Founded 1776 – A Surprise Box of Pure America

founded1776Are you sick and tired of the mailman constantly dropping of bills and junk mail?  What would it be like to get something exciting every once in a while? There’s finally a cure for this epidemic known as “snail mail sucks and I never get anything cool now that I’m a grown ass adult”. Introducing Founded 1776… a quarterly subscription box that works a lot like a magazine subscription, but with curated boxes of Made in USA products to help people discover quality Made in USA household goods and lifestyle accessories.  Surprise is part of the Founded 1776 experience, but to give you an idea of what could “maybe or maybe not” be arriving on your doorstep… they’ve been known to include products from established and up-and-coming brands such as Field Notes, Maptote, Gropener, Freaker and Runyon Canyon Apparel.  Test it out and get Box 1 for $33.00 or go for the full year with boxes 1-4 for $132.00.  We’re hoping for an eventual monthly subscription (for around $400.00 per year) because you can never have too much of a good thing… come to think of it, maybe a daily box is the way to go.  Who wouldn’t want America showing up on their doorstep everyday (except Sunday of course) for $10 grand a year.  At least getting the mail would be fun again… Obviously made in the USA.  Enjoy.

Black & Denim – Premium Selvedge Denim

Black & Denim100% American Raw Materials.  100% Quality. 100% Awesome.  Black & Denim is a lifestyle brand with a spirit as resilient as the American Dream and conserves the essence of American craftsmanship with an amazing collection of casual articles inspired by Americana, Music and American lifestyle.  Did you get that?  This is a true American company.  Black & Denim designs, manufactures and distributes all of their products right here in the USA. Check out the Steve McQueen Premium Selvedge Denim… available here for $199.00.


Casper – The Friendly Mattress

casper mattress1Casper has taken the mattress from mundane to insane. Your horizontal nightly sleep (or other activities) now have a made in America mattress option that will leaving you feel so rested and patriotic you’ll wake up feeling like a bald eagle.  Casper basically found the secret recipe for awesome…  Just the right sink, just the right bounce.   It’s a technology duo consisting of premium Latex foam for cooling and bounce and memory foam (which was originally developed for outer-space) for supportive comfort.  Developed and crafted with exacting standards to ensure you sleep like a baby and wake up with the energy of a 7-year old all for a price a teenager could afford. And the best part is you no longer have to push a full-sized bed through a house maze for setup…The Casper Mattress is resilient enough to compress-ship (same day shipping in NYC, 5 days cross-country) and fit through any door… except doggy doors. Just open the box and release your new sleeping device.  Obviously made in the U.S.A., NYC to be exact.  Get yours here for between $500-$950.


Archival Clothing – Web Belt

Archival Clothing Web BeltThere’s no excuse for a closet lacking a few good belts. Even if your pants are tailored to fit and look like they’re painted on… a nice belt is still an essential style piece you’ve got to get into the rotation every once in a while.  It’s  like the 6th man of your closet…. let’s just call it the Jamal Crawford. Expected to perform well whenever called upon no matter the situation.  The Archival Clothing Web Belt fits the bill in every way possible.  Enough style to dress up, yet casual enough to wear with jeans and a t-shirt.  The British mil-spec cotton is dense, stout and becomes more supple with use… without ever losing its structure (you know some of those cheap belts feel like a piece of Olive Garden fettuccine after a few wears). This simple yet iconic waist securing device is made from 1″ wide webbing, two solid brass rings and a Horween Leather tab to secure the end.  These materials are in it for the long haul… plus it’s finished with the Archival signature red bar-tack.  The Web Belt comes in a few different sizes (as well as colors) so be sure to fit yourself per the instructions before randomly guessing you’re a S, M, L or XL.  Obviously made in the USA.  Oregon to be exact.  Get it here for $32.00.

 


Padron Watch Co. – The Hennepin Automatic

Padron Watch Co

Pardon me?  No, Padron me.  That’s the new phrase for when you want to hint that your wrists are looking bare and you need a new timepiece.  The Padron Watch Company was founded in 2011 by Leo Padron with the mission to create serious timepieces with both durability and iconic design in mind.  Mission accomplished.  A Padron is a perfect watch for today and will be a perfect watch in 50 years when you hand it down to your grandson. One of our favorites is the Hennepin Automatic, a timeless design that’s hand-built and made with durable materials like sapphire, surgical-grade stainless steel and supple leather. The Hennepin is also 100 Meter water resistant… which is 328 feet or 10 ATM (for the math dorks that care). Padron Watch Co. is located in Minneapolis, MN…so in addition to being water resistant, it’s safe to assume they’re cold as f*** resistant as well. Get it here for $389.00.

Tactical Walls – 825 PLS and 1242 RLS

tactical wall shelvesSo you thought trap doors and secret storage compartments were only found in video games and movies?  Think again.  Tactical Walls is pioneering innovative and stylish wall pieces to stash your firearms. It’s like Pottery Barn for gun owners. The new shelves come in two sizes with easy to understand acronyms to differentiate what they’re meant to store… The 825 PLS (Pistol Length Shelf) and the 1242 RLS (Rilfe Length Shelf). They’re super easy to install, offer the functionality of a traditional shelf, and provide a foam lined cavity beneath the surface for discreet storage.  Worried about accidental access to your protection utensils?  Relax… The compartments have hidden locks that disengage with magnetic keys (because normal, non-magnetic keys wouldn’t be as badass).  If you’re interested enough to purchase the shelves, make sure you go the extra mile and get the optional L.E.D. lights that illuminate when the shelf is opened.  Obviously handmade in the USA… with real hardwood.  Get them here for $295.00 and $395.00 respectively.


Phar North – Get Beachy Hat

PharNorth HatTo quote the crew at Phar North… “Supporting American manufacturing is more than a trend.  It makes sense and keeps Americans working.”  This is the reason obviousamerica (check our about page) was created and we love to see more and more companies joining the movement… bringing it back.  Their “Get Beachy” 6 panel flat bill snap back is must have for any head wear enthusiast and the color is in the beige/khaki family so you can wear it with pretty much anything… plus it will look clean for years as sweat and dirt will melt away into the natural pantones. Get it here for $24.00. Phar North is making all the right moves to ensure you’ve got all the gear you need for an active lifestyle no matter where you’re located… but if you happen to be in Bozeman, Montana be sure to check them out.  Go Bobcats.

 


Wellen – Panel Trunk

wellen color blockIt’s the middle of summer and you’re probably getting tired of that Hawaiian print or plaid suit you’ve been sporting three summers too long… Luckily Wellen has exactly what you need to subtly update your swimsuit style.  The  Panel Trunk is a Two Tone Trunk (alliteration at its finest – could also call them the triple T) that offers a great monochromatic grey look from the front with a nice neon panel pop on the backside to let everyone know you’re not  one dimensional and boring.  The draw string keeps everything where it needs to be and it even has a gusseted Velcro fly so there’s no risk of an accidental snake show. Obviously made in the USA of 100% brushed polyester. Get them here for $66.00.  Or if you’re in southern California pick them up at Seaworthy in Carlsbad.

 


IAN JAMES – Patton Pack

Ian JamesSick and tired of having to use a briefcase or messenger bag because they look “more professional”?  Think you’re too old to rock a backpack because it makes you look like you’re headed back to kindergarten?  Does JanSport come to your mind when you see someone in business attire sporting a backpack?  These are all problems of the past.  Introducing the Patton Pack from Ian James - the answer to all of your everyday carrier problems.  It utilizes the perfect blend of tan cowhide leather and navy canvas, offers lots of storage with 2 zipper pockets and has internal components to separate your laptop from the rest of your gear.  Don’t go to your next meeting looking like a toolbag, get a backpack that suits your style.  Obviously made in the USA , NYC to be exact.  Get it here for $185.00.


BILLYKIRK – No. 317 Large Carryall, Royal Sport

billykirk royal sport bag

How do you make a perfect bag even perfecter?  I couldn’t tell you either… That’s why I rely on the craftsmen at fine companies like Billykirk to figure it out.  Check out the reinterpreted design of the classic No.166 Large Carryall. This version is lighter, sportier and makes for a perfect summer weekender (4th of July, duh) or gym bag. Do you even lift bro? It’s made using a water repellent royal cordura material, navy nylon pack cloth lining, and US made black mill-spec plastic hardware with natural leather accents. Further advancements from the predecessor are the front and back outside slot pockets and two interior pockets with a D-ring to hang keys (the kind of place where you place your keys in such a good spot that you’ll forget where they are… then remember later only to remember how smart you are).  Finally, this bag won’t crumble like a lot of the spineless bags out there… It’s made with a sturdy 20″ lightweight frame it stands 14″ tall and can expand to around 12.”  Obviously made in the USA. Get it here for $297.00.


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