Northern Grade: Her

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Northern Grade is hosting their first female-geared pop-up this weekend in Brooklyn. Head to the Powerhouse Arena Saturday and Sunday to check out brands like Nativen, Tradlands, Gamine, Elizabeth Suzann, and of course Pierrepont Hicks (also the founders of Northern Grade). Below are a few of my favorite pieces from these designers. And don’t forget to get tickets for the Insider Panel with Northern Grade and Fashionista “American Design and Manufacturing: A Renaissance?”.

Tradlands

Tradlands

Nativen

Nativen

Gamine

Gamine

Elizabeth Suzann

Elizabeth Suzann

Pierrepont Hicks

Pierrepont Hicks

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Collective Quarterly: Absaroka

The Collective Quarterly is back with their second issue, Absaroka. The group traveled to a sliver of Montana that is dominated by the Absaroka Mountains. Absaroka means “children of the large-beaked bird” which is what the Hidatsa people used to call the Crow Indians who lived there. “A lot of people come here to hide,” clothing maker Angela Devine observes of her home. Looking through the magazine, it’s easy to see why. The photos are hauntingly beautiful.

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The Shinola Black Blizzard Chronograph

At the Steven Alan event I co-hosted with Shinola I got to experience Shinola’s new Black Blizzard Chronograph in person. The latest in Shinola’s growing watch collection, the Black Blizzard is the brand’s first titanium chronograph watch and will be available in a 42mm and 48mm case. The most challenging and technically demanding Detroit-built timepiece to date, the watch is driven by the Argonite 5050 high-accuracy quartz movement and features an iconic Shinola black dial, titanium sport turning topring, signature case back plate, 20ATM depth rating, and is accompanied by an additional black rubber strap. Like the rest of Shinola’s watches the Black Blizzard is assembled here in the USA, in their converted shoe polish factory in Detroit, using quartz movement kits from Ronda in Switzerland. Ronda is a family-owned leader in the watch movement and manufacturing industry. The Black Blizzard was inspired by the dust storms that plagued the Great Plains in the 1930s. This durable watch is an ode to the perseverance of America, and the people of this country that have stood against adversity. Each watch is accompanied by a leather-bound coffee table book on the desert storms with rare photos, newspaper clippings, and a brief history of the era. The watch will be released in November of this year.

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The Original Thanksgiving Trot

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Many of us here in New England are eating our greens and hydrating tonight as we prepare for our “Turkey Trot” 5K, 10K, what-not on Thanksgiving morning. But long before the trend of squeezing fitness into our day of glutenous eating, the turkey was the one who got in some exercise before the big feast – literally. Some 200 years ago, Vermont turkeys travelled to Boston on foot in what was called a “Turkey Drive”. The drive would collect thousands of turkeys from all corners of the green mountain state and were often herded by farmers’ children who acted as the drovers. Though the trip was a slow one (a mere 10-12 miles a day) and often experienced casualties, it was an autumnal tradition that lasted for almost 100 years. How New England to be droving 1,000 plucky turkeys (who were often roosting in inconvenient places like the side of the road or in a covered bridge) versus the iconic cattle drives of the Midwest. Happy  Thanksgiving to you all, I hope you enjoy your morning jaunts and the luxury of eating a turkey that led a leisurely happy life on a kind farm in Vermont.

Thanks to Vermont Public Radio, the source for this fun story.

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#KnowYourSource

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The amazing women of Zady have created a movement we should all be getting behind – I don’t mean to sound bossy, but this one is a no-brainer. #KnowYourSource is an initiative to induct a new standard where apparel brands label all goods sold in the U.S. with a “Sourced In” tag. This tag will disclose the country of origin of the entire product supply chain, thus providing more transparency and ownership of where our goods are being made. In a culture of mass-consumption, it’s about time we became more conscious of this process and where our money is going. Here are a few sobering facts about why this movement matters (shared from Zady):

-The world consumes 400% percent more clothing than 20 years ago.
Cancer, asthma and neurological problems associated with chemicals used in apparel manufacturing are on the rise.
-The textile industry is responsible for 20% of the world’s total industrial water pollution.
-The supply chain of apparel products has many touch points and happens in many different countries – the current requirement to label products with “made in” will not do.

Please join the “Sourced In” Movement to help encourage brands to become more sustainable, ethical, and economical in their production – from the farm to the factory. Sign the petition! It really makes a difference.

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Zady’s .01 The Sweater, the first in their Essential Collection, is proof of how a brand can successfully produce a sustainable product that is cost friendly and stylish. The sweater is fully sourced and made in the U.S. and meets the highest environmental standards used in production. Head to their sight to read and watch the whole process which they’ve documented.

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