If ever a winter is more deserving of a well-insulated coat, I have no interest in meeting it. Record-breaking lows have left us with two options: move to a warmer climate, or accept coats as second skin. As appealing as oceanfront property is, Emerson Fry has made the decision a bit more economical. Her collection of incredibly amazing outerwear helped make these bone-chilling temperatures enjoyable, at least sartorially. Slipping my arms into soft, supple wool every time I greet the arctic air in Emerson's stunning single welt coat hasn't left me wishing for warmer weather just yet, although Emerson Fry has spring wear completely covered.
Few things in life elicit the joy of a handwritten note. When the words are written on beautiful stationery the sentiment becomes all the more satisfying. Florida based Rifle Paper Co. has mastered the art of pen and paper design with its nostalgic hand painted illustrations and whimsical lettering. In four short years Anna Bond has transformed her two-person business, formerly run out of her one bedroom apartment, into a full-fledged paper empire. Producing some of the most sought-after products on the market, it's apparent Anna's taste level is on point, both in design and gift giving. Anna Bond’s American Made Gift List
On my wishlist… I would not mind sleeping in this coral silk night shirt.
For my dad… My dad loves vintage watches and clocks and I have a feeling he hasn’t heard about the new Shinola American made watches yet so I would love to surprise him with a special gift this year such as this.
For my brother… My little brother is a former Marine living in Charleston and I have a feeling he and his guy friends would love to throw around this handmade leather football.
For my mom… I love this simple canvas and leather tote for my mom to carry to the farmer’s market and other errands.
For my niece… I plan on getting my nieces a whole stockpile of Tattly tattoos like thiscircus set.
My favorite holiday memory… I don’t know that I have one specific memory. It’s more of a collection of great times at home with my family and enjoying one another’s company... Whether it be eating too many holiday cookies, taking a trip into New York City together, or playing games.
In upstate New York, in a town not far from Rochester, Charles Howard churned out batches of mall-slated Santas for nearly three decades in what would become the world's oldest school for aspiring St. Nick's. Equiped with $75 and five days to study with Howard (of Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade float fame), each would-be Santa emerged with his B.C.S. - Bachelor of Santa Claus. Taken for LIFE in 1961, these photos chronicle the arduous process Howard's students underwent in pursuit of the red suit. Although the academy relocated to Midland, Michigan in the mid sixties, it is still in operation today. Howard is no longer the instructor, but his words continue to carry the weight of a bowl full of jelly, “To say there is no Santa Claus is the most erroneous statement in the world. Santa Claus is a thought that is passed from generation to generation. After time this thought takes on a human form. Maybe if all children and adults understand the symbolism of this thought we can actually attain Peace on Earth and good will to men everywhere.”
Check out the entire collection of photos from LIFE's archives here.
Tea with Eloise at the Plaza, ice skating in the city, dinner at Le Bernardin, custom gifts from her eponymous hand bag line - Michelle Vale has definitely checked her gift list. Twice.Michelle Vale's American Made Gift List
For my husband… A custom made in New York Michelle Vale men’s briefcase, J Brand Jeans, Allen Edmonds shoes. A leather carryall created just for him. Sentimental, one of a kind gifting for my one and only. We both love J Brand for casual days and new shoes to go with…
For my daughter… Washable Paints/Art Supplies/Eloise afternoon Tea at the Plaza. My daughter definitely is a mini me. She loves to create. She spends hours and hours drawing and painting the day away. She also loves creative play. She will just adore the Rawther Fancy Tea Party at the Plaza with grandma, my niece and me!
For my niece... My niece loves to visit and loves all things fancy and fashion. She will love walking the runway and shopping at the Eloise store after a fancy tea at the Plaza.
For my son... Tickets to the Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium. Devils vs. Rangers, baseball meets hockey... my son's dream come true.
For my nephew… Kids Baby Rib ¾ Sleeve Raglans and ice skating with the cousins at one of the many great ice rinks in New York followed by delicious hot cocoa. I am all about the experiential holiday gift! Following in my son’s footsteps my nephew loves all things sports!
My favorite holiday tradition… A late romantic Christmas Eve dinner, followed by Santa preparations, followed by early morning gift opening, followed by a hearty breakfast including homemade biscuits and bacon!
“Everyone has a story. We are all part of a robust narrative; a motley collection of ideas, people, places & experiences that form our particular story.” – Wheat & Co. Dedicated to providing the “cream of the crop” of American made goods, Wheat & Co.’s curated online shop is a homegrown haven of varied treasures for house and wear including items from a few of my faves: Heidi Merrick, Fischer Clothing and Richer Poorer. Peep the Tennessee based company’s lookbook below and browse their handpicked selections
Shana Luther's impeccable eye for design obviously transcends handbags. With a gift list touting timeless shades, rustic Americana skillets and handcrafted wallets, it's pretty apparent Shana's got this gifting thing down.
On my wishlist… I’m a jewelry junkie and I’m dying over the new braided collection from In God We Trust, especially this amazing cuff (Hubby, take note!). I think I’ve reached the age where I deserve a good pair of sunglasses. I’m loving the aviator and concorde styles from Randolph Engineering.
For my girlfriends… My girlfriends and I are always making time to go out and grab a glass of wine, especially during the somewhat stressful holiday season. Who needs a giant wallet when you can carry the necessities in the Mini Wallet!
For my husband… The Hubs lives in button down shirts and being a designer as well, is not a fan of cookie cutter design. These men’s shirts from Bills Khakis come in great prints and you won’t see everyone else wearing them.
For my dad… My dad is a man who takes his shave seriously. Although he’s not one to stockpile a lot of product, I know he would appreciate this amazing shave kit from Imperial Barber Products!
For my mom… My mom loves to be in the kitchen cooking up a storm and I know she would love these handcrafted, cast iron skillets from FeLion Studios. The coolest thing about these, you can choose your state - hers would be the state of Pennsylvania.
My favorite holiday memory… Living in Brooklyn, my husband and I have a somewhat small apartment, but that doesn’t stop us from entertaining every Christmas Eve. Our families and friends gather at our place for the day (and most times, into the late evening) and we have a wonderful feast that my husband and I miraculously put together in our small kitchen. Although it’s always tight and rather crowded, the day is full of love and laughter and there’s nothing better than that. We’ve been doing it for 4 years now and it’s turned into a tradition. I love that.
A collection by any other name would look as sweet. Winter Rose, Mr. Kate's latest lookbook is equal parts rose-hued models and metalwork. Handcrafted in Los Angeles by Kate Albrecht, the delicate wax roses and thorns are hand dipped in 18 karat yellow and rose gold. View the stunning lookbook here and shop its entirety here.
On my wish list… Hard to go wrong with anything from Clover Canyon, especially this printed sweatshirt or accordion printed crop top. I’m also totally obsessed with this made in NYC asymmetric skirt and knit in NYC wool sweater by Kordal. I’ll wear them together! Loving Kordal’s loungy knit shorts and rayon/silk crop top for winter days at home.
For my girlfriends… abacaxi mandala rings are great for the holidays! For my more adventurous friends, ornate jeweled bracelets with attached rings. Pretty sure my friends will get a kick out of these awesome bikinis. Lovely hand-dyed pillowcases by Upstate are another option, or these gorgeous tumblers.
For my sister… She’ll have fun in this abacaxi shift dress (on sale), and might need a little arm bling to go along with it. Unique handmade ceramic planters and cups and napkins from Brooklyn-based Mondays Projects for the home.
This September Shopbop debuted its other half, East Dane, an ecommerce site created for sartorially savvy males. With over 135 brands in its repertoire, and style guides with editorial appeal, East Dane serves as a one-stop-shop for the add-to-cart inclined. Best of all, East Dane has an impressive collection of heritage brands manufactured on American soil, including the five items below. Like most good couples, East Dane and Shopbop adhere to the "what's mine is yours" adage, meaning customers can utilize one cart while shopping both sites. Checking out this Christmas just got easier. I think it's pretty obvious Shopbop's new beau is a keeper. 1./2./ 3./ 4./ 5./*Lookbook images courtesy of East Dane.
When a woman enters a room wearing a well-tailored trench coat you take notice, a lesson I learned from my grandmother. Outfitted in her floorlength Burberry trench, she possessed a polished sophistication that, without fail, commanded attention every time she walked through the doorway. Muriel was a firm believer that style is a reflection of self and that a woman should always wear her clothes, her clothes should never wear her. A truly rare combination of old world construction with enduring appeal, trench coats hold a special place in my heart. Their sleek lines, genderless cut, deep pockets, belted waist, double breasted buttons and signature epaulets are a testament to timeless design. This fall I purchased my first trench coat. Mine is navy and American-made, Muriel's was not. But every time I slip my arms through the sleeves I can picture her walking up the driveway, a vision of effortless elegance. Images 1./ 2./ 3./ 4./ 5.
1./ 2./ 3./ 4./ 5./A tattoo artist without any tattoos. A fresh off the wagon addict. The landlord of her meth-cooking boyfriend. Jane Margolis was a tragic character. A tragic character with an undeniably distinct style. If you're still mourning the loss of Breaking Bad's most romanticized relationship or the loss of Breaking Bad in general, slipping into Jane's black-based wardrobe may be the medicine you crave. Aaron Paul certainly approves.
Deciding on a collar for my Jack Russell Olive has been a strenuous process, a completely self-imposed, strenuous process. My search for Olive's new collar carried on for the better half of the year, and my trigger finger was nowhere near clicking add-to-cart until I recently came across Erin Schmitt (pictured above with her dachshunds Link and Billie Jean) of Grey Paw Designs. The perfect blend of laidback cool, handcrafted design and rugged durability, Grey Paw is the answer to my neurosis for Olive's state-mandated neck necessity. Designed, dyed, cut and sewn in her Portland studio, Erin skillfully handcrafts each item with equal parts artistic ability and precision. And if you're thinking about investing in a Grey Paw collar for man's bff, you're in good company. Free People and Martha Stewart are also fans.
My design career began… at Columbia Sportswear, I had an apparel design internship with the Outdoor Lifestyle team in 2011. Since then I have worked for Bridge & Burn, Black Mfg and Nike.
Designing for iconic labels… got me excited to figure out my own foothold in an over saturated design market.
Grey Paw is… clean, simple and colorful. We take a design approach to pet accessories that appeals to the modern pet owner. In addition to our commitment to design, we also donate a portion of our sales to a rotating list of animal relief organizations each year.
Link was adopted... at 9 months from a foster home in Longview, Washington. I also recently adopted Billie Jean, another doxie who came from the Oregon Dachshund Rescue.
The dogs love... to run freely on the beach on a hot day. Billie will run after her ball and Link will look for birds to chase... the birds always win.
Dressing dogs up for Halloween... do or dont? Do. Link is Chewy and Billie is Yoda.
For inspiration I… visit the aquarium for all the great colors and art museums for ceramic designs. Traveling also plays a big role.
My personal style… is casual tomboy. Most days I wear denim and a striped shirt with my favorite Rachel Comey Mars booties. Black, white, navy, and grey are my staples, mixed with small amounts of color.
Most prized item in my closet… my Comeys.
This fall I’m looking forward to… traveling to various holiday pop-up events, my new fireplace and expanding my line.
My life motto... hmm I have a few, but as far as being a small business owner I would say don't let your doubts and worries hold you back from trying, you'll never know what could have been without taking a chance.
A little history. With the emergence of aerial and trench warfare during World War 1, troops were suddenly faced with the threat of bombs being dropped from the sky and bullets being conspicuously fired from the trenches. The regal uniforms of the hand-to-hand combat era weren't just outdated, they were dangerous. The French were the first to adopt stealth attire and Americans followed suit not long after with a successful collaboration between soldiers, artists and naturalists that led to the identification of the landscape's specific color gradations and patterns. Thirty years later camo went mainstream when a hunting enthusiast patented a "Trebark" design that quickly gained ground in the hunting community. By the 80's hunters and teenagers alike were sporting the trend. Since then camo has constantly ebbed and flowed in the fashion industry. As evidenced by current trends, it's flowing. In 1984 a manufacturer told TIME, "I think many people wear military clothes because they feel proud of the U.S." When it comes to (literally) wearing your patriotism on your sleeve, why not multitask and wear camo that's American-made. 1. /2. /3. / 4. /5. * top image