SUMMER BREAK

The New American Consumer has been on summer break. Actually we became a poppa, but we’ll be back this September with more of the same Made in the USA goodness.

SHINOLA WATCHES

An intriguing bit of news coming out of Detroit by way of A Continuous Lean.

THE REAL THING: STANLEY KUBRICK

Although he spent much of his time on his estate in the UK, Stanley Kubrick’s vision for film was distinctly American. Get involved in this doc.

NEW BALANCE 1300

 

The NB 1300 is my all time favorite. The fact that they’re made in the USA started as a happy accident that slowly morphed into a way of thinking. They’ve been a staple of my closet for sixteen years as they’ve gone in and out of the NB stable of production shoes. Let’s hope they stay in constant production from here on out. Pick up a pair here at NB.

TOPO DESIGN FLEECE JACKET

It’s getting to the pt where I just want Topo Designs to get out of my head. Every product they make is like a page torn out of the deepest folds of my inner psyche. The part I didn’t even know we had until Topo Design showed it to me in the light of day. Stay out of my head, but please keep designing new stuff.

Get one here.

 

RECENTLY SEEN AT DESIGN OBSERVER

These are graphically amazing and in an obtuse way capture all the weird/uncomfortable/sometimes racist contradictions that make up America both then and unfortunately now.

Check out the post at Design Observer here.

RECENTLY VIEWED ON HUFFINGTON POST

Get a load of this. Apparently the Boston Consulting Group’s research previously mentioned here on T>N>A>C is already making waves in the corporate world. It should come as no surprise Apple’s caught the first set.

ALL FOR EVERYONE HATS

I spotted these at the General Store last winter and totally forgot to post them. Thankfully, I was reminded of these hand-made in the USA hats by a coworker yesterday.

Get one here.

RECENTLY READ AT THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

More news from the Boston Consulting Group by way of the Chicago Tribune. TOPLINE: Chinese consumers believe Made in the USA products are superior in quality to their domestic counterparts.

read more here.

WARSTIC WOOD BAT COMPANY

The baseball bat as design object. Of course this was bound to happen. I can’t speak to the playability of their maple bats, but as design pieces they’re impeccable and somehow fairly price. The fact that the auteur behind Warstic Wood Bat Co. is a former minor league player doesn’t hurt on the cred front.

Get one here.