Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Keeping your American Style clean

Green is in style: While not the most glorious of products, but probably most useful and is still American made. And for a true stylish patriot that also cares about preserving the environment it doesn't get any better. Originally created some 35 years ago to take out coffee stains from industrial sized bean grinders, Simple Green is an all natural, low toxicity product that will deliver cleaning power for taking out those Californian syrah strains from your American bow tie. (

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Leatherman is not just a brand name, it's actually the name of the creator -- Tim Leatherman. Mr. Leatherman has started his company over a quarter century ago in Portland, Oregon and it's as strong as ever. Te utility knife and tool combination is a favorite of everyone from a shop worker to an electrician to a surgeon golfing out at the country club on a Sunday morning; very few products are able to transcend the lines between consumer age and social status like the Leatherman. And now with the Skeletool line, the classic has been tastefully updated for the modern day - and as always, it's still proudly made here in the USA. Just don't try to bring it on an airplane with you.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Edison Fountain Pen

Nothing portrays elegance like a fountain pen. Taking the time to unscrew the cap, properly align the nib to the paper and finally make that stroke is an absolute writing joy. You don't have to limit yourself to the cheap made in China pens that are found in your office's supply closet -- make a statement with a custom, made especially for you all American fountain pen from Edison Pen Co. There are no shopping carts to add your pen to, you find the type of pen you like, the finish that you like and you contact the pen maker directly. No two pens are alike, and you can rest assured that this investment can be passed on to the future generations of yours. (

Friday, August 26, 2011

Messenger Bag

One of the new American icons is the bike messenger. These proud people work the streets day after day with no consideration for weather, all in an effort to deliver that valuable message from one overpaid attorney to another. And whether you're a real bike messenger or a poser engineer that only dresses up as one after the office hours, you'll want a Bailey bag strapped over your shoulder.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Ultimate KitchenAid

The KitchenAid mixer is a true American made product for over half a century now. I've never seen it used for anything other than mixing chocolate chip cookie batter, but to be honest that's more than enough. The point here is that it looks good enough to always be displayed on your counter and portrays to your guests that you're truly a household of the great American style. This ultimate kitchen accessory is also the ultimate wedding gift, and perhaps should even be the wedding gift to all your friends - and so you don't run out of options, it comes in variety of colours.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Water Bottle

What started over half a century ago as a simple plastic pipette holder ended up today as the iconic water bottle. Nalgene not only makes water bottles, but is also prevalent in chemical industry. My Nalgene bottle has traveled with me through out the world and feels at place both at work in a meeting as it does on an overnight camping trip out on Appalachian Trail.

A true American icon that will give you a lifetime of service. (

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The New American Roadster

It's 2011 and in this environmentally conscious world even the car manufactures are thinking about mixing pleasure with business. Unfortunately as the Big 3 are still pretty much clueless and the Ford F150 is the best selling motor in America, there is a light at the end of this exhaust tube.

Starting in 2003, some real bright californians got together an decided to build a green car that also has performance. Take a pinch of british motoring in terms of Lotus and throw in a bunch of American engineering and you get the Tesla roadster.

Hitting 60mph in less than 4 seconds in complete silence and 0 emissions is sure to impress your neighbor driving that Escalade Hybrid.

Today, after selling over 1500 vehicles worldwide, Tesla is moving with plans of developing other platforms. The business of starting a mass produced car company from scratch can also act as a guide to other American companies. The car is a little pricy, but you really do get what you pay for. (

Monday, August 22, 2011

Beau Bowtie

Long before the fall of style and clip on bow-ties rentals from Men's Wearhouse, the American gentleman, the same one that evolved from an Indian lynching cowboy -- wore a bow tie. It was classy, delicately, but beautifully constructed. And unlike his British counterpart, the American wore the bow tie for elegance and not as an accessory to hide his poor oral hygiene while leaning in close to a lady.

Beau Ties continues the elegance by making bow ties from the finest silks from around the world — including twills, saglias, dupioni shantungs, jacquards and wovens (along with the occasional all-cotton bow ties). 100% hand crafted in Vermont. They will also hand tailor your new tie and ascot. (

Friday, August 19, 2011

Skiing - True American Pastime

You might think bull riding would be the real American past time, that and having a hotdog eating contest on Independence Day. Nay, I say; the real American past time is skiing. Whether you're a country music superstar in Telluride or a hedge fund manager from NYC on your way to Vermont, everyone enjoys carving up fresh powder -- mind you not the one that goes in your nose.

Strap on a true American masterpiece on your next winter adventure, as the skis are completely hand made in Portland Oregon. (

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The American Watermelon

The American farmer made this country what it was way before the industrial revolution reached these shores from Europe. The native watermelon is a thing of beauty for your taste buds. If you're a purist you might want to check out the seeded version. This ain't no Chiquita banana from Chile boys and girls, this is a real American here.  Available @ WholeFoods.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AXE body spray

The AXE body spay is as American as the apple pie, and smells a lot better. This marvelous product not only benefits men and women in the hygiene department but the chemical industry itself is located in the States. About $5 a can in many retailers nationwide. (

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


how did we fail, as a nation?  how did we go from sustainable living in single income households to households where both parents work now and the standard of living has remained the same.  how did we end up with mall strips in our suburbia with wallmarts and targets and other mega outlets filled with cheap, “made in china” junk?  how many blind eyes were turned when local mills, factories were being closed and jobs moved out of america, not just temporary but forever.  when did we convince ourselves that buying an american product made in china is the same thing as buying an american product actually made in america?

i’m sure globalization, drive for profits and evil corporation not paying nearly enough taxes on profits is the answer.  i don’t think so; this is not a fora for political discussion, but even if it was, i don’t believe it’s the problem. the problem is that we, as consumers, just stopped giving a shit.  there was no pride in having something american.  americans made ugly, gas guzzling, cheap, plastic laden cars.  if the cars sucked, then everything else much suck.  the consumer became averse to anything made in america.  the icons of american products that did survive became branded as those that cater to a redneck or the un-educated; after all, who in their right mind would buy anything american after looking all the choices available?

and be it, i’ll admit it, i believed it and still believe it to some extent. but why is it happening here and not in germany i thought one day?  how is that germany, a country partially of the size of the usa, is surviving? not only is it surviving, it’s striving.  the country that got raped in ww2, destroyed, robbed, humiliated, is now carrying the whole european union.  a country whose economy defines the euro standard itself and commands over 40% premium over the $.  

not being german myself, i can only presume that germans have a lot more pride in their country’s product that we as americas do.  german products are not cheap, they compete on the same global market that we do, yet they have a 40% disadvantage.  german labor i’m sure is not cheap either, and they have 8 week vacations and free healthcare and education -- but this is not a political blog.  so how the fuck do they do it? the only thing i can think of, is that they actually buy their own shit.  they make good shit that their own people want to buy more of, even if it’s more expensive.

with that though, i decided to create this blog, with an american take.  i’ll be the first to admit i have or desire very little of “made in the usa” product.  but they have to be there; this is not the oldest country but it’s one of the greatest.  there have to be things that we still make that compete if not surpass those that are available on global markets.  it’s my mission to find these products.

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