Northern Grade

Northern Grade is not a manufacturer of American made goods. Nor, in fact, is it a storefront purveyor of said goods.

Instead, it is an organizer of a series of pop-up events featuring companies committed to American production. It calls itself “a roving marketplace for the best American-manufactured goods.”

A number of these have already occurred in cities across the country. Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the first such pop-up held in Houston. It took place in a warehouse space just east of Downtown.

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The Northern Grade American made pop-up in Houston

The dominant aesthetic was a bit more blue collar than I prefer, with  a surfeit of denim and cotton duck. Yet several companies had wares that would comfortably fit in a classic wardrobe. I picked up a cotton bowtie from Pierrepoint Hicks, a nautically-themed canvas dopp kit from Hand & Hooks, a Save Khaki shirt from Stag Provisions and a pair of Richer Poorer socks and some Portland General Store shave soap from Manready Mercantile (one of the sponsors of the event).

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The Manready Mercantile booth
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The Hand & Hooks booth
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Pierrepoint Hicks’ ties
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The Swag Provisions booth

The one dark spot was at the Filson booth. I noticed some nice looking chambray shirts, and I went over to take a look. To my dismay, the label read “Made in Sri Lanka”. Bringing those to an American made marketplace was a classless move, akin to wearing a t-shirt to a formal ball.

We’ll have more on the individual makers in subsequent blog posts. Suffice it to say, we had a wonderful time meeting so many dedicated partisans for American manufacturing.

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