Technically fall officially starts on September 23, but the weather has already started to turn here in the Midwestern United States.  The mornings and evenings are cool and crisp with mild temps throughout the day. Its not time yet to break out the full on jackets and coats, but there is a need for that extra mid-layer.

We at NCG feel the graphic crew neck sweatshirt is the perfect answer to that layer.  We have searched the interweb for some great choices and have called them out below. Enjoy and stay warm!
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headerThere is a little company out of Richmond VA making some great things.  Square Trade Goods Co. was created by Alan Long, in his quest to find the perfect candle.  Having no luck with the off-the-shelf candle market, Alan took it upon himself to create the quintessential campfire scented candle this world has seen.


It took a year of trial and error, but in the end he was able to find the perfect blend of pine, cedar, wood smoke and a subtle hint of amber.  He completes the scent with U.S. grown all natural soy wax, self trimming all natural cotton wick and to top it off, each candle is hand poured in either an amber glass jar or a reusable whiskey glass.  What comes out in the end is a strong, but not overwhelming sent that can burn up to 4 hours continually.(Note:  I have left mine burn for 6-8, but I like to break the rules)

Alan has expanded his candle offering to eight (8) scents as well as expanding into hand salve and some apparel and accessories.  He has started down the path to create a nice lifestyle brand that we here at NCG can get behind.


0ap2000000258922Nike, just 1 year into their 5 year deal with the NFL, revealed the new 2013-2014 Pro Bowl uniforms the players will be wearing.  To go along with these new uniforms, a new draft-style format will be used to fill the rosters spots, so it will no longer be the traditional AFC vs. NFC we have grown so accustom too.
nfc_49ers_probowl_f_b_r3One team will be sporting the grey/electric lime and the other team with the white/orange combo.  With the new uniforms and the new roster filling format, the NFL is really pushing to drive some excitement around the Pro Bowl.  They started this idea a few years back when the date of the Pro Bowl was moved to be played before the Super Bowl, hoping to make it more relevant in the minds of the NFL fans.afc_ravens_probowl_f_b_r3Some are saying the new uniforms are to similar to newly designed Oregon and Oregon State uniforms.  You be the judge.



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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