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.
Best Made continues to pump out high quality outdoor gear for nature enthusiasts…and when they partner with a company that’s been around for more than 150 years you know it’s got to be good. From axes, to chairs, to plates and now blankets… anything you’ll find on the Best Made site is guaranteed to meet and exceed all of your needs. As we approach camping season and 4th of July firework displays, there’s always a need for a great ground covering device. Introducing the Lumberland Blanket (Lumberland is a small town in upstate New York, home to the Best Made crew’s camp). Designed in New York by Best Made Co. and made exclusively by Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Lumberlander Camp Blanket is woven from domestic wool, blended with a small amount of cotton for a softer hand-feel, and is finished with tucked selvage sides and a whipstitched top & bottom. Each blanket comes secured in a Best Made leather blanket sling, making it perfect for campers on the go. Get it here for $184.00.
Note, current KICKSTARTER Campaign, click here! It’s about time that we’re able to give our feet a truly made in America experience. There are plenty of American made shoes, but all too often the ever important sock is overlooked. Not anymore. Behold Boldfoot Socks! They’re on a mission to create awesome socks for men and women, proudly made in America with comfort and quality you can count on (with free sock insurance just in case). Boldfoot was started to help spark a movement and bring apparel manufacturing back to the U.S. (similar goal to that of obviousamerica!) Currently, just 3% of all apparel sold in America is made on U.S. soil and I’m no mathematician, but that’s way too low. It’s time to make “Brinking it Back” a reality and adding socks to the mix is not quite starting from the ground up, but it’s 2nd after shoes! Boldfoot Socks are sewn just outside Philadelphia, PA and ready to take the sock game to a whole new level. Check out their website here… and their KICKSTARTER Campaign here (again, in cased you skipped to the end!).
As America’s Birthday rapidly approaches it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be wearing to the barbecue celebration…The L.C. King Brand Grilling Apron is a perfect way to class up your grilling attire and will surely garner more compliments than the expected and traditional stars and stripes apron. Just google “4th of July apron”. The apron has 4 grilling tool pockets, a front pocket and is extra long so you don’t have to worry about rogue grease or condiment specs getting on your pasty white legs or brand new white pants. What’s even more exciting? It’s limited edition and made from vintage American cotton hickory stripe denim right in Bristol, Tennessee. It’s a little pricey, but you have to take into account price per wear with this thing… well worth it over the long haul. Get it here for $124.00.
Ebbets Field Flannels continues its streak of releasing products that are absolutely awesome. They’ve been the go-to manufacturer for vintage authentic ball caps, jerseys, t-shirts and even PF Flyers… but now they’ve expanded their offering with a beautiful hand-sewn Federal League official baseball. The ball is limited edition, individually numbered, and obviously made in the USA. It doesn’t get any more American than this. It appears that only 100 pieces are being made so keep an eye out on their website for more information on release date and pricing. They’ll sell like a fastball… no change-ups here.
What do you get when two made in America companies combine forces? Pure American awesomeness. Truce Designs now allows you to pick your own Pendleton Woolen Mills fabric and pattern as an outer shell on their iconic Drop Liner Pack. This unique bag is perfect for pretty much anything… whether you travel, cycle, day hike or simply want to get through life, this pack is for you. And if you’re every in wet weather, don’t fear, the seam-sealed interior liner will keep your items inside safe and dry. Obviously made in USA. Get it here for $380.00.
A blast of color hits a timeless classic… the Aviator Flash Collection from Randolph Engineering is a great way to step up your style while protecting your eyes from those harmful UV rays this summer. The frames are matte chrome and they’re available in four colors: green flash, blue sky flash, orange flash and bronze flash. Don’t get caught looking normal and boring. Obviously made in the USA. Available here for $139.00.
Black Anchor Workshop is located in the northwest port city of Tacoma, Washington where the gritty environment can definitely be seen in the final product. The designs are one-of-a-kind as the BAW crew combines function, durability and creativity (as well as beauty, environment and community) to create something that’s much more than just a bag… it’s a completely new way to look at the traditional ditty bag. This simple bag is used by Navies and sailors around the world and carries their most important gear. Constructed from waxed canvas, solid brass hardware, and a traditional three-strand cotton rope… and available in 3 colors: Olive, Slate and Natural. Never leave home without it. Get it here for $160.00.
Shwood, the sunglasses maker hailing from Portland, OR, has expanded their offering to include Shtitanium. The original maker of wood sunglasses is now experimenting with titanium for a sweet 50/50 look that’s sure to turn heads. Each is completely unique and the quality is truly unrivaled. The Titanium Collection Canby is shown above, get them here for $185.00.
Detroit won’t only be known for the automotive industry for long… Motor City could soon be known as Watch City as well. No other city in the US is telling the “Bringing it Back” story better than Detroit and Shinola joins the party with amazing, high quality watches that are made in the USA. It’s about time that an American made watch can be passed down from generation to generation. The style, quality and price are all perfect. Seriously, perfect. If you think the pictures look good, wait until you see them in person… Shinola has created a lineup of beautiful timepieces that rival anything Swiss, including cheese. Introducing The Runwell… Features of The Runwell include a sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova printed dial details, and a solid stainless steel case with screw down crown. Two hands and remote secondhand sweep are driven by the Detroit-built Argonite 1069 high-accuracy quartz movement. From the laser-etched case back to the etched lightning bolt on the buckle, every detail of The Runwell has been engineered with an obsessive focus on making a watch of the highest possible quality. And making it right here in America.