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Northern Grade Men’s Market – Made In USA Is Getting Traction


The Northern Grade Men’s Market brought a collection of fine Made In The USA brands together for a 8-hour pop-up store in an architectural findings warehouse in Minneapolis’ “Nordeast” district yesterday. The “pop-up market where everything is American made”, was hosted by Pierrepoint Hicks – maker of fine men’s neckwear and iconic leather brand, J.W. Hulme, Co.

In a decidedly eclectic environment Northern Grade brought together an equally eclectic mix of the traditional along with the decidedly new. Traditional brands included Red Wing Shoes, Duluth Pack (celebrating 100 years of business in Duluth, MN), J.W. Hulme and WM. J.Mills & Co. I was also pleased to see Faribault Woolen Mills, which I wrote about in late July (Faribault Woolen Mill Renaissance) as a brand that’s resurfaced and poised to bring classic woolen mill products to Minnesota.

Newer brands that stood out included exceptionally well made denim from Tellason of San Francisco and sportsman inspired casual and real men’s stuff from Ball & Buck of Boston.

One of the more unusual brands was Fur Armor, makers of incredibly practical cold weather accessories made from beautiful beaver pelts and other furs that founder John Mueller has harvested himself. If you’ve never held a sheared beaver can koozie you’re in for a tactile surprise.

Seeing the Made In The USA movement gain traction is invigorating. Having done business with many USA apparel manufacturers in the 80’s I know first hand what craftsmanship can be found in our great land. If you get a chance to check out the links on the Northern Grade site to various vendors…check them out and buy. The product is exceptional and the satisfaction is rewarding.

Spectacular in construction and fine fitting too.

Stormy Kromer takes their business seriously.

No seams, not pieced…100% unbelievable machining is required to make this wool blanket flag replica at Faribault.

Retailer Ball and Buck’s great selection was punctuated by ball caps with camo under the bill.

These beautiful tie silks make me want to wear neckwear again.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/20/2011 9:47 pm


    Thank you for this post. I am writing a book on how American consumers can put Americans back to work by buying more products produced by Americans such as the wonderful garments you featured in this post. If you have time, check out my blog, Keep up the good work!

    • 09/20/2011 10:48 pm

      My pleasure. Let me know if you ever want to collaborate on a MIA project.

      • 09/24/2011 8:48 pm


        I hate to show my ignorance, but what is a MIA project? Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best, John Briggs.

  2. 09/25/2011 8:05 am

    John, I used MIA as shorthand for “Made In America”.

  3. 10/07/2011 10:57 am

    Good weblog!

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