Imagine my surprise/delight/glee when I rounded the corner and saw stripes galore. Bold colorful stripes. The trademark of a Hudson’s Bay blanket. But there was more, like bags and socks and iPhone cases. I became a bit lightheaded. These blankets are iconic and preppy to boot.
A Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a type of wool blanket traded by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in British North America (now Canada) and the United States during the 18th century and 19th century. The company is named for the famous saltwater bay in Northeastern Canada, and the blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelts.
Look for these to create a colorful, stripe filled happy area at the First Avenue shop sometime soon.
Since 1897, Filson has been making stellar goods right here in Seattle. I have been a Filson fan since I moved here almost 30 years ago. The first thing I purchased was a hat, which still looks as good today as it did when I first bought it. Filson stuff is durable and timeless. One of the more satisfying things about my upcoming book is I was able to do the photography for it. I bonded with all my new camera equipment, but never really loved the black camera bag that I kept it all in. It looked like a camera bag! This is where the above bag enters the picture. Filson makes amazing bags. Really some of the best quality and some of the best prices. This bag just spoke to me on my last visit to their flagship store as a new camera bag. Tons of compartments for all camera related goods, as well as files and wallet and keys. All looking quite stylish in the process, I might add. Check out the FILSON website here if you are unfamiliar with them. It has that rugged, preppy, incredibly well-made thing going on I really love.
Just a quick word about when I write about a product, a brand, a restaurant, or particular goods (aside from the things I feature from Watson Kennedy)–I have never made a penny off of writing about something I like on my blog. I share my likes with you all because if I really like something, I like sharing it. If this ever becomes the case, I would certainly preface it. I am not knocking those that do, I just wanted to be clear with how things have rolled up to this point. Bottom line, I think Filson rocks!
A happy, happy middle of the week to you all. Ted
By now, I am sure you have clued into the fact that I quite like monogramming. Even as a young kid, I loved having my shirts monogrammed. Not the norm for the small town in the Midwest I grew up in. It combines my love of letters & fonts, while also personalizing an item. It makes it yours. We have been carrying these incredibly cool super soft throw blankets at Watson Kennedy for the past few years. They have been a major hit, as they launder beautifully and are just really snugly. When I was at the show in August re-ordering them, they mentioned that they are now offering monograms to the blankets too. A winning combo. Of course, 2 green with Hawthorne ‘H’s were the first added to the order–had to make sure they were good. They are! Allow 4 weeks, and we can have these lovely blankets monogrammed for you. Really such a great gift as we move into the Holidays. To give, or to keep.
Where form meets function. The Sperry Top-Sider shoe was created in 1935 as a boat shoe by Paul Sperry. Sperry was an avid boater who, like most boaters, risked injury while walking on the slippery deck of his boat. His successful design was inspired by his cocker spaniel, Prince. While watching Prince run across the ice on a winter’s day in Connecticut, he noticed his dog’s amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery surface. The pattern of grooves or cracks on his dog’s feet gave him the idea for a leather upper-shoe with a herringbone pattern of grooves on the sole. How fitting that these shoes would be what I keep by my bedside for walking Bailey each morning. Easy to slip on and off, plus they are great when we get a bit of our Seattle rain. A preppy go-to, Sperry Top-Sider shoes are truly a classic.
L.L. Bean boots are about as classic and iconic as they come. Handcrafted in Maine since 1912–celebrating 100 years as a preppy classic. They now come in a host of variations and colors, all designed to keep your feet dry and warm.
Zip-up, lace-up or slip-on, they all are so incredibly comfortable. Perfect in the snow, they also come lined to keep your feet extra toasty. I made my first homage to Freeport the Summer I taught tennis in Boston before my freshman year in college. If you are ever in that area of Maine, you must stop in. Open 24 hours hours a day, 365 days of the year, the L.L. Bean flagship store is also a classic. You will be blown away.
The slip-ons have become a new favorite for me. I walk Bailey each morning, so I have a pair at the ready by the side of the bed. Perfect when the Seattle rain has descended. They also are great as slippers in a pinch–think Brooks Brothers pajamas with a martini in hand after a long day.
Happy Saturday everyone! Have fun shopping if that is an activity on your list.