The Edit: American Made Socks

Ok this is random, but I was surprised to stumble across a few different brands of American made socks this year! Per usual, all of my socks seem to have lost their matches, and I’ve taken to wearing barre socks around the house (they are warm and prevent me from falling down our slippery wood steps!) and random mismatched pairs everywhere else. It’s not a good look.

We recently started carrying some American made options at W&W so I restocked my collection.
Some of my favorite options:

Little River Sock Mill
I used to always stock up on cute socks at Madewell or J.Crew… these are a great replacement.

Little River Sock Mill x Alabama Chanin striped crew socks and boot socks
Alabama Chanin and Little River Sock Mill partnered on these exclusive designs – made out of organic cotton!

Lisa B. via The Reed
I’m partial to the stripes…but the snowflakes are pretty cute too.

Richer Poorer Striped Wool Socks
These are actually men’s socks but fit my size 8.5 feet just fine… I wore them cross-country skiing last weekend and my feet never got cold!

Wool Nomad Socks
Super warm and fairly long… perfect for wearing with rain or snowboots.

Camp Socks
I stocked up on these at J.Crew a few years ago and they’ve really held up… and work well under my rain boots when it’s not quite as cold outside.

Zkano Organic Cotton socks
More great stripes… and some over the knee and mid-calf options.

image via Alabama Chanin

The Edit: Black & White

I was pretend procrasti-shopping some of my favorite shops today and when I looked at all of the tabs I’d opened (I really hope I’m not the only one who does this!), I had to laugh. All black & white, with a pair of jeans thrown in. I am nothing if not consistent. In case your palette is anything like mine…


Silk Pleat Neck Top
Pocket Jumpsuit
Ampersand as Apostrophe Half Tote
Clare V. Sandrine

Mother Denim The Insider Crop
Caron Callahan Maria Shirtdress
Rachel Comey Ravine Top
Rachel Comey Monterey Pant (I own these and cannot recommend them enough!)

(It’s also fitting that the only color in these photos is in the shoes…)

The Uniform: American Made Outerwear

It’s the middle of November and I still don’t need to wear a coat. In Minnesota. Global warming concerns aside, the weather has been pretty amazing and I’m doing my best to make the most of it. But winter is inevitable, and after spending last year freezing in layers upon layers underneath my thin fall jacket, it was time to invest in a real winter coat.

I looked at all of the options… probably too many, as it made narrowing and choosing terribly difficult! Admittedly, many of these options are investment pieces. If you buy a well-made, classic coat, there’s really no reason why it won’t last forever, so I belive that American Made outerwear is worth investing in. (Besides, your coat and boots are really all people see for about 6 months of the year! You can wear the same jeans and white t-shirt underneath every day and no one would notice.) Some of my favorites:

American Made leather jackets
I never feel more like myself (or perhaps, the version of myself that I want to be) than when I’m wearing my leather jacket. If you have a thinner version, try layering it under your winter coat, like a bad-ass blazer.
1. The Arrivals Rainier Leather Moto
2. The Arrivals Moya Waterproof Shearling
3. Veda Grand Leather Jacket
4. ThePerfext Brooklyn Leather Jacket

american made coats

Probably the most important category shown today. I like to these of these as “grown-up” jackets…

1. Nili Lotan Wrap Kimono Coat
2. Veronica Beard Chesterfield Dickey Coat
3. Smythe Pyramid Coat
4. ThePerfext Manhattan Coat

AMerican made outerwear

Because you still want to look pulled together when you are running errands, shopping, etc. and it’s freezing out, and the old North Face puffer just isn’t cutting it anymore.

1. Zero + Maria Cornejo Edi Trench Coat
2. No. 6 Parka Coat
3. The Arrivals Artemis Modular Parka
4. Veronica Beard Granite Parka

american made outerwear

Less critical, but it’s always nice to have a beautiful, fun coat to throw on for a holiday party or when you are dressed up.

1. Laveer Nordic Coat
2. Creatures of Comfort Maureen Coat
3. Cocoon Cashmere Swing Cape
4. Rachel Comey Trail Coat

Woah. That’s a lot of options! What’s your go-to jacket? As for me, I scooped this up (in black) during a 20% off sale at a local shop last month. It hasn’t been cold enough to wear it yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from putting it on inside a few times!

Graphics for The American Edit by REBECCAH ERICKSON

The Edit: American Made Sofas

If you follow me on Instagram, you are probably aware that my husband and I bought a house this past January. A 1909 craftsman, thoughtfully updated and in need of very little work. You are also probably aware of the fact that we moved in with essentially no furniture – our last house was furnished, which led us to donate, give away and sell almost everything we’d accumulated over the years. We’ve been doing our best to embrace that, and to slowly fill our home with thoughtful pieces that fit our needs.

With that said, there were pieces that we considered to be a priority – we purchased these as soon as the closing was scheduled. Our first priority was a sofa – we moved into our house in the middle of the winter and knew that we’d (err… I’d) be spending a lot of evenings bundled up under blankets watching TV and we wanted to be comfortable while doing so! We planned to buy several vintage furniture pieces, so it was even more important to me that anything new be American made.

We spent a lot of time looking at – and testing – sofas that would fit in our long and narrow sitting room and still be comfortable. I’m terribly indecisive and struggled while deciding between the interesting statement options and the simple, classic option. Some of my favorites:

best american made sofas

1. Kalon No. 5 Series
2. DWR Reid Sofa
3. Wilson & Willy’s Stephen Kenn Sofa
4. Room & Board Hess Leather Sofa
5. Modernica Case Study Daybed

Some additional American made sofas: Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, and West Elm. Here’s a tip – while searching larger retailer sites, entering “North Carolina” or “made in USA” into the search box can help to narrow the selection!

We ultimately went with a classic sectional – it’s slipcovered so we know it can take a beating, and big enough that we can have a friends or family members over to watch movies. It was an investment, but it’s almost a year old and looks brand new; the cost per use on this thing will end up being pennies! I’m sitting on it as I write this post! I love it, but still sometimes wish we’d gone for something bold… which would you pick?

Graphics for The American Edit by REBECCAH ERICKSON