What a week! I discovered people really like barbecue. My post on barbecuing and gas grills made by members of our extended family was my most popular post of all time. But enough about barbecue, it is time for our latest edition of three for the week. After you get done reading this post, hopefully you will have discovered three American made products that hadn’t heard of before! Let’s get started.
Walk-Over shoes has been making shoes in the U.S. since 1758 when it was founded by Levi Keith in Brockton, Mass. Their shoes are now made at the H.H. Brown factory in Martinsburg, Pa., where 500 members of our extended American family make Walk-Over shoes. My favorite Walk-Over style is Grey Suede Derby.
Blue Fish Clothing is an interesting company. Jennifer Barclay, the woman behind Blue Fish Clothing, began making clothing for herself in 1986 when she was seventeen. She was fascinated by prints and colors and Blue Fish Clothing is all about artisan designed clothing. Since 1995, Ms. Barclay has utilized organic cotton spun in South Carolina for her clothing. The Blue Fish Clothing garments are sewn and dyed in New Jersey by two small companies that Blue Fish Clothing has been working with for 25 years and who abide by strict labor laws. The garments are then shipped to Blue Fish Clothing’s two studios, one in Taos, NM and one in Frenchtown, NJ. Artisans then hand-print designs on the Blue Fish Clothing garments. Blue Fish Clothing’s print blocks are designed and hand-carved from lino-blocks by a wide variety of artisans. Each collection has its own palette of color. What is great from my perspective is that all of the clothes Blue Fish Clothing makes are and always have been produced in the U.S. Here are a couple of examples of Blue Fish Clothing garments.
Some of you may be asking, “what are you doing featuring a company that makes the majority of its clothing abroad?” Anchor Division admits to that fact, but they are attempting to bring some of their clothing production back home. I think we who support products made by members of our extended American family should not write off people like Anchor Division. We should embrace their efforts at reshoring and support them. So, click on the Anchor Division link above and read what they have to say about reshoring. If you want to support them by buying something from their American made Animal Collection I say good on you! You have to admit, the Branded Jacket is pretty cool.
I would encourage you to leave comments, especially about types of products you would like to have featured on my blog. I plan on doing a post on American made golf products within the next few days.