An American Traveler: A Gift Guide
Crew Chief by Randolph Engineering
Today's gift guide comes from one of my fabulous new friends, Heath Stiltner. Heath is the V.P. of Operations at FOLK Magazine and is an American-Made junkie who loves bow ties, fashion, bourbon, orange, black watch plaid, street style, and traveling- but not in that order. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @beauxtithes and keep up with everything at Folk Magazine at www.folklifestyle.com and @folkmagazine on Instagram and Twitter.
Topo Designs is an outdoor and street gear company based in Colorado who specializes in rugged CORDURA accessories meant to withstand the harshest terrain or most rugged airport. This holiday season they’ve paired with Ursa Major Men all-natural skincare to fill their popular Duck Camo Dopp Kit with organic men’s skincare products that will keep your face as clean and protected as your travel gear.
Topo is also donating 5% of their sales to protect the American Bison's habitat, and are being matched by Orvis Company.
Also, this season, be sure to check out Topo's new cold weather Fleece Jacket. This classic fleece gets ramped up with turquoise Polartec Fleece and a trim fit, perfect for anyone traveling this holiday season.
Crew Chief by Randolph Engineering
I just received my first pair of Randolph Engineering Sunglasses as an early Christmas gift and I am never buying another brand. These Aviator-inspired frames are perfect for anyone and for an investment of $139, the same price you’re charged for a similar cheap Luxottica pair, you can feel good about creating American jobs in style. As an aside, they engrave. Mary, the founder’s granddaughter, is happy to put anything you want on the temple of your pair.
|Randolph Engineering $139.00|
Adam Blitzer of Blue Claws Co. makes the best travel gear period. His new Urban Collection is a great mix of classic American heritage style blended with industrial urban chic. His iPad sleeve is no exception, and it's a great way to protect your investment while traveling anywhere. I own a few pieces of his luggage and it is as durable as it is timeless.
Hudson Sutler is a brand ran by two friends in New York that makes the perfect commuter duffel out of durable and washable canvas. Their Thomasville Weekend duffel was a partnership with Wm. Lamb & Son, an artist and clothier from Tallahassee, FL. The gray and navy canvas bag is accented by an orange interior designed by Wm. Lamb depicting pointer dogs, and it’s a fun weekend travel bag that can hold about 4 days worth of clothing.
|Hudson Sutler Duffel $120.00|
I carry totes daily. Everywhere. I am also notoriously on the road. This Artifact BagCo. Tool & Garden Tote was featured on our FOLK Magazine Christmas 2012 cover and we bought one immediately. The attention to detail by designer Chris Hughes is amazing and it literally has a pocket for anything you can think of — and the snap closure keeps everything inside. From orchard to in-laws this tote is perfect for any traveler.
|Artifact Bag Co. Tote $175.00|
Sundy Best is an amazing band for pretty much any occasion. I listen to them every day and it is the perfect music for anyone who is constantly on the road. I went to high school with Kris Bentley, and both he and Nick Jamerson are from my hometown of Pikeville, KY. The two blend Appalachian heritage into their blues-rock-soul-bluegrass sound with songs like Home and Lily. Think Hank Williams meets Mumford & Sons.
|Sundy Best Door Without A Screen $15.00|
Nicole Ebbitt at The Caramel Jar makes the most delicious caramel confections you will ever eat. Ever. I often carry a few with me on any journey and they’re the perfect cure for any sweet-toothed traveler. I recommend the salted caramels, but you really can’t go wrong with anything she creates.
|The Caramel Jar|
I am not a snacker, but if I stop in a gas station and they have Mingua Brothers Beef Jerky I will buy it. The Lean Mean Mild flavor is amazing, but the Grippos barbeque — a Cincinnati-based chip company with the best barbeque chips you’ll ever eat — is my favorite. The good news is that it is all-natural and locally produced in Paris, KY. The bad news is that you’ll finish the bag before you read all of that.
|Mingua Beef Jerkey $6.99|
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