Corresponding VLOG for VLOGMAS!
Welcome to the Better Than Belts December Gift Guide highlighting some of our favorite local brands.
In honor of small business Saturday this past weekend, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite Boston (& New England/Northeast) brands. Today is Cyber Monday, so some of them have AWESOME deals going on. Check their websites and Instagram Accounts for more details.
1) Cape Clasp
Cape Clasp's founder, Pat, has been giving back to many Cape Cod organizations for years. I originally discovered their products at American Field in 2015. My Great White clasp has held up and always been an amazing accessory. They are definitely a great brand to follow on Instagram, with awesome Cape and Boston content (+ videos with their dog!). Pat and Haley consistently give back to ocean and marine life causes.
Co-founded by two female entrepreneurs in 2014, Brass ethically sources all their materials and is working outside of the 'fast-fashion' trend. Tori discovered Brass from a Built in Boston article a few weeks back and visited their location on Beacon Hill. She bought this sweater and literally hasn't taken it off since. Safe to say it's a good buy that you won't regret.
Mayson is also based right here in Boston. I met their founder Caleb and learned about the amazing work he's doing to create sustainable clothing. You can trace all of their organic garments back to their raw materials. Their focus is on building clothes for the future. I've owned one of their organic cotton t-shirts for over a year now and it is still the perfect fit (and super soft). I saw this Chore Coat when it was just a sample and was so impressed. Definitely worth checking out.
4) Harding Lane
Another amazing brother-sister duo founded this startup. Harding Lane makes the best baseball cap on the market. I've personally owned this lighthouse on mint hat for nearly 5 years and it has aged wonderfully. A great buy for you or someone you want to gift.
STIK is a brand known around the world for making sustainable sh*t, empowering women, and celebrating the sillier things in life. It is all handmade by women in Peru who are working moms earning a fair wage. What's not to love here?
Jack Carlson takes blazers and rugby shirts to the next level (along with other pieces). Based in New York (where many of their products are made) Rowing Blazers focuses on quality and making some of the most unique pieces out there. I wanted to highlight one of my favorite things they make; End-of-the-day rugby shirts. They use left over fabric to sew a one of a kind rugby that just looks so cool.
Am I allowed to include myself? Is it expected? Either way, our brand new flamingo suspenders are awesome and worth mentioning. That is all.