This time around, I’ve added a few brands suggested by readers, and consulted two excellent sites, The American Edit, and The American-Made Guide to Life for backup. As usual, chime in with any favorites you think I’d like in the comments, as there shall be a Part III.
CapitalEyewear Glasses The eyewear business, as many of you know, is big old racket controlled almost entirely by a single huge conglomerate called Luxxotica: it is because of them that frames, which really don’t need to cost so much, do. Capital Eyewear is an indie straight out of California happily defying Luxxotica’s iron grasp, and producing a small-but-compelling range of glasses for under $150. The wooden frames are something to behold, if not actually wear.
Catbird Jewelry The folks over at Catbird totally get the whole little-bit-of-accessible-luxury thing: I can always find something to desire while browsing their site, or on visits to their tiny-and-always-jam-packed Williamsburg store.
Clare Vivier Bags Turns out everybody’s favorite anti-status handbag is made right in LA. I’ve currently got their Sac Bretelle in heavy rotation: it fits all the necessities while remaining supremely lightweight.
CP Shades Apparel Oversized and flowy clothes with a Northern California-style comfort-first appeal. I love this beach cover-up with the excellent pockets.
Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Blankets, Throws, Scarves This Minnesota-based mill—going strong for well over a century—churns out some absolute classics. A throw like this could be at home in your home whether your aesthetic is midcentury, bohemian, or antiquey-American.
Found My Animal Dog Gear Their degrade leash is rather smashing, but I’m also a big fan of this company’s decidedly un-prissy dog carriers.
Heath Ceramics Tableware If an earthquake hit New York and all my dishes were destroyed, this is precisely where I’d go to start all over.
Organic by John Patrick Apparel, lingerie. A small but lovely line composed of classics made modern—the perfect cardigan, a live-in-it crewneck—and the most splurge-worthy camis and bias-cut slips I’ve yet to come across.
The Podolls Apparel This San Francisco-based line is notable mostly for the pieces they execute in handwoven fabrics from India and Japan: the prints are so good that they know to keep the silhouettes simple—just how I like them.
Splendid Apparel Just some of the most flattering, reliable, well-wearing tees around.
20X200 This brilliant online venture brings gallery-quality work by contemporary artists to the people. There’s also a pretty nifty vintage section, with work by such masters as New York street photographer Berenice Abbott.