Brahms Mount Luxury Textiles – Made in Maine.

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I have a special place in my heart for the state of Maine.  It’s where my family roots are and where I obtained my lifelong respect for our land, water, and air.  As a child I spent many summers on my Aunts farm in Presque Isle where I helped her pick all the fresh (and naturally organic) vegetables for our meals.  I still recall those lunches and dinners as the most delicious and gourmet that I have ever eaten.  I also love Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Island where the refreshing Atlantic water views and crisp air make it one of the most peaceful places I know.  Belgrade Lakes is another favorite destination with its Great Pond views and where the mail boat is one of the few remaining delivering mail to the cottages along the shore line.

Brahms Mount

On a recent trip to Maine I had the opportunity to visit and learn more about Brahms Mount textiles.   They design, manufacture and distribute a luxurious line of blankets, throws, linen towels, and baby blankets right in Maine. Of course any products I write about have to be both stylish and Made in the USA but this particular product line for me evokes an additional element…the essence of Maine….a feeling of comfort, nurture, simplicity and quality all wrapped up in a blanket…much like the blankets and quilts my Aunt had on her farm in northern Maine…they last forever and just get better with age.

The welcoming folks at Brahms Mount kindly gave me a tour of their Mill in Monmouth, Maine and then I hopped in the car for a trip down to Freeport where President and Owner, David Kaufman showed me around their beautiful store.  David has such a passion for the entire product line that it is no wonder how the company has been able the grow and thrive.  First  lets take a look at Brahms Mount Mill.  If you are not familiar with weaving just keep in mind that the weft is the horizontal thread and the warp is the vertical thread.

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Here we are at Brahms Mount Mill!  Lets start with the Yarn which hangs on a CREEL seen here.

Creel

Creel

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THE CREEL PULLS THE YARN OVER THE WARPER SEEN BELOW.

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THE WARPER BEAM IS LOADED ONTO THE SHUTTLE LOOMS.

Warper

BOBBINS (shown with orange yarn) CREATE THE WEFT (horizontal threads).

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ALL THE SHUTTLE LOOMS ARE DRESSED BY HAND AND CAREFULLY WATCHED BY WEAVERS.

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Vintage shuttle looms work their magic.

Shuttle Weaver at work.

Weaver at work.

A stack of throws just from the loom.

Stacks of woven Herringbone throws from the loom.

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EVERY PIECE IS HAND SEWN, HAND FRINGED, OR HAND KNOTTED DEPENDING ON THE PRODUCT.

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Thank you Suzanne Brown for your informative and fun tour!

Everything is produced by Maine employees and sold all over the world including Japan and Singapore..and of course sold all over America including their lovely store in Freeport Maine where I visited next…..

Brahms Mount store in Freeport Maine

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One of my favorite products, the Herringbone throw with hand twisted fringe. Absolutely the best throw you will ever own.

Brahms Mount herringbone throw

A shuttle loom on display adds charm.

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Brahms Mount textiles So there you have it.  The most luxurious, stylish blankets, throws and linens you will find and all Made in the grand state of Maine!  For product information or to purchase go to www.brahmsmount.com.  Until next time Happy Fall and Happy Stylish shopping Made in the USA!!

The Nantucket Mermaid

The Nantucket Mermaid

The Nantucket Mermaid

On the magical island of Nantucket Massachusetts right off the cobbled Main Street on 4 Fair Street is the Nantucket  Mermaid Studio where artist/entrepreneur, Jeanne van Etten creates and sells her elegantly hand painted boxes, canisters, picture frames, mugs, cards, shells, wall art, cake stands, wall clocks, painted furniture and on and on… with her signature flora and fauna designs, delicate scrolls, dreamy mermaids, friendly whales, whimsical butterflies and lots of other enchanting creations all in delicious, happy colors.

Nantucket Mermaid studio

As early as the age of 14 Jeanne recalls hand painting rocks, shells and cards.  At the age of 18 while working in a coffee shop a rep from the famous Pappagallo retailer admired the hand painted barrette she was wearing in her hair and soon after that chance encounter Jeanne was hand painting hundreds of barrettes for the chic women’s retail stores.  Just one of the many high end retailers that has sought out her artistic talent.   Today  Jeanne creates a long list of products which she sells online and in her shop on Nantucket.  There are even more creations on the horizon including a fabric and wallpaper line!  To view more of Jeanne’s work go to www.nantucketmermaid.blogspot.com  Or better yet visit her at her studio/retail shop in Nantucket!

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Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Nantucket Mermaid Studio

Jeanne working her magic.

Jeanne working her magic.

One of a kind pieces.  Custom orders welcome.

One of a kind pieces. Custom orders welcome.

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To call Jeanne at her studio dial 508-332-9829.  Happy Summer everyone and Happy shopping Made in the USA!!

Stylish Swimsuits and Cover-ups Made in the USA!

If you are thinking about a  new swimsuit or a nice coverup this Summer then  you must check out these two exciting Made in the USA resources: Tara Grinna and Letarte swimwear.

Designer Tara Grinna has been in the swimwear industry for over 25 years.  She is known for designing flattering collections for all figure types.  Her daughter, Kirsti Grinna starting designing bikinis when she was 14 years old and her sexy line – Kirsti Grinna Bikinis has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Tara and Kristi Grinna Swimwear is manufactured at the family owned factory in Conway, South Carolina.

Tara Grinna Swimsuit collection.

Tara Grinna Swimsuit collection.

Love this Tara Grinna Tankini

Love this Tara Grinna Tankini

Tara Grinna collection

Tara Grinna collection

Tara Grinna collection.

Tara Grinna collection.

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna Swimsuits

Letarte founded in 2000 by sisters Lisa and Michelle Letarte in Maui Hawaii have created the Letarte Swimwear empire which boasts tons of Hollywood celebrity fans and over 50 of their suits have graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for the past 10 years.  You may recall this most recent one:

Letart swimwear

Letarte also makes a line of cover-ups, casual tops, dresses and pants.

Letarte swimwear

Letarte

Letarte Swimwear collection

Letarte Swimwear

Letarte coverups

Letart

Letarte

Letarte green

Letarte red

Letarte white

Letarte pink

For store locator or to shop online for Letarte go to Letarteswimwear.com.

Until next time Happy Summer and Happy Stylish Shopping

Made in the USA!!

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!

American Dorm and Home

American Dorm and Home

Whether you are planning on sprucing up some bedrooms for Spring, have a new baby on the way, or have a college student that will be looking  for stylish bedroom linens and accessories for their dorm room you must check out American Made Dorm and Home.

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American Made Dorm and Home is a female owned, small business  founded in 2011 initially as a response to the need for American made dorm and boarding school bedding.  Because of the high quality, great style, and great response from customers American Made Dorm and Home soon started producing home bedding, nursery bedding, pet bedding and lots more!!  The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with mills and suppliers  located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.   Absolutely everything is Made in the USA even the fabric!

American Dorm and Home

Liz and Roo baby line.

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Check out the dorm bundles they offer!

Check out the dorm bundles they offer!

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American dorm and home

Gorgeous home decor for all your bedrooms!

Look at this gorgeous nautical theme set and monogrammed too!

Look at this stunning nautical theme.      The personal monogram gives it extra luxury!

I can tell you from personal experience that I have been  disappointed too many times with the poor quality of comforters, throw pillows, and linens purchased from the big box “value” stores…the stitching comes apart, they fad, and look worn out in less than a year!   I like my sheets and bed linens to get softer and nicer with a little age not ready for the trash.  If you feel this way too then you need to check out the high quality and  fashion forward styles of  the American Made Dorm and Home product line.

Plus, look at the other great offerings: shower curtains, window valances, throw pillows, pet beds and baby linens!  All stylish, Made in the USA and high quality that you will love.

Monograms available on most items!

Monograms available on most items!

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Valances in stylish fabrics.

Valances in stylish fabrics.

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How about Greek Key motif for the baby's room!

How about Greek Key motif for the baby’s room!

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These roll beds are great for travel this Summer!

These pet roll beds are great for travel this Summer!

So please check out American Made Dorm and Home.  You will be happy you did!

Until next time Happy Shopping Made in the USA!

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs – Hand Crafted Jewelry

I don’t know about you but come Springtime I am in need of a few new baubles to give my wardrobe a fresh look.  The whimsical and refreshing designs of  Boston jewelry designer Barbara Goldberg of Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs totally fits the bill!

Barbara Goldberg hand crafted jewelry

Barbara gets her inspiration from “anyplace I can see pattern and the interaction of colors”… sources including couture magazines like Vogue, interior design magazines and even store catalogs can inspire her to start sketching.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara works with a rainbow of Polimer Clays many times adding silver, gold and copper leaf to the mix.

Barbara Goldberg designs

First she uses a pasta machine to flatten out the clay.

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Then she rolls the various clays into a log as you can see below.  The logs are sliced and then shaped into the individual clay beads which reveal the various swirls, grids, and waves that make each bead truly unique!  The clay beads are baked in an oven and finally glazed with a resin.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

In addition to making the labor intensive clay beads Barbara also produces her own hand blown glass beads.   Many times she adds Swarovski crystals for a touch of  sparkle.  It is the combination of these elements:  clay, glass, and crystal which makes her jewelry designs so special.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara has a studio in the south end of Boston.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

450 Harrison Avenue Suite 318

Boston Massachusetts 02118

If you are near Boston you can see her creations at the SOWA First Fridays Open Studios the first Friday of every month!   Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda

Dunes & Duchess Lighting and Furniture

Dunes & Duchess

Hello and Happy Spring Everyone!!  I am so excited to share with you this stylish line of Made in America home furnishings by Dunes & Duchess.  Most of the Dunes and Duchess furniture and lighting products are inspired from the past yet everything has a very fresh 21st century design sensibility which I love.

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Double Rachel Sconce in International Lifesaving Orange.

The design duo of Dunes -Michael Partenio and Duchess – Stacy Kunstel found inspiration for their designs from such items as a French antique turned style chandelier they discovered years ago… as you will see, wood turning and spindle style are design motifs emblematic of the Dunes & Duchess products.  Other inspirations… the charming old hitching posts still seen around New England if you look really hard!

Hitching Post Lamp

Hitching Post Lamp

If you want to energize your home with some distinctive pieces then Dunes & Duchess is your resource!  Take a look………..

Two arm candelabras in No Scurvy Yellow.

Two Arm Candelabras in No Scurvy Lemon.

4 Arm Candelabra

4 Arm Candelabra in Commodore of the Yacht Club Blue.

Acrylic top drink top table

Acrylic top drink top table

These wall sconces become an additional little work of art for the space.

Wood top drink top table

Wood top drink top table

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Console Table in Palm Beach Darling color!

Stacy and Micheal are totally involved in the production of their Made in the USA  Dunes and Duchess product line.   Utilizing a time honored form of woodworking called turning, all the individual pieces are turned in the Mid West using North American hardwood (Maple and Oak).

Stacy and Micheal in various stages of production

Stacy and Micheal in various stages of production

Then everything is shipped back to Connecticut where Stacy and Michael assemble and sand each item!  Next, a crew of painters from Connecticut do their color applications and then Stacy and Micheal reconvene to do the polishing, adding felt bottoms, wiring, and packing!  Even the packaging is made in Connecticut!

Yes,  this is the glamorous part!

Yes, this is the glamorous part!

Stacy hand signs and dates all the final pieces.

Stacy hand signs and dates all the final products.

Dunes & DuchessI hope you have been inspired by the stylish designs, refreshing colors and craftsmanship of these American made Dunes & Duchess products and also inspired by the American spirit of Stacy and Micheal in creating a beautiful line of home furnishings and producing everything right here in the USA!  For more information about Dunes & Duchess as well as locations where you can purchase go to their website at  http://dunesandduchess.com/

Dunes & Duchess

Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda

Nanette Lepore Womens Couture

Nanette Lepore NYC

Nanette Lepore NYC

Hello Everyone!

Nanette Lepore For as long as I can remember I have been a big fan of the Nanette Lepore clothing line but it wasn’t until I started this blog and researched American made products that I was pleased to find out that Nanette Lepore manufactures over 85% of her clothing in the garment district of New York City employing many of the same couture seamstresses since her inception over 16 years ago!  And her stylish shoe line is made in Los Angeles!  The company is planning to eventually make 100% in this country too!  If you are not familiar with Nanette Lepore she is known for her great colors and bold prints.  Nanette Lepore has become one of the leading names in contemporary American fashion. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette  headed east to New York City with only her talent, tenacity and a $5,000 loan from her father, Nanette launched her label in New York City’s Garment Center.

Inspired by her artsy, bohemian childhood,  Nanette’s designs are worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Abigail Breslin, Blake Lively, Arianna Huffington, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kristin Chenoweth.

Nanette’s outspoken efforts to protect New York City’s Garment Center have helped to raise awareness and demand for American-made clothing.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Flag Ship store in NYC Soho district and chat with the warm and welcoming store manager, Shonda.  If you visit this store for no other reason than to meet Shonda you will be happy.

Miss Shonda

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Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore Accessories

Nanette Lepore

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Nanette Lepore SoHo store

Nanette Lepore

Today, Nanette Lepore has grown into an international brand that offers women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance. Nanette Lepore has shops across the United States, Europe, and Asia—including boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Bal Harbour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, London and Tokyo with openings in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the near future.

Check out her website for store locator or shop online like I do!  Everything comes beautifully wrapped and look at the hand signed card she encloses with each shipment!Stylemadeinusa.wordpress.comUntil next time………. have a happy Spring and happy shopping Made in the USA!

Attention Ladies! Casual Clothing, Handbags, and Sleepwear to wear right now!

With too many cold, wintery weeks ahead I am ready for a few treats that I can wear now and that will take me into Spring!  Here are four Made in the USA companies offering  great price points and unique pieces for you to enjoy.

EARTH CREATIONS   Made in Alabama – Founders Joy and Martin started their company with organic T shirts dyed with the natural dye in Alabama red clay.   That was over 17 years ago and today they produce a whole line of stylish women’s, men’s and kids clothing still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed.  They have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I especially like their Convertible / Multi-use Garments:

This is all the same piece

This is all the same piece

I have this next piece and wear it year round with tights and boots and then sandals.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Tee Skirts created by Cynthia Niles made in Rhode Island.   All of Cynthia’s designs are handmade, repurposed, and one of a kind.  I love her circle skirts made from recycled or upcycled tee shirts!  These are great to wear now with tights and boots or ballet flats and would look really cute over your yoga or gym attire too.
T SKIRTS

T SKIRTS

SNOA SLEEPWEAR – Designed and manufactured in San Francisco using eco-friendly fabrics.  This sleepwear is dedicated to creating sleepwear that is gorgeous, soft and warm all at the same time!  Now you can have your sleep and be sexy too!

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REBECCA RAY DESIGNS – Made in Ohio (many pieces made by the Amish).  Handbags, totes, and clutches are just a few of the stylish products designed by Rebecca Smith.  If you love animals and the whole riding theme you must check out her website for more inspiration!  Here are some of my favorites from Rebecca’s American Couture line.

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So while we all Spring ahead and look forward to warmer weather remember to buy stylish and buy Made in the USA!  Happy shopping!