Tradlands’ American-Made Giveaway

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This is probably the giveaway of the month, or the year for that matter. One of my favorite brands, Tradlands, has teamed up with a few more of my favorite brands, Appalatch, Archival Clothing, and Gamine Co., to offer an American-made giveaway package filled with awesome goodies (and valued at $600!). One winner will receive a Purl Scarf from Appalatch, a Waxed Twill Shoulder Tote from Archival Clothing, a Hemp & Fleece Raglan from Gamine Co., and a Button-Up Shirt from Tradlands. The prize will be shipped for free to the winner and is also open to International entrants. Be sure to enter by January 30th at midnight PST for a chance to win this amazing package of American-made goodness.

*Also, following N’East Style on instagram gains you one extra entry!

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Jud’s Journal: Vermont

Yankee Magazine’s editor-in-chief Jud Hale says, “there’s a lot you could say about Vermont” . . . and he’s right. But what he captures here in his journal entry for the Green Mountain State (he did one for each state of New England for Yankee Magazine’s 75th anniversary) is right on point.

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New Year, New Home

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It’s a new year and we have exciting news . . . we moved to Burlington, VT! Boston was great these past 7 years but it was time for the next chapter in our lives. Teddy will be joining the firm Wagner Hodgson and I’ll be joining the incredible team at Ursa Major. We couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities and to be calling Vermont home. Feels good to be back in my homestate. Looking forward to sharing our adventures in our new home here on N’East Style!

“I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Bennington on September 21, 1928

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Ski Vermont

 

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Shinola: Q&A with Daniel Caudill

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I had the amazing opportunity to connect with Shinola’s creative director Daniel Caudill after the event I co-hosted with the brand at Steven Alan in October. Along with many others, I’ve admired the incredible influence this brand has had on the Made in America movement. They’ve gone beyond just talking about the importance of bringing production back into our country, they’ve managed to set up successful manufacturing in Detroit, a city rich in manufacturing history but has been neglected over recent years. I was excited to chat with Daniel about why he personally felt Shinola was making a difference and what drew him to the brand and the city of Detroit.

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Q. After 20 or so years in the industry, what attracted you to Shinola?

To me, Shinola is a completely modern brand that’s a small part of a growing movement. We believe consumers want to know how their product is made, where’s it’s built and who’s behind it. It’s exciting to be apart of a team of people who care about design, care about the product and the quality of it.

Q. And why was Shinola attracted to Detroit?

Detroit was a natural decision for us for many reasons including it’s strong manufacturing history and amazing creative talent. Where do you go to find people that are used to assembling product and small componentry, and who want to work? There is a lot happening here – art, culture, music, food and we are proud to be based in this city.

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Q. As Creative Director, what are some of the challenges, and rewards, of making a USA made product that is durable, semi-affordable, and appealing?

To build our watch factory in Detroit was a leap of faith – watches are a complex product, and a hard one to set up and manufacture. It’s by sheer will that this exists and the fact that we’re doing this successfully, and the right way, is really proving that anything is possible. There are many layers to this brand, but in a way it’s all based on that. The process for everyone involved is exciting, and it keeps building.

Q. Shinola has partnered with Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean to celebrate Steven Alan’s 20 years of business. As a fellow in the industry, why do you personally feel it’s important to celebrate this industry icon?

Steven understands how people like to live and how people want to shop. He has created an authentic line of American cool, comfortable and classic clothing. The must-haves for every wardrobe.

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