6TH ANNUAL MADE IN USA HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

5th ANNUAL NOBLE COUNTY GOLD GIFT GUIDE
This is one post we here at NCG look forward to each year.  It’s a time were we get to showcase some great product made by great companies, right here in the USA.  This season we have selected ten items that would make any guy beam with joy if he found them in his stocking or under the tree come Christmas morning.  To sweeten the pot even more, the fine gentlemen over at Owen & Fred have agreed to donate a YOU EARNED IT solid brass bottle opener to 3 readers who leave a comment.*  If you ask me, that beats any Black Friday deal I have seen thus far.  Links to the products and where to purchase are below.
*Discloser:  Readers will be picked at random and notified via e-mail*

5TH ANNUAL MADE IN USA HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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Each year we here at NCG pull together a collection of 10 great gifts, all made in the USA. Every item would be a great addition under your tree this holiday season.  They can be purchased by following their links below.  Happy Holidays from all of us at here at NCG.

THE RUNWELL 47MM

STRIKE ANYWHERE AMERICAN FELLING AXE

FILSON COMPUTER BAG

WINFIELD BELT

GEIER DEERSKIN GLOVES

WITTY SAYINGS FLASKS

MADE IN USA SWEAT PANTS

RED BACKSEAT BLANKET 

AMERICAN TRADERS TOBOGGAN

BALSAM FIR SOY CANDEL 

 

 

WORN WELL: A FILM ABOUT THE STORIES WE WEAR

Patagonia has released a short film that showcases some of their iconic pieces of gear and the people who use them.  The catch is, these pieces span from being 10 to 35 years old and are still going strong.  It’s a testament to Patagonia and the products they created, but to me, the message the video is telling goes deeper than that.

The message goes totally against the mindset that has been ingrained in my mind the 17 years I have been in the retail game.  Keeping clothing as long possible and not buying new each season, that’s just crazy talk in retail.  If everybody followed that model, what would happen to all the malls, the large sales bonuses given to retail executives and the collaborations between brands and celebrities? In an instant gratification society where we value the new vs. the old and then have to be the first person to get that item and show it to our loyal followers, on whatever social media platform is the coolest that day, this video and its message puts that idea on its head and then kicks it in the ass….and I totally agree with it.

In this day and age, we need more brands and retailers to follow this message.  Putting hard work, dedication and quality into every item them make.  They need to think more about the lifespans of their garments and how to enable them to be passed on from this generation to the next.  It’s more about creating a legacy for the brand than creating EBIDTA.

 

ALLEN EDMONDS LAUNCHES MADE IN USA APPAREL

logo-originalThis past week Allen Edmonds, the 91 year old footwear brand out of Port Washington WI launched a small collection of apparel.  There are enough pieces to create 8-10 classic looks, which can be seen below, but what is most important about this launch is that 90% of this collection was made right here, in the USA.

Paul Grangaard, the brands President and CEO states ‘This is all about great American styling combined with American manufacturing authenticity…Allen Edmonds has proven that world class shoes can be handcrafted in America. Now we’re going to help show the world that it also can still be done in amazing clothing and leather goods.’  With the manufacturing of this line, Allen Edmonds, along with their production partners were able to create and fill more than 280 skilled labor jobs, all filled by the american worker.

Along with this launch, the company has also re-braneded themselves and have picked up the tag line, ‘An American Original’.  The logo is clean, simple and classic, which really speaks to the brand and their offering.

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