Today is the 4th of July, which seems an appropriate day to celebrate some of Izzy and Jean Co.'s most fabulous American made goods.
What is it about America lately? There seems to be an abundance of creative businesses starting up, who make really unique and stylish goods - handcrafted, vintage-inspired design and high quality products that revive skills and styles of yesteryear.
At Izzy and Jean Co. we think the story or history behind a thing often makes it that bit more special, and that's why we just had to stock these four American made brands.
God bless Americana!
General Knot & Co is a boutique necktie maker from New England. Started by a fashion design director and a technology engineer in New York City, it began with a shared appreciation of fine craftsmanship and all things vintage. General Knot sources the fabrics for their ties from collectors, dealers, estate sales and auctions throughout the US. The fabrics are often vintage or deadstock, which adds to the character and old-fashioned feel of the ties.
Izzy and Jean Co. has a fine selection of the General Knot range. I love that General Knot is reviving the fading custom of wearing a tie. Even if you don't wear a tie except when you have to go to a wedding, why not break one out on a regular day - just because you really like it.
Which leads me to my next special Independence Day mention, and that is Billy Wolf: Fine K9 Coatery. This Montauk-based designer first made a dog coat out of a vintage blanket after finding that there was nothing in the market already that suited her style. This lead to a whole range of dog coats made, again, from vintage, deadstock and American made fabrics. The coats are finished with salvaged buttons and come with a beautiful handmade label which you won't want to throw away. Billy Wolf prides itself on making durable, quality dog coats using existing resources. Take a look at the Billy Wolf range at Izzy and Jean Co. Catering for little dogs to large hounds, waterproof, fleece and wool, we have a variety of fabrics to suit the most discerning pup.
Izzy and Jean Co. is lucky enough to be the exclusive online retailer of Billy Wolf in New Zealand!! Take a look at our dog coat range.
Forging the way in fine quality basics is Etiquette Clothiers. Yet again, all the way from New York! Their classic and sophisticated Italian made socks are a hit worldwide, reflecting their commitment to the traditional craftsmanship and wearable designs of their men's, women's and kids' socks. Like General Knot, Etiquette Clothiers is reviving the idea of dressing to impress. In their words, "a little bit of civility and ceremony, underneath it all". Cheers to that!
Repeat after me, "there will be no more buying of 3-packs of black socks from the supermarket".
From New York to the Mid West, we find Faribault Woolen Mill on the banks of the Cannon River in Minnesota. This mill was closed down several years ago, and then reopened by a family who saw an opportunity to revive the wool weaving tradition that had been a part of America's history since its opening at the end of the Civil War. For more about the classic vintage designs from Faribault Mill, take a look at last week's blog.
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