What is handmade? The simple answer, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is: “made by hand or a hand process.” However, many brands these days would like you to believe that their goods are “handmade” because it has been determined by some marketing executive that the term sells products. Based on their loose definition, if a Read more
Nobody believes in the quality and integrity of “Made in USA” more than me. I come from a family that has never turned its back on American manufacturing – we’ve never even considered it. Since my grandfather established himself as a shoemaker in the 1960’s, we have made our shoes in Maine, and we always Read more
Photos courtesy of NothernGRADE. One could say that the American menswear pop-up market is the #menswear anti-hero. No models, no runways, very few photographers, and no nonsense. Just people who make things talking about their goods, demonstrating how they’re made, and selling them directly to the people who share their passion.
When my father first traveled to Japan in 1994, I was 10 years old. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It seemed too far away, too foreign, too unlike anything I knew. “The flight takes 15 hours!?” I questioned incredulously. “They eat their meals with wooden sticks?” It didn’t make any Read more
Last week, the daughter of a member of our product development team joined her mother at work for the day. As part of the experience, the teenage girl spent a couple of hours observing and lending a hand in our finishing room, where one of the veteran finishing team members said to her, “make sure Read more