Brands + Designers

Interviewing: Anna & Laura, from SANDER VON RHEIN

Interviewing: Anna & Laura, from SANDER VON RHEIN

Laura Keil and Anna Bermes of Sander von Rhein The setting was your typical Parisian café and the time was well into the afternoon, but not late enough to escape the smoldering heat that fell over the city. I was right on time for our […]

Norman Walsh, British Made Footwear

Norman Walsh, British Made Footwear

Headquartered near Manchester in Bolton, Lancashire, Norman Walsh's story begins in 1945 when a 14-year-old teenager left school to begin a shoe making apprenticeship at J.W. Foster and Sons, which would later become Reebok. Three years later, Norman Walsh was chosen to make many of the […]

Danielle Sakry, American made leather goods

Danielle Sakry, American made leather goods

I almost never remember where and when I first heard about a particular brand, but I always make sure to keep it on file. In the case of this brand, I was scrolling down my NUJI feed for some inspiration, when the cute bucket bag […]

Massalia, French-made leather sandals

Massalia, French-made leather sandals

Hello, blogging world. I'm back from my 4-month long laziness induced hiatus. In order to properly celebrate this comeback, I thought it would be fitting to focus on a French brand (as I'm French) and more specifically, from my region (Provence). Massalia is a brand […]

Introducing: S.E.H Kelly, British-made menswear

Introducing: S.E.H Kelly, British-made menswear

S.E.H Kelly is a London- based menswear brand founded in 2009 by Paul Vincent and Sara Kelly which ethos is to make everything in the British Isles and apply Savile row clothes making standards to casual wear. They honor trusted materials such as Shetland wool, Harris tweed or […]

Introducing: Tracksmith, US-made sports apparel

Introducing: Tracksmith, US-made sports apparel

Let me make one thing clear, I do not exercise. I only run for my life and that seldom happens. However, I'm admirative of all the people who wake up at ungodly hours and brave the elements to get their rush of endorphins. There's just one […]

Introducing: Du Travail Traditionnel, French-made sneakers

Introducing: Du Travail Traditionnel, French-made sneakers

I know  for a fact that a lot of you won't ever ditch your pair of Stan Smith or Converse. But for those of you out there seeking an alternative that's not found on everyone's feet or made by South East Asian kids earning in a […]

Introducing: Lika Mimika, Spanish made footwear

Introducing: Lika Mimika, Spanish made footwear

Let me introduce you to Lika Mimika a German-based footwear brand that makes their products in Alicante, southern Spain using environmentally friendly materials and processes during the dyeing and tanning of their leathers and manufacturing of their shoes. I always thought canvas fabric could feel a little too flimsy […]

Introducing: Shinola, Detroit made watches and bikes

Introducing: Shinola, Detroit made watches and bikes

Based out of the 30,000 square foot, fifth floor of a former General Motors auto research lab, Shinola has in just a few short years branded themselves as an American made precision and quality manufacturer of watches, bicycles, and leather goods. Following mass layoffs, furloughed […]

Introducing: La Botte Gardiane, French boot making company

Introducing: La Botte Gardiane, French boot making company

La Botte Gardiane is a French boot making company located in Villetelle in the Camargue region, a small village between Nîmes, where the word Denim comes from, and Montpellier (and pretty close to where I grew up!). The company has been in activity since 1958 and is a […]

Introducing: Maison Causse, French glove making company

Introducing: Maison Causse, French glove making company

Founded in 1892 by three brothers, Maison Causse is the oldest glove making company in France. Located in Millau, a center for glove making known throughout the world (Maison Fabre and Lavabre Cadet are also located there with Causse being the oldest), the company employs 40 […]

Introducing: American Giant, US-made sweatshirts and tees

Introducing: American Giant, US-made sweatshirts and tees

After a long, arduous quest I finally found my style Holy Grail (hyperbole, much?). Anyways, it's classic, affordable and Made in the USA! Dear reader, I present you with, American Giant's Men's Baseball Jacket. It's made of 100% cotton, heavyweight fleece, reinforced stitching for extra […]

Introducing: Laulhère, French made berets since 1840

Introducing: Laulhère, French made berets since 1840

Originally created by shepherds from the Béarn region (hence its name) to protect themselves from the damp, the béret is now a deeply ingrained part of French DNA alongside baguettes and Gauloises cigarettes.  Located in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Laulhère was founded in 1840 by Mr. Lucien Laulhère and is now […]

Introducing: Lotuff, New England made leather goods

Introducing: Lotuff, New England made leather goods

Lotuff is a small, Rhode Island-based leather goods brand that offers a pretty impressive range of leather accessories. Made by hand in their New England workshop, they only use the finest vegetable leathers (the rarest type) as well as a seldom paralelled attention to details. Unlike what you may […]

Introducing: Bills Khakis, American made menswear

Introducing: Bills Khakis, American made menswear

After Tennessee, New Jersey and Massachusetts, let's explore the best Pennsylvania has to offer. I did not have to look for long until I stumbled upon Bills Khakis (among many other interesting things). The story behind the brand is pretty inspiring. The company founder, Bill […]

Introducing: Atelier Particulier, French accessories brand

Introducing: Atelier Particulier, French accessories brand

telier Particulier is a French accessories brand founded in 2013. Currently offering four categories of products (ties, scarves, belts and socks) made in Italy and Switzerland, the brand showcases the best of luxury craftsmanship at accessible prices (Loro Piana cashmere and wool ties retail for 45€, wool and […]

Introducing: Hardwick Clothes, Tennessee made menswear

Introducing: Hardwick Clothes, Tennessee made menswear

Hardwick Clothes (originally known as Cleveland Woolen Mills) was founded in the late 19th century and is still located and operated in the South (Cleveland, Tennessee to be more specific). The company is the oldest maker of tailored clothing in America and its mission is to […]

Introducing: Sterlingwear of Boston, American made coats

Introducing: Sterlingwear of Boston, American made coats

Sterlingwear of Boston's story starts in 1965 as Viking Clothing, until the acquisition of Sterlingwear, then a rainwear manufacturer with a solid sales team and experience in distribution management. Run by the Fredella family ever since, the company thrived and has been the official purveyor of […]

Introducing: Todd Shelton, American made menswear

Introducing: Todd Shelton, American made menswear

Todd Shelton founded his homonymous brand in 2002 and has been steadily growing ever since. While not a household name yet, the brand is one of the few on the market that designs, manufactures and sells directly to consumers through their e-commerce website. American Apparel does […]

Introducing: Shuron, South Carolina made eyeglasses

Introducing: Shuron, South Carolina made eyeglasses

Shuron Ltd is based out of Greenville, South Carolina since 1865 and is one of America's oldest eyeglasses manufacturers (if not the oldest). You probably saw their frames on plenty of Hollywood actors' noses, from Kevin Costner in the 1991 JFK movie to Michael Douglas in Falling Down. […]

Introducing: Dehen 1920, Portland-made outerwear

Introducing: Dehen 1920, Portland-made outerwear

Dehen was founded in 1920 by a German immigrant, William Peter Dehen, who moved to the States in 1903. After holding several jobs at knitting factories on the West coast, and smuggling liquor from Canada during the Prohibition (side business for which he did a […]

Introducing: Norman Porter Jeans, Philly made denim

Introducing: Norman Porter Jeans, Philly made denim

Norman Porter is a denim and leather goods brand based out of Fishtown, a Northern Philadephia neighborhood and founded by two brothers and one of their friends. Read an interview of one the founders here. At the turn of the 20th century, Philly was one of […]

Introducing: Moore Boxer Shorts, Pittsburgh-made underwear

Introducing: Moore Boxer Shorts, Pittsburgh-made underwear

Moore Boxer Shorts is company founded in 2013 by Tim Moore, a then senior year student at the University of Pittsburgh. Featuring premium, 100% cotton Japanese shirting fabric (pinpoint oxford) as well as American made thread and elastics, the brand's goal is to offer comfortable, well made boxer shorts […]

Introducing: Delicate Run, made in France luxury sneakers

Introducing: Delicate Run, made in France luxury sneakers

Think about the 80s. Nothing classy, huh? Well, dear reader, think again. Delicate Run is a French brand of sneakers founded by sneakerhead Vincent Vetois. The brand currently offers only one model, the Manta, which was launched in partnership with Melbourne-based store Up There. Solely using […]

Introducing: Chippewa Boots, US made footwear

Introducing: Chippewa Boots, US made footwear

Chippewa Boots, originally known as Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company was founded in 1901 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin as a manufacturer of work, snow and rain footwear. Their boots represent a perfect alternative to Chinese made Timberland boots, which came under fire from Greenpeace activists for potentially supporting slave […]

Introducing: Parapluie Paris, French made umbrellas

Introducing: Parapluie Paris, French made umbrellas

If you're anything like me, you probably wasted a pretty hefty amount of money on umbrellas. Fabric tearing, shaft bending, stretchers breaking. I probably threw away a dozen of them and I don't even come from a particularly rainy region.  After the last one broke, I started thinking […]

Introducing: Concord Button Downs, American made shirts

Introducing: Concord Button Downs, American made shirts

Founder Dan Castelline started Concord Button Downs as a tribute to New England, with shirts cut and sewn in a Massachusetts facility and a look that incorporates characteristics found in traditional Ivy Leagues attire. The shirts feature a tailored, traditional fit, a rear box pleat, adjustable round […]

Introducing: Passavant and Lee, American made luxury briefcases

Introducing: Passavant and Lee, American made luxury briefcases

I think I should create a new category for my blog: "Over the top". Because this company's brief cases are over the top in every possible way: from the craftsmanship to the price and the materials used. Every possible way except one: their timeless, understated elegance. Passavant […]

Introducing: Industry Standard NY, US made jeans

Introducing: Industry Standard NY, US made jeans

Industry Standard NY is a new denim brand founded by Nicole Najafi. A bridge between the east and the west coasts, based in NYC and made in LA, the brand's vision is to offer the perfect pair of jeans without breaking the bank. How do they achieve that? […]

Introducing: Kaehler1920, American made leather goods

Introducing: Kaehler1920, American made leather goods

It's always interesting to discover a century old brand and realize nobody really knows about it. Google Kaehler1920 and you won't find much. The Chicago-based fine leather goods brand was founded in 1920 by locksmith Walter Gustav Kaehler. After witnessing an increase in trunks lock repairs, Walter Kaehler set […]

Introducing: Väska, Spanish made minimalistic leather goods

Introducing: Väska, Spanish made minimalistic leather goods

Väska, name after the Swedish word for bag, is a Barcelona based leather goods brand founded in 2012 by Ann-Sofi Storbacka. The brand solely uses vegetable tanned cow leather (no heavy metals)  from cattle raised in Catalonia. The products are 100% handmade and take their sleek and […]

Introducing: Chief Trunk, American made luxury travel goods

Introducing: Chief Trunk, American made luxury travel goods

Chief Trunk is a NYC based luxury luggage company. What makes it special, beside its well proportioned design, Brooklyn based manufacturing and high quality materials, is its history. Indeed, Chief Trunk is the revival of a much older manufacturer, the Oshkosh Trunk Company, launched in […]

Introducing: California Tailor, American made shirts

Introducing: California Tailor, American made shirts

Launched at the beginning of this year, California Tailor was born from “the desire to create the perfect, American made, button down woven shirt” and it seems that London raised designer Gill Mclean succeeded. The shirts are a perfect mix of British refinement and Californian laidbackness, they […]

Introducing: Maurice Manufacture, French made shoes

Introducing: Maurice Manufacture, French made shoes

Maurice Manufacture is a 65 year old shoe manufacturer based in Cholet, France. The factory manager describes their products as traditional, but with a "newstalgic" singularity. I love this word. Let's make it a goal to get it into the dictionary. Now back to the […]

Introducing: American Trench, the American made trench

Introducing: American Trench, the American made trench

The name of this brand couldn't be more straightforward. American Trench is a company founded by two friends, Jacob Hurwitz and David Neil, who were looking for a US made trench and couldn't find one. One of the most practical, stylish and timeless pieces one […]

Introducing: Artaban, Italian made knitwear

Introducing: Artaban, Italian made knitwear

Cashmere is a rare and coveted fabric, and what's rare and coveted is also expensive. What we tend to forget is that a non-negligible share of cashmere product prices stems from non essential factors (at least, for the end consumer) such as marketing or middlemen's markups. […]

Introducing: November Adelaide, French made bowties

Introducing: November Adelaide, French made bowties

November Adelaide is a Paris-based brand founded by Julien Comte-Gaz and Adrien Poznanski. They focus on bowties, made out of couture houses left overs which is why each model is produced in limited quantities. Why bowties? They say it's the symbol of elegance, and we very […]

Introducing: Les Partisanes watches

Introducing: Les Partisanes watches

Les Partisanes is the project of two childhood friends, Elise Mennesson and Jessica Quintal. They offer stylish, made in France watches, exclusively for women, which brings femininity to a traditionally male oriented industry. The most expensive watch costs 160€ which makes it an affordable yet […]

Introducing: Strathcona Stockings

Introducing: Strathcona Stockings

Strathcona Stockings is a sock company founded by Canadian designer Ryley O'Byrne. Featuring colorful and floral patterns, each pair is handprinted with the utmost care. As temperatures drop and skies turn grey, here's a way to keep a piece of summer with you.