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Most items that we own and use in our daily lives are not manufactured domestically. It might be unrealistic to live only on items that are “Made in the USA” -- but recently the effort to buy more American-made products has gained momentum. WAYWARD styles are proudly manufactured here in the United States. We partner with small factories and workshops, and honor the “makers,” whose expertise make our designs possible.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, here’s a roundup of some of OUR favorite labels producing American-made goods:
Bryr - California
It may be hard to find a handmade shoe more stylish than what Bryr is dishing out of their San Francisco workshop. The founder, Isobel Schofield, left her corporate job to create Bryr. Their name, meaning “care” in Swedish, could not fit this company better -- Bryr’s collection of clogs are hand-made by the founder and a small team using American leathers and solid wood bases. Bryr’s style is reminiscent of the 70’s and a laid-back West Coast lifestyle, timeless but at the same time so modern. Several styles are adorned with touches of metallic or pops of color. Needless to say, Bryr is on the right track because you’re going to want a pair (if not every pair) of these shoes!
Lurk - New York
Lurk is a New York based company noted for their natural, hand-blended fragrances. What makes Lurk unique from other companies is their traditional take on the making of perfumes, using pure essential oils and natural plant materials, hand-blending them in their New York city studio. No chemical preservatives, stabilizers or additives are used in Lurk fragrances.
Opening her own apothecary, co-founder Anne Sanford saw the need for more essential oil perfume companies. She noted that a scent that someone wears might as well be his or her signature, and so created a company that would focus on an organic approach towards this essential.
Leah Ball - Illinois
Influenced by her youth spent in California, designer Leah Ball is producing one of kind marbled ceramics that mimic the natural patterns, rhythms, and colors of the Pacific coast itself. Although Ball’s work is heavily inspired by the ocean she grew up with, she is now working to create these unique ceramics from her studio in Chicago, where she also produces other art objects and fine jewelry.
Her very cool ceramic mugs, planters, bowls, and plates are all handcrafted and finished with her signature marbled surface. Ball has developed her own unique technique to create this marbled effect -- making each work she handcrafts literally one of a kind. Your morning coffee has certainly never had it so good!
Samma - New York
SAMMA, meaning “same” in Swedish, was founded by artist Hanna Sandin. This New Yorker, who never planned on designing jewelry, created the company in 2009. The jewelry Sandin creates for SAMMA stems from her work as a sculptor. The necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, and rings often feature dramatic sculptural shapes, with a handmade and tactile quality. Sandin uses brass, copper, bronze, and other non-precious materials to create SAMMA’s aesthetically pleasing forms -- first by creating pieces by hand and then using molds to produce them on a larger scale. The handmade feel and distinctive shapes make SAMMA pieces one of a kind.
WAYWARD - New York
Last but not least, WAYWARD leather pouches take the last spot in our roundup. Our mission is to create moments of unexpected beauty in everyday living. A big part of our business philosophy involves partnering with small factories and manufacturers, and getting to know the people who are producing our designs. We care about the well-being of those who work in factories and believe that they deserve fair conditions and a living wage. Keeping our production close to home also ensures that each piece is crafted with careful attention to detail and quality. We take pride in the fact that WAYWARD products are manufactured right here in the United States!
We hope you enjoy the Fourth of July weekend!
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