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.
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).
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.