I’ll confess, this state has been the trickiest. I really have no idea what is actually made in Connecticut that would make a great gift. I could use my readers’ help with this one. Please comment with ideas! For the rest of the New England Gift Guide, head this way.
It’s likely that by now, your dad has caught on to the selvage denim rage. So he’ll probably be stoked when you present him with a selvage apron made by Hartford Denim Company this holiday. Hartford (obviously located in its namesake) was founded be a few years ago when friends Luke, Marshall, and Dave were determined to make quality denim that will last a lifetime. The rivets are set by hand, they use the most durable material they can get their hands on, the pockets are lined, and the leather tab at the back waistband of their jeans is in the shape of their state. Can’t beat that.
Thanks to Meg C.’s tip below, we now have two items on the CT gift guide. Leather Man Ltd. in Essex has been making high-quality handmade belts since 1967. This cotton webbing tab and buckle style was made exclusively for my buddies over at Hickorees. I’m a fan of this bright cobalt one. They also make a lovely leather hook pick style, which is unfortunately out of stock on the web.
I’ve had my eye on a lovely Ghurka bag or pouch for months now. This pouch in viridian green suede is on sale for $98, a great price point for a last minute present. Ghurka has been making high quality bags in Norwalk since 1975. The company understands the importance of keeping manufacturing in the USA, and employ 40 skilled artisans, designers, production staff, and marketing and sales specialists at their factory where they hand-make, and number, each of their beautiful bags.
Love this one minute video produced by the Corsillo boys for their brand The Hill-Side’s special collection with Gitman Vintage. The collection includes seven short sleeve button down shirts featuring some crazy awesome floral patterns. The video is what they call “disposable motion animation” using hundreds of photos taken by disposable cameras, and starring the ever cool and collected James Wilson of Secret Forts.
Liza, sister of Hickoree’s boys Sandy and Emil Corsillo, is an incredible artist and illustrator. If you follow her work like I do, you’ll be thrilled to find that you can now purchase the cards she illustrated for her brothers’ shop. The card set includes an assortment of five cards, illustrated and hand-colored on Italian mouldmade paper. Subjects of the cards are memorable wares from the store. At only $20 a set, it’s a no brainer gift for yourself or a deserving friend.
If you’re smart, you’ll be staying away from the mainstream hustle and bustle that is Black Friday. But there’s no reason you can’t still treat yourself to a good buy. Head over to a couple of my favorite independent designers who are offering equally enticing discounts on their well made products for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Forestbound: Alice creates a custom tote bag every year at a seriously reasonable price of $50. This year’s tote features her new branding which I love.
Structure Design & Build: Peter and Katrine hand-make all of their beautiful home goods. We have become a collector of their glass works. Head over to their online shop to enjoy an extra 20% off this saturday with the code SMALLBIZSALE.
WHARF: Rob has some sweet doorbusters at 40% off planned for friday. Only available during in store and online business hours so hop to it! If you miss it, don’t fret, they’ll also be hosting equally enticing deals on saturday.
Hickoree’s: Sandy and Emil are offering an extra 20% off all wares in their shop this friday through sunday. Use code BLACKFRIDAY online or, “Hey, gimme 20% off” in the shop.
Joinery: Not only has this shop just opened the “doors” to its online shop, they are also offering 15% off clothing friday through monday (online and in store).
The Corsillo brothers have outdone themselves with another impeccable collection of bow ties, pocket squares, bandanas, scarfs, and ties for their The Hill-Side Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Featuring striped flannel twill, chenille stripe knit, gauze stripe, herringbone gingham, printed duck cloth, printed chambray, and canvas (just to name some) this collection is a botomless goodie-bag. And the lookbook isn’t so bad either (note understatement). Their idea of sending samples and disposable cameras to shops around the world that carry the brand was ingenious and produced a collection of images that not only do the product justice, but embody the community of this ever-growing brand. Now let’s talk about that blue woodland camo.