OA has been finding the best Made in America products and gear for almost a year now and it appears that the rest of the country and even world is catching on. The October issue of FAST COMPANY is all about THE UNITED STATES OF DESIGN and has some great articles on American Designers and American Made Products (by Linda Tischler and Tim McKeough). Of course, you can find them all on obviousamerica.com, however it’s awesome to see these companies getting some national media attention. Now go grab the October issue and even get a subscription to FAST COMPANY… it’s a great magazine. Except below:
“Our furniture? Made inChina. Our cookware? Made inChina. Our knickknacks? Made in China. Is there anything left that is still homemade? We went hunting, and it turns out there’s plenty that is designed, crafted, and finished right here in theUnited States of America.
Some of the products, including Estwing hammers and Pendleton blankets, are produced by heritage brands that have been with us for decades and remain paragons of craftsmanship. Others, such as Billykirk’s leather bags and Raleigh Denim jeans, come from young designers who have rediscovered and revived the meticulous manufacturing techniques employed by generations past. Still others, like this SHY Light chandelier, live at the aesthetic vanguard, pushing the boundaries of contemporary design. Taken together, these products and the hands that made them paint a rich portrait of homegrown creativity. With their emphasis on intelligent design and quality construction, they make a convincing case that the label Made in theU.S.A.is more meaningful than ever.” – Tim McKeough