My name is Brad and I run Well Spent.
Well Spent features honestly crafted products that look good and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Honestly crafted can mean many things. It can mean manufactured in first world / non-sweatshop conditions, or made using sustainable materials, or it can simply mean built to last a lifetime. The items featured here run the gamut.
All of the information that appears on this site has been gathered with cooperation from the brands featured. I can only vouch for the information’s veracity insofar as it is what I have been told.
Questions and comments can be sent to brad[at]well-spent[dot]com. Product pitches can be sent there as well, however, due to the high volume of emails I receive, not every one will be answered.
Thanks for reading,
Founder / Editor
Since starting Well Spent, I’ve had the great pleasure of befriending a number of the brands we’ve featured. And in some cases, those friendships have evolved into working relationships. While my role with each brand has varied – tasks have ranged from press outreach, to web design, to product consulting – one thing has remained consistent throughout, and that is our shared beliefs regarding business and manufacturing practices. To this day, I’ve only taken on clients whose ethos match my own. In fact, every brand I’ve worked with appeared on Well Spent long before any kind of professional relationship was established. They’re all companies I respect, and believe in, and I feel tremendously grateful for the opportunity to help them along their way.
That said, it’s important that our readers know that we’ve never run a sponsored post on Well Spent, nor have we ever featured a product solely because it was made by one of my clients. In order for something to be appear on this site, it has to meet the Well Spent criteria (attractive, affordable and made in the US or similar first-world / non-sweatshop conditions). That’s always been the case, and that’s never going to change.
If you’d like to see a full list of everyone I’ve worked with, you can check out my portfolio site here.
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New York Times: ‘Dad Jeans’ Are Making a Comeback (July, 2013)
Cool Material: Wear This: Brad Bennett from Well Spent (April, 2013)
Time Out Chicago: Style blogger questionnaire | Well Spent (February, 2013)
Complex: The 25 Best Men’s Style Blogs Right Now (January, 2013)
CNN: Market Creates Communities of Like-minded Consumers (November, 2012)
Secret Forts: The Fall Three: Brad Bennett, Well Spent. (October, 2012)
Say Daily: Well Spent: Honestly Crafted Men’s Style (July, 2012)
Out: Interview: Bradley Bennett of Well Spent (March, 2012)
CNN: Holiday shoppers pledge to ‘Occupy Christmas’ and buy American (December, 2011)
Barneys New York: The Window: Season of Style (November, 2011)
Details Magazine: Guest Blogger Series (November, 2011)
Handlebar Magazine: The Handlebar Guide to Neckties (October, 2011)
Barneys New York: The Window: Personalities: Well Spent (October, 2011)
Complex: Feel Good Gear: The 20 Best Ethical Brands (August, 2011)
New York Times: Noticed: Bracelets for Men, in Earthy Materials (August, 2011)
GQ: Blogs to Know: Well Spent (August, 2011)
Refinery29: Chicago’s Cutest Guy Bloggers You’ll Wanna Bookmark (August, 2011)