American-Made Pieces Our Editors Swear By
We’re feeling like it’s extra-important to support local makers and businesses these days, especially with Fourth of July weekend upon us. (Bonus: Like locavore eating, shopping locally-made wares is way better for the environment!). Whenever our SwearBy curators come across something fabulous made stateside, they tend to let us know — so we rounded up a handful of their fave finds, made from sea to shining sea.
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
Ask any chef: a cast-iron skillet is a must-have in every kitchen. And is there anything more American than the sound of bacon and eggs sizzling on a piping hot pan? We think not. Joanna Keohane loves this cast-iron skillet from Lodge, a classic American cookware brand. “This cast iron pan is a total workhorse and will improve any kitchen set up. It’s perfect for searing proteins on the stove then finishing them in the oven and will have Instagram-worthy one-pan meals on the table in minutes,” she wrote. The brand also makes a beautiful Dutch Oven that two other editors swear by.
Shinola Large Soft Linen Journal
Shinola makes some of the most beautiful products, from watches to leather phone cases. But one of the Detroit-based brand’s most well-known products is their notebooks. “Shinola makes super well-crafted products and as someone who’s still pretty old school and lives by a day planner (in addition to my iCal), I love their linen-bound notebooks,” wrote Abby Schreiber. Jenny Newell agrees, saying Shinola makes her favorite notebooks because “they come in a variety of colors” and that the linen is “gorgeous to the touch.”
OZMA Washable Silk Bandana
If you haven’t heard of the brand OZMA, get familiar. The California-based company is known for its gorgeous, ethically-made clothing pieces, like linen jumpsuits and bandanas, which are a favorite of Kristin Kelly’s. “These bandanas are oversized so you can tie them several ways. The silk material elevates the idea of a traditional bandana, making it the perfect accessory in a ton of colors,” she wrote.
Feeling nostalgic? Stock up on some classic dishware from American-made brand Heller known for its simple, beautifully-designed, and affordable pieces. For Alexa du Pont Bell, the brand’s plates remind her of her childhood, but they still hold up today. “When I got my own family I hunted them down. They are durable, stackable, and dishwasher-safe,” she says.
Pendleton Woolen Mills Canyonlands Spa Towel
If you’re planning on going to the beach or picnicking this summer, grab a luxe towel from Portland-based brand Pendleton. Allison Vicenzi has this towel in several different prints and patterns and loves using them as bath towels, beach towels, and picnic blankets. Pro tip: They make fantastic gifts, too.
Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.