Category Archives: Made in the USA

Made in the USA: Protagonist

Posted by The T on April 14, 2014

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Pictured above is probably the best white shirt ever designed and produced in the USA!

We are obsessed with the relatively new line called Protagonist established in 2013 in NY.   Subtle adjustments to the traditional dress shirt is made by designer Kate Wendelborn to this refined silhouette, which is free of darts and other fitting devices. Pure white cotton puts the focus on considered details such as a hidden placket, anchored pocket, and interior French seams. Extended cuffs, lined in a trio of buttons, are designed to brush the knuckle for an elongated look and can be folded at the wrist for a more relaxed feel.

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Made in the USA: NewbarK

Posted by The admin@habitual on March 13, 2014

We could also categorize this as an obsession post. NewbarK was launched in 2009, by the stylist sister duo – Maryam and Marjan Malakpour. This LA-based luxury brand is best known for elegant, minimalistic, comfortable shoes and handbags. All their goods are handmade in Los Angeles, California (like ours). BTW- The name NewbarK comes from the saying “My dogs are barking” which means my feet are in pain! We just ordered a pair and will report back whether the dogs were howling or sleeping in comfort.

Oh, we also love the simplicity and the stripes done the right way!

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Made in the USA: Faribault Mills

Posted by The E on January 31, 2014

Made in Faribault, Minnesota—where they know a thing or two about cold—these 100% merino wool blankets look as cozy as they do cute. The Dot Throws are a result of Faribault Mill’s longstanding collaborations with U.S. businesses, in this case updating a 1950s design for an airline in olive, silver and charcoal for today’s palettes. We’ll take one of each please!

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The New Classic Gift: Heath Ceramics

Posted by The E on December 11, 2013

The clean, modernist lines of Heath define a haute bohemian sensibility that goes back to the ceramic brand’s Northern California roots. It isn’t any wonder then that their pottery feels right for today’s version of that casual elegance, making their revival over the past couple of years a good reason to gift these made-in-America wares. One of our year-round standbys is to fill their elegant bud vase with a few stems as a thank-you or hostess gift. In a candy-apple hue, the holiday edition is a no-brainer.

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Made in the USA: Coast Wide

Posted by The E on November 4, 2013

A group of creative folks in Los Angeles is making chambray shirts more (in their words) cosmic. The project reinvents the 70-year-old label Coast Wide by updating their American-made, denim button-downs with modern cuts, Japanese fabrics and hand-embroidered designs. With imagery such as lunar phases and geometric patterns adorning each limited-edition piece, the workwear staples get gorgeous one-of-a-kind embellishment without looking like a page from a Grateful Dead coffee table book.

via Cool Hunting

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Made in the USA: Wigwam Socks

Posted by The E on October 23, 2013

Not only do Wigwam socks go well with boots and a pair of Habituals (hello ’90s looks!), but they’re made stateside in Wisconsin.

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Made in the USA: Three NYFW Favorites

Posted by The E on September 17, 2013

Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!

1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)

2.) Made from the exotic hardwood dashboards of Merceedes-Benz’ new S-Class, these shades are limited to an edition of 10 per style and crafted in Portland, OR by Shwood.

3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.

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Made in the USA: Dr. Bronner's

Posted by The E on September 4, 2013

While few might actually read an entire Dr. Bronner’s label, you may have noticed three simple words—Made in U.S.A.—printed within the famed poetic Moral ABCs. That commitment to domestic production is a small but core principle in the “all-one” philosophy behind a family-run company with over five generations of soapmaking heritage. It’s one more reason to make Dr. Bronner’s soap (one of the purest out there) a staple at home, on the road, and anywhere you need a multipurpose cosmetic solution.

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Made in The USA: Liberty United

Posted by The E on August 27, 2013

Like a sentimental piece of jewelry, one of the reasons we like wearing U.S.-made fashion is for the reminder of what it symbolizes. Liberty United, a jewelry line launched earlier this summer, makes wearing their “remade in the USA” accessories even more meaningful by using metal and bullet shells repurposed from illegal weapons seized by law enforcement. Designed by one of our favorite NYC jewelry-makers Giles & Brother (sister-brother duo Courtney and Philip Crangi), the anti-gun violence rings, bracelets and necklaces of the debut collection each feature the serial number of the decommissioned gun and can be custom engraved for a piece that makes multiple statements.

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Made in the USA: Alabama Chanin Halter Top

Posted by The E on July 23, 2013

We’ve long admired Alabama Chanin’s couture-like approach to making handcrafted products with new, organic and recycled materials. And like us, founder Natalie Chanin’s commitment to the “Made in the USA” label shows in everything she does, most recently with last February’s launch of Basics, a line of  clean, everyday garments to wear with everything.

A great choice from the new collection that’s perfect for summer heat, we’re coveting their lightweight Halter Top. The simple shirt is made from 100% organic cotton jersey and completely hand-stitched down to the adjustable halter that allows you to decide just how much skin to show. With a length that hits at the hip, we’d wear one with a cropped pair of Habitual Angelinas in a cigarette leg for a flirty but casual look on a night out.

You can get it for $145 in a wide range of colors and fabrics directly from Alabama Chanin. It should tide us over until their recently announced machine-made venture, A. Chanin, comes out—a first!

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