It's undeniable that there is a movement in this country towards preserving the heritage of American manufacturing. It's been happening for years now, but every time I come across another great company with the ideals of honest quality goods at the forefront, I'm impressed and inspired. (On that note: this article about G.E. returning some of its manufacturing to Kentucky is a great read).
Field Aesthetic Mfg. Co. out of Burlington Vermont is no exception to the rule. They launched last June with the intent to connect with and protect the disappearing trades and skills of the American maker and use the ethos that makes the nation and the State of Vermont thrive as inspiration. Their goods range from aprons to neckties to hand soap, but The Transit Bag (top photo, $125) is especially on my radar. It's made from water resistant re-purposed military tent canvas and I love how it will show wear and tear as it ages. Looks like the perfect size for a laptop too.