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1. Nisolo, Loreto Messenger Bag in Waxed Canvas, $158

2.  Flint and Tinder, 10-year Hoodie in Gray, $98

3. Original Grain, The Brewmaster, $219 (on sale for $165)

4. Outerknown, Wellthread Levi's 511 Slim Fit Jeans, $128

5.  Sword & Plough, Green Travel Kit, $79

 

1.

NISOLO
Loreto Messenger Bag in Waxed Canvas
$158

  Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens

the stuff:

Whatever plane, train, car, or bike gets your man where he’s going, this bag will be his new daily companion.  Classic enough for the office, but durable enough to get thrown around, the Loreto messenger bag is the perfect gift for any guy looking to keep his life in order. Equipped with a padded slot for his laptop, plus compartments for his phone, note pads, water bottle, and pens, he needs this even if he doesn't know it yet. The main compartment holds plenty of space for books, files, or the stacks of love letters he’ll be hand writing to you.  

the story

Nisolo is dedicated to making beautifully designed goods at fair prices in an ethical way. This bag is made at their factory in Leon, Mexico, a city that is known for its artisanship, specifically with regard to leather goods.  Nisolo works closely with their partner factories and Nisolo employees visit multiple times per year to ensure that their standards are being met. At a minimum, all producers working for Nisolo must be 18 years or older, receive beyond fair trade wages, healthy working conditions, and healthcare.  So basically, they’ve got ethical manufacturing in the bag. (Sorry, had to do it.)

  Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens


FLINT & TINDER
10-year Hoodie in Gray
$98

2.

  Photo by Flint & Tinder

Photo by Flint & Tinder

the stuff:

Don’t call this a “sweatshirt”—it’s so much more than that. Comfortable without being sloppy, slim but not too tight, this classic wardrobe staple covers all the bases for everyone from your brother to your boyfriend. Just make sure you buy a color you love, because you'll be seeing it a lot--and for a long time.  Flint & Tinder designed their 10-year hoodie to last a decade. And you know what the guy you give this to will be doing every time he zips this thing up over the next 10 years? Thinking about you, the greatest gift giver of all time.

 

the story

Made in the U.S.A. “from seed to stitch”, the 10-year hoodie is sewn from cotton grown in the Mississippi Delta, includes zippers machined in Georgia, and passes through the hands of 20+ American workers on its journey to your doorstep. Flint & Tinder's mission is to re-ignite American manufacturing by partnering with incredible garment makers around the U.S. to produce thoughtfully crafted clothes that are built to last. If the men in your life think there aren't enough ethical options for them on the market, here's a good place to start.

  Photo by Flint and Tinder

Photo by Flint and Tinder


3.

ORIGINAL GRAIN
Brewmaster 42mm
$219 (on sale for $165)

  Photo by Original Grain

Photo by Original Grain

the stuff:

The guy in your life is either a watch guy or he isn't.  If he is, this unique design from Original Grain will be a stellar edition to his existing collection, and guaranteed to be a conversation piece wherever he goes. And during that conversation, he can share that this gorgeous timepiece is made from reclaimed German Oak beer barrel wood, and stainless steel . What is more manly chic than that? Oh, and if your guy isn't a watch guy, buy him this anyway. It'll make him one.  

the story:

 

Original Grain was started in 2013 when brothers Ryan and Andrew Beltran were inspired to create a watch that simply didn’t exist. Influenced by their roots growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the mission was to create unique timepieces that seamlessly integrate natural hardwood and stainless steel. Today, Original Grain is not only known for the craftsmanship that goes into each design, but the stories that can be told about the materials used. The company works with Trees for the Future Non-Profit Organization, who plants 1 tree for each watch sold, providing both food and jobs for thousands of people around the globe.

  Photo by @originalgrain

Photo by @originalgrain


4.

OUTERKNOWN
Wellthread Levi's 511 Slim Fit Jeans
$128

  Photo by Outerknown

Photo by Outerknown

 

the stuff:

Why should the ladies get all the good denim? These are the jeans your guy has always wanted, made in a way he’ll want to get his behind behind. Save him the research on the best denim out there, and splurge a little for this ethically-made and environmentally conscious collab between Kelly Slater’s brand Outerknown and the denim brand that started it all, Levi's. (That’s right, Levi's! They’re making great strides in working towards more ethical and sustainable supply chain, and this line is a great sign of things to come.)

 

the story:

Outerknown's founder is the famed world-class surfer Kelly Slater, who started the company, in his words, "to lift the lid on the traditional supply chain and prove that you can actually produce great looking menswear in a sustainable way." The company is fully transparent (you can read their full list of suppliers on their website) and committed to making products that are focused on the well-being of both the people who make them and the environment .

Ironically, they had never planned to do denim. As an environmentally conscious company, it just didn't seem possible given the human and environmental consequencecs of denim (2 billion pairs of jeans are produced every year, each requiring almost 2,000 gallons of water to produce, and denim chemicals are dyeing rivers around the world an alarming shade of blue). Long story short, they realized that Levis was working on a more eco-conscious denim line based on waterless dyes and cotton designed for max recyclability, and when they put their minds together these amazing jeans were born.

  Photo by Outerknown

Photo by Outerknown


5.

SWORD & PLOUGH
Green Travel Kit
$79

  Photo by @ swordandplough

Photo by @swordandplough

the stuff:

Be forwarned: if you buy someone you live with this Travel Kit from Sword & Plough, expect to see it living on your bathroom countertop for the foreseeable future.  It's so man-styly (not a word?  It is now!) that your man won't want to put it away. And that's fine, because it'll hold all his toiletries and with one tug of the zipper, make them all disappear.  If the guy in your life is a travelin' man, even better; now he can ditch the Ziploc bags he's been stuffing his razor and toothbrush into for good. This made in the U.S. kit is durable and water resistant, but also looks really cool.

the story:

Sword & Plough is a socially conscious brand that works with American manufacturers who employ veterans. The company recycles military surplus (this bag is handmade in the U.S. using military grade fabric, and high quality American leather) and incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs. Plus they donate 10% of their profits back to veteran organizations. Support our troops, repurpose textile waste, get your guy (or yourself!) a great toiletry bag? There's no downside here.

 

 

  Photo by @ swordandplough

Photo by @swordandplough

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