The best of... made in America
Johnson Woolen Mills Button-Down Shirt
Ever since opening in 1842, Vermont’s Johnson Woolen “has been trying to put itself out of business”—by making shirts, pants, jackets, and hats that last for years and are “as much heirlooms as they are clothing.”
Source: Popular Mechanics
Depression-era America needed cheery dishware, and Fiesta’s durable cups, plates, and bowls have been eagerly collected almost ever since. Its West Virginia manufacturer now introduces a new color every year—adding “Daffodil” in 2017.
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Filson Medium Field Duffel
Filson, founded in 1897, is “one of those legacy brands that seem to just get things right every time.” The Seattle company’s heavy-duty duffel is made of abrasionresistant, water-repellent fabric, and a nylon lining keeps dampness out.
Stanley PowerLock Tape Measure
Stanley has been making hand tools since 1843, and the company’s 25-foot tape measure still sets the standard. Sized up against 16 rivals in a recent test, it delivered “the best basic combination of durability, ease of use, and accuracy.”
Buffalo Trace E.H. Taylor Jr. Four Grain
This small-batch Kentucky-made bourbon was named 2017’s Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which described the spirit’s finish as “a slow, lightly oiled, gently spiced chocolate fade.”