purchased as gifts:  Duluth Pack out of Duluth, Minnesota.  For over 130 years, Duluth Pack has been located in Duluth, MN. where they have been manufacturing high quality, built-to-last canvas and leather bags, packs, and outdoor gear in their century-old factory.  With their tag line of “Guaranteed for life and made in USA”…. you cant go wrong!  This all leather and spacious over sized dopp kit I gifted was a big hit:

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The Goorin Brothers hat company makes most of their  stylish hats in the USA.  Many of my friends and family purchased several hats at Goorin Brothers last year.

Goorin Brothers hats, www.stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com

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FOR THE HOME...since I am an interior designer I get to purchase home furnishings for myself and all my clients!  I am in love with the blankets and throws from Brahms Mount Mills in Maine.  Their blankets, throws and linen towels are woven on antique shuttle looms by local artisans in their mill in Monmouth, Maine.  Go to Brahms Mount.com for store locators or to order online. I have purchased several of these herringbone throws.  Every home should have a Brahms Mount Throw!Brahms Mount

One of the most important purchases any of us can make is our bed!  I am in love with the Beauty Rest mattress manufactured by Simmons in Agawam, Massachusetts.  Quality, comfort and the pillow top is like sleeping on a cloud!

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One of the reasons I started this blog was my frustration with finding quality bed linens, blankets, comforters and throws that would not wear out in a year or less!  American Made Home started in 2011 from a similar response for quality, durable dorm and home bedding supplies!  American Home  is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with mills and suppliers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.  I can tell you that for a ready made product the quality and workmanship cannot be beat.  I have been very happy with everything I have purchased from this company!  Here is a simple guest room I did for a client.

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Simon Pearce out of Quichee, Vermont makes all things tabletop including glassware, dishes, and pottery to name a few.  I love the fact that their pieces are elegant, made in USA, high quality and the glass and crystal are lead free.  I started my collection of the stemware pattern Royalton.  Here are the champagne stems I purchased:

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Simon Pearce

The Maine Float Rope Company makes Down East Doormats that are handmade on the coast of Maine using reclaimed float-rope.  They are hand-woven by fishing families and others year round.  These super-durable mats are virtually indestructible. The vivid colors are so cheery at a front or back door.  I love mine seen here: Maine Float RopeMaine Float Rope Company

SMALL, FUN & NECESSARY…. Just a few products that I purchased in multiple quantities last year since I love the companies and am a big fan of their products.

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The Naked Bee makes a luxurious line of hand creams, body butters and tons of other personal care products with “all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff.” I am in love with their ultra-rich body butter in Orange Blossom Honey.

Buddy Biscuits by Cloud Star come in several flavors and are a big hit with all the dogs in my life!  I gifted the gingerbread flavor to all my pups for Christmas.  Check out their website for all kinds of goodies all safe and made in USA.

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I didn’t touch on all the Made in America products I purchased in 2013 but I think this list gives you an idea of the breadth of quality, stylish, Made in USA products that are out there for all of us to consider.  Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy New Year and as always Happy Stylish Shopping Made in the USA!!  Linda

For Fathers Day – Golf, Grilling & Greens!!

June is here and its a busy, beautiful month!  Its also a month to celebrate all the Dads out there on June 16th.  I am so happy to share all these exciting Made in the USA resources for your Fathers Day gift selections!

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GOLF APPAREL Diamond Apparel is a family-owned and operated business located in North Carolina, heart of the American textile industry. Excellence in design, production and service is the standard at Diamond Apparel. Their mission is to provide the consumer with the  finest knit golf shirts possible – made entirely in the USA at a competitive price.  Visit www.diamondgolfshirts.com to order.

BARBEQUE GRILLS & GRILLING ACCESSORIES

One of many Holland Grill models.

One of many Holland Grill models.

The Holland Grill Company: Over two decades ago in a welding shop in North Carolina, Brad Holland changed grilling forever.  Grilling enthusiasts  have been enjoying the “Holland System” in backyards, on patios, in campgrounds and tailgate parties since 1988. The “Holland System” is a patented, ingenious system of heat control guards and a drip pan that prevents flare-ups. Simply close the lid and cook by time.   Go to
www.hollandgrill.com for store locator and great recipes for grilling!

Two other great Made in the USA grill options to check out:

MAK Grills out of Dallas Texas uses a wood pellet system for smokey good BBQ you cant beat!

Vermont Castings out of Vermont makes several high quality gas grills you will want to check out.

Collared GreensCOLLARED GREENS is a company founded by R.Randolph Ashton who was inspired by his travels throughout the USA as a professional photographer to create an American made lifestyle line of mens polo shirts, t-shirts, ties, bow ties, belts and accessories.

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All products are made with sustainable green organic cotton.  Collared Greens unique premium quality woven and printed silk ties, bow ties and cummerbund sets are hand made in New York City.

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Collared Greens

The tie packaging is made from 100% post consumer recycled paper.  Their pique polo shirts are produced in South Carolina from 97% Texas grown organic cotton, and 3% lycra.  The soft, cozy cotton is certified by EDPA USA, Inc., and fully complies with American Organic Standards and Global Organic Textile Standards.

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For a retailer near you or to shop online check  out www.collaredgreens.com

Until next time happy Father’s Day and happy shopping Made in the USA!

Style Made in the USA Holiday Gift Guide

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During this season of gift giving my Christmas wish is that we all make a big effort to support American business and buy American made!  Here is a selection of some of my favorite stylish USA made gifts to give and receive.

REWINED CANDLES handmade in Charleston, SC.   Each candle has been handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle. The fragrances are carefully blended to mimic the flavors and aromas found in various wines and champagne.  How about a Pinot Noir (aroma of fig, cranberry, leather and earth) or Champagne (white grape, honey, fresh baked bread and citrus), to name just a few.

Rewined Candles

Rewined Candles

ABAS LEATHER ACCESSORIES– made in Worcester, MA.   Abas Digital Life and Neiman Marcus have partnered to offer an extensive collection of fashion technology cases. Cases for Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, Amazon Kindle and more.  Available in tons of delicious colors and textures and monogramming is available too!  As their tag line proclaims this truly is “The fusion of fashion and technology”.

Abas leather cases

BRAHMS MOUNT – Throws and Blankets made in Hallowell, Maine.  Woven on antique shuttle looms I love everything from Brahms Mount and this year I want their cotton herringbone throw with hand twisted fringe (in apple green if you need to buy me a gift!)  I am always searching for throws for my design clients and this one is truly perfect in every way.   If you give one as a gift I guarantee you will want one for yourself.

Cotton Herringbone Throw

Cotton Herringbone Throw

SEE SCOUT SLEEP – Dog collars, leashes and beds made in New Orleans, Louisiana.  For the baby…oh sorry… I mean the dog in your life these stylish accessories for our best friends are designed, printed and sewn in Loiusiana!

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CRAFTY YANKEE – Lexington, MA.  Nestled in the heart of historic Lexington Massachusetts this charming retail shop is just a glance away from the Minuteman Statue.  The shop proprietor, Kathy Fields reminded me that New England is steeped in tradition especially during Christmas when families unpack keepsakes that have been in their families for decades or more.  Adding to those collectables or starting your own tradition is a fun way to shop during the holidays.  Here are three great collections available at Crafty Yankee.

Byers' Choice figurines

Byers’ Choice figurines

Byers Choice Ltd – Figurines handcrafted in Chalfont, PA.   These adorable and happy carolers are always singing and every year there are new designs to add to your collection.

Hearts and Ivy CollectionThe Hearts & Ivy Collection – Holiday characters made in Minneapolis, MN.  If your style runs more in the contemporary direction, then these soft and beautifully made Santa, snowmen and angels will look great in your home decor.

Heirlooms by ThelmaHeirlooms by Thelma – Hand painted ornaments made in Watertown, NY.   Creator Thelma Hamilton says that these ornaments are a celebration of family remembrances preserved on hand painted glass.  Pick one for a new baby, best friend, or anyone special!   Hand inscribed names or dates available too.

BALL & BUCK  – Men’s Retail store located in Boston, MA.   Another Brick and Mortar store that I really admire since everything is made in America.  They have tons of stuff for guys such as shirts, belts, grooming items, denim, hats, and sporting attire to name a few categories.  Great website for you to order online but if you ever get to Newbury Street in Boston you should really check out their shop.

Ball & Buck Newbury Street Store

Ball & Buck Newbury Street Store

WASSOOKEAG MOCCASINS – Handmade leather moccasins made in central Maine.  How about treating the man in your life to a  pair of unique handmade leather moccasins.  They are constructed from supple, durable Buffalo Hide, Bullhide, or Cowhide leathers in a variety of styles such as moccasin slipper or indoor/outdoor canoe moc.  All styles are available with plush deerskin lining.

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ROCKNSOCKS – American made in US mills.  Fun and stylish socks made from earth-friendly regenerated cotton and available in over-the-knee, knee-high, and ankle-high crew.

Love these socks by Rocknsocks

Love these socks by Rocknsocks

BEDHEAD PAJAMAS – Pajamas for the whole family made in Los Angeles, CA.  For years, BedHead has been the go-to loungewear company for Hollywood ‘s best costume designers.  If you’ve seen a great PJ on your favorite TV or movie character, odds are it’s BedHead.  More importantly these pajamas are super comfortable and finely crafted.

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Stylish Bedhead PJ’s

FLORIDA FRUIT SHIPPERS – Grown in Florida.  After the holidays and in the dead of winter what better gift then some juicy tangerines, oranges, grapefruits or my favorite the Honeybell Oranges!  And since we cant be good all the time be sure and include my all time favorite treat, the chocolate dipped coconut patties…really moist and chewy and for that I will say they are very stylish!

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For more information, online shopping or store locators click on any of the links above.  And finally don’t forget the ever popular Gift Certificates.    How about supporting your local small businesses and give a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant, boutique, nail salon, barber shop or hair salon, car wash coupons or a gym membership.  How about a  gift certificate from one of the businesses in this guide!  When cash is in short supply in January, a gift certificate is the perfect way to enjoy a stylish purchase or a pampering service.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful December!

(Red Boot graphic by American Artist Andy Warhol)

Happy Thanksgiving

WISHING YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS A HAPPY, HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!!

If you are shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday please inquire as to which items are Made in the USA!  It only takes a second to check tags or ask a salesperson and if we all make the effort it will have a huge impact.

Best Wishes from Style Made in the USA!

Ladies Skincare, Bath and Body Made in the USA

Style can come in many forms.  Even in the little jars and bottles of our daily lotions and potions.  For me these everyday items become stylish when they: do their job; cause no harm to ourselves or the environment; are uplifting to use in texture, aroma and packaging.   It is with pleasure I bring you a few of my personal favorite Made in the USA skincare, bath and body products:

Tranquility in jars and bottles.

Lets start with Tata Harper Skin Care 100% natural products.  Frustrated with the list of toxic chemicals in all the high end brands of skincare she had been using for years, Tata Harper (trained as an engineer), decided to embark on finding a solution to healthy, effective skincare products herself.  For the past five years she and her team at Tata Harper Skincare located in the Champlain Valley of Vermont have been producing an exquisite line of 100% non toxic skincare products such as:  Rejuvenating serum; Rebuilding moisturizers; Cleansers; Eye cremes; Masks; and my favorite, The Replenishing Nutrient Complex.

Tata Harper calls this a multi vitamin for the skin!  The rollerball application makes it easy and soothing to apply morning and evening all over face.  There are many days that I use it mid day as well – rolling the light soothing oil under my eyes to take the edge off those hooligan crows feet!  I have been using this product for two years and looooove it!

Avalon Organics, started in 1994.  They promise that each of their products contains a minimum of 70% organic content from botanicals, extracts, and essential oils.  I use the Avalon Organics Vitamin C facial serum morning and evening and the Avalon Organics body and hand lotion each morning after my shower.  I have been a fan of these two products for years and a bonus is that they have an uplifting citrus scent too!   Avalon Organics has a full line of skin care, hair care, bath & body and baby.

Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion & Vitamin C Facial Serum.

Next up is Burt’s Bees.  My daily line up is their Citrus & Ginger Body Wash in the morning shower, the Lip Balm in Pink Grapefruit (they have at least six other great flavors), and the Tinted Lip Balm in Rose (again more colors available).  I love the lip balms so much that I have them in my desk,  handbag and car!  Oh and I cant forget  the Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E which I use in the cold weather months.

I love the Burt’s Bees grapefruit lip balm.

And last but not least,  Tree Hut has been making their shea body butters and shea sugar body scrubs for over ten years in the great state of Texas.   I have tried much more expensive sugar scrubs and shea butter products and I like these better.  Why?  The scrub particles are just right, the aroma is perfect; and the price is even better!

Tree Hut

My favorites are the Brazilian Nut Scrub paired with the same scent Shea Body Butter.  They smell just like a chocolate shop!  Equally favorite to me is the Tropical Mango Scrub paired with its same scent Shea Body Butter.  They have other delicious scents so you can check them all out for yourself!
Until next time, happy grooming!

Goorin Brothers – Hatmakers since 1895

Goorin Brothers hats

If you yearn for a departure from what I call, bland and boring mall shopping, then step into a Goorin Brothers hat shop.  Started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1895 by Cassel Goorin, (the castle logo was inspired from his first name) where he first sold his finely crafted hats off a horse cart.  Fast forward to today and the company is still run by a Goorin – Cassel’s great grandson.  And of course my favorite part of the story is that the lions share of their hats are made in USA!

I recently visited two Goorin hat shops, the Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts locals.  From the inviting exterior windows to the minute you step inside – old world charm is everywhere from the hat lined walls and niches; to the antique artifacts; to the friendly and helpful shop keepers; all the way down to their tissue paper and business cards.   Lots of mirrors for trying on hats and lots of help from the staff make it a really enjoyable shopping experience.  Here are some of my highlights:

A display of various wool, felted hats all part of their Heritage Collection made in Pittsburgh, PA since 1895.

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Assistant shopkeeper, Matt wearing an all felted hat made in Pittsburgh, PA

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The 1333 Minna Collection consists of various San Francisco Bay artists who design unique hats for Goorin Brothers.  I love the design on the interior of the hat too.

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The Ruben Spitz Collection made in New Jersey.

Ruby Spitz runs the last “cut and sew” hat factory in America out of New Jersey.

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Love the antique hat stretcher and don’t forget to purchase a unique feather for your hat selection.

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Ladies wide brim felt hats.

My Mother had fun trying on a straw cloche hat and a wide brim felt hat.

Mom purchased a sporty Grenadier hat made in the USA!

And finally,  don’t forget a hat box or two for storage of all those toppers!

To shop online, find a shop near you, or learn more about Goorin Brothers go to www.goorin.com

American Apparel – Made in Downtown Los Angeles

American Apparel proudly greets you with its made in USA info!

American Apparel, founded by Dov Charney, is a fascinating company – (read lots more about Dov,  his personal journey, and how he started American Apparel).   In addition to  manufacturing  wonderfully trendy, fun, and well made clothing  right in Los Angeles,  American Apparel currently employs over 4,500 employees in their downtown LA factory alone!  In addition to supplying all its American Apparel stores throughout the USA they export their Made in USA clothes to stores in China, Europe, Australia and South America!  The product line is geared towards a young demographic but there really is something for everyone including women, men, teens, kids and babies.    For myself I found several stylish blouses to wear under my vintage jackets;  cute t shirts to help motivate me to get to the gym and some really pretty lipgloss and nail polish.  Oh, and they carry a line of vintage pieces – California Select – at their online store.

I love these skinny jeans in many delicious colors.

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Lots of lace and sheer skirts and dresses for layering.

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The opaque pantyhose come in a rainbow of colors.

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Lipgloss -They have a full line of nail polish too and all made in the USA.

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A sea of T’s for the guys.

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Great selections for babies and kids too!

A handful of products carried at American Apparel are not produced in the USA so if you are being really diligent just check for the Made In USA tags on the garments.  Check their store locator for a shop near you or you can always shop their online store.