The resurgence of "Made in
America" has been a rising trend, just check out how #madeinamerica is
trending on Twitter. But in all serious, it is literally what our
country was built on. The early, young American economy was replete
with artisans---we created our own clothing, machines, tools, and grew
our own food. And why wouldn't we? We had just recently fought for our
independence, and by-golly we were going to be independent! Plus, the
other world powers did not want much to do with a bunch of colonial
whippersnappers, so if we wanted it, we had to make it. And we did.
have always loved studying early American history for that very reason,
but it has been a bittersweet study as I see how far the US strayed
from that self-sufficient mindset. Buying American-made is more than
just a hipster statement, it is a step toward reclaiming who we are and
what we value as Americans. Americans still have stories to tell through
their craft, and buying American-made products shows that we still
value those stories.
I am proud to fall in line with America's heritage and handcraft my pocket squares right here in Nashville, TN.