I was greatly heartened by the news that Target will be featuring a curated line of American made products in the upcoming months. Target’s “Collective” features products from six brands; all the products in the Collective will be produced by members of our American family. What are the brands you ask? Well I will tell you.
Started in 1999 by the Brothers Bray on the West Coast, since 2005 Billy Kirk’s leather and canvas products have been produced on the East Coast. Most Billy Kirk goods are crafted in-house or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania. The hand-stitched shoulder satchel seen above was modeled after a WWII Belgium Map Case the Brays found at a second-hand store. Chris and Kirk Bray’s products are hand-made. Check out the video they shot last year. Here is one of their bags that is being featured on Target’s Collective line.
Owen & Fred
Owen and Fred make a bunch products on our shores, from the shaving kit bag pictured above to Lego cuff links,
wallets made with Horween leather,
and totes to haul your groceries.
Owen and Fred, like so many other new American manufacturing firms, is located in NYC. They will be offering their “LOOKIN’ GOOD” Shaving Kit Bag in Camo in the Target Collective
Locally Grown produces their hats and t-shirts in the heartland, Iowa to be specific. Their logo is a rooster which I imagine are fairly ubiquitous in Iowa. Locally Grown does an amazing series of state t-shirts.
My home state is represented,
as is the state of my birth.
Six Locally Grown t-shirts and two ball caps are included in the Target Collective, including this styling Rooster t-shirt.
Yet another NYC firm, Terrapin Stationers have been making great paper products in the Big Apple since 1913. I plan on ordering about a hundred of their hilarious products now that I know they exist. My current favorites are their unique notepad,
several of their cards including ants
and my favorite.
Terrapin Stationers are going to be featuring six cards and one pad in the Target Collective. I urge you to check out this engaging video about Terrapin.
Taylor Stitch clothes are produced in California and look very hip. They seem to be designed for slim fellas. Taylor Stitch also crowd funds a lot of their products. They will be featuring sweatshirts, button down shirts, Chino pants, tee shirts and jeans on the Target Collective.
I wrote about Duluth Pack a while back when I learned that the company was a finalist for the Outdoor Gear award. Duluth Pack makes an enormous number of products here in the U.S. Members of our extended American family working for Duluth Pack make a wide range of products including packs
and camera cases.
Seven Duluth Pack products are featured in the Target Collective, including the Duluth Pack Scout Bag.
So a tip of the cap to you Target for coming up with the Target Collective! It will provide the opportunity for lots of Americans to get to know six great American firms and allow them to experience first hand the amazing quality and style the members of our extended American family create day in, day out.
Now get shopping at the Target Collective!