I'm sure most everyone on the East Coast is feeling the heat right about now. I know New England is definitely sweltering! On days like today - about 90 degrees - what comes to mind (besides parking yourself strategically in front of an A/C with a good book)? Swimming! OUTLIER helps out with making the journey to the local swimming hole a much more comfortable undertaking and allowing you to look good while doing it. These Three Way Shorts can be left on for that very swim that you were just sweating your tail off to get to. No need to change. No uncomfortable inner netting. No need to try and choreograph your wardrobe to match that obnoxiously patterned bathing suit. And, best of all, they are made in NYC! These shorts are breathable and fast drying! Head over to their website to pick up a pair of your own.
Whether you are aware or not, Taylor Stitch releases a new product every week. This week's featured product is the Sunbleached Gingham Jacks, available in Blue, Tea, and Coral. These casual shirts are top quality made in the USA, as are all their products. Taylor Stitch has their flagship store in San Francisco's Mission District, but if you aren't anywhere near the west coast, there are countless other ways to get your hands on these fine products. You can simply purchase on through their website or the fine folks of Berkeley Supply in Denver, CO will gladly set you up with Taylor Stitch products.
More on Taylor Stitch and Berkeley Supply coming soon! Stay tuned.
This is not new news, but if you haven't seen Shwood's 2012 Lookbook presented in the form of a video, well here you go. The film was shot in a very avant-garde fashion, as you will see immediately, giving the imagery a more three-dimensional look. Pretty spectacular, I must say.
Also, head over to the Shwood website and check out their Stone Collection - yes, real stone is used in the frames of these handmade sunglasses. Although it may be too late to pick up a pair, it is never too late to drool over them and wait in anticipation until they re-up their supply. These guys are doing some quality, innovative stuff! Keep checking their website and blog for product updates and great new videos.
Hi, folks. A couple new businesses have been posted on the homepage for you to explore by clicking on the image and browsing their websites. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look into their product lines, as well as interviews from other businesses already on display.
Wild Rose Herbs are fine herbal conditioners, aromatherapy, lip balms, and salves refined by friend and experienced herbal alchemist/aromatherapist, Ash. With all of Wild Rose product's, ingredients are added with their purity, locality, and natural benefits in mind - no synthetic chemicals present. Hailing from Southern Oregon, Ash does in-depth research into the ingredients and herbs used and more often than not come from her own expanding garden. Some of her most popular products are Wild Man Beard Conditioner, Ink Balm (personally used and endorsed by Jeff Gogue), and signature Lip Balms. Stay tuned for more information on Wild Rose Herbs. Be sure to browse the website to see the complete line of Wild Rose Herbs products.
Folk Fibers resides in Austin, Texas from the hands of Maura Grace Ambrose. Quilts, pillows, and textiles are all hand stitched and use natural dyes. Substantive dyes are utilized because there is no need for chemical additives. Maura curates and executes 100% of the quilt making process with her own hands. The passion and quality is evident in every creation, even down to the packaging your product is delivered in. Explore the Folk Fibers website to get a better look at the fine goods that are being produced.
MADE BY HAND is a project that truly touches on the human elements that define goods that are hand made through short films. Creator and director Keith "keef" Ehrlich, along with his team, bring the highest quality of film making to the viewer. These short films are all a true work of art, created to display the works of art of each of the subjects. They go beyond a high definition capture of the product made and really illustrate the ethos of the individual and community in which he or she is inherently connected to.
MADE BY HAND is a side project of Bureau of Common Goods, a firm that creates similar portraits of clients, products, businesses, etc. through film and photography. It was out of the understanding that hand crafted goods are so much more than just the products being advertised on QVC at 3 a.m. that MADE BY HAND was born. When we purchase these products we are making careful investments funded by our individual passions, desires, and interests. I'll let the films speak for themselves, but one point comes across abundantly clear is that these products are an extension of their creator, created for an individual but routed in the communion of other like-minded human beings.
The above video is their latest work, The Bike Maker, that paints a portrait of Fastboy Cycles builder, Ezra Caldwell. This film seamlessly knits together the human elements of struggle, discipline, hard work, and reality in all its brutality and beauty. This is done through Ezra's stories of finding his passion and dealing with his diagnosis of cancer. Truly compelling; truly thought-provoking.
HomeGrown Goods wholly supports the efforts and work MADE BY HAND is putting forth and we hope you will too!
Right now is a great time to be alive! There is a shift happening where more people and communities are becoming more receptive to quality goods handcrafted right here in the states. And this bug has bit HomeGrown Goods. We are here to display the fine work of dedicated small businesses and the individuals behind the production. There are real humans involved in every part of creating a product, business, or piece of functional art - all with emotions, experiences, and passions of their own - and we intend to highlight their complexities.
We sincerely hope you enjoy the information, stories, and products we present to you. It may take some time but we are working hard to bring you new content and refinement to the website. Please spread the word of Home-GrownGoods.com and feel free to contact us with your suggestions and comments.
Stay tuned for posts about culture, community, art, film, food, bicycles, and anything that is a Fine. Artisan. Product.