We’re approaching the end of the longest year I can remember. Yet thanks to the trust and support of our customers, American Blossom has had a good year. That means we will purchase more organic cotton from American farmers. Our plants will keep humming. And we’re able to launch a fine quality organic cotton blanket manufactured in Maine.
As we enter the holiday season during a pandemic, it’s still a time for gratitude and, where feasible, generosity. When so many have lost so much, our efforts to show kindness, love and appreciation is more important than ever. It’s a good time to be good to yourself as well.
Hard times this year have stressed the importance of Made in the USA products for reasons that range from practicality to pride. Below are just a few American companies that are invigorating the tradition of production here at home. Some I’ve patronized, others come recommended by our customers and associates. I hope you’ll find them to be inspiring sources for holiday gifts and niceties or necessities year-round.
Anne Greene Textile Designs — My mother Anne was an artist who worked as a textile designer creating artwork for fabrics while being a homemaker, wife and wonderful mom to me and my sisters Sara and Rebecca. Today Rebecca has followed in our mother’s footsteps designing silk textiles for scarves, shawls and ritual Jewish practices and celebrations. Handwoven in both subtle and striking patterns and plaids, these softly fine delights will witness your loving memories and devotions yet to come. https://www.annegreenetextiledesigns.com/new-products
Biron Organic Teas — We so love and cherish Biron’s full leaf teas that we provide a sample with each order of American Blossom sheets and bed linens. My current favorite is Peach Honeybush while my husband Eric is lately into the Southern Pecan Organic Green. There is no more affordable, healthful gift and homey pleasure than these natural, beautifully packaged teas produced in Macon, Georgia. https://www.bironteas.com/
High Cotton — If your favorite gentlemen like to look sharp, High Cotton has neckwear, pocket squares, braces, masks and more in rich colors and traditional patterns with a jigger of southern flair. Wedding plans? Express your personality in person and on Zoom with elegant accessories Made in the USA. High Cotton is dedicated to reviving America’s great tradition of southern textile manufacturing and I’m proud that they use our fabric in their mask liners. https://www.highcottonties.com
R. Riveter — (Yes like Rosie the Riveter) This extensive team creates wonderful handbags in all the most useful configurations handmade by U.S. military spouses in their homes—a welcome solution for families who relocate so often that spouses find it hard to be traditionally employed. I love how R. Riveter bags are stylish yet down-to-earth (I own one myself). Explore their site and their story. https://www.rriveter.com/
Zkano— From America’s heartland in Fort Payne, Alabama, Zkano makes comfy, organic cotton socks in pleasing patterns for those who like to flash a bit of ankle and good-looking basic designs for the classic and curmudgeonly dressers among us. I myself own five pair—two for use on my spin bike and three for pants and jeans. Zkano’s low-impact manufacturing processes are kind to the earth, so far more than your feet will thank you. https://zkano.com/
Harvest and Mill — Naturally colored, non-dyed cotton basics like tees, sweats, socks and undies. Made from FoxFibre® cotton colored only by nature, same as American Blossom uses for our softly colored bed sheets. Harvest and Mill offers casually sophisticated loungewear for those who celebrate a Californian-like style and ease, a carbon neutral approach and a Made in USA pedigree. https://www.harvestandmill.com/
Black Cotton — Julius Tillery, a fifth-generation cotton farmer, and Jamaal Garner, a retired U.S. Marine, are honoring and promoting cotton grown for generations by Black Americans and uplifting the Black community near their fields in Northampton County, North Carolina. Their wreaths, vases, ornaments and gifts show off the rustic beauty of the natural cotton plant. Truly uncommon gifts for earth-centered lifestyles, and for doing well by doing good. https://www.blackcotton.us/shop
Hand in Hand— Defined by what’s NOT in their “sustainable suds”, Hand in Hand soaps, lotions and fragrances are Made in the USA and cruelty free minus parabens, palm oil and other ingredients that we can live better without. Hand in Hand is working to reduce water-related illness in children in Haiti and Cambodia and has donated about 3 million bars of soap while remaining a blissfully affordable indulgence. Hint: their products fit perfectly into Christmas stockings. https://www.handinhandsoap.com/
All American Clothing Co. — This Ohio-based company specializes in durable men’s denim jeans, active wear for women and men, jackets, boots, outerwear and lots of giftable accessories that are easy-on-the-wallet. Everything sold by All American is part of the tiny two percent of clothing still Made in the USA. Find your easy to wear and rugged necessities with modern silhouettes and timeless comfort. https://www.allamericanclothing.com/
MadeinUSAforever.com — Possibly the most complete collection of USA-made products across dozens of categories, founded by Todd Lipscomb who has published on the topic of reshoring and restoring American jobs. Todd’s site is an extensive resource for those who want to own as much as possible that is Made in the USA. You’ll be surprised and delighted by the variety. https://madeinusaforever.com
Bumbershoots by Nana™ - We love their award-winning, nationally-recognized sleepwear and sleep accessories for infants and toddlers. They are not only beautiful and impeccably constructed, they are designed to support a child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development and provide safer sleep. Easy to use, easy to wash and dry, and usually resulting in longer, better sleep, they are a parent’s dream come true. Everything at Bumbershoots by Nana is handmade with love in the U.S.A. in Nana’s Maryland studio. See this blog post with lots of great information. www.bumbershootsbynana.com