America the beautiful not only applies to the natural beauty of our country's forests, mountains and cities, but also to the created beauty evident in the quality craftsmanship of the recent maker movement. In the summer spirit of Americana, Lauren curated a list of her favorite all-American brands and products that will have you pledging allegiance to local shopping—no matter where between sea and shining sea you call home.
Photography: Nathan Kraxberger
Denim Cut-offs, Jean Shop We didn't have to travel far to pick up a pair of these broken-in denim shorts. Soho-based Jean Shop boasts a unique looming method for denim that ensures fray-free edges. The result? Effortless cut-offs, perfect for sunny Saturdays.
Leather and Nickel Key Chain, Stanley and Sons If you love brands with a heritage, you'll want to check out Stanley and Sons. Founder Chris Grodzki opened the company in 2008, inspired by his grandfather's storied bag and apron company. Everything they sell is built to last, including this hand-dyed leather key chain designed to be reminiscent of old advertising rings.
Nautical Pillow, Ortolan Organic There are so many reasons why we love this pillow, from the all-natural materials used in its production, to the assurance that it is hand sewn and printed in Los Angeles. We imagine Herman Melville would approve as well.
Canvas + Leather Tote, FEED + Shinola The new FEED + Shinola tote is a special one not only because of where it’s made, but because of where it gives. Each limited-edition purchase provides 100 meals to families in Detroit through Forgotten Harvest.
Walnut Lamp, The Good Flock The Portland-based makers and wood-workers of The Good Flock know a thing or two about socially responsible design. This versatile lamp (set it on a table or bolt it into the wall), for example, is "hand-turned" in Oregon with only the most wholesome of materials.
Handmade Necklace, Dear Survivor If the look of this necklace doesn't stop you in your tracks, the story behind its maker will. Dear Survivor founder, Christine Longoria, began crafting one-of-a-kind pieces from her garage after noticing signs of a human trafficking ring in her San Francisco neighborhood. After being instrumental in getting the operation shut down, she now gives 10% of every dollar to fight human trafficking in California. "Let's use commerce to do good," says Christine. We couldn't agree more.
Sweet Ceramic Vase, Heath Ceramics It's pretty neat when a company as big as Heath Ceramics is so proud of their products that they offer factory tours to customers on the weekends. This is a people-first company, from the way they celebrate their makers, to the way they design for customers’ everyday needs. We thought this vase would make a lovely gift (although, if we’re being honest, we kept ours).
Copper Tray, Heath Ceramics Also from Heath Ceramics is this stunning Washington Copper Tray, designed by Jacob Bromwell. To look at it is to see the best of American craftsmanship.
Coin Tray, Doug Johnson This would make the prettiest catch-all for a desk or dresser, don’t you think? Each mini-basket is hand-woven with 100% cotton cord, which translates to a bendable yet sturdy, stunner of a coin tray. We recommend checking out everything on this site!
DIY BBQ Sauce Kit, Food52 Take made-in-America to the next level with made-in-your-kitchen BBQ sauce. This DIY kit from our friends at Food52 would be the most fun and delicious way to enjoy summer grill night.
Linen Towel, Brahms Mount What better day to elevate the most everyday of routines than by drying off with this lightweight linen bath towel? We’re swooning over the striped design for summer, created with natural dyes and natural fibers.
That’s it for this month’s edition of Conscious Buys. Let us know your curation ideas in the comments section below!